|Service No & Branch||16208 F(P)|
|Date of Birth: -- --- --||Commissioned: 13 Dec 1980||Course: 126 Course||Entry Mode : NDA|
|Service End:||Retired on 31 Dec 2012|
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|23 Nov 1998 - 22 Oct 2000||Wg Cdr||No.18 Squadron||Kalaikunda||Commanding Officer|
|16 Jun 2008 - 31 Dec 2009||Air Cmde||36 Wing||Makarpura (Vadodara)||Air Officer Commanding|
|09 Jan 2010 - 08 May 2011||Air Cmde||NCC HQ (AP & Telangana)||Secunderabad||Deputy Director General|
|09 May 2011 - 31 Dec 2012||Air Cmde||College of Air Warfare||Secunderabad||Deputy Commandant|
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|Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)|
|Wg Cdr||Ashminder Singh Bahal||16208 F(P)||Award Date||Announced 15 Aug 1999|
|Details :|| |
Wing Commander Ashminder Singh Bahal (16208-K) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of a Fighter Wing as Senior Flight Safety and Inspection Officer since 03 May 1998.
On 31 Aug 98, one fighter aircraft lost control during overshoot and crashed very close to the Control Tower. The aircraft collided with two other stationary aircraft parked on the dispersal and exploded. All the three aircraft were soon engulfed in fire, with flames rising to a height of 5 to 10 meters.
On receipt of the emergency call, Wg Cdr A S Bahal arrived at the scene of accident within a minute and assumed full charge of the crash fire fighting and rescue operations. Braving all odds and with total disregard to his own safety, he directed the fire fighting operations from very close proximity even as aircraft debris was being thrown around with minor explosions. The fire was brought under control within six to seven minutes at a time when the other two aircraft were spilling fuel. The fire and heat were so intense that even the shoes of the officer were charred.
His personal example motivated the crash crew and other airmen who were gathered around to carry out the fighting operations with gusto, despite danger to life. Wg Cdr Bahal motivated the men in fighting the fire keeping with the finest traditions of the Air Force.
For this act of exceptional gallantry, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wg Cdr Ashminder Singh Bahal.
|Unit : 18 Sqn|
|Reference : Gazette of India dated 11th March 2000 - No.27-Pres/2000 dated 15th August 2000|