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Air Vice Marshal Satvir Singh Dhanda

Service No & Branch 13926 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 15 Feb 1975 Course: 113 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Oct 2012 Superannuated Flying Hours : 3000
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 06 Apr 1992Acting Gp Capt : 09 Jan 1997Gp Capt : 01 May 1997Air Cmde : 12 Jan 2004
AVM : 26 Nov 2007
Training and Other Courses Attended
44 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 1973
Badges Qualified
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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

16 May 1994 - 26 Nov 1995Wg CdrNo.1 SquadronGwalior Commanding Officer
30 Dec 1997 - 04 Feb 2001Gp Capt27 WingBhuj Station Commander
03 Nov 2003 - 01 Jan 2006Air Cmde18 WingPathankot Air Officer Commanding
- AVMSouth Western Air CommandGandhinagar Senior Officer-in-charge Administration
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptSatvir Singh Dhanda13926 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2002Announced 26 Jan 2002
Details :

Group Captain Satvir Singh Dhanda (13926) F (P) was commissioned into the fighter stream of the IAF on 15 Feb 75. Since then, he has flown a variety of fighter aircraft, including the MiG-21M and the Mirage-2000. He is a Fighter Combat Leader (FCL), and a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College (DSSC). He has also undergone an Electronic Warfare Range course in France. He has held many important appointments, has commanded a Mirage 2000 squadron, and Air Force Station Bhuj. Presently, he is posted as the Member of the Nuclear Biological and Chemical warfare in Directorate of Ops (Offensive) at Air HQ (VB).

Gp Capt Dhanda, as the Station Commander of Air Force Station Bhuj motivated his station personnel towards achieving an accident free environment by instituting a good work culture, a clean environment and a self-driven urge to work well. During the devastating earthquake that rocked the Gujarat and Kutch region on 26 January 2001. The Air Force Station itself was badly affected, with heavy loss to life and property. As the Station Commander, Gp Capt Dhanda took stock of the situation, conducting all rescue and relief operations. He relentlessly pursued all rescue and relief activities on a war footing, and ensured that the airbase was quickly made available and capable of receiving aircraft with relief supplies, and for sending out casualties to other bases. These activities were effectively coordinated with the civil agencies, and with the Army. This helped in synergising the relief and rescue operations, which drew praise from all quarters. Due to his untiring efforts, planning and positive attitude in the face of such a devastating natural calamity, the effects were made fairly manageable.

For a high degree of professionalism, positive attitude and distinguished service of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Satvir Singh Dhanda.

Unit : AHQ
Reference : GoI20020126
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