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Air Vice Marshal Satish Kumar Sofat

Service No & Branch 12207 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 20 Dec 1969 Course: 103 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Apr 2007 Superannuated Nick Name : Softy
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Jan 1990Gp Capt : 01 Aug 1993Air Cmde : 12 Jan 1998AVM : 01 Oct 2003
Training and Other Courses Attended
34 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 196861 APFIC (Flt Lt) - 19 Dec 197537 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 21 Nov 1981
Badges Qualified
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Flt Lt

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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

- 30 Jun 1975Fg OffrNo.10 SquadronJodhpur Squadron Pilot
01 May 1978 - Flt LtNo.10 SquadronJodhpur Squadron Pilot
08 Feb 1988 - 04 Mar 1990Wg CdrNo.27 Squadron Commanding Officer
- 01 Dec 1995Gp CaptWestern Air CommandDelhi Ops 1A
18 Oct 1993 - 27 Dec 1995Gp Capt8 Forward Base Support UnitAwantipur Station Commander
01 Jan 1998 - 01 Jan 2001Air CmdeEmbassy of India, FranceParis Air Attache
01 Oct 2001 - 16 Oct 2002Air CmdeAFS TambaramChennai Air Officer Commanding
21 Oct 2002 - 30 Sep 2003Air Cmde7 WingAmbala Air Officer Commanding
14 Sep 2001 - 22 Feb 2009No.27 Squadron Commodore Commandant
01 Oct 2003 - 30 Sep 2004AVMAdvance HQ, Western Air CommandChandimandir Air Officer Commanding
01 Oct 2004 - 30 Apr 2007AVMWestern Air CommandDelhi Senior Officer-in-charge Administration
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal
Gp CaptSatish Kumar Sofat12207 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1996
Details :

Group Captain Satish Kumar Sofat was commissioned on 20 Dec 69 as a fighter pilot. He has held the appointment of Flight Commander of a Jaguar Squadron, Commanding Officer (CO) of a Jaguar Squadron and staff officer in Operations Branch at HQ Western Air Command. He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College and Higher Air Command Course.

Group Captain SK Sofat was appointed CO of Air Force Station, Awantipur in J&K on 18 Oct 93. Immediately on taking over, he was given the challenge of increasing the activation of the base with Fighter Squadron detachments from two to 10 in a year. The security problems were studied by him and the security organisation was restructured to meet the task. He ensured that 10 separate Fighter Squadron detachments were able to operate from his base per year. Thus, the task given to the base was achieved without any extra cost. In addition to increasing the operation potential of the base, he also undertook additional tasks of repair and modifications in airfield lighting system, communication facilities and electrical support systems. All these tasks were achieved without any addition in manpower or other resources.

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

Unit : 8 FBSU
Reference : Gazette of India , 9th March 1996 - No.23 - Pres/96 dated 26th January 1996

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
23 Jul 1973Hunter F56BA-324Fg Offr Satish Kumar Sofat
7 SqnEjected after Eng Fa
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