Due to some factual errors, Friday’s story dated 01 March 2019 on Air Marshal Chandrashekharan Hari Kumar mistakenly reported that Air Marshal Hari Kumar was removed by India after Pakistan shoot down jets titled ‘India removes Air Marshal Harikumar after Pakistan shoot down jets’. The story should have read that Indian Air Force (IAF) official Air Marshal Chandrashekharan Hari Kumar, commander-in-chief of the Western Air Command retired.
The Big News English regrets the error and inconvenience caused to the readers and Indian Air Force (IAF).
Air Marshal Chandrashekharan Hari Kumar, AOC-in-C, Western Air Command IAF retired on 28 Feb 2019 after an illustrious career spanning over 39 yrs. The Air Marshal was commissioned in the Flying Branch of Indian Air Force in the year 1979.
IAF wrote on Twitter, “The Air Marshal was a Qualified Flying Instructor & a Fighter Combat Leader with more than 3300 hrs of flying to his credit. He was the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Air Command prior to his appointment as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command.”
According to his service record, the retired Air Marshal was commissioned into the Indian Air Force on 14 December 1979. Prior to his appointment as the WAC, he was the Eastern Air Command Chief from 1 September 2015 till 31 December 2016, and was posted in Shillong.
A graduate of Defence Services Staff College and National Defence College, the retired Air Marshal Hari Kumar was a Qualified Flying Instructor and a Fighter Combat Leader with more than 3300 hours of flying to his credit.
For his distinguished service to the nation, he was awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal, the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, the Vayu Sena Medal, the Vishisht Seva Medal and was also appointed Honorary Air Force ADC to President of India on 1 January 2017.