NEW DELHI. Air Marshal Hemant Narayan Bhagwat took over as Air Officer-in-Charge Administration of Indian Air Force (IAF) at Air Headquarters Vayu Bhawan, New Delhi August 1.
Air Marshal HN Bhagwat was commissioned in Administrative branch of the IAF in Jun 1981. The Air Officer is a qualified Parachute Jump Instructor and served in instructional capacity for fifteen years. During his paratrooping career, the officer has undertaken over 2,400 live parachute jumps in combat as well as sport profile from twenty different types of aircraft. He has also served as Chief Instructor of Paratroopers' Training School, Agra for five years and was leader of prestigious IAF Skydiving Team, Akashganga for several years. Besides para jumps in all parts of our country, the officer also participated in several international para exercises including in USA, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Seychelles.
The Air Officer is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and has undergone Higher Air Command Course at College of Air Warfare, Hyderabad and Senior Defence Management Course at College of Defence Management, Secunderabad. The officer has completed his M Sc in Strategic Studies from Madras University & M Phil from Osmania University. The Air Officer has held several prestigious appointments during his illustrious career. Prior to assuming the present appointment of AOA, Air Mshl HN Bhagwat was Director General (Works & Ceremonials) at Air HQ. The Air Officer is a recipient of the Presidential awards of AVSM and VM.
He is an active sportsman and keen marathon runner.