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Air Marshal Rajesh Kumar

Service No & Branch 16770 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 04 Jun 1982 Course: 129 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Aug 2021 Superannuated
Qualifications Held : Instructor Rating: A2
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 04 Jun 1993Wg Cdr : 17 May 1999Gp Capt : 01 Sep 2005Acting Air Cmde : 15 Dec 2010
Air Cmde : 01 Sep 2009Acting AVM : 02 Jul 2012AVM : 28 Dec 2011Air Marshal : 05 Jan 2016
C-in-C : 01 Jan 2019
Training and Other Courses Attended
1 HDMC (Gp Capt) - 31 Mar 2006
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

05 Jun 1982 - 21 Sep 1983Plt OffrTezpur U/T Ops
22 Sep 1983 - 31 Dec 1985Fg OffrNo.1 SquadronGorakhpur Squadron Pilot
01 May 1987 - 30 Jun 1991Flt LtNo.1 SquadronGwalior Squadron Pilot
01 Jan 1992 - 01 Jan 1994Sqn LdrFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Flying Instructor
01 Jan 1994 - 31 May 1996Sqn LdrNo.7 SquadronGwalior Squadron Pilot
01 Jun 1996 - 31 May 1997Sqn LdrAir Command and Staff CollegeMontgomery, Alabama Staff Course
01 Jun 1997 - 16 May 1999Sqn LdrNo.3 SquadronAmbala Flight Commander
17 May 1999 - 26 Mar 2001Wg CdrAircrew Examination BoardHindon Flying Examiner
26 May 2001 - 20 Apr 2003Wg CdrNo.7 SquadronGwalior Commanding Officer
01 May 2003 - 31 May 2004Wg CdrAir Head QuartersDelhi DD (Ops)
01 Jun 2004 - 30 Sep 2005Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Ops)
26 Apr 2006 - 28 Jul 2007Gp Capt40 WingMaharajpur (Gwalior) Chief Operations Officer
11 Aug 2007 - 05 Nov 2010Gp CaptAWACS PMTTel Aviv, Israel Team Leader
15 Dec 2010 - 13 Jun 2012Air Cmde18 WingPathankot Air Officer Commanding
25 Jun 2012 - 04 Jan 2016AVMAir Head QuartersBangalore Director, Project Management Team ,ADA, IAF
14 Aug 2015 - 31 Aug 2021No.3 Squadron Commodore Commandant
05 Jan 2016 - 28 Feb 2017Air MarshalAir Head QuartersBangalore Director, Project Management Team ,ADA, IAF
01 Mar 2017 - 31 Dec 2018Air MarshalEastern Air CommandShillong Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2021Air MarshalCentral Air CommandAllahabad Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 Feb 2021 - 31 Aug 2021Air MarshalStrategic Forces CommandDelhi Commander in Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg CdrRajesh Kumar16770 F(P)Award Date 02 Aug 2002Announced 26 Jan 2003
Details :

Wing Commander Rajesh Kumar (16770) F (P) is the Commanding Officer on a Mirage-2000 Sqn since 26 Mar 2001. he was commissioned on 04 Jun 1982 and has over 3500 hrs of accident free flying including 1000 hrs on the Mirage2000. He is an A-2 Qualified Flying Instructor who has been on staff of Flying Instructors School as well as Aircrew Examining Board.

During 'Ops Parakaram' on 02 Aug 2002, the Sqn under Wg Cdr Rajesh Kumar was tasked with destroying enemy position on the Line of Control. Intelligence had reported infiltration of enemy troops across the LOC taking up positions overlooking own ground forces. There was very limited time available for planning and real time intelligence was lacking. The target was located at high altitude very close to our own troops and was defended by enemy Surface to Air Missiles. A very precise attack was needed to prevent fratricide. When the mission was flown the target area was partially obscured due to clouds and smoke from enemy fire.

Despite the constraints of time, intelligence, difficult terrain and target being partially obscured Wg Cdr Rajesh Kumar successfully led and executed the attack on the LOC. He acquired the target and effectively carried out a LGB attack, while under enemy fire, destroying the enemy bunkers on the LOC. Accurate weapon delivery by him also greatly assisted the other members in formation to acquire the target. Success of the mission facilitated recapture of territory by own ground forces without any friendly casualties. His attack also demonstrated to the enemy the capability of the IAF and will act as a deterrent against any such intrusion in the future.

For exceptional courage under fire and leadership shown, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)' to Wing Commander Rajesh Kumar.

Unit : 7 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 22nd March 2003 - No.43-Pres/2003 dated 26th January 2003
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalRajesh Kumar16770 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2019Announced 26 Jan 2019
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalRajesh Kumar16770 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2021Announced 26 Jan 2021
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
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