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Air Commodore Krishna Kumar Swaminathan

Service No & Branch 13251 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 23 Dec 1972 Course: 109 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Apr 2006
Qualifications Held : Instructor Rating: A2
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 11 Mar 1991Gp Capt : 01 Feb 1996Air Cmde : 01 Feb 2002
Training and Other Courses Attended
40 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 1971
Badges Qualified
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Gp Capt
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 May 1988 - Sqn LdrNo.1 SquadronGwalior Flight Commander
25 Jun 1990 - 02 May 1992Wg CdrDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Directing Staff
01 Jan 1992 - 01 Dec 1993Wg CdrNo.4 SquadronUttarlai Commanding Officer
01 Nov 1994 - Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Joint Director (Air War Strategy Cell)
16 Dec 1996 - 05 Jul 1999Gp CaptFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Commanding Officer
12 Dec 2001 - 11 Jan 2004Air CmdeAndaman and Nicobar CommandPort Blair Air Force Component Commander
12 Jan 2004 - 30 Apr 2006Air CmdeAdvance HQ, Eastern Air CommandCalcutta Air Officer Commanding
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal
Gp CaptKrishna Kumar Swaminathan13251 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1996
Details :

Group Captain KK Swaminathan has been on the posted strength of Air Headquarters since 27 Sep 94. He has flown over 2600 hours on Mirage-2000 and MiG-21 variants. He is an A-2 Qualified Flying Instructor and a Fighter Combat Leader. In 1984, he was specially selected to train on Mirage-2000 aircraft in France. In 1989 he was selected to attend the Defence Services Command and Staff College in Bangladesh. He has been a Directing Staff at the Defence Services Staff College and the Commanding officer of a MiG-21 Squadron prior to taking over his present appointment.

Gp Capt Swaminathan is the founder Director of the Air War Strategy Cell, having been specially selected for the task of evolving an Air Power Doctrine for the Indian Air Force (IAF). This was a pioneering task since the IAF did not have a written doctrine. Gp Capt Swaminathan applied himself to the task and produced a draft of the doctrine in the specified time frame of four months, which is highly commendable. The doctrine manual has since then been scrutinised at the highest levels of the IAF and has won accolades. This manual would come out in print soon. The Air War Strategy Cell under the able leadership of Gp Capt Swaminathan submitted the doctrine paper in the specified time frame, which is at par with the doctrines of the major Air Forces of the world.

For exceptional devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Group Captain KK Swaminathan.

Unit : AHQ
Reference : Gazette of India , 9th March 1996 - No.23 - Pres/96 dated 26th January 1996
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