Guwahati, October 1: Air Marshal Amit Dev took over as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Air Command, Indian Air Force on Thursday.

The Air Marshal took over command from Air Marshal RD Mathur over Eastern Command. He was commissioned into Fighter Stream of the IAF on 29 December 1982 as a Fighter Pilot.

In a distinguished career spanning nearly 38 years, the Air Officer has flown a wide variety of fighter and trainer aircraft in the inventory of IAF.

He has a flying experience of more than 2500 hrs, including operational flying on MiG 21 and MiG 27 fighter aircraft.

During his illustrious career in the IAF, the Air Officer 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. Prior to his present appointment, he was Air Officer in charge Personnel 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.