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Air Vice Marshal Vikas Krishna Rao Yajurvedi

Service No & Branch 13248 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 23 Dec 1972 Course: 109 Course
Service End: Retired on 08 Feb 2010 Flying Hours : 4245 Nick Name : Yaj
Qualifications Held : Instructor Rating: A2
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 11 Mar 1991Gp Capt : 01 Feb 1996Air Cmde : 01 Feb 2002AVM : 01 Mar 2006
Training and Other Courses Attended
40 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 197142 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 09 May 198731 FCL (Sqn Ldr) - 01 Mar 198843 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 2003
Badges Qualified
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Gp Capt
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 Dec 1985 - 31 May 1986Sqn LdrNo.10 SquadronJodhpur Squadron Pilot
01 Jun 1987 - 31 Mar 1989Sqn LdrNo.10 SquadronJodhpur Squadron Pilot
01 Apr 1989 - 20 May 1989Sqn LdrNo.10 SquadronJodhpur Flight Commander
- Wg CdrCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad Directing Staff
01 Jun 1989 - Wg CdrTactics and Combat Development EstablishmentJamnagar Staff Pilot
17 Jun 1991 - 25 Jul 1993Wg CdrNo.220 SquadronJodhpur Commanding Officer
05 Jul 1999 - 31 Oct 2001Gp CaptFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Commanding Officer
19 Jan 2004 - 01 Jan 2006Air Cmde32 WingJodhpur Air Officer Commanding
01 Feb 2006 - 14 Oct 2007AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Training
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Air Cmde Vikas Krishna Rao Yajurvedi13248 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 2002
Details : Air Commodore Vikas Krishnarao Yajurvedi (13248) F (P) was commissioned in IAF as a fighter pilot on 23 Dee 72. He is an A2 QFI and FCL, who has served on staff of Tactics And Combat Development Establishment (TACDE). He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College and Higher Air Command Course. He commanded a MiG 23 Squadron, and also served as Chief Operations Officer (COO) at an Air Force Station, operating fighters. Air Cmde Yajurvedi was appointed as Commanding Officer (CO), Flying Instructor's School (FIS) and COO Air Force Station Tambaram on 23 Jun 99. Despite the hectic schedule and work content on the ground, he has flown 340 hrs of instructional flying in the last 20 months, a notable achievement. Under his dynamic leadership, the School re-inducted the Kiran aircraft and carried out a smooth and efficient change over to a new training pattern including Kiran and HPT-32 aircraft. The School has flown a total of 12,373 hrs of accident free flying in 20 months of his tenure. FIS was awarded the Flight Safety and Maintenance trophy in the year 2000. Despite the marginal strength of staff pilots, time bound tasks of three Qualified Flying Instructor's Courses were completed on time with a distinct improvement in the quality of training. Specifically, he introduced an innovative 'Situational Awareness Programme' in flying training, thus contributing significantly towards enhanced flight safety. Under his able guidance, the School has employed resources of digital video domain of the multimedia to evolve innovative training methods and also put up an excellent audio-visual show on the Air Force Day. Notwithstanding his hectic schedule, the officer contributed significantly towards flight safety by way of his articles for safety journals. Under his guidance, the School has put up study papers on 'Accident Proneness in Aircrew and Remedies' and 'Situational Awareness Programme' to bring about higher levels of safety and efficiency. As the COO of the station, he has ensured a safe flying environment for the intense flying by FIS and the transit aircraft movements that exceed 100 per quarter. Starting operations from a newly activated transport aircraft dispersal, setting up a well furnished rest room for the branch personnel, thorough revision of various orders, guidance on vegetation and deer clearance are the other notable achievements. For exceptional devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal' to Air Commodore Vikas Krishnarao Yajurvedi.
Unit : FIS
Reference : Gazette of India dated 29th June 2002 - No.118-Pres/2002 dated 26th January 2002 & AFD 2002 Investiture Booklet
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeVikas Krishna Rao Yajurvedi13248 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2006Announced 26 Jan 2006
Details :

Air Commodore Vikas Krishna Rao Yajurvedi VM (13248) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned on 23 December 72 in fighter stream of IAF. Since commissioning he has flown a total of 4245 hrs of flying on different fighter and trainer aircraft. He is an A2 Qualified Flying Instructor and a Fighter Combat Leader and in his 32 years of distinguished service, he has held various important command and staff appointments. He is an alumnus of both Defence Service Staff College and National Defence College. He was awarded Vayu Sena Medal for devotion to duty on 26 January 02.

The officer commanded a MiG 23 Squadron where he ensured a very high operational state and set high standards, of leadership. As Chief Operations Officer at a major flying base, the officer was entrusted to ensure that the operational capability of the station and the various lodger units was maintained at the highest level. The Officer with his acumen professional knowledge and managerial skills ensured that the various operations and exercises given to the unit were performed in the most exceptional manner, which was appreciated by the higher ups. As CO Flying Instructor School, he introduced an innovative Ă¢â‚¬Å“Situations Awar-eness Programme" in flying training, thus, contributing significantly towards enhanced flight safety. The School was awarded the Flight Safety and Maintenance Trophy in year 2000. Under his dynamic leadership, the School reinducted the Kiran aircraft and carried out a smooth and efficient change over to a new training pattern including Kiran and HPT-32 aircraft. He is presently the Air Officer Commanding of a frontline fighter base in western sector. He has led Air Force Station to very high standards in all spheres of activities for it to be adjudged the Best Fighter Station i.e., Pride of SWAC - Best Operational Wing for the year 2004. Under his dynamic leadership the Station has achieved many milestones like successful induction of Bison aircraft alongside setting up of Bison Tech Flight and timely completion of its avionics lab. His meticulous planning and professionalism combined with magna-nimous approach makes him a natural leader

The Air Officer with his varied experience and unique professionalism took on himself an exhaustive research on the defect and trend analysis for the fleet of aircraft being operated at the base. The report presented to the DG (Inspection and Safety) in the year 2004 came in for special appreciation. As an effective administrator, he improved the working environment of the Wing and lodger units and quality of life for its personnel. The Wing successfully carried out many innovations, which resulted in reduction in concessions for aircraft maintenance and enhanced Flight/Maintenance Safety. Air Cmde Vikas Krishna Rao Yajurvedi VM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI20060126
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