31 Jul 1991 - 31 Jul 1993
Nirmal Chandra Suri was born in Shimla on 26 Jul 1933. He was commissioned into the Indian Air Force as a fighter pilot in March 1952 and retired as Chief of the Air Staff on 31st July 1993. He served in the Air Force for almost 42 years and took active part in the 1962 Indo-China conflict and subsequently the 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak wars.
He held important command and staff appointments, including command of two fighter squadrons and two frontline Fighter Air Bases, Director of Intelligence at Air HQs, SASO of an operational command and Air Officer-in-Charge of Personnel at Air HQ.
He was an outstanding pilot, having logged over 5500 hours of flying, a Pilot Attack Instructor and qualified Flying Instructor holding A1 Category. Due to his professional excellence he was posted as an Instructor to the Flying Instructor School and later as Examiner of Aircrew Examination Board.
For the services rendered in the Indian Air Force, he was awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Vayu Sena Medal and Mention-in-Despatches. He also received the highest Air Force award from the Iraqi Air Force when he was there on a deputation as Chief Instructor. In addition he has been the recipient of seven civilian awards namely, the Shiromani, Vijay Shree, Bharat Jyoti, the Millennium Award, the Glory of India International Gold Medal, the International Gold Star Medal for promoting Universality of Faith and the “Ambassador for peace” award from the Inter-Religious and International Federation for World Peace (London).