|Date of Birth:||10 May 1935|
|Date Commissioned||17 Jul 1954||Course||63 Course|
|Service End||Retired on 31 May 1993|
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|22 May 1973 - 17 Jul 1975||Wg Cdr||No.108 Squadron||Commanding Officer|
|-||Air Cmde||Air Force Academy||Dundigal||Deputy Commandant|
|05 Dec 1981 - 02 Jan 1984||Air Cmde||8 Wing||Adampur||Air Officer Commanding|
|-||AVM||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Flight Safety & Inspection|
|20 Aug 1986 - 14 Feb 1988||AVM||College of Air Warfare||Secunderabad||Commandant|
|01 Aug 1988 - 01 Apr 1990||Air Mshl||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||Deputy Chief of Air Staff|
|01 Apr 1990 - 10 Feb 1991||Air Mshl||Western Air Command||Delhi||Senior Air Staff Officer|
|11 Feb 1991 - 05 Oct 1991||Air Mshl||Eastern Air Command||Shillong||Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief|
|07 Oct 1991 - 31 May 1993||Air Mshl||Training Command||Bangalore||Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief|
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|Vayu Sena Medal|
|Wg Cdr||Rajendra Kumar Dhawan||4736 F(P)||Award Date||Announced 26 Jan 1976|
|Details :||Wing Commander Rajendra Kumar Dhawan took over command of the first Squadron which was to be re-equipped with the latest type of supersonic fighter aircraft in May 1973. He solved the initial problems successfully and created a base from which the subsequent squadrons of similar type of aircraft could be formed. He has a distinguished flying record and has to his credit a total of 3885 hours on single engine aircraft of which over 650 hours are on supersonics. Wing Commander Rajendra Kumar Dhawan has throughout displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.|
|Reference : Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976|
|Ati Vishist Seva Medal|
|Air Cmde||Rajendra Kumar Dhawan||4736 F(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 1985||Announced 26 Jan 1985|
|Details :|| |
Air Commodore Rajendra Kumar Dhawan VM (4736) F (P) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 17 Jul 54. He has flown over 4000 hours, mainly on jet fighters. He was awarded the 'Vayu Seva Medal' in 1976. He has commanded an operational Squadron and an operational Wing during his service career and has also held important staff and training appointments both in India and abroad. During his tenure as Air AttachÃÂ©, Islamabad, he established good working relations by his tact and resourcefulness.
He commanded a major operational wing for two years, at which were located three fighter squadrons and several other units. During his command newly inducted fighter aircraft were fully and safely exploited. This was largely due to his hard work, organizational and leadership qualities. He developed the vital infrastructure, ensured adequate support from sections of the wing and maintained a safe flying environment. His wing won the WAC Trophies for the year 1982-83 for being the best in Maintenance and Administration.
Air Commodore Rajendra Kumar Dhawan VM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.
|Reference : GoI19850126|
|Param Vishist Seva Medal|
|Air Marshal||Rajendra Kumar Dhawan||4736 F(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 1991||Announced 26 Jan 1991|
|Details :|| |
Air Marshal Rajendra Kumar Dhawan was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on the 17th July, 1954. A graduate of the National Defence College and Long Defence Management Course, a fighter Pilot of repute, he has held a wide variety of important command and staff appointments with distinction.
He was entrusted with the command of a squadron to be re-equipped with a different variant of supersonic fighter aircraft in 1973, where he faced multiple problems of the new induction. He, however, overcame the problems with initiative, determination and innovative skill. Through untiring efforts, he created a nucleus from which the subsequent squadrons of similar types could be formed successfully.
As Deputy Commandant of the Air Force Academy, he was instrumental in improving the training standards in respect of officer trainees of all branches. Later, he was appointed as the Commandant of the College of Air Warfare where he guided a number of studies to update air warfare doctrines and strategies.
Promoted to the rank of Air Marshal in 1988, the Air Officer was appointed as the Deputy Chief of the Air Staff at the Air HQrs. He guided and supervised an extensive in-house re-appreciation of the long-term re-equipment plan and the preparation of the draft outline of the VIII Plan of the Indian Air Force. His other achievement has been re-tailoring of the Air Force plans and schemes in conformity with expected allocation, without curtailing the process of building up the operational potential. In April 1990, he was posted as the Senior Air Staff Officer of an important Operational Command. In this appointment, his operational and staff experience continued to be of immense value.
|Reference : GoI19910126|