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Air Commodore Shah Baig Singh Paul

Service No & Branch 11857 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: 03 Oct 1946 Commissioned: 29 Dec 1968 Course: 101 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Oct 2002 Superannuated Died on 23 Feb 2023 (77 Years age) Nick Name : Pauly
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 31 Dec 1987Gp Capt : 06 Apr 1992Air Cmde : 01 Sep 1997
Training and Other Courses Attended
32 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 196739 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 26 Nov 1983
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

- Wg CdrCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad Directing Staff
19 Dec 1988 - 30 Sep 1990Wg CdrNo.26 SquadronPathankot Commanding Officer
01 Jan 1991 - 03 Jan 1993Gp Capt32 WingJodhpur Chief Operations Officer
09 Mar 1996 - Gp Capt5 Forward Base Support UnitUttarlai Station Commander
09 May 1997 - 04 Dec 1998Air CmdeWestern Air CommandDelhi Air-I
11 Jan 1999 - 28 Feb 2001Air Cmde32 WingJodhpur Air Officer Commanding
01 Mar 2001 - 02 Dec 2001Air CmdeAir Force AcademyDundigal Deputy Commandant
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Mention in Despatches
Fg OffrShah Baig Singh Paul11857 F(P)Award Date Announced 23 Jun 1972
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
Unit :
Reference : Gazette of India , 1st July 1972 - No.87 - Pres/72 dated 23rd June 1972
Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptShah Baig Singh Paul11857 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1998Announced 26 Jan 1998
Details :

Group Captain SBS Paul (11857) F (P) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 29 Dec 68. The Officer assumed the Command of 5 FBSU on 09 Mar 96.

The efficient conduct of station level operational training activations has enhanced base preparedness which was realistically demonstrated during a Command level Exercise 'Gujraj' in Jan 97. His thorough planning and SOPs for CRC-II network resulted in an effective air defence organisation in that sector. Using the existing infrastructure the Base gave prompt support to the outstation flying detachments for Ex 'Maru Prahar', Ex 'Vayu Shakti' and annual Pokhran range air-toground armament training.

Stressing the need for safe flying operations, he has initiated large-scale maint enance on runway, taxi tracks and all manoeuvring areas of the base. He vigorously persued the case for the acquisition of land for the alternate runway project. He also took timely steps to implement the antiflood, drainagechannel scheme. His liaison with the local Army and BSF Units as also close rapport with the local civil administration and Police force has aided in the security of the base. He ensured speedy completion of the Airmen living-in accommodation. Further, a total recasting of local welfare ventures has taken place with the creation of facilities such as play school, market complex, evening tutorial classes which has helped to raise the morale of station personnel. There has been visible and systematic improvement in Base operational capability, rise in living standards and general well being of personnel at this remotely located base in Rajasthan.

For his total dedication to the Service and outstanding performance, the President is pleased to award the "Vishisht Seva Medal" to Group Captain SBS Paul.

Unit : 5 FBSU
Reference : GoI19980126

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
26 Aug 1982MiG-23 BNSqn Ldr Shah Baig Singh Paul
220 SqnEjected during an Ai
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