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Air Commodore Shailender Sood

Service No & Branch 19181 F(P) Stream :Helicopters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 19 Dec 1987 Course: 140 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Aug 2021 Superannuated Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 19 Dec 1992Wg Cdr : 11 May 2004Gp Capt : 01 Mar 2010Air Cmde : 01 Sep 2015
Training and Other Courses Attended
71 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 198655 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 29 Apr 20006 HDMC (Gp Capt) - 31 Mar 2011
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

01 Jun 1995 - 31 Dec 1997Sqn LdrAir Force AcademyDundigal Flying Instructor
01 Jan 1998 - 30 Jun 1999Sqn LdrHelicopter Training SchoolHakimpet Flying Instructor
08 May 2006 - 06 Apr 2008Wg CdrNo.116 Helicopter UnitJodhpur Commanding Officer
01 Jul 2009 - 30 Jun 2010Gp CaptWestern Air CommandDelhi Cmd Int Officer
01 Apr 2011 - 31 Jul 2013Gp Capt3 WingPalam (Delhi) Chief Operations Officer
01 Aug 2013 - 30 Jun 2014Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Intelligence
01 Jun 2014 - 30 Jun 2016Air CmdeIntegrated Defence StaffNew Delhi DACIDS (Space Cell)
31 Jul 2015 - 31 Jul 2020No.116 Helicopter Unit Commodore Commandant
01 Jul 2016 - 01 Oct 2017Air CmdeAdvance HQ, Western Air CommandChandimandir Air-I
01 Oct 2017 - 15 Dec 2019Air CmdeIntegrated Defence StaffNew Delhi DACIDS (Adm)
16 Dec 2019 - 31 Aug 2021Air CmdeAFS YelahankaBengaluru Air Officer Commanding
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Fg OffrShailender Sood19181 F(P)Award Date 11 Nov 1988Announced 26 Jan 1991
Details :

Fg Offr Shailender Sood has been on the posted strength of 142 SSS Flight since Dec 88. He holds A 'C' White status with 250 hours on type.

He was detachment commander of a Chetak Helicopter of 142 SSS Flight at 5 Wing. On 11 Nov 88 at 2020 hrs, he was called upon to rescue a pilot who had ejected from a Hunter aircraft. He acted with methodical proficiency and getting airborne within a commendable time of 40 minutes. He was guided by Air Traffic Control to the last known position of the crashed aircraft. Though it was moonlit night, the visibility started to deteriorate. Unmindful he pressed on and spotted a cartridge fired by the ejected pilot. He carried out a reconnaissance of the area and promptly landed with precision. Thereafter he returned to the base with the injured pilot. Fg Offr Sood, in this act of singular valour, achieved the very first night pick up of any ejected aircrew in a Chetak helicopter.

For displaying extremely high sense of duty, ability to take and execute a professionally calculated decision and bravery of a very high order, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Fg Off Shalinder Sood.

Unit : 142 SSS Flt
Reference : Gazette of India dated 24th August 1991 - No.3-Pres/91 dated 26th January 1991
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