Thursday, January 5, 2017

Other Top IAF Appointments

Air Marshal C Harikumar Takes Over As AOC-IN-C, Western Air Command (WAC)



Air Marshal C Harikumar AVSM VM VSM took over as AOC-in-C, Western Air Command (WAC), today. The Air Marshal was accorded a ceremonial guard of honor on his arrival at HQ WAC.

Air Marshal Harikumar was commissioned in the IAF in the year 1979. A Qualified Flying Instructor and a Fighter Combat Leader, he has over 3300 hours of flying. He has done instructional tenures at Fighter Training Wing (FTW), Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE) and College of Air Warfare (CAW). He is a graduate of Defense Service Staff College (DSSC) and National Defense College (NDC). He has commanded a Mig-21 Sqn, TACDE and a front line Fighter Base. His staff appointments include Ops-1A, Air-I at HQ WAC and Deputy Director Air Staff Inspection, Director Operations (Joint Planning) and Assistant Chief of the Air Staff Operations (Offensive) at Air HQ and Senior Air Staff Officer (SASO) at HQ South Western Air Command (SWAC).

The Air Marshal was AOC-in-C HQ Eastern Air Command (EAC) prior to his present appointment as Air Officer Commanding in Chief, Western Air Command.

He was awarded CAS commendation in Oct 1997, Vishisht Seva Medal in Jan 2005, Vayu Sena Medal in Jan 2011 and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in Jan 2016.

He is married to Devika and they have two sons. He is an avid reader and enjoys travelling.

Air Marshal Harikumar replaces Air Marshal SB Deo, who has moved to Air HQ as the Vice Chief of Air Staff.

Air Marshal Anil Khosla AVSM VM takes over as AOC-in-C Eastern Air command, IAF




Air Marshal Anil Khosla AVSM VM took over as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Air Command on 01 Jan 2017.

Born on 09 Apr 59, 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.



Air Marshal SB Deo takes over as Vice Chief of the Air Staff of Indian Air Force



Air Marshal SB Deo PVSM AVSM VM VSM ADC paid homage at Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate this morning before taking over as Vice Chief of the Air Staff (VCAS) at Air HQ, today. On his arrival at the Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhawan), the Air Marshal was accorded a ceremonial Guard of Honour.

Air Marshal SB Deo was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the IAF on 15 Jun 79. He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. He is a FCL (Fighter Combat Leader) and a “Cat A” Qualified Flying Instructor with over 3800 hours of operational and training flying. He was also Directing Staff at TACDE.

Air Marshal SB Deo has been AOC of a major fighter base. He commanded a Mig-21 BISON Squadron and a Signal Unit besides being the Chief Ops Officer of a forward base. As Station Commander of the Signal Unit he was actively involved in the induction of modern assets and sensors in the IAF. Prior to taking over as VCAS, he was the AOC-in-C of Western Air Command (WAC), AOC-in-C, Eastern Air Command (EAC), DG Air (Ops), AOC COBRA Group, AD Commander & Air I at HQ CAC and has held various staff appointments and worked in Ops/Plans Directorates at Air HQ (VB).

In recognition of his meritorious service and exceptional professionalism, he was awarded Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Vayu Sena Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal and ADC by the President of India.

He is married to Mrs Anjana Deo, they have a son who is a fighter pilot in the IAF. Air Marshal Deo is an avid reader and interested in creative writing and technology.


Air Marshal Sanjay Sharma assumed the responsibilities of Air Officer-in-Charge Maintenance at Air Headquarters, New Delhi on 01 January 2017.



The Air Marshal was commissioned in the Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) branch of IAF on 12 July 1979. He is a graduate in Electronics Engineering from University of Indore and post graduate in Computer Science and Data Processing from IIT Kharagpur. He is also an alumnus of the prestigious National Defence College. He has rich and varied experience in the fields of High Power Radars, Real Time Data Processing Systems, Automation of Command & Control Systems and Communication & Information Technology.

Prior to assuming the present appointment,  the Air Officer had held various important staff and field appointments, notably, Chief Technical Officer of THD 1955 Radar Stations, Senior Project Engineer (Radar) at erstwhile RCPO, Director IACCS (Tech Planning), Director Signals (Air), Principal Director of IACCS, Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Signals & IT) at Air HQ, Deputy Senior Maintenance Staff Officer at  HQ Maintenance Command, Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Maintenance and Planning) and Director General (Aircraft) at Air HQ.  He has also commanded a major Communication Hub Centre and was deputed to Government of Botswana for three years to oversee installation & commissioning of Radar Automation System of Botswana Defence Forces besides setting up the Technical Training Wing for their Air Defence Operations Centre.

For his distinguished service, Air Marshal has been commended twice by Chief of Air Staff on 08 October 1998 and on 26 January 2007.
 

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