With the rapid expansion of the Indian
Air Force during the Fifties, the command and control structure needed to be
reorganized. This re-organisation led to the revival of the No 1 Operational
Group at Calcutta in 1958. This group was responsible for the operations of
the IAF in the eastern as well as the central sector of the country. The areas
of responsibility of this Operational Group were bifurcated and two separate
commands were formed. The Central Air Command was formed at Rani Kuthee, Calcutta
in Mar 1962. However with need to increase vigil along the Indo-Nepal and Indo-Tibetan
borders, Calcutta was considered inappropriate location for the Central Air
Command Headquarters and it was relocated at Allahabad in February 1966.
The task assigned to this Command is to patrol the North Central sector of this
country from Himachal border to Sikkim. The area assigned to command stretches
from Bareilly/Agra in the North to Bihta/Darbhanga in the East from Indo-Nepal
border in the North to Nagpur in the South.
AIR MARSHAL J CHAUHAN
AVSM VSM AIR OFFICER COMMANDING-IN-CHIEF CENTRAL AIR COMMAND
Air Marshal Jasvinder Chauhan AVSM VSM, has taken over as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Central Air Command, Indian Air Force on 1st June 2012. A highly experienced fighter pilot, he has over 3500 hours of flying to his credit on various types of fighter, helicopter and trainer aircraft. During his 37 Years long career, he has commanded a front line Fighter Squadron, an Air Defence Direction Centre and a premium Fighter Air Force Base. He is an alumni of the NDA and a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College in USA. He has served as India’s Air Attache in Moscow as an Air Commodore. He served as Air Officer Commanding, Jammu & Kashmir as an Air Vice Marshal and prior to taking over as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Central Air Command, Indian Air Force, he was Senior Air Staff Officer at Southern Air Command. He is a recipient of the Vishisht Seva Medal and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal for distinguished service of the most exceptional order in 2001 and 2004 respectively.
His wife, Mrs Harminder Chauhan is a home maker. Their son Lt Cdr Vikramdeep Singh Chauhan is a Naval Aviator and daughter Shumaila Chauhan, a Masters in Business Administration from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi is in the USA. Both the children are married.
Wing Commander BB Pandey Public Relation Officer Ministry of Defence Nr Chief Engineers AF Bamraull, Allahabad - 211012