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Air Marshal Thazhathupulikunnel Devasia Joseph

Service No & Branch 16964 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 29 Dec 1982 Course: 130 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Jul 2021 Superannuated
Qualifications Held : Instructor Rating: A2
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 29 Dec 1993Wg Cdr : 17 May 1999Gp Capt : 01 Mar 2006Air Cmde : 01 Sep 2009
AVM : 01 Jan 2013Air Marshal : 01 May 2019
Training and Other Courses Attended
61 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 198153 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 02 May 1998
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

22 Oct 1993 - 30 Apr 1997Sqn LdrNo.10 SquadronJodhpur Squadron Pilot
23 Oct 2000 - 15 Oct 2002Wg CdrNo.18 SquadronKalaikunda Commanding Officer
01 Aug 2007 - 25 May 2009Gp CaptFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Commanding Officer
11 Jan 2010 - 23 Aug 2011Air Cmde28 WingHindan (Ghaziabad) Air Officer Commanding
01 Jan 2011 - 31 Dec 2011Air CmdeRoyal College of Defence StudiesLondon, UK Staff Course
- AVM2 Air Defence Control CentreGandhinagar Air Officer Commanding
- 31 Jul 2017AVMEastern Air CommandShillong Air Defence Commander
07 May 2013 - 31 Jul 2021No.18 Squadron Commodore Commandant
01 May 2015 - AVMAdvance HQ, South Western Air CommandPune Air Officer Commanding
07 Aug 2017 - 30 Apr 2019AVMNational Defence CollegeDelhi Senior Directing Staff (Air)
01 May 2019 - 31 Jul 2021Air MarshalTraining CommandBangalore Senior Air Staff Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg CdrThazhathupulikunnel Devasia Joseph16964 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 2003
Details :

Wing Commander Thazhathu Pulikunnel Devasia Joseph (169464) F (P) was commissioned in the Flying Branch on 29 December 1982. He has maintained an excellent flight safety record throughout his career. He has held the appointment of Air Force Examiner in Aircrew Examination Board. He is presently commanding a MiG-27 Squadron.

Wg Cdr Joseph was assigned the onerous task of commanding one of the only two night strike squadrons of the IAF. During the first year of his commanded, the share of nigh flying done by the squadron rose to 37% as against 30-31% prior to that. This was achieved inspite of long duration detachments for Millennium Vayu Shakti 2001 (MVS 2001) during fair weather period, long adverse weather period from Apr to Sep and recommencement flying for the inexperienced pilots in the squadron. Under his able guidance and supervision, eight pilots upgraded their operational status to Advanced Night Strike (ANS) qualified by Feb 2002. Through his active interaction with technical personnel and through meticulous planning, Wg Cdr Joseph was instrumental in raising and sustaining the serviceability of the fighters in the squadron by approx 20% during Sep 2001 to March 2002. As recognition of its continued superior performance over a prolonged period, the Squadron was selected as the only unit from Eastern Air Command to participate in the MVS 2001 in Jan-Feb 2001 and later in Sep 2001. The performance of the Sqn during the build up to MVS 2001 in Jan 2001 was particularly appreciated in writing by South Western Air Command, which was coordinating the show.

The officer, with his multidimensional initiatives and technological orientation, has effected several innovations. Many of these resulted in technical method simplification and quality enhancement. Some examples being, a wheel spinning device and modification for milking FDR data during super-structure engine ground runs. These innovative technical initiatives brought about higher aircraft availability with lesser man hours cost. In all these, he led from the front, setting personal examples of the highest standards, always keeping the interests of the service foremost. Thus, Wg Cdr Joseph has displayed excellent leadership, professionalism, and personal qualities, which have enabled the Sqn and its personal to achieve all the challenging tasks assigned to them with utmost efficiency and competence.

For exceptional devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Wing Commander Thazhathu Pulikunnel Devasia Joseph.

Unit : 18 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 22nd March 2003 - No.43-Pres/2003 dated 26th January 2003
Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptThazhathupulikunnel Devasia Joseph16964 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2010Announced 26 Jan 2010
Details : Group Captain Thazhathupulikunnel Devasia Joseph VM (16964) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a fighter pilot in the flying branch on 29 Dec 1982. He is an experienced pilot with over 3800 hours of accident free flying on various fighter and trainer aircraft. He is an A2 QFI and an alumnus of DSSC. During his 24 years of service, he has held many important appointments at field level and at Air Headquarters, including Commanding Officer of a fighter Squadron and aircrew examiner. He was awarded the Vayu Sena Medal by the President of India on 26 Jan 2003 for his exceptional devotion to duty. He went on to perform with distinction as Chief Operations Officers of a fighter base and be a fellow at the Centre for Air Power Studies. He is a well-regarded expert on Aerospace power. At 413 Air Force Station, he had the dual responsibility of Commanding Officer of the Flying Instructors' School and Chief Operations Officer. Under his command FIS made remarkable progress in terms of improved infrastructure, and enhanced quality of training. He worked tirelessly to create an informal but regimented atmosphere with constant monitoring of trainee QFIs, resulting in their good performance and overall development. This was achieved without any accident, or human error incident. He has been instrumental in the formulation of an immensely beneficial new training pattern at FIS that includes simulator flying. He has focused on attainment of high standards of training with minimum wastage rates. As Chief Operations Officer of the Base, he has ensured a high standard of safety and maintenance of support services for flying. In addition, requirements towards flood-relief operations from time to time in the Chennai region and response to a call for assistance during strike at civil airport were handled in a professional manner. He has also been instrumental in the initial planning of the anticipated Intermediate Jet Trainer induction. He has been the overall coordinator for flying displays at Marina Beach and Mysore during this period, which with his drive and determination were executed in a befitting manner. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Thazhathupulikunnel Devasia Joseph VM.
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Reference : Air Force Day Booklet
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalThazhathupulikunnel Devasia Joseph16964 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2021Announced 26 Jan 2021
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