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Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa

Service No & Branch 15405 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 07 Jul 1978 Course: 121 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Sep 2019 Superannuated Nick Name : Tony
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 08 Jun 1983Sqn Ldr : 08 Jun 1989Wg Cdr : 12 Jun 1995Gp Capt : 27 May 2002
Acting Air Cmde : 24 Nov 2008Air Cmde : 01 Sep 2007Acting AVM : 14 Jun 2010AVM : 17 May 2010
Air Marshal : 01 Jan 2013C-in-C : 01 Nov 2014Air Chief Marshal : 31 Dec 2016
Training and Other Courses Attended
52 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 1977
Badges Qualified
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Air Chief Marshal
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 Apr 1997 - 15 Aug 1999Wg CdrNo.17 SquadronBhatinda Commanding Officer
09 Jan 2003 - 20 Mar 2005Gp Capt12 Forward Base Support UnitNaliya Station Commander
01 Jul 2009 - 30 Jun 2010Air CmdeDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Head of Training Team (Air)
14 Jun 2010 - 31 Dec 2010AVMDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Chief Instructor (Air)
01 Dec 2010 - 31 Dec 2012AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Intelligence
01 Jan 2013 - 30 Jun 2013Air MarshalEastern Air CommandShillong Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Jul 2013 - 31 Oct 2014Air MarshalWestern Air CommandDelhi Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Nov 2014 - 31 May 2015Air MarshalSouth Western Air CommandGandhinagar Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 Jun 2015 - 31 Dec 2016Air MarshalPSO: Operations, Air HQDelhi Vice Chief of Air Staff
01 Jun 2010 - No.17 Squadron Commodore Commandant
31 Dec 2016 - 30 Sep 2019Air Chief MarshalAir Head QuartersDelhi Chief of Air Staff
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 4
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg CdrBirender Singh Dhanoa15405 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1999
Details :

Wing Commander Birender Singh Dhanoa (15405) Flying (Pilot) has been commanding a Fighter Squadron since 31 March 97. His tenure has been characterized by consistent achievement of task and the highest standards of professionalism amongst aircrew. The personnel under his command are noticeable for their high morale. His Squadron has achieved every goal set for it. He has been instrumental in imparting to even junior aircrew the confidence that can only come from marked professionalism. He has encouraged them to lead and undertake the most challenging missions. By guidance and example, he has improved the armament delivery results of the Squadron. Inspite of having to train a number of UT Op pilots, he has made his Squadron an elite outfit and specialist Squadron in tactical photo reconnaissance. The Squadron under his command, has an unblemished safety record and in fact there have been two cases where pilots have brought back a stricken aircraft. This speaks volumes for Wing Commander Dhanoa's leadership qualities. His Squadron was awarded the 'Best Fighter Squadron' trophy of the Command in November 97.

For his dynamic leadership, devotion to duty and distinguished service, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Birender Singh Dhanoa.

Unit : 17 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 29th May 1999 - No.91-Pres/99 dated 26th January 1999
Yudh Seva Medal
Wg CdrBirender Singh Dhanoa15405 F(P)Award Date 15 Aug 1999Announced 15 Aug 1999
Details :

Wg Cdr BS Dhanoa (15405-L) F(P) is the Commanding Officer of MiG-21 Squadron and has been on the posted strength since 31 Mar 97.

His unit was tasked to carry out Fighter Recce missions only. Such missions were carried out professionally during the initial days of the operation. After IAF changed over to Medium Altitude Level Attacks, he volunteered to carry out bombing attacks, even though his unit is not earmarked for ground attack missions. In a record time, he changed the configuration of his aircraft to bombing role. He led from the front and the professional leadership that he displayed resulted in very accurate bombing attacks on the enemy. Under his able guidance and supervision the Squadron attained a high standard of professionalism and operational efficiency. This officer has been in command for the past two years. The motivations, high standard of professionalism and the eagerness to undertake missions by all the pilots in the Squadron is due to the correct direction and leadership provided by him as Commanding Officer. The Squadron maintained two detachments during the activation and the Squadron achieved 100% serviceability.

He provided inspirational leadership and was instrumental in ensuring success during this operation. He motivated his team to undertake night strike missions, even though they were not trained for it. He was actively involved in day as well as low altitude night bombing. He coordinated operational, administrative and technical aspects facilitating the Squadron to undertake the various roles it was tasked with.

For his professionalism, inspiring leadership, hard work and exceptional devotion to his job during operations in Kargil sector, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Yudh Seva Medal' to Wg Cdr BS Dhanoa.

Unit : 17 Sqn
Reference : GoI19990815
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalBirender Singh Dhanoa15405 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2015Announced 26 Jan 2015
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalBirender Singh Dhanoa15405 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2016Announced 26 Jan 2016
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
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Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
29 Sep 1988MiG-21MC-1680Sqn Ldr Birender Singh Dhanoa
101 Sqn flame out due to fa

Additional Notes

Remarks: India Today Conclave Note added: 2019-09-21

Articles from Main Site

Golden Arrows over Kargil by 17 Squadron War Diary -

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