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|July 31, 2000||
Kargil hero is IAF vice-chief
Kargil hero Air Marshal Vinod Patney was Monday appointed Vice Chief of Air Staff at the Air Headquarters in New Delhi, in a major reshuffle of top commanders.
Patney, air officer commanding in the chief central air command, takes over from Air Marshal Prithvi Singh Brar, who retires after 40 years of meritorious service.
Patney was air officer commanding in the chief western air command during the Kargil operations and was awarded the Sarvotam Yudh Seva Medal.
Air Marshal V K Verma, senior air staff officer, central air command, has taken over as air officer commanding in chief central air command in succession to Patney.
Another senior commander, Air Vice Marshal T M Asthana, on promotion, to the rank of air marshal, has been appointed as senior air staff officer, central air command.
Air Vice Marshal A Bhavnani has been appointed assistant chief of air staff (personnel) at the Air Headquarters on promotion.
Air Marshal P K Ghosh has been appointed director general, radar and communications projects office, in place of Air Marshal P N Bajaj, who has retired.
Air Vice Marshal D N Nigam, on promotion as air marshal, has been appointed senior maintenance staff officer of the air forces maintenance command at Nagpur.
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