Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria

Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria (b 1959), PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC is the current Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force and assumed office on 30 September 2019 after superannuation of Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa.[3][4][5]


R K S Bhadauria

Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria PVSM AVSM VM ADC took over as the Chief of the Air Staff on 30 September 2019.jpg
26th Chief of the Air Staff
Assumed office
30 September 2019
PresidentRam Nath Kovind
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byBirender Singh Dhanoa
42nd Vice Chief of the Air Staff
In office
1 May 2019 – 30 September 2019
Preceded byAnil Khosla
Succeeded byHarjit Singh Arora
Personal details
Spouse(s)Asha Bhadauria
Military service
Nickname(s)Chhotu[1]
Allegiance India
Branch/service Indian Air Force
Years of service15 June 1980 - Current
RankIndia-AirForce-OF-9-collected.svg Air Chief Marshal
CommandsChief of the Air Staff
Vice Chief of the Air Staff
Training Command
Southern Air Command
Deputy Chief of Air Staff
Service number16026[2]
AwardsParam Vishisht Seva Medal ribbon.svg Param Vishisht Seva Medal
Ati Vishisht Seva Medal ribbon.svg Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
Vayusena Medal ribbon.svg Vayu Sena Medal

Early life and educationEdit

Bhadauria is from Korath, a village of tahsil Bah District Agra.[6][7] His father, Suraj Pal Singh Bhadauria, too served in the Indian Air Force as a Junior Commissioned Officer and retired with the rank of Master Warrant Officer.[8] Bhadauria is an alumnus of National Defence Academy, Pune and holds a Masters in Defence studies from Command and Staff College.[9]

CareerEdit

Bhadauria was commissioned into the fighter stream of the Indian Air Force on 15 June 1980 with the Sword of Honour. He has clocked over 4,250 hours of flying and has experience on 26 different types of fighter jets and transport aircraft. He held several key operational and administrative appointments at various stages of his service including Commander of a Jaguar Squadron at a front line base in South-Western sector; Commanding Officer of Flight Test Squadron at Aircraft and System Testing Establishment; Chief Test Pilot and Project Director of National Flight Test Centre on the Tejas LCA project; Air Attache in Moscow; Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Projects); Commandant of the National Defence Academy; Senior Air Staff Officer at Central Air Command and Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (1 January 2016 - 28 February 2017). He is also an experimental Test Pilot, a Category A qualified Flying Instructor and a Pilot Attack Instructor.[10][11][12]

Bhadauria served as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C), Southern Air Command from 1 March 2017, succeeding Air Marshal Sunderraman Neelakantan, to 1 August 2018.[10][9][13][14]

He also served as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C), Training Command from 1 August 2018 after retirement of Air Marshal S R K Nair, and held the office till his elevation to the Vice Chief of the Air Staff.[15][16]

He took office of Vice Chief of the Air Staff on 1 May 2019 after superannuation of Air Marshal Anil Khosla.[17][18]

On 19 September 2019 he was appointed as the Chief of Air Staff.[19]

Personal lifeEdit

He is married to Asha Bhadauria and they have two children.[9]

Awards and medalsEdit

During 39 years of his career, Bhadauria has been awarded several medals: the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (January 2013), the Vayu Sena Medal (January 2002).[10][2] and the Param Vishisht Seva Medal (January 2018).[20] He was appointed as the honorary air force ADC to the President of India on 1 January 2019.[4]

   
     
       
         
Param Vishisht Seva Medal Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
Vayu Sena Medal Samanya Seva Medal Siachen Glacier Medal
Operation Parakram Medal
Operation Vijay Medal
Sainya Seva Medal
High Altitude Service Medal
Videsh Seva Medal
50th Anniversary of Independence Medal
30 Years Long Service Medal
20 Years Long Service Medal
9 Years Long Service Medal

Dates of rankEdit

Insignia Rank Component Date of rank
  Pilot Officer Indian Air Force 15 June 1980[21]
  Flying Officer Indian Air Force 15 June 1981[22]
  Flight Lieutenant Indian Air Force 15 June 1985[23]
  Squadron Leader Indian Air Force 15 June 1991[24]
  Wing Commander Indian Air Force 5 May 1997[25]
  Group Captain Indian Air Force 1 May 2003[26]
  Air Commodore Indian Air Force 1 January 2008[27]
  Air Vice Marshal Indian Air Force 29 April 2011 (seniority from 1 January)[28]
  Air Marshal Indian Air Force 1 August 2014[29]
  Air Chief Marshal
(CAS)
Indian Air Force 30 September 2019

