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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

24 Dec 1990 - 15 Jun 1992Wg CdrNo.16 SquadronGorakhpur CO
01 Apr 1997 - 01 Jul 2000Gp CaptEmbassy of India, IsraelTel Aviv Def Attache 1st
01 Jul 2000 - 01 Jan 2003Air Cmde2 WingLohegaon (Pune) AOC
01 Oct 2004 - 28 Feb 2007AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi ACAS (Int)
01 Mar 2007 - 31 May 2009Air MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi DCAS
01 Jun 2009 - 31 Dec 2010Air MshlWestern Air CommandDelhi AOC-in-C
01 Jan 2011 - 31 Jul 2011Air MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi VCAS
31 Jul 2011 - 31 Dec 2013Air Chf MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi CAS
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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 : Citation / Details Not Available
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalNorman Anil Kumar Browne13129 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2010Announced 26 Jan 2010
Details : AOC-in-C WC
Unit : WC
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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).