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Air Marshal Shiv Kumar Bhan

Service No & Branch 12510 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 19 Dec 1970 Course: 105 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Dec 2009 Superannuated
Qualifications Held :
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Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 02 Jun 1990Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1994Air Cmde : 01 Dec 1998AVM : 01 Apr 2004
Air Marshal : 01 Nov 2006C-in-C : 01 Jan 2008
Training and Other Courses Attended
36 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 1969
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

01 Nov 1972 - 31 Aug 1975Fg OffrNo.26 SquadronAdampur Squadron Pilot
24 Sep 1987 - 24 Sep 1989Wg CdrNo.51 SquadronSrinagar Commanding Officer
12 Apr 1993 - 27 Mar 1995Gp Capt1 WingSrinagar Chief Operations Officer
30 Dec 1997 - 16 Dec 1999Air Cmde33 WingJamnagar Air Officer Commanding
01 Jan 2000 - 31 Dec 2000Air CmdeRoyal College of Defence StudiesLondon, UK Staff Course
22 Mar 2001 - No.51 Squadron Commodore Commandant
01 Nov 2006 - 31 Dec 2007Air MarshalWestern Air CommandDelhi Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Jan 2008 - 31 Dec 2009Air MarshalEastern Air CommandShillong Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vayu Sena Medal
Gp CaptShiv Kumar Bhan12510 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1995
Details :

Group Captain Shiv Kumar Bhan was commissioned in the IAF in the fighter stream on 19 December 1970 and has over 2750 hrs of flying to his credit. He is a Fighter Combat Leader and has successfully undergone Higher Air Command Course. He has commanded a Fighter Squadron, has been on the staff of Tactics and Combat Development Establishment and Directorate of Air Staff Inspection and has also served as Flying Instructor in Iraq.

He was posted to Air Force Station, Srinagar as the Chief Operations Officer (COO) on 12 Apr 93. As COO, the Officer involved himself in an exemplary manner to resolve numerous problems of air operations of multiplicity of aircraft roles in demanding times in the Valley. Toshe Maidan Air to Ground Range, which had remained closed for the last five years, was re-activated within a record time. The officer brought the operational status of the Station to a high standard in a short time.

During an Air Defence exercise conducted in the valley in July 1993, the officer exercised direct control of operations at Srinagar and Awantipur. Besides being the Base Air Defence Officer for both the bases, he controlled the entire operations in a safe and realistic manner. It was only due to his vision and correct analysis of likely threats that he could bring in realism in the exercise thus enhancing the potential of all operational elements involved. Similarly, during heavy snowfall in February 1994, he worked vigorously to clear the entire runway and aircraft operating area. This resulted in resumption of commercial flights within two days and by fighters within four days. The officer was instrumental in meticulous planning, excellent coordination and precise execution of Special Heliborne Operations in connection with 'Amarnath Yatra' in August 1994 which was highly appreciated by J&K State Govt.

For exceptional devotion to duty the President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Gp Capt Shiv Kumar Bhan.

Unit : 1 Wing
Reference : Gazette of India dated 11th March 1995 - No.99-Pres/94 dated 26th January 1995
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeShiv Kumar Bhan12510 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1999Announced 26 Jan 1999
Details :

Air Cmde Bhan was posted to Directorate of Ops as Joint Director Technical Operations (JDTO) from Apr 95 to Dec 97. He immersed himself in the complexities of the job and involved himself in tackling numerous problems of air operations faced by fighter squadrons. He took active part in reviewing and formulating the Air Force Doctrine which was being formulated for the first time. He drew on his vast experience and conceptual skills to update orders and instructions, review the course syllabus of TACDE, establish the Air Combat Manoeuvring Instrumented Range at Jamnagar, and tackle the myriad of problems that arose with regard to the management of the Ground Attack fleet. During the year 1995-96 there had been a significant increase in aircraft accident rate due to ricochets in air to ground front gun firing, which forced the IAF to temporari1y suspend the front gun firing. Air Cmde Bhan initiated a thorough review of the attack patterns and showed rare initiative in seeking information from other air forces on the design of targets, attack patterns etc. He then formulated definitive recommendations for remedial measures to avoid ricochets. As a result, front gun firing was resumed. He was instrumental in starting Armament Training Camps for fighter squadrons which have gone a long way in improving the Operational capability of the IAF. During his tenure as JDTO he held Officiating charge as D Ops Offensive for over a year, but despite discharging two onerous functions simultaneously he did not let the quality of his work suffer and set an example for others to follow.

Air Commodore Shiv Kumar Bhan VM has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19990126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalShiv Kumar Bhan12510 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2009Announced 26 Jan 2009
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
Unit : EAC
Reference :

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
13 Oct 1973Sukhoi-7Fg Offr Shiv Kumar Bhan
26 Sqnmidair collision in

Additional Notes

Remarks: Profile Note added: 2009-02-08
Air Marshal Shiv Kumar Bhan AVSM VM was born on 15 Dec 1949. He graduated from the National Defence Academy in Jun 69 and joined the Air Force Academy to undergo flying training. On completion of flying training he was commissioned in the Air Force in Dec 70 as a fighter pilot. He has flown over 3000hrs on Hunter, Sukhoi-7, Mig -21 and Mig -23 aircrafts. He graduated as a Fighter Combat Leader in 1980. He has held various staff and field appointments, which include Command of a Mig-21 Squadron, Chief Operations Officer of a Wing, Commander of a fighter base, Director of Offensive Operations and Inspections at Air HQ, Air Defence Commander of South Western Air Command and Senior Air Staff Officer of Western Air Command. He has done a two-year instructional tenure with Iraqi Air Force. He is an alumni of Royal College of Defence Studies UK. He has taken over as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Air Command on promotion wef 01 Jan 08.
Air Mshl SK Bhan has been awarded Vayu Sena Medal on 26 Jan 94 and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal on 26 Jan 99.
He is married to Mrs Veena Bhan and they have two daughters. Recreations include golf, trekking and billiards.

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