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Air Commodore Rakesh Kacker

Service No & Branch 12951 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 22 Jan 1972 Course: 107 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Apr 2007 Nick Name : Kacks
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 11 Mar 1991Gp Capt : 27 Mar 1995Air Cmde : 01 Apr 2001
Training and Other Courses Attended
71 APFIC (Flt Lt) - 14 Jun 198140 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 24 Nov 198443 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 2003
Badges Qualified
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Sqn Ldr

Gp Capt
Notes:1)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 2)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Jan 1988 - 01 Jan 1989Sqn LdrNo.108 SquadronBhatinda Flight Commander
- Wg CdrCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad Directing Staff
01 Oct 1990 - 01 Nov 1992Wg CdrNo.37 SquadronNal (Bikaner) Commanding Officer
01 Jan 1993 - Wg CdrWestern Air CommandDelhi Ops 1B
01 Feb 1995 - 30 Sep 1996Gp Capt7 WingAmbala Chief Operations Officer
01 Oct 1996 - 16 Jul 1998Gp Capt503 Signal UnitArjangarh Station Commander
15 Mar 1999 - 03 Sep 2000Gp Capt34 WingBhaisana (Bhatinda) Station Commander
- Air CmdeAdvance HQ, South Western Air CommandPune Air Officer Commanding
02 Jan 2004 - 21 Jun 2005Air CmdeAFS HakimpetHakimpet Air Officer Commanding
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal
Gp CaptRakesh Kacker12951 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1998
Details :

Group Captain Rakesh Kacker (12951) Flying (Pilot) was the Chief Operations Officer at No 7 Wing AF from Feb 95 to Oct 96 and since then is the Station Commander of 503 SU, AF.

In view of the high attrition of IAF fighter aircraft due to bird strike, it was directed that undergrowth and unnecessary vegetation from Ambala airfield was to be eradicated at the earliest. At Ambala, this would prove a daunting task since two loop areas north of the airfield were thick jungles.

By virtue of his primary duty, this seemingly insurmountable task was given to Group Captain Kacker. The Officer was unperturbed by the very magnitude of the task and methodically began by examining all options. The Officer, aware that several crores of valuable Public Fund had recently been wasted as a result of the loss of two aircraft, was determined that he could work within the existing framework. The Defence Estate Officer was persuaded to provide manpower for this task. Primarily the contractor needed constant close supervision to ensure that legitimacy was maintained. Having cleared the area, the officer then interacted laterally with his Army counterparts for provision of heavy machinery to ensure control of vegetation and was quick to put these areas under cultivation. Work under his direction, continued unabated in order to deny birds the sanctuary to roost or nest on the airfield. This also resulted in noticeable decline in small bird activity.

In addition to above, the officer was simultaneously monitoring the installation and operation of Semi Automated Base Air Defence Centre in Base Ops (the first of its kind installed in IAF). As Stn Cdr, 503 SU, AF the officer has been instrumental in overall improvement of quality of life of personnel with his innovative ideas and also achieving high operational preparedness of the Station.

For successfully directing the task of improving flying environment and for his innovativeness in circumventing problem areas, for his moral courage and for rendering distinguished service of high order, the President is pleased to award "Vayu Sena Medal" to Group Captain Rakesh Kacker.

Unit : 503 SU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 14th March 1998 - No.29-Pres/98 dated 26th January 1998
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