HISTORY OF AFCME
During the 1940's the RAF Central Medical Board (RAFCMB) was established at Lahore to conduct the medical examination and assessment of aircrew for flying fitness. Sqn Ldr WG Herald was the first President of the RAFCMB. Candidates requiring specialist opinion were referred to the MH at Lahore, as there were no specialist officers posted on the staff. Towards the end of 1941, with the increasing demands of large recruitment in the RAF, a Travelling Medical Board was also constituted. The Board was formed at Lahore in December 1941 and commenced work in Jan 1942. Flt Lt MY Alurkar was the first Indian to be posted as an Eye specialist on the staff of this Board. The RAFCMB was shifted to Delhi in July 1942 and the Travelling Board was disbanded in 1943.
On 15 August 1947, the RAF Central Medical Board, New Delhi was taken over by the R I.A.F with Wg Cdr MY Alurkar, Eye Specialist, as the first President and Flt Lt J.R. Kumar as member. This Board was subsequently renamed as R.I.A.F. Central Medical Board (RIAFCMB) with establishment No. INDIA/2094, w.e.f. 1st April 1948. The Admin / Domestic services were provided by No. 10 (Admin) Wing, Delhi.
The RIAF Central Medical Board (RIAFCMB), became IAF Central Medical board (IAFCMB), in 1949 when all Royal Air Force personnel left India after Independence and w.e.f 01 Apr 58 this Unit was further, designated as AF Central Medical Establishment (AFCME) and continued to be located at Air Force Station, New Delhi under its administrative control.
A distinctive Crest for AFCME was issued in the year 1996. AFCME Celebrated its Golden Jublee in 1996 as it completed its 50 years of Existence .The crest was signed by Honourable President of India and presented to the establishment in Sep 1996. This Crest is a valuable document of the establishment and displayed in office of the Air Officer Commanding. The motto of AFCME engraved on the crest namely, "Shakti Mulam Swastham" means 'Health is the root of strength'.
PRESIDENT'S COLOUR PRESENTATION
The Establishment has been awarded President's Colours in a befitting ceremony at Chandigarh on 15 Mar 2013.
ROLE OF AFCME
AFCME is a compact and specialised medical evaluation centre for aircrew of all the three services of the Armed Forces, the paramilitary organizations, Government agencies, Free lancer and Civil Aviation. In addition, the Establishment also provides specialist Out Patient Department, Diagnostic and Therapeutic services to the serving and retired Air Force personnel and their families.
It is an independent Unit located inside Subroto Park, New Delhi directly under the functional and administrative control of the Director General of Medical Services, Air Headquarters (RK Puram).
Role of AFCME is as under :
- Review, Re-Categorisation Medical Boards of AF Personnel of AF Personnel in low medical category as per the geographical coverage area.
- Review, Re-Categorisation Medical Boards of the Navy and Army Aviators.
- Annual Medical Examination of all Gp Capt (Flying branch) posted to Air HQ and Air Officers of the IAF as per the geographical coverage area.
- Medical Examination of candidates selected for NDA (for flying and other services), Air Force Academy, Army Aviation, Naval Aviation, Coast Guard Aircrew/Candidates, Aircrew Airmen Flight Engineer/Flight Gunner, and Aircrew Officers Engineer.
- Medical examination for initial issue and renewal of flying license for all civil aircrew.