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Air Vice Marshal Virender Nath Kalia

Service No & Branch 13568 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 09 Feb 1974 Course: 111 Course Entry Mode : NDA
Service End: Retired on 30 Nov 2010 Superannuated Nick Name : Shistru
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Jul 1991Gp Capt : 01 Sep 1996Acting Air Cmde : 27 Jan 2004Air Cmde : 13 Jan 2003
AVM : 01 Feb 2007
Training and Other Courses Attended
42 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 197221 FCL (Flt Lt) - 01 Jun 198243 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 07 May 1988
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
30 Dec 1980 - 30 Sep 1982Flt LtNo.10 SquadronJodhpur Squadron Pilot
01 Oct 1982 - Flt LtNo.221 SquadronHalwara Squadron Pilot
23 Dec 1991 - 04 Jan 1994Wg CdrNo.22 SquadronHashimara Commanding Officer
- 01 Dec 1999Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi JDPO
01 Jun 1995 - Gp Capt9 WingHalwara Chief Operations Officer
27 Jan 2004 - 01 Jan 2006Air Cmde16 WingHashimara Air Officer Commanding
18 Sep 2005 - No.22 Squadron Commodore Commandant
01 Jul 2006 - 30 Jun 2008AVMDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Chief Instructor (Air)
01 Jul 2008 - AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Intelligence
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 1
 
Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptVirender Nath Kalia13568 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2000Announced 26 Jan 2000
Details :

Group Captain Virender Nath Kalia (13568) F (P) was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the Flying Branch on 22 Dec 73. He has been on the posted strength of Air HQ since April 98.

He has over 3000 hrs of accident free fighter flying. He has commanded a fighter Squadron. During his command this Squadron was awarded the runners-up trophy for the best fighter Squadron in the Command. He was earlier commended by the CAS in 1990 while he as the Flight Commander of a fighter Squadron.

In May 99 when Op Safed Sager was launched, Gp Capt Kalia who was Joint Director Personnel Officer (JDPO) was made responsible for ensuring smooth induction of officers for augmentation in the Op Units. This involved meticulous planning and close interaction with other branches at Air Headquarters. He cheerfully worked long hours and made effective use of computer media to provide details of augmentation plan to the concerned commands. This ensured that all Op commitments of manpower were met in time with no slip up whatsoever. During his tenure as JDPO he was also given the task of reviewing personnel policies concerning officers. Using his professional knowledge and experience, he was able to effectively undertake and complete all tasks assigned to him.

Gp Capt Kalia has an excellent track record in the 26 years spent in the Indian Air Force. He is a dedicated and devoted officer who has always placed Service before self. His devotion to duty and hard work has been a source of inspiration to his juniors and has always been appreciated by the superiors.

For excellent dedicated hard work and devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Virender Nath Kalia.

Unit : AHQ
Reference : GoI20000126
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