Air Marshal Duckworth was commissioned in the fighter stream of IAF in 1983 with over 3000 hours of experience on various fighter and trainer aircraft
Air Marshal RJ Duckworth has taken over as the Senior Air Staff officer, Headquarters Western Air Command on 16 December 2019, the IAF said in a statement.
An alumnus of National Defence Academy, he was commissioned in the fighter stream of IAF on 28th May 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 had 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.