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Air Marshal Balakrishnan Suresh

Service No 16206 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- --
Date Commissioned 13 Dec 1980 Course 126 Course
Service End No Details
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 05 May 1997Gp Capt : 01 Jan 2004Air Cmde : 07 Jan 2008AVM : 13 Jun 2011
Air Marshal : 01 Nov 2014
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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

31 Aug 1998 - 01 Oct 2000Wg CdrNo.2 SquadronKalaikunda CO
25 Nov 2002 - Gp CaptTactics and Combat Development EstablishmentGwalior Cmdt
- Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi AA (CAS)
- Air Cmde32 WingJodhpur AOC
- 31 Oct 2014AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi ACAS (Air Defence)
01 Nov 2014 - 31 Jul 2016Air MshlWestern Air CommandDelhi SASO
01 Aug 2016 - Air MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi AOP
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg CdrBalakrishnan Suresh16206 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 2001
Details :

Wing Commander Balakrishnan Suresh (16206) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned on 13 Dec 80 in the flying branch of IAF. An accomplished professional, he has over 2200 hours of fighter flying to his credit. He is a Fighter Strike Leader (FSL) with the distinction of two instructional tenures at the Tactical and Air Combat Development Establishment.

Wg Cdr Suresh was appointed the Commanding Officer of a fighter squadron on 24 Aug 98. On taking over command, he faced the twin challenges of low aircraft availability and low operational status of pilots mainly in the op and strike roles. A thorough analysis of the situation revealed that while improvement of role-qualifications was an operational necessity, resources would be hard to come by. Through a concerted and well-focused training effort, he affected a quantum jump in the status of his squadron. The squadron armament results showed a noticeable improvement under his watchful guidance.

Enhanced operational readiness saw his squadron ready and willing to go whenever called upon. He responded promptly during the mobilisation for Op Safed Sagar and the build-up during the Sri Lankan contingency. His squadron accredited itself in exemplary fashion during the annual joint Navy Air exercise off the Eastern seaboard.

The Commanding Officer had to call upon the very best of his managerial skills in juggling scarce aircraft resources. Through close interaction with his maintenance staff, he ensured maximum support for his operations. Meaningful interaction with Wing and Command staff fetched real time solutions for his operational and maintenance problems. At the same time, his humane approach towards his men and their problems resulted in a large number of meaningful welfare measures being instituted for the overall improvement of his unit. For exceptional devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Balakrishnan Suresh.

Unit : 2 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 26th May 2001 - No.68-Pres/2001 dated 26th January 2001
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptBalakrishnan Suresh16206 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2005Announced 26 Jan 2005
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