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Air Commodore Kenneth Allen

Service No 18805 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- --
Date Commissioned 13 Jun 1987 Course 139 Course
Service End No Details
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 13 Jun 1992Acting Wg Cdr : 30 Jul 2004Wg Cdr : 11 May 2004Acting Gp Capt : 30 Dec 2010
Gp Capt : 01 Oct 2010
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg CdrKenneth Allen18805 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 2008
Details :

Wing Commander Kenneth Allen (18805) F (P) was commissioned in the Flying Branch on 13 Jun 87.

He is presently on the posted strength of an operational Mi-17 Unit as the CO since 28 Apr 06. He is a Helicopter Combat Leader instructor who has been involved in formulation and development of helicopter tactics at Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment and has been the Directing Staff of all Helicopter Combat Leader courses conducted till date. He was also a member of the first IAF Contingent for the United Nations mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo as the Flt Cdr of the Mi-25 Sqn.

During his tenure as CO, the unit has seen a marked improvement in operational orientation, maintenance and administration. The notable achievements of the unit have been the first ever casualty evacuation by night using Night Vision Goggles and first troop induction by night into Arunachal hills. Despite constraints of aircraft serviceability, he was instrumental in significant impr- ovement in the unit's operational status, quantum rise in operational role training by almost three times, night effort by two times and Night Vision Goggle training by almost eight times within the initial six months, and 100% categorisation of all unit aircrew within 10 months. All of this was achieved with nil accident and incident (human error). This could not have been possible, but for total involvement, meticulous planning, foresight of a high order and exceptional leadership displayed by Wg Cdr Allen, which ensured quality output from his subordinates.

For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Kenneth Allen.

Unit : 127 HU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 10th November 2008. No. 34-Pres/2008 dated 26th January 2008