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Air Vice Marshal Gurcharan Singh Bhogal

Service No & Branch 12504 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 19 Dec 1970 Course: 105 Course
Service End: Retired on 14 Oct 2007 Nick Name : Bhogy
Qualifications Held : Instructor Rating: A2
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 02 Jun 1990Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1994Air Cmde : 01 Dec 1998AVM : 01 Apr 2004
Training and Other Courses Attended
36 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 196941 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 25 Nov 1985
Badges Qualified
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Air Cmde
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

01 Sep 1975 - 31 Dec 1975Fg OffrNo.26 SquadronAdampur Squadron Pilot
30 Dec 1980 - 31 Dec 1984Flt LtNo.10 SquadronJodhpur Squadron Pilot
02 Nov 1987 - 29 Oct 1989Wg CdrNo.222 SquadronHindon/ Hashimara Commanding Officer
25 Jun 1990 - 02 May 1992Wg CdrDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Directing Staff
01 May 1993 - 30 Jun 1995Gp CaptAir Force AcademyDundigal Chief Instructor (Flying)
26 Aug 1995 - 09 Oct 1996Gp Capt2 Tactical Air CenterJodhpur Commanding Officer
14 Nov 1996 - 26 Jul 1998Gp Capt35 WingSuratgarh Station Commander
03 Jun 2000 - 02 Sep 2001Air Cmde9 WingHalwara Air Officer Commanding
01 Jan 2001 - 01 Jan 2004Air CmdeEmbassy of India, FranceParis Air Attache
01 Apr 2004 - 30 Jun 2006AVMDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Chief Instructor (Air)
31 Aug 2005 - No.222 Squadron Commodore Commandant
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal
Gp CaptGurcharan Singh Bhogal12504 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1995
Details :

Group Captain Gurcharan Singh Bhogal was commissioned in the IAF on 19 December 1970. He has over 1300 hrs of accident free flying to his credit. He is also an A-2 flying instructor with over 1000 hrs of instructional flying, and has been an Air Force Examiner. A graduate of Defence Services Staff College he has served as Directing Staff at this prestigious Institution.

Gp Capt Bhogal was posted to the Air Force Academy (AFA) as Chief Instructor (Flying) in March 1993, where he has been responsible for the supervision and conduct of all flying training at the Academy. This task is extremely challenging as it involves conduct of flying and ground training in six different syllabi. This enormous task involves close and direct supervision to ensure the highest quality of flying training amounting to 18,000 hours per year, which is the maximum flown at any IAF Station. In addition Gp Capt Bhogal has personally supervised training and standardisation of a large number of flying instructors.

Induction of women trainees into the flying branch resulted in increased quantum of flying at AFA. Gp Capt Bhogal was asked to introduce simultaneous mixed flying of Kiran and HPT32 aircraft in order to increase availability of ac and achieve optimum utilisation of manpower and ac resources. Gp Capt Bhogal worked ceaselessly to revise orders and procedures with great care and deliberation to ensure that mixed flying is carried out in a very safe environment. The Academy was awarded the Best Flying Training Establishment and the best Flight Safety Trophies of Training Command for the year 1993.

For exceptional devotion to duty the President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Gp Capt Gurcharan Singh Bhogal.

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