Air Vice Marshal K Anantharaman, VSM, took over the charge as the new Senior Officer-in-charge of Administration (SOA) for the Delhi based Headquarters Western Air Command on December 31, 2018, from Air Vice Marshal AK Singh, AVSM VSM.

Air Vice Marshal AK Singh AVSM VSM, the outgoing SOA of HQ WAC, hangs his uniform after 36 years of glorious service in the Indian Air Force (IAF) for the nation. It was a great moment for the entire command on the New Year’s Eve to raise a toast together marking this transition.

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It was a great moment for the entire command on the New Year’s Eve to raise a toast together marking this transition. (Visual Courtesy: Indian Air Force)


AVM AK Singh AVSM VSM was commissioned in December 1982 as an administrative officer and a fighter controller, tasks which he went on to excel in over the years. The Air officer has also served abroad on deputation, as an instructor and supervising staff in the academies of foreign air forces.

As a distinguished officer he had a tenure of about two years in HQ WAC, wherein, heading the administrative branch in the command, he accomplished coveted milestones like successful conduct of Ex-Gagan Shakti 2018, three Presidents Standards Presentations in the command, successful conduct of the Air Force Day Parade at Hindon from 2016 to 2018, and ensured the work services required for new induction to the IAF in general and WAC, in particular, went on hassle-free.

In a command, the Senior Officer in charge of Administration heads the activities of the administrative branch for the entire area of responsibility under the guidance and orders of the Air Officer Commanding in Chief. Western Air Command being one of the most active in the IAF, the post of SOA entails responsibilities with far fetching effects.

This post would now be tenanted by AVM Anantharaman“I am sure he would do a great job and carry forwards the ethos of IAF while in the chair,” said AVM AK Singh when asked about his successor for the command.

(The writer is a Delhi-based independent contributor to print and online publications)