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New Air Marshal at EAC

- Incumbent takes over in Shillong

Shillong, Jan. 1: Air Marshal R.K. Jolly, today took over as the new Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Air Command, Indian Air Force here. He replaced Air Marshal R.K. Sharma.

Air warriors of the HQ Eastern Air Command presented Air Marshal Jolly with the ceremonial guard of honour on assuming command.

A gold medallist from Delhi University and an alumnus of National Defence Academy and Defence Services Staff College, Air Marshal Jolly was commissioned in the fighter stream of the Indian Air Force on July 11, 1975.

He has flown various aircraft, including the Hunter and Marut, both variants of the MiG-21 and has over 3,800 hours of flying. He is also a qualified flying instructor and, in his 38 years of service, he has held many important field and staff appointments.

He has commanded a premier forward fighter base, and was the air attaché at the Indian embassy in Washington DC from 2005 to 2008. Air Marshal Jolly has been the senior air staff officer both at the South Western Air Command and the Southern Air Command.

Prior to his present appointment, he was Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Air Command.

His wife, Meenakshi Jolly, assumed charge of the president of the Air Force Wives Welfare Association regional today.