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Air Marshal Manish Khanna

Service No & Branch 18554 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 06 Dec 1986 Course: 138 Course
Service End: Flying Hours : 4000 Nick Name :
Qualifications Held : Instructor Rating: A
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Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 06 Dec 1991Wg Cdr : 05 May 2003Gp Capt : 01 Feb 2009Air Cmde : 17 Jun 2013
AVM : 11 Jun 2019
Training and Other Courses Attended
69 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 198556 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 2016
Badges Qualified
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Wg Cdr
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

22 Oct 2004 - 11 Jun 2006Wg CdrNo.35 Squadron Commanding Officer
01 Jun 2008 - 01 Jun 2010Gp CaptAircrew Examination BoardHindon Commanding Officer
- 01 Dec 2018Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Air Cmde (Air Defence Ops, Weapon Sys)
17 Jun 2013 - 20 Dec 2015Air CmdeAFS BidarBidar Air Officer Commanding
26 Nov 2016 - 10 Apr 2017Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Principal Director (Intelligence)
- 04 Sep 2022AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Personnel Officers
01 Apr 2019 - AVMAdvance HQ, Western Air CommandChandimandir Air Officer Commanding
05 Sep 2022 - 02 Jul 2023AVMCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad Commandant
03 Jul 2023 - Air MarshalSouth Western Air CommandGandhinagar Senior Air Staff Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp CaptManish Khanna18554 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2010Announced 26 Jan 2010
Details : Group Captain Manish Khanna, (18554) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a fighter pilot in the Flying Branch on 06 Dec 86 and has been the Commanding Officer of the Aircrew Examining Board since 11 Feb 08. He is a highly accomplished professional and has earlier commanded a premier composite fighter squadron which had the unique distinction of operating the MiG-25 in the strategic reconnaissance as well as the MiG-21 in the electronic warfare role. He is a Category A Instructor with over 3500 hrs of accident free flying on the MiG-21, MiG-25, Mirage-2000, F-5, Kiran and HPT-32 ac. Under his leadership, the Board has taken on all its tasks displaying a high degree of professionalism and proactive response. In the last one year a total of 101 inspections were conducted. This included flying tests for 1862 aircrew and ground tests for over 2600. Meticulous preparation and planning ensured that all these inspections were conducted safely, efficiently and as per the stipulated guidelines. Two IRIE courses were also conducted during which 52 aircrew were trained to function as field examiners. AEB is also tasked to recommend short / long term measures to enhance the flying environment and provide regular feedback to commanders for assessing the professional competence and quality of training across the IAF. In this regard it is pertinent to note that the quality of comments and recommendations on all flying related matters were well researched and deliberated, indicating a high degree of commitment and involvement of the Commanding Officer and his team. Other than inspection tasks, Group Captain M Khanna also initiated measures for educating the field staff on key issues directly related to flying. Initiatives like the AEB website, e-data bank, module on Controlled Flight into Terrain (CFIT), civil Air Traffic Services (ATS)procedures and computer based testing were well conceptualised and executed. The officer's initiative in progressing the online testing project and the computerisation of records is also creditable and this has the potential to revolutionise the examining process in the IAF. The unit's involvement in tasks at the station level too is creditable. The officer's balanced, mature and integrated approach has been a source of confidence to his team, adding to their motivation and guiding them to meet future challenges. AEB has performed very well and has grown in a comprehensive manner which is a direct reflection of the quality of its leadership. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Group Captain Manish Khanna.
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Reference : Air Force Day Booklet
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeManish Khanna18554 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2016Announced 26 Jan 2016
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
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