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New Delhi, October 2, 2009
Air Marshal Paramjit Singh Bhangu has taken over as as the new Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C), South Western Air Command (SWAC) of the Indian Air Force (IAF) at Gandhinagar.
Air Marshal Bhangu was commissioned in the IAF as a fighter pilot on January 22, 1972.
An official press release said he had more than 4000 hours of combat flying experience and commanded a front line air base.
A qualified A2 Category Flying Instructor and a Fighter Combat Leader, he has served as Commanding Officer of a Fighter Combat Squadron and the Tactics & Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE).
He is an alumnus of Defence Service Staff College, Wellington. Besides staff appointments at Air Headquarters as Joint Director Air Defence and Principal Director Flight Safety, the Air Officer had a flying instructional tenure of two years in a friendly country and also a diplomatic tenure in the Embassy of India Moscow, Russia as Air Attache for over three years.
The release said he had also held the appointments of Director General, Air Force Naval Housing Board, Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Personnel Officers) and Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Personnel Airmen & Civilians) at Air Headquarters.
Air Marshal Bhangu was awarded the Vayu Sena Medal in 1992 and the Ati Vishist Seva Medal in 1996 for exceptional devotion to duty. He was serving as Senior Air Staff Officer, Western Air Command, New Delhi before taking over as AOC-in-C, SWAC, the release added.