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Air Commodore Suryakant Nijanand Bal

Service No & Branch 10940 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 04 Jun 1967 Course: 97 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Sep 2002 Superannuated
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 20 Jul 1986Gp Capt : 01 Nov 1991Acting Air Cmde : 26 May 1997Air Cmde : 26 May 1997
Training and Other Courses Attended
35 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 24 Nov 197914 LDMC (Sqn Ldr) - 08 Apr 198439 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1999
Badges Qualified
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Sqn Ldr

Air Cmde
Notes:1)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 2)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

18 Mar 1996 - 25 May 1997Gp CaptParatrooper Training SchoolAgra Commanding Officer
- Air CmdeWestern Air CommandDelhi Air-II
01 May 1997 - 01 Jan 1999Air CmdeCentral Air CommandAllahabad Air-II
15 Apr 2000 - 30 Sep 2002Air Cmde4 WingAgra Air Officer Commanding
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeSuryakant Nijanand Bal10940 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2003Announced 26 Jan 2003
Details :

Air Commodore Suryakant Nijanand Bal (10940) F (P) was commissioned in the Flying Branch in Jun 67. During his career spanning 35 years, he acquitted himself commendably in diverse appointments including the post of AOC of the largest transport base, Air II WAC, and CAC, IAF respectively. He has served as Staff Pilot at Air HQ Comn Sqn for seven years.

As AOC, Air Force Station, Agra since Apr 99, Air Cmde Bal made significant improvements in all facets of Operations, Maintenance and Administration. Important achievements include inculcating high standards of professionalism and orientation towards service goals among officers and men through leadership, excellent standard of all Air Mobility operations, provision of transport support for Op Prakaram in an exceptional manner, organization of relief operations for victims of earthquake in Gujarat and floods in Orissa, planning Indo-US joint Air Mobility Exercises ESBALANCE IRIQUOIS and EX COPE IN- DIA. Air Cmde Bal has improved the state of Operational and Maintenance infrastructure which include improving serviceability state of ac, smooth introduction of 1800h servicing of AN-32 ac by HAL and establishing Canberra Overhaul Project for extension of life. Through his dedication and effective liaison with Aeronautical Design Research & Development Establishment (ADRDE), he gave an impetus to manufacture of CMK-8 parachute for Canberra ac and lashing straps for AN-32 ac, resulting in saving of considerable foreign exchange to the exchequer. His untiring efforts have contributed AF Station Agra being adjudged as the Most Improved Station, Best in Administration in HQ CAC, IAF and Runner Up Trophy of 'pride of CAC' successively for the year 2000-01 and 2001-01 and Best in Maintenance for the year 2001-2202.

Air Commodore Suryakant Nijanand Bal has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI20030126
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