|Date of Birth:||-- --- --|
|Date Commissioned||03 Jan 1972||Course||1 AEC Course|
|Service End||Retired on 31 Mar 2009|
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|- 31 Dec 2006||AVM||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||ACAS (Eng B)|
|01 Jan 2007 - 30 Nov 2007||Air Mshl||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||AOM|
|01 Dec 2007 - 31 Mar 2009||Air Mshl||Maintenance Command||Nagpur||AOC-in-C|
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|Vishist Seva Medal|
|Wg Cdr||Gautam Nayyar||13024||Award Date 26 Jan 1993||Announced 26 Jan 1993|
|Details :||Citation / Details Not Available|
|Param Vishist Seva Medal|
|Air Marshal||Gautam Nayyar||13024 AEM||Award Date 26 Jan 2009||Announced 26 Jan 2009|
|Details :||AOC-in-C MC|
|Unit : MC|
|Remarks: Profile Note added: 2009-02-24|
Air Marshal Gautam Nayyar, an officer who started his career as an Engineering Officer at 3 BRD (Base Repair Depot), Air Force Station, Chandigarh has made it to the top of the Maintenance Command of the Indian Air Force as he took over as its Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) at Nagpur today.
The officer belongs to Chandigarh as his parents settled in the city in 1971 and he got married in Chandigarh in 1977. He has also done a posting as Group Captain at 3BRD from 1995 to 1998. A keen sportsperson, the Air Marshall received his cricket coaching in his earlier days by none other than Shri DP Azad at Chandigarh.
Air Marshal Gautam Nayyar was born on 09 March 1949 at Mumbai. He is a second generation service officer as his father served in the air defence arm of the Indian army. He attended various convent schools spread across the country, and finally graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Osmania University in 1971. On 03 January 1972 , he was commissioned as an Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) in the IAF.
Beginning his career as an Engineering Officer, he has had rich experience in maintenance of various fighter aircraft of Russian and western origin. During his formative years in the IAF, the Air Marshal excelled in various appointments. As a young Flight Lieutenant , he was trained in Spain on retarder bombs. He underwent the special weapons course in 1980. In the mid 1980s, he was instrumental in induction of Mirage 2000 aircraft in IAF. The foresight and planning ensured smooth induction and flawless operation and maintenance of this fleet over the next two decades.
During his career, the Air Marshal served as senior engineer at a MiG-21 base, Chief Engineering Officer of a Mirage base and Command Engineering Officer of an operational Air Command. He was responsible in formulation of the "Aircraft Maintenance Manual" (AMM), which was eventually issued as IAPT. The manual has proved to be a bible for maintenance engineers of IAF.
The Air Marshal has held various field and staff appointments in his illustrious career. As Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Engineering B) at Air HQ, he was responsible for maintenance of the entire Indo-Western fleets of the Air Force. On promotion to the rank of Air Marshal, he was appointed Air Officer in Charge Maintenance (AOM) at Air HQ, where he successfully implemented many measures to improve reliability and availability of various weapon systems of IAF.
Air Marshal Nayyar is an all round sportsman. He has represented services in the Ranji trophy cricket championship and holds the national record against Punjab for "carrying his bat through". He is also a keen golfer. He is married to Rachita and they are the proud parents of a son, Gaurav who is software engineer in US and a daughter, Ruchi who works with an MNC Bank at New Delhi .