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Air Marshal Gurcharan Singh Bedi

Service No & Branch 17448 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 08 Jun 1984 Course: 133 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Apr 2022 Superannuated Flying Hours : 3700
Qualifications Held : Instructor Rating: A2
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 08 Jun 1995Wg Cdr : 14 May 2001Gp Capt : 01 Sep 2007Air Cmde : 30 Dec 2010
Acting AVM : 05 Jun 2016AVM : 01 Dec 2015Air Marshal : 03 Apr 2020
Training and Other Courses Attended
51 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 2011
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 Jan 2001 - 01 Jan 2002Wg CdrFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Flying Instructor
29 Jul 2002 - 18 Jul 2004Wg CdrNo.26 SquadronPathankot Commanding Officer
20 Nov 2006 - 03 Feb 2008Gp CaptAir Force AcademyDundigal Chief Instructor (Flying)
04 Feb 2008 - 20 Dec 2009Gp Capt45 WingSirsa Station Commander
05 Dec 2011 - 03 Mar 2013Air CmdeWestern Air CommandDelhi Air-I
10 Apr 2013 - 08 Apr 2016Air CmdeHigh Commission of India, United KingdomLondon Air Advisor
- AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Ops Offensive
09 Jun 2016 - AVMJammu & KashmirUdhampur Air Officer Commanding
25 Jul 2016 - No.26 Squadron Commodore Commandant
01 Oct 2018 - AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Personnel Officers
04 May 2020 - 31 Jul 2020Air MarshalSouthern Air CommandTrivandrum Senior Air Staff Officer
10 Aug 2020 - 31 Jan 2021Air MarshalEastern Air CommandShillong Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Feb 2021 - 30 Apr 2022Air MarshalAir Head QuartersDelhi Director General (Inspection & Safety)
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrGurcharan Singh Bedi17448 F(P)Award Date Announced 15 Aug 1999
Details :

Squadron Leader Gurucharan Singh Bedi (17448-R) Flying (Pilot) is posted to a Fighter Squadron since 14 Dec 98.

He has since then been working as the senior Flight Commander. When the adopt Precautionary Measures was sounded for the 'Operation Safed Sagar', the Squadron had just returned from a prolonged detachment. The commitment of 'Operation Safed Sagar' required a very high degree of operational preparedness, which involved operations for base as well as Awantipur. By involving himself thoroughly with the maintenance staff, he ensured an extremely high serviceability of aircraft such that not even a single mission was declined for the want of an aircraft. In 'Operation Safed Sagar' he flew a total of 25 missions over the inhospitable terrain in the face of enemy. Never before had the Squadron undertaken a task of this magnitude over such a terrain and altitudes. He involved himself completely in bringing up the training status of the entire Squadron to meet the challenge and achieved it in the shortest possible time. Under his dynamic leadership, the Squadron performed extremely well in all the missions allotted. He contributed very effectively in all the discussions at various forums towards evolving operational tactics. His knowledge on that Fighter aircraft was a great help to the operational planners in the absence of any other operator at base.

For this exceptional act of gallantry, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Squadron Leader Gurucharan Singh Bedi.

Unit : 51 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 11th March 2000 - No.27-Pres/2000 dated 15th August 2000
Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptGurcharan Singh Bedi17448 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2010Announced 26 Jan 2010
Details : Group Captain Gurcharan Singh Bedi VM (17448) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a fighter pilot in the flying branch on 08 Jun 1984. He was Flight Commander of a Fighter Squadron at Air Force Station Srinagar where he took active part in Op Vijay and was awarded Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) on 15 Aug 1999. He commanded a MiG 21 Squadron, wherein, the squadron did not have any accident and also won the coveted Eklavya Trophy for winning the Gunnery Meet of Western Air Command (WAC). He has held the appointments of Air Force Examiner in the Aircrew Examining Board and Joint Director (Flying) in the prestigious Directorate of Air Staff Inspection. He was selected to lead the Indian Contingent in United Nation Peace Keeping Mission in Congo, where he led the contingent ably and completed the mission in a manner which earned accolade for the Indian Air Force. He was then posted as the Chief Instructor (Flying) at Air Force Academy. His dedication and involvement in his task ensured not only quality product but also accident free environment. He is currently commanding Air Force Station Sirsa, a frontline fighter base of Western Air Command. He is a Cat A Qualified Flying Instructor, Fighter Combat Leader and has undergone Air Staff Course. He is commanding Air Force Station Sirsa since 04 Feb 08. During his command he has made a number of value additions in the base on all fronts. The base has always performed exceptionally well in all the Air Force exercises. He also set example in professionalism for the young fighter pilots at base by winning a Gunnery Meet event. With his continuous zeal to perform, Air Force Station Sirsa got maximum number of works released in WAC and with the team work, ensured timely completion of the same, which changed the complete look of the Station and improved the quality of life of its air warriors. The changes brought in at the Air Force Station have been appreciated by one and all. He commanded the prestigious Air Force Day Parade on 08 Oct 08. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Gurcharan Singh Bedi VM.
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Reference : Air Force Day Booklet
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVMGurcharan Singh Bedi17448 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2020Announced 26 Jan 2020
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
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