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Air Vice Marshal Nicodemus Manohar Samuel

Service No & Branch 17449 F(P) Stream :Helicopters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 08 Jun 1984 Course: 133 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Sep 2020 Superannuated
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Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 08 Jun 1995Wg Cdr : 14 May 2001Gp Capt : 01 Sep 2007Air Cmde : 30 Dec 2010
AVM : 01 Aug 2016
Training and Other Courses Attended
64 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 19835 HDMC (Gp Capt) - 31 Mar 2010
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

18 Jun 2001 - 15 Jun 2003Wg CdrNo.110 Helicopter Unit Commanding Officer
06 Nov 2007 - 21 Jun 2009Gp Capt39 WingUdhampur Station Commander
- 01 Dec 2012Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Principal Director (Plans)
26 Aug 2010 - No.110 Helicopter Unit Commodore Commandant
- 30 Sep 2020AVMIntegrated Defence StaffNew Delhi Assistant Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Joint Operations)
20 Jun 2016 - 30 Aug 2017AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Ops (Transport & Helicopters)
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vir Chakra
Flt LtNicodemus Manohar Samuel17449 F(P)Award Date 22 Jun 1988Announced 26 Jan 1989
Details :

On the 22nd June, 1988, Flight Lieutenant Nicodemus Manohar Samuel was detailed for a special task involving winching down of IPKF reconnaissance party in the most difficult and thickly vegetated terrain in Mullaitivu area in Sri Lanka. This operation involved hovering over an area which was expected to be infested with hard core militants. During the execution of this mission, his helicopter came under heavy ground fire from the surrounding area. However, with utmost dedication and total disregard to personal safety, Flight Lieutenant Samuel continued to hover till the recce party was retrieved by winching. In the resultant ground fire, the helicopter sustained extensive damage and some of the crew members and the troops on board were injured. In spite of being subjected to heavy ground fire, Flight Lieutenant Samuel kept his cool and continued to fly his helicopter in the damaged condition till his mission was completed. He also displayed excellent airmanship by correctly assessing the damage caused to the helicopter and flying this crippled machine safely to the nearest helipad, thereby avoiding further damage to his helicopter and also to render immediate medical aid to the injured troops/crew.

In the whole operation, Flight Lieutenant Nicodemus Manohar Samuel showed courage and professional skill of extremely high order, with total disregard to personal safety in the face of the militants.

Unit : 109 HU
Reference : Gazette of India , 8th April 1989 - No.23 - Pres/89 dated 26th January 1989
Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeNicodemus Manohar Samuel17449 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2012Announced 26 Jan 2012
Details : Air Commodore Nicodemus Manohar Samuel, VrC (17449) Flying(pilot) was commissioned as a helicopter pilot in the Indian Air Force on OS Jun S4. Over the years he has built up extensive operational experience in flying all over the country, as well as with the IPKF in Sri Lanka, during which he was awarded the Vir Chakra for gallantry. Having qualified as a Qualified Flying Instructor and an Experimental Test Pilot, he held instructional appointments at the Basic Flying Training School and as Senior Test Flying Instructor at the Air Force Test Pilot School. A Master Green rating holder on Helicopters and Command/Type examiner on Mi-S/ Mi-17 helicopters, he has flown over 4700 hours of incident free flying. He was also appointed as an Experimental Test Pilot at Aircraft & Systems Testing Establishment, Commanding Officer of a helicopter unit in the Eastern Sector, Joint Director Air Staff Requirements and Director Projects at Air HQ, before his tenure as Station Commander of an operational wing in J & K Sector. He was selected as part of the IAF team for two successive expeditions to Antarctica, and also commanded a helicopter unit as part of MONUC - the UN peacekeeping force in Congo. He is presently the Head of the Faculty of Behavioral Sciences at the College of Defence Management, Secunderabad. As Head of Faculty, the officer has played a key role in facilitating the implementation of wide reaching changes which the College has undertaken to bring it on par with its illustrious counterparts in the civil sector, viz., the HMs and Business Schools. His contribution as part of the core team in charge of rationalising the syllabus, re-structuring the content & conduct of sessions, and as an initiator of a revamped instructional pedagogy with greater focus on interactive skills, have been critical to the success of the change process. Under his able guidance, the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences has been able to transform itself into a team of competent professionals, widely respected both by the participants within the College, as also by the large number of external clientele who have been benefited by frequent capsules conducted by the Faculty for civil and military establishments around the country, in the fields of Strategic Management and Organisational Behaviour. As Head of the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, the officer has spearheaded efforts to organise panel discussions on a variety of subjects pertaining to Strategic Management and Organisational Behaviour. His stewardship of the panel discussions on Leadership, Human Resource Development and Strategic Management conducted at the College under the aegis of the Faculty with speakers of great eminence and repute, were noteworthy for the level of success achieved, resulting in wide acclaim to the College and bringing it to the forefront of the management environment in the country. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Nicodemus Manohar Samuel, VrC.
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