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Air Marshal Rajinder Singh

Service No & Branch 13980 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 01 Apr 1975 Course: 113 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Jun 2013 Superannuated Nick Name : Fido
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 03 May 1992Acting Gp Capt : 13 Jan 1997Gp Capt : 01 Jul 1997Air Cmde : 01 Sep 2004
AVM : 01 Jan 2008Air Marshal : 01 Dec 2010C-in-C : 01 Mar 2012
Training and Other Courses Attended
44 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 1973
Badges Qualified
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Air Cmde
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 Mar 1976 - Fg OffrNo.10 SquadronJodhpur Squadron Pilot
01 Feb 1995 - 07 Nov 1996Wg CdrNo.52 SquadronBagdogra Commanding Officer
- Gp Capt20 WingBagdogra Chief Operations Officer
26 Jun 2000 - 22 Apr 2001Gp Capt8 Forward Base Support UnitAwantipur Station Commander
05 Jul 2001 - 28 Aug 2004Gp CaptEmbassy of India, EqyptCairo Defence Attache
- 30 Sep 2005Air Cmde3 WingPalam (Delhi) Air Officer Commanding
- 16 Oct 2007Air CmdeSouth Western Air CommandGandhinagar Air-I
- Air CmdeWestern Air CommandDelhi Chief Personnel Staff Officer
- Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Principal Director (Projects)
17 Oct 2007 - 05 Feb 2010AVMSouthern Air CommandTrivandrum Senior Air Staff Officer
03 Apr 2008 - No.52 Squadron Commodore Commandant
01 Dec 2010 - 29 Feb 2012Air MarshalTraining CommandBangalore Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Mar 2012 - 30 Jun 2013Air MarshalTraining CommandBangalore Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp CaptRajinder Singh13980 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1999
Details :

Group Captain Rajinder Singh (13980) Flying (Pilot) commanded a Fighter Squadron, AF from 23 January 95 to 25 November 96. He is presently posted as COO of a fighter base. He is an experienced Qualified Flying Instructor and has flown over 5000 sorties of accident free flying.

During his tenure as Commanding Officer, the Squadron flew about 8300 sorties without a single flying accident. The excellent managerial skill of the officer is evident from the fact that despite the aircraft being very old, the Squadron achieved 100% serviceability on eight different occasions during which all aircraft were flown. This indeed was a unique achievement. He also conducted permanent move of his Squadron to another base. The move was meticulously planned and executed in such a way that the Squadron commenced full-fledged flying within 72 hours at the new location. For all these achievements his Squadron was adjudged the Best Fighter Squadron in the Command in 1996-97.

As COO, the officer has led from the front and shown a rare sense of drive and total involvement to provide a safe flying environment. He has ensured that the airfield environment is maintained at a very high operational standard. Inspite of the runway surface being in a bad state, his close supervision has ensured that there has not been a single FOD. Also there has been no instance of a bird hit in the last year and a half. The operational performance of the Wing during DASI and CASI visits has been exceptional. The Wing was also declared the Best Operational Wing of the Command for 1996-97.

For his exceptional qualities of leadership, initiative, dedication to service, his continued high performance and constant endeavour to achieve excellence in all areas, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Group Captain Rajinder Singh.

Unit : 20 Wing
Reference : Gazette of India dated 29th May 1999 - No.91-Pres/99 dated 26th January 1999
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeRajinder Singh13980 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2007Announced 26 Jan 2007
Details :

Air Commodore Rajinder Singh VM (13980) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned as fighter pilot in the IAF on 14 December 1974. He has flown over 3000 hours of accident free flying and held several key appointment, which include Commanding Officer (CO) of a MiG-21 Squadron (Sqn), Chief Operations Officer (COO) of a large fighter wing and Station Commander (Stn Cdr) of strategically vital fighter base. He has also held several Important staff assignments, both at Air HQ and Command HQ, and was also the defence attaché in Egypt. A Qualified Flying instructor and an alumni of the Defence Services Staff College, the air officer was twice commended by the CAS in 1988 and1995, respectively, and also awarded the Vayu Sena Medal in 1999.

During his present tenure as the Air Officer Commanding (AOC) of Air Force Station Palam, the Station flew a record 11,000 hrs of accident free flying. A rare feat was achieved by the Station in which all aircraft of the Sqn were flown at the same time to attain 100% serviceability. All the VVIP/VIP movements have been handled exclusively well.

The Air Officer's drive and initiative successfully resolved the perennial water shortage at Palam by making Delhi Jal Board water available to the Station for the first time in sixty years. Under his able guidance and direction the prestigious Air Force Day Parade was meticulously planned and perfectly executed, showcasing an impressive and professional display, which was highly appreciated. During Tsunami the victims were received, fed, clothed and dropped at their homes. Prompt airlift of relief material to Jammu & Kashmir during earthquake was appreciated by even the home ministry,

Air Commodore Rajinder Singh, VM has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI20070126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalRajinder Singh13980 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2013Announced 26 Jan 2013
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
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Articles from Main Site

No.1 Squadron by Pushpindar Singh -
No.10 Squadron by Pushpindar Singh -
Flying Officer Kartar Singh Saund - a Photo Album by Updates -
Birender Singh Dhanoa by 31 Dec 2016 -
Arjan Singh - Marshal of the Indian Air Force by Roopinder Singh -
First to the Last - 50 years of the MiG 21 with the IAF by Air Marshal Philip Rajkumar (Retd) and Pushpindar Singh -
Canberras in the Congo by Pushpindar Singh -
Overview : Indian Peace Keepers in Sri Lanka by Pushpindar Singh Chopra -
December Diary : With the Battle Axes by Wg Cdr Kulbir Singh Harnal (Retd) -
Wish I had a gun! by Air Cmde Manbir Singh VrC VM -
Sukhoi-7 BMK - A whale of a fighter by R Chattopadhyay -
The Antonov 12 in the Bombing Role by Squadron Leader (Retd.) Douglas Augier -
AVRO 748 In India - More Than Four Decades On by Gp Capt Kapil Bhargava -
No.1 Squadron by Pushpindar Singh -
"Then Whose Battle Was It?" - Sqn Ldr M S Pujji by K S Nair -
Sikh Pilots in the IAF in WW2 by Pushpindar Singh -
The Man behind the legend - Mehar Singh by Maj Gen Syed Ali Hamid (Retd - Pakistan Army) -

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