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Rana T.S. Chhina served in the Indian Air Force as a Helicopter Pilot. A Qualified Flying Instructor, he saw active service in operations on the Siachen Glacier, with the IPKF in Sri Lanka, and in counter-insurgency operations in Mizoram and Nagaland. A recipient of the Macgregor Medal for best military reconnaissance in 1986, he had the distinction of carrying out the highest landing in the world by a medium-lift class of helicopter.
A keen military historian, he is currently Secretary and Editor of the United Service Institution of India Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research and Vice President of the Indian Military Historical Society.