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Air Vice Marshal Inder Dev Bhalla

Service No 4571 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 08 Jan 1932
Date Commissioned 14 Oct 1953 Course 61 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Jan 1988 / Died on 04 Mar 2018
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 14 Oct 1954Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1971Acting Gp Capt : 23 Aug 1976Acting Air Cmde : 26 Mar 1979
Air Cmde : 19 Nov 1979AVM : 17 Dec 1984
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

28 Dec 1970 - 24 Feb 1974Wg CdrAirHQ Communications SquadronPalam Commanding Officer
01 Jan 1976 - 01 Jan 1977Gp CaptDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Chief Instructor (Air)
01 Jan 1979 - 01 Dec 1980Air CmdeDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Chief Instructor (Air)
01 Dec 1980 - 01 Dec 1983Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Ops, Trans & Ma
17 Dec 1984 - 31 Jul 1986AVMCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad Commandant
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeInder Dev Bhalla4571 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1983Announced 26 Jan 1983
Details :

Air Commodore Inder Dev Bhalla has served the Air Force with distinction for 29 years. He was awarded the Sword of Honour on his commissioning in October, 1953 and had also achieved the highest professional flying qualifications within the next five years. Later he successfully commanded Air HQ Communication Squadron and a flying station with élan and high degree of professionalism. He has flown 7696 accident free hours on the most modern transport aircraft in the Air Force. This includes 1275 hours on instructional duties and 4489 hours on VVIP/VIP flights.

Since December, 1980 as Director of Operations (Transport and Maritime), he has used his rich and diverse professional experience and problem solving ability to effectively utilise the large transport and helicopter fleet for undertaking standing air force tasks as well as in aid to civil authority. He has helped lay down operational training policies in order to improve our operational capabilities. He has inducted two new types of aircraft into the service in a highly competent manner.

Air Commodore Inder Dev Bhalla has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI19830126