ISLAMABAD The Government has appointed Air Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt Vice Chief of the Air Staff (VCAS), Pakistan Air Force (PAF) sources said on Monday. Air Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt was commissioned in General Duties (Pilot) Branch of PAF on March 6, 1977. He has served as fighter pilot in various squadrons of Pakistan Air Force. He has qualified Flying Instructors Combat Commanders Armed Forces War and Turkish War Courses. During his career, he has commanded a fighter squadron, a fighter wing, an operational PAF Base and a Regional Air Command. In his last assignment, he was serving as Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Personnel), at Air Headquarters, Islamabad. He is recipient of Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military), Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military) and Tamgha-i-Basalat.