AIR FORCE COMMANDERS’ CONFERENCE NOV 2021

PRESS INFORMATION BUREAU (DEFENCE WING)

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

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'हर काम देश के नाम'

AIR FORCE COMMANDERS’ CONFERENCE NOV 2021

         New Delhi,

                                                                                             Wednesday, 10 Nov, 2021

                      The Second bi-annual IAF Commanders’ Conference was inaugurated by Hon’ble Raksha Mantri on 10 Nov 21 at Air Headquarter (Vayu Bhawan). Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari PVSM AVSM VM ADC, welcomed Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh, CDS General Bipin Rawat PVSM UYSM AVSM  YSM SM VSM ADC and Secretary Defence Production Shri Raj Kumar. CAS introduced the IAF Commanders to the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri.

          The Hon’ble Raksha Mantri addressed the Air Force Commanders on the inaugural day of the conference. In his address, the Raksha Mantri appreciated the IAF for maintaining a high level of preparedness, ability to respond on a short notice and displaying high standards of professionalism in carrying out operational and peace time tasks. The Raksha Mantri remarked on the volatile situation on our borders and said that the Armed Forces need to be prepared to respond at a short notice for any contingency. He brought out that the role of IAF in future conflicts is crucial and it needs to harness the capabilities and opportunities offered by AI, Big Data Handling and Machine Learning. He also mentioned that the efforts in the field of indigenization through ‘Make in India’ initiative of Govt of India is showing results and the orders of LCA Mk 1A and C-295 will open new opportunities in the indigenous aerospace sector. Expounding on theaterisation, he mentioned that enhancing jointness is essential and the structure should be evolved after closely examining various options, and inputs from all stake holders would be taken into consideration. The RM concluded by exhorting the commanders to brainstorm to evolve viable solutions towards the conference theme of, “Ensuring Certainty amidst Uncertainities”. The CAS thereafter briefed the Raksha Mantri on the current status of the IAF.

          The CAS addressed all Commanders and emphasized on the need to develop multi-domain capability in order to give a swift and befitting response to any misadventures by our adversaries. He also emphasized on the need for joint training with the Indian Army and Indian Navy to enable synergized application of combat power in future conflicts. The CAS complimented all the commanders for maintaining a high state of readiness despite challenges posed by the pandemic.

The Commanders’ Conference is being conducted from 10 Nov 21 to 12 Nov 21. Uncertainty in the geo-political landscape makes it an imperative for the armed forces to train, equip and adapt to rapid changes. During the Conference, commanders will discuss and brainstorm situations which may affect National Security and focus on measures to enhance operational capability. Issues pertaining to strengthening training and optimising HR policies for effective utilization of manpower will also be discussed.

