Air Marshal Sanjeev Kapoor took over as Commandant of Air Force Academy (AFA), Indian Air Force here on Sunday from Air Marshal IP Vipin who was superannuated from service.
An alumnus of National Defence Academy (NDA) Khadakwasla, Defence Services Staff College Wellington, Flying Instructors’ School, College of Defence Management and National Defence College New Delhi, Air Marshal Sanjeev Kapoor was commissioned in the IAF on December 6, 1985.
The Air Marshal has more than 7,700 hours of accident/incident free flying on various aircraft. He is one of the pioneers in Aerial Refueling Operations of the Indian Air Force and has flown the Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) aircraft. Sanjeev Kapoor had commanded the only Air-to-Air Refueling Squadron of the Indian Air Force as well as a premier flying base of the Indian Air Force.
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In his illustrious career spanning over three decades, he has held important staff appointments such as Director (Air to Air Refueling) and Principal Director (Operations) at Air Headquarters. He has been the Head of Faculty and Senior Air Force Instructor at the prestigious College of Defence Management, Secunderabad and was the Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Operations (Transport & Helicopters) at Air Headquarters.
Prior to assuming charge of Commandant, AFA, he was Assistant Chief of Air Staff (personnel-Airmen & Civilians). For his distinguished service and professionalism of a very high order, the Air Marshal has been commended by Chief of the Air Staff and conferred with two Presidential awards Ati Vishist Seva Medal and Vayu Sena Medal, a Defence release said.