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Air Commodore Krishna Balakrishna Menon

Service No 9028 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 12 May 1944
Date Commissioned 25 Dec 1964 Course 91 Course
Service End Retired on 31 May 2000
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Gp Capt : 01 Feb 1988Air Cmde : 03 Jan 1994
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

02 May 1983 - 27 May 1985Wg CdrNo. 10 SquadronJodhpur CO
- Gp Capt505 Signal UnitMemaura (Lucknow) Stn Cdr
01 Mar 1995 - 01 Dec 1998Air CmdeEmbassy of India, USAWashington Air Attache
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrKrishna Balakrishna Menon9028 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1986
Details :

Wing Commander Krishna Balakrishna Menon has been posted to a fighter squadron as Commanding Officer since 02 May 83.

Wg Cdr Menon took over the Squadron at a stage when not even a single pilot was fully ops on type. He took the challenge ad through his exceptional organizing ability, dedication and professional skill, brought the Squadron to fully operational state. Presently, all the pilots are fully operational and are 100% rated and as a consequence the Squadron was adjudged the best instrument rated Squadron in the Air Force for 1984. His unit has been given the additional role of Type Training Squadron. He undauntedly took the additional responsibility and accomplished the demanding task of completing conversion of 28 pilots during his tenure as CO.

Wg Cdr Menon is a Qualified Flying Instructor and has 4100 hours of flying to his credit. During exercise "Yudh Abhiyas" his Squadron operated from two locations with limited resources and achieved the task without an incident. Because of his analytical approach, keenness for imparting knowledge and able guidance, this unit has a very good Flight Safety record. He has always displayed exemplary behavior, exceptional resourcefulness and ensured effective utilization of major sources of men and material. He has kept the Squadron as a cohesive unit with extremely high morale because of his personal example, correct guidance, perception of subordinates problems and unusual gift of putting people at ease.

Under the capable leadership of Wg Cdr KB Menon the Squadron was the first Vijay Squadron to become operational in the use of Instrument Runway rating system and to undertake offensive air support by night. Having achieved this capability, his was the only unit to take part in exercise "GLOW WORM I & II" where full capability of IRLS equipment was exploited both by day and night. This went a long way in enhancing the operational image of the Air Force.

For his qualities of leadership, accomplishment of objectives, exceptional professional skill and devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Wing Commander Krishna Balakrishna Menon.

Unit : 10 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 19th April 1986 - No.36-Pres/86 dated 26th January 1986
Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptKrishna Balakrishna Menon9028 Award Date 26 Jan 1993Announced 26 Jan 1993
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Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptKrishna Balakrishna Menon9028 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1993Announced 26 Jan 1993
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