Eastern Air Command chief Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar has been appointed as the new chief of Indian Air Force’s sword arm Western Air Command (WAC) on Thursday.
The WAC is headquartered in the national capital and controls the area from north of Bikaner in Rajasthan up to Siachen Glacier and controls almost 40 per cent of the air bases of the Indian Air Force.
Know about Kargil War hero Raghunath Nambiar
Nambiar during the Kargil War, was highly praised for shooting five of the eight Laser Guided Bombs on the Pakistani positions from his plane.
He commanded the oldest squadron in the Indian Air Force, the No. 1 Squadron, and flew over 25 operational missions in a Mirage 2000 during the war.
An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Nambiar has the distinction of having the highest number of flying hours on the Mirage-2000 in the IAF, with over 2300 flying hours on the aircraft to his credit, and a total of 5100 hours of flying experience.
He is an experimental Test Pilot and has flown 42 types of aircrafts as Pilot in Command.
During his career, he has been awarded with numerous awards and decorations including two Vayu Sena Medals, one for Gallantry during the Kargil Operations and for flight testing the HAL Tejas (2002), the Ati Vishist Seva Medal in (2015), Param Vishisht Seva Medal in 2019
Nambiar is married to Luxmi Nambiar who is the President of Air Force Wives Welfare Association