New Delhi: Air Marshal RJ Duckworth has taken over as Senior Air Staff officer, Headquarters Western Air Command on December 16, 2019. An alumnus of National Defence Academy, he was commissioned in the fighter stream of IAF on May 28, 1983. He has over 3000 hours of experience on various fighter and trainer aircraft and is a Qualified Flying Instructor. He is also an alumnus of Defence Services Staff College Wellington and the National Defence College.
During his career, the Air Marshal has a number of significant field and staff Appointments which include command of frontline MiG-21 Sqn, Chief Operation Officer and Station Commander of a premier fighter base, Director Strategic Ops in SFC, Air-I at Eastern Air Command, Deputy Commandant College of Air Warfare and Principal Director Ops (Air Defence Weapon systems) at Air HQ. As an Air Vice Marshal, he has tenanted appointments of Assistant Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (technical Intelligence) at HQ IDS, Air Officer Commanding Advance HQ Central Air Command and Air Defence Commander, Southern Air Command. Prior to taking over as Senior Air Staff Officer Western Air Command, he held the appointment of Senior Air Staff officer Central Air Command.
In recognition of his distinguished service, The Air Marshal was awarded Vishisht Seva Medal by the President of India in 2008.