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Air Marshal S Neelakantan takes Over as HR Head of Indian Air Force (IAF)

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Air Marshal S Neelakantan YSM, VM, took over as Air Officer in charge Personnel (AOP) at Air Headquarter (Vayu Bhawan) on 02 Feb 15. He was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the in Dec 1977. He is an alumnus of and Defence Services Staff College, Wellington & TACDE, AF. .

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He is a qualified flying instructor who has flown over 3100hrs on various types of Aircrafts. He has commanded a frontline fighter squadron and two flying bases. He led the contingent in Congo as part of UN peace keeping mission in 2006-07. He has held various staff and instructional appointments. He was Director General of Inspection & Safety before taking over as AOP. .

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He is decorated with the presidential awards Yudh Sewa Medal (YSM) and Vayu Sena Medal (VM). .

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He is married to Mrs Uma Neelakantan and blessed with a daughter & son. He is a keen sportsman and plays Golf, Cricket & Badminton. He is a qualified open water scuba diver. His hobbies are cooking and sketching. .

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SSB/BSK

First Published: Tue, February 03 2015. 00:20 IST