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Group Captain Sarabinder Singh Atwal

Service No & Branch 22693 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 18 Dec 1993 Course: 152 Course
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Fg Offr : 18 Dec 1994Wg Cdr : 18 Dec 2006Gp Capt : 01 Apr 2014
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp CaptSarabinder Singh Atwal22693 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2014Announced 26 Jan 2014
Details : Group Captain Sarabinder Singh Atwal (22693) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a fighter pilot in the flying branch on 18 Dec 93. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor, Fighter Combat Leader and an Instrument Rating Instructor & Examiner with more than 3200 hours of accident free flying. He is also one of the most experienced pilots on Bison in the Indian Air Force with more than 1400 hours to his credit. He has been awarded with a Commendation by the Chief of Air Staff on 08 Oct 2006 and Air Officer Commanding in Chief Commendation twice. He was the Commanding Officer of 21 Squadron Air Force from 07 Jun 10 to 22 Jul 12. The officer is qualified on MiG-21, Mig-21 Bison and MiG-29 aircraft and flew extensively during Op Safed Sagar. During the induction of MiG-21 Bison in the Indian Air Force, he was instrumental in converting various squadrons to the new aircraft where in he immaculately planned the operations, maintenance and administrative activities which resulted in quick operationalisation of these units. During his tenure as the Flight Commander. 23 Squadron won various trophies in the Western Air Command (WAC) Gunnery Meet. During his command of 21 Squadron, he made valuable additions to the squadron on all fronts. The squadron performed exceedingly well during all command exercises especially during Ex-Gauntlet wherein the squadron flew all assigned missions by day and by night. In 2010, he was specially selected to undertake Medium Altitude Level Release (MALR) trials on the Bison and was the first to drop bombs in this mode. During his tenure, the squadron won various Gunnery meet trophies and he also led the winning S-24 formation in 2012. During Air Force Day 2010 and 2011 he led the Bison formation with perfection. He enforced strict anti-FOD measures in the Squadron. His personal involvement helped in attaining objectives set in a qualitative manner without any incident or accident. His personal involvement and guidance ensured high serviceability of aircraft and ground equipment. Under his command various welfare activities were undertaken in the squadron such as felicitation to wards of Air Warriors and NCs (E) who had excelled in academics or sports. Due to his personal liaison, he was able to ensure that the works services released for the unit were completed on time. As President Mess Committee of the Officers' Mess, his personal supervision resulted in various functions being conducted in a befitting manner. His tenure has as Commanding Officer epitomizes his exceptional leadership and outstanding professional competence. For exceptional devotion to duty. Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty) to Group Captain Sarabinder Singh Atwal.
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Reference : Air Force Day Booklet
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