Air Mshl SRK Nair was born on 07 Jul 1958 at Trivandrum. After initial schooling in Loyola School, Trivandrum, he graduated with the 56th Course from National Defence Academy and was commissioned in the transport stream of the Indian Air Force in Jun 1980..
The Air Mshl has flown Otter, Avro, An-32, Dornier and IL-76 in addition to trainer aircrafts and has over 7000 hrs of flying experience to his credit. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor and has also been an Air Force Examiner.
The Air Marshal has held a number of Command and Staff appointments which includes Chief Operations Officer of a Transport Base, Commanding Officer of a strategic Air lift Squadron, Director Operations (Transport) at Air Headquarters, Air Officer Commanding of Air Force Station Chandigarh, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Personnel Airmen and Civilians) and Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Transport & Helicopter) at Air Headquarters. He was Senior Air Staff Officer of Training Command prior to the coveted appointment as Air Officer Commanding- in- Chief.
He has taken active part and flown extensively towards Op Pawan (Sri Lanka) Op Cactus (Maldives), Op Parakram and Op Safed Sagar (Kargil Ops). He has the unique distinction of being selected to lead the first ever airborne exercise to South Africa (1999), USA (2003) and Russia (2007). During the exercise at USA, he has pioneered a grueling 9 hrs 40 mins flight on IL-76 to the North Pole and back, the only Indian aircraft to do so. He also circumnavigated the globe. His achievements includes initiating night operations to Leh and Thoise on IL-76. He played a pivotal role in operationalising Daulat Beg Olde - the highest airstrip in the world for AN-32 ac and has also operated to and out of DBO. He was also instrumental in planning C-130 Super Hercules landing at DBO and was on board the aircraft. The Officer has operated extensively towards Disaster Relief during Bhuj Earthquake, Super Cyclone in Orissa and Tsunami in SE Asia. He was involved in planning towards Disaster Relief Ops during Mumbai Floods, Katrina in USA, Earthquake in China, Pakistan, Iran etc. The Air Marshal was nominated as the Air Force co-ordinator for the difficult and much acclaimed disaster relief operations - "Op Rahat", in Uttarakhand.
During his illustratious career, he has been the recipient of AOC-in-C Commendation, Chief of the Air Staff Commendation and GOC-in-C Commendation. He was awarded Mention-in-Despatch in 1999, Vayu Sena Medal in 2005 and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 2010.The Air Marshal is the Commodore Commandant of 44 Sqn, AF, 'The Mighty Jets'.
Air Mshl SRK Nair AVSM VM is married to Mrs Geethanjali Nair. The Nairs have a daughter employed in R&D Sector after her M Sc in Biotechnology.