President Kovind remembers Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh on his birth centenary

• President Ram Nath Kovind remembered Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh on his birth centenary.

Key highlights

• In 1964 he was appointed as Chief of Air Staff (India) (Air Marshal).

• For his distinguished service in commanding the Indian Air force (IAF) during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan.

• In 1966, Chief of Air Staff rank was upgraded to that of an Air Chief Marshal, thus he became the first IAF officer to be promoted to air chief marshal.

• In the same year (1966), he was appointed as Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee.

• In 1970 he retired from Indian Air Force, after which he served as a diplomat, politician and advisor to the Indian government. He was Lieutenant Governor of Delhi from 1989 to 1990.

• In 2002, the then President KR Narayanan had conferred the five-star rank on Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh. With this, he became the first and only officer of the Indian Air Force to be promoted to five-star rank as Marshal of the Indian Air Force (MIAF), equal to the army rank of Field Marshal.

• In 2016, to mark the Marshal’s 97th birthday, the then Chief of Air Staff announced that Indian Air Force base at Panagarh in West Bengal will be called Air Force Station Arjan Singh, in honour of his service.

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