The Air Marshal is a Qualified Flying Instructor. He has flown close to 8000 hrs on various helicopters, flying mostly in Siachen Glacier and Eastern Sector. He has flown most types of helicopters in the IAF inventory i.e. Cheetah, Chetak, Mi-8s, Mi-17s and the Mi-17 IVs.
The Air Marshal has held various command and staff appointments which include Senior Air and Admin Staff Officer (SAASO) of Maintenance Command, Deputy Commandant of Air Force Academy, Air Officer Commanding of Air Force Station New Delhi, Station Commander of Air Force Station Jammu, Air Force Station Salua and Command of a Mi-17 Helicopter Unit. He also was posted to Namibia to raise and train the Namibian Helicopter element. Prior to his present appointment, he was IG (Air), BSF Air Wing, MHA.
The Air Marshal is an alumnus of College of Defence Management and National Defence College, Bangladesh. He holds a degree in MBA as well as a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Indian Institute of Public Administration. For his distinguished service, he was awarded the Vayu Sena Medal (VM) in 2001.
A third generation officer, he hails from Chandigarh. The Air Marshal is married to Mrs Jasjeet Kler and has two sons. He is an avid reader and a keen golfer.