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Air Marshal Vinod Kumar Verma

Service No & Branch 6528 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 26 May 1962 Course: 81 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Apr 2002 Superannuated Nick Name : Frisky
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 26 May 1963Flt Lt : 26 May 1967Wg Cdr : 29 Jul 1980Gp Capt : 28 Mar 1985
Air Cmde : 08 Feb 1989Acting AVM : 06 Mar 1995AVM : 21 Mar 1994Air Marshal : 11 Apr 1996
C-in-C : 01 Aug 2000
Training and Other Courses Attended
3 AFC (USAF) (Fg Offr) - 01 Sep 196431 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1991
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Notes:1)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 2)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

31 Aug 1977 - 17 Mar 1980Wg CdrNo.7 SquadronChandigarh Commanding Officer
04 Jul 1984 - 03 Jan 1986Gp CaptTactics and Combat Development EstablishmentJamnagar Commandant
15 Oct 1987 - 22 Jan 1989Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Offensive Operations
23 Jan 1989 - 11 Jan 1991Air Cmde9 WingHalwara Air Officer Commanding
27 Apr 1992 - 05 Mar 1995Air CmdeHigh Commission of India, United KingdomLondon Air Advisor
06 Mar 1995 - 26 Feb 1996AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Personnel Officers
01 Jan 1996 - 10 Apr 1996AVMPSO: Personnel, Air HQDelhi Air Officer-in-Charge Personnel
11 Apr 1996 - 30 Sep 1999Air MarshalPSO: Personnel, Air HQDelhi Air Officer-in-Charge Personnel
01 Oct 1999 - 31 Jul 2000Air MarshalCentral Air CommandAllahabad Senior Air Staff Officer
06 Jun 2000 - 30 Apr 2002Tactics and Combat Development Establishment Commodore Commandant
01 Aug 2000 - 30 Apr 2002Air MarshalCentral Air CommandAllahabad Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt LtVinod Kumar Verma6528 GD(P)Award Date 10 Sep 1965Announced 26 Jan 1966
Details :

On 10th September, 1965, a formation of Mystere aircraft took off for an operational mission on the western border. When the formation reached the target area, a larger number of enemy tanks were spotted and intensive anti-aircraft fire was encountered. Despite a concentrated barrage and against heavy odds, attacks were carried out. No. 1's aircraft was severely hit during an attack and Nos. 1 and 2 returned to base. Nos. 3 and 4 went in for a second attack.

Although his aircraft was hit, Flight Lieutenant Verma continued the attack, along with No.3. The emergency and auxillary Servo system of Flight Lieutenant Verma's aircraft were damaged and both system pressure dropped to zero. He brought the damaged aircraft back to base with the main system pressure dropping even this went to zero just before touch down. Flight Lieutenant Vinod Kumar Verma showed courage, determination and professional skill of a high order.

Unit : 1 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 12th February 1966 - No.14-Pres/66 dated 1st January 1966
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeVinod Kumar Verma6528 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1989Announced 26 Jan 1989
Details :

Air Commodore Vinod Kumar Verma was commissioned in the Air Force in May 1962. An outstanding fighter pilot, he was specially selected to lead the Air Force team undergoing the Advanced Fighter Weapons Course in the USA. His exemplary performance made him a natural choice to be one of the founder members of Tactical Air Combat Development Establishment. During Indo-Pak War in 1965, he brought back a badly crippled aircraft with total disregard to personal safety. For this, he was awarded 'Vayu Sena Medal'.

On assuming command of a fighter squadron, it was his efforts which resulted in the Squadron getting the best Operational Squadron award for two years in succession. After a deputation in Iraq, he took over command of Tactical Air Combat Development Establishment. It was here that he excelled in developing and disseminating fighter tactics countering state of the art air/ground threat scenarios. These tactics are currently in vogue in our fighter squadrons.

During his present appointment in the key Directorate of Operations (Offensive), initially as the Joint Director and currently as the Director, he has been actively associated with all aspects of the formulation and execution of Op Plans and other allied matters. He has been instrumental in conceiving, planning and coordinating major Air Force exercise that was conducted flawlessly for the very first time in the country, covering all gamut of air operations.

Air Commodore Vinod Kumar Verma, VM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19890126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalVinod Kumar Verma6528 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1999Announced 26 Jan 1999
Details :

Air Marshal Vinod Kumar Verma AVSM VM was commissioned in Indian Air Force as a Fighter Pilot on 26 May 1962. In 36 years of his distinguished service career he has had the distinction of Commanding a premier Fighter Squadron and subsequently an Operational Fighter Base. He has flown various types of front line fighter aircraft, which include Jaguar, MiG-29 and Mirage-2000. The Air officer is a Graduate of the National Defence College and has held a number of Command and Staff Appointments. He was one of the founder members of the prestigious Tactical Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE) where he has served as Commandant. He was Air Advisor at the Indian High Commission in UK. He was awarded Vayu Sena Medal in 1965 Indo-Pak conflict and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 1989 for his distinguished services.

His vast reservoir of knowledge and professionalism were amply displayed during his staff tenures as Director Offensive Ops and Director Personnel Officers as well as during the diplomatic assignment at UK.

Air Mshl VK Verma was appointed Air Officer In Charge Personnel in Apr 96. He is responsible for all aspects of Personnel Planning, Induction, Training and Education. He has discharged all these functions with distinction. He took over as chairman of the Principal Personnel Officers Committee (PPOC) in Mar 98 and has been responsible for coordinating action on all Inter Service/ Tri Service issues.

Air Mshl VK Verma AVSM VM has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19990126

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
18 Mar 1974MiG-21 UU-459Sqn Ldr Vinod Kumar Verma
Sqn Ldr Janak Pratap Singh
TACDEFL after engine flam
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