By Asia Samachar Team | INDIA |
The highest two ranking Sikh officers in the Indian Air Force (IAF) were involved in a change of command.
Air Marshal Harjit Singh Arora on Tuesday (1 Sept 2019) took over as Vice Chief of the Air Staff, the second-highest-ranking officer in the IAF.
The day before, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa retired. Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria took over as 26th chief. Birender, a Kargil war veteran and first-rate fighter pilot, took office on 31 Dec 2016.
In October 2018, Harjit was made Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C), South Western Air Command at Gandhinagar.
He was commissioned in the IAF as a fighter pilot in December 1981.
Harjit has rich and diverse experience of accident-free operational flying which includes MiG 21, MiG 29 and other aircraft in IAF inventory, including helicopters. He is a meritorious graduate of Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment, Defence Services Staff College and National Defence College. He is also Master of Philosophy in Defence and Strategic Studies.
Air Marshal Harjit takes over command as India’s SWAC (Asia Samachar, 3 Oct 2018)
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Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa appointed as Indian Air Force chief (Asia Samachar, 18 Dec 2016)