Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha takes over as new COSC
Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha took over as the Chairman, Chief of Staff Committee (COSC) on July 30, 2014. He received the baton of Chairman, COSC from outgoing Chief of Army Staff, General Bikram Singh at a brief ceremony in the South Block. Chief of Naval Staff and other senior Principal Staff Officers of all three Services and Integrated Defence Staff were present on the occasion.
Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha graduated from the National Defence Academy, Pune with the President’s Gold Medal in 1973 and was commissioned in the flying Branch of Indian Air Force in December 1974. He is an experienced fighter pilot, a qualified Flying Instructor and a Fight Combat Leader with nearly 3,400 hours of flying experience to his credit, primarily on fighter aircraft.
He has held many coveted operational assignments such as Commanding Officer of MiG-29 Squadron, Station Commander of Air Force Station, Bhatinda in Punjab during ‘Op Parakram’, Air Officer Commanding Air Force Station Adampur and Advance Headquarters Western Air Command, Chandimandir. He has also served as the Deputy Commandant Air Force Academy, Hyderabad and Senior Air Staff Officer at Headquarters Western Air Command. The Air Chief Marshal has the rare distinction of being the Air Officer Comanding in Chief of two Operational Air Commands i.e. Central Air Command and the Western Air Command.
The Air Chief Marshal is an alumnus of Defence Services Staff College and the National Defence College, Delhi. For his distinguished service, he has been awarded Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and Vayu Sena Medal. He was appointed as Honorary Aide De Camp (Air) to the President of India with effect from December 1, 2012.