|Service No & Branch||4431 F(P)|
|Date of Birth: -- --- ----||Commissioned: 17 Jan 1953||Course: 59 Course|
|Service End:||Retired on 02 Jun 1989 Superannuated|
|Qualifications Held :|
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|18 Jan 1953 - 30 Jun 1953||Plt Offr||Conversion Training Unit||Hakimpet||Trainee Pilot|
|01 Jul 1953 - 28 Feb 1956||Fg Offr||No.1 Squadron||Halwara||Squadron Pilot|
|01 Jul 1956 - 01 Dec 1956||Fg Offr||No.1 Air Force College||Secunderabad||Flying Instructor|
|01 Dec 1956 - 01 Jul 1959||Fg Offr||No.2 Air Force College||Jodhpur||Flying Instructor|
|01 Jul 1959 - 31 Aug 1960||Flt Lt||Jet Training Wing||Hakimpet||Flying Instructor|
|01 Sep 1960 - 30 Aug 1962||Flt Lt||Flying Instructors School||Tambaram||Flying Instructor|
|01 Jan 1963 - 30 Jun 1964||Sqn Ldr||Pilot Attack Instructors Flight||Jamnagar||Officer in Charge|
|06 Jul 1964 - 07 Nov 1966||Sqn Ldr||No.47 Squadron||Bagdogra/ Hashimara||Commanding Officer|
|01 Nov 1966 - 01 Aug 1969||Sqn Ldr||Iraq AF||Iraq||Flying Instructor|
|17 Aug 1969 - 11 Jun 1971||Wg Cdr||No.3 Squadron||Pathankot||Commanding Officer|
|01 Aug 1971 - 01 Dec 1973||Wg Cdr||11 Wing||Tezpur||Officer in Charge Flying|
|01 Jul 1974 - 30 Jun 1976||Wg Cdr||Institute of Defence Management||Secunderabad||HOD (Org & Comm)|
|01 Jun 1976 - 01 Jan 1977||Gp Capt||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||Director (System Evaluation)|
|01 Jan 1978 - 01 Mar 1979||Gp Capt||Institute of Defence Management||Secunderabad||HOF & Dy Dir|
|26 Mar 1979 - 15 Feb 1981||Air Cmde||33 Wing||Jamnagar||Air Officer Commanding|
|16 Feb 1981 - 01 Sep 1982||Air Cmde||Advance HQ, Western Air Command||Simla||Air Officer Commanding|
|01 Sep 1982 - 30 Jun 1984||Air Cmde||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||Director, Works|
|01 Jul 1984 - 30 Mar 1986||AVM||Air Force Naval Housing Board||Delhi||Director General|
|31 Mar 1986 - 31 Dec 1986||AVM||Southern Air Command||Trivandrum||Senior Air Staff Officer|
|01 Dec 1986 - 30 Jun 1989||Air Marshal||Training Command||Bangalore||Senior Air Staff Officer|
|15 Jul 1987 -||No.3 Squadron||Commodore Commandant|
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|Ati Vishist Seva Medal|
|AVM||Pattathil Venugopal||4431 F(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 1986||Announced 26 Jan 1986|
|Details :|| |
Air Vice Marshal Pathathil Venugopal (4431) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force on 17th January, 1953. He has held several important field and staff appointments at major Stations and Wings and at Air Headquarters. He has also commanded two independent fighter Squadrons and a major fighter base. As the Air Officer Commanding, he was made responsible for rendering relief operations during the MORVI dam disaster in Gujarat.
Later, as the Air Officer Commanding, Advance Headquarters Western Air Command, Simla, he was responsible for planning and coordinating the application of Air Power in two major exercises of the Indian Army for which he earned a good name for the Air Force. As a result of the experience gained, he also made a total revision of the Directive of Joint Operations.
In September 1982, he was posted to Air Headquarters as Director of Air Force Works. In this difficult assignment, he made significant contribution in creating realistic annual and five year plans, oriented towards operational efficiency and improvement in the living and working conditions of the Units. His personal endeavours led to the timely sanctioning of 'Vajra' and 'Shamsher' projects. In July 1984, at an extremely short notice of 20 days, as Officer on Special Duty, he was made solely responsible for creating infraĆĀstructure for the inauguration of HQ Southern Air Command, Trivandrum.
With his experience as DAFW, he was selected in July 1984 to serve as Director General, Air Force Naval Housing Board. It is due to his personal involvement that the NOIDA Phase I project has finally been completed.
Air Vice Marshal Pathathil Venugopal has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.
|Reference : GoI19860126|