Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria PVSM AVSM VM took over as the
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Training Command wef 01 Aug 18. He is an alumnus
of the National Defence Academy and was commissioned in the fighter stream of IAF
on 15 Jun 1980 as the recipient of ‘Sword of Honour’.
He has over 4250 hours of experience on twenty six types of fighters and transport aircraft with the unique distinction of being an Experimental Test Pilot, a Cat 'A' Qualified Flying Instructor and a Pilot Attack Instructor. He completed his Masters in Defence Studies from Command and Staff College, Bangladesh.
The Air Marshal has held a number of appointments which include the command of a Jaguar Squadron and a premier Air Force Station in South-Western sector, Commanding Officer of Flight Test Squadron at Aircraft & System Testing Establishment, Chief Test Pilot and Project Director of National Flight Test Centre on Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) project. He was extensively involved in the initial prototype flight tests on the LCA. He was the Air Attache, Moscow, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Projects), Commandant of the National Defence Academy, Senior Air Staff Officer at HQ CAC and the Deputy Chief of the Air Staff at Air HQ. Prior to assuming the present appointment, he was the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Southern Air Command.
During his illustrious career, he was commended by the Chief of Air Staff in 1987 and he has been awarded Vayu Sena Medal in 2002, Ati Vishist Seva Medal in 2013 and Param Vishist Seva Medal in 2018.
He is married to Mrs Asha Bhadauria and blessed with a daughter and a son.