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Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Jolly

Service No & Branch 14083 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 11 Jul 1975 Course: 114 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Dec 2014 Superannuated Nick Name : Jolly
Qualifications Held : Instructor Rating: A2
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 27 Jul 1992Acting Gp Capt : 28 Jul 1997Gp Capt : 01 Sep 1997Air Cmde : 01 Nov 2004
Acting AVM : 20 Jun 2008AVM : 01 Apr 2008Air Marshal : 01 Jan 2011C-in-C : 01 Aug 2012
Training and Other Courses Attended
45 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 1973
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Jul 1976 - 31 Jul 1977Fg OffrNo.10 SquadronJodhpur Squadron Pilot
01 Sep 1977 - Fg OffrNo.220 Squadron Squadron Pilot
01 Jan 1987 - 01 Jan 1990Sqn LdrFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Flying Instructor
- Wg CdrCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad Directing Staff
16 Mar 1995 - 25 Nov 1996Wg CdrNo.51 SquadronSrinagar Commanding Officer
- Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (ops)
01 Feb 2000 - 18 Nov 2001Gp Capt41 WingJaisalmer Station Commander
01 Mar 2006 - 01 Mar 2008Air CmdeEmbassy of India, USAWashington Air Attache
- AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Ops Offensive
01 Jul 2008 - 30 Jun 2010AVMDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Chief Instructor (Air)
10 Feb 2010 - No.51 Squadron Commodore Commandant
01 Jan 2011 - 05 Jun 2012Air MarshalSouth Western Air CommandGandhinagar Senior Air Staff Officer
08 Jun 2012 - 31 Jul 2012Air MarshalSouthern Air CommandTrivandrum Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Aug 2012 - 31 Dec 2013Air MarshalSouthern Air CommandTrivandrum Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2014Air MarshalEastern Air CommandShillong Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Rakesh Kumar Jolly14083 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1997
Details :

Wing Commander Rakesh Kumar Jolly was commissioned on 11 Jul 75 in the Fighter Stream of the Indian Air Force. Since then he has flown over 3700 hours of accident free flying. He is an A-2 Qualified Flying Instructor and an alumnus of Defence Services Staff College.

Wg Cdr Jolly assumed command of a front-line MiG-21 Bis Squadron in March 1995. With his professional attitude and attention to detail, Wg Cdr Jolly's leadership was instrumental in significant and tangible achievements of the Squadron.

The Squadron performed well in all fields and was assessed as Average Plus by Directorate of Air Staff Inspection. In the 1996-97 Inter Squadron Gunnery Meet, Wg Cdr Jolly steered his unit to the first position in rocketry, and to the second position overall. Despite constraints of weather, and frequent detachments, the Squadron was able to achieve 100% operational and instrument rating status and an enviable flight safety record. The Squadron bagged the inter-unit sports trophy for 1995-96 and also achieved one of the best aircraft serviceability status in the MiG-21 Bis Fleet.

For exceptional devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Rakesh Kumar Jolly.

Unit :
Reference : Gazette of India dated 15th March 1997 - No.19-Pres/97 dated 26th January 1997
Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptRakesh Kumar Jolly14083 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2003Announced 26 Jan 2003
Details :

Group Captain Rakesh Kumar Jolly VM (14083) F (P) was commissioned in the IAF on 11 Jul 1975. He had commanded a Sqn. He has also been a Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI) at Flying Instructors' School (FIS) and Directing Staff at College of Air Warfare (CAW) and presently Stn Cdr at an AF Station. He has 3900 h accident free flying. His squadron won the 'Best Fighter Sqn' trophy in 1996 and stood second in Ex 'Eklavya' the same year. He was awarded the Majithia Trophy at FIS for standing first in overall order of merit and the Vayu Sena Medal for his successful Sqn Cdr's tenure.

As Stn Cdr, the officer was responsible for orchestrating Millennium Vayu Shakti (MVS) to be witnessed by Chiefs of Air Staff from all over the world. Though postponed once and cancelled the second time, the major portion of work was actually completed on each occasion. Planning for MVS was a challenging assignment. Gp Capt Jolly displayed equanimity, sense of purpose and excellent management skills in directing work towards this major function.

A good motivator, the officer was able to mould his team on the station to efficiently support a large number of weapon system trials. The station won a variety of awards during major and minor Command exercises and was runner up in 2001 for the 'Pride of SWAC' award. Undoubtedly, this was adequate testimony to his successful stewardship.

For distinguished service of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Rakesh Kumar Jolly VM.

Unit : 41 Wing
Reference : GoI20030126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalRakesh Kumar Jolly14083 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2015Announced 26 Jan 2015
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
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