Air Marshal B Suresh retires

New Delhi (NVI): Air Marshal B Suresh, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the crucial Western Air Command superannuated today after an illustrious career spanning over four decades.

Air Marshal Suresh was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the Indian Air Force in the year 1980.

An alumini of the Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun and National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla, the Air Marshal is a ‘Sword of Honour’ recipient from the Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment. He did his post graduation from the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and from Cranfield University, Shrivenham, UK.

Air Marshal Suresh is a highly experienced fighter pilot and has flown a variety of aircraft. During his distinguished career, the Air Marshal held a number of coveted Command and Staff appointments. He commanded a Fighter Squadron which specialised in maritime and night air strikes and was deployed along the western border during the Kargil conflict.

Before taking over the appointment of Director Operations (Joint Planning) which is responsible for Tri-service coordination, he commanded Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment. The Air Marshal has commanded one of the largest air bases of the IAF in the western sector as an Air Commodore. He was also the Air Assistant to the Chief of Air Staff.

The Air Marshal is a highly decorated officer having been awarded Vayu Sena Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and the Param Vishisht Seva Medal in recognition of his distinguished and dedicated service to the Nation. He was also appointed as Honorary Aide-de-Camp to the Hon’ble President of India.

-ARK