ISLAMABAD: The government on Friday appointed Air Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan as new chief of the Pakistan Air Force. He will take charge on March 19 upon retirement of the incumbent chief.He is currently serving as Director General Air Force Strategic Command at the Air Headquarters as well as Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Support). Previously, he has served as Personal Staff Officer to Chief of the Air Staff, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Operations), Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Operations) and Director General C4I at the Air Headquarters in Islamabad. Born on December 23, 1962, Air Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan was commissioned in GD(P) Branch in December 1983 and received the coveted Sword of Honour, Best Pilot Trophy and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gold Medal from PAF Academy Asghar Khan.During the tenure of service, he has held various command and staff appointments including Command of a Fighter Squadron, a Tactical Attack Wing, Base Commander of two Elite F-16 Bases and Air Officer Commanding of Regional Air Command. Air Marshal Khan is a qualified flying instructor and a graduate of the Combat Commanders School, Command and Staff College Jordan, Air War College Faisal and National Defence University Islamabad. He has flown various training and fighter aircraft including F-16, F-6, FT-5, T-37 and MFI-17. In recognition of his meritorious services, he has been awarded Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military), Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military) and Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Military).Inter-Services Public Relations Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor in a felicitation message on Twitter delivered best wishes from the Pakistan Armed Forces and wished the new air chief ‘good luck in carrying forward the baton’. Published in Daily Times, March 17th 2018.