Air Marshal VR Chaudhari assumes charge as Western Air Command chief

Team India Sentinels Saturday 1st of August 2020 03:42 PM

New Delhi: Senior Indian Air Force (IAF) officer Air Marshal VR Chaudhari took over as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Air Command (WAC) on Saturday. 
The Air Marshal took over command from Air Marshal B Suresh, who superannuated on Friday after serving into IAF for 40 years.
Air Marshal VR Chaudhari was commissioned into Fighter Stream of the IAF on December 29, 1982 as a Fighter Pilot. In a distinguished career spanning nearly 38 years, the Air Officer has flown wide variety of fighter and trainer aircraft in the inventory of IAF, an IAF spokesperson said.
He has a flying experience of more than 3800 hrs, including operational flying on MiG-21, MiG-23 MF, MiG 29 and Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft.
During his illustrious career in the IAF, the Air Officer has held numerous important appointments.
He was Commanding Officer of a frontline fighter squadron and has also commanded a frontline Fighter Base.
As an Air Vice Marshal, he held the coveted appointments of Assistant Chief of Air Staff Operations (Air Defence), Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Personnel Officers) at Air HQ Vayu Bhawan.
As an Air Marshal, he held the appointment of Deputy Chief of the Air Staff at Air HQ Vayu Bhawan.  
Prior to his present appointment, he was the Senior Air Staff Officer, Eastern Air Command.                        
The Air Marshal is an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington.
In recognition of his distinguished service, the Air Marshal was awarded the Vayu Sena Medal in January 2004 and the Ati Vishist Seva Medal in January 2015.


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