Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met India's former Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa (retired).PM Modi took to Twitter and lauded BS Dhanoa's contributions and said "He has served our nation with utmost valour, diligence, and professionalism."
Met India’s former Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa (retired). He has served our nation with utmost valour, diligence and professionalism. He has made a rich contribution to our Air Force. My best wishes to him for his future endeavours. pic.twitter.com/oAU8vM0tzM— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 4, 2019
Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa took over as the Chief of the Air Staff on January 1, 2017.
Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa handed over the baton to the new Chairman COSC Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat in New Delhi on September 27. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh was also present during the event. The Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) comprises of the chiefs of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force and the senior-most member is appointed its chairperson. Gen Bipin Rawat is scheduled to retire on December 31, 2019.
The task of the COSC is to ensure synergy among the three services and evolve a common strategy to deal with external security challenges facing the country. Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa had taken charge of Chairman of COSC from then Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba on May 29. Gen Bipin Rawat had assumed charge as Chief of Army Staff on December 31, 2016. He has tremendous hands-on experience of serving in combat areas and at various functional levels in the Indian Army over the last three decades. Before becoming Army Chief, he handled various operational responsibilities in many areas, including along the LoC with Pakistan, the LAC with China and in the Northeast.