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Air Marshal Sadanand Kulkarni

Service No 5292 Branch F(N)
Date of Birth: 02 Jan 1937
Date Commissioned 23 Mar 1957 Course 12 NAV Course
Service End Retired on 31 Jan 1995
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 23 Mar 1962Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1978Acting Gp Capt : 14 Apr 1979Gp Capt : 29 Jul 1980
Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1985AVM : 03 Jul 1989Air Marshal : 19 May 1992
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Sqn Ldr
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

15 Dec 1983 - 22 Sep 1984Gp CaptAFS BegumpetSecunderabad Station Commander
12 Sep 1988 - 28 Feb 1989Air CmdeAFS TambaramChennai Air Officer Commanding
01 Mar 1989 - 07 Apr 1991AVMCollege of Defence ManagementSecunderabad Commandant
08 Apr 1991 - 31 May 1992AVMWestern Air CommandDelhi Senior Officer-in-charge Administration
01 Jun 1992 - 31 Jan 1995Air MshlNational Defence CollegeDelhi Commandant
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn LdrSadanand Kulkarni5292 GD(N)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1969
Details :

Squadron Leader Sadanand Kulkarni during his eleven years of service as a Navigator has flown 3,150 hours: out of which 1,320 hours are as an instructor. He holds transport category 'A' and Q.N.I. category A-1. In his Instructional tenure of four years, he has displayed instructional skill and flying standard of the highest order. He has had the distinction of passing out his pupils as best navigators in air work in three consecutive courses. As a navigator in M. R. Squadron, he flew 1,125 hours on Liberator aircraft and was responsible for training a large number ops U/T navigators into skilful and operationally sound maritime navigators, radar operators and bomb aimers.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Sadanand Kulkarni displayed professional skill and devotion to duty in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Unit : 6 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 12th April 1969 : No.18 - Pres/69 dated 26th January 1969
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalSadanand Kulkarni5292 F(N)Award Date 26 Jan 1995Announced 26 Jan 1995
Details :

Air Marshal Sadanand Kulkarni was commissioned as a Navigator on 23 March 1957. In his long career spanning more than 37 years he has held varied field and staff appointments. He holds A-1 Navigation Instructor category, and has served as Air Force Examiner for three years. For outstanding professional skill he was awarded Vayu Sena Medal in 1969. An alumni of Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Defence Institute of Work Studies, College of Defence Management (CDM), Naval Post Graduate School, California, USA and National Defence College (NDC), the Air Officer has served with distinction as Directing Staff at DSSC for two years and at CDM for five years. He also held the appointment of Director Systems Evaluation at Air HQ. He was later appointed Air Officer Commanding Air Force Station Tambram, the premier Training Institution of the IAF.

As Commandant of CDM, the Air Officer put his vast academic and teaching experience to full use. He restructured the main course and initiated a number of short duration courses to suit the Services requirement. On promotion to Air Vice Marshal, he was appointed Senior Officer Administration of the Western Air Command. Due to his personal example, tremendous capacity for sustained hard work and methodical approach he established harmonious and effective management of man power and resources which had a direct bearing on the output of operational units.

On promotion to Air Marshal, he was selected for the appointment of Commandant of National Defence College, the most prestigious defence institute of our country which he is holding till date. The Air Officer, with his knowledge and experience has restructured the syllabus, modernised the training aids and support facilities and incorporated a modern library retrieval system.

Air Marshal Sadanand Kulkarni, VM has thus rendered distinguished service of most exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI19950126