New Delhi, December 17: Decorated Army officer Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat has been appointed as the new Indian Army chief and Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa has been elevated as the Indian Navy chief. The information about the appointment of two top chiefs of Indian force comes on Saturday evening.
Lt General Bipin Rawat will succeed General Dalbir Singh Suhag who will retire on January 10 next year. While Air Marshall BS Dhanoa will succeed Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha who will retire by the end of this year.
In June 2015, Air Marshal BS Dhanoa took as the Vice Chief of the Air Staff (VCAS). BS Dhanoa was commissioned in the IAF in June 1978 as a fighter pilot. BS Dhanoaa is an alumnus of Rashtriya Indian Military College, the National Defence Academy and the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington.
According to reports, BS Dhanoa is a Qualified Flying Instructor and has flown various types of fighter aircraft in his distinguished career. At the time of the Kargil Operations, BS Dhanoa commanded a fighter squadron and himself flew numerous night strike missions in the mountainous terrain.
BS Dhanoa holds a high reputation of having held a number of the important operational appointments including Station Commander of a fighter base and leader of an Indian Military Training team abroad. Dhanoa also served as a Chief Instructor (Air) at the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Intelligence) at Air Headquarters and Senior Air Staff Officer of two operational Commands.
Before being appointed as Vice Chief of Air Staff, BS Dhanoa was holding a position of Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the South Western Air Command.
In 1999 BS Dhanoa was awarded Yudh Seva Medal (YSM), Vayusena Medal (VM) and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) in 2015 by the President of India. BS Dhanoa is married to Mrs Kamalpreet and they have a son Jasman.