New Delhi. Air Marshal Anil Khosla took over as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C), Eastern Air Command January 1.
He is post graduate from Defence Services Staff College and holds two M Phil degrees in military studies. The Air officer is an A2 category flying instructor and a fighter strike leader, and 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 and attended Senior Defence Management Course at College of Defence Management and is also an alumni of National Defence College.
The 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 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.
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 Marshal 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).
The Air Marshal is a recipient of Presidential awards of Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM), Vayusena Medal (VM), 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 up to national level.