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Air Vice Marshal Harpal Singh Ahluwalia

Service No & Branch 9821 F(P) Stream :Helicopters
Date of Birth: -- --- -- Commissioned: 16 Oct 1965 Course: 94 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Jul 2003 Superannuated Flying Hours : 5000
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 30 Aug 1985Gp Capt : 12 Oct 1988Acting Air Cmde : 09 Feb 1996Air Cmde : 27 Mar 1995
AVM : 01 Sep 2000
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

- Wg CdrDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Directing Staff
13 Oct 1986 - 14 Jun 1987Wg CdrNo.105 Helicopter UnitChabua Commanding Officer
- 01 Dec 1990Gp Capt19 WingBorjhar (Guwahati) Chief Operations Officer
16 Jun 1987 - 02 Jul 1989Gp CaptNo.129 Helicopter UnitHindan Commanding Officer
14 Dec 1992 - 23 Jan 1996Gp CaptEmbassy of India, ThailandBangkok Defence Attache
01 Jan 1996 - 01 Dec 1996Air CmdeDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Head of Training Team (Air)
15 Oct 1997 - 19 Sep 1999Air Cmde21 WingLeh Air Officer Commanding
01 Sep 2000 - 09 Jun 2002AVMMaritime Air OperationsBombay Air Officer Commanding
10 Jun 2002 - 31 Jul 2003AVMNational Defence CollegeDelhi Senior Directing Staff (Air)
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt LtHarpal Singh Ahluwalia9821 F(P)Award Date 22 Oct 1974Announced 01 Jul 1975
Details : Flight Lieutenant Harpal Singh Ahluwalia was commissioned in the Flying (Pilot) Branch of the Indian Air Force in October, 1965. He has flown a total of 2250 hours end has an unblemished flying record, On the 22nd October 1974. he was detailed to undertake special heliborne operations in the Eastern Sector. He carried out sorties to far-flung helipads in two days of intensive flying, despite adverse weather. Subsequently, when the unit was again called upon to carry out heliborne operations during December, 1974 and January, 1975 he flew a total of 260 sorties which resulted in successful completion of the operations. During these operations. Flight Lieutenant Harpal Singh Ahluwalia displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
Unit : 105 HU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 1st May 1976 - No.36 - Pres/76 dated 1st July 1975
Yudh Seva Medal
Gp CaptHarpal Singh Ahluwalia9821 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1990Announced 26 Jan 1990
Details :

Group Captain Harpal Singh Ahluwalia VM was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 16 Oct 65. in Jul 87, he was entrusted with the responsibility of raising a new Mi-17 Helicopter unit.

Within a week of the formation of the unit, Gp Capt Ahluwalia led a detachment to Sri Lanka for OP PAWAN. Gp Capt Ahluwalia led his helicopters in heliborne operations around Jaffna Peninsula and deeper into the jungles of Vavuniya, opening up the area for Indian troops. In Sep 87, his unit was inducted for OP MEGHDOOT and took on the brunt of the task when Pakistan attacked in the Siachen Glacier. Gp Capt Ahluwalia also carried out an emergency relief operation for 600 Border Road laboureres stranded in freak snow storms in Bara-La-Chala in Himachal Pradesh during Oct 87.

Gp Capt Ahluwalia's professional skill and his leadership qualities enabled his unit to win both the best Overall performance Helicopter Unit Trophy for 1987-88 and the IAF Flight Safety Trophy for the Best Helicopter unit for 1988-89.

For his exceptional devotion to duty, dynamic leadership and especially for his operational work in OP PAWAN and OP MEGHDOOT, the President is pleased to award Yuddh Seva Medal to Gp Capt Harpal Singh Ahluwalia VM.

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Reference : GoI19900126
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