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Air Commodore Naseem Akhtar

Service No 14279 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- --
Date Commissioned 23 Jan 1976 Course 115 Course
Service End Retired on 28 Feb 2011
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 21 Sep 1992Acting Gp Capt : 12 Jan 1998Gp Capt : 12 Jan 1998Acting Air Cmde : 01 Mar 2006
Air Cmde : 19 Sep 2005
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
20 Dec 1990 - 30 Jun 1991Sqn LdrOscar Sqn, National Defence AcademyKhadakvasla Squadron Commander
22 Sep 1997 - 06 Jul 1998Gp CaptNo.35 SquadronBareilly Commanding Officer
16 Jul 1998 - 31 Mar 2001Gp Capt503 Signal UnitArjangarh Station Commander
02 Apr 2007 - 30 Apr 2009Air CmdeAFS HakimpetHakimpet Air Officer Commanding
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 2
  
Shaurya Chakra
Flt LtNaseem Akhtar14279 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1986Announced 26 Jan 1987
Details :

On 27th January, 1986 Flight Lieutenant Naseem Akhtar was detailed for an instructional story with a foreign trainee at a flying training base. Shortly after take off, while leaving circuit at 1300' above ground level, he experienced severe engine vibration. He took the correct action of throttling back the engine but in this process the engine flamed out. He then tried a hot re-light, while easing up, which provided to be of no avail. He promptly asked his pupil to eject keeping in view the low height. The pupil was hesitant and did not respond to instructions. At this stage Flight Lieutenant Naseem Akhtar would have been fully justified in ejecting himself, since any further delay would have jeopardized his own safety, in view of the low height. Completely disregarding the immediate danger to his own life he decided not to abandon his pupil into the hands of fate. He quickly went over the relight drill and the engine relit seconds before the impact with the ground. Opening full power he commenced a climb back towards base. However, shortly thereafter the engine flamed out again. Flt Lt Akhtar himself jettisoned the canopy and asked his pupil to eject. Not being sure of the pupil's reaction, he simultaneously attempted relight. This time, however the pupil ejected, but, even as he did so, the engine once again picked up, though at a very low height. He coolly assessed the situation and in spite of the high noise level in cock pit due to a jettisoned canopy and the unreliable engine, he landed the aircraft immediately and safely.

Flight Lieutenant Naseem Akhtar, at great peril to his own life, faced a totally unforeseen situation coolly and lived up to the loftiest ideals of human conflict. He not only saved the valuable life of his people but also brought back the aircraft safely.

Unit : MOFTU
Reference : Notification No. 35-Pres/87 dated 26th January, 1987 published in Part 1, Section 1, Gazette of India dated 11th April, 1987.
Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeNaseem Akhtar14279 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2009Announced 26 Jan 2009
Details : Air Commodore Naseem Akhtar, SC (14279) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned on 23 Jan 1976 in the Flying Branch of the IAF In a career spanning over 32 years, the officer has held several important command and staff appointments that include Chief Flying Instructor at a Flying Training Establishment, Chief Operations Officer of a frontline Fighter Base, Commanding Officer of a Fighter Squadron and Station Commander of an Air Defence base providing Air Defence cover to the National capital and area around. The officer was also on deputation abroad as the Team Leader of a strategic and prestigious project of international importance in Tajikistan, besides serving as the Deputy Assistant Chief in the Defence Intelligence Agency. For his act of gallantry in flying, he was awarded the Shaurya Chakra by the President of India in 1987. Air Cmde Akhtar was appointed the Air Officer Commanding of Air Force Station, Hakimpet on 02 Apr 2007. Immediately on taking over, he was nominated as the Chairman of the Parachuting Event, a part of the Military World Games, which was to be held at Air Force Station Hakimpet from 14 to 21 Oct 2007. He studied the scope of the task and comprehended the requirements exceptionally well. He conceived and meticulously planned a host of activities, which would form the basis of creation of the necessary infrastructure for the Mega event being held in India for the first time. Using the tenets of financial propriety, he ensured judicious expenditure of Public and Non-Public funds to the tune of Rs 1.84 crores towards the preparations and the conduct in a flawless manner. Despite the constraints of a busy flying station, he enthusiastically rallied all the available, albeit meagre resources, and synergised them for an extremely effective output. The professionalism and the qualitative fervour with which this grand event was conducted was not only appreciated but also commented upon as unprecedented in the history of the Military World Games by the officials. The same was highlighted in the media and by other visiting dignitaries as well. The task, in all its splendor, was achieved within the station resources and without any additional manpower or other resources. With his leadership, foresight, accurate planning and drive, Air Cmde Akhtar was able to provide the necessary direction to the personnel of his Station, who rose to the occasion in achieving the daunting and challenging task of conducting such an event of international significance in an exemplary fashion, thus providing a boost to the image of the service and the country. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Naseem Akhtar SC.
Unit : AFS Hakimpet
Reference : Air Force Day Booklet
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