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COMMODORE COMMANDANTS

COMMODORE COMMANDANTS

RANKNAMEUNIT
AIR MSHLR KUMAR, VM3 SQN
AIR MSHLRKS BHADAURIA, PVSM AVSM VM5 SQN
AIR MSHLJ WALIA, PVSM VM VSM ADC6 SQN
AIR MSHLSB DEO, PVSM AVSM VM VSM ADC15 SQN
AIR MSHLK SHARMA23 SQN
AIR MSHLU SINGH, AVSM35 SQN
AIR MSHLHS ARORA, AVSM51 SQN
AIR MSHLR NAMBIAR, AVSM VM & BARASTE
AIR MSHLRD MATHUR, AVSM VSMFIS
AIR MSHLHN BHAGWAT, AVSM VMAFAC
AIR MSHLRKS SHERA, AVSM VSMAFTC
AVMA DEV, VSM2 SQN
AVMSK JHA7 SQN
AVMR HORA16 SQN
AVMAP SINGH22 SQN
AVMGS BEDI, VM VSM26 SQN
AVMS PUNTAMBEKAR27 SQN
AVMVR CHAUDHARI, AVSM VM28 SQN
AVMS SINGH, AVSM VM30 SQN
AVMSP DHARKAR, AVSM31 SQN
AVMBR KRISHNA, AVSM SC37 SQN
AVMS PRABHAKARAN, VM45 SQN
AVMS NIMESH, VSM47 SQN
AVMSK MOHLAH, VM221 SQN
AVMR RADHISH, AVSM VM224 SQN
AVMJ CHALAPATI, VSMOCU A
AVMD CHOUDHARYTACDE
AVMOP TIWARI, AVSM VSM25 SQN
AVMMVR RAO, VM41 SQN
AVMA GUPTA59 SQN
AVMS KAPOOR, AVSM VM78 SQN
AVMA TIWARI, VM VSM105 HU
AVMAMAR PRASAD BABU G, VM115 HU
AVMB CHANDRASEKHAR130 HU
AVMPK MOHEY, VSM141 SSS FLT
AVMKD AWASTHI, VSM3004 SQN
AIR CMDEN TIWARI,VM1 SQN
AIR CMDEMS AWANA, AVSM VSM4 SQN
AIR CMDEMS DESWAL, VM8 SQN
AIR CMDES DIXIT VM,VSM9 SQN
AIR CMDESK VIDHATE, AVSM VM10 SQN
AIR CMDER PUROHIT, VSM14 SQN
AIR CMDEG THOMAS, VM20 SQN
AIR CMDESABHARWAL, VSM21 SQN
AIR CMDEAK BHARTI, VM24 SQN
AIR CMDERAJAT MOHAN, VM29 SQN
AIR CMDESR SINGH, VM VSM32 SQN
AIR CMDESP SINGH, VSM52 SQN
AIR CMDES BANERJEE220 SQN
AIR CMDESURAT SINGH, AVSM VM VSM223 SQN
AIR CMDEN KAPOOR, VMAD FLT
AIR CMDESK INDORIA, AVSM VM12 SQN
AIR CMDES BANERJEE43 SQN
AIR CMDES SRINIVASAN, AVSM VSM48 SQN
AIR CMDEA SAKLANI, VM49 SQN
AIR CMDEB SAJU, VM50 SQN
AIR CMDETEJBIR SINGH, AVSM VM77 SQN
AIR CMDECK KUMAR, VM181 FLT
AIR CMDESP SINGH, VSMAHQ COM SQN
AIR CMDEBV UPADHYAY, VMPTS
AIR CMDEUMESH KUMAR107 HU
AIR CMDEAR SHENDYE, VM109 HU
AIR CMDES SRIVASTAVA110 HU
AIR CMDEAK PUNTAMBEKAR111 HU
AIR CMDENN REDDY112 HU
AIR CMDES SOOD, VM116 HU
AIR CMDESK MISHRA, VM118 HU
AIR CMDEM GUPTA, VM119 HU
AIR CMDENB SATHE121 HF
AIR CMDEBS KRISHNA KUMAR, KC122 HF
AIR CMDEA LAL, VM125 H SQN
AIR CMDEKH SURESH, AVSM VSM126 HF
AIR CMDEN SANTOSH, VSM127 HU
AIR CMDER MAHAJAN, VM128 HU
AIR CMDESK JHA, VSM129 HU
AIR CMDEG SINGH131 FAC FLT 
AIR CMDEP MAHESHWAR, VM132 FAC FLT
AIR CMDEAS PATHANIA, VSM142 SSS FLT
AIR CMDES MISRA, VM151 HU
AIR CMDES JOSE152 HU
AIR CMDEB MANIKANTAN, AVSM VM153 HU
AIR CMDEA SURESH KUMAR3001 SQN
AIR CMDERS DAGAR, VM3003 SQN

PRESIDENT STANDARDS

PRESIDENT STANDARDS

The award of President's colours/standard is one of the greatest honours bestowed upon an Air Force Unit or Squadron in recognition of exceptional service rendered by it to the nation, both during war and in peace.

