Group Captain Chandramouli (16984) F (P) was commissioned in the Flying Branch on 29 Dec 82. He is a Fighter Combat Leader and graduate of DSSC. He has held key appointments of Flight Commander of a MiG-29 Squadron wherein he took part in Kargil Operations, Chief Operations Officer (COO) of a premier Fighter Station in Western Sector, commanded a SAGW Squadron, COO and the Station Commander of an important station in Eastern Sector. While he was the COO of the Fighter Station in the Western Sector, as a result of his diligent efforts, the station was awarded the trophy for 'Best Station in Flying Operations' in Western Air Command in 2002-03. When he was the CO of SAGW Squadron, the unit was selected as the second best SAGW unit in the IAF in 2003-04. As the COO of the present base, utilising all available resources, within nine months, wild growth was removed from twelve lakh square meters of flight safety zone as a result of which there is annual saving of more than Rupees three lakhs in the airfield grass cutting contract.
Within a short period after taking over the Station, numerous encroachers who filed a law suit in the court against IAF and demanded illegal rights of access to the main Air Force approach road, were removed making it an exclusive Air Force road. In Sep 06, the Station was tasked to conduct a capsule course for the 33 Defence correspondents. From a mere three air-conditioned transit rooms in Officers' Mess, he brought up seventeen rooms to unmatched standards setting an example in transit facilities. The course itself was conducted in a most professional manner which was appreciated by the CAS.
A concerted drive was initiated in 2005-06 with regards to land measurement of the Station in coordination with the civil authorities. The outcome of this drive was that 156.88 acres of land was identified to be lying outside the concrete boundary wall of the Station. In a most courageous endeavor, 40 years old encroachment from about 130 acres have been removed and the 2.5 kms perimeter of this land has been fenced utilising available Station resources. This recovered land valued at more than Rs. 20 lacs has altered the map of the Station and is a big gain to the IAF. This land is now earmarked for establishing OTM accommodation for Wireless Experimental Unit, Ground Electronic Surveillance Unit, Leading-in Runway Lights and DSC lines for four platoons. Entire Married Accommodation Project for 600 deficient married accommodations will also be established here. During his tenure as Stn Cdr, he has put in concerted efforts to improve the quality of life of all personnel.
For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Chandramouli.