Air Marshal P N Pradhan takes over as DCIDS (OPS), HQ IDS

Air Marshal P. N. Pradhan
Air Marshal P. N. Pradhan
Air Marshal P. N. Pradhan has taken over as Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Operations), HQ IDS here. 
He was commissioned as a pilot in the Transport stream of the Indian Air Force (IAF) in 1981. Whilst posted at transport squadrons, he qualified on all operational roles, especially in forward areas and Advanced Landing Grounds (ALGs) in the North-East and Jammu & Kashmir, an official press release said.
Air Marshal Pradhan is a Qualified Flying Instructor and has been a pilot examiner on the Boeing and AN-32 aircraft. He was closely associated with the induction and operationalisation of Embraer-135, BBJ and C-130 fleets in the IAF. 
He has had four command tenures including command of two operational bases & an Air Force Selection Board. He has held several important appointments at Command and Air Headquarters which include Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Transport and Helicopters) and Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Personal Airmen & Civilians) at Air Headquarters and served as the Senior Air Staff Officer of Southern Air Command.
For his distinguished service of an exceptionally high order he was awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal on January 26, 2014.


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