BENGALURU, Jan 25:
Air Marshal SRK Nair, Vayu Sena Medal, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Training Command here has been awarded Param Vishist Seva Medal (PVSM) for his meritorious service, on the eve of Republic Day.
The Air Marshal is an alumni of National Defence Academy (NDA) and was commissioned in the transport stream of the Indian Air Force in June 1980. With over 7200 hrs of flying experience Air Marshal Nair has flown various aircraft including Otter, Avro, AN-32, Dornier and IL-76 in addition to trainer aircrafts.
His previous postings included 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.
The Air Marshal has taken active part and flown extensively towards Operation Pawan (Sri Lanka), Operation Cactus (Maldives), Operation Parakram and Operation Safed Sagar (Kargil Operations).
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 gruelling 9 hrs 40 minutes flight on IL-76 to the North Pole and back, the only Indian aircraft to do so. (UNI)