Group Captain Surendra Kumar Ghotia (16575) F (P) was commissioned in the Flying Branch of IAF on 11 Dec 81. In the past 25 years of distinguished service, he has held several important field and staff appointments which include Flight Commander of a Fighter Sqn, Chief Operations Officer of a base, Commanding Officer of a Fighter unit, Directing Staff at Defence Service Staff College and Director Intelligence at Air HQ. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor, graduate of Defence Services Staff College and holds a Master of Philosophy degree from Osmania University, Hyderabad.
As Flight Commander he ensured high standards of safety in operations and the squadron was awarded a Citation by Chief of Air Staff for flying 5000 h of accident free flying. During his tenure as a Commanding Officer, the unit was adjudged best in Combat in Central Air Command. As Director Intelligence at Air HQ he was instrumental in conceptualisation, preparation and distribution of Digital Target Folders to the Operational Commands of IAF He has undergone the Higher Air Command Course where he stood First, scoring distinction in the M Phil examination.
Gp Capt Ghotia was appointed as Station Commander of Air Force Station, Bhuj on 17 Jul 06. The Station was nominated to conduct the ceremony for Presentation of President's 'standard' to MiG-21M and AN-32 Squadrons of the IAF on 15 Feb 07. Within a short span of time he meticulously planned and ensured that all the work services required for the functions were executed on time. With his detailed planning, foresight and able leadership he directed the personnel under him to complete all the challenging tasks while maintaining high morale. The high level of personal involvement, effective supervision and his ability to conduct events such as Ceremonial Parade, Photo Exhibition, Presidential Tea, Barakhana, etc. is commendable and praiseworthy. With an eye for minute details he ensured that all the functions were well conducted. It was appreciated by the President, Chief of Air Staff and Defence Secretary. The successful conduct of an event of such a great magnitude in a small place like Air Force Station Bhuj speaks volumes of his tremendous administrative and leadership qualities. For his distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Surendra Kumar Ghotia.