Gp Capt Ashok Kumar was commissioned in the Logistics Branch on 10 April 1965. He held the appointments of Senior Logistics Officer Air Force Station Jodhpur, Command logistics Management Officer at HQ South Western Air Command and Command of Equipment Depot (ED) Detachment. He was also appointed as Defence Adviser to the Ethiopian Air Force. For his creditable performance, he was Mentioned in Despatches in 1971. Gp Capt Ashok Kumar was appointed the Commanding Officer of an Air Stores Park on 28 January 1993. His responsibility com prised providing sustained spares support to all the forward bases of Western Air Command (WAC). He made valuable suggestions in respect of stocking policy for various items which ultimately enabled the Depot to backload more than 3500 lines of items. Sharper focus on critically required items was thus possible. Under his constant pursuance, a large number of critical items were identified, provisioned and procured through indigenisation as well as foreign indent. He further rationalised the distribution of spares by corelating flying effort with spares requirement and through proper dialogue with HQ WAC supplied the essential requirements to all units. The improved packaging of Aero-lubes introduced by him brought down their transit losses considerably. He also contributed substantially towards identification of nonmoving stores and their disposal.
The dedicated efforts put in by the officer paid direct dividends in terms of substantial reduction of AOG (Aircraft Operationally Grounded) demands of items and also better management of resources. The functioning of Air Force Servicing Cell was toned up by him and all outstanding AOG demands cleared in a time bound manner.
For distinguished service of high order the President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Gp Capt Ashok Kumar.