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Group Captain Vinod Rangabhashayam

Service No & Branch 16811 F(P)
Date of Birth: 16 Feb 1961 Commissioned: 04 Jun 1982 Course: 129 Course
Service End: Retired on 28 Feb 2015 Superannuated Died on 10 Jun 2015 (54 Years age)
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 04 Jun 1993Wg Cdr : 17 May 1999Gp Capt : 01 Jan 2006
Training and Other Courses Attended
60 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 1981
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

01 Jul 1997 - 30 Jun 1998Sqn LdrSuryakiran Aerobatics Team Squadron Pilot
- Wg CdrCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad Directing Staff
02 May 1999 - 30 Apr 2002Wg Cdr27 WingBhuj Chief Operations Officer
01 Apr 2003 - 04 Aug 2004Wg CdrNo.2228 SquadronBawana Commanding Officer
15 Jun 2009 - 03 Jul 2011Gp Capt49 WingNaliya Station Commander
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg CdrVinod Rangabhashayam16811 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 2002
Details : Wing Commander Vinod Rangabhashyarn (16811) F (P) is held on the posted strength of Air Force Station Bhuj, since 02 May 1999. He is the Chief Operations Officer (COO). On 26 Jan 2001 a major earthquake devastated the station at 0846 hrs, causing extensive damage to buildings and houses causing loss of lives and property. Wg Cdr Rangabhashyam's house was also damaged. Unmindful of his personal losses and the welfare of his family, he immediately commenced action as the COO of the station. The Air Traffic Control having collapsed fully and the Base Ops being unsafe for carrying out the operations, the Operational Control Centre was set up at the tarmac, which was manned round the clock. The entire station was plunged into darkness and all the communication lines were unserviceable. It was under such adverse conditions that Wg Cdr Rangabhashyam supervised the operations successfully. Receiving relief aircraft, both national and international, exceeding 1000 by the 25th day, looking after the off loading and dispersal of the relief material, successfully co-ordinating the activities of evacuation of families and casualties, was an extremely difficult task in such adverse circumstances. The calm and collected manner In which he carried on through the aftermath of this nature's fury is praiseworthy. The vision, positive approach and attitude shown by the officer, have won accolades not only to the Station but also to the IAF by large. For his exceptional devotion to duty) qualities of leadership, professionalism, and untiring efforts in successful execution of the relief operations, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Vinod Rangabhashyam.
Unit : AFS Bhuj
Reference : Gazette of India dated 29th June 2002 - No.118-Pres/2002 dated 26th January 2002 & AFD 2002 Investiture Booklet
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