Air Marshal Harjit Singh Arora, Ati Vishist Seva Medal took over as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, South Western Air Command on 01 Oct 2018.
Born on 25 Jun 1961, the Air Marshal was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a fighter pilot in Dec 1981. He has rich and diverse experience of accident free operational flying which include MiG 21, MiG 29 and other aircraft in IAF inventory, including helicopters. He has served as Directing Staff at Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment and as a Flying Inspector in the Directorate of Air Staff Inspection. He was deputed as Defence Attaché at the Embassy of India, Bangkok, Thailand from 2006 to 2009.
He commanded 45 Squadron – ‘The Flying Daggers’ – as a Wing Commander and as a Group Captain he was Commander of Air Defence Direction Centre and Station Commander at 33 Signal Unit – ‘The Scanners’. As an Air Commodore he commanded a premier MiG 29 Base on the western border and as an Air Vice Marshal he was Air Defence Commander at Headquarters of Western Air Command as well as Eastern Air Command. As an Air Marshal he has held the appointments of Director General (Inspection and Safety) and Director General Air (Operations) at Air HQ.
While undergoing Fighter Strike Leader Training at the Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment he was ‘First in the Order of Merit’ and won all three trophies. He is also a meritorious graduate of Defence Services Staff College and National Defence College, and is Master of Philosophy in Defence and Strategic Studies.
In recognition of his distinguished service he was commended by the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief in 1997 and was awarded Ati Vishist Seva Medal on 26 Jan 2011 by the President of India.
He is married to Mrs Baljeet Arora since 07 May 1989 and they have two sons. He enjoys reading and loves travelling as well as listening to music.