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Air Commodore George Thomas

Service No 20118 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- --
Date Commissioned 14 Jun 1989 Course 143 Course
Service End No Details
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Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 14 Jun 1994Wg Cdr : 16 Dec 2004Gp Capt : 21 Jan 2011
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 1
 
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg CdrGeorge Thomas20118 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2010Announced 26 Jan 2010
Details : Wing Commander George Thomas (20118) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a fighter Pilot in the Flying branch on 14 Jun 1989. He was on the posted strength of a SU- 30MKI Squadron as the Commanding Officer from 09 Oct 2006 to 03 Nov 2008 till posted out to ADA, Banguluru. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor and a Test Pilot, and a graduate of the Joint Services Command and Staff College of the UK. Wing Commander Thomas faced several challenges soon after assuming command of the unit. The SU 30MKI Phase 1 ac on the unit strength were due for upgrade, and as a result serviceability was poor. Also, virtually all the aircrew supervisors were posted out within a short time, leaving a supervisory shortfall. With careful planning and meticulous execution, Wing Commander Thomas applied himself to the task at hand, and put into place a long term plan to build up both the ac availability and operational status of the Sqn. Due to runway repairs at base, the sqn was required to undertake a long detachment for nine months. Despite operating in an austere environment, the squadron participated in a record number of exercises and trials at the dett location. His foresight, attention to detail, and personal example were instrumental in ensuring that the unit induction, de-induction and operations at dett location were carried out in a flawless manner. The squadron was designated as the participating unit for Ex-Red Flag at Nellis, USA from Jul- Sep 08. This was the first ever participation by the IAF in Ex Red Flag, the first time a unit would be operating in an international exercise day and night and in two simultaneous roles, and the longest and largest ever overseas deployment by the SU 30MKl. Wing Commander Thomas showed exceptional understanding of the requirements, and closely channelised the planning and work up requirements to meet the IAF objectives. Considering the pathbreaking nature of the exercise, he needed to display extreme levels of initiative and insight to coordinate the planning aspects of operations, maintenance and administration to ensure that the aircrew and groundcrew are prepared in the best possible manner for the exercise. The sqn flew over 800 accident! incident free hours abroad in a span of two months and won accolades for outstanding performance in what was a very intensive exercise. The deployment and de-induction over a trail distance of close to 40,000 kilometers was flawless and showcased the IAF's global reach in the best possible manner. Wg Cdr Thomas has tirelessly continued to focus on enhancing the operational status of his unit while maintaining a blemish free safety record. In his two years in command he has led from the front and has flown over 550 hours. Throughout his tenure he has maintained morale of the unit at a very high level by inspiring leadership and personal example. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander George Thomas.
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Reference : Air Force Day Booklet