commander, Col. Ayyar is responsible for the combined efforts of all
operations and support activities associated with McGuire's global
air mobility and combat support missions. The aircraft assigned - 32
KC-10s and 13 C-17s - participate in aerial refueling and airland
missions that support national security objectives, combat
operations and humanitarian relief efforts worldwide. The colonel is
responsible for more than 10,000 Active-duty, Guard and Reserve Air
Force members, and a civilian work force exceeding 1,700.
Colonel Ayyar is a 1987 graduate of the United States Air Force
Academy and has served in a variety of positions in Air Mobility
Command, Air Education and Training Command, and Pacific Air Forces.
He served as the first exchange instructor pilot to the Indian Air
Force and commanded the 4th Airlift Squadron at McChord AFB, Wash.
In 2002 Colonel Ayyar was selected as a White
one of the two Indians among the 13 chosen, a list of which was
announced by US President George W Bush. He served in the White
House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.
the White House Fellowship, Colonel Ayyar attended the Industrial
College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University, Ft
McNair, Va. He then served as the Commander USTRANSCOM's Senior
Representative to the Commander, United States Central Command and
Commander, United States Special Operations Command. Before assuming
his current position in 2007, he served as Vice Commander of the
319th Air Refueling Wing, Grand Forks Air Force Base, ND.
While serving in Virginia, Ayyar completed a NESA Senior Executive
Course on South Asia, followed by a Master of Science Degree in
Industrial Resource Management, Industrial College of the Armed
Forces from National Defense University.
Ayyar holds a Command Pilot Rating with more than 3,500 hours. He is
quailed in the T-37 and T-38 trainers, the C141B, Kiran Mk IA,
KC-135R, and most recently with the C-17A. He has been awarded the
Defense Superior Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with
three oak leaf clusters, the Aerial Achievement Medal, the Air Force
Commendation Medal and the Presidential Service Badge.
White House Fellow is selected by the President's Commission
on White House Fellowships to participate in America's most
prestigious fellowship programme for leadership development and
mission of the non-partisan White House Fellows programme, as
established by President Johnson in 1964, is to develop America's
future leaders by giving Fellows first hand, high level experience
with the workings of the Federal Government and increasing their
sense of participation in national affairs, as per White House press
as a White House Fellow is based on a record of remarkable
professional achievement early in a career, evidence of leadership
potential, a proven commitment to public service, and the knowledge
and skills necessary to contribute successfully at the highest
levels of the federal government, it added.