Brigadier Sarabjeet Singh Bawa Bhalla, took over as Eighth Commandant of Combat Army Aviation Training School (CATS) on April 27, 2018 from Brigadier V K Bahree. Brigadier SSB Bhalla was commissioned in the Regiment of Artillery in 269 FD Regt on December 16, 1989. After serving for four years in Artillery, he earned his wings in 1994. The officer has commanded two Reconnaissance and Observation Flights and also has had the distinction of Commanding 667 Army Aviation Squadron (R&O) & 660 Army Aviation Squadron (R&O). The officer has served in various appointments, both instructional as well as staff. He has a rich flying experience of over 5000 hours and had an instructional tenure at Air Force Academy, Dundigal. He has also served as United Nations Military Observer at Ethiopia. His staff experience includes appointments of Col GS (Aviation) HQ Southern Command and Director, Flight Safety in Directorate General of Army Aviation, prior to assuming the Command of Combat Army Aviation Training School (CATS) - The 'Alma Mater' of Army Aviators. He has been a part of several major Operations like OP MEGHDOOT,OP ORCHID, OP RAKSHAK, OP VIJAY and OP PARAKARAM. He has been awarded the COAS Commendation Card for his distinguished service.