Air Marshal D Choudhury AVSM VM VSM is third generation IAF officer who is an alumnus of National Defence Academy and was commissioned on 22 Dec 1983. The Air Officer is a Fighter Combat Leader and an Instrument Rating Instructor & Examiner.
He has over 5000 sorties of flying on operational fighter ac and is Fully Ops and Master Green on MiG-21 (all variants), MiG-27, MiG-29 and SU-30 aircraft. He has commanded 15 Sqn, the prestigious Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE) and two frontier fighter bases of Suratgarh and Srinagar as AOC. He was served two tenures at TACDE- first as DS at Jamnagar and then as Commandant in Gwalior. He has held staff appointments in Air HQ as Director Air Staff Inspection, Director Operational Joint Planning and Director Operational planning and Assessment Group. He has served as Air-I of HQ WAC, Air Defence Commander of HQ CAC and HQ SWAC, AOC of Composite Battle Response and Analysis (COBRA) Group and Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Insp) at Air HQ (RKP) and Senior Air Staff Officer of HQ WAC. He has vast experience in Air operations and planning at the field, operational and strategic levels. He has also led three International exercises – Red Flag, Desert Eagle and Garuda.
The Air Marshal is an alumni of Royal College of Defence Studies UK, a Post Graduate in Strategy and International Security from King's College London and Master of Philosophy on Defence and Strategic Studies. He is currently undergoing PhD on the subject of Air Power. He has written large number of service papers on operational matters, Air Power and Leadership, many of which have been implemented / published.
He was awarded the CAS commendation in Aug 1992, Vishisht Sewa Medal in Jan 2007, Vayu Sena Medal in Jan 2011 and Ati Vishisht Sewa Medal in Jan 2018.
The Air Officer is married to Mrs Vyjayanthi Choudhury, a textile designer by profession and a homemaker. She is actively involved in welfare activities of Air Force Wives, social upliftment of women, education of the girl child and the Green Earth movement.