New Delhi: Air Marshal Sreekumar Prabhakaran March 1 assumed command of Delhi based Western Air Command (WAC).
The Air Marshal is a graduate of National Defence Academy, Pune and was commissioned into the IAF as a fighter pilot on December 22, 1983. He is an alumnus of Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) Wellington and National Defence College, New Delhi. An experienced MiG-21 pilot and a category ‘A’ qualified flying instructor, Air Marshal Prabhakaran has nearly 5000 hours of flying experience.
In a service career spanning over 38 years, the Air Marshal has tenanted important command and staff appointments. These include command of two flying stations and IAF’s Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team (SKAT). He has served as Directing Staff at DSSC, Commandant of the College of Air Warfare (CAW), Defence Attaché at the Indian Mission at Cairo, Egypt, Assistant Chief of Air Staff Intelligence [ACAS (Int)], Director General (Inspection & Safety) and Senior Air Staff Officer of the Gandhinagar based South Western Air Command. He was Commandant of the Air Force Academy, Hyderabad prior to taking over the present appointment.
The Air Officer is a recipient of Vayu Sena Medal and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal. Air Marshal S Prabhakaran succeeds Air Marshal Amit Dev who superannuated on February 28 after more than 39 years of distinguished service in IAF.