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Air Commodore Sudhir Asthana

Service No & Branch 12202 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: 02 Nov 1949 Commissioned: 20 Dec 1969 Course: 103 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Nov 2005 Superannuated Died on 26 Oct 2009 (60 Years age) Flying Hours : 3200
Qualifications Held : Instructor Rating: A2
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Jan 1990Acting Gp Capt : 11 Jan 1993Gp Capt : 01 May 1994Air Cmde : 12 Jan 1998
Training and Other Courses Attended
34 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 196838 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 20 Nov 1982
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

- Sqn LdrNo.15 SquadronBhuj Flight Commander
01 Sep 1979 - 01 Jan 1982Sqn LdrIraq AFIraq Flying Instructor
- 01 Dec 1990Wg CdrEastern Air CommandShillong Ops 1B
19 Jun 1989 - 30 Jun 1991Wg CdrNo.24 Squadron Commanding Officer
04 Jan 1993 - 17 Jun 1994Gp Capt32 WingJodhpur Chief Operations Officer
10 Apr 1995 - 11 Nov 1996Gp Capt62 Signal UnitSalua Station Commander
- Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Plans
01 Mar 1999 - 01 Aug 2001Air CmdeEmbassy of India, USAWashington Air Attache
26 Dec 2001 - 25 Jun 2003Air Cmde14 WingChabua Air Officer Commanding
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal
Gp CaptSudhir Asthana12202 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1995
Details :

Group Captain Sudhir Asthana was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the Indian Air Force. He is a qualified flying instructor with an A-2 Category and was deputed to Govt. of Iraq in 1980 for instructional duties. He is a fighter combat leader of repute and has commanded a MiG-21 Squadron. He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College and has done a successful tenure in Directorate of Personnel (Officers) at Air HQ. Gp Capt Asthana has to his credit over 3200 hours of accident free flying.Gp Capt Sudhir Asthana took over as Chief Operation Officer of a major flying Wing in January 1993. The Wing has six flying units - all equipped with different types of aircraft and two Missile squadrons, each of them also with different equipment. Coordinating their activities, monitoring their training and planning and executing their integrated flying training is an enormous task. Inspite of limited resources, he ensured near perfect environment for flying which was conducive to good operational training. This was amply proven when Directorate of Air Staff Inspection inspected the Station where the standard of preparedness of Base Air Defence and Air Traffic Control were assessed as Above Average.

The base which is co-located with Command Headquarters has a large number of dignitaries and teams visiting the Station. Flying displays have to be organised at a very short notice involving participation of large number of aircraft of different types, missiles and radar units which require minute and fool proof co-ordination. He planned and coordinated these displays in such a fashion that highlighted the professional standard of IAF. His contribution in the field of flight safety have also been significant and has resulted in major reduction in number of accidents and incidents at the Station.

For exceptional devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Gp Capt Sudhir Asthana.

Unit : 32 Wing
Reference : Gazette of India dated 11th March 1995 - No.99-Pres/94 dated 26th January 1995

Additional Notes

Remarks: Email from Air Cmde K B Menon Note added: 2009-10-28

Air Cmde Sudhir Asthana lost a valiant fight against cancer and passed away two days ago. (Oct 25, 2009)

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