Born in 1952, Air Chief Marshal Tanvir Mahmood Ahmed got his initial education in Lahore. Subsequently, after doing his F. Sc from PAF Public School, Sargodha, he joined Pakistan Air Force.
He graduated from PAF Academy, Risalpur in April, 1972 and
went on to do Fighter Conversion Course and Operational
He first flew the American F-86 (Sabre) and later all types
of Chinese and French fighter aircraft on PAF inventory. He
is an accomplished fighter pilot with rich experience on
F-16s and Mirages.
He is a Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI) and a Combat
Commander on Fighters. He commanded an elite Fighter
Squadron, the choicest F-16 Flying Wing, PAF Base, Sargodha
and PAF Academy, Risalpur.
In staff jobs, the Air Chief Marshal has served as Deputy
Director in Operations Branch, Personal Staff Officer to two
Air Chiefs, Chief Project Director of F-16 Project, Senior
Air Staff Officer at Northern Air Command, Peshawar and
Director General, Air Weapons Complex, Wah.
At senior staff assignments, the Air Chief Marshal has the
unique distinction of having served as Deputy Chief of Air
Staff (Administration), Deputy Chief of Air Staff
(Operations) and Vice Chief of the Air Staff. The Air Chief
Marshal has also served the UAE Air Force as a fighter
instructor pilot. He is a graduate of Air War College,
Turkey and National Defence College, Islamabad from where he
did his M. Sc in Strategic Studies.
Air Chief Marshal Tanvir Mahmood Ahmed assumed the command
of the PAF on 18 March, 2006. He is married and is blessed
with four children, two of whom are pilots in the PAF.
In recognition of his meritorious and exceptionally
dedicated services, he has been decorated with
Sitara-i-Basalat, Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Mil), Hilal-i-Imtiaz
(Mil) and Nishan-i-Imtiaz (Mil).
Air Marshal Tanvir Mahmood Ahmad has expressed PAF
capability to be able to stop US drone attack inside
Pakistan as a violation of Pakistan sovereignty. However
such military actions needs approval from the
government, before PAF goes on to take such action.
Saying at one point: "The decision as to whether or not
we want to start a war [with the US] will have to be
made by the nation and the government."