Air vice-marshall SagarBharti was commissioned in 1981 in the flying branch of IAF. He is a highly decorated pilot with more than 5,600h of flying experience. An alumnus of NDA, Staff College Wellington, and Naval War College, he has commanded a helicopter unit and the forward-most base of IAF in Ladhakh, supporting the air effort in the most difficult terrain in Siachen and along the Indo-China border. In 2011 he took over as deputy comdt. at the Air Force Academy Hyderabad whereas HOD Flying and Ground Training he was responsible for training over 850 cadets each year. The air officer has also served as senior air and administrative staff officer of maintenance command, one of the largest commands of IAF. The air officer has the distinction of being appointed on diplomatic assignment as Air Attaché’ to Ukraine and Romania. In his last assignment before retiring, he headed the Air wing of BSF, MHA. For his participation in IPKF in Sri Lanka and various other operations, including HDR missions, the officer has been awarded the presidential medals YudhSeva Medal, Vayu Sena Medal, and Vishisht Seva Medal.