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Air Commodore Rajneesh Khanna

Service No & Branch 13296 AE(L)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 01 Jan 1973 Course: 3 AEC Course
Service End: Retired on 31 May 2008
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 02 Sep 1993Gp Capt : 01 Jan 2000Air Cmde : 01 Mar 2006
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Air Cmde
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

10 May 1999 - Gp Capt15 WingBareilly Chief Engineering Officer
- Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Principal Director (Ground Electronics)
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptRajneesh Khanna13296 AE(L)Award Date 26 Jan 2002Announced 26 Jan 2002
Details :

Group Captain Rajneesh Khanna (13296) AE (L) was commissioned on 01 Jan 73 in the Engineering branch of the IAF. Since commissioning he has worked on MiG-21 aircraft, SAM III missiles and Electronic Warfare Systems. As guidance Officer in SAM III missiles he performed creditably in maintaining the weapon system and was commended for his operational prowess. He has over 1900 hours of flying experience as an Electronic Systems Operator in the only Airborne Electronic Intelligence unit of the IAF.

He was appointed Chief Engineering Officer of Air Force Station Bareilly on 10 May 99 and was responsible for planning and executing the recovery of four prolonged unserviceable MiG-21 aircraft within a short period. Consequently an average serviceability of over 80 percent for the fleet was achieved during Kargil Operations.

Despite shortage of critical spares of MiG25 aircraft, his efforts towards indigenisation of some important components and meticulous planning has ensured a high aircraft availability of 72 percent in the past one year, which bears testimony to his involvement and management skills. Similarly, the Chetak/ Cheetah fleet also achieved a record 81 percent serviceability during the same period.

His proactive approach, commitment and effective leadership has brought about a qualitative improvement in the work ethos of the maintenance organisation. Under his guidance, the station Mechanical Transport section took up major engine overhauls of a number of common user and specialist vehicles thus enhancing the confidence and skill levels of the technicians.

His technical acumen and professional skills ensured flawless performance of all technical equipment of the station during the President's Standard/Colour presentation Ceremony held at Air Force Station Bareilly in October 2000. He was responsible for excellent set up of the parade ground and seating arrangements and also ensured that all aircraft and armament stores for backdrop and display were prepared to the highest standards.

For distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Rajneesh Khanna.

Unit : 15 Wing
Reference : GoI20020126
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