Sohail Aman

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Air Chief Marshal (Retd.)
Sohail Aman
سہیل امان
Chief of Air Staff
In office
19 March 2015 – 18 March 2018
President Mamnoon Hussain
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Preceded by ACM Tahir Rafique Butt
Succeeded by ACM Mujahid Anwar Khan
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi
Personal details
Born 1959[1]
Alma mater University of Karachi
King's College London
Military service
Allegiance  Pakistan
Service/branch  Pakistan Air Force
Years of service 1978– 2018
Rank ACM Pakistan Air Force.pngUS-O10 insignia.svg Air Chief Marshal
Unit Squadron No. 1 Rehbar
Commands Central Air Command
Southern Air Command
DCAS (Training&Evaluation)
DCAS (Air Operations)
PAF Base Minhas
Battles/wars 2001 India-Pakistan standoff
2008 Indo-Pakistan standoff
War in North-West Pakistan
Awards Nishan-i-Imtiaz Pakistan.svg Nishan-e-Imtiaz(Military)
Crescent of Excellence Hilal-e-Imtiaz.png Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military)
Sitara-i-Imtiaz Pakistan.svg Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military)
Tamgha-e-Basalat 1957-86 Pakistan.svg Tamgha-e-Basalat
US Legion of Merit Chief Commander ribbon.png Legion of Merit

Sohail Aman (Urdu: سہیل امان ; born 1959), NI(M), HI(M), SI(M), TI(C), is a retired four star rank air force general and an ex Chief of Air Staff of the Pakistan Air Force.[2] He took charge from Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt on 19 March 2015.[3][4] He retired on 18 March 2018, on completion of the three-year term as Air Chief.[5]


Sohail Aman was born in 1959, and graduated from the PAF Public School in Sargodha in 1977.[6] He is from a Sheikh Family. In 1978, Aman joined the Pakistan Air Force, which directed to join the PAF Academy in Risalpur, and graduated in 1980 where he gained commissioned as a P/Off. (2nd-Lt.) in GD(P) class.[7]

He attended the elite Combat Commander's School in Mushaf Air Force Base.[8] Aman attended the Air War College in Karachi where he attained the master's degree in Strategic studies, and later went to the United Kingdom where he attended the King's College London graduating with MA in Defence studies in 1980.[9]

Besides flying F-16s in the Pakistan Air Force, Gen. Sohail has also flown F-15s in Saudi Arabia and Tornado's in the United Kingdom.[10][11]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Service Medals
Non-operational Military Awards
Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Crescent of Excellence)
Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence)
Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Medal of Excellence)
Foreign Awards
Legion of Merit (United States)[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sohail Aman takes over command as PAF chief". The News.
  2. ^ "Air chief retiring on 18th". The Nation. 7 March 2018. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Air Marshal Sohail Aman appointed as the new air chief". The Express Tribune. March 18, 2015.
  4. ^ Mateen Haider and Irfan Haider (March 18, 2015). "Air Marshal Sohail Aman appointed as new air chief".
  5. ^ "Hats off to Sohail Aman". Pakistan Observer. 16 March 2018. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  6. ^ "PAF OFFICERS FROM PAF PUBLIC SCHOOL". Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  7. ^ ISPR, Inter-Services Public Relations. "air marshal sohail aman designated as chief of the air staff pakistan air force" (PDF). ISPR Press release. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  8. ^ Staff report, correspondents (19 March 2015). "Aman new air force chief". The Nation. The Nation, 2015. The Nation. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  9. ^ APP, Associate press (19 March 2015). "Flying high: Air Marshal Aman named new air chief - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. The Express Tribune, 2015. The Express Tribune. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  10. ^ "ISLAMABAD: October 28 – Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force ready to fly a mission in F-15 aircraft of Royal Saudi Air Force at the culmination of the first ever multinational counter terrorism exercise held at a PAF Operational Air Base. APP – APP Photo Service". Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  11. ^ "PAF chief flies Royal Air Force Tornado on official visit to UK". Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Air Chief accorded with US Legion Of Merit". DAWN. APP. 12 March 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
Military offices
Preceded by
Tahir Rafique Butt
Chief of Air Staff
19 March 2015 – 18 March 2018
Succeeded by
Mujahid Anwar Khan