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Air Marshal Kughikombil Joseph Mathews

Service No & Branch 13393 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: 28 Oct 1952 Commissioned: 02 Jun 1973 Course: 110 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Oct 2012 Superannuated Died on 04 May 2014 (62 Years age) Flying Hours : 3500 Nick Name : Max
Qualifications Held :
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Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Jul 1991Gp Capt : 01 Sep 1996Air Cmde : 07 Jan 2003AVM : 01 Nov 2006
Air Marshal : 01 Sep 2009
Training and Other Courses Attended
41 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 1971
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Mar 1974 - 15 Sep 1976Fg OffrNo.10 SquadronJodhpur Squadron Pilot
01 Oct 1976 - Fg OffrNo.108 Squadron Squadron Pilot
15 Jun 1993 - 01 Apr 1995Wg CdrNo.101 Squadron Commanding Officer
19 Jun 1995 - 26 Apr 1997Gp CaptDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Directing Staff
22 Jun 1998 - 25 Jun 2000Gp Capt8 Forward Base Support UnitAwantipur Station Commander
01 Jun 2000 - 01 Dec 2001Gp CaptWestern Air CommandDelhi Command Air Defence Officer
03 Jul 2002 - 19 Sep 2004Air Cmde8 WingAdampur Air Officer Commanding
01 Oct 2004 - 31 Jul 2006Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Air Assistant to Chief of Air Staff
01 Sep 2005 - No.101 Squadron Commodore Commandant
01 Mar 2008 - 31 Aug 2009AVMAir Force AcademyDundigal Commandant
01 Sep 2009 - 31 Dec 2010Air MarshalPSO: Personnel, Air HQDelhi Air Officer-in-Charge Personnel
01 Jan 2011 - 31 Oct 2012Air MarshalStrategic Forces CommandDelhi Commander in Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Yudh Seva Medal
Gp CaptKughikombil Joseph Mathews13393 F(P)Award Date 15 Aug 1999Announced 15 Aug 1999
Details :

Group Captain Kurrhi Kombil Joseph Mathews (13393) Flying (Pilot) has been the Commanding Officer of Air Force Station Awantipur since 22 Jun, 98.

Gp Captain Mathews correctly anticipated that Awantipur airbase would become a focal point for the air operations against the Pakistani intruders in Kargil Sector. On his own initiative he brought the Station to a high state of readiness and when the orders to adopt precautionary measures arrived, his Station was fully mobilised. His resourcefulness and initiative enabled incoming forces to attain combat readiness in less than stipulated periods. His leadership synergised the entire team and many innovations emerged to optimise available resources of men and material.

He conducted briefings and ensured that high levels of motivation were maintained and when air strikes were ordered, on 26 May 99. MiG-29 and MiG-21 forces under his command gave excellent account of themselves. His continued involvement with aircraft preparation, launch and recovery, ensured a high combat tempo throughout the operations. His personal involvement inspired the rest. Gp Capt Mathews con-tributed significantly to the success of air operations in the Kargil Sector.

For distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is please to award 'Yudh Seva Medal' to Gp Capt KJ Mathews

Unit : AFA Awantipura
Reference : GoI19990815
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeKughikombil Joseph Mathews13393 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2005Announced 26 Jan 2005
Details :

Air Commodore Kuzhikombil Joseph Mathews, YSM (13393) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned on 02 June 1973 in the fighter stream of the IAF. During his service career of 31 years, he has held various important appointments including that of a Commanding Officer of a an FBSU in the J&K Sector, Chief Operations Officer of a fighter base, Commanding Officer of a fighter squadron, Command Air Defence Officer and Senior Flying Training Officer. He has over 3300 hrs of flying. He is a qualified flying instructor and a graduate of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and Air War College, USA. He was awarded Yudh Seva Medal during Kargil operations as Base Commander in the J&K Valley and Commendation by the Chief of Air Staff in 1978 and 1989. Presently, he is Air Officer Commanding of a major fighter Base in Western Sector. In the present assignment, Air Commodore Mathews has brought about distinct improvements in the qualitative and quantitative aspects of flying, maintenance and administration. He has been instrumental in setting up an Air Defence Group consisting of Aircrew and Fighter Controllers and has ensured the training and building up of a core Air Defence group for combat operations. He has successfully implemented the pilot project of Squadron Concept at his base. During his tenure the squadrons flew a total of over 10,100 sorties. The station maintained very high serviceability of Radar, Ranads, MT Vehicles and considerably improved the serviceability of aircraft. As a result the Station was declared the best Operational Wing of Western Air Command in 2003-04. During Op Parakarm and thereafter, Air Commodore Mathews has ensured highly proactive support to inducted combat forces to optimize performance. He accepted every challenge and ensured that his team performed to achieve each task with high standards. He has ensured innovative methods of disseminating information through a network of various media increasing awareness of the personnel. While maintaining a sharp operational and maintenance edge he has ensured a very high quality of life for all personnel.

Air Commodore Kuzhikombil Joseph Mathews, YSM has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI20050126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalKughikombil Joseph Mathews13393 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2012Announced 26 Jan 2012
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
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