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Air Marshal Venkataraman Ramamurthy Iyer

Service No & Branch 12939 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 22 Jan 1972 Course: 107 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Nov 2010 Superannuated Flying Hours : 3200 Nick Name : Ike
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 11 Mar 1991Gp Capt : 01 Feb 1995Air Cmde : 01 Mar 2001AVM : 01 Nov 2004
Air Marshal : 01 Feb 2007C-in-C : 01 May 2008
Training and Other Courses Attended
38 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 197042 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 09 May 1987
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

03 Dec 1990 - 24 Jan 1993Wg CdrNo.5 SquadronAmbala Commanding Officer
21 Jun 1993 - 29 Apr 1995Gp CaptDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Directing Staff
27 Jul 1998 - 13 Jun 1999Gp Capt35 WingSuratgarh Station Commander
01 Sep 2000 - 20 Oct 2002Air Cmde7 WingAmbala Air Officer Commanding
21 Oct 2002 - 31 Oct 2004Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi PDPO
01 Nov 2004 - 31 Jan 2007AVMCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad Commandant
31 Jan 2007 - No.5 Squadron Commodore Commandant
01 Feb 2007 - 30 Apr 2008Air MarshalAir Head QuartersDelhi Air Officer-in-Charge Personnel
01 May 2008 - 30 Nov 2010Air MarshalTraining CommandBangalore Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVMVenkataraman Ramamurthy Iyer12939 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2007Announced 26 Jan 2007
Details :

Air Vice Marshal Venkataraman Ramamurthy lyer (12939) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned as a pilot in the flying branch on 22 January 1972. He has held, amongst other appointments, the important ones of Commanding Officer of a Jaguar Squadron, Station Commander of Air Force Station Suratgarh, Air Officer Commanding of Air Force Station Ambala and Principal Director Personnel (Officers).

The Air Officer is currently the Commandant of College of Air Warfare (CAW). He has undergone various flying and staff courses, inclusive of the Air War College course in the USA. He also holds a double Masters degree in Defence and Strategic Studies.

The Air Officer has performed commendably during various challenging appointments he has held during his 34 years of service. Especially noteworthy were his command of AF Stn Suratgarh during Op Safed Sagar and Command of AF Stn Ambala for the entire duration of Op Parakram. He has to his credit over 3200 hrs of accident free flying on various operational and training aircraft. During his current tenure of 1 ½ years as Commandant CAW, he has incorporated significant improvements in the curriculum and conduct of courses held at CAW. The course content of Higher Air Command Course has been expanded and modified in keeping with futuristic requirements. Similarly, Joint Air Warfare Course and Weapon Employment Course have been merged by altering the conduct methodology. This has helped reduce the absence of officers from their op units from 10 weeks to 5 weeks, with no dilution of course content. Training infrastructure at the College has also been upgraded and modernized.

Air Vice Marshal Venkataraman Ramamurthy lyer has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI20070126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalVenkataraman Ramamurthy Iyer12939 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2010Announced 26 Jan 2010
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
Unit : TC
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