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Air Commodore Pravin Kumar Sharma

Service No & Branch 17465 F(P) Stream :Helicopters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 08 Jun 1984 Course: 133 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Jan 2017 Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 08 Jun 1995Wg Cdr : 14 May 2001Gp Capt : 01 Apr 2008Air Cmde : 01 Sep 2012
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

15 Jan 1989 - Flt LtNo.114 Helicopter Unit Squadron Pilot
- Sqn LdrNo.131 FAC FlightHindon Flight Commander
16 Jun 2003 - 08 May 2005Wg CdrNo.114 Helicopter UnitLeh Commanding Officer
29 Sep 2009 - 27 Sep 2011Gp CaptAFS MumbaiMumbai Station Commander
01 Sep 2012 - 06 Feb 2015Air CmdeHQ NCCDelhi Deputy Director General (Planning & Coordination)
12 Aug 2013 - No.114 Helicopter Unit Commodore Commandant
09 Feb 2015 - 15 Jan 2017Air CmdeAir Force Naval Housing BoardDelhi Deputy Director General
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn LdrPravin Kumar Sharma17465 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1994
Details :

Sqn Ldr PK Sharma was commissioned in Jun 84. He is a senior staff pilot on the posted strength of a Helicopter Unit since 14 Feb 91.

Late at night on 23 Jun 92, the unit was called upon to undertake an urgent casualty air evacuation mission for Mr. Vincent Venable a member of Indo-British Mountaineering Expedition, who had suffered multiple fractures during the descent and lay immobile on the steep icy slopes at a height of over 18000 feet. Sqn Ldr PK Sharma with his co-pilot was detailed for this rescue mission. The weather was bad and locating the injured person became very difficult. By persistent effort despite bad weather, he spotted the mountaineers perched on a steep and treacherous slope. By that time the wind had picked up and menacing dark clouds surrounded the area. The steep slope offered no suitable place to land. Considering the deteriorating weather condition and unpredictable cloud shifts, he took a bold decision to touch down next to the injured man. While one pilot precariously held the machine in place with right ski touching the slope, the other opened the door and assisted Mr. Venable in boarding the helicopter safely.

By sheer dint of courage, professionalism and airmanship of very high order, the seemingly impossible task was made possible. It was a superb display of joint team work requiring extraordinary synchronous co-ordination on part of both the pilots.

For his professionalism of exceptional courage, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Sqn Ldr Pravin Kumar Sharma.

Unit : 111 HU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 19th March 1994. - No.20-Pres/94 dated 26th January 1994
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