Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne took over as the Chief of the Air Staff at Air
Headquarters, Vayu Bhawan, New Delhi from Air Chief Marshal PV Naik who laid
down the office after 42 years of distinguished service on 31 July 11. Air Chief
Marshal NAK Browne took over as the 23rd Chief of the Air Staff.
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Born in Allahabad on 15 December 1951, Air Chief Marshal Browne joined the prestigious
National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla at an age of 17 years. He graduated from
the Air Force Academy Dundigal on 24 June 1972 as a fighter pilot. He joined
an operational fighter squadron after commissioning and has varied operational
experience of flying Hunters, all variants of Mig-21, Jaguars and Su-30s over
a career spanning 39 years.
Air Chief Marshal Browne
was a member of the first two batches of pioneer pilots that went to train with
Number 226 Operational Conversion Unit at RAF Lossiemouth on the Jaguar Deep
Penetration Strike Aircraft (DPSA). Jaguars were inducted into the IAF in the
July of 1979. The Air Chief
commanded Number 16 Squadron - 'The Cobras', a premier Jaguar Strike
Squadron from December 1990 to June 1992. He is a Fighter Combat Leader and
a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, Alabama, USA. He has been an
instructor at the Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE) and
the tri-service Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington.
In his illustrious career, he has held various operational and staff appointments
that include - Joint Director at Air War Strategy Cell at Air Headquarters,
Chief Operations Officer and Air Officer Commanding of a SU-30 base, Air-I at
Western Air Command (WAC) and Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Intelligence)
at Air Headquarters. He was also responsible for establishing the Indian Defence
Wing in Tel Aviv, Israel in April 1997, where he served as the Defence Attache
till July 2000. From March 2007 to May 2009 he functioned as the Deputy Chief
of the Air Staff (DCAS) at Air Headquarters and was responsible for IAF's major
Before taking over as the Vice Chief of the Air Staff (VCAS) at Air Headquarters
in January 2011, he was the AOC-in-C
of Western Air Command, under whose command and personal supervision, the first
ever landing of an Antonov -32
(fixed wing aircraft) took place at Nyoma
Advance Landing Ground (ALG), located at an altitude of 13,300 feet on 18 September
Air Chief Marshal Browne is a recipient of Param Vishist Seva Medal (PVSM),
Ati Vishist Seva Medal (AVSM), Vayu Sena Medal (VM) and is appointed as one
of the Honorary Aides De Camp to the President of India.
In his address to the Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Browne said, "The IAF is
well poised on the path of transforming itself into a potent strategic force".
Outlining his vision statement for the IAF of - 'People first Mission Always',
he said, "While induction of the state of the art equipment and systems would
lead to a major up-gradation of our combat potential, our biggest strength,
'Our People' must receive our highest attention." "In whatever capacity you
serve in the Indian Air Force, you remain our most valuable asset", he added.
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"I firmly believe that each one of us has a duty to care and look after the
people placed under our charge. It is a sacred calling, for all leaders, men
and women, irrespective of the rank and position. Our endeavour should be, to
empower our subordinates, by giving them required operating skills, through
dedicated training and mentoring".
"While change is the hallmark of growth and progress, the biggest challenge
facing us in the coming years, is to manage this fast paced change effectively,
without compromising on high operational standards. Operating across a broad
spectrum of vintage equipment, would test our innovativeness and capabilities.
The nation has reposed a high degree of trust and confidence in our capabilities.
It is indeed an onerous asking, and I am confident that as capable men and women
we will work shoulder to shoulder in discharging our responsibilities befittingly".
Married to Mrs Kiran Browne
their son Omar is a Su-30 MKI pilot and their daughter Alisha works with a multinational