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Wing Commander Harbhajan Singh Sandhu

Service No & Branch 15428 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 07 Jul 1978 Course: 121 Course
Service End: Retired on 28 Feb 2003 Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 08 Sep 1989Wg Cdr : 12 Jun 1995
Training and Other Courses Attended
52 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 197729 LDMC (Wg Cdr) - 31 Mar 1999
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

01 Jul 1978 - 01 Jul 1980Plt OffrNo.110 Helicopter UnitKumbhigram Squadron Pilot
01 Jul 1980 - 01 Jul 1984Fg OffrNo.105 Helicopter UnitChabua Squadron Pilot
- Wg Cdr3 Base Repair DepotChandigarh Chief Test Pilot
31 Jul 1995 - 22 Sep 1997Wg CdrNo.135 FAC FlightBhatinda Commanding Officer
23 Sep 1997 - 21 Jun 1998Wg CdrNo.132 FAC FlightUdhampur Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrHarbhajan Singh Sandhu15428 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1996
Details :

Wing Commander Sandhu was on the posted strength of a helicopter unit operating in 'Op Meghdoot' since May 93. He had been posted as Flight Commander, after successful completion of the Air Staff Course. He was tasked to plan and execute the air maintenance task in 'Op Meghdoot' area and ensured that his was always completed inspite of large number of variables.

Wing Commander Sandhu is a pioneer in Siachen operations having operated on the glacier in 1984. He utilised his previous experience to good effect in the present tenure. He has flown a total of over 622 hours in 'Op Meghdoot' area. As a Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI) he also imparted the knowledge to the other pilots of the unit. Being the only QFI during the first year of his tenure, he had the added responsibility of training and clearing the pilots for operations in Siachen. He also undertook the first-ever night flying trials at Thoise airfield. Wg Cdr Sandhu has accident-free flying of over 3900 hours and his rich experience has always been a source of inspiration to the other pilots.

For displaying exceptional courage and devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander HS Sandhu.

Unit : 153 HU
Reference : Gazette of India , 9th March 1996 - No.23 - Pres/96 dated 26th January 1996
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