Air Marshal SK Ghotia, VSM took over as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, South Western Air Command on 01 Oct 19. On taking over the command, Air Marshal reviewed the Guard of Honour at South Western Air Command.
Air Marshal SK Ghotia is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and was commissioned in the fighter stream of Indian Air Force in December 1981. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor as well.
Prior to assuming the present appointment, he was Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Training Command. The Air Marshal has held various appointments including Commanding Officer of a Fighter Squadron, Chief Operations Officer and Station Commander of a Forward Air Base in South Western Air Command.
He has also served in a number of important appointments which include Director Intelligence at Air HQ, Ops 1A of Western Air Command, Principal Director Training (Flying) at Air HQ, Air Attache at Embassy of India, Paris, Air Officer Commanding COBRA Group, Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Intelligence) at Air HQ, Senior Air Staff Officer at Training Command, IAF. He has undergone the Higher Air Command Course at College of Air Warfare.
(The writer is a Delhi-based independent contributor to print and online publications)