Born and brought up in Amritsar, Air Vice Marshal Navkaranjit Singh Dhillon has been promoted to Air Marshal, signalling a proud moment for the city. The promotion was announced on June 5. Air Marshal is one rank below Air Chief Marshal, the rank of the chief of the air staff.
Born in 1961, Air Marshal Dhillon was brought up in Dhand village near Amritsar and is an alumus of St Francis School and Khalsa College Amritsar. The newly promoted Air Marshal is a graduate of the National Defence Academy in Khadakwasla in Pune, Defence Services Staff College in Wellington Cantonment, and National Defence College in New Delhi.
Talking to HT, Sharanjit Singh Dhillon (registrar, Guru Nanak Dev University) and the Air Marshal’s brother, said, “Navkaranjit was awarded the Ati Vishisht Sewa Medal by the President in 2014. He was commissioned into the Indian Air Force as a fighter pilot in 1981, and has a total of 3,700 flying hours to his credit, out of which 3,100 are exclusively for the MIG 21.”
Air Marshal Dhillon also topped the fighter strike leader course at the Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE), and later served as an instructor at TACDE in the capacity of head of the training and deputy commandant. He has ALSO commanded a MIG 21 squadron.
He also has to his credit a stint in Congo as part of the UN Peacekeeping Mission. He has also held the post of principal director air defence and assistant chief of air staff (inspection) at Air headquarters, shared his proud brother.