An alumnus of the esteemed National Defence Academy (NDA), Air Commodore Ashok Chhibbar joined the Indian Air Force as a fighter pilot in 1969. He has been a Qualified Flying Instructor, commanded two front line fighter bases and served as the Deputy Commandant of the Air Force Academy in Hyderabad, amongst many other field and staff appointments.
In 2001, Ashok was awarded the Ati Visishth Seva Medal (AVSM) by the President of India. In the same year, he was nominated for a course at the prestigious National Defence College (NDC). Ashok superannuated in the rank of Air Commodore in 2004 after an enriching career spanning 35 years. Post retirement, he is a consultant specialising in operations, flight safety and training. He is fond of writing and has published two books, Raindrops and The Accidental Pilot.
Ashok holds an M.Phil in Defence Studies, with a major in Disaster Management.