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Air Marshal Shyam Bihari Prasad Sinha

Service No & Branch 16053 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 15 Jun 1980 Course: 125 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Dec 2018 Superannuated Flying Hours : 3935 Nick Name :
Qualifications Held : Instructor Rating: A2
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 15 Jun 1991Wg Cdr : 05 May 1997Gp Capt : 01 Jul 2003Air Cmde : 07 Jan 2008
AVM : 01 Feb 2011Air Marshal : 30 Apr 2014C-in-C : 01 Jan 2016
Training and Other Courses Attended
56 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 1979
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Jan 1991 - 01 Jan 1992Sqn LdrFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Flying Instructor
07 Dec 1998 - 01 Dec 2000Wg CdrNo.52 SquadronChabua Commanding Officer
01 Dec 2000 - 01 Oct 2002Wg CdrAir Head QuartersDelhi DD (Ops, IEW)
01 Oct 2002 - 01 Dec 2004Gp CaptElectronic Warfare RangeMaharajpur (Gwalior) Commandant
01 Dec 2004 - 01 Jul 2007Gp CaptIsraelIsrael Team Lead - AWACS Project
07 Jan 2008 - 07 Jun 2009Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Principal Director (Acquisition)
07 Jan 2008 - 07 Jun 2009Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi PD (C4ISR)
07 Jan 2008 - 07 Jun 2009Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Principal Director (Plans)
08 Jun 2009 - 02 Aug 2010Air Cmde15 WingBareilly Air Officer Commanding
03 Aug 2009 - 31 Jan 2011Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Principal Director (Plans)
03 Aug 2009 - 31 Jan 2011Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Principal Director (Acquisition)
01 Feb 2011 - 30 Apr 2014AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Plans
20 Oct 2011 - No.7 Squadron Commodore Commandant
01 May 2014 - 31 Dec 2015Air MarshalPSO: Planning, Air HQDelhi Deputy Chief of Air Staff
01 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2018Air MarshalCentral Air CommandAllahabad Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg CdrShyam Bihari Prasad Sinha16053 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 2001
Details :

Wing Commander Shyam Bihari Prasad Sinha (16053) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Flying Branch on 15 Jun 80. He has 3600 hours of accident free flying to his credit. The officer has held the appointments of Flight commander of a MiG-21 squadron and Chief Flying Instructor at a Flying Training Establishment. He is a Cat-A-2 Qualified Flying Instructor and an Air Force Examiner. He is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College. He has been commended by the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Central Air Command and by the Chief of the Air Staff.

Wg Cdr Sinha has been posted as Commanding Officer of a MiG Operational Training Squadron since 07 Dec 98. Operational Conversion Training on fighter aircraft is an unenviable task, given the inexperience of ab-intio trainees. Early in his tenure, Wg Cdr Sinha assessed the demands of this exacting task. Through concerted efforts and effective leadership, Wg Cdr Sinha ensured prompt task completion, enabling MOFT courses to pass out on time. The exceptional flight safety record enjoyed by the squadron, inspite of the intense training environment, speaks volumes of the Commanding Officer's deep personal involvement. Staff Pilot training was also accelerated to ensure 100% operational and instructional clearance. All this was achieved by leading from the front through personal example. Despite the preoccupation of his appointment, the Commanding Officer has held the distinction of flying the maximum number of sorties in his squadron.

Driven by the singular aim of improving aircraft availability, he addressed the issue of a large number of AOGs. Through effective liaison with higher formation and HAL, he accelerated the clearance of his Squadron AOG demands. Effectively utilising his managerial skills and excellent interpersonal relations, he raised the productivity of his technical staff. The end result was a sustained high serviceability, occasionally touching 100%. His genuine concern for his men and his orientation towards morale, resulted in a large number of welfare measures in his Squadron. He has been an exemplary leader.

For his exceptional devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Shyam Bihari Prasad Sinha.

Unit : 52 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 26th May 2001 - No.68-Pres/2001 dated 26th January 2001
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeShyam Bihari Prasad Sinha16053 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2011Announced 26 Jan 2011
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalShyam Bihari Prasad Sinha16053 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2018Announced 26 Jan 2018
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