ME6 M.A. Pathi was enlisted into the Singapore Armed Forces in 1977 and served with the 46th Singapore Armoured Regiment as a Combat Medic. He joined the Republic of Singapore Air Force in late 1978 and graduated from the Air Engineering Training Institute as an Airframe-Engine Technician in 1980.
ME6 M.A. Pathi started his aircraft maintenance career with the FGA74 Hawker Hunters in 140 Squadron. From 1988 to 1990, he participated in the Peace Carvin I program at Luke AFB, Arizona, working on the newly acquired F16A/B, Fighting Falcons. Upon completion of the Joint Warrant Officer Course (JWOC) in 1995 he was assigned to Peace Carvin II detachment in Phoenix Arizona as a Production Superintendent. Through the years he underwent further qualification training on the F16C/Ds at Luke AFB, and locally on the F16D+ aircraft.
Upon his return to Singapore in 1998, ME6 M.A. Pathi was appointed as the Warrant Officer In Charge (WOIC) of the Quality Assurance Centre in Tengah Air Base. In 2001, ME6 M.A. Pathi was awarded the CLASS sponsorship for further studies and graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Aerospace Engineering and Management from the Singapore Polytechnic. In 2002, he was appointed as the WOIC of 140 Squadron and subsequently in 2004 as WOIC of 143 Squadron. In 2006 he was assigned as the WOIC of the Air Logistics Squadron and the Maintenance Centre in Tengah Air Base.
In 2006, he took on the appointment of Chief Warrant Officer of Tengah Air Base. After the organisational restructuring of the Air Force into functional commands, he was appointed in 2007 as Command Chief of the Air Combat Command. In the same year, he attended the USAF SNCO Course at the SNCO Academy, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.
In Dec 2014, he was appointed to his current appointment as the Air Force Command Chief.
ME6 M.A. Pathi has been awarded the SAF Good Service Medal (5 Years), the SAF Long Service & Good Conduct Medal (12, 22, 35 Years), the SAF Long Service Award (15, 20, 25, 30 Years), the State Efficiency Medal (Military), the State Long Service Medal (Military) and the Letter of Commendation (1990, 2000, 2005).
ME6 M.A. Pathi is married to Thelma and is the father of two girls, Nicole and Ariele.