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Air Marshal Gurdip Singh Kochar

Service No & Branch 13149 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 24 Jun 1972 Course: 108 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Oct 2011 Superannuated Flying Hours : 4000
Qualifications Held : Instructor Rating: A2
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 11 Mar 1991Gp Capt : 01 Sep 1995Acting Air Cmde : 16 Dec 2002Air Cmde : 01 Feb 2002
AVM : 01 Jan 2005Air Marshal : 02 Apr 2007C-in-C : 01 Jul 2009
Training and Other Courses Attended
39 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 197042 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 2002
Badges Qualified
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Wg Cdr

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 Apr 1985 - 25 Dec 1987Sqn LdrNo.10 SquadronJodhpur Squadron Pilot
01 Jan 1988 - Sqn LdrNo.9 SquadronHindon Flight Commander
30 Nov 1992 - 26 Dec 1994Wg CdrNo.10 SquadronJodhpur Commanding Officer
12 Apr 1999 - 01 Jan 2002Gp CaptBasic Flying Training SchoolBamrauli Commanding Officer
16 Dec 2002 - 28 Nov 2004Air Cmde5 WingKalaikunda Air Officer Commanding
01 Dec 2004 - 01 Apr 2007AVMNational Defence CollegeDelhi Senior Directing Staff (Air)
- No.10 Squadron Commodore Commandant
01 Apr 2007 - 30 Apr 2008Air MarshalEastern Air CommandShillong Senior Air Staff Officer
01 May 2008 - 30 Jun 2009Air MarshalCentral Air CommandAllahabad Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Jul 2009 - 31 Oct 2011Air MarshalCentral Air CommandAllahabad Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Air Cmde Gurdip Singh Kochar13149 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 2002
Details : Air Commodore Gurdip Singh Kochar (13149) F (P) has been the Commanding Officer (CO) of Basic Flying Training School (BFTS) since 12 Apr 99. He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College and was CO of a MiG 27 Squadron and Chief Operations Officer of a Fighter base. Air Cmde Kochar has consistently achieved exemplary standards of flying training in BFTS. With his dynamic and proactive leadership he has personally set high standards for his instructors to emulate. The Flying Training Establishment's (FTE) track record of accident free flying during his tenure bears testimony to his untiring efforts. By sheer hard work, zeal and personal example, he has not only succeeded in motivating and moulding his team of Flying Instructors into a well knit professional body to achieve the basic aim of Stage -I flying training, but has also achieved high standards in the end product, worthy of emulation by succeeding courses. During his tenure at BFTS, Air Cmde Kochar has taken significant steps to improve the working environment and living conditions of the trainees. Under his able guidance and involvement the School achieved an average serviceability of 86% during the year 2000 on HPT-32 aircraft. The School also achieved 100% serviceability during the year for a period of 52 days. This serviceability record was better than other FTEs. A policy decision was taken at the beginning of his tenure to train only officers at BFTS. He executed the task of converting the Flight Cadets Mess into an Officers Mess in the shortest possible time, with personal involvement. He has been responsible for giving the entire Flight Complex a face-lift and has set up a Computer Laboratory within the Flight Complex, which is extensively used by all instructors and trainees. As a result, all ground training lectures and phase briefings are conducted on computers and lesson plans are available on computer. For exceptional devotion to duty, hard work and enthusiasm, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Air Commodore Gurdip Singh Kochar.
Unit : BFTS
Reference : Gazette of India dated 29th June 2002 - No.118-Pres/2002 dated 26th January 2002 & AFD 2002 Investiture Booklet
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVMGurdip Singh Kochar13149 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2005Announced 26 Jan 2005
Details :

Air Commodore Gurdip Singh Kochar, VM (13149) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned on 24 June 1972 in the Flying branch of the Indian Air Force. During his service career, he has held various challenging appointments including that of Commanding Officer of a flying Squadron and Training School, Chief Operations Officer of a flying station and Ops 1A of a Command HQ. He is an A2 QFI. He is a graduate of both the Defence Services Staff College and National Defence College. He was awarded Vayu Seva Medal for his devotion to duty. Presently, he is Air Officer Commanding of a major fighter Base in the eastern sector.

Air Commodore Kochar's personal involvement and sound leadership has enabled the station to achieve a very high degree of professional excellence. In addition to the hectic flying activities of the resident squadrons, the base always had a steady flow of visiting squadrons for range firing and numerous trials at the Interim Testing Range. Meticulous planning and uncompromising supervision have ensued achievements of all tasks with exemplary efficiency and competence.

The maintenance standards of the station were improved significantly by ensuring a distinctive thrust on self-help approach and coordination. Efforts to improve hydraulic and fuel discipline, streamlining the MT operations and making the Station Refuelling Section a model for all others to emulate deserve special mention.

Air Commodore Kochar has worked tirelessly towards up gradation of domestic facilities to improve the quality of life. A project for married accommodation for warrant ranks was successfully completed. He ensured completion of all the works services within a short span of time to upgrade operational, maintenance and domestic facilities for use by a detachment of the Republic of Singapore Air Force for flying training at this base. Due to his persistent efforts, the Station was adjudged as the 'Best Overall Station' in EAC in 2002-03 and 'Best in Administration' for two consecutive years, 2002-03 and 2003-04. Air Commodore Gurdip Singh Kochar, VM has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI20050126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalGurdip Singh Kochar13149 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2011Announced 26 Jan 2011
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
Unit : CAC
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