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Air Marshal Padamjit Singh Ahluwalia

Service No 11631 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 22 Dec 1947
Date Commissioned 02 Jun 1968 Course 100 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Dec 2007
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 15 Jul 1987Gp Capt : 10 Feb 1992Air Cmde : 03 Feb 1997AVM : 10 Jun 2002
Air Marshal : 01 Oct 2004C-in-C : 01 Sep 2006
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Jan 1986 - 21 May 1988Wg CdrNo.1 SquadronGwalior CO
- Gp CaptEmbassy of India, JapanTokyo Def Advisor
- Gp CaptEmbassy of India, South KoreaSeoul Def Advisor
- Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi AA (CAS)
- Air Cmde40 WingMaharajpur (Gwalior) AOC
10 Jun 2002 - AVMMaritime Air OperationsBombay AOC
01 Oct 2004 - 31 Aug 2006Air MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi IG(FS)
01 Sep 2006 - 31 Jan 2007Air MshlSouthern Air CommandTrivandrum AOC-in-C
01 Feb 2007 - 31 Dec 2007Air MshlWestern Air CommandDelhi AOC-in-C
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 5
Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn LdrPadamjit Singh Ahluwalia11631 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1984Announced 26 Jan 1984
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Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Padamjit Singh Ahluwalia11631 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1987
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Wing Commander Padamjit Singh Ahluwalia was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 02 Jun 68. After his short tenure of operating on high performance aircraft, Wg Cdr Ahluwalia was selected to undergo the Flying Instructors' Course. He excelled as a flying instructor and was awarded Category A-2 in recognition of his superior professional knowledge and instructional ability.

In 1976, Wg Cdr Ahluwalia was sent on an instructional tenure abroad. During this tenure, he successfully executed a forced landing of an L-29 aircraft. For his cool and competent handling of such a grave emergency and saving the aircraft and also the life of his pupil, he was specially commended by the Commander­in­Chief of the Air Force to which he was attached for instructional duties. He then did a tenure as Assistant Director Operations at Air Headquarters.

In 1984, Wg Cdr Ahluwalia was specially selected to undergo training in France for converting onto the Vajra aircraft. As Senior Flight Commander of the new raising, with his characteristic enthusiasm and total devotion to duty, he undertook the lion's share of the difficult process of starting the new squadron.

In recognition of the past performance in service, he was given the prestigious and onerous task of re-equipping the oldest squadron of the Air Force with the latest and most sophisticated weapon system (Vajra). Although he had just completed the trying process of setting up the previous squadron, he took on the new responsibility without any regard to his own comfort or leisure.

For his hard work, loyalty to service, devotion to duty, exemplary qualities of leadership and intelligent management techniques, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Wg Cdr Padamjit Singh Ahluwalia.

Unit : 1 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 25th April 1987 - No.37-Pres/87 dated 26th January 1987
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptPadamjit Singh Ahluwalia11631 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1992Announced 26 Jan 1992
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Bar to Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdePadamjit Singh Ahluwalia11631 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1997Announced 26 Jan 1997
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalPadamjit Singh Ahluwalia11631 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2007Announced 26 Jan 2007
Details : Inspector General Flight Safety
Unit : Air HQ
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