|Date of Birth:||-- --- --|
|Date Commissioned||19 Dec 1959||Course||76 Course|
|Service End||Retired on 30 Apr 1997|
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|01 Jun 1977 - 01 May 1979||Wg Cdr||No.4 Squadron||Bareilly/ Hashimara||Commanding Officer|
|01 May 1979 - 01 Jun 1979||Wg Cdr||16 Wing||Hashimara||SFSO|
|01 Jun 1979 - 01 Jun 1981||Wg Cdr||Iraq||Ticrit||Instructor|
|01 Jul 1981 - 01 Jun 1983||Gp Capt||4 Forward Base Support Unit||Jaisalmer||Station Commander|
|01 Jul 1983 - 01 Feb 1986||Gp Capt||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||Direction (Aircraft Induc|
|01 Feb 1986 - 01 Aug 1986||Gp Capt||Defence Services Staff College||Wellington||Instructor|
|01 Aug 1986 - 01 Sep 1987||Air Cmde||Central Air Command||Allahabad||Air-I|
|01 Sep 1987 - 01 Feb 1989||Air Cmde||Vorshilov Military Academ||Moscow||Staff Course|
|01 Feb 1989 - 01 Jun 1990||Air Cmde||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||Director (Plans)|
|27 Jun 1990 - 21 Nov 1991||Air Cmde||40 Wing||Maharajpur (Gwalior)||Air Officer Commanding|
|01 Nov 1991 - 18 Jun 1993||AVM||Maritime Air Operations||Bombay||Air Officer Commanding|
|01 May 1993 - 01 Jun 1994||AVM||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Flight Safety & Inspection|
|01 Jun 1994 - 01 Apr 1995||Air Marshal||South Western Air Command||Jodhpur||Senior Air Staff Officer|
|01 May 1995 - 30 Apr 1997||Air Marshal||Southern Air Command||Trivandrum||Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief|
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|Ati Vishist Seva Medal|
|Gp Capt||Bharat Kumar||5787 F(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 1984||Announced 26 Jan 1984|
|Details :|| |
Group Captain Bharat Kumar (5787) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Flying Branch in December, 1959. Since then he has had a long tenure of 20 years on active flying duties. During this period he flew a variety of operational aircraft and held diverse supervisory and command appointments. He successfully completed the Fighter Combat Leader Course in 1975. Later, he commanded a Type 77 Squadron with distinction.
In August 81, Group Captain Bharat Kumar was posted as Base Commander at one of FBSUs (the Forward Base Support Unit). This Base serves as Armament Practice Camp and affords support services to visiting detachments akin to those provided at a fullfledged Wing. Group Captain Bharat Kumar marshaled and utilized the comparatively maegre resources at his command so that all detachments were able to complete their assigned tasks. During 1981-82 the Base was active on 240 days. Throughout, there was not even one occasion when flying operations were held up due to lack of admin, maintenance or operational support. Besides this, the operational preparedness of the Base to undertake operations during hostilities was also maintained at a high pitch.
In the field of administration, the performance of Group Captain Bharat Kumar has been commendable. The FBSU in a desert terrain where weather is hostile and living conditions are tough. He brought about remarkable improvements in provision of amenities for the personnel of Station and ensured that morale of personnel was very high at all times. In financial management, the performance of the Base has been noteworthy and the number of outstanding audit objections have been brought to nearly zero. Under his able leadership, nonÃ‚Âpublic funds have shown a healthy growth.
The responsibility of providing admin support as well for overseeing the conduct of various trials at Pokhran Range has been entrusted to the Officer Commanding of the FBSU. A large number of service and civilian dignitaries including foreigners visit Pokhran Range to witness the trials. Group Captain Bharat Kumar marshaled his meager resources and ensured an exemplary support and proper conduct of these trials. His meticulous planning and foresight was especially evident during SARI-V trials conducted in November, 1982 and trials to assess the efficacy of Runway Rehabilitation Scheme in January, 1983.
Group Captain Bharat Kumar has brought about tangible and remarkably effective all round improvement in dayÃ‚ÂtoÃ‚Âday working conditions and in overall operational preparedness of the Base. By his laudable initiative, outstanding devotion to service, resourcefulness, motivation and qualities of leadership, Group Captain Bharat Kumar has rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.
|Reference : GoI19840126|
|Param Vishist Seva Medal|
|Air Marshal||Bharat Kumar||5787 F(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 1997||Announced 26 Jan 1997|
|Details :|| |
Air Marshal Bharat Kumar, AVSM was commissioned as Fighter Pilot on 19 Dec 59. He is a Fighter Combat Leader and has flown practically all-fighter aircraft presently on the inventory of the IAF including Mirage 2000 and MiG-29. He actively participated in IndoPak conflicts of 1965 and 1971. The Air Officer has commanded with distinction a premier fighter squadron and two operational fighter bases including Air Force Station Gwalior, where Mirage 2000 aircraft are based. He was awarded AVSM in 1984. A graduate of Defence Services Staff College, the Air Officer is one of the very few Indian officers who have undergone General Staff Course at Vorshilov General Staff Academy, Moscow. He has held many staff assignments both at Command and Air HQ and in these appointments, his performance has been creditable. The more noteworthy of these appointments have been as Director Plans and Director Operations (Aircraft Induction) at Air Headquarters, during which most of the modern aircraft in the inventory of the IAF were smoothly inducted into the IAF. On promotion to the rank of Air Mshl, he successfully held the appointment of Senior Air Staff Officer of South Western Air Command wherein he provided fresh impetus to the operational plans, their modes of implementation and training for the same. The Air Officer presently holds the appointment of Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Southern Air Command. In this appointment he brings to bear his vast operational and staff experience in enhancing the capabilities of operational preparedness of this Command.
Air Marshal Bharat Kumar, AVSM has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.
|Reference : GoI19970126|