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Air Commodore Ashok Kumar Upadhyaya

Service No & Branch 17757 ADM
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 21 Dec 1984 Course: 75 GDOC Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Jan 2019 Superannuated
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 21 Dec 1995Wg Cdr : 15 Dec 2004Gp Capt : 01 Apr 2010Air Cmde : 01 Oct 2016
Training and Other Courses Attended
6 HDMC (Gp Capt) - 31 Mar 2011
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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 Oct 2005 - Wg Cdr901 Signal UnitNatha Top Commanding Officer
01 Aug 2018 - 31 Jan 2019Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Air Cmde, Ceremonials
01 Aug 2018 - 31 Jan 2019Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Air Cmde, Ceremonials
01 Aug 2018 - 31 Jul 2018Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Principal Director (Ceremonials)
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vishist Seva Medal
Wg CdrAshok Kumar Upadhyaya17757 ADMAward Date 26 Jan 2008Announced 26 Jan 2008
Details :

Wing Commander Ashok Kumar Upadhyaya (17757) Adm/ATC was commissioned in the IAF on 21 Dec 84. He has held the appointments of Senior Air Traffic Control Officer of two major Air Force bases, Directorate of Air Staff Inspection appointed examiner, Command Photo Interpretation Officer and presently commanding a front line Signal Unit.

After assuming command of the Unit equipped with state of the art Master - T Radar in Oct 05, he understood the strategic importance and potential of the weapon system available, which needed to be exploited to the maximum. Non-availability of radar in adverse weather conditions was a major operational limitation, which needed to be overcome. He successfully led his team to transfer the radar picture of Signal Unit electronically to NACC Ops room at Udhampur thus saving the exchequer a sum of Rs. 4 Crore demanded by the OEM for the same task.

Air Force Exercise 'Gagan Shakti' in Sep 06 was an opportune launch pad for the officer to validate the real time exploitation of this radar in the newly assigned Air Defence (AD) role. The training requirements of radar operators were identified and innovative techniques implemented.

The SU is located on a ridge 8,100 ft high. The Unit remains snowbound and cut off for up to five months in a year. It is also on the fringes of insurgency-affected area. Thus, the terrain is inhospitable, the living conditions tough, the security scenario vulnerable and the accessibility in winter months highly restricted. Hence, sustaining the morale of over 300 personnel who live in such conditions is extremely challenging on the leadership. This, he achieved with aplomb. His leadership qualities were put to test on 11 Mar 07 when the Unit was hit by a blizzard. All sophisticated electronic equipment along with air warriors who were on duty at that time were trapped inside. The officer led his team from the front for immediate rescue and the Unit was brought to a state of operational readiness the very next day, a task otherwise unattainable, even in a week's time. For his distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Ashok Kumar Upadhyaya.

Unit : 901 SU
Reference : GoI20080126
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