Friday, May 20, 2011

New Air Chief Announced--Air Marshal Browne To take Over On July 31, 2011

Vice Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal NAK Browne will be the next Chief of Air Staff on the retirement of Air Chief Marshal PV Naik from government service on July 31, 2011.

Born in Allahabad on 15 December 1951, Air Marshal NAK Browne was commissioned into the Fighter stream of Indian Air Force on 24 June 1972. With about 3100 hours of flying to his credit, he has had a varied operational experience that included flying Hunters, all variants of MiG-21s, Jaguars and SU-30s.

An alumnus of National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Pune, he is a Fighter Combat Leader, who has also served as an instructor at the Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE) - a premiere flying establishment of the IAF and the Tri-services Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington.

A graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, Albama, USA, he had trained with the Royal Air Force (RAF) in the United Kingdom, on Jaguar aircraft and went on to command a Jaguar Squadron subsequently.

During his long and distinguished career spanning 38 years, he has held various operational and staff appointments that include - Joint Director at Air War Strategy Cell at Air Headquarters, Chief Operations Officer and Air Officer Commanding of a SU-30 base, Air-I at New Delhi based Western Air Command (WAC) and Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Intelligence) at Air Headquarters.

He was also responsible for establishing the Indian Defence Wing in Tel Aviv, Israel in April 1997 where he served as the Defence Attache till July 2000. From March 2007 to 31 May 2009 he functioned as the Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (DCAS) at Air Headquarters and was responsible for lAF's major Modernization Programmes.

Before taking over as the Vice Chief of the Air Staff (VCAS) at Air Headquarters on 01 January 2011, he was the AOC-in-C of Western Air Command, lAF's most vital operational Command. Under his command and personal supervision, the first ever landing of an AN-32 (fixed wing aircraft) took place at Nyoma, advance Landing Ground (ALG), located at an altitude of 13,300 feet on 18 September 2009.

Air Marshal Browne is recipient of Param Vishist Seva Medal (PVSM), Ati Vishist Seva Medal (AVSM), Vayu Sena Medal (VM) and is appointed as one of the Honorary ADCs to the President of India.

Married to Mrs Kiran Browne, they have a son, Omar, a fighter pilot in the IAF and a daughter Alisha, who is working with a multinational company.


1 comment:

Rajiv Kumar Kaul said...

I have some pithy questions regarding the appointment of NAK Browne as Air Chief. In India we have since Independence embraced making politically motivated appointments to all branches of Government. This is pathetic, sad and extremely self defeating in building a nation that everyone can believe in, reside trust and repose faith.
When I look at the current environment that Congress has thrust India in, I wonder where we all are heading. After untold scams, fake claims of electoral victories, political incursions in revered, sacred, holy sites like Varanasi for Hindus - comes this appointment. The niggardly bogus Congress Government without character to muster, confuses the electorate with pretensions to Independent thinking in MMRCA. Are we onto something here, or do the dots still remain elusive and puzzle pieces incomplete.
We are not a secular nation if PM MMS and his Sikh community hold India at arms distance, alongwith the Muslims, Christians to maintain their religious sanctity. And trespasses on the religious sentiments of hundreds of million Hindus. I do not subscribe to Congress turning around and playing games with everyone on these issues.
I believe and always have, that Indians are propping up these minority Gods - when they are NOT, to drink at the altar of self delusional hypocrisy - the victims being highly competent Hindus. I do not consider it as appeasement but lame brained secular nonsense - that should have been eliminated with the demise of Jawahar Lal Nehru - (Mr TIF) The Indian Fool,
The world is presently and has always been built around religious lines with laws ensuring the absolute existence for everyone. Indian attempts at drinking their own urine will not extinguish the blatant truth.
NAK(Charlie) Browne has 3100 hours in flying Alfa Romeos, Maseratti's, BMW's, Rolls Royces - Say one word that is offensive to him - he will desert to UN, USA or the Vatican.
China is his enemy.