The Chief of the Air Staff and Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee of the Indian Armed Forces, Air Chief Marshal Norman Anil Kumar Browne, arrived yesterday, Saturday, January 19, 2013, for his first visit to Israel in his current position. He will be hosted by the Commander of the Israel Air Force, Major General Amir Eshel. Air Chief Marshal Browne previously served as the first Defense Attaché of India to Israel, between 1997 to 2000, where he set up the defense wing in the Indian embassy.
Air Chief Marshal Browne will be received in Camp Rabin (Kirya) by an IDF honor guard consisting of soldiers from the ground, air and naval forces, to the sounds of the national anthems of Israel and the Republic of India.
During the course of his visit, Air Chief Marshal Browne will conduct meetings with the Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Benjamin “Benny” Gantz, as well as with the Commander of the IAF, Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel, which will focus on cooperation between the two militaries. Air Chief Marshal Browne will also meet with the Minister of Defense, Mr. Ehud Barak.
Air Chief Marshal Browne will visit IAF bases and squadrons, where he will be briefed on the operational procedures of the IAF. He will also visit theYad VaShem Holocaust Memorial Museum, where he will lay a wreath in memory of those who perished in the Holocaust.