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Air Commodore Arun Gurunandan Katre

Service No & Branch 11852 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 29 Dec 1968 Course: 101 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Dec 2003 Superannuated Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Dec 1987Gp Capt : 06 Apr 1992Air Cmde : 01 Sep 1997
Training and Other Courses Attended
32 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 196715 LDMC (Sqn Ldr) - 13 Apr 1985
Badges Qualified
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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 Jan 1979 - 01 Jan 1980Flt LtFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Flying Instructor
01 Jun 1983 - Sqn LdrNo.26 SquadronPathankot Squadron Pilot
28 Sep 1987 - 10 Jun 1989Wg CdrNo.24 Squadron Commanding Officer
09 Nov 1992 - 10 Apr 1995Gp CaptMiG Operational Flying Training UnitTezpur Commanding Officer
10 Apr 1995 - 01 Apr 1997Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi JDPO B
04 Jan 1999 - 03 Jan 2001Air Cmde8 WingAdampur Air Officer Commanding
03 Apr 2001 - 20 Oct 2002Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi DPO
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal
Gp CaptArun Gurunandan Katre11852 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1996
Details :

Group Captain Katre assumed Command of MiG Operational Flying Training Unit (MOFTU) on 09 November 1992. Immediately, he set about improving training standards by streamlining Operational, Maintenance and Administrate functions with emphasis on Flight Safety. MOFTU is a training institution with the time bound task of converting young fighter pilot onto front line jet aircraft. Despite the constraints of bad weather, the limited experience of the young fighter pilot trainees and the use of aging MiG-21 aircraft, Gp Capt Katre carried out his task with flair and determination. He not only set the finest example himself but was able to motivate his personnel to achieve the very highest standards of efficiency. Under his command, the unit flew over 14,000 sorties and completed all the tasks set before it. Gp Capt Katre himself flew 600 accident free sorties in addition to all this manifold duties and responsibilities. He thus exhibited exemplary qualities of leadership. On many occasions the officer was assigned additional responsibilities which he discharged with verve, alacrity and diligence.

For exceptional devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Group Captain AG Katre.

Unit : MOFTU
Reference : Gazette of India , 9th March 1996 - No.23 - Pres/96 dated 26th January 1996
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