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Air Marshal Richard John Duckworth

Service No & Branch 17136 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 28 May 1983 Course: 131 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Jun 2022 Flying Hours : 3000 Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 28 May 1994Wg Cdr : 15 May 2000Gp Capt : 01 Feb 2007Air Cmde : 01 Jan 2010
AVM : 01 Mar 2014Air Marshal : 01 May 2019C-in-C : 01 Jul 2021
Training and Other Courses Attended
62 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 198252 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 2012
Badges Qualified
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Gp Capt

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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

25 Nov 2002 - 18 Jul 2004Wg CdrNo.23 SquadronSuratgarh Commanding Officer
- Gp CaptStrategic Forces CommandDelhi Director (Strategic Ops)
03 Jul 2006 - 31 Jul 2007Gp Capt32 WingJodhpur Chief Operations Officer
01 Aug 2007 - 05 Jul 2009Gp Capt5 Forward Base Support UnitUttarlai Station Commander
- Air CmdeEastern Air CommandShillong Air-I
- Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi PD (Air Defence Ops, Weapon Sys)
24 May 2010 - 08 May 2011Air CmdeCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad Deputy Commandant
25 Jul 2011 - No.23 Squadron Commodore Commandant
- AVMAdvance HQ, Central Air CommandLucknow Air Officer Commanding
- AVMIntegrated Defence StaffNew Delhi Assistant Chief of Integrated Defence Staff, Tech Intelligence
24 Jul 2017 - 30 Apr 2019AVMSouthern Air CommandTrivandrum Air Defence Commander
01 May 2019 - 15 Dec 2019Air MarshalCentral Air CommandAllahabad Senior Air Staff Officer
16 Dec 2019 - 30 Sep 2020Air MarshalWestern Air CommandDelhi Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Oct 2020 - 30 Jun 2021Air MarshalPSO: Personnel, Air HQDelhi Air Officer-in-Charge Personnel
01 Jul 2021 - 30 Jun 2022Air MarshalCentral Air CommandAllahabad Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptRichard John Duckworth17136 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2008Announced 26 Jan 2008
Details :

Group Captain Richard John Duckworth (17136) F (P) was commissioned in as a Pilot in Flying Branch on 28 May 83. He is presently posted at AF Stn Jodhpur wef 03 Jul 06 as Chief Operations Officer (COO). He has been a Flt Cdr and CO of a Fighter Squadron, Station Flight Safety Officer of a major fighter air base and has held staff appointments as Joint Director and Director in Air HQ and Strategic Forces Command. The Officer has completed the 'All Purpose Flying Instructors' Course' in 1989 and is an alumnus of DSSC Wellington. He has over 3000 h of flying on various aircraft including MiG-21, MiG-29, Kiran and HPT-32.

Being the COO of the largest operational base in the country with five flying Sqns is a big responsibility and Gp Capt Duckworth has shouldered it with sincerity and dedication. Interspersed with flying are a plethora of commitments that include major exercises, trials, detachments and EW capsules. He has meticulously planned and ensured successful completion of all activities where in a large number of squadrons operated from base. His alertness to Flight Safety has ensured that this base has flown considerable amount of sorties of accident free flying with nil FOD and only one bird hit.

It is due to his involvement and sustained efforts that the Bison and MiG-27 Squadrons at base have increased their overall flying by over 20%. The increase in flying and improvement in Op environment has been a major factor that resulted in the station winning all three team event Gunnery trophies during the EX Eklavya 07. He tirelessly interacted with the AAI to complete extensive works on the manoeuvring areas to facilitate first time Airbus operations at Jodhpur. All this work was supervised and did not interfere at all with normal fighter operations. During the floods in Rajasthan and Gujarat in Aug-Sep 2006 large scale flood relief operations were well coordinated which saved life, money and won accolades from both Rajasthan and Gujarat Government. He also involved himself totally to ensure successful Platinum Jubilee Celebrations at Ahmedabad in Nov 06 as well as the successful completion of Surya Kiran, Akash Ganga, Sarang team and Big Boy Republic Day air shows in Jan 07. All these performances were well coordinated and won applause from the public greatly enhancing the image of the Air Force. For his distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Richard John Duckworth.

Unit : 32 Wing
Reference : GoI20080126
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalRichard John Duckworth17136 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2021Announced 26 Jan 2021
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
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