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Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, VM, ADC, 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.[2][3][4] Dhanoa is also the Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee[5], making him the senior-most officer in the Indian military.


Birender Singh Dhanoa

Birender Singh Dhanoa COAS.jpg
25th Chief of the Air Staff
Assumed office
31 December 2016
PresidentPranab Mukherjee
Ram Nath Kovind
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byArup Raha
Personal details
Born (1957-09-07) 7 September 1957 (age 61)
Deoghar, Jharkhand, India [1]
Awards
Military service
Allegiance India
Branch/service Indian Air Force
Years of serviceJune 1978 - present
RankIndia-AirForce-OF-9-collected.svg Air Chief Marshal
Commands
Battles/warsKargil War

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Early life and educationEdit

Birender Singh Dhanoa was born in Deoghar in the Indian state of Bihar (now Jharkhand) to Sukhdev Kaur and Sorain Singh.[6] [7] His ancestral village is Gharuan in the state of Punjab.[8] His father Sorain Singh, an IAS officer, served as the Chief Secretary to the governments of Punjab and Bihar during the 1980s, and later as an advisor to the Punjab state governor. His grandfather Capt Sant Singh had fought in World War II as a captain of the British Indian Army.[9] He has completed a part of his schooling from St. Xavier's School, Ranchi[10]. He is an alumnus of St. George's College, Mussoorie, where he studied from 1968 to 1969. He thereon joined Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun, and later graduated from National Defence Academy, Pune. He also attended a staff course in Defence Services Staff College, Wellington in 1992.[11][12]

CareerEdit

 
Air Chief Marshal B. S. Dhanoa with Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra, Controller General of Defence Accounts Veena Prasad and Financial Adviser (Defence Services) at the 271st Annual Day celebrations of Defence Accounts Department (DAD).

Dhanoa was commissioned into the fighter stream of the Indian Air Force in June 1978. He has flown various types of fighter jets and is a qualified flying instructor. He has flown fighter aircraft across the spectrum including HJT-16 Kiran, MiG-21, SEPECAT Jaguar, MiG-29 and Su-30MKI. He held several key operational and administrative appointments in his 37 years of career including Director Targeting Cell at Air Headquarters, Director Fighter Operations & War Planning at Headquarters Western Air Command, Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Intelligence) at Air Headquarters, Senior Air Staff Officer of Eastern and Western Air Command and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of South Western Air Command (1 November - 31 May 2015).[13] He has held instructional appointments of Senior Air Instructor and Chief Air Instructor at Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and leader of an Indian Air Force Training Team abroad.

Kargil ConflictEdit

Dhanoa was Commanding Officer of a front line ground attack fighter squadron during the Kargil Conflict in 1999. Under his leadership the squadron devised innovative methods of night bombing at high altitudes which had never been attempted before. His squadron was adjudged the best fighter squadron of HQ WAC. He was awarded Yudh Seva Medal (YSM) and Vayu Sena Medal (VM) for his gallant actions in this conflict.[3][14]

Before assuming the office of Vice of the Air Staff at Air HQ from Air Marshal Ravi Kant Sharma on 1 June 2015, he was the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the South Western Air Command. Air Marshal RK Dhir succeeded him as the AOC-in-C of South Western Air Command.[citation needed]

On 17 December 2016, Government of India designated Air Marshal Dhanoa as the Chief of Staff of the Indian Air Force.[15]

