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Air Commodore Pankaj Vishnoi

Service No & Branch 17347 F(P) Stream :Helicopters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 22 Dec 1983 Course: 132 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Aug 2016 Superannuated Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 22 Dec 1994Wg Cdr : 15 May 2000Gp Capt : 03 Aug 2007Air Cmde : 13 Jun 2011
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

10 Sep 2001 - 22 Jun 2003Wg CdrNo.107 Helicopter UnitJodhpur Commanding Officer
02 Jul 2008 - 20 Apr 2010Gp Capt6 WingBarrackpore Station Commander
25 Apr 2011 - 31 Mar 2013Air CmdeArmy Training CommandSimla Air Commodore (Concepts)
09 Dec 2011 - No.107 Helicopter Unit Commodore Commandant
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrPankaj Vishnoi17347 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 2000
Details :

Squadron Leader Pankaj Vishnoi (17347) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of a Helicopter Unit since Mar 97. He has flown more than 4600 hrs and is a Type Qualified Flying Instructor.

On 19 May 99, a severe cyclone storm hit near the Kutch coast causing heavy devastation and destruction in the high seas around the coastal areas of Porbandar. A message was received to rescue a country vessel "Al Quasmi" which was incapacitated due to engine problems in the mid seas. Sqn Ldr P Vishnoi was detailed to under take this arduous task to winch out the passengers from the disabled ship to safety. Inclement weather and gusty sea conditions made it harder to achieve this mission. He took off from Porbandar and located the ship after searching relentlessly for an hour in conditions of low clouds and thundershowers. He commenced winching under strong wind conditions and low clouds and was able to pick up five persons. Thereafter the visibility started reducing making it more and more difficult to operate over sea as the waves rose to a height of 3-5 mtrs. Sqn Ldr P Vishnoi continued with the task, with great courage and determination and successfully managed to rescue a total of eight persons after which the wealthier did not permit him further operations.

Sqn Ldr P Vishnoi was also responsible for recovery of the Atlantique aircraft debris which was shot down over the Bundela Rann of Kutch on 10 Aug 99. The task was carried out in a difficult terrain and under very hostile conditions.

For his professionalism and courage, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Sqn Ldr P Vishnoi.

Unit : 119 HU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 1st July 2000 - No.85-Pres/2000 dated 26th January 2000
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