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Group Captain Sanjib Kumar Bhattacharya

Service No & Branch 15702 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 15 Jun 1979 Course: 123 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Mar 2009
Qualifications Held : Instructor Rating: A2
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 15 Jun 1990Wg Cdr : 26 Aug 1996Gp Capt : 07 Jan 2003
Training and Other Courses Attended
54 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 197830 LDMC (Wg Cdr) - 31 Mar 2000
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Jan 1980 - Plt OffrNo.10 SquadronJodhpur Squadron Pilot
04 Feb 1997 - 16 May 1999Wg CdrNo.128 Helicopter UnitMohanbari Commanding Officer
01 Jan 2000 - 31 Mar 2003Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi JDPO-1(H)
02 Jun 2003 - 04 Jul 2004Gp Capt23 WingJammu Station Commander
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg CdrSanjib Kumar Bhattacharya15702 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 2000
Details :

Wing Commander Sanjib Kumar Bhattacharya (15702) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned into the Flying Branch of the IAF on 15 Jun 79. He has more than 6000 hrs of accident free flying to his credit. An A-2, QFI he has been Flight Commander of a Helicopter Squadron, an examiner with the Air Crew Examination Board and Chief Operational Officer of a flying station. He has also been on deputation to the Namibian Defence Forces.

Wg Cdr Bhattacharya was posted as Commanding Officer of a Helicopter Unit since 01 Feb 97. Driven by an objective orientation of operational excellence, he embarked on the transformation of his Unit in all spheres of activity. Through total involvement and concerted efforts he brought up the categorisation status of his unit to enviably high standards. He ensured operational role clearance of all eligible aircrew. Through close interaction with the maintenance staff he ensured a high level of serviceability. All tasks allotted to the Unit were executed most efficiently, economically and on schedule throughout his tenure of two years. His Unit boasts of the best tonnage per hour in the Indian Air Force.

Wg Cdr Bhattacharya always led from front. He himself flew 650 hrs during a twoyear period, a very creditable achievement considering other compelling demands on him as a Commanding Officer. He displayed extra ordinary courage in taking on difficult assignments himself. The airlift of seven tons of badly needed Foam Compound from Chabua to Digboi to fight the Oil Refinery fire and the daring dusk time airlift of critically injured school children form Tawang to Itanagar are examples in courage and leadership set by him. Both these missions were undertaken during adverse weather and extremely poor visibility conditions.

Wg Cdr Bhattacharya has motivated his personnel through sincerity of purpose and intensity of his convictions. Through meticulous planning and single-minded devotion he achieved and maintained his target of operational excellence throughout.

For exceptional devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Sanjib Kumar Bhattacharya.

Unit : 128 HU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 1st July 2000 - No.85-Pres/2000 dated 26th January 2000
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