Indian Airforce (IAF) Chief Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa on Wednesday received the baton of Chairman of Chief of Staff Committee from (COSC) outgoing Chairman of the COSC and Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba who retires on Friday.
The Chiefs of Staff Committee comprises chiefs of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force and the senior most member is appointed its chairperson.
According to an official statement,the Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa will be the Chairman COSC with effect from May 31 consequent to relinquishment of charge by Admiral Sunil Lanba upon superannuation.
The Chairman of Chiefs of Staff Committee is tasked with ensuring synergy among the three services and evolve common strategy to deal with external security challenges facing the country.
Air Chief Marshall Dhanoa,an alumnus of Rashtriya Indian Military College and the National Defence Academy,was commissioned in the flying branch of Indian Air Force in June 1978.
He has primarily flown the MiG-21 aircraft with flying experience across the entire spectrum of fighter aircraft of the IAF.
Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa is a Kargil war veteran.He is an experienced top rated fighter pilot and a qualified CAT’A’ Flying Instructor with over 3,000 hours of flying experience to his credit.
During the Kargil war in 1999, he was the Commanding Officer of a frontline ground attack fighter squadron.
He has led many coveted operational and staff assignments that include command of a frontline fighter base,Director of the fighter operations and War Planning at Western Air Command.
He was the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of South Western Air Command and he has also been the Vice Chief of the Air Staff.