|Date of Birth:||20 Jun 1931|
|Date Commissioned||19 Jan 1951||Course||54 Course|
|Service End||Retired on 30 Jun 1987|
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|10 Jun 1963 - 24 Jan 1964||Sqn Ldr||No.109 Helicopter Unit||Chandigarh||Commanding Officer|
|21 Apr 1964 - 16 Jan 1966||Sqn Ldr||No.114 Helicopter Unit||Srinagar||Commanding Officer|
|- 01 Dec 1979||Gp Capt||AFS New Delhi||New Delhi||Station Commander|
|02 Jan 1979 -||Air Cmde||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||Director (Personnel Services)|
|01 Jan 1983 -||Air Cmde||3 Wing||Palam (Delhi)||Air Officer Commanding|
|-||AVM||Jammu & Kashmir||Udhampur||Air Officer Commanding|
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|Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)|
|Sqn Ldr||Arvind Dalaya||4025 GD(P)||Award Date||Announced 01 Jan 1966|
|Details :|| |
Squadron Leader Arvind Dalaya has been commanding a Helicopter Unit operating in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh area since December, 1963. He was given the task of forming a new unit, with only a couple of trained aircrew and technicians. He also had to undertake major commitments in the area, since his was the only Helicopter Unit there. He successfully completed all the commitments assigned to him and also raised the operational standard of the unit.
In June, 1964, he was asked to evacuate casualties among members of Nanda Devi expedition. He personally flew the helicopter and successfully evacuated the casualties.
In June, 1965, when one of the helicopters of his unit had force-landed at a height of 15,000ft. in the Karakoram mountains, he led a team of technicians to the scene of accident and retrieved the damaged helicopter after changing its engine.
During the recent operations against Pakistan in Sialkot sector, he led sorties in the forward areas to bring back our Army battle casualties in spite of enemy aircraft activities in the vicinity. Squadron Leader Arvind Dalaya has set a fine example of leadership and devotion to duty.
|Unit : 114 HU|
|Reference : Gazette of India dated 12th February 1966 - No.14-Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966|
|Ati Vishist Seva Medal|
|Air Cmde||Arvind Dalaya||4025 F(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 1982||Announced 26 Jan 1982|
|Details :|| |
Air Commodore Arvind Dalaya was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in January, 1951. His first posting was to a fighter Squadron where he was assessed as an above average pilot. After this he completed a tenure as a Flying Instructor. Later he had the distinction of commanding three helicopter units and was awarded the Vayu Sena Medal in 1965 for his participation in the Sialkot Sector. He was also assessed as an exceptional helicopter pilot.
Shortly afterwards, he commanded an establishment which was responsible for the receipt assembly and air test of the then latest fighter aircraft being acquired by the Air Force from abroad. All these aircraft were delivered to the earmarked Squadrons on schedule and without a single accident. For his dedicated work, he was commended by the CAS in 1971.
Immediately after this, he was entrusted with a task to carry out trial landings on water in the Chetak helicopter for the first time. He completed these trials single handed, and without sophisticated aids, on the Arabian Sea and evaluated the performance of the helicopter for landing on water. He then trained the entire newly formed helicopter unit in this task in order to enable them to operate at Bombay High.
In 1977, he was given command of a large Air Force Station. In this assignment, due to his total involvement in every aspect of the functioning of the Station, he ensured that the multifarious commitments and functions entrusted to the Station were always accomplished with a high degree of efficiency. It was during this period that the Station was called upon to assist the flood victims of Delhi area. It was because of his untiring effort and inspired leadership that prompt relief measures were undertaken to provide succour and rehabilitation to the affected villagers. His efforts earned the Air Force the praise of the public as well as the press.
In January, 1979, he took over as the Director of Personnel Services at Air Headquarters, an appointment responsible for a varied spectrum of activities ranging from Ceremonials, Publicity, Welfare, Honours and Awards, Bands, Catering, Dress, Disciplinary cases, Appeals, Writ Petitions, Provost, Benevolent Fund, Central Welfare Fund, etc.
Inspite of the heavy pressure of work involved, he always displayed a capacity for sustained and systematic hard work to achieve results.
Air Commodore Arvind Dalaya, VM, has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.
|Reference : GoI19820126|