Air Marshal SRK Nair took over as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Headquarters Training Command, Bengaluru today (01 Sep 2015).
Air Marshal SRK Nair was commissioned in the transport stream of the Indian Air Force in June 1980. A Qualified Flying Instructor and an Air Force Examiner, the Air Marshal has a rich and varied flying experience of over 7000 hrs in various transport and trainer aircraft. Air Marshal SRK Nair belongs to Trivandrum and did his schooling from Loyola School, Trivandrum. He is an alumnus of National Defence Academy, Khadakwasala and National Defence College, New Delhi.
The Air Marshal has held a number of 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 Air Staff (Personnel- Airmen & Civilians) and Assistant Chief of Air Staff Operations (Transport & Helicopter) at Air HQ. ‘He was Senior Air Staff Officer of Headquarters Training Command prior to the coveted appointment as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief.
He has taken active part and flown extensively towards Operation Pawan (Sri Lanka), Op Cactus (Maldives) Op Parakram and Op Safed Sagar (Kargil). He has the unique distinctions of being selected to lead the first Indian contingent for Airborne exercises to three different countries. During the exercise at USA, he pioneered a flight on IL-76 to the North Pole and back, the only Indian aircraft to do so; he also circum navigated the globe. He was instrumental in commencing operations both by An-32 and C-130 Hercules to ‘Daulat Beg Olde – in the India-China border the highest airstrip in the world and has himself landed in the An-32’. The Air Marshal was at the helm of affairs for the difficult and much acclaimed disaster relief operations “Op Rahat” in Uttarakhand.
During his illustrious 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 Despatches 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 Marshal SRK Nair is married to Mrs. Geethanjali Nair who assumed charge as President Air Force Wives Welfare Association (Regional).