Air Marshal PS Bhangu takes over as South Western Air Command Chief

      Air Marshal Paramjit Singh Bhangu on Thursday took over as the new Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C), South Western Air Command (SWAC), here today. Air Marshal Bhangu was holding the appointment of Senior Air Staff Officer, Western Air Command, New Delhi before taking over as AOC-in-C, SWAC. Air Marshal Bhangu was commissioned in Indian Air Force (IAF) as a fighter pilot on January 22, 1972. He has over 4000 hrs 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 "Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE)". He is an alumnus of Defence Service Staff College, Wellington. Besides staff appointments at Air HQ 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 diplomatic tenure in Embassy of India Moscow, Russia as Air Attache for over three years. He also held the appointments of Director General, Air Force Naval Housing Board, Assistance Chief of Air Staff (Personnel Officers) and Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Personnel Airmen and Civilians) at Air Headquarters. The Air Officer was awarded the Vayu Sena Medal in 1992 and the Ati Vishist Seva Medal in 1996 for exceptional devotion to duty.

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