New Delhi, Air Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari, who is a recipient of Presidential awards of PVSM AVSM VM, took over as Vice Chief of the Air Staff (VCAS) on July 1.
The Air Marshal was commissioned in the fighter stream of the Indian Air Force (IAF) on December 29, 1982. The Air Officer has a flying experience of more than 3800 hours on a wide variety of fighter and trainer aircraft, including missions flown during Op-Meghdoot and Op-Safed Sagar.
He is an alumnus of National Defence Academy (NDA) Khadakwasla, Pune and Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington.
During his illustrious career in the IAF, the Air Officer has commanded a frontline Fighter Squadron and a Fighter base. As Air Vice Marshal, he has been Deputy Commandant, Air Force Academy, Assistant Chief of Air Staff Operations (Air Defence) and Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Personnel Officers).
He has also held the coveted appointments of Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (DCAS) at Air HQ and Senior Air Staff Officer at Eastern Air Command (EAC). Prior to assuming the present appointment, he was the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) of Western Air Command.
Air Marshal Chaudhari replaces Air Marshal HS Arora, another PVSM AVSM, who retired after more than 39 years of illustrious service on June 30. During his tenure as VCAS, he was instrumental in ensuring prompt and optimum operational deployment of assets in proportionate response to the developing situation in Eastern Ladakh. Under his guidance, IAF also effectively contributed towards various HADR and COVID related tasks, both within India and abroad.
On the occasion, the Air Marshals were presented the ceremonial Guard of Honour at Air Headquarters. They also took part in the wreath laying ceremony at the National War Memorial.