Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, is a first-rate fighter pilot and Kargil war veteran who is tipped as the next Indian Air Force Chief (IAF). He will succeed Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha on the post from January 2017.
He was born in Gharaun Village of SAS Nagar in Punjab. His father, Sarayan Singh, served as the Chief Secretary to the Punjab government and Bihar government as part of his IAS officer career. His grandfather was part of the World War II as a captain in the British Indian Army at the time.
He studied his way through the Rashtriya Indian Military College in Dehradun and graduated from the National Defense Academy later on. He has also partaken in a staff course in Wellington as part of the Defense Services Staff College.
He started his career as a fighter pilot in June 1978. He, later on, became a flying instructor adhering to his experience in handling different types of fighter jets. He commandeered a fighter squad on several night strikes during the Kargil conflict in 1999. He was later on awarded Yudh Seva Medal for his services. He went on to serve multiple administrative and operational appointments during his 37 years of services. He has also served as the Chief Instructor and Assistant Chief of Air Staff for Intelligence. He further held the title of Senior Air Staff Officer for a brief stint.
He assumed the office of Vice Chief of Air Staff at Air headquarters after taking over from Ravi Kant Sharma. He then took the helm of the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief for South Western Air Command. In a high-profile designation, Government of India awarded Birender Singh Dhanoa as the next Chief of Indian Air Force. He will resume his post from January 2017.
His career resembles multiple awards and accolades in from of Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 2015 granted by the honorary President of India. He was previously awarded Vayu Sena Medal and Yudh Seva Medal in 1999.
- Name: Air Marshall Birender Singh Dhanoa
- Nickname: Birender Singh Dhanoa
- Date of Birth: 7th September 1957
- Age: 59 years (As of Current)
- Place of Birth: SAS Nagar, Mohali, Punjab
- School & College: Rashtriya Indian Military College, National Defense Academy, and Defense Services Staff College
- Father: Sarayan Singh
- Mother: N/A
- Brother: N/A
- Sister: N/A
- Marital Status: Married
- Wife: Kamalpreet Dhanoa
- Son: Jasman Dhanoa
- Affair: N/A
- Religion: Sikh
- Zodiac Sign: N/A
- Languages Known: Hindi, English, Punjabi