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Group Captain Sucharu Rai

Service No & Branch 22119 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 19 Dec 1992 Course: 150 Course
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Fg Offr : 19 Dec 1993Gp Capt : 01 May 2013
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp CaptSucharu Rai22119 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2013Announced 26 Jan 2013
Details : Group Captain Sucharu Rai (22119) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in the flying branch on 19 Dec 92. He is a Pilot Attack Instructor (PAl) and Qualified Flying Instructor. He had earlier held the key appointment of flight commander of a MiG Operational Flying Training (MOFT) squadron, which was adjudged the best fighter squadron in Western Air Command. . Gp Capt Sucharu Rai took over the command of a MOFT squadron on 26 Apr 10. He has led his unit from the front as by flying nearly 500 sorties during his tenure. He led special emphasis on improving the overall operational capability of the unit, be it in its war or peacetime role. As a result, he clearly spelt out his key result areas and went about his primary task with utmost diligence and dedication. Towards this, when there was shortage of supervisors, he even elected to stay in the unit when he was specially selected for a trip abroad, disregarding his personal gains. This commitment ensured that during his tenure, the unit achieved 6000 sorties, with an average of 800 sorties every quarter. This quantum of flying was among highest (sortie-wise) than any other fighter squadron in the IAF He also ensured that the severe backlog in training was not only cleared but the unit came in synchrony with the intake schedule of the trainees of IAF Apart from the increased quantum of flying, he also ensured that the quality of training and safety were paramount. This was evident when most courses passed out without a single accident or incident. Gp Capt Sucharu Rai has displayed total dedication and professionalism of a high order. He has led the squadron by his personal example. The officer consistently adopts a very systematic, fair and humane approach, which has improved manifold the working culture, environment and morale of the unit. In keeping with the highest tradition of the Indian Air Force, humble and enterprising, he is constantly finding solutions and achieving high standard in all sphere for others to emulate. His innate ability to interact with all officers of all branches, airmen and Non-Combatants (Enrolled) has earned him respect across the board, which has helped his squadron earn a very healthy reputation and appreciation from all levels. For his exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty) to Group Captain Sucharu Rai.
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Reference : Air Force Day Booklet
Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptSucharu Rai22119 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2018Announced 26 Jan 2018
Details : Group Captain Sucharu Rai (22119-G) F(P) was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the Flying branch of the Indian Air Force on 19 Dec 92. He has over 2450 hrs of accident! incident free flying. He is a qualified Flying Instructor (OFI) and a Pilot Attack Instructor (PAl), apart from being a graduate of the Higher Air Command Course from the College of Air Warfare ( CAW). He has flown various trainer and fighter aircraft including HPT-32, Kiran MK IIA and MK II, most variants of the MiG-21, and MiG 23MF aircraft. He has held the appointment of CO of a frontline fighter. For his display of total dedication and professionalism of a very high order, he was conferred with the Vayu Sena Medal on 26 Jan 13. He has tenanted the important post of Director Plans at Air HO and has just completed a tenure as the Base Commander of a forward base in the Kashmir Valley. As the Base Commander of a flying base, Group Captain Sucharu Rai has been the epitome of a leader of men. With his understanding of operations, he personally ensured that the ongoing work of runway repairs at the Base, which had remained stagnant for over four years till his arrival, was reenergized and progressed relentlessly, in spite of the worsened security situation in Kashmir Valley. Due to his personal involvement and active participation, more than half the work on the RIW was completed, without compromising on the flying of the local Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) unit. Because of his meticulous planning, the local RPA unit flew unhindered and achieved over 1OOOHrsof accident free flying, the maximum flown by an RPA unit in one Financial Year. During his tenure, the security situation in the Kashmir Valley took a turn for the worse. Group Captain Sucharu Rai galvanised the base security to ensure that, in spite of repeated attacks on security forces in the valley, all personnel under his Command were always secure. He used the limited manpower available innovatively, and personally overlooked each aspect of security, to ensure an extremely safe environment for all. His integrated approach with other agencies, also guaranteed success in some very critical missions with Indian Army. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Sucharu Rai.
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Reference : Air Force Day Booklet
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