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Air Marshal Prithvi Singh Brar

Service No 6007 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 24 Jul 1940
Date Commissioned 15 Dec 1960 Course 78 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Jul 2000
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1979Acting Gp Capt : 18 Oct 1982Gp Capt : 01 Nov 1983Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1988
Acting AVM : 01 Mar 1993AVM : 01 Mar 1993Air Marshal : 01 May 1995C-in-C : 01 Apr 1996
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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

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
01 May 1979 - Wg CdrNo.29 SquadronJamnagar Commanding Officer
26 Jun 1981 - 17 Oct 1982Wg CdrNo.20 SquadronHashimara Commanding Officer
12 Jan 1987 - 11 Jan 1989Air Cmde33 WingJamnagar Air Officer Commanding
01 Mar 1989 - 31 Mar 1992Air CmdeFranceParis Air Attache
01 Apr 1992 - 28 Feb 1993Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (ASR)
01 Mar 1993 - 01 Apr 1995AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Int)
01 Apr 1995 - 31 Mar 1996Air MshlSouth Western Air CommandJodhpur Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Apr 1996 - 03 Jan 1999Air MshlEastern Air CommandShillong Air Officer Commanding in Chief
04 Jan 1999 - 31 Jul 2000Air MshlAir Head QuartersDelhi Vice Chief of Air Staff
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 4
    
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrPrithvi Singh Brar6007 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1981
Details :

Wing Commander Prithvi Singh Brar has been in Command of an operational supersonic fighter squadron since May, 1979. He was commissioned in December, 1960 and has since held a number of important appointments.

During his active squadron service, he acquired a fully operational status on jet fighters which included Vampire, Hunter, Gnat and MiG-21. He has to his credit 2000 accident free flying hours on these aircraft. By dint of hard work, he has completed the Pilot Attack Instructor, the Fighter Combat Leader, and the Defence Services Staff College Courses. His performance during Indo-Pak Conflicts, 1965 and 1971 was commendable. He was appointed founder member of Tactics and Development Establishment and served as flying inspector at the Directorate of Air Staff Inspection. During this period he endeavoured for and achieved high standards of combat training. As inspector at Directorate of Air Staff Inspection, he raised the operational readiness and effectiveness of our fighter squadrons through his personal supervision and guidance.

On his return from a tenure abroad, he was put in Command of an operational MiG21 Squadron where he worked hard to build up the combat potential of his Squadron. As a result, his Squadron achieved the distinction of being as the second­best Squadron for Instrument Rating Trophy.

Wing Commander Prithvi Singh Brar thus displayed professional skill, qualities of able leadership and devotion to duty of a high order.

Unit :
Reference : Gazette of India dated 20th March 1982 - No.15- Pres/82 dated 26th January 1981
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptPrithvi Singh Brar6007 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1983Announced 26 Jan 1983
Details :

Group Captain Prithvi Singh Brar, VM, was commissioned in 1960. His entire service has been marked with outstanding professionalism in every field of activity that he has been involved.

During the course of the career, Group Captain Brar was chosen for some highly sophisticated fighters such as Vampire, Hunter, Gnat and MiG­21. He has amassed nearly 2000 hours without any accident on these aircraft. During the course of his career, Group Captain Brar was chosen for some highly responsible and professional appointments like founder member of Tactics and Combat Development Establishment and flying inspector at Directorate of Air Staff Inspection. In discharging his duties as an instructor at Tactics & Combat Development and Training Establishment, he ensured and achieved very high standards of combat training.

In May 1979, immediately on his return from tenure abroad, he was put at the helm of an Operational MiG-21 Squadron. As a Squadron Commander, he applied himself very painstakingly to buildup combat potential of the Squadron. In June 1981, he was specially selected to command a squadron, which was allotted the task of Formation aerobatics and air displays throughout the country during the Golden Jubilee year of the IAF. He was entrusted with the task of selecting pilots, training them and leading the aerobatic team in its practices and for air displays.

Group Captain Brar, because of his devotion and total dedicated involvement achieved what is popularly known as the Thunderbolts. Their flying displays were a demonstration of precision formation flying whilst carrying out spectacular aerobatic manoeuvres.

Group Captain Prithvi Singh Brar has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19830126
Bar to Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdePrithvi Singh Brar6007 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1989Announced 26 Jan 1989
Details :

Air Commodore Prithvi Singh Brar was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in December, 1960. Since then he has held various flying and command appointments.

During his tenure as Air Officer Commanding of a wing in South Western Sector, there have been remarkable all round improvements, not only in the operational capabilities of all fighting elements at the Station, but also in the quality of life enjoyed by base personnel. The Station provided safe and very highly organized operational environment for the squadrons to operate in.

In the training field, with the innovative ideas and improved training programmes, he was able to fully optimize the man-power resources. To overcome the shortage of qualified officers in the newly raised Pechora Squadron of his Station, he organized specialized training of some selected airmen to perform the duties of Guidance Officers of the Combat Flight. This singular experiment of his has not only ensured the operational availability of the combat flights but has also become an example to other Pechora Squadrons. Air Cmde Brar has involved himself in every activity of the Station. His innovative ideas have resulted in remarkable economy of manpower utilization. Welfare measures introduced in educational, cultural and other fields have brought about a motivational change in the Station.

Air Commodore Prithvi Singh Brar AVSM VM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19890126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalPrithvi Singh Brar6007 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1998Announced 26 Jan 1998
Details :

Air Marshal Prithvi Singh Brar AVSM & Bar VM was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in December, 1960. Since then he has held various flying and command appointments. His entire service has been marked with outstanding professionalism in every field of activity that he has been involved with. Throughout his distinguished career, he has always strived to set new standards in professional skill, dedication to duty and personal commitment. For his professional skill and leadership he was awarded Vayu Sena Medal in 1981 and Ati Vishist Seva Medal in 1983. In 1989 he received Bar to AVSM for his dynamic leadership and sustained hard-work in commanding a base in the south western sector.

During his tenure as the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Air Command there has been remarkable all round improvements, not only in the operational capabilities of the various units under EAC, but also in the quality of life enjoyed by all personnel. One of the main tasks of the EAC is to undertake time bound training of budding fighter pilots prior to their induction into the front-line operational squadrons. In spite of manpower and other resource crunch, the pilot training has always been completed on time. Air Marshal Brar's innovative ideas and improved training programmes are the driving force behind this commendable achievement. His personal involvement in each and every aspect of command functions have resulted in many a innovations that have been implemented by other Commands in the IAF,

Air Marshal Prithvi Singh Brar AVSM & Bar VM has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Unit : EAC
Reference : GoI19980126