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Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Air Command

Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria, PVSM, AVSM, VM is Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C), Southern Air Command of the Indian Air Force and assumed the office on March 1, 2017 from Air Marshal S Neelakantan. He was the Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (DCAS) between January 1, 2016 to February 28, 2017.

He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and was commissioned in the IAF in June 1980. Prior to taking over as DCAS, Air Marshal Bhadauria was Senior Air Staff Officer at Central Air Command of IAF. He is an Experimental Test Pilot, Cat ‘A’ Qualified Flying Instructor and Pilot Attack Instructor with over 4,200 hours of experience on more than 25 types of fighter and transport aircraft. Air Marshal Bhadauria completed his Staff Course and Master’s in Defence Studies from Command and Staff College in Bangladesh. Spanning over more than 35 years of his career, Air Marshal Bhadauria has commanded a Jaguar squadron and a premier air force base in the South Western Sector. His important assignments include Commanding Officer of Flight Test Squadron at Aircraft & Systems Testing Establishment, Chief Test Pilot and Project Director of National Flight Test Centre on light combat aircraft (LCA) project, Air Attaché in Moscow, and Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Projects).

He also commanded the prestigious National Defence Academy. Air Marshal Bhadauria is recipient of AVSM and VM conferred in 2013 and 2002 respectively.

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