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Group Captain Umesh Rakhra

Service No & Branch 18071 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 06 Dec 1985 Course: 136 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Dec 2007 Voluntary Retirement Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 06 Dec 1996
Training and Other Courses Attended
67 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 1984
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Jan 1995 - 01 Jan 1996Sqn LdrFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Flying Instructor
09 Sep 2002 - 04 Jul 2004Wg CdrNo.24 Squadron Commanding Officer
01 Jun 2007 - 01 Dec 2007Gp CaptAircrew Examination BoardHindon Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg CdrUmesh Rakhra18071 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 2005
Details : Wing Commander Umesh Rakhra (18071) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned on 06 Dec 1985. He has a total flying experience of 1700 hr on type and a cumulative flying experience of 3760 hr. He has been and Commanding Officer of a frontline fighter Squadron since Sep 2002.As Commanding Officer, Wg Cdr Rakhra dedicated himself in achieving high operational status of the squadron. He was trained on type aircraft in Russia in 1997. He has been personally involved in conducting the training of more than 70 pilots of this type. As a lowï·“level aerobatics display supervisor, he had flown more than 225 lowï·“level aerobatics display sorties and trained three pilots in this role. He was the member of close formation aerobatics team on type in 2001. He is also the instrument rating examiner on type.During "Op Parakrarn" Wg Cdr Rakhra ensured high state of Op capability of the Sqn and the Sqn was the forerunner in execution of special missions related to the "Op Parakrarn". He produced Ops aircrew. on time to meet the requirements of the fleet. Under his command the Sqn has been the steppingï·“stone for induction and has performed exceptionally well inspite of manpower constraints created due to routing of aircrew and ground crew to other Sqns. The Sqn has gone on to fly 12500 accident free hours in the period under consideration. He put in concerted efforts in maintaining the equipment deployed at Op locations at all times and the Sqn still continues to be on 12h standby since Op Parakram.Under his able guidance and leadership the Squadron has moved to a new location at a short notice, which required considerable coordination and planning.For his exceptional devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Wing Commander Umesh Rakhra.
Unit : 24 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 9th April 2005 - No.28-Pres/2005 dated 26th January 2005 & AFD2005 Investiture
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