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Air Vice Marshal Ajay Shukla

Service No & Branch 18793 F(P) Stream :Helicopters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 13 Jun 1987 Course: 139 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Mar 2024 Superannuated Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 13 Jun 1992Wg Cdr : 11 May 2004Gp Capt : 01 Sep 2009Air Cmde : 05 Jan 2016
Acting AVM : 31 Mar 2022AVM : 09 Jun 2021
Training and Other Courses Attended
70 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 1986
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

21 Jun 2004 - 25 Feb 2006Wg CdrNo.116 Helicopter UnitJodhpur Commanding Officer
- Air Cmde30 WingSarsawa (Saharanpur) Air Officer Commanding
29 Jun 2015 - 16 Jul 2017Air CmdeHQ, Anti Naxal Task ForceRaipur Commander
03 Aug 2020 - No.125 Helicopter Squadron Commodore Commandant
01 Feb 2022 - 31 Mar 2022Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Air Cmde (MPR & Space)
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg CdrAjay Shukla18793 F(P)Award Date 25 Nov 2006Announced 26 Jan 2008
Details : Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of Personnel Holding Section, on deputation to the UN Mission in Congo since 27 Feb 06. He is working as a squadron pilot in the Mi-35 Attack Helicopter Squadron at Goma.

On 25 Nov 06, a renegade warlord made deep advances towards Goma town, with the town coming under an imminent threat of being taken over. The Mi-35 attack helicopters were immediately pressed into action to prevent the fall of Goma. Leading from the front, Wg Cdr Ajay Shukla got airborne for fire support and reconnaissance in support of the Indian Brigade. In face of repeated hostile fire from the rebels on his helicopter, including that by Rocket Propelled Grenades, he remained undeterred and continued with the mission. Soon he detected heavy militia activity inside a well camouflaged camp and targeted it successfully with 57 mm rockets, leading to destruction of a key rebel command centre. This action by Wg Cdr Shukla delivered a crippling blow to the rebels and precipitated a severe disruption in their co­ordinated offensive. He flew a total of 10 crucial operational sorties, both by day and night. The sorties were carried out in very demanding conditions of hazardous terrain, inclement weather and enemy action. An experienced pilot on Night Vision Goggles, Wg Cdr Shukla was also at the forefront of all night operations. He took calculated risks and displayed exceptional skills in handling the night targeting devices to effectively scan for movement of rebels on the critical nights of 26 and 27 Nov 06. Crucial inputs provided by him exposed the game plan of the advancing rebels and enabled immediate friendly reinforcements to be sent. Throughout the operations, his accurate weapon delivery had a devastating effect on the vanguard rebel elements threatening Goma and on their camps being used for reinforcements, thereby, preventing Goma town from falling into the hands of the rebels and helping recover Sake town.

Wg Cdr Shukla is a very qualified and extremely professional Air Warrior. During this crisis, his gallant contribution towards keeping Goma town secure from the rebels has been exceptional. His actions have won accolades from all quarters for the IAF and have contributed immensely towards UN efforts at peace enforcement in this troubled region.

For this act of exceptional courage and steadfast resolve in face of adversity during the operations, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)' to Wing Commander Ajay Shukla.

Unit : MONUC
Reference : Gazette of India dated 10th November 2008. No. 34-Pres/2008 dated 26th January 2008
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