Manisha Padhi from Odisha, a 2015 batch IAF Squadron Leader has made the country proud, by being appointed as India’s first woman Aide-De-Camp (ADC). Dr Hari Babu Kambhampati, Mizoram Governor had appointed her as his ADC on Wednesday.
Padhi is currently serving as a Squadron Leader in the IAF. She hails from Berhampur, Odisha. The news came into everyone’s knowledge when Governor Kambhampati shared a video of appointing her to the vital post on his ‘X’ handle (formerly known as Twitter).
The Governor therefore wrote: “Hearty congratulations to Sqn Leader Manisha Padhi for being appointed as Aide-De-Camp (ADC) to the Governor of Mizoram. Sqn Leader Manisha is India’s first Woman Indian Armed Forces officer to be appointed as Aide-De-Camp (ADC) to the Governor in the country. My best wishes to her and may she excel in the sector with the expertise she has earned over the years.”
Kambhampati further added that the achievements laid by Padhi is not only a milestone but it is actually a testament to the power of women breaking gender norms and stereotypes and rising much more higher than the boundaries laid by the society. He further wrote: “Let’s celebrate this remarkable achievement and continue to champion women’s empowerment in every sphere,”
An ADC is a personal assistant or secretary to a person of high rank, including head of state.
Padhi’s father has also served the nation and retired as an IAF officer and maybe that is why they say that it is in the genes. Padhis’s mother, Meneka Padhi is from Bhubaneswar. Padhi is an alumnus of CV Raman College of Engineering. She has served in three different postings at Air Force stations in Bidar, Bhatinda and Pune before being appointed as the ADC.
“She always drew inspiration from her father as a child and wanted to join the IAF,” said Meneka.