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Air Vice Marshal Kumarapalayam Ramasubramanyam Natrajan

Service No 4270 Branch AE(M)
Date of Birth: 15 Mar 1930
Date Commissioned 26 Feb 1952 Course 6 DEO Course
Service End Retired on 10 Dec 1984
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 26 Feb 1953Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1972Acting Gp Capt : 23 Aug 1976Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1978
Acting Air Cmde : 10 Jan 1981Air Cmde : 01 Jan 1981Acting AVM : 25 Jun 1984AVM : 01 Apr 1984
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 May 1976 - Gp CaptNo 1 Operational GroupJodhpur Senior Maintenance Staff Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrKumarapalayam Ramasubramanyam Natrajan4270 AE(M)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

Wing Commander Kumarapalayam Ramasubramaniam Natarajan was commissioned in the Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) Branch of the Indian Air Force in February, 1952. He was posted as Senior Technical Staff Officer of Headquarters Eastern Air Command in January, 1970. From February, 1971 he has been functioning as Command Engineering Officer responsible for maintenance of all aircraft and airborne equipments including the provisioning responsibilities associated with it. There was need for streamlining and systematizing the modus operand so that timely action was initiated to ensure that spares were produced in a scientific manner. There was also the need for rationalising the second­line servicing aspects to ensure optimum efficiency. He infused a sense of urgency and understanding of the problem to the various units concerned and his efforts resulted in a high degree of serviceability of aircraft during the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971.

Throughout, Wing Commander Kumarapalayam Ramasubramaniam Natarajan displayed professional skill and devotion to duty.

Unit : EAC
Reference : Gazette of India dated 7th October 1972 - No.108 - Pres/72 dated 23rd September 1972
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Wg CdrKumarapalayam Ramasubramanyam Natrajan4270 AEMAward Date 26 Jan 1979Announced 26 Jan 1979
Details :

Group Captain Kumarapalayam Ramasubramanyam Natarajan was commissioned in 1952. He is a graduate of the Cranfield Institute of Technology and has held, with distinction, a number of important posts at flying stations, Base Repair Depots,

Command and Air Headquarters. In May, 1976, he was posted as the Senior Maintenance Staff Officer 1 (Operational) Group. The general state of serviceability in the Group, and the quality of maintenance management needed distinct improvement. His initial efforts to raise the level of the standard of maintenance in general and maintenance safety in particular led, within two years, to a creditable all round improvement in maintenance. Under his able guidance, a number of units in the Group were able to achieve 100 percent serviceability which is an outstanding achievement in the Air Force. He also brought down considerably the maintenance induced accident rate which he accomplished because of his clear understanding of the rooted ills that caused maintenance errors and lapses.

Group Captain Natarajan has all along displayed deep professional knowledge, an analytical approach to maintenance problems and ability to manage available resources to yield maximum results. He has enthusiastically shouldered every responsibility entrusted to him and has set an example to his colleagues by his dedicated hard work, disregarding his personal comfort. As the Senior Maintenance Staff Officer, he has provided the necessary dynamic leadership and sound professional direction. By his personal participation in all maintenance activities, he has gained the confidence of the units and has inspired them to achieve the highest standards of maintenance safety and discipline. The high serviceability state of aircraft and associated equipment have contributed significantly to the operational preparedness of the Group.

Group Captain Kumarapalayam Ramasubramanyam Natarajan has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI19790126