Air Mar­shal Anil Khosla takes over as AOC-in-C, East­ern Air Com­mand


Air Mar­shal Anil Khosla took over as Air Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing- in- Chief of East­ern Air Com­mand on Jan­uary 1, 2017. Air Mar­shal Khosla, an alumni of the Na­tional De­fence Academy, was com­mis­sioned in the fighter stream of IAF in De­cem­ber 1979. Air Of­fi­cer has to his credit over 4,000 hours of ac­ci­dent free fly­ing mainly on dif­fer­ent vari­ants of Jaguar, MiG21 and Ki­ran air­craft. He is equally ex­pe­ri­enced on both ground at­tack and air de­fence roles with spe­cial­i­sa­tion 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 cour­ses he at­tended (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 TACDE and Fly­ing In­struc­tor School (FIS). He has com­manded a Jaguar squadron with mar­itime role and two front line bases of the IAF at Jaisalmer and 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.

For his dis­tin­guished ser­vice Air Mar­shal Khosla has been awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Vayu Sena Medal and has been com­mended by the CAS.

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