|Date of Birth:||26 Oct 1944|
|Date Commissioned||04 Jul 1966||Course|
|Service End||Retired on 31 Oct 2001|
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|-||Gp Capt||815 Signal Unit||Mount Abu||Station Commander|
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|Vishist Seva Medal|
|Air Cmde||Arun Kumar Khanna||10401 AE(L)||Award Date 26 Jan 2002||Announced 26 Jan 2002|
|Details :|| |
Air Commodore Arun Kumar Khanna (10401) AE (L) is on the posted strength of Air HQs (Vayu Bhavan) since 01 Aug 2000. Though posted against the vacancy of Joint Director (Radar), he was assigned the additional responsibility of Joint Director (Communication) from the day of his arrival, in the absence of the permanent incumbent of this appointment.
With his positive attitude and unflinching sincerity coupled with vast experience of thirty three years of service, Air Cmde Khanna has served with distinction in various staff and field appointments. Particularly notable appointments have been as Command Systems Officer of South Western Air Command and Station Commander of 815 SU AF, where he successfully undertook and resolved many vital maintenance issues of the Air Defence Ground Environment Systems.
One of his main achievements has been the efficient and timely completion of major overhaul of one of the most important Air Defence radar of the IAF. But for his close monitoring and continuous guidance to the overhaul team, the successful completion of the job, despite many difficulties, would have been an uphill task. The policy initiative for storage of the non-ops TRS radar of Suratgarh and PSM radar of Bareilly and subsequent follow up for procurement of the receiver and antenna for these radars was efficiently executed. Through his constant and effective liaison, the long outstanding issue of handing over of Indra II radars to the IAF, picked up momentum, and all but two radars have already been received after proper ATP checks.
In the field of communication also, he resolved the problem of deficiency of Satellite communication (SATCOM) spares. The maintenance philosophy of all new induction of communication systems was extremely well drafted and issued by him. His involvement in resolving day to day maintenance issues of radar, communication, power and air conditioning systems has ensured a high state of serviceability in the entire Air Force. His close liaison with BE (GAD), ECIL and other vendors has resulted in better product support from these organisations.
For a distinguished service of high order, sincerity and positive attitude, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Arun Kumar Khanna.
|Unit : AHQ|
|Reference : GoI20020126|