Bilateral visits as CASEdit

Country Date Purpose References
2017
  France 17 - 20 July
  • Bilateral discussions with senior military officials of the French Armed Forces and representatives of Military aviation industry
  • Visited the headquarters of French Air Force, few operational air bases and Indian Rafale PMT Infrastructure
[16][17]
  Australia 19 - 22 September
  • Bilateral discussions with senior military officials of the Royal Australian Air Force
  • Visited the headquarters of Royal Australian Air Force and a few operational air bases
[18]
  United States 26 - 28 September
  • Attend and address the Pacific Air Chiefs symposium at Hawaii
[19]
  Vietnam 30 October - 3 November
  • Bilateral discussions with senior military officials of the Vietnam People’s Air Force and Air Defence (VPAF)
  • Visited the headquarters of Headquarters of Vietnam People’s Air Force and Air Defence (VPAF) and some operational air bases
[20]
  Sri Lanka 11 - 14 December
  • Review the commissioning, award of wings and passing out parade of the Sri Lankan Air Force Academy
[21]
2018
  Israel 21 - 24 May
  • Attend 70th anniversary celebration of Israeli Air Force
  • Met Chiefs and Senior Commanders of numerous Air Forces
  • Visited a few operational air bases
[22]
  Brazil 4 - 7 June
  • Met senior functionaries
  • Visited operational and training units
[23]
  United Kingdom 9 - 15 July
  • Attend RAF Annual Air Power Conference and Royal International Air Tattoo
[24]
  Myanmar 3 - 8 September
  • Meet senior functionaries
  • Visit operational establishments
[25]
  Malaysia

Awards and medalsEdit

Personal lifeEdit

Air Marshal Dhanoa is married to Kamalpreet Kaur; they have one son, Jasman Singh, who is a law graduate.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa was born in Jharkhand". Times of India. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa AVSM YSM VM takes over as Vice Chief of the Air Staff". PIB. GOI. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Press Information Bureau". Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa takes over as the 25th Chief of the Air Staff". pib.nic.in. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa receives Baton of Chairman COSC". www.pibregional.nic.in. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  6. ^ "एयर स्ट्राइक की योजना बनाने वाले वायुसेना प्रमुख वीरेंद्र सिंह धनोआ का रिश्ता रहा है बिहार से".
  7. ^ "Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa was born in Jharkhand to Sukhdev Kaur and Sarayan Singh - Times of India". The Times of India.
  8. ^ "New IAF Vice-Chief does Punjab village proud".
  9. ^ "New IAF Vice-Chief does Punjab village proud".
  10. ^ "Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa an alumni of St Xavier's Ranchi".
  11. ^ "New IAF Vice-Chief does Punjab village proud". The Tribune. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  12. ^ "Punjab native Birender Singh Dhanoa appointed AIF Vice Chief". Punjab News Express. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  13. ^ India, Press Trust of (1 November 2014). "Air Marshal B S Dhanoa takes over as AOC-in-C in SWAC". Business Standard India. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  14. ^ One India Defence Desk (2 June 2015). "Pilot who flew many night strike missions during Kargil War is IAF Vice Chief". One India. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  15. ^ Parminder, Kaur. "Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa to Head Indian Air Force" (online). ABC Live. ABC Live. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  16. ^ "IAF chief Dhanoa on 4-day trip to France to boost defence ties - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  17. ^ "Press Information Bureau". Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  18. ^ "Press Information Bureau". Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  19. ^ "Press Information Bureau". Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  20. ^ "Press Information Bureau". Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  21. ^ "Visit of Chief of the Air Staff to Sri Lanka". pib.nic.in. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  22. ^ "CAS visit to Israel". pib.nic.in. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  23. ^ "Visit of Chief of the Air Staff to Brazil". pib.nic.in. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  24. ^ "IAF Chief visits UK for greater military engagement".
  25. ^ "Visit of Chief of the Air Staff to Myanmar and Malaysia". pib.nic.in. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  26. ^ "Air Marshal BS Dhanoa takes over as Vice Chief of Air Staff". India Strategic. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  27. ^ Press Trust of India. "Birender Singh Dhanoa Appointed New IAF Vice Chief". Outlook India. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
Military offices
Preceded by
Admiral Sunil Lanba
Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee
30 May 2019 - Current
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Arup Raha
Chief of the Air Staff (India)
31 December 2016 - Current
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Ravi Kant Sharma
Vice Chief of the Air Staff (India)
31 May 2015 - 31 December 2016
Succeeded by
Shirish Baban Deo
Preceded by
Daljit Singh
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, South Western Air Command
1 November 2014 - 31 May 2015
Succeeded by
Ravinder Kumar Dhir