Air Mar­shal Khanna takes over as main­te­nance head of In­dian Air Force

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Air Mar­shal Viren­der Mo­han Khanna as­sumes the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of Air Of­fi­cer-in-Charge of Main­te­nance (AOM) at Air Head­quar­ters, New Delhi, on Novem­ber 1, 2015.

The Air Mar­shal was com­mis­sioned in the me­chan­i­cal stream of aero­nau­ti­cal engi­neer­ing branch in IAF on July 25, 1977. He is a graduate from the Re­gional Engi­neer­ing Col­lege, Ku­ruk­shetra, and post-graduate in in­dus­trial engi­neer­ing and man­age­ment from IIT Kharag­pur. He is also an alum­nus of the pres­ti­gious De­fence Ser­vices Staff Col­lege, Welling­ton. Ad­di­tion­ally, he also ac­quired post-graduate diploma in Jour­nal­ism and hu­man rights.

Dur­ing his ca­reer span­ning 38 years, the of­fi­cer has held im­por­tant ap­point­ments of Di­rec­tor Gen­eral (Air­craft) and As­sis­tance Chief of Air Staff Engg (Trans­port and He­li­copters) at Air HQ, Se­nior Main­te­nance Staff Of­fi­cer and Chief Engi­neer­ing Of­fi­cer at HQ East­ern Air Com­mand. The of­fi­cer has also served at var­i­ous base re­pair de­pots as Chief of Air­craft, Chief of Pro­duc­tion and Plan­ning and Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer. He was

in­stru­men­tal in suc­cess­ful in­duc­tion of large num­ber of MI-17V5 he­li­copters, Hawk AJT and Pi­la­tus air­craft.

Air Mar­shal had led a team of IAF pi­lots and main­te­nance of­fi­cers which trained pi­lots and en­gi­neers of Botswana De­fence Force thus strength­en­ing Indo-Africa ties. Air Mar­shal has served as flight en­gi­neer and flown MI-8, MI-17 and MI-26, the largest he­li­copters in the world based at Chandi­garh.

An avid sports­man, Air Mar­shal was also the mem­ber of two In­dian Ex­pe­di­tions to Antarc­tica where IAF played a piv­otal role in set­ting up In­dian per­ma­nent bases Dak­shin Gan­gotri and Maitri.

Air Mar­shal has been dec­o­rated by Pres­i­dent of In­dia with Vishisht Seva Medal and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal.

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