Air Marshal Manavendra Singh AVSM VrC VSM took over as Senior Air Staff Officer Headquarters Southern Air Command
The Air Marshal was commissioned in the flying branch of Indian Air Force on 29 Dec 1982 as a Helicopter pilot. In a distinguished career spanning nearly thirty six years, the Air Officer has flown a wide variety of helicopters and trainer aircraft.
He has over 6600 hours of flying in various challenging sectors like the Siachen, the Northeast, Uttarakhand, the Western desert and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor with vast instructional experience.
During his career, the Air Officer has held numerous important appointments. He was Station Commander Air Force Station Udhampur and later served as a Director in HQ Integrated Defence Staff. He was the Commander of the IAF Peacekeeping Contingent in Bukavu, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, during 2009-10.
He has been Principal Director (Intelligence) at Air HQ and thereafter commanded Air Force Station, New Delhi. The Air Officer has also served in Army as well as in Tri-Service Joint Institutions. He was Asst Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Operations) at HQ Integrated Defence Staff, Ministry of Defence and Senior Officer-in-Charge Administration at HQ Eastern Air Command, Shillong.
Prior to his present appointment, he was Senior Air and Administrative Staff Officer at HQ Maintenance Command, Nagpur. He is an alumni of Defence Services Staff College Wellington, Joint Forces Staff College (USA) and Army War College, Mhow.
He is the recipient of three Presidential Awards namely Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Vir Chakra, and Vishisht Seva Medal. He is married to Mrs. Ambika Singh and they are blessed with two sons. Elder son is a manager in a financial institution abroad and younger one is a helicopter pilot in the IAF.