UNIT / SQNDATE & PLACE
No. 1 Squadron18 Oct 1968
No. 12 Squadron12 Mar 1971
No. 3 Squadron18 Mar 1975
No. 5 Squadron09 Apr 1975
No. 106 Squadron09 Apr 1975
Air Force Academy10 Sep 1975 / Hyderabad
No. 16 Squadron13 Nov 1976
No. 23 Squadron13 Nov 1976
No. 101 Squadron19 Nov 1975
No. 2 Squadron15 Dec 1979
No. 4 Squadron15 Dec 1979
No. 6 Squadron20 Dec 1980
No. 7 Squadron20 Dec 1980
No. 8 Squadron05 Mar 1984
No. 9 Squadron11 Dec 1984 / Palam
Air HQ Commn Sqn11 Dec 1984 / Palam
No. 10 Squadron18 Mar 1985 / Jodhpur
No. 11 Squadron18 Mar 1985 / Jodhpur
No. 17 Squadron08 Nov 1988 / Palam
No. 104 Helicopter Unit08 Nov 1988 / Chandigarh
No. 28 Squadron02 Apr 1991 / Pune
No. 109 Helicopter Unit02 Apr 1991 / Pune
No. 20 Squadron10 Mar 1992 / Kalaikunda
No. 43 Squadron10 Mar 1992 / Kalaikunda
Paratroopers Trg School11 Nov 1994 / Ambala
No. 14 Squadron11 Nov 1994 / Ambala
No. 15 Squadron26 Oct 1995 / Jodhpur
Flying Instructors School26 Oct 1995 / Jodhpur
No. 27 Squadron13 Nov 1996 / Gorakhpur
No. 114 Helicopter Unit13 Nov 1996 / Gorakhpur
No. 29 Squadron07 Nov 1997 / Palam
No. 41 Squadron07 Nov 1997 / Palam
AFAC24 Oct 2000 / Bareilly
No. 35 Squadron24 Oct 2000 / Bareilly
AEB01 Nov 2004 / Kanpur
1 BRD01 Nov 2004 / Kanpur
ASTE21 Nov 2005 / Bangalore
IAM21 Nov 2005 / Bangalore
37 Sqn 15 Feb 2007
48 Sqn 15 Feb 2007
59 Sqn 12 Nov 2008 
AFTC 12 Nov 2008 
108 Sqn22 Mar 2009 
105 HU25 Mar 2009 
47 Sqn10 Nov 2009 
TACDE10 Nov 2009 
49 Sqn 09 Mar 2010
107 HU 09 Mar 2010
31 Sqn08 Jan 2011
9 BRD 08 Jan 2011
44 Sqn09 Mar 2011
110 HU09 Mar 2011
24 Sqn06 Mar 2012
111 HU06 Mar 2012
33 Sqn18 Dec 2012 
25 Sqn 18 Dec 2012 
AFCME15 Mar 2013 
3 BRD 15 Mar 2013 
220 Sqn20 Nov 2013
32 Sqn20 Nov 2013
112 HU11 Mar 2014
4 BRD11 Mar 2014
26 Sqn21 Nov 2014
115 HU21 Nov 2014
21 Sqn04 Mar 2015
116 HU04 Mar 2015
18 Squadron & 22 Squadron28 Nov 2015 

BATTLE HONOURS

BATTLE HONOURS

A Battle Honour is an official commemoration of a battle, action or engagement and is awarded to flying squadrons, flights and units that have taken active, creditable and outstanding part in that operation.

LIST OF UNITS AWARDED WITH BATTLE HONOURS DURING 1995
BATTLE HONOURS DURING 1999 OP SAFED SAGAR
AWARD OF UNIT CITATION BY CAS : 2009
AWARD OF UNIT CITATION BY CAS : 2010

THEATRE HONOURS

THEATRE HONOURS

A theatre honour is an official commemoration of the creditable performance of a formation or a unit in support of air operations in a defined theatre of operation. Theatre honour is awarded to formations and units which are not entitled to Battle Honours, ie., non-flying units

1999 : OP SAFED SAGAR

Mention-in-Despatches

MENTION-IN-DESPATCHES

Design of the Medal

Instituted on 25 Nov 1950 for distinguished and meritorious service in operational areas and acts of gallantry which are not of a sufficiently high order to warrant the grant of gallantry awards.

Medal: A recipient of a Mention-in-Despatches shall be entitled to wear an emblem, which shall be a lotus leaf on the ribbon of the Campaign Medal, relating to the Campaign in which the mention was made.

Personnel Eligible: All Army, Navy and Air Force personnel including personnel of the Reserve Force, Territorial Army, Militia and other lawfully constituted Armed Forces, members of the Nursing services and civilians working under or with the Armed forces will be eligible.

Conditions of Eligibility: Awarded for distinguished and meritorious service in operational areas and acts of gallantry which are not of a sufficiently high order to warrant the grant of gallantry awards. Names may be included posthumously. There is no objection to a person's name being mentioned in more than one despatch.

Certificate: A certificate in the following form will be issued to each individual where name is mentioned in a despatch:-

"Under the orders of the President of the Republic of India the mention of name a despatch by the Commander-in-Chief, Indian Army/Indian Navy/Indian Air Force, was published in the Gazette of India on.

