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Group Captain Thoppil Behanan Mathew

Service No & Branch 17111 AE(L)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 07 Feb 1983 Course: 21 AEC Course
Service End: Retired on 28 Feb 2009
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Sep 2000Gp Capt : 01 Jan 2006
Training and Other Courses Attended
34 LDMC (Wg Cdr) - 31 Mar 2004
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn LdrThoppil Behanan Mathew17111 AE(L)Award Date 26 Jan 1998Announced 26 Jan 1998
Details :

Squadron Leader TB Mathew (17111) AE (L) is on the posted strength of No. 20 Wing since 04 Feb 96. He has been working as Senior Engineer (Aircraft) and handling the Tech Flight for T-77 aircraft. During this period both the T-77 squadrons namely 8 and 52 squadrons achieved 100% serviceability on a number of occasions. A unique achievement was that both the squadrons achieved 100% service ability on the same day in Mar 96 and all aircraft were flown. The average fleet service ability itself has been maintained at approx 85%.

Due to the in-depth snag analysis and rectification carried out under his supervision, there has been a large reduction in AOG demands. The officer was also instrumental in the modification for fitment of an after burner fuel pump of R-11 engine to R-13 engine of Type 69-B aircraft. He has computerised all the activities of MCC. His managerial capabilities were evident during the move of 52 Squadron in scheduling and executing the servicing of aircraft and later in the move of the squadron Tech Flight element from 20 Wing to 14 Wing. This move was executed very smoothly and resulted in the unit starting its flying in full swing at the next Stn. within 72 hours.

Squadron Leader Mathew has maintained a clean maintenance safety record in doing all his tasks. The officer has used his exceptional professional knowledge to advantage in various maintenance activities. He has shown clarity of thought, sound decision making capability and exemplary initiative. His relentless efforts resulted in 20 Wing being declared as Best in Maintenance in EAC for 1995-96.

For his exceptional professionalism and dedication to duty, the President is pleased to award "Vishisht Seva Medal" to Squadron Leader T B Mathew.

Unit : 20 Wing
Reference : GoI19980126
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