Tahir Rafique Butt

Air Chief of Pakistan

Tahir Rafique Butt

Born in 1955, Air Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt received his early education at PAF Public School, Sargodha. Subsequently, he joined Pakistan Air Force and graduated from PAF Academy, Risalpur in March, 1977.Tahir Rafique Butt was commissioned in Pakistan Air Force on 6 March 1977 as a General Duty Pilot (GD(P)). Among several appointments some important positions include Flying Instructor, Squadron Commander, Officer Commander Flying Wing, Base Commander (PAF Base Mianwali), Air Officer Commanding (Regional Command), Deputy Chief of Air Staff (Personnel), Vice Chief of Air Staff.He has also served as head of the National Accountability Bureau Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter.
 After doing his Fighter and Operational Conversion Courses, he has flown various types of fighters and training aircraft on PAF Inventory. He is a qualified Flying Instructor and also a Combat Commander on Fighters. He has commanded an elite Fighter Squadron, a Fighter Flying Wing and two PAF Bases.

In staff jobs at Air Headquarters, the Air Marshal has served as Deputy Director Plans, Director Flight Safety, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (P-O) in Personnel Branch and Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Training). In senior staff assignments, the Air Marshal has the distinction of having served as Commandant National Security College, NDU, Director General, National Accountability Bureau (KPK) and Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Personnel). He is a graduate of Staff College, Turkey and National Defence University, Islamabad from where he did his M Sc in Defence and Strategic Studies.
Air Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt assumed the office of Vice Chief of the Air Staff on 05 October, 2010. He is married and blessed with three children. In recognition of his meritorious and exceptionally dedicated services, he has been decorated with the awards of Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military), Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military) and Tamgha-i-Basalat.

    2001 Master’s degree in Defence and Strategic Studies, NDC / Quaid Azam University Islamabad
    1995 Master’s degree in Strategic Studies, Staff College Turkey
    1975 Bachelor’s degree in science, Punjab University
    1973 FSc, PAF College Sargodha
    1971 Matriculation, PAF College Sargodha

    October, 2010 – Present, Vice Chief of the Air Staff
    March 2009 – October 2010, Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Personnel)
    July 2008 – March 2009, Air Officer Commanding, Southern Air Command
    December 2007 – July 2008, Commandant National Security College, National Defence University, Islamabad
    December 2005 – December 2007, Director General NAB (KPK)
    October 2005 – December 2005, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Training)
    March 2004 – October 2005, Base Commander PAF Base Mianwali
    September 2002 – March 2004, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Personnel – Officers)
    July 2001 – September 2002, Base Commander PAF Base Lower Topa
    August 2000 – July 2001, Student NDC Islamabad
    August 1999 – August 2000, Officer Commanding No 34 Flying Wing PAF Base Rafiqui
    July 1997 – August 1999, Director Flight Safety AHQ Chaklala
    December 1996 – July 1997, DD Plans (Ops), AHQ Chaklala
    August 1995 – December 1996, DD Plans (Dev), AHQ Chaklala
    June 1994 – August 1995, Student Staff College Turkey
    July 1993 – June 1994, Student National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad
    May 1991 – July 1993, Officer Commanding No 19 OCU, PAF Base Mianwali
    December 1990 – May 1991, Flight Commander No 19 Sqn PAF Base Rafiqui
    August 1990 – November 1990, Squadron Pilot No 19 Sqn PAF Base Rafiqui
    March 1990 – August 1990, AD Ops, AHQ Chaklala
    September 1988 – March 1990, Flight Commander No 15 Sqn PAF Base Peshawar
    July 1988 – September 1988, Squadron Pilot No 15 Sqn PAF Base Peshawar
    January 1988 – July 1988, Student CCS PAF Base Mushaf
    July 1986 – January 1988, Squadron Pilot No 18 Sqn PAF Base Minhas
    June 1984 – July 1986, Zimbabwe, Deputation Abroad
    July 1983 – June 1984, Squadron Pilot No 20 Sqn PAF Base Rafiqui
    January 1983 – July 1983, On Course No 9 Sqn PAF Base Masroor
    September 1979 – January 1983, Instructor PFT Wing PAF Academy Risalpur
    June 1979 – September 1979, On Course FIS PAF Academy Risalpur
    April 1978 – June 1979, Squadron Pilot No 19 Sqn PAF Base Mushaf
    October 1977 – March 1978, On Course No 25 Sqn PAF Base Mushaf
    March 1977 – October 1977, On Course No 1 FCU PAF Base Mianwali
Flight Information

    Rating: Command Pilot
    Flight Hours: Around 3600
    Aircraft Flown : MIR, F-7P, F-6, T-37, SF-260, MFI-17
Major Awards and Decorations

    Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military)
    Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military)
    Professional Excellence Badge
    Chief of the Air Staff Commendation Certificate
Effective Dates of Promotions

    Air Marshal April 01, 2009
    Air Vice Marshal December 02, 2005
    Air Commodore June 14, 2001
    Group Captain January 01, 1997
    Wing Commander February 06, 1991
    Squadron Leader September 07, 1986
    Flight Lieutenant May 26, 1980
    Flying Officer March 06, 1978
    Pilot Officer March 06, 1977


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