Chandigarh resident Air Marshal Virender Mohan Khanna assumed the charge of Air Officer-in-charge Maintenance (AOM) at Air Headquarters, New Delhi on Sunday
Virender Mohan Khanna is a resident of Chandigarh and has completed his school education in Mandi Himachal. After completing B.Tech from NIT, Kurukshetra, he joined Air Force in 1977 and rose to the pinnacles of glory in the Maintenance Branch of Indian Air Force.
During his career spanning 38 years, the officer has held various important appointments like Director General (Aircraft), Senior Maintenance Staff Officer of an Operational Command. He has commanded Base Repair Depot and also served in Chandigarh Base Repair Depot where during his tenure, a major milestone production of 450th MI-17/MI-8 was achieved. He successfully inducted a large number of MI-17 V5 helicopters, Hawk AJT and Pilatus.
Khanna had led a team of IAF Pilots and Maintenance Officers which trained pilots and engineers of Botswana Defence Force thus strengthening Indo-Africa ties. Air Marshal has served as Flt Engineer and flown MI-8, MI-17 and MI-26 the largest helicopters in the world based at Chandigarh.
An avid sportsman, Khanna was also the member of two Indian expeditions to Antarctica where IAF played a pivotal role in setting up Indian Bases Dakshin Gangotri and Maitri. He has been decorated by President of India with Vishisht Seva Medal and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal.
Khanna replaces Air Marshal Sukhchain Singh Vishisht, who retired today after 37 years of service. The outgoing Air Marshal belongs to Amritsar. Vice Admiral Karambir Singh assumed charge as the new Deputy Chief of Navy. The Admiral is a helicopter pilot and wasDirector General, Project ‘Seabird’, involved in development of the biggest naval port at Karwar, Goa.