Group Captain Har Kamal Jeet Singh Sokhey (15858) F (P) was commissioned as a Pilot on 14 Dec 79 in Fighter stream. He is an experienced Pilot with over 5135 h of accident free flying on various Fighter, Trainer and Transport aircraft. During his 27 years of service career, he has held the important appointments of CO of a Fighter Squadron and Chief Operations Officer (COO) of a fighter base. He has also been on staff at TACDE. He is an A-2 QF1, a Pilot Attack Instructor and an alumnus of DSSC and Higher Command Courses. He has also served on deputation to Government of Botswana for three years. Presently he has dual responsibility of CO of Flying Instructors' School (FIS) and Chief Operations Officer of Air Force Station Tambaram since 20 Apr 05.
Under his command FIS has seen a sea change in terms of infrastructure, technology and training enhancement. He has worked tirelessly to create an informal but regimented atmosphere with constant monitoring of trainee QFIs, resulting in good performance and overall development. This has been achieved with nil accident and human error incident. He has been instrumental in formulation of a new training pattern at FIS which includes simulator flying, which would be immensely beneficial to the Air Force in the coming years.
As the COO of the base, he has ensured a high standard of safety and maintenance of allied services for flying. In addition requirements towards flood relief operations in Chennai region and catering for strike at civil airport were handled in a professional manner.
From 13 Mar to 02 Apr 07, a joint exercise was planned in Chennai region at a very short notice. Due to inadequacies of operating environment at the planned destination, Tambaram agreed to provide the entire operational and administrative conduct of exercise from Tambaram airfield. Gp Capt Sokhey took initiative and coordinated the operational requirements in a professional manner whereby the Special Forces were able to train and complete entire exercise as planned. Later from 20th to 22nd April 07, he was the overall coordinator for lAF's Platinum Jubilee air display, AWDT and AWSO program at Tambaram and Marina Beach. The mammoth task involved coordination with TN State and other multiple agencies. He with his composure managed and coordinated the entire function in a befitting manner. His positive approach and enthusiasm has not only helped the outside agencies to be completely satisfied, but also has raised the morale of all personnel under him. For his distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Har Kamal Jeet Singh Sokhey.