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Air Commodore Guriqbal Singh Nijjar

Service No & Branch 12020 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 21 Jun 1969 Course: 102 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Aug 2003 Superannuated
Qualifications Held : Instructor Rating: A2
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 12 Jul 1989Acting Gp Capt : 11 Jan 1993Gp Capt : 01 Dec 1993Air Cmde : 12 Jan 1998
Training and Other Courses Attended
33 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 1967
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Jan 1977 - 01 Jan 1979Flt LtFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Flying Instructor
- Wg CdrBasic Flying Training SchoolBamrauli Commanding Officer
22 May 1989 - 14 Jul 1991Wg CdrNo.30 SquadronTezpur Commanding Officer
- Air CmdeTraining CommandBangalore Command Flying Training Officer
09 Aug 1999 - 24 Oct 2001Air Cmde11 WingTezpur Air Officer Commanding
01 Nov 2001 - 31 Aug 2003Air CmdeNCC APSecunderabad Deputy Director General
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrGuriqbal Singh Nijjar12020 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1992
Details :

Wing Commander Guriqbal Singh Nijjar took over command of one of the MiG-21 operational Squadrons on 22 May 90, with dual role i.e. Stage-III training of pilots in peace time and full operational role in war. Undaunted by this difficult task of diverse requirements and under severe constraints of adverse factors like weather, limited ac serviceability, shortage of staff pilots and restrictions, Wg Cdr Nijjar set about with drive, initiative and single minded determination.

During his command, the unit logged over 7800 sorties, of which over 5300 sorties were flown in 1990, an all time record for this 21 year old Squadron, all without accident/ serious incidents. Wg Cdr Nijjar's personal contribution has been 850 sorties at an average of 55 per month. Wg Cdr Nijjar led the Squadron from the front and accepted the challenges of Command, head-on.

On the operational front also, the Squadron under his professional leadership, excelled itself, bagging the R/P and Bombing events during the last gunner meet and emerging overall a close second.

Wg Cdr Nijjar is a highly experienced A-2 QFI, with over 5000 hrs of flying to his credit, out of which well over 2000 hrs are on MiG21. His personal and professional example, his great enthusiasm for flying and his untiring capacity for hard work have been a continuous source of inspiration not only to Staff Pilots but also for the impressionable young trainees in his Squadron. His outstanding leadership in the air and ground is worthy of emulation by one and all.

For his dynamic leadership, unflinching and exceptional devotion to duty, meticulous planning and execution of MOFT tasks and very high professional standards, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Wg Cdr Nijjar.

Unit : 29 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 11th April 1992 - No.29-Pres/92 dated 26th January 1992
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