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Air Vice Marshal Trikandiyur Kollath Venugopal

Service No 13598 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- --
Date Commissioned 09 Feb 1974 Course 111 Course
Service End Retired on 28 Feb 2011
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Jul 1991Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1996Air Cmde : 15 Feb 2003AVM : 01 Mar 2007
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

- Gp CaptFixed Wing Training FacilityYelahanka CI (Flying)
15 May 1997 - Gp CaptNo.44 SquadronAgra CO
01 Oct 2002 - 04 Jan 2004Air Cmde4 WingAgra AOC
03 Jan 2005 - 04 Jan 2007Air Cmde12 WingChandigarh AOC
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp CaptTrikandiyur Kollath Venugopal13598 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 2000
Details :

Group Captain Trikandiyur Kollath Venugopal (13598) Flying (Pilot) was Commissioned on 22 Dec 73, in the Flying Branch of the IAF. He has held the appointments of Flight Commander of two Squadrons, Chief Instructor at Air Force Station Yelahanka and Commanding Officer of a Transport Squadron. He is a graduate of the College of Defence Management.

In Dec 96, during the Aero India Show at Air Force Station Yelahanka, as the Chief Instructor and Co-ordinator of the event, he with his meticulousness, eye for detail and an uncanny ability to optimally utilise the limited human and material resources, worked intensely long hours to make the show a grand success in every sense.

In his present capacity as the Commanding Officer he has taken keen interest in ensuring and achieving an exceptionally high categorisation and Ops Status of the unit. This materialised in an outstandingly successful Battalion Group Drop with exceptional accuracy. He was further instrumental in successfully completing the conversion of six newly posted pilots, two navigators, seven flight signallers and three flight engineers in a record span of seven months against the targeted eighteen months.

On 26 May 1999, when alert was declared, he rose to his full measure. The unit maintained a very high serviceability state throughout the operations. Every single aircraft was launched on time, often at very short notice and at odd hours and every commitment met with the highest professionalism.

When given a window of opportunity during the two transport seminars held in his tenure, he has shown vision, far-sightedness and brilliance in presenting outstanding papers on Transport Tactical Training and Development Establishment, Airborne Assault Operations and Route Transport Operations. These valuable contributions of his did not go unnoticed and were commended at the highest levels and have already seen the light of day.

For exceptional devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Gp Capt TK Venugopal.

Unit : 44 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 1st July 2000 - No.85-Pres/2000 dated 26th January 2000
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeTrikandiyur Kollath Venugopal13598 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2007Announced 26 Jan 2007
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