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Air Commodore Bijender Singh Siwach

Service No & Branch 12413 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 13 Jun 1970 Course: 104 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Sep 2004 Superannuated Flying Hours : 6000
Qualifications Held : Instructor Rating: A2
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 02 Jun 1990Gp Capt : 01 Nov 1994Air Cmde : 01 Mar 2001
Training and Other Courses Attended
42 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 09 May 1987
Badges Qualified
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Gp Capt

Air Cmde
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

08 May 1990 - 22 Aug 1993Wg CdrNo.128 Helicopter UnitChabua/ Mohanbari Commanding Officer
24 Aug 1993 - 02 Jul 1995Gp CaptNo.112 Helicopter UnitYelahanka Commanding Officer
05 May 1997 - 05 Sep 1999Gp Capt30 WingSarsawa (Saharanpur) Station Commander
15 Mar 2000 - Gp CaptIAF contingent Sierra Leone-2000, UNAMSILSierra Leone Contingent Commander
01 Mar 2001 - Air Cmde3 WingPalam (Delhi) Air Officer Commanding
01 Oct 2001 - No.112 Helicopter Unit Commodore Commandant
01 Sep 2002 - 01 Sep 2004Air CmdeCentral Air CommandAllahabad Air-II
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vayu Sena Medal
Flt LtBijender Singh Siwach12413 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1979
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Bijender Singh Siwach was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in June, 1970. He has served, with credit, in various Helicopter units ever since his commission. At present he is performing the duties of a Flight Adjutant in an Air OP Squadron. The officer has been an asset to the Squadron and on more than one occasion, he has performed flying tasks out-side the call of his normal duties.

On the 7th July, 1977, Flight Lieutenant Siwach was called upon to rescue five casualties of an Army Mountaineering Expedition from Mun Kun peak area in Shafat Glaciers. The pilot had no previous knowledge of the terrain and used his professional skill to locate and evacuate casualties from an altitude of 17,000 feet. This hazardous task was performed in the face of adverse climatic conditions and he had to carry out three sorties to evacuate the five serious casualties. This flying operation took over six hours.

In this action, Flight Lieutenant Bijender Singh Siwach displayed high professional competence, determination, courage, and devotion to duty of an exceptional order.

Unit : 3 AOP Flight
Reference : Gazette of India dated 19th January 1980 - No.7- Pres/80 dated 26th January 1979
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptBijender Singh Siwach12413 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2000Announced 26 Jan 2000
Details :

Group Captain Bijender Singh Siwach VM (12413) F(P) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in Jun 1970. An exceptional and keen flier, he has over 6000 hrs of accident/incident free flying to his credit. He was awarded Vayu Sena Medal for exceptional devotion to duty in 1979. He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College and College of Combat. He is an A-2 Qualified Flying Instructor with over 1500-hrs instructional flying in India and abroad. During his long and meritorious service, he has acquitted himself creditably particularly while commanding Mi-17 and Mi-8 Helicopter units.

Gp Capt BS Siwach, immediately after assuming the command of Air Force Station, Sarsawa on 05 May 97, whole heartedly devoted himself to the task of building up his station personnel into a well knit cohesive and professionally competent force. Displaying a very high degree of organizing ability, foresight, initiative and resourcefulness, he brought about distinct all round improvements in every facet of the station functioning. A highly committed officer, he has ensured a very high standard of operational preparedness of the station. His innovative approach in conducting two highly successful Flight Safety Weeks has contributed immensely towards the promotion of Flight Safety.

Keeping the resource crunch in mind, Gp Capt BS Siwach motivated his personnel to innovate, indigenize and fabricate mobile AVSM 2000-01 starting and servicing power trolley, six test benches and host other items. The mobile power and hydraulic trolley which have been fabricated without any addition in manpower or resources are being used as a substitute to Russian Appa and Upega vehicles costing around Rs. 50 lakhs each in foreign exchange. In addition, these trolleys have enhanced operational flexibility and effectiveness and a saving of recurring expenditure to the tune of approx. Rs. 2500/- per day.

Gp Capt BS Siwach with his personal liaison and relentless efforts, has been able to ensure uninterrupted power supply on the station as against earlier 8 to 9 hours power shut down every day, thus enhancing quality of life and morale of the station. Under his leadership, Air Force Station, Sarsawa has been awarded best Transport and Helicopter Wing and best overall runners up Wing Trophy in Nov 1998.

Group Captain Bijender Singh Siwach VM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI20000126
Yudh Seva Medal
Gp CaptBijender Singh Siwach12413 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2001Announced 26 Jan 2001
Details :

Group Captain Bijender Singh Siwach AVSM VM (12413) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the IAF on 13 Jun 70 and has been the Commander of IAF contingent Sierra Leone-2000, UNAMSIL since 15 Mar 2000.

Gp Capt BS Siwach, an outstanding officer and an exceptional flier, has more than 6000 hours of accident/incident free flying to his credit. He is an A-2 qualified flying instructor, graduate of Defence Services Staff College and has had eminently successful tenure as Commanding Officer, Mi-8 and Mi- 17 units and Station Commander, Air Force Station, Sarsawa. He is a recipient of 'Vayu Sena Medal' and 'Ati Vishisht Seva Medal' for distinguished service of exceptional order.

A Joint Army-Air Force operation named 'Op Khukri' was launched on 15 Jul 2000 to rescue 22 Indian Troops and 11 Military Observers of United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone, from the Clutches of Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels. Gp Capt BS Siwach was actively involved in the joint planning of the operation right from the conception phase and contributed immensely towards providing round the clock effective air support for the operation. The officer ensured the execution of the entire air operation in a very professional and daring manner. Under his dynamic leadership, the IAF Contingent helicopters flew 108 sorties/66.55 hours under extremely adverse weather conditions over most inhospitable hilly and thickly forested terrain in the face of the threat from the rebels. His very close monitoring and control of the air operation helped a great deal towards the most needed swiftness without compromising the safety of contingent air assets. Gp Capt BS Siwach ensured a very effective and continuous air umbrella over the area of operations which was instrumental in the grand success of the Op Khukri, in the shortest possible time of less than two days.

For his distinguished service of a high order under operational conditions, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Yudh Seva Medal' to Group Captain Bijender Singh Siwach.

Reference : GoI20010126

Additional Notes

Remarks: 2011 Year End Update Note added: 2012-01-15
Air Commodore(R) BS Siwach AVSM YSM VM is a Highly Experienced, qualified and accomplished Senior Air Force Officer, He has Commanded 128 (MI -17) Helicopter Unit,112 (MI -8) Helicopter Training Establishment,Air Force Station Sarsawa, Indian Air Force Contingent,United Nations Mission in Siera Leone and Air Force Station, Palam. He was Awarded Three Presidential Awards for Exceptional Service to the Nation i.e. Ati Vishisht Seva Medal,Yudh Seva Medal,Vayu Sena Medal.Presently, he is Civil Pilot and Secretary General,Rotary Wing Society of India.

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