Air Marshal Sadhna S. Nair assumed the appointment of Director General Hospital Services (Armed Forces) in the office of DGAFMS on October 23, 2023, becoming the first woman to hold the position on promotion to the rank of Air Marshal. Prior to this appointment, the Air Officer was tenanting the appointment of Principal Medical Officer (PMO) at HQ Training Command (Air Force), Bangaluru.
A graduate from the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, Air Marshal Sadhna S. Nair was commissioned into the Indian Air Force in December 1985. She holds a Post Graduate degree in Family Medicine and has undergone a two-year training programme in Medical Informatics at AIIMS, New Delhi. She was trained in CBRN Warfare with the Israeli Defence Forces and in Military Medical Ethics in Switzerland. She is the first and only woman Principal Medical Officer of Western Air Command and Training Command.
For her meritorious service she has been awarded the AOC-in-C (WAC) and CAS Commendations as well as the Vishisht Seva Medal by the President of India. Three generations of her family have served in the IAF over the last seven decades.