Air Marshal Rajesh Kumar AVSM VM is a product of Mayo College, Ajmer and an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla. He was commissioned in the Flying Branch of Indian Air Force as a Fighter Pilot in June 1982. He was appointed as the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Central Air Command on 01 January 2019.He is a Category ‘A’ Qualified Flying Instructor, Instrument Rating Instructor and an Air Crew Examiner. Prior to assuming the present appointment, he was SASO, Eastern Air Command and before that Director, Indian Air Force Project Monitoring Team at Aeronautical Development Agency, Bangalore where he was working on the prestigious Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) project. In addition to various Staff appointments at Air Headquarters, the Air Officer has Commanded a frontline Fighter Squadron and a Fighter Base.
He is also a graduate of Air Command and Staff College at Montogomery, Alabama as well as College of Defence Manangement at Secunderabad. He was the Team Leader of Air Force Project Monitoring Team for Air Borne Warning and Control System (AWACS) at Israel.
For his distinguished service, he was awarded with Ati Vishist Sewa Medal on 26 Jan 2019 by the President of India and Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) during Op Parakram. He has also been commended by the Chief of the Air Staff.
The Air Officer is married to Mrs Jaya Kumar and blessed with two sons. The Air Officer is a keen Golfer.