Air Marshal C Hari Kumar PVSM AVSM VM VSM ADC was commissioned in the IAF in year 1979. A Qualified Flying Instructor and a Fighter Combat Leader, he has over 3300 hours of flying. He has done instructional tenures at Fighter Training Wing, Tactics and Air Combat Development Establish (TACDE) and College of Air Warfare. He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College and National Defence College. He has commanded a MiG-21 Sqn, TACDE and a frontline fighter base. His staff appintments include Ops IA, Air-I at HQ Western Air Command and Deputy Director Air Staff Inspection, Director Operations (Joint Planning), Assitant Chief of the Air Staff Operations (Offensive) at Air HQ and Senior Air Staff Officer at Headquarter South Western Air Command.
The Air Marshal was the Air Officer Commanding-in Chief, Eastern Air Command prior to his present appointment as Air Officer Commanding-in Chief, Western Air Command.
He was awarded CAS commendation in Oct 1997, Vishisht Seva Medal in Jan 2005, Vayu Sena Medal in Jan 2011 and Ati Vishist Seva Medal in Jan 2016.
He is married to Devika and they have two sons. He is an avid reader and enjoys travelling.