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Air Vice Marshal Gurdial Singh Punia

Service No & Branch 2134 ADM (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: 01 May 1923 Commissioned: 21 Dec 1942 Course:
Service End: Retired on 30 Apr 1978 Superannuated Died on 30 Dec 2020 (97 Years age) Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 21 Dec 1943Flt Lt : 21 Dec 1948Sqn Ldr : 21 Dec 1955Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1965
Acting Gp Capt : 21 Oct 1969Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1971Acting Air Cmde : 09 Jan 1973Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1974
Acting AVM : 01 Dec 1976AVM : 01 Apr 1977
Training and Other Courses Attended
12 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1972
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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

26 Mar 1943 - 19 Jul 1944Plt Offr1CMPAgartala Officer Commanding From RAF Ambala
07 Apr 1943 - 20 Jun 1945Plt OffrNo.1 Elementary Flying Training SchoolBegumpet Link Trnr Instr Fm RAF Lahore To 2EFTS
03 Apr 1944 - Plt OffrNo.6 Squadron Attd
- 05 Jan 1958Sqn LdrHQ Opl CommandDelhi 
06 Jan 1958 - Sqn LdrAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Director, Air Traffic Control
21 Oct 1969 - 06 Mar 1972Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Provost Marshal (Air)
01 Dec 1976 - 30 Apr 1978AVMWestern Air CommandDelhi Senior Officer-in-charge Administration
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Gurdial Singh Punia2134 ADMAward Date 26 Jan 1972Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details :

Group Captain Gurdial Singh Punia was commissioned in the Indian Air Force December, 1942, and joined the Administrative Branch on 17th February, 1943. In 29 years in the service, his main role was that of a Link Trainer Instructor. In this c he laid the foundation for the present skill in instrument flying of many of the senior officers in Service today. Later, he served in many units and formations on Air Traffic Control and ending this phase of his career as the Deputy Director Air Traffic Control at Air Headquarters. In this post, he was responsible, inter alia, for arranging safe and effective air itineraries of various dignitaries. Subsequently, he served as the Officer-in-charge Administration at an important Air Force Base.

Since October, 1969, Group Captain Gurdial Singh Punia has been the Provost Marshal of the Air Force. This appointment, in addition to carrying the responsibility of ensuring discipline in the Air Force, and allied tasks, also has operational responsibilities to the defence of Air Force Bases and installations against sabotage or attack by intruders and to the Passive Air Defence Scheme for the whole Air Force, together with the physical security of Air Force property and personnel. Group Captain Gurdial Singh has bent all his energies towards fulfilling these responsibilities. He has ensured that it in the forward and sensitive areas were provided with the resources they needed to improve their ground defence and passive air defence plans.

The success of his work can be judged from the fact that, in the recent conflict with Pakistan no enemy agent could enter any Air Force base and sabotage Aircraft. He has ensured that Air Force Police personnel received forensic training, and this will greatly improve the methods of crime detection and investigation in relation to the Air Force.

Group Captain Gurdial Singh Punia has rendered distinguished service

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Reference : GoI19720126
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