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Air Vice Marshal Kanthalloor Saraswathy Kumar Suresh

Service No & Branch 18822 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 13 Jun 1987 Course: 139 Course
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Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 13 Jun 1992Wg Cdr : 11 May 2004Gp Capt : 14 Dec 2009Air Cmde : 01 Jul 2014
AVM : 01 Oct 2020
Training and Other Courses Attended
70 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 1986
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

16 Jan 2006 - 06 Jan 2008Wg CdrNo.9 SquadronGwalior Commanding Officer
24 Aug 2010 - 25 Sep 2011Gp Capt6 Tactical Air CenterSrinagar Commanding Officer
26 May 2014 - 06 Jun 2016Air Cmde27 WingBhuj Air Officer Commanding
06 Jun 2016 - 01 Jul 2018Air CmdeSouthern Air CommandTrivandrum Air-I
01 May 2019 - 30 Sep 2020Air CmdeTraining CommandBangalore Command Flying Training Officer
01 Feb 2021 - No.9 Squadron Commodore Commandant
- 04 Sep 2022AVMCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad Commandant
- AVM2 Air Defence Control CentreGandhinagar Air Officer Commanding
05 Sep 2022 - AVMAdvance HQ, Western Air Command (Raj)Jaipur Air Officer Commanding
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg CdrKanthalloor Saraswathy Kumar Suresh18822 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 2008
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Wing Commander Kanthalloor Saraswathy Suresh Kumar (18822) F (P) was commissioned as a Fighter Pilot in the Flying Branch on 13 Jun 87.

He is presently the CO of a frontline Mirage Sqn. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor with more than 3500 h of accident free flying. He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College and has held various important appointments prior to the present appointment. In 2004, he was commended by CAS for devotion to duty. He is one of the very few pilots to achieve more than 1000 h of accident free flying on Mirage-2000.

Under his command, he has been able to motivate the unit to a very high level of performance. The operational capabilities of the Sqn kept on improving along with the training of under trainee (U/T) pilots of the Sqn. The Sqn was appreciated by Air HQ and HQ CAC for involvement of Sqn in various out station commitments and progress of U/T pilots training. In the year 2006, he was given the responsibility of leading a combined Mirage -2000 detachment to Singapore for Exercise Sindex-06/ OS. The exceptional result achieved during the exercise is a result of his meticulous planning and thorough professionalism. Leading by example, Wing Commander Suresh has been able to instill confidence, enthusiasm and a sense of pride in his men, binding the unit into a strong and potent team of professionals. The Sqn being adjudged the best fighter Sqn in the Command bears testimony to this fact.

For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Kanthalloor Saraswathy Suresh Kumar.

Unit : 9 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 10th November 2008. No. 34-Pres/2008 dated 26th January 2008
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