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Air Marshal Manjit Singh Sekhon

Service No 6756 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 12 May 1943
Date Commissioned 10 Nov 1962 Course 82 Course
Service End Retired on 21 Jun 2002
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Air Cmde : 01 Mar 1989AOC-in-C : 01 Sep 2000
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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

01 Aug 1972 - 02 May 1977Sqn LdrNo.131 FAC FlightHalwara CO
01 Jan 1978 - Wg CdrNo.8 Squadron CO
- Gp Capt8 Forward Base Support UnitAwantipur Stn Cdr
15 Dec 1984 - 17 Nov 1985Gp CaptAir Force AcademyDundigal CI (Flying)
- 01 Jun 1998AVMJammu and KashmirUdhampur AOC
01 Mar 1998 - 30 Sep 1999Air MshlEastern Air CommandShillong SASO
01 Oct 1999 - 31 Aug 2000Air MshlWestern Air CommandDelhi SASO
01 Sep 2000 - 13 Mar 2002Air MshlSouthern Air CommandTrivandrum AOC-in-C
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 4
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt LtManjit Singh Sekhon6756 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1969
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Manjit Singh Sekhon has been serving in one of the Helicopter Units in the Eastern Sector. On a number of occasions, he has successfully carried out supply dropping and casualty evacuation from extremely difficult places at grave personal risk. He has completed 1,100 hours of operational flying in Helicopters in NEFA, Nagaland and Mizo Hills. In addition, he has been carrying out instructional duties and has always been setting an example to others.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Manjit Singh Sekhon displayed courage and devotion to duty in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Unit : 105 HU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 12th April 1969 : No.18 - Pres/69 dated 26th January 1969
Vir Chakra
Flt LtManjit Singh Sekhon6756 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Flight Lieutenant Manjit Singh Sekhon was commanding a detachment of a front line Fighter Squadron. He flew 14 missions at low heights in very difficult terrain of Jammu and Kashmir and caused extensive damage to several enemy bunkers, vehicles, guns, mortar positions, POL and ammunition dumps. He carried out these missions in their face of heavy ground fire. He substantially contributed to the success of our ground forces in Kargil Tithwal, Poonch and Uri Sectors. He also ensured a high rate of serviceability of aircraft.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Manjit Singh Sekhon displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.

Unit : 121 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 29th July 1972 - No.92 - Pres/72 dated 18th July 1972
Shaurya Chakra
Sqn LdrManjit Singh Sekhon6756 F(P)Award Date 25 Feb 1975Announced 26 Jan 1976
Details :

On the 25th February, 1975, Squadron Leader Manjit Singh Sekhon was doing night flying training in a helicopter. He was asked to carry out reconnaissance of the area West of an Airfield in Western Sector for a crashed aircraft. In spite of limited experience of night flying, he undertook this mission, carried out a search and confirmed an aircraft crash and reported its location. After refuelling, he got airborne again and located the pilot. With intelligent use of his landing light and Radio Telephony, he skillfully landed in a paddy field and rescued the first pilot and flew him back to base. He repeated the same performance and rescued the second pilot also.

In this action, Squadron Leader Manjit Singh Sekhon displayed exemplary courage, devotion to duty and professional skill of a high order.

Unit : 131 FAC Flt
Reference : Gazette of India , 29th May 1976 - No.?? - Pres/76 dated 26th January 1976
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalManjit Singh Sekhon6756 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2002Announced 26 Jan 2002
Details : AOC-in-C SAC
Unit : SAC
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