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Air Marshal Brijpal Singh Sikand

Service No 3947 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 27 Oct 1928
Date Commissioned 14 Oct 1950 Course 53 Course
Service End Retired on 26 Oct 1986
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 24 Dec 1951Sqn Ldr : 24 Dec 1961Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1967Acting Gp Capt : 01 Jun 1972
Acting Air Cmde : 15 May 1976Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1977Acting AVM : 06 Apr 1981AVM : 06 Apr 1981
Air Marshal : 27 Nov 1984
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Notes: 1) Ranks shown are substantive ranks at retirement. 2)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 3)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

17 Aug 1961 - 01 Apr 1964Sqn LdrNo.10 SquadronPalam Commanding Officer
29 Dec 1969 - 24 May 1972Wg CdrNo.22 SquadronKalaikunda Commanding Officer
21 Feb 1976 - 14 May 1976Gp Capt28 WingHindon (Ghaziabad) Station Commander
15 May 1976 - 16 Jan 1981Air Cmde28 WingHindon (Ghaziabad) Air Officer Commanding
- AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Flight Safety & Inspection
06 Apr 1981 - AVMJammu & KashmirUdhampur Air Officer Commanding
27 Nov 1984 - 26 Oct 1986Air MshlWestern Air CommandDelhi Senior Air Staff Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeBrijpal Singh Sikand3947 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1978Announced 26 Jan 1978
Details :

Air Commodore Brijpal Singh Sikand assumed command of a fighter Wing of the Air Force in February, 1976. Since then he has devoted himself towards improving the operational and the administrative potential of his station. He observed that children of all ranks were facing hardship in getting admission and commuting to schools in the nearby townships. He solved this problem by setting up an Air Force School at the Wing in record time, where today 800 children are studying. As a welfare measure, he founded another school at his station where children of poor parents are provided totally free education including books, uniforms and free mid-day meals. In November, 1976, his station was entrusted with the task of organising a President's Colour Presentation Ceremony to three Air Force Squadrons. For this parade, the station had to absorb an additional 1000 men and 100 officers. He personally supervised each and every detail of this prestigious parade which was most impressive and flawlessly conducted. In the field of operations, he introduced night flying at his base and enabled the Squadrons located at the Wing to enhance their operational status. During 1976, his Squadrons flew a total of 4500 hours with only one accident. He also set up the Ground Examining Board and Mobile Conversion Flight for aircraft at his base without any additional assistance whatsoever. This station was also entrusted with a task of carrying out retromod on all aircraft on a type in Western Air Command. It was due to his great organisational ability and his professional direction that this task was accomplished in record time without a single mishap. He has been on field appointments for the last nine years and during this period, he has commanded two Stations, one Squadron and one Tactical Air Centre. He is an active and able fighter pilot.

Air Commodore Brijpal Singh Sikand has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19780126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalBrijpal Singh Sikand3947 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1987Announced 26 Jan 1987
Details :

Air Marshal Brijpal Singh Sikand was commissioned in the IAF on 15 October 1950. He has held a number of field appointments including command of a fighter Squadron, Tactical Air Centre and two operational Air Bases with distinction. On promotion to the rank of AVM in January, 1981, he was appointed as Air Officer Commanding, Jammu & Kashmir. During his tenure as Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Flight Safety & Inspection, at Air HQ, he initiated policies which resulted in a decrease in the accident rate of the Air Force and ensured a safe flying environment. Later, on promotion to the rank of Air Marshal in November 1984, he was posted as Senior Air Staff Officer, (later re-designated as Chief of Staff) of a major Operational Command.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19870126

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
03 Sep 1965GnatIE-1083Sqn Ldr Brij Pal Singh Sikand
23Forcelanded at Pasrur. Aircraft retained by Pak