The government on Tuesday announced that Air Marshal VR Chaudhari has been appointed the next Chief of Air Staff.
Air Marshal Chaudhari will take charge as the next chief of the Indian Air Force (IAF) after the retirement of RKS Bhadauria on September 30.
A statement of the defence ministry said that Air Marshal Chaudhari, who is presently Vice Chief of Air Staff, has been appointed as the next Chief of the Air Staff.
In his decades-long career, Air Marshal Chaudhari was awarded Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM), Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) and Vayu Sena Medal. He was commissioned into the Fighter stream of IAF on December 29, 1982.
“Government has decided to appoint Air Marshal V R Chaudhari, PVSM, AVSM, VM, presently Vice Chief of Air Staff, as the next Chief of the Air Staff after the retirement of Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC on 30th September, 2021,” the defence ministry stated in its release.
Air Marshal V R Chaudhari, PVSM, AVSM, VM, was commissioned into the Fighter stream of Indian Air Force on 29th December 1982 and has held various Command, Staff and Instructional Appointments at various levels including the present one as Vice Chief of Air Staff, the statement further read.