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Air Vice Marshal Sitaramaiah Pingali

Service No 7674 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 19 Aug 1942
Date Commissioned 28 Oct 1963 Course 85 Course
Service End Retired on 31 Aug 2000
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Mar 1982Gp Capt : 19 May 1986Acting Air Cmde : 07 Jan 1991Air Cmde : 07 Jan 1991
AVM : 01 Mar 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

24 Mar 1981 - 19 Jun 1983Wg CdrNo.27 Squadron Commanding Officer
- Air CmdeWestern Air CommandDelhi Air-I
09 Mar 1992 - 27 Aug 1993Air Cmde9 WingHalwara Air Officer Commanding
17 Aug 1998 - AVMSouthern Air CommandTrivandrum Senior Air Staff Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeSitaramaiah Pingali7674 F(P)Award Date 27 Jan 1994Announced 27 Jan 1994
Details :

Air Commodore S Pingali was commissioned as a fighter pilot on 28 Oct 83. He displayed exceptional talent for air combat and was selected to undergo fighter combat leader course at a very early stage. Subsequently he served on the staff of the prestigious 'Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment' (TACDE). In recognition of his exceptional professional abilities, he was deputed to a friendly country to train their pilots. He has been the Flight Commander and Commanding Officer of elite frontline fighter squadron. He has also commanded a major Air Defence Direction Centre responsible for the defence of a very vital area on the Western Front. He has been the Chief Operations Officer of a premier frontline fighter base and was specifically selected to fill the sensitive appointment of Air-1 at Western Air Command. On 09 Mar 92 he was appointed Air Officer Commanding of an important base in western sector.

The area around the base was affected by high militant activity and personnel and the facility at the base were potential targets. Air Cmde Pingali mustered the resources at his command and ensured the personnel, their families and the base facilities were well protected. Under his command the Air Force Station and its lodger units met all their operational tasks in the most professional and commendable fashion, and stood out amongst the very best. The station won the 'best fighter base' trophy of Western Air Command for two consecutive years 1992 and 1993. Additionally, the units based on the station won the 'best fighter squadron' and the 'best missile squadron' trophies of AVSM 1994 Western Air Command for the year 1992-93.

In Oct 92, WAC held a major exercise after a gap of four years. Air Cmde Pingali was assigned the task of planning and implementing the build up phase of the exercise. He undertook this Herculean task very systematically without any compromise on flight safety. He endeavoured and ensured the improvement in combat skills of the crew. It was largely due to this planning that the overall objectives of the main exercise were achieved most convincingly.

Air Commodore Sitaramaiah Pingali has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI1994127