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Group Captain Govindharaj Karthikeyan

Service No & Branch 16741 AE(L)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 08 Feb 1982 Course: 21 AEC Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Nov 2013
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Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Dec 2000Gp Capt : 01 Jan 2006
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptGovindharaj Karthikeyan16741 AE(L)Award Date 26 Jan 2008Announced 26 Jan 2008
Details :

Group Captain Govindharaj Karthikeyan (16741) AE (L) was commissioned as Engineer in the Aeronautical Branch on 08 Feb 81. In 25 years of distinguished service, he has held several important Field and Staff appointments that include CO of an operational Ground Electronic Surveillance Unit (GESU) and Stn Cdr of an operational Signal Unit. He is a post graduate from IIT Delhi.

As Senior Engineering Officer of a HU at AF Stn Chabua, he performed creditably and ensured high serviceability of aircrafts. He even ensured 100% serviceability on one occasion. As a Chief Instructor in the Helicopter Tettra School at AF Stn Pathankot, he incorporated several innovative procedures to enhance availability of training aids for better training of air warriors.

Gp Capt G Karthikeyan was appointed the CO of an operational unit. On taking over, he faced the challenge of inducting a new system. He studied the new system thoroughly and streamlined the operations with field deployments. With his professional skills, he undertook significant additional task of repairs on the new system, which resulted in improved operational and training capabilities. All these tasks were achieved without any addition in manpower or resources.

Under the leadership of Gp Capt G Karthikeyan, the operational Signal Unit won the best MI Room Trophy in IAF for the year 2005-06. He with his accurate planning, was instrumental in his Accounts Staff putting consistent efforts in reducing audit objections, thereby, achieving the AAC target set for the unit. He also ensured that accounts services in the unit is error free leading to optimal utilization of public resources. His foresight was an inspiration for his Logistics Staff in exhibiting high level of professionalism and involvement for implementation of IMMOLS in a record time at his unit. Further, with his perseverance, he motivated his Accounts Staff for an early and successful installation of EQUOLS software at his unit, well within the stipulated time schedule which is a commendable feat. He was able to provide a new purpose and direction to the personnel of the Operational Signal Unit, who rose to achieve the tasks which were difficult and challenging. Innovations to keep the elephant menace at bay and additional tasks undertaken under his guidance improved the effectiveness and operational efficiency of unit.

For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Govindharaj Karthikeyan.

Unit : 852 SU
Reference : GoI20080126
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