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Air Vice Marshal Samir Jayasinha Pendse

Service No & Branch 20495 F(P) Stream :Helicopters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 16 Dec 1989 Course: 144 Course
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Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 16 Dec 1994Wg Cdr : 16 Dec 2004Gp Capt : 23 May 2011Air Cmde : 01 Jan 2018
Training and Other Courses Attended
75 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 1988
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

- Wg CdrCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad Directing Staff
18 Sep 2006 - 05 Oct 2008Wg CdrNo.107 Helicopter UnitJodhpur Commanding Officer
13 Jun 2016 - 30 Sep 2017Gp Capt42 WingMohanbari Station Commander
- Air Cmde43 WingSulur (Coimbatore) Air Officer Commanding
01 Jan 2021 - No.110 Helicopter Unit Commodore Commandant
01 Feb 2023 - 02 Jul 2023AVMAdvance HQ, South Western Air CommandPune Air Officer Commanding
03 Jul 2023 - AVMBorder Security ForceDelhi Inspector General (Air)
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal
Flt LtSamir Jayasinha Pendse20495 F(P)Award Date 25 Aug 1995Announced 26 Jan 1997
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Flight Lieutenant Samir Jay Pendse was on the posted strength of 114 Helicopter Unit from 06 Sep 93 to 09 Oct 95. He has carried out more than 425 accident and incident free landings at the world's highest helipads in the 'Op Meghdoot' area.

On 28 Aug 95 he was tasked to go to the rescue of a BSF expedition to Saser Kangri. Flt Lt Pendse got airborne as the leader of a two helicopter formation with 20 minutes of the SOS call. Aerial reconnaissance revealed that the only way to rescue the team was to land at an uneven ledge at 18,500 ft. Braving strong and turbulent winds and in fading light conditions, with exemplary courage he landed his helicopter on the small 4M x 4M ledge and rescued the stranded personnel of the BSF expedition. Following another SOS he again lead his formation and once again braving inclement weather and extremely strong and gusty winds air dropped vital supplies to the search party. In carrying out these two missions, Flt Lt Pendse, in keeping with the highest traditions of the IAF, displayed exceptional courage and professionalism.

For exceptional courage, the President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Flight Lieutenant Samir Jay Pendse.

Unit : 114 HU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 15th March 1997 - No.19-Pres/97 dated 26th January 1997
Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptSamir Jayasinha Pendse20495 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2015Announced 26 Jan 2015
Details : Group Captain Samir J Pendse (20495) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in flying branch on 16 Dec 89. During his service career, he has held important appointments including Commanding Officer of a frontline helicopter unit and Staff appointment at Command Headquarters. Gp Capt Pendse is an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College and has undergone the prestigious Higher Air Command Course at College of Air Warfare. Besides having flown Mi-8, Mi-17/ Mi- 17 1V helicopters, he is a qualified Cat B flying instructor. An exceptional pilot he has had the distinction of serving as UN Military Observer in Sudan. In addition, he has accomplished Instructional assignments at Air Force Academy and College of Air Warfare. Since August 2013 he has been handling the key assignment of the Chief Operations Officer at Air Force Station Palam. He has introduced unparalleled initiatives which have yielded overwhelming improvement in the flying environment and the safety ethos of the base. Air Force Station Palam undertakes WIP operations and during natural calamities in the country, it acts as the hub centre to coordinate airlift of material and rescue teams. Gp Capt Pendse has brought about systemic reforms in these processes that require immense coordination and interoperability between Ministries, various strata in Air HQ and Command HQs and NDMA. • During the recent Humanitarian and Disaster Relief operations undertaken in J&K, AF station, Palam, was entrusted the task to coordinate airlift of material and rescue teams as well as to provide assistance to evacuated citizens landing at Palam. Gp Capt SJ Pendse galvanized his staff to build a critical framework towards the efficient completion of the task. With his sterling leadership, he invoked high morale into his subordinates which ensured immaculate execution of the operations. He exhibited stupendous administrative skills in working out modalities at the base as well as liaison between various strata at Command and Air HQ level. His motivational flair kept everybody highly focused towards undertaking such arduous task and work to the best of their abilities even during extended working hours. His abilities are perceptible from the fact that IAF airlifted over 1200 tonnes of relief material from Palam in more than 100 sorties between 07 Sep to 22 Sep 14. With his remarkable planning skills he easily belied the apparent constraints posed by limited tarmac space and concurrent VVIP / VIP commitments. Gp Capt SJ Pendse is unwavering in his commitment to the IAF and exhorts his staff to offer unique solutions towards flawless accomplishment of any assigned task. For his ingenuity, professionalism and distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is please to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Samir J Pendse, VM .
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Reference : Air Force Day Booklet
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