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

CitationsEdit

  1. ^ "Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria - Service record". Bharat Rakshak. Retrieved 14 November 2020.
  2. ^ a b "President Confers Gallantry and Distinguished Service Awards". 27 April 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  3. ^ @IAF_MCC (30 September 2019). "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.
  4. ^ a b "Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria takes over as the 26th Chief of the Air Staff" (Press release). Press Information Bureau. 30 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria to be the next Indian Air Force chief". Zee News. 30 September 2019. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  6. ^ https://www.amarujala.com/photo-gallery/uttar-pradesh/agra/air-marshal-rakesh-kumar-singh-bhadauria-success-untold-story
  7. ^ "SP's Aviation - May 2019 Digital Magazine from Magzter - World's Largest Digital Newsstand". Magzter. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  8. ^ Chauhan, Arvind. "Air Marshal's ancestral village celebrates his appointment as IAF Chief". THE TIMES OF INDIA. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  9. ^ a b c "New Southern Air Command chief takes charge". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  10. ^ a b c "Dy Chief of IAF Bhadauria new AOC-in-Chief of Southern Command | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". dna. 27 February 2017. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Air Marshal R K Singh Bhadauria takes over as Deputy Chief of Air Staff". The Economic Times. 2016. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Press Information Bureau". Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  13. ^ "SOUTHERN AIR COMMAND". indianairforce.nic.in. Archived from the original on 26 March 2018. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  14. ^ Reporter, Staff; Reporter, Staff (9 October 2017). "Shower of warmth at Kovind's maiden visit". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  15. ^ "New chief of IAF Training Command". 3 August 2018.
  16. ^ "IAF training chief SRK Nair retires". 31 July 2018.
  17. ^ @IAF_MCC (1 May 2019). "Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria took over as Vice Chief of the Air Staff today. He took over from Air Marshal Anil Khosla, who superannuated on 30 Apr 19 after 39 years of glorious service" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  18. ^ "Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria PVSM AVSM VM ADC Takes Over as Vice Chief of the Air Staff" (Press release). Press Information Bureau. 1 May 2019.
  19. ^ "Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria appointed as new Indian Air Force chief". India Today. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  20. ^ "390 Republic Day Gallantry and Other Defence Decorations Announced".
  21. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Air Branch)" (PDF). The Gazette of India. 23 May 1981. p. 721.
  22. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Air Branch)" (PDF). The Gazette of India. 20 March 1982. p. 402.
  23. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Air Branch)" (PDF). The Gazette of India. 2 November 1985. p. 1526.
  24. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Air Branch)" (PDF). The Gazette of India. 11 April 1992. p. 681.
  25. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Air Branch)" (PDF). The Gazette of India. 15 June 2002. p. 923.
  26. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Air Branch)" (PDF). The Gazette of India. 29 January 2005. p. 246.
  27. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Air Branch)" (PDF). The Gazette of India. 26 July 2008. p. 1033.
  28. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Air Branch)" (PDF). The Gazette of India. 22 October 2011. p. 1986.
  29. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Air Branch)" (PDF). The Gazette of India. 2 May 2015. p. 1132.
Military offices
Preceded by
Birender Singh Dhanoa
Chief of Air Staff
30 September 2019 - Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Anil Khosla
Vice Chief of Air Staff
1 May 2019 - 30 September 2019
Succeeded by
Harjit Singh Arora
Preceded by
S R K Nair
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Training Command
1 August 2018 - 30 April 2019
Succeeded by
Surendra Kumar Ghotia
Preceded by
Sunderraman Neelakantan
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Air Command
1 March 2017 - 31 July 2018
Succeeded by
Balakrishnan Suresh
Preceded by
Shyam Bihari Prasad Sinha
Deputy Chief of Air Staff
1 January 2016 - 28 February 2017
Succeeded by
Raghunath Nambiar
Preceded by
KS Gill
Commandant of the National Defence Academy
1 August 2014 - 30 January 2015
Succeeded by
G Ashok Kumar