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Group Captain Vinod Kumar Bhatia

Service No & Branch 10892 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: 29 Sep 1946 Commissioned: 04 Jun 1967 Course: 97 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Jan 1997 Nick Name : Charlie
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 20 Jul 1986Acting Gp Capt : 17 Sep 1990
Training and Other Courses Attended
28 NDA (Cadet) - 11 Jul 196512 FCL (Flt Lt) - 20 Jun 197840 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 24 Nov 1984
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

- 01 Dec 1982Sqn LdrNo.220 SquadronJodhpur Flight Commander
01 Jan 1985 - 26 May 1985Sqn LdrNo.10 SquadronJodhpur Flight Commander
27 May 1985 - 24 Nov 1986Wg CdrNo.10 SquadronJodhpur Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn LdrVinod Kumar Bhatia10892 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1984
Details :

Squadron Leader Vinod Kumar Bhatia was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in June, 1967. Since then he has been on active flying duties continuously serving with distinction in different fighter Squadrons. During this period he also underwent flying Instructors and Fighter combat leader courses.

In June 81, Sqn Ldr V K Bhatia was posted to a Fighter Squadron, the second Squadron to re­equip with advanced aircraft. The first Squadron which was re­equipped some months earlier had not stablised till this date; so Squadron Leader Bhatia had very few guidelines to go by. In some areas concerning induction of the new aircraft, and training of aircrew and ground crew there were no precedences. It is to the credit of Squadron Leader Bhatia that the Squadron's re­equipment programme went through smoothly and as planned. Thereafter, his primary objective was to get his aircrew operational, a task which he undertook and achieved with a great deal of enthusiasm and efficiency.

Throughout Sqn Ldr Bhatia has displayed extra ordinary ability to inspire and motivate his subordinates to achieve allotted tasks. His own professional competence is highly commendable. Despite severe constraints inherent in any re-equipment programme, Sqn Ldr Bhatia by skillfully managing the material and personnel resources at his disposal achieved remarkable results.

For his devotion to duty, professional ability of a high order and outstanding managerial skills, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Squadron Leader Vinod Kumar Bhatia.

Unit : 220 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 2nd February 1985 - No.5-Pres/85 dated 26th January 1983

Articles from Main Site

Shorkot Road Attack by Air Marshal V K Bhatia -
Jugaad with the Foxbats by Air Marshal Vinod Kumar Bhatia -

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