Group Captain Surya Kumar Gupta was commissioned as Transport pilot in the Flying Branch of the IAF on 04 Jun 67. He later converted to helicopters. He has held numerous important appointments like Flight Commander, Commanding Officer, Chief Operation Officer and Station Commander at Training/Operational field units/stations as well Assistant/Deputy and Joint Director at Air Headquarters.
He has been on the strength of the Dte of Air Staff Inspection since 18 Mar 92 as Joint Director in charge of Inspection of 29 helicopter units of the IAF. Being the only Helicopter Inspector, his is an onerous task. By constant effort he has increased yearly inspections to 14 thus bringing all helicopter units into a two year inspection cycle. This has been a commendable performance resulting in a significant upgradation of Operational stan dards and preparedness.
Totally fair and mature in his approach, he has transformed the inspection process to one fruitful, interaction which has enhanced the performance of the units. He evolved the procedure, scope of inspections and assessment criteria for helicopter units which has made the process more transparent, objective and rational.
For distinguished service of a high order, the President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain SK Gupta.