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Group Captain Arun Kumar Dharamdas Sonpar

Service No & Branch 13398 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- -- Commissioned: 02 Jun 1973 Course: 110 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Dec 2002
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Jul 1991Acting Gp Capt : 29 Mar 1996Gp Capt : 01 Sep 1996
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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

01 Dec 1990 - 01 Oct 1992Wg CdrNo.118 Helicopter UnitGuwahati Commanding Officer
09 Oct 1995 - 02 Nov 1997Gp Capt4 Tactical Air CenterNagrota Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrArun Kumar Dharamdas Sonpar13398 F(P)Award Date 11 Oct 1987Announced 14 Apr 1988
Details : Squadron Leader Arun Dharam Das Sonpar is posted to a helicopter unit. He was detailed as co-pilot with Fg Offr V Prakash on special Heliborne Operation on the night of 11/12 Oct 87. He was made responsible for successfully landing the troops for three missions at a helipad under heavy fire. The helicopter received heavy damage. Sqn Ldr Sonpar gave valuable support to his Captain and thereby ensured that the helicopter was flown back to base successfully.

For his exceptional dedication to duty and professional competence of a higher order, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Sqn Ldr Sonpar.

Unit : 107 HU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 13th August 1988 - No.78-Pres/88 dated 15th April 1988
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