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Air Marshal Suresh Chand

Service No & Branch 4585 F(P) Stream :Transport
Date of Birth: 23 Mar 1933 Commissioned: 14 Oct 1953 Course: 61 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Mar 1991 Superannuated Died on 01 Jul 2020 (87 Years age)
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 14 Oct 1954Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1971Acting Gp Capt : 01 Sep 1976Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1977
Acting Air Cmde : 29 Jul 1980Air Cmde : 01 Oct 1980AVM : 10 Oct 1985C-in-C : 07 Nov 1989
Training and Other Courses Attended
23 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 25 Nov 196721 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1981
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

03 Jan 1970 - 26 Mar 1971Wg Cdr21 WingLeh Station Commander
30 Mar 1971 - 27 Sep 1973Wg CdrParatrooper Training SchoolAgra Commanding Officer
04 Jan 1983 - 13 Jan 1985Air Cmde12 WingChandigarh Air Officer Commanding
01 Jan 1985 - 31 Aug 1985AVMTraining CommandBangalore Senior Officer-in-charge Administration
01 Sep 1985 - 14 Apr 1986AVMTraining CommandBangalore Senior Air Staff Officer
21 Apr 1986 - 17 Jan 1988AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Director Training
18 Jan 1988 - 05 Nov 1989Air MarshalCentral Air CommandAllahabad Senior Air Staff Officer
13 Jun 1989 - Paratrooper Training School Commodore Commandant
07 Nov 1989 - 31 Mar 1991Air MarshalSouthern Air CommandTrivandrum Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrSuresh Chand4585 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1975
Details :

Wing Commander Suresh Chand was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in October, 1953. He attended the Flying Instructors Course in 1962 and the Defence Services Staff College Course in 1967. He has flown over 1300 hours of instructional flying out of a total of 5350 accident-free flying hours. He assumed Command of the Paratroopers School in March 1971 and within a few months brought up the Operational preparedness of the Unit. In addition, he organized and successfully completed the paratroop training of a number of Transport Squadrons and of Transport Training Wing. This went a long way towards the success of airborne assault during Indo-Pak Conflict, 1971. Wing Commander Suresh Chand contributed towards the operational efficiency of the Transport Fleet and the Army Airborne Forces by developing fresh techniques in paratrooping and undertaking trials of new airborne equipment. He was responsible for setting up of an all time record of paratrooping by his unit.

Throughout, Wing Commander Suresh Chand displayed courage, professional skill and exceptional devotion to duty.

Unit : PTS
Reference : Gazette of India dated 21st February 1975 - No.16 - Pres/75 dated 26th January 1975
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVMSuresh Chand4585 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1987Announced 26 Jan 1987
Details :

Air Vice Marshal Suresh Chand Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in October 1953. In his career of 33 years, he has held, with distinction, various appointments both in the field and at higher formations.

He was appointed Air II of an Operational Command, initially in the rank of Group Captain and subsequently in the rank of Air Commodore. During this tenure, he ensured optimal utilisation of the scarce transport resources. In January, 1983, he took over Command of an important Air Base. Under his inspiring leadership, the flying units at the Base were able to achieve their flying tasks and the serviceability of aircraft was maintained at high level. On promotion to the rank of Air Vice Marshal he took over as Senior Officerin­Charge, Administration of Training Command. He was later appointed SASO in the same Command.

By his high degree of professional competence and deep knowledge of flying training, he was able to enhance the quality of training at various training institutions in the Command. In April 1986, he took over as Director Training at Air Headquarters. He has continued to display qualities of clear thinking and professional excellence in this assignment.

AVM S Chand has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19870126
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