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Air Marshal Packiam Paul Rajkumar

Service No 12018 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- --
Date Commissioned 21 Jun 1969 Course 102 Course
Service End Retired on 30 Jun 2009
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Jul 1989Gp Capt : 01 Mar 1993Air Cmde : 12 Jan 1998AVM : 15 Feb 2003
Air Marshal : 13 May 2005C-in-C : 31 Dec 2007
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Notes: 1) Ranks shown are substantive ranks at retirement. 2)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 3)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
05 Jun 1989 - 26 Jun 1992Wg CdrNo.119 Helicopter UnitJamnagar CO
22 May 1996 - 09 Nov 1997Gp CaptHelicopter Training SchoolHakimpet CO
- Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Ops, T&H)
- Air Cmde36 WingMakarpura (Vadodara) AOC
- 11 Oct 2003AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi ACAS (Ops & Doctrine)
01 Dec 2000 - AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Addl ACAS (Ops)
10 Oct 2002 - 31 Dec 2004AVMNational Defence AcademyPune Dy Cmdt & CI
01 Jan 2005 - 30 Nov 2006Air MshlNational Defence CollegeDelhi Cmdt
02 Dec 2006 - 31 Dec 2007Air MshlAndaman and Nicobar CommandPort Blair C-in-C
31 Dec 2007 - 30 Jun 2009Air MshlCentral Air CommandAllahabad AOC-in-C
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 2
  
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdePackiam Paul Rajkumar12018 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2003Announced 26 Jan 2003
Details :

Air Commodore Packiam Paul Rajkumar (12018) Flying (Pilot) F (P) was commissioned in the IAF on 21 Jun 69.

An A-2 Qualified Instructor (QFI), graduate of National Defence College and the Defence Services Staff College, he has commanded an operational helicopter unit, which actively participated in Op Pawan in Sri Lanka. He has also been at the helm of the Helicopter Training School, a premium training institution of the Indian Air Force and successfully commanded an Air Force Station. He has also served eminently as Air Force Examiner in the AEB during 1985-88. He has over 6500 accident free flying hours to his credit.

The officer took charge as the Director of Operations (Transport and Helicopters) on 24 Dec 01, at the peak of the recent Air Force activation. This called for intense personal involvement and meticulous planning to ensure that the IAF firepower was positioned on the western border well within the stipulated time. He has been able to successfully achieve this enormous task in smooth and efficient manner. The officer ensured continued serviceability and high availability of the helicopter fleet which is the lifeline for sustenance of troops in the forward areas, especially high altitudes.

It is to the credit of the air officer that during this period of enhanced activity, equal attention was paid to the revision and standardization of various orders, instructions and operating procedures pertaining to transport and helicopter operations. The cases for replenishment of spares and equipment for the fleet are also being expeditiously progressed by the officer with acumen and vision.

Air Commodore Packiam Paul Rajkumar has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI20030126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalPackiam Paul Rajkumar12018 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2008Announced 26 Jan 2008
Details :

Air Marshal Packiam Paul Rajkumar (12018) F (P) was commissioned as a helicopter pilot in the Flying (Pilot) Branch on 21 Jun 1969. He is presently the Commander-in-Chief of only Joint Operational Command in India, namely, the Andaman & Nicobar Command (ANC) at Port Blair from 02 Dec 06. He is an alumnus of Defence Services Staff College, Army War College and the NDC. For distinguished services of exceptional order he was awarded AVSM in 2003.

In the long and illustrious career spanning 38 years, the Air Mshl had held various field and staff appointments. Some of them have been the Principal Director Operations (Transport and Helicopter), Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Operational Concepts and Doctrines) at Air HQ, Deputy Commandant of National Defence Academy (NDA) and Commandant of National Defence College (NDC). As PD (Ops), he oversaw the Transport and Helicopter operations during 'Op Parakram'. He also initiated the proposal for Helicopter Display Team for the Air Force, which led to the formation of the now internationally renowned 'Sarang' Team - the only helicopter display team in the world. Subsequently, as an Air Marshal, he was the Chairman of the Academic Study Group of the NDA. The previous such Study Group was formed more than 30 years earlier. This Study Group recommended wide ranging changes in the academic curriculum at NDA, resulting in synergy between the purely academic and military subjects, for the first time since its inception. The recommendations have now been implemented in toto at the NDA with the approval of JNU and the COSC. As the Commandant of NDC, he pursued award of M Phil Degree to the participants of the Course. Due of his efforts, the course participants in 2006 have been awarded the M Phil degree from Madras University. All future NDC participants will now be eligible for this degree.

As the Commander-in-Chief of the ANC, he had drawn up a vision plan for the progress and development of the command upto 2022. His directions for Joint Planning and Operations had led to very high serviceability of all the fleets in the command. The Naval Fleet achieved the distinction of sailing all their 15 ships for many days in August 2007, which had never been achieved in ANC before. The operational capability and integration of the three Services and the Coast Guard component improved tremendously under his leadership, leading to a record number of apprehensions of foreign poachers in Andamans. As the first Air Force Commander-in-Chief of the ANC, he has exhibited a clear vision for Joint operations and contributed extensively to Jointness amongst the services.

Air Marshal Packiam Paul Rajkumar, AVSM has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI20080126

Additional Notes

Remarks: Profile Note added: 2009-02-08
Air Marshal PP Rajkumar Ati Vishisht Seva Medal has taken over as the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the prestigious Central Air Command of the Indian Air Force on 01 Jan 08. Before assuming this new appointment, he was holding the post of Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the only Unified Operational military Command in India i.e. the Andaman and Nicobar Command at Port Blair.
The Air Marshal did his schooling from VOC Board High School, Kovllpatti and St Joseph’s Indian High School Bangalore, He graduated from National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, in Dec ember 1967 and was commissioned as a helicopter pilot in Jun 1969. During his distinguished career he has flown extensively all over India on 12 different types of aircraft. He has more than 6500 hours of flying to his credit. He is a qualified flying instructor and had been a Pilot Examiner for the Indian Air Force. He has been on Deputation to Iraq from 1987 to 1989 to train their pilots.
He has taken part in 1971 operations which resulted in the liberation of Bangladesh. He has also operated extensively in Siachin glacier and in Sri Lanka in the 80’s. He has held many important Operational, Training and Staff appointments in his career. He had been the Deputy Commandant of National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla, near Pune, from 2003 to 2004 and the Commandant of the prestigious National Defence College in New Delhi
Air Marshal Rajkumar is an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Army War College, Mhow, College of Defence Management, Secunderabad and National Defence College, New Delhi. He holds an M. Sc Degree in Defence Studies and an M. Phil. in Defence Management Studies. He is a permanent member of the Aeronautical Society of India and Rotary Wing Society of India. He was awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal by the President of India in 2003, for meritorious service.