The Government of India has decided to appoint Air Marshal VR Chaudhary as the next Chief of the Air Staff. He is currently the Vice Chief of Air Staff. At the same time, the current Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria is retiring from his service on 30 September 2021. Air Marshal VR Choudhary will take over on October 1.
Air Marshal Vivek Chaudhary has been honored with the military award ‘Ati Vishisht Seva Medal’. This award is equivalent to ‘Uttam Yudh Seva Medal’. The posting of Air Marshal Vivek Chaudhary as the Chief of Western Air Command took place at such a time. When there was a lot of dispute on the border between India and China on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh. At the same time, Pakistan was not deterred from its nefarious antics on the border.
Also took command of a frontline fighter base
Air Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhary was appointed as the Deputy Chief of the Indian Air Force in June this year in place of Air Marshal Harjit Singh Arora. Earlier he served as the Commander-in-Chief of IAF’s Western Air Command (WAC), which looks after the security of the country’s airspace in the sensitive Ladakh region as well as various other parts of North India.
Air Marshal Choudhary, an alumnus of the National Defense Academy, was inducted into the fighter stream of the Indian Air Force on 29 December 1982. In a distinguished career spanning 38 years, the officer has flown a variety of fighter and trainer aircraft in the IAF inventory. He has over 3,800 hours of flying experience including operational flying on MiG-21, MiG-23 MF, MiG 29, and Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter aircraft. Air Marshal Chaudhary has served in many important positions. He was the commanding officer of a frontline fighter squadron and also commanded a frontline fighter base.