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Air Commodore Vijay Kumar Bali

Service No & Branch 13787 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 07 Dec 1974 Course: 112 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Apr 2008 Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 31 Mar 1992Acting Gp Capt : 06 Jan 1997Gp Capt : 01 Feb 1997Air Cmde : 16 Oct 2003
Training and Other Courses Attended
43 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 197243 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 07 May 198845 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 2005
Badges Qualified
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Sqn Ldr

Air Cmde
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Dec 1990 - Sqn LdrNo.26 SquadronPathankot Flight Commander
31 May 1993 - 02 Jul 1995Wg CdrNo.20 SquadronKalaikunda Commanding Officer
21 Aug 2000 - 15 Aug 2002Gp Capt507 Signal UnitSingharsi Station Commander
18 Oct 2003 - 02 Jan 2005Air Cmde9 WingHalwara Air Officer Commanding
01 Dec 2005 - 01 Jan 2007Air CmdeNCC APSecunderabad Deputy Director General
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrVijay Kumar Bali13787 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1996
Details :

Wing Commander Vijay Kumar Bali has been in command of the only Hunter Squadron (Sqn) since 31 May 93. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor and a graduate of Defence Service Staff College. The officer has over 2600 hours of accident free flying to his credit. Wg Cdr Bali has been responsible for operational conversion and training of newly commissioned officers on Hunter aircraft prior to their posting to front line fighter Sqns. During financial year 1994-95, the Sqn under his command flew 4976 sorties without any accident/incident, averaging 414 sorties per month. In Oct 94, the Sqn reached its zenith when it flew 615 sorties, which was the highest effort achieved by the Hunter fleet in the previous five years. The squadron successfully completed three operational Training courses, all well ahead of schedule. The aging Hunter fleet faced serious constrains involving constant maintenance, lack of adequate spares and poor product support. Wg Cdr Bali ensured an exceptionally high average serviceability state of 75.2% during FY 1994-95. In Oct 94, the Sqn achieved 100% serviceability on four consecutive days.

For exceptional devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Vijaya Kumar Bali.

Unit : 20 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 9th March 1996 - No.23 - Pres/96 dated 26th January 1996
Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptVijay Kumar Bali13787 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2002Announced 26 Jan 2002
Details :

Group Captain Vijay Kumar Bali (13787) F (P) was commissioned in the flying branch of the Indian Air Force on 01 Jun 71. A Qualified Flying Instructor and a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, he has 2727 hours of flying to his credit. His appointments include command of a fighter squadron, Chief Operations officer of a fighter base and a staff appointment in Air Headquarters. He was awarded the Vayu Sena Medal in 1996.

Gp Capt Bali took over the command of Air Force Station Singarsi on 21 Aug 2000. Singarsi received an unprecedented 1091mm of rainfall from 17 Sep to 23 Sep 2000. Most of the roads were badly damaged by massive landslides and subsidence. The radar and the domestic area were cut off from the rest of the world for nearly twenty days. Gp Capt Bali with his dedicated team assured that the radar was not damaged and made it operational in record time on 23 Sep 2000. His close supervision, guidance and motivation ensured that all communications systems were restored and remained serviceable and available throughout the period of the rainstorm. Leading by personal example, he conducted station-wide shramdan in the rain, thus minimising the nature and extent of damage.

In the recent past, thanks mostly to his sustained efforts and close supervision, the Automatic Data Handling System Retro fitment was completed on 19 Jul 01, well before the PDC of 31 Jul 01. His personal monitoring has yielded a very high serviceability of the radar, its accessories and MT vehicles, inspite of the remote location of the stn and difficulties in procurement of spares.

Through his interactive style of management, Gp Capt Bali has successfully infused an uncommon sense of belonging and enthusiasm in this one of the most remotely located and difficult to access Stations in the IAF. By introducing thoughtful welfare measure, he has brought about a marked improvement in the quality of life. Singarsi is extremely prone to malaria. Due to Gp Capt Bali's persistent and concerted effort, there has been a marked reduction in the incidence of malaria in the Station. Medical and other help to the local tribals by his station drew a lot of praise for the services from all the associated civilian agencies.

For distinguished service of an exceptional order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Vijay Kumar Bali.

Unit : 507 SU
Reference : GoI20020126
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