Air Marshal Amit Tiwari AVSM VM assumed command of the Southern Air Command on 01 Nov 19.
An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, the Air Marshal was commissioned in the Flying branch of Indian Air Force in Jun 1982. A highly experienced fighter pilot, the Air Marshal has flown over 3500 hours on various types of fighter aircraft. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI).
The Air Marshal is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College (Wellington), College of Defence Management (Secunderabad) and National Defence College (New Delhi). In his career in the IAF, he has held many command and staff appointments which include Team Leader of the prestigious Suryakiran Squadron, Station Commander of a frontline IAF base, the Indian Air Attache at Afghanistan, Air Defence Commander and Senior Officer-in-Charge Administration at an operational command. He has also held the appointment of Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Training) at Air HQ, and Commandant Air Force Academy. Prior to his present appointment as the AOC-in-C, he was the Air Officer-in-Charge Personnel (AOP) at Air HQ.
For his distinguished service and professionalism of very high order, the Air Officer was awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) on 26 Jan 2019, and Vayu Sena Medal (VM) in 2003 and commendation by the Chief of the Air Staff in 1998.
He is married to Mrs Poonam Tiwari and they have a son and a daughter.