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Air Vice Marshal Vijay Shanker Kapani

Service No & Branch 12766 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 12 Jun 1971 Course: 106 Course
Service End: Retired on 14 Oct 2007 Flying Hours : 2800 Nick Name : Kaps
Qualifications Held : Instructor Rating: A2
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 28 Feb 1991Acting Gp Capt : 05 Jun 1995Gp Capt : 01 Dec 1994Air Cmde : 01 Mar 2001
Acting AVM : 01 May 2005AVM : 25 Oct 2004
Training and Other Courses Attended
24 LDMC (Wg Cdr) - 31 Mar 1994
Badges Qualified
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Air Cmde
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

- Wg CdrCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad Directing Staff
- 30 Apr 1990Wg CdrNo.2252 SquadronBaroda Commanding Officer
- 31 Dec 1991Wg Cdr3 Punjab Air Sqn NCCPatiala Commanding Officer
- Gp Capt12 WingChandigarh Chief Operations Officer
01 May 1999 - 01 Jul 2000Gp CaptNo.102 SquadronBareilly Commanding Officer
31 Jul 2000 - 10 Mar 2002Air Cmde17 WingGorakhpur Air Officer Commanding
- 31 Dec 2006AVMSouth Western Air CommandGandhinagar Senior Officer-in-charge Administration
20 Oct 2005 - No.102 Squadron Commodore Commandant
18 Dec 2006 - 14 Oct 2007AVMSouthern Air CommandTrivandrum Senior Air Staff Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptVijay Shanker Kapani12766 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2000Announced 26 Jan 2000
Details :

Group Captain Vijay Shanker Kapani (12766) F (P) was commissioned on 12 Jun 1971 in fighter stream and is fully qualified on MiG-21 variants with 2800 hrs of accident free flying. He is an A-2 QFI as well as Fighter Combat Leader. He is posted as Chief Operations Officer of a base, which is unique in its operations requirement and has the distinction of operating fighter, Tpt, Hepters and guided weapon elements. He has shouldered this immense responsibility with total commitment, foresight and constructive planning spanning over two years.

This base by virtue of being a nodal point for complete air maintenance of the northern sector demanded expert management of meagre resources. His rational application of experience and effective operational handling yielded commendable results in achieving 100% air maintenance tasks during 1997-98 and 1998-99. VIP commitments, national flypasts and specific operational task assigned to the Station at short notice were also commendably executed under his able leadership. Because of his sincerity, dedication and flawless guidance this base could achieve all operational tasks during his tenure.

Understanding and far sightedness of Gp Capt VS Kapani to appreciate operational requirements provided him the impetus to rejuvenate the loop dispersal area, which housed 17 Blast Pens. This loop dispersal and assets worth crores were lying disused since last ten years and were in a dilapidated condition. Through personal example, grit, perseverance and time bound programs, he managed to retrieve these irreplaceable assets without any MES expenditure, thus affecting savings of crores to the exchequer. The area is now fully fit for fighter operations.

He is also responsible for heralding computer awareness at this station. His personal involvement and dedication has resulted in establishing of LAN and associated training including repair of large number computers which demanded extremely long and sustained quality work, much beyond the normal call of duties.

For his exemplary dedication total commitment and self-less contribution to service, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Vijay Shanker Kapani.

Unit : 12 Wing
Reference : GoI20000126
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