He took over the reins from Air Commodore Nitin Sathe prior to proceeding on posting.
"It (Jammu IAF station) is an important air base in Jammu and Kashmir. I will make Jammu IAF station better in the coming times," Air Cmde Patange told reporters after taking charge of the air station.
At a ceremony here, Air Cmde Nitin Sathe commended IAF personnel of the station for their professionalism and dedication.
He expressed confidence that they would continue to work with the same professionalism under the command of Air Cmde Patange.
Air Cmde Patange was commissioned in the flying branch of the Indian Air Force in December, 1984. An alumnus of NDA and a graduate from the Defence Services Staff College, he is also a qualified flying instructor.
Prior to taking over command of the Jammu air station, Air Cmde Patange was holding an important appointment at HQ Eastern Air Command.
A highly decorated officer, Air Commodore Patange has been awarded Yudh Seva medal in 1995, Vayu Sena medal (Gallantry) in 2000, Chief of Army Staff commendation in 1990 and has been twice commended by AOC-in-C commendation.
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