Air Marshal KS Gill takes over as Air officer Commanding-In-Chief

Aug 01, 2014 19:00 | Chandigarh

Air Marshal KS Gill AVSM YSM VM (Gallantry) took over as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Central Air Command on 01 Aug 14. All the Principal Staff Officers (PSO) and Commanders of Air Force Stations within the jurisdiction of Central Air Command were present on the occasion.


            The ceremony started with the AOC-in-C laying wreath at CAC war memorial to pay tribute to the brave heart air warriors who laid down their lives serving the nation. Thereafter, he was presented a ceremonial Guard of Honour. Subsequently, AOC-in-C addressed all the officers of Command Headquarters. In his address, he apprised the officers on his vision to lead the Central Air Command. He complemented the officers for their professionalism in ensuring the op preparedness of CAC and exhorted the officers to continue with similar zeal and enthusiasm so as to enable Central Air Command help IAF in its overall endeavour of national security.


            Hailing from Patiala(Punjab), Air Marshal Gill was commissioned in flying branch in Dec 1977, Air Marshal Gill has flown over 7000 hrs in almost all types of terrain during his illustrious career spanning over 36 years. Air Marshal Gill has rich experience of having worked on different assignments in India as well as abroad. Besides having commanded four different stations including the world’s highest air field at Leh, he has been the Directing Staff at Air Force Academy, Hyderabad and Contingent Commander of the UN Mission to Congo. As Air Vice Marshal, he was the Senior Officer In-charge Administration (SOA) of Eastern Air Command. Prior to his present appointment, he was the Commandant of National Defence Apcademy, Pune. Air Marshal Gill is a thorough professional and has carved a niche for himself in almost all the appointment that he has held so far.


            For his distinguished service and exceptional professionalism, Air Marshal Gill has been awarded with three Presidential Medals viz Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM), Yudh Seva Medal (YSM) and Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry).


            Air Marshal KS Gill is an outstanding sportsman. He is married to Mrs Ranjeet Gill who is a home maker. The couple has three children- two daughters and a son.


            In a separate ceremony, Mrs Ranjeet Gill also assumed the charge of President Air Force Wives Welfare Association (AFWWA) - Regional. The ceremony was witnessed by all the Executive Members of AFWWA (Regional) and the Presidents of AFWWA (Local) under the jurisdiction of Central Air Command.


            Air Marshal Gill hails from Patiala and is a graduate of Punjabi University, Patiala.