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Air Vice Marshal Sanjeev Narayan Deshpande

Service No & Branch 16559 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 11 Dec 1981 Course: 128 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 May 2019 Superannuated Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 11 Dec 1992Gp Capt : 01 Nov 2004Acting Air Cmde : 12 Jul 2010Air Cmde : 26 Apr 2010
AVM : 01 Jun 2015
Training and Other Courses Attended
59 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 1980
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Jun 1983 - Fg OffrNo.26 SquadronPathankot Squadron Pilot
10 Jan 2000 - 15 Jul 2002Wg CdrNo.108 SquadronPathankot Commanding Officer
01 Jun 2007 - 06 Jul 2009Gp Capt34 WingBhaisana (Bhatinda) Station Commander
- Air CmdeEastern Air CommandShillong Air-I
- Air CmdeIntegrated Defence StaffNew Delhi DACIDS (LTFS)
- AVMAdvance HQ, South Western Air CommandPune Air Officer Commanding
01 Jun 2015 - 04 Jun 2017AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Inspection
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg CdrSanjeev Narayan Deshpande16559 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 2003
Details :

Wing Commander Sanjeev Narayan Deshpande (16559) was commissioned in the Flying Branch of the IAF on 11 Dec 1981. He has been the commanding officer of a fighter squadron, AF since 10 Jan 2000. Prior to taking over command of the Sqn, he has been the Chief Operations Officer of a frontline fighter base. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor. While he was the Flight Commander, his Sqn had the distinction of being adjudged the best fighter Sqn in WAC, IAF.

Wg Cdr Deshpande has been one of the first in his batch to command a fighter squadron. When he took over the command of the squadron there were 11 U/T ops and or U/T con pilots. Without complaining, he undertook the challenge of upgrading the squadron operational state. With his exemplary leadership, exceptional initiative and dedication in a short span of one and half years, the squadron achieved 100% ops status and ratings in May 2001. With is untiring efforts the squadron had the distinction of making 27 pilots operational by day of which 16 have become operational by night too.

While being the last to rest on his laurels he took upon himself to bring up the ops status of the Sqn in the ops role of valley attacks and high altitude weapon delivery. With his methodical approach, planning, professionalism and perseverance 27 pilots have become qualified in valley attacks and high altitude weapon delivery, which has been appreciated by the AOC-in-C, WAC and CAS. His extraordinary efforts and commendable enthusiasm was evident from the fact that he always led from the front and flew close to 90 sorties in the last two years. These results are noteworthy for they have been achieved without a single pilot error accident and the Sqn averaging over 300 sorites/180 hours per month inspite of poor serviceability before the R-11 engines were replaced by R-13 engines on the aircraft.

Although the effort was on bringing the ops status of the squadron, other fields were not left unattended and the Sqn under his able leadership also won the inter unit sports championship for the year 2000-01.

For his distinguished service and exceptional devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Sanjeev Narayan Deshpande.

Unit : 108 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 22nd March 2003 - No.43-Pres/2003 dated 26th January 2003
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVMSanjeev Narayan Deshpande16559 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2020Announced 26 Jan 2020
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