Uttam Yudh Seva Medal

UTTAM YUDH SEVA MEDAL

Design of the Medal and Ribbon

Instituted on 26 Jun 1980 to recognize the distinguished service of an exceptional order during war/conflict/hostilities.

Medal: Circular in shape, 35 mm in diameter and fitted to a plain horizontal bar with standard fittings and is made of gold gilt. The medal have on its obverse the State Emblem and the inscriptions UTTAM YUDH SEVA MEDAL (in English). On its reverse, it has a five pointed star.

Ribbon: Golden colour with two red vertical stripes dividing it into three equal parts.

Bar: If a recipient of the medal is subsequently awarded the medal again, every such further award shall be recognised by a Bar to be attached to the riband by which the medal is suspended. For every such Bar, a miniature insignia of a pattern approved by the Government shall be added to the riband when worn alone.

Personnel Eligible: The following categories of personnel shall be eligible for the medal :-

Conditions of Eligibility: The medal is awarded for distinguished service of an exceptional order during war/ conflict/ hostilities. The medal may be awarded posthumously.

Vayu Sena Medal

VAYU SENA MEDAL

Design of the Medal and Ribbon

Instituted on 26 Jan 1960 to recognise exceptional devotion to duty or acts of courage by Air Force personnel. In 1994, the award was spilt into VM (Devotion to duty) and VM (Gallantry).

Medal: The medal is five-pointed star, made of standard silver 35 mm in diameter. The mounting is fixed on a ring attached to a metal strip 3 mm wide ornamented with Ashoka leaves. The State Emblem is embossed on obverse, in the centre, encircled by a garland of leaves. On its reverse, it has representation of Himalayan Eagle with the inscription below it.

Ribbon: 32 mm in width in alternate stripes of saffron and silver grey, each 3 mm in width running diagonally from right to left.

Bar: The Bar to the Medal (when awarded) is attached to the ribbon by which the Medal is suspended. On those occasions when only the ribbon is worn, a suitable miniature insignia of a pattern approved by the Government is to be tied to the center of the ribbon.

Personnel Eligible: The following categories of personnel shall be eligible for the award of the Medal:-

Conditions of Eligibility: The award is given for such individual acts of exceptional devotion to duty or courage as have special significance for the Air Force. VM (Gallantry) is awarded in recognition of an act of courage whereas VM (Devotion to duty) is awarded in recognition of individual acts of exceptional devotion to duty. A bar shall be given for every subsequent award of the Medal to a person. Award may be made posthumously.

Monetary Allowance: Rs. 500/- to p.m. attached when awarded for courageous acts with effect from 01.02.1999.

Vishisht Seva Medal

VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL

Design of the Medal and Ribbon

Instituted on 26 Jan 1960 and as VSM Class-III to recognise the distinguished service of a high order. It was renamed on 27.01.1967 as VSM.

Medal: Circular in shape, 35 mm in diameter and fitted to a plain horizontal bar with standard fitting. The medal is made of bronze. On its obverse is embossed a five-pointed star and on its reverse is the State Emblem and the inscription embossed along the upper rim.

Ribbon: The ribbon is of gold colour with three dark blue stripes dividing it into four equal parts.

Bar: If a recipient of the medal is subsequently awarded the medal again, every such further award shall be recognised by a Bar to be attached to the riband by which the medal is suspended.

Personnel Eligible: The following categories of personnel shall be eligible for the medal :-

Conditions of Eligibility: The medal is awarded for distinguished service of a high order.

Ati Vishisht Seva Medal

ATI VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL

Design of the Medal and Ribbon

Instituted on 26 Jan 1960 as VSM Class-II for distinguished Service of an exceptional order. It was renamed on 27.01.1967 as AVSM.

Medal: Circular in shape, 35 mm in diameter and fitted to a plain horizontal bar with standard fitting. The medal is made of standard silver. On its obverse is embossed a five-pointed star and on its reverse is the State Emblem and the inscription embossed along the upper rim.

Ribbon: The ribbon is of gold colour with two dark blue stripes dividing it into three equal parts.

Bar: If a recipient of the medal is subsequently awarded the medal again, every such further award shall be recognised by a Bar to be attached to the riband by which the medal is suspended. For every such Bar, a miniature insignia of a pattern approved by the Government shall be added to the riband when worn alone.

Personnel Eligible: The following categories of personnel shall be eligible for the medal :-

Conditions of Eligibility: The medal is awarded for distinguished service of an exceptional order.