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Air Marshal Kapil Dev Chadha

Service No & Branch 3845 F(P) Stream :Transport
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 15 Apr 1950 Course: 51/52 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Dec 1987 Superannuated
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 15 Apr 1955Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1967Acting Gp Capt : 22 Jun 1970Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1971
Acting Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1975Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1976Acting AVM : 10 Feb 1979AVM : 01 Jul 1979
Acting Air Marshal : 10 Feb 1982C-in-C : 05 Nov 1984
Training and Other Courses Attended
16 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 21 Mar 196316 NDC (Air Cmde) - 27 Nov 1976
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

- Flt LtConversion Training UnitHakimpet Flying Instructor
24 Aug 1966 - 25 Nov 1967Wg CdrDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Directing Staff
16 Jan 1968 - 15 Jun 1970Wg CdrNo.43 SquadronJorhat Commanding Officer
01 Jan 1970 - 01 Jan 1974Gp Capt3 WingPalam (Delhi) Station Commander
01 Apr 1975 - 01 Dec 1976Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Ops, Trans & Ma
17 Jan 1977 - 09 Feb 1979Air CmdeDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Chief Instructor (Air)
10 Feb 1979 - 25 Feb 1981AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Plans
23 Feb 1981 - 09 Feb 1982AVMNational Defence CollegeDelhi Senior Directing Staff (Air)
- 30 Jun 1983Air MarshalEastern Air CommandShillong Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Jan 1982 - 08 Aug 1990No.43 Squadron Commodore Commandant
10 Feb 1982 - 28 Feb 1983Air MarshalAir Head QuartersDelhi Air Officer-in-Charge Administration
08 Jul 1983 - 31 Oct 1984Air MarshalAir Head QuartersDelhi Deputy Chief of Air Staff
05 Nov 1984 - 31 Dec 1987Air MarshalEastern Air CommandShillong Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrKapil Dev Chadha3845 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1970
Details :

Wing Commander Kapil Dev Chadha took over as Commanding Officer of a Transport Squadron in 1967. During the period of his command, the squadron has accomplished the air maintenance task of 12,000 tonnes in one year, flying over 12,000 accident free hours. This has been an all­time record in the squadron history. During the last 15 years, the officer has flown over 4,500 hours as Captain without any accident and has held the highest professional qualification.

Throughout, Wing Commander Kapil Dev Chadha displayed courage, leadership and devotion to duty.

Unit : 43 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 25th April 1970 - No.16 - Pres/70 dated 26th January 1970
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalKapil Dev Chadha3845 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1983Announced 26 Jan 1983
Details :

Air Marshal Kapil Dev Chadha, VM, was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in 1950 and has held important Command and Staff assignments. He commanded with distinction an operational squadron and a Flying Station. His important staff assignments at Air HQ included Director of Operations (Transport and Maritime) and Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Plans).

Air Marshal Chadha, himself a graduate of Defence Services Staff College and National Defence College, has held the prestigious assignments of Chief Instructor at Defence Services Staff College and Senior Directing Staff at National Defence College. To both these appointments be brought a high degree of practical wisdom and expertise based on his vast fund of experience and knowledge.

As Director of Operations (Transport and Maritime), Air Marshal Chadha was responsible for formulation of policy, planning and control of the entire air transport, helicopter and Maritime Operations. He was instrumental in the formulation of plans to achieve optimum utilisation of the transport fleet.

Air Marshal Chadha while holding the appointment of Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Plans) was responsible for forecasting, planning and formulating Air Staff Requirements for new aircraft and equipment for the Indian Air Force. His contribution in the areas of 'Long Term Financial Plans for the IAF', 'Induction of Medium Transport Aircraft', 'Aircraft for VVIP duties' and 'Control of Air Force Projects' has been particularly noteworthy.

On promotion to the rank of Air Marshal, he was posted as Air Officer in-charge Administration at Air Headquarters. This sphere of responsibility covers a broad spectrum like organisation, Ceremonials, Medical Services, Work Services, Administration and financial control of various Air Force Welfare Funds and schemes, law and order, security of Air Force installations and management of Public Funds of the Air Force. In each one of these areas, Air Marshal Chadha has made a mark by his exceptional professional competence and qualities of leadership.

Air Marshal Kapil Dev Chadha has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19830126
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