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Air Commodore Bhupinder Singh Subhlok

Service No & Branch 13795 F(P) Stream :Helicopters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 07 Dec 1974 Course: 112 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Apr 2009 Superannuated Flying Hours : 5000 Nick Name : Jack
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 31 Mar 1992Gp Capt : 03 Feb 1997Acting Air Cmde : 30 Dec 2004Air Cmde : 01 Dec 2003
Training and Other Courses Attended
43 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 197244 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 2004
Badges Qualified
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Wg Cdr
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Mar 1976 - 31 Oct 1977Fg OffrNo.10 SquadronJodhpur Conversion
01 Nov 1977 - Fg OffrHelicopter Training SchoolHakimpet Heptr Conversion
04 Oct 1993 - 25 Mar 1996Wg CdrNo.117 Helicopter Unit Commanding Officer
17 Jun 1996 - 26 Apr 1997Wg CdrDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Directing Staff
27 Apr 1997 - 30 Apr 1999Gp CaptDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Directing Staff
08 May 2001 - 01 Jun 2003Gp CaptAFS MumbaiMumbai Station Commander
- Air Cmde44 WingSonegaon (Nagpur) Air Officer Commanding
24 Jul 2001 - No.104 Helicopter Squadron Commodore Commandant
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg CdrBhupinder Singh Subhlok13795 F(P)Award Date Announced 15 Aug 1996
Details :

Wing Commander Bhupinder Singh Subhlok was commissioned on 07 Dec. 74 in F (P) Helicopter stream. At about 1400 hours on 5th September, 1995 an emergency message was received for immediate evacuation of men stranded on an island in the area engulfed by the fast rising Beas river near Tihra Sujanpur. On receipt of the message Wg Cdr Subhlok who was commanding 117 HU Chetak/Cheetah Helicopter Unit, got airborne in a Cheetah helicopter. He was followed by Sqn Ldr A Gode in a Chetak helicopter. On reaching the site, they could spot 6 men huddled on a tiny island with no way of escaping. Time was at a premium as water was rising rapidly threatening to engulf the survivors. The local condition precluded rescue by winching. The lead helicopter flown by Wg Cdr Subhlok first made an approach and pulled in 3 survivors. This act of saving lives in the face of imminent danger to the aircraft and the lives of the aircrew has been in keeping with the highest traditions of the Indian Air Force.

For the act of exceptional courage, the President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wg Cdr Bhupinder Singh Subhlok.

Unit : 117 HU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 30th November 1996 - No.92-Pres/96 dated 15th August 1996
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