With the rapid expansion of the Indian
Air Force during the Fifties, the command and control structure needed to be
reorganized. This re-organisation led to the revival of the No 1 Operational
Group at Calcutta in 1958. This group was responsible for the operations of
the IAF in the eastern as well as the central sector of the country. The areas
of responsibility of this Operational Group were bifurcated and two separate
commands were formed. The Central Air Command was formed at Rani Kuthee, Calcutta
in Mar 1962. However with need to increase vigil along the Indo-Nepal and Indo-Tibetan
borders, Calcutta was considered inappropriate location for the Central Air
Command Headquarters and it was relocated at Allahabad in February 1966.
The task assigned to this Command is to patrol the North Central sector of this
country from Himachal border to Sikkim. The area assigned to command stretches
from Bareilly/Agra in the North to Bihta/Darbhanga in the East from Indo-Nepal
border in the North to Nagpur in the South.
KS GILL AVSM YSM VM(G)
AOC-IN-C, CENTRAL AIR COMMAND IAF
Air Marshal Kulwant Singh Gill AVSM, YSM, VM (Gallantry) was commissioned into the Flying Branch of Indian Air Force in Dec 1977. In a meaningful career spanning three decades and six years, the Air Marshal has held instructional, directional and command appointments, wherein he has carved a niche for himself.
On completion of Instructors course, he had an instructional tenure at Air Force Academy, Hyderabad. While being a Flt Cdr in the East, the officer was selected to go to Antarctica as a member of the 7th and 8th Antarctica Expedition. For his extraordinarily courageous task during the mission, he was conferred with Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) in 1990. After completing the tenure in Gunships, the officer was posted as Flt Cdr in Northern Sector and also commanded the operational flying unit in the East. During this period, he commanded a Radar Station and Highest Flying Air Base in the Northern Sector. While commanding the Air Force Station Leh wherein, he was instrumental in re-commissioning of two Airfields. Eventually, the Air Force Station Leh was declared as the ‘Pride of Western Air Command’, for which he was conferred with Ati Vishista Seva Medal (AVSM).
On completion of the tenure of Command, the Officer was assigned to be the first contingent commander of the UN Mission to Congo, during which period he was prodigiously responsible for negotiation with UN HQs in New York for the conduct of the Mission. In the process, his organizational ability and leadership got recognition and he was conferred with Yudh Seva Medal (YSM).
As an Air Officer, he was posted again in the Northern Sector to command a high altitude station. During this period he was instrumental in initiating and activating many forward Air Bases and Advanced Landing Grounds (ALG).
The Air Officer was incidentally responsible and directly worked on the Look East Policy.
The Air Marshal is an avid Golfer, and an outstanding sportsman.
Wing Commander BB Pandey Public Relation Officer Ministry of Defence Nr Chief Engineers AF Bamraull, Allahabad - 211012