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Air Marshal Suneet Shripad Soman

Service No & Branch 14681 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 29 Dec 1976 Course: 117 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Aug 2015 Superannuated Flying Hours : 2200
Qualifications Held : Instructor Rating: A2
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 05 Jul 1993Gp Capt : 01 Sep 2000Air Cmde : 20 Nov 2006AVM : 01 Dec 2009
Air Marshal : 02 Nov 2011C-in-C : 01 Jul 2013
Training and Other Courses Attended
48 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 1975
Badges Qualified
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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

09 Nov 1995 - 07 Nov 1996Wg CdrFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Chief Flying Instructor
08 Nov 1996 - 06 Dec 1998Wg CdrNo.52 SquadronChabua Commanding Officer
01 Mar 2002 - 18 Apr 2004Gp Capt1 WingSrinagar Chief Operations Officer
- 30 Nov 2009Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Principal Director (Flight Safety)
20 Nov 2006 - Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Principal Director (Ops, Space)
01 May 2007 - 15 Jun 2009Air Cmde18 WingPathankot Air Officer Commanding
- AVM1 Air Defence Control CentreDelhi Air Officer Commanding
02 Nov 2011 - 07 Jun 2012Air MarshalWestern Air CommandDelhi Senior Air Staff Officer
06 Jun 2012 - 30 Jun 2013Air MarshalSouth Western Air CommandGandhinagar Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Jul 2013 - 31 Aug 2015Air MarshalWestern Air CommandDelhi Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg CdrSuneet Shripad Soman14681 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1999
Details :

Wing Commander Suneel Shripad Soman (14681) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Fighter stream of Flying (Pilot) branch of the Indian Air Force on 29 December 76. During his meritorious service he has excelled in many fields gaining fully Op status on two fighter aircrafts. He is qualified Flying Instructor holding A-2 category and has been the Chief Instructor at the Flying Instructors School. He served as the Assistant Defence Advisor in Dhaka. Bangladesh from September 90 to May 94. He distinguished himself by producing a prize winning dissertation on Indo-Bangladesh affairs during the DSSC course. Wing Commander Soman has been the Commanding Officer of a Fighter Squadron since November 96. The task of the unit is to train the budding fighter pilots of the IAF. He assumed the command of the squadron just after the unit relocated at a new base that was reactivated after a long gap. The repair of operational and maintenance infrastructure had not yet reached the desired standard. Wing Commander Soman utilised his vast experience and outstanding leadership to recommence flying training within a very short duration. Simultaneously, he set about organising the maintenance facilities to ensure a constant availability of aircraft to sustain Squadron's flying effort. The net result was that the flying training was completed within the stipulated time frames. With his personal example and zealous application of his professional acumen Wing Commander Soman has been able to ensure a high standard of flying training to the ab-initio fighter pilots of Indian Air Force.

For outstanding professionalism, exemplary qualities of leadership, sustained hard work, commitment and involvement, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Suneel Shripad Soman.

Unit : 52 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 29th May 1999 - No.91-Pres/99 dated 26th January 1999
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeSuneet Shripad Soman14681 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2009Announced 26 Jan 2009
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalSuneet Shripad Soman14681 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2015Announced 26 Jan 2015
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