|Date of Birth:||-- --- --|
|Date Commissioned||19 Dec 1970||Course||105 Course|
|Service End||Retired on 31 Dec 2009|
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|24 Sep 1987 - 24 Sep 1989||Wg Cdr||No.51 Squadron||Srinagar||CO|
|30 Dec 1997 - 16 Dec 1999||Air Cmde||33 Wing||Jamnagar||AOC|
|- 31 Dec 2007||Air Mshl||Western Air Command||Delhi||SASO|
|01 Jan 2008 - 31 Dec 2009||Air Mshl||Eastern Air Command||Shillong||AOC-in-C|
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|Vayu Sena Medal|
|Gp Capt||Shiv Kumar Bhan||12510 F(P)||Award Date||Announced 26 Jan 1995|
|Details :|| |
Group Captain Shiv Kumar Bhan was commissioned in the IAF in the fighter stream on 19 December 1970 and has over 2750 hrs of flying to his credit. He is a Fighter Combat Leader and has successfully undergone Higher Air Command Course. He has commanded a Fighter Squadron, has been on the staff of Tactics and Combat Development Establishment and Directorate of Air Staff Inspection and has also served as Flying Instructor in Iraq.
He was posted to Air Force Station, Srinagar as the Chief Operations Officer (COO) on 12 Apr 93. As COO, the Officer involved himself in an exemplary manner to resolve numerous problems of air operations of multiplicity of aircraft roles in demanding times in the Valley. Toshe Maidan Air to Ground Range, which had remained closed for the last five years, was re-activated within a record time. The officer brought the operational status of the Station to a high standard in a short time.
During an Air Defence exercise conducted in the valley in July 1993, the officer exercised direct control of operations at Srinagar and Awantipur. Besides being the Base Air Defence Officer for both the bases, he controlled the entire operations in a safe and realistic manner. It was only due to his vision and correct analysis of likely threats that he could bring in realism in the exercise thus enhancing the potential of all operational elements involved. Similarly, during heavy snowfall in February 1994, he worked vigorously to clear the entire runway and aircraft operating area. This resulted in resumption of commercial flights within two days and by fighters within four days. The officer was instrumental in meticulous planning, excellent coordination and precise execution of Special Heliborne Operations in connection with 'Amarnath Yatra' in August 1994 which was highly appreciated by J&K State Govt.
For exceptional devotion to duty the President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Gp Capt Shiv Kumar Bhan.
|Unit : 1 Wing|
|Reference : Gazette of India dated 11th March 1995 - No.99-Pres/94 dated 26th January 1995|
|Ati Vishist Seva Medal|
|Air Cmde||Shiv Kumar Bhan||12510 F(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 1999||Announced 26 Jan 1999|
|Details :||Citation / Details Not Available|
|Param Vishist Seva Medal|
|Air Marshal||Shiv Kumar Bhan||12510 F(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 2009||Announced 26 Jan 2009|
|Details :||AOC-in-C EAC|
|Unit : EAC|
|Remarks: Profile Note added: 2009-02-08|
Air Marshal Shiv Kumar Bhan AVSM VM was born on 15 Dec 1949. He graduated from the National Defence Academy in Jun 69 and joined the Air Force Academy to undergo flying training. On completion of flying training he was commissioned in the Air Force in Dec 70 as a fighter pilot. He has flown over 3000hrs on Hunter, Sukhoi-7, Mig -21 and Mig -23 aircrafts. He graduated as a Fighter Combat Leader in 1980. He has held various staff and field appointments, which include Command of a Mig-21 Squadron, Chief Operations Officer of a Wing, Commander of a fighter base, Director of Offensive Operations and Inspections at Air HQ, Air Defence Commander of South Western Air Command and Senior Air Staff Officer of Western Air Command. He has done a two-year instructional tenure with Iraqi Air Force. He is an alumni of Royal College of Defence Studies UK. He has taken over as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Air Command on promotion wef 01 Jan 08.
Air Mshl SK Bhan has been awarded Vayu Sena Medal on 26 Jan 94 and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal on 26 Jan 99.
He is married to Mrs Veena Bhan and they have two daughters. Recreations include golf, trekking and billiards.