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|Date of Birth:||02 Jan 1945|
|Date Commissioned||31 Dec 1967||Course||98 Course|
|Service End||Retired on 31 May 1994|
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|08 Jul 1985 - 05 Jun 1987||Wg Cdr||No. 15 Squadron||Bhuj||CO|
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|Vayu Sena Medal|
|Wg Cdr||Balakrishna Menon||11307 F(P)||Award Date||Announced 26 Jan 1988|
|Details :|| |
Wing Commander Balakrishna Menon has been in command of a frontline fighter Squadron since 08 July 85. He has been an A-2 Qualified Flying Instructor for the last 10 years and he has over 2700 hours of accident free flying experience of which nearly 1300 ours are on jet fighters. During his tenure as Squadron Commander, his Squadron has flown over 4600 hours amounting to approximately 7100 sorties on both fighter and trainer aircraft. This gigantic task was achieved without a single accident. In the same period, as many as 16 young fledgling pilots were brought to fully operational status on the MiG-21 aircraft.
Accident free flying and a high rate of training achieved under his command have distinguished his Squadron in the Air Force. This was achieved manly due to his dynamic leadership and total dedication to the task entrusted to him. His deep involvement in every activity of his Squadron and his methodical approach have contributed a great deal towards this achievement. His ability to analysis critically and his probing mind have ensured a high degree of professionalism amongst both the aircrew and the ground crew of his Squadron. His personal example and outstanding leadership have been a source of inspiration to those placed below him.
For his exceptional devotion to duty, leadership of a very high order and professional skill, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Wing Commander Balakrishna Menon.
|Unit : 15 Sqn|
|Reference : Gazette of India dated 2nd April 1988 - No.24-Pres/88 dated 26th January 1988|