Jammu: Air Commodore Gurjot Singh Bhullar on Sunday took over the Command of Air Force Station, Jammu as the Air Officer Commanding.
He took the charge from Air Commodore Ajay Singh Pathania who retired after a 35 year long unblemished career in the IAF, including over 6000 hours of Accident Free Flying.
An official spokesman said that Air Commodore Pathania was an avid aviator and continued flying till last day of his career.
He was instrumental in operationalising Runway Extension and Resurfacing which led to removal of load penalty and start of Night Flights from Jammu, benefiting people of J&K, he said.
The new Air Officer Commanding Air Commodore GS Bhullar VM (Gallantry) is a Helicopter pilot with over 4500 hours of rich operational experience ranging from Jammu and Kashmir in the north to the southernmost tip of Andaman and Nicobar islands.
He said that a Qualified Flying Instructor, the Air Officer is qualified on all key operational roles of helicopters.
The officer was awarded Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) in 2006 for a daring rescue operation during flood relief operations at Belgaum, Karnataka.
A graduate of Defence Service Staff College, Air Commodore Bhullar has commanded one of the oldest helicopter units of IAF in the Noth East and has been the Station Commander of the only operational Air Base of IAF on an island – Car Nicobar.
Prior to this, the Air Officer was posted as Directing Staff at the prestigious Defence Services Staff College.