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Air Marshal Chandrashekharan Hari Kumar

Service No & Branch 15881 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 14 Dec 1979 Course: 124 Course
Service End: Retired on 28 Feb 2019 Superannuated
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Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 14 Dec 1990Wg Cdr : 26 Aug 1996Gp Capt : 15 Feb 2003Air Cmde : 01 Jan 2008
AVM : 24 Dec 2010Air Marshal : 01 Jan 2014C-in-C : 01 Sep 2015
Training and Other Courses Attended
55 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 197850 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 2010
Badges Qualified
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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 CdrCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad Directing Staff
21 Sep 1998 - 03 Dec 2000Wg CdrNo.23 SquadronSuratgarh Commanding Officer
01 Nov 2002 - 01 Jul 2003Gp CaptWestern Air CommandDelhi Command Flying Safety & Inspection Officer
11 Nov 2002 - 01 Jan 2005Gp CaptWestern Air CommandDelhi Ops 1A
01 Jan 2005 - 19 Nov 2006Gp CaptTactics and Combat Development EstablishmentGwalior Commandant
01 Nov 2006 - 30 Jul 2007Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Dir (Ops, JP)
02 Jul 2007 - 20 Apr 2008Air CmdeWestern Air CommandDelhi Air-I
21 Apr 2008 - 28 Dec 2009Air Cmde33 WingJamnagar Air Officer Commanding
31 Dec 2010 - 31 Dec 2013AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Ops Offensive
25 Jul 2011 - 24 Jul 2016Tactics and Combat Development Establishment Commodore Commandant
01 Jan 2014 - 30 Apr 2014Air MarshalTraining CommandBangalore Senior Air Staff Officer
05 May 2014 - 31 Aug 2015Air MarshalSouth Western Air CommandGandhinagar Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Sep 2015 - 31 Dec 2016Air MarshalEastern Air CommandShillong Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2019Air MarshalWestern Air CommandDelhi Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 4
Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptChandrashekharan Hari Kumar15881 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2005Announced 26 Jan 2005
Details :

Group Captain Chandrashekharan Hari Kumar (15881) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned on 14 Dec 1979 in the Flying branch of the 1AF. During his service career he has held various important appointments including that of Directing Staff at Tactics and Combat Development Establishment, Directing Staff at College of Air Warfare (CAW), Deputy Director Air Staff Inspection at Air HQ and Commanding Officer of a MiG-21 Squadron. He is Qualified Flying Instructor and a Fighter Combat Leader. He is an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College. The officer was awarded Commendation by the CAS in 1994. Presently, he is posted to HQ Western Air Command (WAC) as Ops 1A since 11 Nov 02.

During his tenure as Commanding Officer of a Mig-21 Squadron, he displayed exemplary leadership and personal involvement in bringing up the operational status of Squadron. This effort was recognized when the Squadron was nominated the best fighter squadron in WAC for 2000-2001. At CAW, he was instrumental in setting up the Historical and Air Warrior Cell.

As Ops-IA at HQ WAC, Gp Capt Kumar has shown a high level of involvement, initiative and put in a lot of hard work. He has made an all out effort to improve the operational efficiency and professionalism of all fighter Squadrons in the WAC. His interaction with the field units, initiative and anticipation of problems has helped the units concentrate on their operational tasks and reposed new confidence in the art of staff planning at the Operational level. By his involvement, active participation and dedication he has ensured correct guidance and inputs for safe and efficient conduct of fighter operations in WAC. As the Ops 1A, he efficiently coordinated conduct of "Yojna" for fighter Squadrons which included various exercises on air to ground, combat support force operations and Air Defence along with monitoring day-to-day flying of each unit. He was one of the key members of the team that was responsible for smooth and efficient conduct of command level exercise Gauntlet - 03. He displayed an outstanding grasp of the intricate task of modern warfare planning essential for Command Air Ops. As Officer in Charge Flypast, he has been instrumental in efficiently conducting Air Force Day Flypast in 2003 and Republic Day Flypast in 2004. Following Op Parakaram, WAC was given the task of enhancing the Operational potential of a few 'Core' fighter Sqns. Group Captain Kumar personally took charge of these core units and his meticulous planning, close involvement and overall supervision, ensured that the overall Operational capability of these Sqns, was maintained at a very high level.

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

Unit : WAC
Reference : GoI20050126
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Air CmdeChandrashekharan Hari Kumar15881 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2011Announced 26 Jan 2011
Details : Air Vice Marshal Chandrashekharan Hari Kumar, VSM (15881) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a fighter pilot on 14 Dec 1979. During 30 years of his distinguished service, he has held several important command and staff appointments that include command of a Mig-21 Fighter Squadron, Directing Staff (Air)at College of Air Warfare, Ops-1A at HQ Western Air Command, Commandant of Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE) and Air-I at HQ Western Air Command. He is a Staff College Graduate and an experienced Qualified Flying Instructor with over 3200 hours of accident free flying to his credit. He was commended by the CAS in 1997 and was awarded VSM in the year 2005. As Commandant of TACDE, he has been the exercise director of two international exercises with USAF (Cope India-OS) and RAF (lndradhanush) which brought in international acclaim to the IAF The officer took over as Air Officer Commanding of Air Force Station Jamnagar on 21 Apr 08. The Station operates many flying and Air Defence units. With his involvement he ensured high serviceability state of all aircraft and equipment due which all operational commitments were always successfully completed on time. Through good planning he brought about commendable and substantial changes in the infrastructure of the station improving the quality of life all personnel. He was also very successful in promoting sports and cultural activities on the station thereby giving opportunity to the personnel of the station and their family members to display their talent. Under the leadership of the officer, AF Station Jamnagar was adjudged the Best Wing, "Operations" of South Western Air Command in 2009. No 6 Squadron of this base was awarded the Best Fighter Squadron of Indian Air Force in 2009. Under his dynamic leadership, the wing was graded High Average during DASI Inspection in Oct 09. In 2009, AF Station Jamnagar was declared as the nodal centre for Cricket and achieved the distinction by construction of cricket ground with all the facilities required. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Air Vice Marshal Chandrashekharan Hari Kumar, VSM.
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalChandrashekharan Hari Kumar15881 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2016Announced 26 Jan 2016
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalChandrashekharan Hari Kumar15881 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2018Announced 26 Jan 2018
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