Two squadrons, which played a role in the Balakot airstrike of the Indian Air Force, were decorated with citations at the Hindon base on the 87th IAF Day. IAF chief RKS Bhadauria decorated the 51 Squadron and the 9 Squadron in the event for their unreplaceable role in the airstrike on terrorist camps in Pakistan's Balakot in February.

The Air Force Day is celebrated at Hindon base in presence of the IAF chief and senior officials of the three armed forces every year. The IAF was founded on October 8, 1932, and the force has participated in several crucial wars and landmark missions.