Air Chief Marshal (R) Sohail Aman
Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman is a retired four-star rank air force general and ex-Chief of Air Staff of the Pakistan Air Force. He retired on 18 March 2018, on completion of the three-year term as Air Chief. He is a graduate of Pakistan Air Force War College and has two Masters Degrees; Strategic Studies from Karachi University and International Relations from Kings College, London. He is also a proud alumnus of Royal College of Defence Studies United Kingdom and has attended National & International Security Course at Harvard Kennedy School USA.
During his career, ACM Sohail Aman has flown various types of fighter aircraft including F-16s and has a grand total of over 3000 fighter hours to his credit. As a distinguished fighter pilot and Combat Commander, he has also evaluated modern fighter aircraft like SU27, SU30, Gripen and Euro fighter Typhoon. He has commanded a Fighter Squadron, Combat Commanders’ School, a Fighter Base and a Regional Air Command of Pakistan Air Force.
Air Chief Marshal also has a rich staff experience and has served as Director Operations, Director Plans, Assistant Chief of Air Staff Operations, Deputy Chief of Air Staff Training and Deputy Chief of Air Staff Operations at Air Headquarters. As Deputy Chief of Air Staff Training, he focused on the concept of Education for All; especially to the underprivileged children. In this regard, he introduced various scholarship schemes for deserving PAF as well as civilian children. He also developed two medical colleges and three air university campuses across the country. He has undertaken for the welfare of Personnel with Special Needs (PSN) in education and well-being of low paid employees of PAF.
As Deputy Chief of the Air Staff Operations, he was the main architect of Pakistan Air Force’s campaign in support of successful Counter-Terrorism Operation Zarb-e-Azb that proved pivotal in eliminating the menace of terrorism from Pakistan and restoration of peace in the country. He personally led operational missions in F16 aircraft depicting the nation’s resolve to combat terrorism.
ACM Sohail Aman is also regarded for orchestration and actualization of Pakistan Air Force’s modernization plan. His relentless pursuit of indigenization and focus on Human Resource development through industry-academia linkage is evident in the shape of development of “Aviation City” and a well-crafted Aerospace Centre in PAF. The establishment of “PAF Airpower Centre of Excellence” is yet another strategic initiative by the Air Chief Marshal. This unique institution aims to share PAF’s rare experiences in Counter Terrorism Air Operations (CT) with friendly air forces. The institute also lays special focus on Research and Development (R&D) in the field of ‘Airpower Application in Contemporary Warfare’. ACE’s R&D is closely linked to the development of modern aviation hardware at Aviation City, especially Project ‘Azm’ which was initiated by him as the PAF effort to manufacture fifth generation fighter aircraft. Also, PAF ACE has the capacity to produce tactical and operational level leadership while addressing key facets of the fast-changing dynamics of aerial warfare.
In recognition of his meritorious and exceptionally dedicated services, he has been decorated with awards of Nishan-i-Imtiaz (Military), Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military), Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military) and Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Military). He is also a recipient of “The Legion of Merit” of Turkish Armed Forces, “King Abdul Aziz Medal of Excellence” by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States “Legion of Merit”, the highest military award of US Armed forces awarded to any foreign military official. Air Chief Marshal likes to play Golf and is currently studying Leadership, Policy formulation, and Governance.