List of serving air marshals of the Indian Air Force

This is a list of serving Air Marshals of the Indian Air Force.

Chief of the Air Staff

The Chief of the Air Staff is the only serving Four Star Air Marshal in the Indian Air Force.

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Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC [1]

Vice Chief of the Air Staff

The Vice Chief of the Air Staff is the second-highest ranking officer in the Indian Air Force.

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Vice Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal Harjit Singh Arora AVSM, ADC [2][3]

Air Officers Commanding-in-Chief (Air Commanders)

Post Rank Name Photo Decorations Ref
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
Central Air Command
Air Marshal Rajesh Kumar AVSM, VM [4]
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
Eastern Air Command
Rajiv Dayal Mathur AVSM, VSM [5]
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
Southern Air Command
Amit Tiwari AVSM, VM [6]
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
South Western Air Command
Surendra Kumar Ghotia VSM [7]
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
Western Air Command
Balakrishnan Suresh PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC [8]
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
Training Command
Arvindra Singh Butola VM, VSM [9]
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
Maintenance Command
R. K. S. Shera AVSM, VSM, ADC [10]

Principal Staff Officers at Air Headquarters

Post Rank Name Decorations Ref
Deputy Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal Sandeep Singh AVSM, VM [11]
Air Officer in Charge of Administration Pradeep Padmakar Bapat VSM [12]
Air Officer in Charge of Personnel Amit Dev AVSM, VSM [13]
Air Officer in Charge of Maintenance Shashiker Choudhary VSM [14]
Director General of Inspection and Flight Safety Manavendra Singh AVSM, VrC, VSM [15]
Director General of Air Operations
Director General of Works and Ceremonial M. S. G. Menon VSM [16][17]
Director General of Medical Services (Air) MS Butola [18]

Air Officers of Tri-Services Commands

Post Rank Name Photo Decorations Ref
Commander-in-Chief
Strategic Forces Command
Air Marshal Navkaranjit Singh Dhillon AVSM [19]
Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff
(Policy Planning & Force Development)
Air Marshal Rajeev Sachdeva AVSM [20]
Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff
(Medical Branch)
Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Ranyal VSM [21]

Senior Staff Officers of Air Commands

Post Rank Name Decorations Ref
Senior Air Staff Officer Central Air Command Air Marshal
Senior Air Staff Officer Eastern Air Command V. R. Chaudhari AVSM, VM [22]
Senior Air Staff Officer Southern Air Command B R Krishna AVSM, SC [23]
Senior Air Staff Officer South Western Air Command Sreekumar Prabhakaran VM [24]
Senior Air Staff Officer Western Air Command RJ Duckworth VSM [25]
Senior Air Staff Officer Training Command T D Joseph VM, VSM [26]
Senior Maintenance Staff Officer Maintenance Command M Baladitya AVSM, VSM [27]

Commandants of Training Institutions

Post Rank Name Decorations Ref
Commandant National Defence College Air Marshal Diptendu Choudhury AVSM, VM, VSM [28]
Commandant National Defence Academy Air Marshal IP Vipin VM [29]
Commandant Air Force Academy Air Marshal J. Chalapati VSM [30]
Commandant College of Air Warfare Air Vice Marshal Dilip Kumar Patnaik VM [31]

