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Air Vice Marshal Sanjeev Raj

Service No & Branch 18276 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 07 Jun 1986 Course: 137 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Aug 2022 Superannuated Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 07 Jun 1997Wg Cdr : 05 May 2003Gp Capt : 03 Nov 2008Acting Air Cmde : 18 Apr 2013
Air Cmde : 18 Mar 2013AVM : 01 Oct 2018
Training and Other Courses Attended
68 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 198556 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 2016
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

29 Dec 2003 - 11 Dec 2005Wg CdrNo.101 Squadron Commanding Officer
03 Nov 2008 - 30 May 2010Gp Capt8 Care and Maintenance UnitBakshi-Ka-Talab (Luc Station Commander
07 Jun 2010 - 22 May 2012Gp Capt4 Air Force Selection BoardVaranasi President
- Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Principal Director (Offensive Operations)
24 Jun 2013 - 22 Dec 2015Air CmdeAFS HakimpetHakimpet Air Officer Commanding
- 31 Aug 2022AVMDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Chief Instructor (Air)
01 Oct 2018 - 31 Dec 2019AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Training
03 Aug 2020 - No.28 Squadron Commodore Commandant
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg CdrSanjeev Raj18276 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 2007
Details :

Wing Commander Sanjeev Raj (18276) F (P) was commissioned on 07 Jun 86 in the Flying Branch of IAF as a Fighter Pilot. He has been the Flight Commander of a Mig-29 Squadron for three years and has commanded a MiG-21 Squadron at a forward Air Base. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor and a Fighter Combat Leader.

He took over command of a fighter squadron on 29 Dec 03. The role of unit is to train ab-initio pilots to become fighter pilots. Twenty five ab-initio pilots have been posted to the unit in this period and fifteen successfully graduated as fighter pilots. The Squadron flew 7984 sorties and 4818.50 hours during his command which is the maximum flying done by any MiG-21 squadron. A very keen flier, he himself has flown 961 sorties/578 hours during this tenure which reflects his active involvement and supervision. During his tenure, the Squadron did not have any CAT 1 accident.

Under his leadership, the unit maintained exceptionally high serviceability of aircraft and was able to achieve 100% serviceability on one occasion on 17 Mar 05. Inspite of significant manning and technical constraints of the MiG21 fleet, the overall output, quality of work, consistency and morale of the unit has been exceptional primarily because of his leadership and professionalism. Leading the team from the front, he delivered outstanding results across operational, maintenance and administrative fronts. The Squadron was adjudged as the 'Best Combat Squadron' of SWAC in the year 2005. The squadron's performance was well appreciated by DASI in the year 2005 with Average Plus to Above Average results.

For exceptional devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Sanjeev Raj.

Unit : 10 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 17th March 2007. No.90-Pres/2007 dated 26th January 2007

Articles from Main Site

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Flying with the Legend - Air Commodore R S Benegal by Air Marshal G C S Rajwar (Retd) -

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