Air Marshal Arvindra Singh Butola, VM, VSM is an officer in the Indian Air Force. He is currently the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C), Training Command, and assumed office on 14 October 2019 succeeding Air Marshal Surendra Kumar Ghotia.
Early life and education
Butola graduated from National Defence Academy Khadakwasla in May 1981. He is an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and the National Defence College, New Delhi.
Butola was commissioned as a helicopter pilot in the Indian Air Force in June 1982. He is a qualified flight instructor and has flying experience of over 6700 hours on 21 different types of aircraft.
He has commanded a helicopter unit in Jammu and Kashmir, and had also been senior flying instructor and advisor to Namibian Defence Force. His other appointments included chief test pilot at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, station commander of an air base under Western Air Command, senior officer-in-charge of administration of an operational command, as well as assistant chief of air staff operations (transport and helicopters) at air headquarters.
Butola assumed office of Commandant Air Force Academy on 4 September 2018 and served there till his appointment as AOC-in-C Training Command. Prior to Commandant of Air Force Academy, he served as Senior Air Staff Officer, Central Air Command, taking over on 1 August 2016.
Honours and decorations
During his career of 37 years, Butola has been awarded the Vayusena Medal (VM) and Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) for his service.
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