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Air Chief Marshal Norman Anil Kumar Browne

Service No & Branch 13129 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 24 Jun 1972 Course: 108 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Dec 2013 Superannuated Flying Hours : 3200 Nick Name : Charlie
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 24 Jun 1973Flt Lt : 24 Jun 1977Sqn Ldr : 24 Jun 1983Wg Cdr : 11 Mar 1991
Gp Capt : 01 May 1995Air Cmde : 29 Jun 2001AVM : 01 Dec 2004Air Marshal : 05 Mar 2007
C-in-C : 01 Jun 2009Air Chief Marshal : 31 Jul 2011
Training and Other Courses Attended
39 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 197019 FCL (Flt Lt) - 01 Mar 1981
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Notes:1)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 2)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Jul 1972 - 01 Jun 1973Plt OffrHOFTUJamnagar Trainee
01 Jul 1973 - 01 May 1974Plt OffrNo.5 SquadronChandigarh Squadron Pilot
01 Jun 1974 - 01 May 1976Fg OffrNo.4 SquadronTezpur Squadron Pilot
01 May 1976 - 01 Apr 1978Fg OffrNo.4 SquadronBareilly Squadron Pilot
01 May 1978 - 01 Apr 1979Flt LtNo.21 SquadronPune Squadron Pilot
01 Apr 1979 - 01 Sep 1979Flt LtRAF LosseimouthUK Jaguars Conversion
01 Sep 1979 - 01 Aug 1984Sqn LdrNo.14 SquadronAmbala Squadron Pilot
01 Aug 1984 - 01 Jul 1987Sqn LdrTactics and Combat Development EstablishmentJamnagar Directing Staff
01 Aug 1987 - 01 Apr 1988Sqn LdrAir Command and Staff CollegeMontgomery, Alabama Staff Course
01 Apr 1988 - 01 Jun 1989Sqn LdrNo.16 SquadronGorakhpur Flight Commander
01 Jun 1989 - 23 Dec 1990Wg CdrDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Directing Staff
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 Staff Officer to Chief of Air Staff
01 Dec 1995 - 01 Mar 1997Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Joint Director (Air War Strategy Cell)
01 Apr 1997 - 01 Jul 2000Gp CaptEmbassy of India, IsraelTel Aviv Defence Attache
04 Jan 2001 - 09 Jan 2003Air Cmde2 WingLohegaon (Pune) Air Officer Commanding
31 Jan 2003 - 24 Oct 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 MarshalPSO: Planning, Air HQDelhi Deputy Chief of Air Staff
01 Jun 2009 - 31 Dec 2010Air MarshalWestern Air CommandDelhi Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 Jan 2011 - 31 Jul 2011Air MarshalPSO: Operations, Air HQDelhi Vice Chief of Air Staff
06 Jan 2010 - No.16 Squadron Commodore Commandant
31 Jul 2011 - 31 Dec 2013Air Chief MarshalAir 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
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