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Air Vice Marshal Keshva Chander Sharma

Service No 4932 Branch AE(M)
Date of Birth: 31 Dec 1933
Date Commissioned 04 Apr 1955 Course 10 DEO Course
Service End Retired on 31 Dec 1989
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1975Acting Gp Capt : 21 May 1979Gp Capt : 01 Sep 1980Acting Air Cmde : 01 Mar 1983
Air Cmde : 21 Jan 1984AVM : 02 Jun 1986
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
01 Jan 1984 - Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Maint Plans)
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 1
 
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVMKeshva Chander Sharma4932 AEMAward Date 26 Jan 1989Announced 26 Jan 1989
Details :

Air Vice Marshal Keshava Chander Sharma was commissioned in the Technical Branch of Indian Air Force on 4 April 1955. An Honours Graduate in Mechanical Engineering, he passed creditably from the Air Force Technical College and has since held important field and staff appointments both command and Air Headquarters.

He has also undergone the post graduate course in Industrial Engineer and Operational Research at Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and staff course at Defence Services Staff College, Wellington.

In 1972, he was chosen to be on the Directing Staff in the College of Defence Management as Head of Operational Research Department. As Directing Staff, he guided a number of project studies and was acclaimed as an excellent instructor.

In 1980, he took over as Command Engineering Officer at one of operational commands and after a successful tenure of two years, was posted as Deputy Senior Maintenance Staff Officer, Maintenance Command on promotion. In both these appointments, he directed and controlled the technical activities effectively and exhibited his managerial capability and expertise. In 1984, he was posted to Air HQ as Director Maintenance Plans and Inspections. Backed by his knowledge in the field of quantitative management, a number of plans regarding storage and overhaul of aircraft, setting up of Technical Type Training School etc., were finalised.

On promotion to the rank of Air Vice Marshal in 1986, he took over as Director of Engineering and subsequently moved into the post of Assistant Chief of the Air Staff.

He continues to hold the appointment of Assistant Chief of Air Staff and in this assignment, he has displayed a high degree of leadership and astute analytical ability and managerial competence. His contribution in improving the effectiveness of the Soviet fleet and planning and organising the setting up of the overhaul facilities has significantly improved the operational preparedness of the Russian fleet.

Air Vice Marshal Keshava Chander Sharma has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI19890126