Air Marshal Sandeep Singh has taken over as the Senior Air Staff Officer (SASO) of Eastern Air Command at Shillong, the State capital of Meghalaya.
Air Marshal Sandeep Singh is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy (NDA).
Sandeep Singh was commissioned in the Fighter stream of the Indian Air Force (IAF) in December 1983.
The Air Force official has flown a number of fighter and transport aircraft like MiG-21, MiG-29, SU-30, Kirans, Jaguars, Mirage 2000, AVROs and AN 32s and commanded SU-30 Squadron and two flying stations.
Air Marshal Singh is an Experimental Test pilot and qualified Flying Instructor with over 4600 hours of flying experience.
Prior to this appointment, Air Marshal Sandeep Singh was the Commandant of Aircraft and System Testing Establishment.
This was informed in a statement issued on Thursday by Defence Public Relations Officer, Wing Commander, Ratnakar Singh.
The new Senior Air Staff Officer, Air Marshal Sandeep Singh is married to Kamini Singh and they are blessed with two daughters.
During the 1962 Indo-China conflict, practical experience highlighted the difficulty of Kolkata being the location of Eastern Air Command.
In order to have more effective operational control over the region of the Northeastern region, the Command Headquarters was shifted to Shillong, the then capital of Assam on June 10, 1963.
Initially, the headquarters of Eastern Air Command was housed in the old buildings located at Nonglyer village at Upper Shillong.