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Air Vice Marshal Shankar Mani

Service No 13596 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 1991Acting Gp Capt : 23 Dec 1996Air Cmde : 01 Aug 2003AVM : 02 Apr 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

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
01 Jan 1990 - 01 Jan 1993Wg Cdr Chief Flying Instructor
01 Sep 1994 - 01 Dec 1995Wg CdrNo.4 SquadronUttarlai Commanding Officer
01 Nov 1999 - 01 Nov 2000Gp CaptACUSWashington DC Senior Fellow
01 Dec 2000 - 01 Jul 2003Gp CaptWestern Air Command Station Commander
01 Jul 2003 - 01 Dec 2004Air CmdeTraining CommandBangalore CFTO
27 Dec 2004 - 31 Mar 2007Air Cmde15 WingBareilly Air Officer Commanding
02 Apr 2007 - 22 Mar 2009AVMNDCDelhi Senior Directiong Staff (Air), NDC
01 Mar 2009 - 30 Nov 2010AVMNFTCBangalore Director LCA (Induction)
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 2
  
Vishist Seva Medal
Wg CdrShankar Mani13596 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1993Announced 26 Jan 1993
Details :

Wg Cdr Shankar Mani is on the posted strength of Air Force Station, Bidar as Chief Flying Instructor on Kiran MK II ac since 17 Sep 90. As a Senior Flying Supervisor, he very closely monitored the performance of his trainees and QFIs to ensure meaningful and productive training without compromise of training standards or Flight Safety. The deep sense of professional pride instilled in the aviators and his exacting standards have resulted in Air Force Station, Bidar winning the Training Command Flight Safety Trophy and also the IAF Flight Safety Trophy for subsonic group for the year 1990-91.

Wg Cdr Mani, despite his senior supervisory duties, took active interest in flying and has flown over 630 hrs. In addition, he undertook the task of conducting trial firing at the newly selected air to ground range site. He with his enthusiasm, professional acumen and excellent management, ensured timely execution of ab-initio training firing. Further, with his vast experience of over five years as an erstwhile member of the Thunder Bolts, he has rendered invaluable guidance and assistance to the newly formed Aerobatic Team on Kiran MK II ac at Bidar.

For his professional competence of a very high order, excellence in management and inspiring leadership, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wg Cdr Shankar Mani.

Unit : 406 AFS Bidar
Reference : GoI19930126
Vayu Sena Medal
Gp CaptShankar Mani13596 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1997
Details :

Group Captain S Mani, VSM was commissioned as a Fighter Pilot on 22 Dec 73. An experienced Qualified Flying Instructor, he has over 3600 hours of accident free flying. He was awarded VSM in Jan 1993 and was appointed Commanding Officer of a MiG 21 Squadron in Sep 94.

He led his team from up front and motivated the Squadron personnel to excel in their duties. He personally led the Squadron in a Fire Power Demonstration at Pokhran, a 6 Aircraft Fly Past for President's Standard Presentation at Jodhpur and all the exercises and numerous detachments to other stations. Inspite of extreme climatic conditions at Uttarlai and the Squadron Maintenance Flight being located at Jodhpur, he not only sustained the tempo of fighter flying training but also enhanced it. The Squadron flew over 6000 sorties amounting to 3750 hours during his tenure, which was far higher than ever flown before. Eight pilots were declared fully operational and many others were trained for both day and night flying so as to enhance the operational status of the Squadron. The Unit was inspected by Directorate of Air Staff Inspection and assessed as high average. Considering that the Squadron had to operate from different bases these achievements are noteworthy.

Gp Capt S Mani showed unique determination, steadfastness, physical and mental endurance and flew over 400 hours while in command of the Sqn.

For exceptional devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Group Captain Shankar Mani.

Unit : 4 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 15th March 1997 - No.19-Pres/97 dated 26th January 1997