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Air Vice Marshal Bakul Vaikunthrai Upadhyay

Service No & Branch 18281 F(P) Stream :Transport
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 07 Jun 1986 Course: 137 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Mar 2023 Superannuated Flying Hours : 6800 Nick Name :
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Aircraft Flown: An-32, IL-76, Avro
Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 07 Jun 1997Acting Wg Cdr : 08 Jul 2004Wg Cdr : 05 May 2003Gp Capt : 03 Nov 2008
Air Cmde : 18 Mar 2013AVM : 01 Nov 2018
Training and Other Courses Attended
68 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 198554 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 2014
Badges Qualified
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Air Cmde

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

21 Jun 2010 - 29 Apr 2012Gp CaptParatrooper Training SchoolAgra Commanding Officer
- Air CmdeEastern Air CommandShillong Air-II
07 May 2012 - 29 Dec 2013Air CmdeAndaman and Nicobar CommandPort Blair Air Force Component Commander
15 Apr 2013 - Paratrooper Training School Commodore Commandant
26 Dec 2016 - 31 Oct 2018Air Cmde36 WingMakarpura (Vadodara) Air Officer Commanding
12 Nov 2018 - 31 Mar 2019AVMAdvance HQ, Western Air CommandChandimandir Air Officer Commanding
09 May 2019 - 30 Nov 2021AVMNational Defence CollegeDelhi Senior Directing Staff (Air)
01 Dec 2021 - 31 Mar 2023AVMSouthern Air CommandTrivandrum Senior Officer-in-charge Administration
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Air CmdeBakul Vaikunthrai Upadhyay18281 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2013Announced 26 Jan 2013
Details : Air Commodore Bakul Vaikunthrai Upadhyay (18281) Flying (Pilot) Air Commodore Bakul Vaikunthrai Upadhyay (18281) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in the flying branch on 07 Jun 86. A Right Hand Seat Check Pilot he has flown An-32 and IL-76 aircraft and has logged 6,900 hrs of incident free flying. He was held numerous important appointments like Flight Commander of a transport squadron, Chief Operation Officer of a transport base, Command Flight Safety and Inspection Officer at HQ Maintenance Command and Operations 11 A at HQ WAC. He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College from France and was commended by Chief of the Air Staff in 1998. He assumed the command of Paratroopers Training School (PTS) on 21 Jun 10. Under his command the unit flew 5961 hrs against the allotted task of 5670 hrs and participated in all the major exercises of Central Air Command, Western Air Command and South Western Air Command. His nurturing of younger aircrew operationally resulted in 35 aircrew upgrading their Category / Instrument Rating. During his tenure, the unit had maintained one of the highest average serviceability in the in An-32 fleet. Laying special emphasis on improving the working conditions of airmen he created a ground crew rest room, provided coffee making machine, recreational facilities including dish TV and provided many other amenities. PTS has one of the oldest infrastructures, which was in urgent need of repair/replacement. He pushed for and got approved a new Parachute Packing Repair and an aircraft Servicing hangar, a new Daily Servicing Section, renovation of Ground Training Faculty hangar, frequented by foreign military dignitaries, and a servicing hangar. Due to this a positive environment was generated in the unit reflected by the unit being adjudged as 'Average Plus' by Directorate of Air Staff Inspection in 2010 and winning the 'Best Transport and Helicopter Unit' of CAC in 2010-11. He encouraged conceptual thinking for Special Operations by Transport Combat leader course. Combat Free Fall operations in mountainous terrain as part of Exercise Shock Effect were planned and executed for the first time ever. The long pending affiliation of PTS with Para Regiment to commemorate the famous Tangail Drop' materialised primarily due to his initiative. As President Mess Committee Officers' Mess he led his team to transform the environment and ambience of the Officers' Mess. The same was acknowledged by all senior officers who attended Aerospace Safety Meet and Air Defence Seminar of HQ CAC. Setting a fine example and leading from the front in Nov 2011 he successfully completed a highly challenging and physically demanding Para Basic Course on the eve of Silver Jubilee celebration of IAF Sky diving team 'Akashganga' which is placed under him. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to duty) to Air Commodore Bakul Vaikunthrai Upadhyay.
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Reference : Air Force Day Booklet
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