See also

References

  1. @IAF_MCC (2019-09-30). "Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria, took over as 26th Chief of the Indian Air Force today. He was commissioned into the fighter stream of IAF in Jun 1980" (Tweet) via Twitter.
  2. @IAF_MCC (2019-10-01). "Air Marshal Harjit Singh Arora, took over as Vice Chief of the Air Staff today. He was commissioned into the fighter stream of IAF in Dec 1981. He has a vast experience of operational flying on modern and legacy fighters in the IAF inventory" (Tweet) via Twitter.
  3. "Air Marshal Harjit Singh Arora AVSM ADC assumes charge as Vice Chief of the Air Staff". 2019-10-01.
  4. "AIR MARSHAL RAJESH KUMAR AVSM VM, AIR OFFICER COMMANDING-IN-CHIEF, CENTRAL AIR COMMAND INDIAN AIR FORCE". Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  5. @IAF_MCC (2019-03-02). "Air Marshal RD Mathur, takes over as the Air Officer Commanding in Chief, Eastern Air Command of IAF, 01 Mar 19. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor with over 5000 hrs of flying experience on a variety of Fighter aircraft & Helicopters" (Tweet) via Twitter.
  6. @DefencePROTvm (2019-11-01). "ir Mshl Amit Tiwari, has taken over as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief,SAC. An impressive guard of honour presented to Air Marshal Tiwari on taking over the Command" (Tweet) via Twitter.
  7. "Air Marshal SK Ghotia VSM assumed the command of SWAC". 2019-10-01.
  8. "Air Marshal B Suresh Assumes the Command of Western Air Command as AOC-In-C". 2019-11-01.
  9. "Air Marshal Arvindra Singh Butola assumes charge of IAF Training Command". 2019-10-14.
  10. "AIR MARSHAL RKS SHERA AVSM VSM, AIR OFFICER COMMANDING-IN-CHIEF, MAINTENANCE COMMAND INDIAN AIR FORCE". Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  11. @ANI (2019-09-30). "Air Marshal Sandeep Singh (in pic) appointed as the Deputy Chief of Air Staff of the Indian Air Force. He is succeeding Air Marshal VR Chaudhary who has been posted to the Eastern Air Command" (Tweet) via Twitter.
  12. "Air Marshal Pradeep Padmakar Bapat VSM takes over as the Air Officer-in-Charge Administration of IAF". 2018-11-01. Retrieved 2018-11-01.
  13. @IAF_MCC (2019-11-01). "Air Marshal Amit Dev took over as Air Officer-in-charge Personnel, Air Headquarters Vayu Bhawan, today" (Tweet) via Twitter.
  14. "Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh calls for increased private sector participation in Make in India in Defence; underlines the need to reduce dependence on imports". 20 August 2019.
  15. @IAF_MCC (2019-11-01). "Air Marshal Manavendra Singh took over as Director General Inspection & Safety, Air Headquarters RK Puram today" (Tweet) via Twitter.
  16. "Air Marshal MSG Menon, VSM takes over as Director General (Wks & Cer) of IAF". 2018-11-01. Archived from the original on 20 February 2019. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  17. "Air Marshal MSG Menon takes charge as Director General". 2018-11-02. Archived from the original on 20 February 2019. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  18. "JMI Professor elected fellow of Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA), USA". indiaeducationdiary.com. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  19. "NS Dhillon appointed as new chief of Strategic Forces Command". oneindia.com. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  20. https://www.ids.nic.in/dacids-pp-fd.php
  21. https://www.ids.nic.in/dcids-med.php
  22. @proshillong (2019-10-03). "Air Mshl VR Chaudhari AVSM VM took over as Senior Air Staff Officer at EAC, #Shillong on 03 Oct 19. He is a Cat-A QFI,with over 3800 hrs of flying exp on various fighter aircraft. Prior to this assignment,he was the DCAS at Air HQ" (Tweet) via Twitter.
  23. https://www.gnsnews.co.in/air-marshal-br-krishna-takes-charge-as-senior-air-staff-officer-of-swac/
  24. "Air Marshal Sreekumar Prabhakaran VM takes over as senior Air Staff Officer HQ SWAC". 2019-11-04.
  25. "Air Marshal RJ Duckworth VSM took over as Senior Air Staff Officer , Western Air Command , IAF". 2019-12-16.
  26. https://twitter.com/Prodef_blr/status/1155019819973922816
  27. https://twitter.com/SpokespersonMoD/status/1028954830289567744
  28. "Air Marshal D Choudhury is the new Commandant of National Defence College". 2019-12-16.
  29. "Vipin: Air Marshal IP Vipin to head NDA | Pune News - Times of India". The Times of India. 11 April 2018.
  30. "New Commandant of IAF Academy takes charge". 2019-10-17.
  31. @dprohyd (2019-10-01). "Air Vice Marshal Dilip Kumar Patnaik, Vayu Sena Medal assumed command of the College of Air Warfare (CAW), Sec'bad today. An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, the Air Officer was commissioned in Indian Air Force on 08 June 1984, as a fighter pilot" (Tweet) via Twitter.
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