Air Marshal Harjit Singh Arora took over as Vice-Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force (IAF) here on Monday.
The Air Marshal was commissioned in the IAF as a fighter pilot in December 1981. He has rich and diverse experience of accident-free operational flying which includes MiG 21, MiG 29 and other aircraft in the IAF inventory, including helicopters, an official press release said.
He is a graduate of Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment, Defence Service Staff College and National Defence College. He holds a Master of Science in Defence Studies and Master of Philosophy in Defence and Strategic Studies.
The Air Officer has commanded a MiG 21 Sqn in the South Western sector and was later Commander of Air Defence Direction Centre in the same sector. He went on to command a premier MiG 29 Base and as an Air Vice-Marshal he was Air Defence Commander at Headquarters Western Air Command and Eastern Air Command.
As an Air Marshal, he has held the appointments of Director General (Inspection and Safety) and Director-General Air (Operations) at Air HQ. Before taking over as Vice-Chief of the Air Staff, he was Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, South Western Air Command.
He has been a Directing Staff at Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment and a Flying Inspector in the Directorate of Air Staff Inspection. He was Defence Attaché in the Embassy of India, Bangkok, Thailand from 2006 to 2009.
For his distinguished service, Air Marshal Arora was awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal by the President on January 26, 2011. He was appointed as Honorary Air Force ADC to the President.
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