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Group Captain Abhijit Prakash Deshpande

Service No & Branch 24218 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 21 Dec 1996 Course: 158 Course
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Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 21 Dec 2009
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14 HDMC (Gp Capt) - 31 Mar 2019
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vishist Seva Medal
Wg CdrAbhijit Prakash Deshpande24218 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2016Announced 26 Jan 2016
Details : Wing Commander Abhijit Prakash Deshpande (24218) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in the flying branch on 21 Dec 1996. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor and a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College. He has more than 3300 hrs of flying various helicopters in the IAF's inventory. He is presently commanding a Helicopter Unit in the North Eastern Sector. As Commanding Officer, with his vision and foresight, he has brought about tremendous all round changes in the functioning of his Unit. Backed by sound professional knowledge and experience he has not only enhanced the operational potential of his Unit but also instilled pride and confidence in the men he Commands. His thorough involvement and attention to detail in planning and execution of tasks related to President's Standard Presentation (PSP) was highly appreciated. His steadfastness and commitment to task was evident when, in spite of personal tragedy during the PSP, he ensured that all events went through as planned. Under his command and guidance, the Unit maintains a high serviceability state of its helicopters and has achieved 100%serviceability on many occasions. For good overall performance in all spheres of activities, his Unit was adjudged the best Helicopter Unit of the Command in 2014. The officer has diligently involved himself in the ongoing ALH Mk III project works and the impending induction of the modem platform. His foresight and thorough involvement has ensured quality completion of ongoing work services for the induction and timely conversion training of Aircrew and Ground Crew. Under his vibrant leadership, the Unit has achieved all allotted tasks in a befitting manner, with exceptional regard to safety. He has great concern for the well being of air warriors and has utilised various innovative methods to generate a sense of belonging and camaraderie amongst all personnel. His unconditional involvement, devotion to duty and the highest norms of interpersonal relations have significantly enhanced the happiness quotient of air warriors of the Unit and thereby, ensured a positive and professional work environment. For distinguished service of a high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wing Commander Abhijit Prakash Deshpande.
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