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21-Gun Salute For President Barack Obama, Lady Officer Leads Guard of Honour - VIDEO

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21-Gun Salute For President Barack Obama, Lady Officer Leads Guard of Honour - VIDEO Guard of Honour for President Barack Obama Led by Wing Commander Puja Thakur A woman officer, Wing Commander Puja Thakur, led the ceremonial Guard of Honour for US President Barack Obama at the Rashtrapati Bhavan today, indian President Obama was given a 21-gun salute at the forecourt of the majestic presidential palace, after which Wing Commander Thakur walked him for the inspection of the Guard of Honour. She is the first woman officer to lead a tri-services Guard of Honour. The gesture reflects the theme for this year's Republic Day parade, which is "Nari Shakti (woman power)". "I am very proud to give the Guard of Honour to the most powerful man and commander of perhaps the most powerful forces," Wing Commander Thakur told NDTV. "We are trained, but I also trained and practised for this," she admitted. She hoped that her proud moment today would encourage more women to join the forces. President Obama will be the chief guest for the Republic Day celebrations tomorrow, which will see woman contingents of the army, navy and the air force marching down Rajpath for the first time. The Guard of Honour fired up social media, with many commenting that a woman taking the lead sends a positive message. "As a woman, I feel extremely proud to learn about a Lady Commanding Officer leading the ceremonial Guard of Honour to President Obama," tweeted Anandiben Patel, the Chief Minister of Gujarat. In a first, lady officer leads guard of honour President Pranab Mukherjee formally welcomed his United States counterpart Barack Obama to India on Sunday at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. President Obama was accorded a ceremonial reception at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, with a grand welcome ceremony followed by the Guard of Honour, where the battalion was led by a woman officer. Wing Commander Pooja Thakur, led the Guard of Honour for US President Barack Obama at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. This is the first time a woman officer has led the Guard of Honour for a major visiting dignitary at the presidential palace. Wing Cdr Pooja Thakur, who has served in the IAF for 13 and a half years, is an administration officer and is posted at its publicity cell, DISHA, at the Delhi Air Headquarters in New Delhi. She is a para jumper, and hails from Rajasthan. Women officers will also play a leading role in Monday's Republic Day parade, in which President Obama will be the chief guest. At Sunday's guard of honour, the US President received a 21-gun salute, and national anthems of both nations were played. Among the personalities present to receive President Obama at the Rashtrapati Bhavan were Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers Manohar Parrikar, Arun Jaitley, Venkaiah Naidu, Sushma Swaraj and Rajnath Singh, along with Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung. Soon after the official welcome, Obama was quoted as saying: "Grateful for the extraordinary hospitality, it's a great honour to be back in India." After inspecting the guard of honour, the American President left for Mahatma Gandhi's memorial Rajghat, where he will pay tribute and plant a sapling. Woman officer leads guard of honour for Obama at Rashtrapati Bhavan Wing Commander Puja Thakur Lead Guard of Honour for President Barack Obama Woman officer leads Guard of Honour for US President Barack Obama US President Barack Obama visit indian