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Air Marshal Ajit Bhavnani

Service No 10440 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 05 Oct 1946
Date Commissioned 29 Oct 1966 Course 96 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Oct 2006
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Gp Capt : 01 Aug 1989Acting Air Cmde : 11 Oct 1996Air Cmde : 01 Feb 1996AVM : 01 Sep 2000
Air Marshal : 01 Nov 2002
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

29 Jun 1985 - 22 Jun 1987Wg CdrNo.7 SquadronGwalior CO
- Gp CaptTactics and Combat Development EstablishmentJamnagar Cmdt
01 Jan 1993 - 01 Jan 1996Gp CaptEmbassy of India, SwedenStockholm Def Attache
- Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi PD (Offensive Ops)
- Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi AA (CAS)
08 Feb 1997 - Air Cmde40 WingMaharajpur (Gwalior) AOC
- 31 Oct 2002AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi ACAS (PO)
01 Nov 2002 - 31 Jan 2003Air MshlEastern Air CommandShillong SASO
01 Feb 2003 - 30 Jun 2004Air MshlCentral Air CommandAllahabad SASO
12 Jul 2004 - 18 Aug 2005Air MshlStrategic Forces CommandDelhi C-in-C
18 Aug 2005 - 31 Oct 2006Air MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi VCAS
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg Cdr Ajit Bhavnani10440 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1987
Details :

Wing Commander Ajit Bhavnani has been posted as Commanding Officer of a premier frontline squadron since 28 Jan 85. As Commanding Officer of the first Vajra squadron of the IAF, his performance has been truly outstanding. Having successfully led the team of Vajra pilots trained in France, he achieved the rare distinction of planning and successfully leading the first ferry of seven Vajra aircraft from France to India. Subsequently, he was involved in the successful ferry of three more batches of Vajra aircraft flown in by his squadron. Having assumed command of his squadron, he shou ldered the major responsibility of forming the squadron and inducting a very modern and sophisticated aircraft into the IAF. With his outstanding professional ability, he performed the arduous task in the most methodical and distinctive manner.

Overcoming all the initial hurdles, he organized the available resources to build his unit into a highly operational and efficient outfit within a very short period of time. Despite severe handicaps of shortage of manpower and equipment, he motivated his squadron personnel exceptionally well which resulted in heavy flying activity. Working relentlessly, he ushered in a new era of concepts and tactics related to fighter operations. His selfless devotion to work has been an exemplary source of inspiration and motivation for his personnel. Due to his deep personal involvement and exceptionally high level of professional competence, the entire Vajra force has reached a distinctively high level of operational efficiency.

As Commanding Officer, he has displayed an exceptional high level of professional skill.

For his outstanding achievements as Commanding Officer of the first Vajra Squadron, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva medal to Wing Commander Ajit Bhavnani.

Unit : 7 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 25th April 1987 - No.37-Pres/87 dated 26th January 1987
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptAjit Bhavnani10440 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1991Announced 26 Jan 1991
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalAjit Bhavnani10440 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2005Announced 26 Jan 2005
Details : AOC-in-C SFC
Unit : SFC
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