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Air Chief Marshal Norman Anil Kumar Browne

Service No 13129 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- --
Date Commissioned 24 Jun 1972 Course 108 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Dec 2013
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 11 Mar 1991Gp Capt : 01 May 1995Air Cmde : 29 Jun 2001AVM : 01 Dec 2004
Air Marshal : 05 Mar 2007C-in-C : 01 Jun 2009Air Chief Marshal : 31 Jul 2011
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Notes: 1) Ranks shown are substantive ranks at retirement. 2)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 3)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
01 Jul 1972 - 01 Jun 1973Plt OffrHunter Operational Flying Training UnitJamnagar Trainee
01 Jul 1973 - 01 May 1974Plt OffrNo.5 SquadronChandigarh Sqn Pilot
01 Jun 1974 - 01 May 1976Fg OffrNo.4 SquadronTezpur Sqn Pilot
01 May 1976 - 01 Apr 1978Fg OffrNo.4 SquadronBareilly Sqn Pilot
01 May 1978 - 01 Apr 1979Flt LtNo.21 SquadronPune Sqn Pilot
01 Apr 1979 - 01 Sep 1979Flt LtRAF LosseimouthUK Jaguars Conversion
01 Sep 1979 - 01 Aug 1984Sqn LdrNo.14 SquadronAmbala Sqn Pilot
01 Aug 1984 - 01 Jul 1987Sqn LdrTactics and Combat Development EstablishmentJamnagar DS
01 Aug 1987 - 01 Apr 1988Sqn LdrMontgomery , AlabamaUSA ACSC Course
01 Apr 1988 - 01 Jun 1989Sqn LdrNo.16 SquadronGorakhpur Flt Cdr
01 Jun 1989 - 23 Dec 1990Wg CdrDSSCWellington DS
24 Dec 1990 - 15 Jun 1992Wg CdrNo.16 SquadronGorakhpur Commanding Officer
01 Jun 1992 - 01 Jul 1993Wg CdrWestern Air CommandDelhi SO to AOC-in-C
01 Jul 1993 - 01 Dec 1995Wg CdrAir Head QuartersDelhi SO to CAS
01 Dec 1995 - 01 Mar 1997Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi JD (Air War Strategy)
01 Apr 1997 - 01 Jul 2000Gp CaptIsraelTel Aviv Defence Attache
01 Jul 2000 - 01 Jan 2003Air Cmde2 WingLohegaon (Pune) Air Officer Commanding
01 Feb 2003 - 30 Sep 2004Air CmdeWestern Air CommandDelhi Air-I
01 Oct 2004 - 28 Feb 2007AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Intelligence
01 Mar 2007 - 31 May 2009Air MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi Deputy Chief of Air Staff
01 Jun 2009 - 31 Dec 2010Air MshlWestern Air CommandDelhi Air Officer Commanding in Chief
01 Jan 2011 - 31 Jul 2011Air MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi Vice Chief of Air Staff
31 Jul 2011 - 31 Dec 2013Air Chf MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi Chief of Air Staff
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 3
   
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrNorman Anil Kumar Browne13129 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1994
Details :

Wg Cdr Norman Anil Kumar Browne was commissioned on 24 Jun 72 and has been in command of a Squadron, equipped with the frontline Deep Penetration Strike Aircraft since Dec 90. Wg Cdr Browne is a graduate of Staff College in USA. He has over 3000 hours of accident-free flying.

Immediately after assuming command of the Squadron, he set about enhancing the operational preparedness and potential of the unit. Wg Cdr Browne's personal contribution in development of tactics has been very significant. Recommendations made by him and his team have been accepted by Air HQ and these form a part of the standard tactics for strike squadrons.

During a low level night strike mission in a Jaguar aircraft, he experienced serious controls malfunction followed by controls restriction in the rudders. As worthy professional, he remained cool and analyzed the emergency correctly. He nursed the stricken aircraft to a safe altitude. He had to fly the aircraft extremely close to the limits of the performance envelope. He displayed extraordinary qualities of airmanship in landing the crippled aircraft thus saving invaluable aircraft.

For exceptional devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Wg Cdr NAK Browne.

Unit : 16 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 19th March 1994. - No.20-Pres/94 dated 26th January 1994
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeNorman Anil Kumar Browne13129 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2003Announced 26 Jan 2003
Details :

Air Commodore Norman Anil Kumar Browne VM (13129) F (P) was commissioned in the IAF on 24 Jul 72. He has held several important command and staff appointments that include Directing Staff at Tactical Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE), command of a Jaguar fighter squadron, Defence Attaché at Embassy of India at Tel Aviv, Israel and Chief Operations Officer of a premium fighter base. He is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, USA and also served as a Directing Staff at Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington. He was awarded VM in 1994 for distinguished service.

Air Cmde Browne was entrusted with the task of establishing for the first time the Indian Defence Wing at Tel Aviv, Israel in 1997. As the Defence Attaché, he carried out excellent pioneering work and laid the foundation for coordinating various projects of the three services, in addition to the requirements of Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and MoD. His close liaison with the Israeli MoD and their Defence forces proved highly beneficial during Kargil crisis. His detailed planning and close involvement saw the induction of a number of new avionics and weapon systems, which are now operational with the three Services.

Air Cmde Browne was appointed Air Officer Commanding Air Force Station Pune on 29 Jun 2001. On taking over the command he faced the challenges of improving SU-30 aircraft serviceability in the face of uncertainty of availability of spares from Russia. With thorough planning and personal involvement the Serviceability State has improved to 85%. This afforded an optimum deployment of aircraft in support of Op 'Parakaram'. He has meticulously guided the squadron in evolving tactics and employment philosophy of the ac. He has also laid the foundation and planned the build up of infrastructure for the induction of the new variant SU-30 MK I. The officer has inspired confidence amongst all his station personnel. He has been innovative and cost conscious. Under his able guidance, the station has achieved high standards, which showed during the visit of Director of Air Staff Inspection (DASI) in Dec 01 when the station was assessed as 'Average Plus' in all fields and earned 'Above Average' grading in flight safety.

Air Commodore Norman Anil Kumar Browne VM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI20030126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalNorman Anil Kumar Browne13129 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2010Announced 26 Jan 2010
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
Unit : WC
Reference :

Additional Notes

Remarks: WAC C-in-C Note added: 2009-06-02
Air Marshal NAK Browne AVSM VM assumed the charge of Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command, the largest and the senior most operational command of the Indian Air Force today.

Commissioned into the fighter stream of Indian Air Force on 24 Jun 1972, he has varied operational experience and has flown aircraft that include Hunter, all variants of MiG-21s, Jaguar and SU-30MKI. An alumnus of National Defence Academy, he is a Fighter Combat Leader who has also served an instructor at the Tactics and Combat Development Establishment (TACDE) and Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington.

He has trained with the Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom on Jaguar aircraft and commanded a Jaguar Squadron subsequently. A graduate of Air Command and Staff College USA he has held many appointments that include Joint Director at Air War Strategy Cell at Air Headquarters, Chief Operations Officer and Air Officer Commanding of the SU-30 Base, Air-I at Western Air Command and Assistant Chief of 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 Attaché till July 2000.

On 05 March 2007 the Air Officer was promoted to the rank of Air Marshal and was appointed the Deputy Chief of Air Staff responsible for IAF’s major modernization programmes.

Air Marshal Browne is a recipient of Ati Vishist Seva Medal (AVSM) and Vayu Sena Medal (VM).