New Delhi:  Air Marshal S B Deo assumed office as the Vice Chief of the Air Staff (VCAS) at Air HQ here on Monday.

Air Marshal S B DeoAccording to Indian Air Force (IAF) spokesperson, Air Marshal Deo was accorded a ceremonial Guard of Honour at the Air HQ. He paid homage at Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate before assuming office.

Commissioned as a fighter pilot in the IAF in June 1979, the senior IAF officer is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington.

He commanded a Mig-21 Bison Squadron and a Signal Unit besides being the Chief Ops Officer of a forward base.

As Station Commander of the Signal Unit he was actively involved in the induction of modern assets and sensors in the IAF. Prior to taking over as VCAS, he was the AOC-in-C of Western Air Command (WAC).

He is a FCL (Fighter Combat Leader) and a “Cat A” Qualified Flying Instructor with over 3800 hours of operational and training flying.

In recognition of his meritorious service and exceptional professionalism, he was awarded Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Vayu Sena Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal and ADC by the President of India.

The Air Marshal’s son too is a fighter pilot with IAF.