Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Chief Awarded the U.S. Legion of Merit By Centcom

In a simple but impressive ceremony held at Air headquarters in Rawalpindi, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force was awarded with United States Legion of Merit – the highest military award of US armed forces awarded to any foreign military high official.

The award was presented by Lt. Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian, Commander U.S. Air Forces Central Command, on behalf of General David L. Goldfein, Chief of Staff US Air Force who witnessed the ceremony through a video link.

In a press release, the foreign office of Pakistan confirmed that the award was conferred on the air chief “in 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.”

This singularly distinctive accomplishment of Chief Aman is not only a matter of pride for the PAF but also for the entire nation,” the press release concluded.

During the ceremony, Chief of Staff US Air Force lauded PAF Air Chief’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 Chief’s personal initiative proved critical to the successful conduct of war on terrorism around the world.

Pakistan is a non-Nato ally of the U.S. in war against terrorism in the region.

Later, Lt. Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian, Commander U.S. Air Forces Central Command called on the Air Chief in his office. Both the dignitaries remained together for some time and discussed matters of mutual interest. During the meeting the Air Chief reiterated his resolve to further enhance mutual cooperation between the two air forces.

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