Air Marshal Anil Khosla AVSM VM takes over as AOC-In-C Eastern Air Command, IAF

January 1, 2017 Photo(s): By PRO (Air Force)

Air Marshal Anil Khosla AVSM VM took over as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Air Command on January 1, 2017.

Born on April 9, 1959, Air Marshal an alumni of the National Defence Academy, was commissioned in the fighter stream of Indian Air Force in Dec 79. Air officer has to his credit over 4000 hours of accident free flying mainly on different variants of Jaguar, Mig-21 and Kiran aircraft. He is equally experienced on both Ground attack and Air Defence roles with specialization on maritime role.

He is post graduate from Defence Services Staff College and holds two M Phil degrees in military studies. He is an A2 category flying instructor and a fighter strike leader. He has had the distinction of standing first in the order of merit in all the attended courses (i.e Flying Instructor Course, Fighter Strike Leaders Course, Junior Command Course and Staff Course). He was awarded Commandants medal during Higher Command Course at Army War College. He has attended Senior Defence Management Course at College of Defence Management and is also an alumni of National Defence College.

Air Officer has vast instructional experience and has been Directing Staff at prestigious institutions like Tactics and Combat Development Establishment (TACDE) and Flying Instructor School (FIS). He has commanded a Jaguar squadron with maritime role and two frontline bases of the IAF at Jaisalmer & Ambala. He has held various staff appointments at Air HQ. These include Principal Director at Directorate of Information and Electronic Warfare, Director in Personnel branch and Joint Director at Directorate of Concept Studies. In the rank of Air Vice Marshal, he has held the appointment of Air Officer Commanding HQ Maritime Air Operations and Air Officer Commanding J&K Area. As an Air Mshl he has held appointment of Senior Air Staff Officer, Central Air Command and Director General Air (Operations) at Air HQ (Vayu Bhawan). His last appointment was as Director General (Inspection & Safety) at Air HQ (RK Puram).

For his distinguished service Air Mshl A Khosla has been awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Vayu Sena Medal and has been commended by the CAS. He was also commended by AOC-in-C, during flying training period as a cadet.

He is married to Mrs Deepshikha Khosla and is blessed with two sons. He is a keen golfer and billiards/pool player. His favourite pass time is puzzle solving which he has pursued upto national level.

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