Norman Anil Kumar Browne

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Air Chief Marshal
Norman Anil Kumar Browne
PVSM, AVSM, VM ADC
Anil Kumar Browne.PNG
Born 15 December 1951
Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
Allegiance India India
Service/branch  Indian Air Force
Rank Air Chief Marshal of IAF.png Air Chief Marshal
Awards
Ati Vishisht Seva Medal ribbon.svg Ati Vishist Seva Medal (AVSM)
Param Vishisht Seva Medal ribbon.svg Param Vishist Seva Medal (PVSM)
Vayusena Medal ribbon.svg Vayu Sena Medal (VM)
IND Paschimi Star Ribbon.svg Paschimi Star
IND Sangram Medal Ribbon.svg Sangram Medal
IND Operation Parakram medal.svg Operation Parakram Medal
IND Sainya Seva Medal Ribbon.svg Sainya Seva Medal
IND Videsh Seva Medal Ribbon.svg Videsh Seva Medal
IND 50th Anniversary Independence medal.svg 50th Independence Anniversary Medal
IND 30 Years Long Service Ribbon.svg 30 Years Long Service Medal
IND 20YearsServiceMedalRibbon.svg 30 Years Long Service Medal
IND 9YearsServiceMedalRibbon.svg 9 Years Long Service Medal

Air Chief Marshal Norman Anil Kumar Browne, also known as "Charlie" Browne, was Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) of the Indian Air Force (IAF) from 31 July 2011 to 31 Dec 2013. Air Chief Marshal Browne currently serves as India's Ambassador to Norway.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

Browne was brought up in Allahabad and did his early schooling from St. Joseph's College, Allahabad. He is married to Mrs. Kiran Browne. Together, they have a son, Omar, who serves as a fighter pilot in the IAF; and a daughter, Alisha, who is working with a multinational company.[3]

Military career[edit]

Air Chief Marshal Browne is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy[4] and also trained with the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force on Jaguar aircraft before commanding a Jaguar Squadron. A graduate of Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, USA, he has held many appointments including Joint Director at Air War Strategy Cell at Air Headquarters, Chief Operations Officer and Air Officer Commanding of a Sukhoi Su-30 base, Air-I at Western Air Command and Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Intelligence) at Air Headquarters.[5] Browne was commissioned into the fighter stream of the IAF on June 24, 1972.

As a fighter pilot, he has logged over 3,100 hours flying Hunters, Jaguars, MiG 21s and Su-30MKIs,[6] and has served as an instructor at the Tactics and Combat Development Establishment (TACDE) and Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington.

Air Chief Marshal Browne became Vice Chief of the Air Staff until 31 July 2011, when he replaced outgoing Air Chief Marshal Pradeep Vasant Naik. Prior to taking over as the Vice chief of the Air Staff in January 2011, he served as the AOC-in-C of Western Air Command, IAF's most vital operational command.[7] Upon the retirement of Admiral Nirmal Kumar Verma, Browne became the new Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee.[8] Charlie Browne was later replaced by Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha. [9]

Awards[edit]

Param Vishisht Seva Medal ribbon.svg Ati Vishisht Seva Medal ribbon.svg Vayusena Medal ribbon.svg IND Paschimi Star Ribbon.svg
IND Sangram Medal Ribbon.svg IND Operation Parakram medal.svg IND Sainya Seva Medal Ribbon.svg IND Videsh Seva Medal Ribbon.svg
IND 50th Anniversary Independence medal.svg
Param Vishisht Seva Medal
Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
Vayu Sena Medal
Paschimi Star Medal
Sangram Medal
Operation Parakram Medal
Sainya Seva Medal
Videsh Seva Medal
50th Anniversary Independence Medal
30 Years Long Service Medal
20 Years Long Service Medal
9 Years Long Service Medal

Diplomatic career[edit]

Since 30 August 2014, Air Chief Marshal Browne has served as the Ambassador of India to Norway. [10]

References[edit]


Military offices
Preceded by
Pradeep Vasant Naik
Chief of the Air Staff (India)
2011 – 2013
Succeeded by
Arup Raha
Preceded by
Nirmal Kumar Verma
Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee
2011 – 2013
Succeeded by
Bikram Singh