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Air Marshal Jagdish Kumar Seth

Service No & Branch 4403 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Transport
Date of Birth: 27 Sep 1933 Commissioned: 17 Jan 1953 Course: 59 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Sep 1991 Superannuated Died on 08 Jun 2016 (83 Years age) Flying Hours : 7800 Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 17 Jan 1954Flt Lt : 17 Jan 1958Sqn Ldr : 17 Jan 1964Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1970
Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1976Acting Air Cmde : 13 Jan 1979Air Cmde : 25 Sep 1978Acting AVM : 01 Aug 1983
AVM : 01 Dec 1983Air Marshal : 10 Feb 1986C-in-C : 01 Dec 1987
Training and Other Courses Attended
2 JSW (Cadet) - 01 Jun 195118 NDC (Gp Capt) - 01 Dec 1978
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Aug 1970 - 01 Oct 1973Wg CdrAircrew Examination BoardHindon Commanding Officer
23 Oct 1973 - 13 Jan 1976Wg Cdr19 WingBorjhar (Guwahati) Station Commander
- 01 Dec 1976Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Joint Director, Flying Training
01 Jul 1977 - 01 Jan 1978Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Ops, Trans & Ma
01 Jun 1979 - 04 Jan 1983Air CmdeHigh Commission of India, United KingdomLondon Air Advisor
01 Jan 1983 - 29 Jul 1983Air Cmde4 WingAgra Air Officer Commanding
01 Aug 1983 - 01 Mar 1985AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Personnel Officers
25 Mar 1985 - 07 Feb 1986AVMAir Force AcademyDundigal Commandant
10 Feb 1986 - 27 Jul 1986Air MarshalPSO: Administration, Air HQDelhi Air Officer-in-Charge Administration
28 Jul 1986 - 20 Nov 1987Air MarshalCentral Air CommandAllahabad Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Dec 1987 - 30 Sep 1991Air MarshalTraining CommandBangalore Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrJagdish Kumar Seth4403 GD(P)Award Date Announced 01 Jan 1967
Details :

Sqn. Ldr. Jagdish Kumar Seth has been engaged in air transport and operational training in Jammu and Kashmir area since 1960. Apart from his own operational flying, he has trained new pilots and raised their operational standard. He has carried out large number of supply dropping and landing sorties in forward areas. During the operations against the Chinese in October, 1962, he, in disregard to his personal safety, landed vitally needed reinforcements in an area and also carried out several reconnaissance sorties.

Throughout, Sqn. Ldr. Seth displayed courage and devotion to duty.

Unit : 12 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 7th January, 1967- No.102 - Pres/66 dated 31st December 1966
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeJagdish Kumar Seth4403 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1983Announced 26 Jan 1983
Details :

Air Commodore Jagdish Kumar Seth, VM was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in 1953. During his service career, he has held many important and coveted appointments which have included Officer Commanding, Aircrew Examining Board, OC Flying Station, and Director Operations (T&M) at Air Headquarters and Air Adviser in the Indian High Commission in London. He has flown over 7300 accident free hours, which include 1570 hrs of operational flying over the most hazardous terrain of Himalayas apart from 1400 instructional hours. From April 1979 to September, 1982 as Air Adviser in the Indian High Commission in London Air Commodore Seth was particularly successful in maintaining personal rapport and friendly relationship with the Liaison Staff and Senior Officers of the Royal Air Force. By his tact and exemplary personal conduct, he was able to generate extremely warm and friendly feelings among officers of the country of accreditation, as well as with those of the diplomatic corps. In handling all his work, he showed a very balanced mind, correct approach, mature attitude and objectivity, following the highest traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Air Commodore Jagdish Kumar Seth has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19830126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalJagdish Kumar Seth4403 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1988Announced 26 Jan 1988
Details :

Air Marshal Jagdish Kumar Seth was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in January 1953. During his distinguished career, he has held many command and staff appointments. In his outstanding flying career, he has flown over 7300 accident free hours, which include 1570 hours of operational flying and 1400 instructional hours.

In August 83 he was appointed Director Personnel (Officers) at Air Headquarters. Due to his meticulous planning and exceptional managerial skills, all personnel management functions including career planning, promotions and placements relating to officers of Air Force were successfully executed. He was assigned Command of Air Force Flying Academy in March 1985. With his deep understanding of all facets of flying training, he set exacting standards for this establishment and with his dedication and leadership ensured that they were achieved thereby bringing about a qualitative improvement in the standard of all trainee pilots passing our from there.

On promotion to the rank of Air Marshal in February 1986 he was appointed Air Officer Incharge Administration at Air Headquarters. In this appointment his sphere of responsibility extended to works services, administration and control of various welfare funds & schemes, discipline, security and management of public funds. With his professional competence and dedicated bard work he effected allround improvements in each of these areas.

Since July 1986 he has held the appointment of Senior Air Staff Officer of a major Operational Command. By his professional advice born out of his vast flying experience and determined direction of Air operations, he has improved the operational capability of the Air Defence and strike forces of the Command. Air Marshal Jagdish Kumar Seth, AVSM, VM has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19880126
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