Shillong: Air Marshal Amit Dev on Thursday took over as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Indian Air Force's (IAF) Eastern Air Command.
He replaced Air Marshal RD Mathur. Prior to his present appointment, he was Air Officer in charge Personnel at Air HQ Vayu Bhawan, Shillong-based Defence PRO Wing Commander Ratnakar Singh said.
Air Marshal Dev was commissioned into fighter stream of the IAF on December 29, 1982 as a fighter pilot.
In a distinguished career spanning nearly 38 years, the Air Officer has flown wide variety of fighter and trainer aircraft in the inventory of IAF.
Air Marshal Amit Dev, AVSM, VSM took over the appointment of Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command at #Shillong today.— PRO Shillong, Ministry of Defence (@proshillong) October 1, 2020
Prior to this appointment the Air Mshl was Air Officer-in-Charge, Personnel at Air HQ(VB), New Delhi.@IAF_MCC @SpokespersonMoD@easterncomd pic.twitter.com/l0EtvM2mgj
He has a flying experience of more than 2500 hours, including operational flying on MiG 21 and MiG 27 fighter aircraft.
During his illustrious career, Air Marshal Dev has held numerous important appointments.
He was Commanding Officer of a fighter squadron and has also commanded a frontline Fighter Base.
As an Air Vice Marshal, he held the coveted appointment of Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Inspection) at Air HQ (RK Puram).
As an Air Marshal, he held the appointment of Director General Air Operations at Air HQ Vayu Bhawan.
The Air Marshal is an alumnus of Defence Services Staff College, and National Defence College. In recognition of his distinguished service, the Air Marshal was awarded Vishisht Seva Medal in 2010 and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 2019.