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Air Marshal Raj Kumar Vashist

Service No & Branch 13832 AE(M)
Date of Birth: 16 Mar 1952 Commissioned: 06 Jan 1975 Course: 7 AEC Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Mar 2012 Superannuated Died on 08 Sep 2020 (68 Years age)
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Dec 1993Acting Gp Capt : 04 May 1998Gp Capt : 01 Jun 1998Air Cmde : 01 Mar 2006
AVM : 14 May 2007Air Marshal : 01 Feb 2010
Training and Other Courses Attended
42 NDC (Gp Capt) - 01 Dec 2002
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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

- Wg Cdr10 TETTRA SchoolGwalior Commanding Officer
07 Apr 2001 - 06 Jan 2002Gp Capt4 Base Repair DepotKanpur Commanding Officer
- Air CmdeEastern Air CommandShillong Command Engineering Officer
- AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Engineering B
14 May 2007 - 31 Mar 2009AVMCentral Air CommandAllahabad Senior Maintenance Staff Officer
- 30 Sep 2011Air MarshalAir Head QuartersDelhi Director General (Aircraft)
01 Oct 2011 - 31 Mar 2012Air MarshalAir Head QuartersDelhi Air Officer-in-Charge Maintenance
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Mention in Despatches
Gp CaptRaj Kumar Vashist13832 F(P)Award Date Announced 15 Aug 1999
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
Unit : 8 Wing
Reference : Gazette of India No.28 - Pres/2000 dated 11th March 2000
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVMRaj Kumar Vashist13832 AEMAward Date 26 Jan 2008Announced 26 Jan 2008
Details :

Air Commodore Raj Kumar Vashisht (13832) AE (L) was commissioned as an engineer in the Aeronautical Branch on 06 Jan 75. He has held important appointments of Engineering Officer/Senior Technical Officer of MiG 21 and Mirage-2000 Sqns, Chief Engineering Officer (CEO) of a flying Station, CO of TETTRA School and Base Repair Depot (BRD) and Command Engineering Officer at two Command Headquarters.

As CO, Mirage Tettra School, Gwalior, he instituted effective steps to provide high quality training and brought improvement in overall availability of training aids. He ensured well coordinated control of all engineering activities in support of Op Safed Sagar as CEO at AF Station, Adampur. Final outcome of operations brought laurels to the Indian Air Force. High quality maintenance practices followed at Air Force Station, Adampur brought Best Maintenance Trophy of WAC for two consecutive years. Maintenance Control Centre (MCC) was declared the Centre of Excellence and was replicated on all the bases under HQ WAC.

With his technical expertise and ingenuity as CO of BRD, he could tide over the shortage of spares with indigenisation of critical items and developing new repair schemes to recover Cat-D rotables. These successful efforts saved the exchequer a substantial amount in foreign exchange against imports. Under his leadership, the Depot achieved peak production of all types of aero-engines and was adjudged second best BRD.

In his present appointment of C Eng O, HQ EAC, despite severe constrains of remote locations, adverse weather and poor connectivity, with high level of professional command and control over all aircraft maintenance activities of Eastern Air Command, he ensured that the serviceability and availability of various fleets reached to high levels for the first time. A large number of unserviceable aircraft were brought on line to meet the time bound training tasks which resulted in higher utilisation of the assets. He organised various workshops at the operating bases to bring about high level of maintenance practices amongst technical personnel, thereby achieving better safety standards. With his active supervision and involvement, three international exercises, COPE INDIA, SINDEX and GARUDA III, were successfully conducted at Air Force Station, Kalaikunda.

Air Commodore Raj Kumar Vashisht has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI20080126
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