Moment of pride for Nagpur: Air Marshal S B Deo to be next Vice-Chief of IAF

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Dec 2016 08:29:24

Staff Reporter,


Dec 29,

HERE is one more moment of pride for Nagpur. Air Marshal Shirish Baban Deo will be the next Vice-Chief of the Indian Air Force (IAF). Air Marshal S B Deo, who is currently Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Air Command of the IAF, will take over the new responsibility from Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, who is all set to be the new IAF chief.

A Nagpurian, Air Marshal S B Deo is elder brother of Adv Rohit Deo, who has been appointed recently as Advocate General of Maharashtra. The Air Marshal’s next generation also is in the IAF. His son Karan Deo is a Squadron Leader in the IAF. Air Marshal Deo will hand over the charge of the Western Air Command to Air Marshal C Hari Kumar.

A highly decorated officer with research acumen, Air Marshal S B Deo was commissioned in the fighter stream of the IAF on June 15, 1979. He is a recipient of the Presidential awards Param Vishist Seva Medal (PVSM), Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM), Vayu Sena Medal (VM), and Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM). On January 1, 2016 he was appointed as honorary Air ADC to President of India.
He has done 3,855 hours of operational and training flying. He is a fighter Combat Leader and an A2 Qualified Flying Instructor. He has been a Directing Staff at TACDE and an Instructor at Flying Instructors
School, Air Force Station, Tambaram. Also, he is an alumuns of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington.
Air Marshal Deo was Air Officer Commanding at 32 Wing Jodhpur. He has commanded 15 Squadron and a Signal Unit besides being Chief Operations Officer of a frontline forward base and commanded Air Force Station, Jodhpur. As Station Commander of the Signal Unit, he was actively involved in induction of modern assets and sensors in the IAF.

Prior to taking over as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Air Command, he was Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Air Command, Director General Air Operations (DGAO), Air Officer Commanding of COBRA Group, AD Commander and Air-I at Headquarters, Central Air Command, and has held various staff appointments and worked in Operations/ Plans Directorates at Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhawan).
He is married happily to Anjna.