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Air Marshal Surendra Kumar Ghotia

Service No & Branch 16575 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 11 Dec 1981 Course: 128 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Apr 2021 Superannuated Flying Hours : 3000 Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 11 Dec 1992Gp Capt : 05 Apr 2005Air Cmde : 01 Sep 2009Acting AVM : 22 Apr 2013
AVM : 28 Dec 2011Air Marshal : 20 Jun 2016C-in-C : 01 May 2019
Training and Other Courses Attended
59 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 1980
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

- Wg Cdr46 WingNal (Bikaner) Chief Operations Officer
- Gp CaptWestern Air CommandDelhi Ops 1A
17 Jul 2006 - 06 Jul 2008Gp Capt27 WingBhuj Station Commander
- Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Intelligence
- Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Principal Director (Flying Training)
01 Mar 2010 - 01 Mar 2013Air CmdeEmbassy of India, FranceParis Air Attache
- AVMComposite Battle Response and Analysis GroupGwalior Air Officer Commanding
06 Jul 2015 - 19 Jun 2016AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Intelligence
- No.108 Squadron Commodore Commandant
20 Jun 2016 - 30 Apr 2019Air MarshalTraining CommandBangalore Senior Air Staff Officer
01 May 2019 - 30 Sep 2019Air MarshalTraining CommandBangalore Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 Oct 2019 - 30 Apr 2021Air MarshalSouth Western Air CommandGandhinagar Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptSurendra Kumar Ghotia16575 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2008Announced 26 Jan 2008
Details :

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.

Unit : 27 Wing
Reference : GoI20080126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalSurendra Kumar Ghotia16575 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2020Announced 26 Jan 2020
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