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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.

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