Air Marshal Pradeep Padmakar Bapat Thursday succeeded Air Marshal HN Bhagwat as Air Officer-in Charge Administration (AOA) of Indian Air Force.
Air Marshal HN Bhagwat retired on 31 October 2018 after 37 year long service with Indian Air Force.
Air Marshal Bapat was commissioned as a Fighter Controller. He has handled key assignments as a senior administrative officer and chief administrative officer of a Sukhoi-30 base during his tenure.
Prior to assuming the duties of AOA, he discharged the responsibilities of Director General (Works & Ceremonials).
Air Marshal Pradeep Padmakar Bapat was a member of IAF team which participated in a joint exercise with South African Air Force named Golden Eagle at Hoiedspruits in South Africa.
In recognition of his meritorious service and exceptional professionalism, he was awarded ‘Vishisht Seva Medal’ by President of India in 2014.
Air Marshal PP Bapat was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in the Administrative Branch on 28 May 1983.