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Air Marshal Major next Chief of Air Staff

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New Delhi, Jan 30: Air Marshal Fali Homi Major was today appointed the next Chief of the Air Staff.

The first helicopter pilot to become the Air Chief, Air Marshal Majorwill take over charge on March 31 when Air Chief Marshal S P Tyagiretires, an official announcement said.

Born on May 29, 1947, Air Marshal Major was commissioned into the Air Force on December 31, 1967 as a helicopter pilot.

During his long and distinguished service spanning a little over39 years, he worked in a variety of command, staff and instructionalappointments. He has the distinction of having 7,765 hours of flyingexperience to his credit.

The Air officer commanded a helicopter unit, which took part inworld's highest battlefield operations in Siachen Glacier and commandedMI-17 squadron during IPKF operations in Sri Lanka, for which he wasdecorated with Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry).

Air Marshal Major was honoured with 'Saurya Chakra' forundertaking a dangerous and exacting rescue mission on October 14, 1992at Timber Trail in Parwanoo, Himachal Pradesh, where he along with hiscrew winched the eleven stranded tourists out from the cable car byhovering precariously close to the set of cables that ran above thecable car.

Besides being a Fellow of the National Defence College, New Delhi,and the Army War College, Mhow, he had the distinction of overseeingthe tri-Service operations, including the Tsunami operations, duringhis tenure as Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Operations) atIDS Head Quarters.

He was promoted as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern AirCommand in September 2005. The Indo-US Joint Air Exercises atKalaikunda in 2005 were successfully conducted under his leadership inEastern Air Command.

He was awarded Ati Vishist Seva Medal (AVSM) in January 2002 and Param Vishist Seva Medal (PVSM) in January 2006.

He is one of the Honorary ADCs of the Supreme Commander.


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