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Air Vice Marshal Donovan Eric Jonas

Service No & Branch 10131 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 13 Mar 1966 Course: 95 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Apr 2004 Superannuated Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 13 Mar 1967Wg Cdr : 25 Oct 1985Gp Capt : 01 Jan 1990Air Cmde : 01 Feb 1996
AVM : 01 Apr 2001
Badges Qualified
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Air Cmde

Notes:1)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 2)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Dec 1981 - 01 Oct 1983Sqn LdrNo.14 SquadronAmbala Flight Commander
01 Oct 1984 - 07 Jul 1986Wg CdrNo.5 SquadronAmbala Commanding Officer
21 Aug 1995 - 08 Feb 1998Air Cmde17 WingGorakhpur Air Officer Commanding
10 Feb 1998 - 23 Aug 1998Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi JDPO A
24 Aug 1998 - 31 Mar 2001Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi DPO
01 Apr 2001 - 30 Apr 2004AVMCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad Commandant
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeDonovan Eric Jonas10131 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2001Announced 26 Jan 2001
Details :

Air Commodore Donovan Eric Jonas (10131) F (P) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in Mar 66. During his thirty four years of distinguished service, he has held several important Staff and Command appointments. He commanded a frontline Jaguar squadron and was Chief Operations Officer and Air Officer Commanding of premier fighter bases of the Indian Air Force. He has also held the appointment of Ops IA of an operational Command. Presently he is holding the post of Director Personnel (Officers) at Air HQ. As Squadron Commander of a Jaguar Squadron, he led from the front and brought up the operational and maintenance standards in the Squadron to a very high level. As Chief Operations Officer of a fighter base, he was actively involved with conduct of flying operations. He actively pursued flying and participated in the Command Gunnery Meet as staff pilot and had the distinction of winning the bombing trophy.

Air Cmde DE Jonas took over the command of an operational Station in Aug 95. Realising that it was the human element that would make the vital difference between mediocrity and excellence, he galvanised the manpower under him into action. Instituting a series of steps for close interaction between his officers and other ranks, the Air Officer built up a sense of camaraderie and spirit-de-corps amongst all personnel. The result was a quantum jump in productivity, as evident from a unique 'Above Average' assessment by Directorate of Air Staff Inspection. The Station also hosted the Colour Presentation ceremony, which due to his exceptional foresight, planning and administrative ability, was conducted in most successful manner bringing laurels to the Station.

He is presently posted as Director Personnel (Officers) at Vayu Bhavan since 10 Feb 98. In a short span of time, with little or no previous experience in the personnel branch, he acquired expertise of a very high order. As DPO, he has demonstrated very high skill levels in his staff work and has combined the requirements of service with a human touch in a firm and fair manner.

His deft handling of personnel management has brought laurels to the Personnel branch at Air HQ.

Air Commodore Donovan Eric Jonas has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI20010126
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