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Air Marshal Sridharan Panicker Radha Krishnan Nair

Service No & Branch 16040 F(P) Stream :Transport
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 15 Jun 1980 Course: 125 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Jul 2018 Superannuated Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 15 Jun 1991Wg Cdr : 05 May 1997Gp Capt : 01 Jun 2003Air Cmde : 07 Jan 2008
AVM : 01 Jan 2011Air Marshal : 01 Mar 2014C-in-C : 01 Sep 2015
Training and Other Courses Attended
56 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 197950 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 2010
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

26 Aug 2002 - Gp CaptNo.44 SquadronAgra Commanding Officer
15 Oct 2007 - 22 Dec 2009Air Cmde12 WingChandigarh Air Officer Commanding
- AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Personnel Airmen & Civ
01 Feb 2013 - 30 Apr 2014AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Ops (Transport & Helicopters)
01 Mar 2011 - No.44 Squadron Commodore Commandant
01 Mar 2014 - 30 Apr 2014Air MarshalPSO: Planning, Air HQDelhi Deputy Chief of Air Staff
01 May 2014 - 31 Aug 2015Air MarshalTraining CommandBangalore Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Sep 2015 - 31 Jul 2018Air MarshalTraining CommandBangalore Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 4
Mention in Despatches
Wg CdrSridharan Panicker Radha Krishnan Nair16040 F(P)Award Date Announced 15 Aug 1999
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
Unit : 25 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India No.28 - Pres/2000 dated 11th March 2000
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp CaptSridharan Panicker Radha Krishnan Nair16040 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 2005
Details : Group Captain Sridhara Panicker Radhakrishnan Nair (16040) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned on 15 Jun 1980. He is commanding the only strategic airlift squadron of the IAF since Mar 03. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor. His past appointments include Flight Commander of one of a premier transport squadron and Chief Operations Officer of an active base. He has over 6700 hours of accident free flying.As FIt Cdr, he has been in the forefront of path breaking landing trials to high altitude forward area airfields in Ladakh sector by night. This new found capability to mobilise men and material to mifitady sensitive and inhospitable terrain by night has added to the combat potential of our forces. During Ex-Safed Sagar, his meticulous planning and personal flying effort found him worthy of being 'Mentioned in Despatches'. He was instrumental in the Squadron being adjudged the 'Best Transport Combat Squadron' for two years in succession.On taking over command, he was given the onerous task of relocating the squadron. Due to his farsightedness, methodical approach and immaculate planning, the move was completed ahead of schedule, whilst continuing to remain operational and undertaking all commitments during the entire move. Despite manpower constraints, he maintained a sharp focus on training and steadily built up the training team. He converted 37 aircrew on type and also achieved high operational status in a relatively short period.As team leader and captain of the first aircraft which took part in Ex Cope Thunder in USA in the year 2003, he displayed sterling qualities of leadership and thorough professionalism which brought accolades to the IAF. It was his brainchild to pioneer a flight to the North Pole, set an endurance record by IL-76 aircraft and circumnavigate the globe. These three records and the exceptional performance during the exercise have found a place in the glorious history of the IAF. Also, the transpolar capability he established, has added a new dimension to the strategic reach of the IAF. On his return from Alaska, he once again spurred his team to achieve exceptional standards and win the 'best Transport Combat Squadron' trophy of the IAF.For his exceptional devotion to duty and leadership, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Group Captain Sridhara Panicker Radhakrishnan Nair.
Unit : 44 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 9th April 2005 - No.28-Pres/2005 dated 26th January 2005 & AFD2005 Investiture
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeSridharan Panicker Radha Krishnan Nair16040 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2010Announced 26 Jan 2010
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalSridharan Panicker Radha Krishnan Nair16040 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2017Announced 26 Jan 2017
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Additional Notes

Remarks: Tarmac Talking Note added: 2018-07-28

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