Air Marshal Kumar Browne is set to become the 1st military chief to have been commissioned into service after India’s previous full-fledged war involving land, air and naval forces in 1971.
Naik was commissioned into the fighter stream of the air force in 1969, 2 years before the war that led to the birth of Bangladesh. Verma, who will become the senior-most military officer in the country, was commissioned into the navy in 1970.
Browne is a pilot with over 32,00 hours of flying fighter aircraft and was also a Fighter Combat Leader and an instructor at Gwalior’s Tactics and Combat Development Establishment, which set fighter pilots through their paces.
Browne has trained with the UK Royal Air Force in Jaguar aircraft and is an alumnus of the Air Command and Staff College, US (1987-88).
Air Chief Marshal Browne is receiver of Param Vishist Seva Medal, Ati Vishist Seva Medal, Vayu Sena Medal and is appointed as one of the Honorary Aides De Camp to the President of India.