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Air Marshal Pranab Kumar Barbora

Service No & Branch 12375 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 13 Jun 1970 Course: 104 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Dec 2010 Superannuated Flying Hours : 3500
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 02 Jun 1990Gp Capt : 01 May 1994Air Cmde : 12 Jan 1998AVM : 12 Jan 2004
Air Marshal : 07 Sep 2005C-in-C : 01 Apr 2007
Training and Other Courses Attended
35 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 196821 FCL (Flt Lt) - 01 Jun 1982
Badges Qualified
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Air Mshl
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

25 Jun 1987 - 11 Jun 1989Wg CdrNo.29 SquadronJamnagar Commanding Officer
27 Aug 1998 - 30 Sep 2001Air CmdeEmbassy of India, RussiaMoscow Air Attache
25 Oct 2001 - 13 Oct 2003Air Cmde11 WingTezpur Air Officer Commanding
- 31 Oct 2004AVMIntegrated Defence StaffNew Delhi ACIDS (Pers Plans & Force
01 Nov 2004 - 31 Aug 2005AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Inspection
01 Sep 2005 - 31 Mar 2007Air MarshalEastern Air CommandShillong Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Sep 2006 - 31 Dec 2010No.29 Squadron Commodore Commandant
01 Apr 2007 - 31 Dec 2007Air MarshalEastern Air CommandShillong Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 Jan 2008 - 31 May 2009Air MarshalWestern Air CommandDelhi Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 Jun 2009 - 31 Dec 2010Air MarshalAir Head QuartersDelhi Vice Chief of Air Staff
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrPranab Kumar Barbora12375 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1990
Details :

Wing Commander Pranab Kumar Barbora was commissioned on 13 Jan 70. He has to his credit over 3000 hours of accident-free flying. He is a qualified flying instructor as well as a fighter combat leader.

Wg Cdr Barbora has been in command of an operational squadron since Jun 87. On taking over command of the squadron, he whole-heartedly devoted himself the task of developing his unit into a well-knit and cohesive force. During his command, his squadron flew over 8300 sorties and 4800 hours while maintaining a very high average aircraft serviceability of 78%. Under his leadership, the Squadron achieved 100% serviceability on 4 different occasions. The Squadron achieved a very high pilots operational status of over 90% throughout his tenure. During the Gunnery meet of 1988, the Squadron was adjudged "The Best Overall Squadron".

For his professional acumen and devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Wg Cdr Pranab Kumar Barbora.

Unit : 29 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 12th May 1990 - No.38-Pres/90 dated 26th January 1990
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalPranab Kumar Barbora12375 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2008Announced 26 Jan 2008
Details :

Air Marshal Pranab Kumar Barbora VM (12375) F (P) was commissioned on 13 Jun 70 as a fighter pilot. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor and Fighter Combat Leader with over 3500 h of accident free flying. His impeccable professional credentials include tenure as Directing Staff in Tactics And Combat Development Establishment (TACDE), two tenures with Directorate of Air Staff Inspection and command of a Fighter Sqn. In 1990, he shaped the first ever Air Combat Simulator to hone the combat skill levels of fighter pilots. For contribution to the Combat potential of the IAF, he was awarded VM in 1990. He has also been commended twice by the CAS.

The Air officer contributed immensely towards air operations in Central Air Command where he served as the Air-I. For excellent professional knowledge and single minded devotion to duty he was deputed to Russia as the Air Attaché in 1998. He took on the mammoth task of ensuring the MiG-21 Bis upgrade and the SU-30 Mk-I programme which moved ahead smoothly. He ensured regular supplies of hard to get spares from the Russian industry by maintaining an excellent rapport with the Russians. He commanded a premier air base in the East which undertook flying training of future generation fighter pilots.

As AVM he served in HQ IDS in its formative days to put into place modalities of Perspective Planning and Force Structure of the three services. He was once again brought back to the Inspection Branch for a third tenure as ACAS (Inspection) where he brought about the changes to improve the inspection procedures and overall health monitoring system of the IAF as a fighting force. He was promoted as Air Mshl and appointed as SASO of Eastern Air Command (EAC) in Sep 05. With his considerable experience, knowledge and operational acumen, he overhauled the execution of Command policies in respect of operational training to substantially upgrade the combat capability and potential of the entire fleet of EAC. Under his close supervision the Command successfully conducted two international air exercises, namely COPE INDIA-05 and SINDEX-06 which were well appreciated in India and abroad.

He was promoted and appointed as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command on 02 Apr 07. He, with his inspirational leadership qualities, instilled zeal and confidence among st the field commanders. Bringing his per sonal rapport, he ensured that the PVSM 2008 || AVSM 1962 inter-service relationship continued to scale to new heights in the true spirit of jointmanship. Due to courageous decision taken by him, causality evacuation by night was undertaken for the first time from high altitude and inhospitable terrain of Arunachal Pradesh.

Air Marshal Pranab Kumar Barbora VM has thus rendered distinguished service of most exceptional order.

Unit : EAC
Reference : GoI20080126
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