Air Commodore Romesh Chander Kakar (11481) AE (L) was commissioned on 01 Jan 1968 in the Engineering branch of the IAF. He has since held several important Staff and Command appointments including those of the Commanding Officer of a Tropo Communication Station and Deputy Director in an Inter Service Organisation Defence Image Processing and Analysis Centre (DIPAC). He has also undergone Tropo Communication Course from USA, Post-graduation (M Tech) in Electronics & Electrical Communication Engineering from IIT, Kharagpur, Air Staff Course from Defence Service Staff College and Senior Defence Management Course from College of Defence Management, Secunderabad.
While the task of setting up an Air Defence Ground Environment System (ADGES) for the IAF was first initiated by RCPO in the early 1970s, the officer, as a young Flight Lieutenant, played a significant role in establishing and testing the communication links of Stage I & II of the ADGES plan. While at DIPAC, the officer was the Chief Coordinator in drawing up comprehensive details of the facilities to be established and in obtaining the CCS sanction for the same. In his current tenure at RCPO, as the Chief Systems Engineer, he has successfully managed to speed up the implementation of a series of important projects. An Automatic Control and Reporting Centre (Auto CRC), under development for a number of years, has been put to operational use, overcoming some of the long-persisting problems. Five new digital Line-of-Sight (LOS) links have been set up in the Northern Sector. A two KW digital tropo link has been integrated in the overall ADGES communication network using DIGITAL Cross Connect (DCC) and Trans Mux. As a result of his clear vision and a highly focussed approach, orders for an inter-services project of a high level of complexity have been placed in record time of just five months from the start of the project.
For distinguished service of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Romesh Chander Kakar.