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Air Commodore Achengaden John Chacko

Service No 3833 Branch F(N)
Date of Birth: 26 Apr 1926
Date Commissioned 12 Apr 1950 Course 1 NAV Course
Service End Retired on 30 Apr 1978
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 12 Apr 1955Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1967Acting Gp Capt : 18 May 1970Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1971
Acting Air Cmde : 04 Mar 1974Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1975
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
29 Jan 1973 - 03 Mar 1974Gp Capt2 Air Force Selection BoardMysore President
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 2
  
Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn LdrAchengaden John Chacko3833 GD(N)Award Date 26 Jan 1964Announced 26 Jan 1964
Details :

Squadron Leader Achengaden John Chacko is a qualified Navigation Instructor and was employed on navigational duties with of the Air Forces Training Institution for a period of six years without a break. Though the instructional task is monotonous and arduous he carried out his duty with zeal and determination and achieved outstanding results. In fact, pupils trained by him bear a distinct imprint of his professional skill. His devotion to hard work not only inspired his colleagues but also the trainees.

Squadron Leader Chacko has rendered distinguished service of a high order which is in keeping with the best traditions of the I.A.F.

Unit : 43 Sqn
Reference : GoI19640126No15
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptAchengaden John Chacko3833 F(N)Award Date 26 Jan 1974Announced 26 Jan 1974
Details :

Group Captain Achengaden John Chacko (3833) was commissioned in the Flying (Navigator) Branch of the Indian Air Force in April, I950. He served with distinction in various operational units. From May, 1970 to January, 1973, he was assigned the Command of an operational Wing. He had to build up the Wing from scratch and achieve operational readiness of two Combat and one Technical Squadrons and his Wing Headquarters in AVSM 1974-75 the shortest possible time. This he achieved within a period of six months and all his squadrons attained a very high state of operational efficiency despite working under very hard and trying living conditions. Undaunted by adversity, Group Captain Chacko led his men by sheer dedication to duty and hard work and had the distinction and satisfaction of seeing his Wing rated among the best in the Indian Air Force. His Wing has also carried out successful training of combat personnel from other Wings.

During the 1971 war with Pakistan he was always available round the clock at his complex keeping a personal watch on operational activities and maintained his complex at a very high state of operational readiness throughout.

Group Captain Chacko's untiring zeal, enthusiasm, hard work, leadership and unstinted devotion to duty have been in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Throughout, Group Captain Achengaden John Chacko has rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI19740126