Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Posted by- Neelam Mathews
May 30, 2012

Air Marshal DC Kumaria, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air  Command, will assume  charge as the new Vice Chief of the Air Staff (VCAS) at Air  Headquarters on Jun 1.

Having done his early schooling from Rashtriya Indian Military  College(RIMC), Dehradun he went on to join the Khadakwasla, located  National Defence Academy (NDA) and was commissioned into the Fighter
Stream of the Indian Air Force on 02 Jun 1973.

Early in his career he flew all variants of the MiG-21 aircraft, and  was among the first batch of fighter pilots chosen to convert on the  Jaguar aircraft in the United Kingdom.  He also underwent the Qualified Weapon Instructor (QWI) course in UK, as well as the  Instrument Rating Instructor and Examiner (IRIE) and the Fighter  Combat Leader (FCL) Course, with a tenure as a Directing Staff at  Tactics and Combat Development Establishment(TACDE) at Gwalior.

Kumaria has commanded a front-line Jaguar Squadron specialising in Maritime Strike role and  a major Fighter Base, where he was responsible for the  operationalisation of air-to-air refuelling on IAF’s fighter aircraft,
Staff Officer to the Chief of the Air Staff and Air I at Headquarters,  Western Air Command, Principle Director of Concept Studies at Air  Headquarters where he had been especially selected to write the Air Power Doctrine of the Indian Air Force.  He was the first Assistant  Chief of the Air Staff Operations (Space) at Air Headquarters and on  elevation to the rank of Air Marshal he was appointed as the first Director General Air (Operations) at Air Headquarters.

Kumaria's foreign assignments include serving as the Assistant Defence  Advisor (Air) at the Indian High Commission in Dhaka, Bangladesh and as the Defence Attaché at the Indian Embassy in Rome (Italy) with
concurrent accreditation to the Iberian countries.

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