Air Vice Marshal Rajiv Dayal Mathur who had been Assistant Chief of Air Staff in charge of the Indian Air Force’s Air Warfare Strategy Cell besides its space, cyber, Air Traffic Services and Media & Public Relations Directorates, promoted to the rank of Air Marshal on 15 Feb 16. Commissioned into the Fighter stream of the Indian Air Force in June 1982, the officer has over 5,000 hours of flying experience in a variety of operational and training roles. He had earlier served as Air Defencecommander at Ho Eastern Air Command and commanded a frontline Air Force Station and a Fighter aircraft squadron.
Air Marshal RD Mathur has undergone post-graduate courses at theDefence Services Staff College, Wellington and the National DefenceCollege, New Delhi, and holds M.Sc and M Phil degrees in Defence and Strategic Studies from Madras University
For his meritorious service, he has been awarded the Vishisht SevaMedal in 2003 and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 2014 by the President of India.