Maj Gen Kanwal Kumar
Addl Dir Gen Army Avn

Maj Gen Kanwal Kumar was commissioned into Regiment of Artillery in 1980 and joined Army Aviation in 1985. The officer has served in various appointments and terrains and has a rich Instructional Experience in both flying and Tactics. He was part of the first contingent of IPKF which flew into Sri Lanka in 1987 for Op Pawan. The officer has served in various theatres and has participated in almost all major operations, to name a few Op Rhino, Op Orchid, Op Rakshak, Op Malpa, Op Vijay in Kargil Sector and Op Parakram in Western Theatre. He has commanded an Independent (R&O) Flt and Army Aviation Squadron during Op Vijay and Op Parakramresp and has had a three years Instructional Tenure as Directing Staff at the Army War College in Mhow. The officer has been Brigadier Aviation in Command HQ and Deputy General Officer Commanding of a Sub Area, Commandant Combat Army Aviation Training School, prior to assuming the appointment of Additional Directorate General of Army Aviation.

The officer has a rich flying experience over 4400 hours and lead the First Indian Army Aviation team to USA on an exchange programme in 2003.

A graduate of Flying Instructors School at Tambaram, he has also done the prestigious Higher Air Command Course at College of Air Warfare and 50th National Security and Strategic Studies Course at the National Defence College, New Delhi.

For Gallantry he has been awarded Mention-in-Despatches twice and has also been awarded COAS Commendation Card, GOC-in-C Central Command Commendation Card and GOC-in-C ARTRAC Commendation Card. The officer is married to Mrs Sangeeta and they have two daughters.