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Air Vice Marshal Inder Dev Bhalla

Service No & Branch 4571 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Transport
Date of Birth: 08 Jan 1932 Commissioned: 14 Oct 1953 Course: 61 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Jan 1988 Superannuated Died on 04 Mar 2018 (86 Years age) Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 14 Oct 1954Flt Lt : 14 Oct 1958Sqn Ldr : 14 Oct 1964Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1971
Acting Gp Capt : 23 Aug 1976Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1977Acting Air Cmde : 26 Mar 1979Air Cmde : 19 Nov 1979
AVM : 17 Dec 1984
Training and Other Courses Attended
24 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 23 Nov 196817 NDC (Gp Capt) - 01 Dec 1977
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Oct 1954 - 15 Dec 1959Plt OffrAirHQ Communications SquadronPalam Squadron Pilot
01 Dec 1963 - 01 Mar 1967Sqn LdrAirHQ Communications SquadronPalam Squadron Pilot
01 Dec 1968 - 01 Mar 1969Sqn LdrGolf Sqn, National Defence AcademyKhadakvasla Squadron Commander
04 Mar 1969 - 11 Dec 1970Wg Cdr3 Battalion, National Defence AcademyKhadakvasla Battalion Commander
28 Dec 1970 - 24 Feb 1974Wg CdrAirHQ Communications SquadronPalam Commanding Officer
11 Feb 1974 - 14 Sep 1975Wg Cdr23 WingJammu Station Commander
20 Jan 1975 - 27 Nov 1976Wg CdrDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Directing Staff
23 Aug 1976 - 16 Jan 1977Gp CaptDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Chief Instructor (Air)
10 Feb 1979 - 22 Nov 1980Air CmdeDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Chief Instructor (Air)
04 Dec 1980 - 16 Dec 1984Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Ops, Trans & Ma
17 Dec 1984 - 31 Jul 1986AVMCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad Commandant
01 Aug 1986 - 31 Jan 1988AVMMaintenance CommandNagpur Senior Air & Administration Staff Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeInder Dev Bhalla4571 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1983Announced 26 Jan 1983
Details :

Air Commodore Inder Dev Bhalla has served the Air Force with distinction for 29 years. He was awarded the Sword of Honour on his commissioning in October, 1953 and had also achieved the highest professional flying qualifications within the next five years. Later he successfully commanded Air HQ Communication Squadron and a flying station with élan and high degree of professionalism. He has flown 7696 accident free hours on the most modern transport aircraft in the Air Force. This includes 1275 hours on instructional duties and 4489 hours on VVIP/VIP flights.

Since December, 1980 as Director of Operations (Transport and Maritime), he has used his rich and diverse professional experience and problem solving ability to effectively utilise the large transport and helicopter fleet for undertaking standing air force tasks as well as in aid to civil authority. He has helped lay down operational training policies in order to improve our operational capabilities. He has inducted two new types of aircraft into the service in a highly competent manner.

Air Commodore Inder Dev Bhalla has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI19830126
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