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Air Vice Marshal Virender Nath Kalia

Service No 13568 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- --
Date Commissioned 09 Feb 1974 Course 111 Course
Service End Retired on 30 Nov 2010
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
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Notes: 1) Ranks shown are substantive ranks at retirement. 2)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 3)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

23 Dec 1991 - 04 Jan 1994Wg CdrNo.22 SquadronHashimara Commanding Officer
27 Jan 2004 - 01 Jan 2006Air Cmde16 WingHashimara Air Officer Commanding
- AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Intelligence
01 Jul 2006 - 30 Jun 2008AVMDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Chief Instructor (Air)
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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