Air Marshal Vinod Patney
SYSM, PVSM, AVSM, VrC (Retd)
Director General CAPS (Former Vice Chief of Indian Air Force)

Commissioned in 1961 in the fighter stream, Air Marshal Patney is a graduate of the Royal Air Force Staff College and a founder member of the Tactics & Air Combat Development Establishment.During his long and illustrious career he held various Command and Staff appointments which include Air Officer Commanding (AOC-in-C) of Jammu and Kashmir, Air Officer Commanding Air Defence Control Centre and Senior Air Staff Officer at Headquarters WAC, AOC-in-C of WAC and AOC of Central Air Command. On 6th April, 2000, Air Marshal Vinod Patney, was decorated with the Sarvottam Yudh Seva Medal for leading the Indian Air Force in the Kargil war, which ultimately proved to be the turning point in Operation Vijay. He was the first officer of the IAF and the sole recipient of the SYSM. He thus became the most decorated serving officer in all three services. On August 1, 2000, Air Marshal Vinod Patney took over as the Vice Chief of the Indian Air Force. Air Marshal Patney, who was AOC of Central Air Command before this promotion, was AOC of Western Air Command during the Kargil operations.