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Air Vice Marshal Anil Tiwari

Service No & Branch 17160 F(P) Stream :Helicopters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 28 May 1983 Course: 131 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Jan 2020 Superannuated Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 28 May 1994Wg Cdr : 15 May 2000Gp Capt : 01 Feb 2007Air Cmde : 01 Mar 2010
AVM : 01 Jul 2014
Training and Other Courses Attended
51 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 2011
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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

- Wg CdrCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad Directing Staff
01 Aug 2000 - 04 Aug 2002Wg CdrNo.130 Helicopter UnitJammu Commanding Officer
24 Dec 2007 - 26 Jul 2007Gp Capt29 WingBamrauli (Allahabad) Station Commander
27 Jul 2009 - 03 Jan 2011Air Cmde21 WingLeh Air Officer Commanding
05 May 2014 - 17 Jan 2016AVMCentral Air CommandAllahabad Senior Officer-in-charge Administration
20 Feb 2015 - No.105 Helicopter Unit Commodore Commandant
01 Aug 2018 - 31 Jan 2020AVMDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Chief Instructor (Air)
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg CdrAnil Tiwari17160 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 2003
Details :

Wing Commander Anil Tiwari (17160) F(P) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 28 May 1983 and presently commanding a Helicopter Unit in operational area with effect from 01 Aug 2001.

On 20 Jun 2001 Wg Cdr Tiwari received an SOS message from the Divisional Commissioner that two trucks with ten civilians on board were marooned in middle of Tawi river due to flash floods. Incessant rains in the upper reaches had caused the water level in the river to rise suddenly and submerge half the trucks. The water level was rising continuously and no other surface means to rescue the marooned persons had been possible. The risk of the trucks getting washed away in swift current endangering the lives of the personnel was imminent.

In true traditions of the IAF, Wg Cdr Tiwari took the lead and took charge of the rescue operation. The rescue helicopter got airborne and promptly reached the spot to carry out aerial recce. Analyzing the gravity of the situation and seeing the men huddled over top of the truck, he decided to winch up the marooned. Taking care of the heavy down wash of the helicopter did not disturb the truck or the personnel huddled on top, the helicopter was brought to a high hover the truck cabin. Continuous light drizzle, overcast skies and non-availability of visual clues over the fast flowing river made steady hover a professional challenge. Displaying steady composure and high professional skill, Wg Cdr Tiwari maintained steady hover and lowered the Flight Gunner on to the truck cabin and with precision and composure, one by one, all the ten men were winched up. Finally the Flight Gunner was winched up to accomplish a rescue mission which required continuous winching for about an hour. This operation received wide publicity and kept the flag of the IAF flying high.

For this display of courage, perseverance and professional skill, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Anil Tiwari.

Unit : 130 HU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 22nd March 2003 - No.43-Pres/2003 dated 26th January 2003
Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeAnil Tiwari17160 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2012Announced 26 Jan 2012
Details : Air Commodore Anil Tiwari, VM (17160) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a Helicopter Pilot on 28 May 83. During 28 years of his distinguished service, he has held several important command and staff appointments. He was entrusted to raise and command the first Mi-17 IV Helicopter unit at one of the front line bases of the IAF with responsibility of Air Maintaining the Siachen Glacier. He was Contingent Commander of UN Mission in Sudan. His contingent was the first Indian contingent to be awarded UNMIS unit citation. He has also commanded AF Stn Bamrauli, Allahabad. He is a staff college graduate and has undergone the Higher Air Command Course . He has been Directing Staff (Cl Transport & Helicopter) at College of Air Warfare. He is a Type Qualified Flying Instructor and has 5800 hrs of flying all over India & abroad to his credit. He was awarded Vayu Sena Medal in 2003 for winching out stranded persons from truck tops in a river. The officer took over as Air Officer Commanding of Air Force Station Leh on 27 Jul 09. The station is the highest operational base in the world and a lifeline of Ladakh sector. Under his command Nyoma ALG (a strategic base in East Ladakh) was made operational and future development plans were formulated, Kargil Air to Ground Range was made operational for live firing after a long layoff. His personal involvement ensured smooth high altitude trials of MMRCA, Heavy Lift Helicopters, Attack Helicopters and Strategic Lift Transport Aircraft and the station was highly appreciated by all. Under his command Air Force Station Leh was awarded 'Pride of WAC', for the first time, in Dec 09, and 'Best Helicopter /Transport Base' of WAC in Nov 10. On the night of 05 Aug 10, Leh area was devastated by massive flash floods. The area was totally cut off from the whole world and the runway also came under water & mud. Analysing the gravity of the situation and the importance of the runway, the full station was activated and the runway was cleared in record time. For the next fortnight IL-76 / AN-32 / Civil Airlines continued the work of getting-in supplies and taking out injured and stranded passengers throughout the day. Simultaneously, helicopters were pressed into service for relief and rescue work. Besides aerial dropping of relief material they also rescued 112 foreign tourists from heights of 14,000 ft. Air Cmde Anil Tiwari led from the front and not only saw that all operations continued smoothly but also flew to evacuate the foreigners. This earned the country lot of gratitude from different foreign countries. Air Force and air warriors of Leh were congratulated by President, Prime Minister, Defence Minister and other dignitaries who came to see the relief work, for their tireless and dedicated work. For his exemplary vision, professional competence and distinguished service of high order, and leading his station at a time of great national calamity, Hon'ble President is pleased to award , Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Cmde Anil Tiwari, VM.
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Reference : Air Force Day Booklet
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