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Air Commodore Ashminder Singh Bahal

Service No & Branch 16208 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 13 Dec 1980 Course: 126 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Dec 2012
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 13 Dec 1991Wg Cdr : 05 May 1997Gp Capt : 01 Apr 2004Air Cmde : 15 Sep 2008
Training and Other Courses Attended
57 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 1979
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

23 Nov 1998 - 22 Oct 2000Wg CdrNo.18 SquadronKalaikunda Commanding Officer
16 Jun 2008 - 31 Dec 2009Air Cmde36 WingMakarpura (Vadodara) Air Officer Commanding
09 Jan 2010 - 08 May 2011Air CmdeNCC APSecunderabad Deputy Director General
09 May 2011 - 31 Dec 2012Air CmdeCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad Deputy Commandant
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg Cdr Ashminder Singh Bahal16208 F(P)Award Date Announced 15 Aug 1999
Details :

Wing Commander Ashminder Singh Bahal (16208-K) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of a Fighter Wing as Senior Flight Safety and Inspection Officer since 03 May 1998.

On 31 Aug 98, one fighter aircraft lost control during overshoot and crashed very close to the Control Tower. The aircraft collided with two other stationary aircraft parked on the dispersal and exploded. All the three aircraft were soon engulfed in fire, with flames rising to a height of 5 to 10 meters.

On receipt of the emergency call, Wg Cdr A S Bahal arrived at the scene of accident within a minute and assumed full charge of the crash fire fighting and rescue operations. Braving all odds and with total disregard to his own safety, he directed the fire fighting operations from very close proximity even as aircraft debris was being thrown around with minor explosions. The fire was brought under control within six to seven minutes at a time when the other two aircraft were spilling fuel. The fire and heat were so intense that even the shoes of the officer were charred.

His personal example motivated the crash crew and other airmen who were gathered around to carry out the fighting operations with gusto, despite danger to life. Wg Cdr Bahal motivated the men in fighting the fire keeping with the finest traditions of the Air Force.

For this act of exceptional gallantry, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wg Cdr Ashminder Singh Bahal.

Unit : 18 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 11th March 2000 - No.27-Pres/2000 dated 15th August 2000
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