Wing Commander Gopal Krishna Patnaik (14735) Adm/FC was Commissioned on 29 Dec 1976 in the Administrative Branch of the IAF. As a Fighter Controller he commanded a Squadron from 1991 to 1996 and subsequently posted to Air HQ as Deputy Director Personal Service (DDPS) from 1996 to 1998. He successfully recovered a MIG-29 aircraft which was uncertain of its ground position for which he was commended by the CAS on 26 Jan 1996. As DDPS, he revised the policy pertaining to discipline in the Air Force and critically examined all the Court of Inquiry proceedings relating to agitation in respect of Pay Commission recommendations for which he was commended by the VCAS on 26 Jan 1998.
In his present appointment as Chief Administrative Officer, he has been responsible for providing effective administrative support to create safe flying environment, enhanced security measures and improved quality of life. On 30 May 2000 at about 1935 h, the Station was struck with heavy storm disrupting electric and water supply. Despite total darkness and heavy rains he motivated the Military Engineering Service (MES) personnel and took immediate steps in restoring electric and water supply in a least possible time. He successfully conducted the survey of Air Force land, which had been pending for the last 134 years, identified the encroachments and initiated actions to remove the same. With his close liaison with the Hyderabad Urban Development Authorities he organised mass scale tree plantations on Air Force land outside the camp to prevent any further encroachments. To improve the quality of life he refurbished the Airmen Institute, provided music at Hangars, TVs in every Section, locally fabricated Bus Shelters, 24 split Air Condition ers at various places, Curtains in Airmen Billets and developed Parks with fountain. He gave a new impetus to various Non Public Funds and achieved a record growth.
For distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Gopal Krishna Patnaik.