Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force was awarded with United States (US) Legion of Merit- the highest military award of US armed forces awarded to any foreign military high official on Monday.
The award was presented by Lieutenant General Jeffrey L Harrigian, Commander of the US Air Forces Central Command on behalf of General David L Goldfein, the Chief of Air Staff of the US air force who witnessed the ceremony through video link.
In a press release, the foreign office of Pakistan confirmed that the award was conferred on the air chief â€œin recognition of his brave leadership, sagacity, vision, demonstration of superb resolve and unwavering dedication to the global war on terrorism and above all extraordinary efforts to ensure regional as well as global peace and stability. The award is also an acknowledgment of his personal efforts which greatly enhanced mutual cooperation and relations between the two air forces.â€
During the ceremony, Chief of Staff US Air Force lauded PAF Air Chiefâ€™s strong commitment in fight against terrorism and tireless advocacy for the advancement of Pakistan Air Force capabilities that greatly contributed in bringing peace and stability in the region. He was of the view that air chiefâ€™s personal initiative proved critical to the successful conduct of war on terrorism around the world.
Later on, Gen Harrigian called on Chief Aman in his office, both the dignitaries remained together for some time and discussed matters of mutual interest. During the meeting, the air chief reiterated â€œhis resolve to further enhance mutual cooperation between the two air forces.â€
This singularly distinctive accomplishment of Chief Aman is not only a matter of pride for the PAF but also for the entire nation,â€ the press release concluded.