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Air Commodore Viswajit Vasudev Dedgaonkar

Service No & Branch 18813 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 13 Jun 1987 Course: 139 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Sep 2020 Superannuated Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 13 Jun 1992Wg Cdr : 11 May 2004Gp Capt : 14 Dec 2009Air Cmde : 01 Jul 2014
Training and Other Courses Attended
54 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 2014
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Jun 2004 - 19 Jun 2006Wg CdrNo.6 SquadronPune Commanding Officer
15 Jul 2013 - 29 Dec 2013Air CmdeCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad Deputy Commandant
29 Dec 2014 - 10 Jul 2017Air Cmde16 WingHashimara Air Officer Commanding
11 Jul 2017 - 30 Apr 2019Air CmdeTraining CommandBangalore Command Flying Training Officer
13 May 2019 - Air CmdeSouthern Air CommandTrivandrum Air-I
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg CdrViswajit Vasudev Dedgaonkar18813 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 2007
Details :

Wing Commander Vishwajit Vasudev Dedgaonkar (18813) F (P) was commissioned on 13 Jun 1987 in the flying branch of the Indian Air Force and has been the Commanding Officer of a Jaguar Squadron since 01 Jun 04, which is the only maritime squadron of the Indian Air Force.

The Officer has 3300 hrs accident free flying, of which nearly 2600 hrs are on operational aircraft. He took over the reins of the squadron after the sad and untimely demise of the previous Commanding Officer in an aircraft accident. In spite of the grief and loss suffered by the squadron, he raised the morale of all air warriors in the greater interest of service. Leading by personal example, Wing Commander Dedgaonkar instilled confidence, enthusiasm and a sense of professional pride in the squadron, thus binding it into a strong and potent fighting force.

The level of motivation instilled came to the fore within a month of his taking over command, when the squadron won the prestigious "Eklavya" trophy in SWAC for the best overall squadron in Air-to-Ground armament delivery. This trophy was again retained in 2005, thus ensuring that the squadron is adjudged the best in armament delivery for three consecutive years. During the DASI visit, the squadron was adjudged Average Plus in all aspects and was selected for Vayu Spardha. He was entrusted the task of inducting the latest variant of DARIN II Twin seater aircraft and converting the squadron from half squadron strength to full squadron strength. Starting with a limited number of experienced pilots, engineers and technicians, he has led his team with personal examples to operationalise the new aircraft. Despite the attendant pressures pertaining to new inductions and increase in squadron strength, he has ensured that the squadron did 4200 hrs of accident free hours during his tenure.

The officer has motivated his air warriors to a very high level of achievements. Despite constraints, he has shown immense courage, exceptional skill and determination to successfully undertake pioneering missions, which includes operating from Carnic Post Tsunami, participation in frequent inter service exercises and launch of Two Sea eagle Missiles in various modes. For exceptional devotion to duty, the

Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Vishwajit Vasudev Dedgaonkar.

Unit : 6 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 17th March 2007. No.90-Pres/2007 dated 26th January 2007
Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeViswajit Vasudev Dedgaonkar18813 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2017Announced 26 Jan 2017
Details : Air Commodore Vishwajit Vasudev Dedgaonkar, VM {18813} was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in the flying branch on 13 Jun 87. He has commanded a frontline Fighter Squadron (Sqn) and has been the Chief Operations Officer of a fighter base. The Air Officer is a Qualified Flying Instructor and an Instrument Rating Instructor and Examiner. He is an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College and National Defence College, and has also undergone Army Higher Command Course. The officer was conferred with the Vayu Sena Medal in Jan 07. He is currently serving as the Air Officer Commanding of an Air Force Station. The Air Officer utilised his vast operational experience in not only providing crucial operational guidance to the two fighter Sqns which had recently been moved into the Base, but also resuscitated the operational environment for seamless fighter operations after an interval of two years. He also oversaw the induction of the first Missile System Sqn in the EAC AOR at this Base. The base assumes greater strategic significance in view of the evolving threat perception and is slated for the induction of a number of advanced weapon systems. The Air Officer took stock of the existing resources at Base and suggested effective methodology towards incorporating these foreseeable inductions into the Master Zonal Plan, necessitating minimal construction of new infrastructure, whilst reviving disused operational surfaces and infrastructure. The base was tasked to conduct the President's Standards Presentation {PSP} for two fighter Sqns in Nov 15. Despite the commitments relating to PSP, the base achieved all objectives of 'Exercise Livewire' held during the same month. The conduct of PSP at Base posed multiple challenges of remoteness of location, inadequacy of infrastructure to accommodate five hundred additional personnel for almost two months, and protracted monsoon with very heavy rainfall. The Base also required gearing up to host the Honourable President of India and close to 150 senior serving and retired dignitaries for the event, within a limited period of less than a year available. Undeterred by the challenges, the officer went about the job with immaculate planning and inspirational leadership, to have the infrastructure readied without any compromise in quality, gave befitting facelift to the Base and suitably prepared all the venues for execution of the event. He displayed exemplary co-ordination in garnering support from the Army and local civilian administration, besides judiciously deploying the station resources; to transform a wildly vegetated Base and its surroundings into a picturesque one within the short time. While leading from the front, he kept his team motivated at all times and ensured flawless execution of the event. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Air Commodore Vishwajit Vasudev Dedgaonkar, VM.
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Reference : Air Force Day Booklet
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