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Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria

Service No & Branch 16026 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 15 Jun 1980 Course: 125 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Sep 2021 Superannuated Flying Hours : 4250 Nick Name : Chhotu
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Fg Offr : 15 Jun 1981Flt Lt : 15 Jun 1985Sqn Ldr : 15 Jun 1991Wg Cdr : 05 May 1997
Gp Capt : 01 May 2003Air Cmde : 01 Jan 2008Acting AVM : 29 Apr 2011AVM : 01 Jan 2011
Air Marshal : 01 Aug 2014C-in-C : 01 Mar 2017Air Chief Marshal : 30 Sep 2019
Training and Other Courses Attended
56 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 1979
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 CdrFlight Test Squadron, ASTEBangalore Commanding Officer
03 May 1999 - 17 Jul 2001Wg CdrNo.5 SquadronAmbala Commanding Officer
- Gp CaptNFTC LCABangalore CTP/ PD
21 Mar 2005 - 22 Apr 2007Gp Capt12 Forward Base Support UnitNaliya Station Commander
- Air CmdeNational Flight Test Center, ADABangalore Project Director
07 Apr 2008 - 19 Apr 2011Air CmdeEmbassy of India, RussiaMoscow Air Attache
28 Apr 2011 - 31 Jul 2014AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Projects
01 Aug 2014 - 30 Jan 2015Air MarshalNational Defence AcademyKhadakvasla Commandant
22 Dec 2014 - 30 Sep 2021No.5 Squadron Commodore Commandant
02 Feb 2015 - 31 Dec 2015Air MarshalCentral Air CommandAllahabad Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Jan 2016 - 28 Feb 2017Air MarshalPSO: Planning, Air HQDelhi Deputy Chief of Air Staff
01 Mar 2017 - 31 Jul 2018Air MarshalSouthern Air CommandTrivandrum Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 Aug 2018 - 30 Apr 2019Air MarshalTraining CommandBangalore Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 May 2019 - 30 Sep 2019Air MarshalPSO: Operations, Air HQDelhi Vice Chief of Air Staff
30 Sep 2019 - 30 Sep 2021Air Chief MarshalAir Head QuartersDelhi Chief of Air Staff
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg CdrRakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria16026 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 2002
Details : Wing Commander Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria (16026) Flying (Pilot) Wing Commander Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria (16026) F (P) is the Commanding Officer (CO) of a Jaguar squadron since May 99. He is an A2 Qualified Hying Instructor, Pilot Attack Instructor, Experimental Test Pilot and a graduate of Defence Services Command and Staff Course, Bangladesh. He has 3940 hrs of flying to his credit with over 900 hours of instructional flying and 400 hours of test flying. He has flown 380 hours as CO. He is an outstanding officer with exceptional professional knowledge and flying skills achieved through sheer hard work and dedication. Using his analytical mind and vision he devised a method for carrying bombing from the Jaguar aircraft using Global Positioning System (GPS). This was especially relevant for the bombing role of Jaguar aircraft in Op Safed Sagar. Even though the squadron was not tasked for Op Safed Sagar, the Jaguar GPS modification itself was carried out with significant contribution from him. The squadron also carried out trials on GPS anti-jamming measures. In acknowledgement of his capabilities, the squadron was also tasked to carry out ground adaptation of Matra Magic II air-to-air missile on Jaguar aircraft, a task which would, normally have been that of Aircraft Systems and Testing Establishment. The squadron is presently standing by to proceed with firing trials of the same missile. Wg Cdr Bhadauria was also detailed to give operational and user inputs to the design and development agencies carrying out Navigation and Weapon Aiming Sub System (Nav WASS) Jaguar upgrade of the IAR Under his leadership, the squadron has also submitted valuable papers on utilisation of Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS), and night formation flying. During the period of his command the squadron has flown 4500 accident free hours. The squadron has also made serviceable and flown all aircraft on its establishment thereby achieving 100% serviceability. For his exceptional devotion to duty, commitment and dedication to service, high level of professional knowledge, and leading his squadron by example to achieve the highest standards of the [AF, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria.
Unit : 5 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 29th June 2002 - No.118-Pres/2002 dated 26th January 2002 & AFD 2002 Investiture Booklet
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVMRakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria16026 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2013Announced 26 Jan 2013
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalRakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria16026 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2018Announced 26 Jan 2018
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