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, MiG-21 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.