AIR MARSHAL C HARI KUMAR PVSM AVSM VM VSM ADC AIR OFFICER COMMANDING-IN-CHIEF, WAC IAF RETIRES

Air Marshal Chandrashekharan Hari Kumar
Air Marshal Chandrashekharan Hari Kumar

National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 01 March, 2019
Air Marshal Chandrashekharan Hari Kumar PVSM AVSM VM VSM ADC, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command Indian Air Force retired on 28 February 2019 after an illustrious career spanning over 39 yrs.

Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar, a Kargil War veteran took over as AOC-in-C Western Air Command operating along Pakistan border.

The Air Marshal was commissioned in Flying Branch of Indian Air Force in the year 1979. He was a Qualified Flying Instructor and a Fighter Combat Leader having more than 3300 hours of flying to his credit. He was a graduate of Defence Services Staff College and National Defence college. During his meritorious service to the nation, he had done instructional tenures at Fighter Training Wing, Tactics and

Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE) and College of Air Warfare. He has commanded a MiG-21 Sqn, TACDE and a frontline fighter base.

His staff appointments included Ops 1A, Air-1 at Headquarter Western Air Command and Deputy Director Air Staff Inspection, Director Operations (Joint Planning), Assistant Chief of the Air Staff Operations (Offensive) at Air HQ and Senior Air Staff Officer at Headquarter South Western Air Command.

The Air Marshal was the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Air Command prior to his appointment as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command.

For his distinguished service to the Nation, he was awarded Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Vayu Sena Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal and appointed Honorary Air Force ADC to President of India on 01 Jan 2017.

Air Marshal Chandrashekharan Hari Kumar
Air Marshal Chandrashekharan Hari Kumar

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