Birender Singh Dhanoa

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  • Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh DhanoaPVSMAVSMYSMVMADC is the 25th Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force.
  • He assumed the post on 31 December 2016 after Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha retired.
  • Singh was born in Gharuan village in SAS Nagar, Punjab.
  • Air Marshal BS Dhanoa was commissioned in the IAF in June 1978 as a fighter pilot and has flown Kiran, MiG-21, Jaguar, MiG-29, Su-30 MKI among others with a clean fligh record.
  • During the Kargil War, as the Commanding Officer of a front line ground attack fighter squadron, he led the IAF punch against Pakistan to evict the enemies from their Dug
  • He was the mastermind in devising innovative methods of bombing in the night at altitudes never before attempted in the history of air warfare, during the kargil conflicts
  • He holds the highest flying instructional category in the IAF and was handpicked to establish the ‘IAF Training Team’ abroad.
    He is a recipient of the Yudh Seva Medal, Vayusena Medal (both in 1999), Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (2015) and Param Vishisht Seva Medal (2016).
  • An avid reader and writer of air power and joint operations, the senior IAF officer was appointed as Honorary ADC to the President of India on August 1 2015