COLONEL COMMANDANT

Lt Gen P R Kumar, PVSM, AVSM, VSM
Col Comdt Army Avn

Lt Gen PR Kumar PVSM, AVSM, VSM is an alumni of the National Defence Academy and was commissioned into the Regiment of Artillery on 15 Dec 1976. The General Officer in his illustrious carrier spanning over 35 years has served in 94 Field Regiment, 18 Medium Regiment, 225 Medium Regiment and 23 Air Observation Post Flight. As part of Command tenures, he has commanded 316 Medium Regiment, 80 Infantry Brigade, 23 Infantry Division and Strike One. The General also holds the prestigious appointment of the Colonel Commandant of the Regiment of Artillery. He also has had the privilege of serving as Deputy Assistant Military Secretary 4E in the Military Secretary Branch, Director MO 9 in the Military Operations Directorate, Deputy Military Attaché of Vice Chief of Army Staff and Deputy Director General Personal Services at Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Army). He has also tenated the appointment of General Staff Officer Grade 1 (Operations) of 27 Mountain Division, Colonel General Staff (Operations) of 19 Infantry Division, Brigadier General Staff (Operations) and Major General General Staff (Operations) of Northern Comd. In addition, the General has also been instructor at School of Artillery and senior Liaison Officer at UNOMIL, Liberia.


A highly qualified officer, the General is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and has done the prestigious Senior Command, Higher Command and National Defence College Courses. He has also been awarded the M.Phil (Defence and strategic studies) degree from the Devi Ahilya Vishwavidhyalya, Indore and Madras University.

 
The General Officer for his distinguished and meritorious service to the nation has been awarded with Param Vishisht Seva Medal,Ati Vishish tSeva Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal, Chief of the Army Staff Commendation Card on two occasions and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Commendation Card.


Lt Gen PR Kumar, PVSM, AVSM, VSM has taken over as Director General of Army Aviation with effect from 11 Aug 2013. The Gen Offr also took over as 10th Col Comdt of Army Avn Corps on 25 Sep 2013.