Interesting Facts about Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa

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Birender Singh Dhanoa, BS Dhanoa

After the retirement of Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Air Marshal (now Air Chief Marshal) BS Dhanoa was made to take complete control of Indian Air Force and lead the Force to new heights. IAF Chief BS Dhanoa is one of the motivational personalities that has not only showed the best of his skills during his service but has also led the force in many battles.

IAF Chief Birender Singh Dhanoa belongs to a Punjabi family who hails from Gharuan village. His father was an IAS officer whereas his grandfather had served in the British Army as Captain. Being an alumnus of National Defense Academy, he has also attended Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun and Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. There are many more interesting about Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa.

Interesting Facts about IAF Chief BS Dhanoa:


Trained Fighter Pilot: BS Dhanoa joined National Defense Academy in 1974 from where he joined Indian Air Force in 1978 as a commissioned Officer. He joined the Indian Air Force as a trained Fighter Pilot.

Grandfather was in British Army: He belongs to a Punjabi family where his father (ex-IAS) was the chief secretary of Punjab. His grandfather has also served the British Army as Captain. This builds his path towards joining the Indian Military simple.

Qualified Flying Instructor: BS Dhanoa has flown plethora fighter jets that made him a qualified Flying instructor. The fighter jets that come under his list are HJT-16 Kiran, MiG-21, SEPECAT Jaguar, MiG-29, and Su-30MKI.

Multiple Appointments: During his service in Indian Air Force, he has been provided multiple positions that include:

  • Director Targeting Cell at Air Headquarters
  • Director Fighter Operations & War Planning at Headquarters Western Air Command
  • Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Intelligence) at Air Headquarters
  • Senior Air Staff Officer of Eastern & Western Air Command
  • Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of South Western Air Command.

Kargil War: During the Kargil war in 1999, Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa was the Commanding Officer of the front line guard attack fighter squadron. He led his squadron to achieve success in the innovative methods of night bombing at high altitudes. Such innovation was never tried before by any of the Air Force officers. This made his squadron to be honored as the Best Fighter Squadron of HQ WAC.

List of Medals: He has been awarded various medals for his keen devotion and bravery during his service. Below is the list of medals that BS Dhanoa has earned till now.

  • Param Vishisht Seva Medal
  • Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
  • Yudh Seva Medal
  • Vayu Sena Medal
  • Operation Vijay Star Medal
  • Operation Parakram Medal
  • Operation Vijay Medal
  • Sainya Seva Medal
  • 50th Anniversary of Independence Medal
  • 30 Years Long Service Medal
  • 20 Years Long Service Medal
  • 9 Years Long Service Medal

25th Chief of Indian Air Force: Birender Singh Dhanoa has become the 25th Chief of Indian Air Force overtaking Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha. He is also the third Sikh to lead IAF after Marshal Arjan Singh and Dilbag Singh.

New Concept of Aerial Targeting Philosophy: During his service tenure, he developed a new concept of aerial targeting philosophy. He also made changes in the concept of air operations of Indian Air Force to contemporary war-fighting practices.

Honorary ADC: On 1st August 2015, he was awarded as Honorary ADC by President of India.

Personal Life: Talking about his personal life, he is married to Mrs. Kamalpreet. They have a son Jasman who is a law graduate.

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