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Air Marshal Prabhat Kumar Varma

Service No & Branch 4822 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: 02 Feb 1936 Commissioned: 06 Nov 1954 Course: 64 Course
Service End: Retired on 28 Feb 1994 Superannuated Died on 10 Nov 2013 (77 Years age) Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 06 Nov 1955Flt Lt : 06 Nov 1959Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1975Acting Gp Capt : 17 Apr 1978
Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1978Acting Air Cmde : 13 Apr 1981Air Cmde : 02 Jun 1982AVM : 13 Jan 1987
Air Marshal : 15 Oct 1991
Training and Other Courses Attended
6 JSW (Cadet) - 01 Jun 195322 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 31 Mar 1967
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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

28 Apr 1972 - 29 Jun 1974Wg CdrNo.29 SquadronHindon Commanding Officer
17 Jan 1977 - 25 Nov 1978Wg CdrDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Directing Staff
- Gp Capt7 WingAmbala Chief Operations Officer
05 May 1980 - 12 Apr 1981Gp Capt3 WingPalam (Delhi) Station Commander
- Air CmdeCentral Air CommandAllahabad Air-I
13 Apr 1981 - 12 Jul 1981Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Air Defence)
13 Jul 1981 - 30 Nov 1982Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Offensive Operations
02 Jan 1985 - 11 Jan 1987Air Cmde33 WingJamnagar Air Officer Commanding
- 14 Oct 1991AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Works
13 Jan 1987 - 18 Mar 1988AVMSouthern Air CommandTrivandrum Senior Air Staff Officer
04 Apr 1988 - 18 Dec 1988AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Personnel Officers
14 Sep 1987 - 31 Dec 1997No.29 Squadron Commodore Commandant
15 Oct 1991 - Air MarshalIntegrated Defence StaffDelhi Director General (Defence Planning Staff)
01 May 1992 - 25 Jul 1993Air MarshalPSO: Personnel, Air HQDelhi Air Officer-in-Charge Personnel
01 May 1993 - 28 Feb 1994Air MarshalPSO: Planning, Air HQDelhi Deputy Chief of Air Staff
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrPrabhat Kumar Varma4822 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1975
Details :

Wing Commander Prabhat Kumar Varma was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in November, 1954. He has been commanding a front line air defence fighter squadron since May, 1972. In 1973, during the adverse weather period, his squadron was required to move to a base which was not fully established and lacked most essential services. By his close supervision and drive, he surmounted all problems and made his unit functional both in flying and technical servicing in the shortest possible time. In 1973, the unit won most of the major sports events and the overall sports trophy in the inter­unit competitions.

Throughout, Wing Commander Prabhat Kumar Varma displayed courage, professional skill and exceptional devotion to duty.

Unit : 29 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 21st February 1975 - No.16 - Pres/75 dated 26th January 1975
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalPrabhat Kumar Varma4822 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1993Announced 26 Jan 1993
Details :

Air Marshal Prabhat Kumar Varma was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 6th November, 1954. In his long and distinguished career, he has held several key command and staff appointments with distinction. These include command of a Combat Squadron, Director of Personnel (Officers) and Director General of Defence Planning Staff.

A qualified flying instructor of repute, the Air Officer led a fighter squadron in 1972. Displaying unique leadership and zeal, he brought up the squadron to a high level of combat readiness in the shortest possible time. Later, he was appointed as the Chief Operations Officer of a Jaguar base. A graduate of Defence Services Staff College Wellington, the Air Officer commanded a front line fighter base in 1985. Being aware of the large number of operational units and infrastructural facilities based at his station he displayed remarkable ability to coordinate their roles to achieve the overall combat effectiveness of the vase during his command.

The Air Officer presently holds the crucial appointment of Air Officer incharge Personnel at Air HQs and continues to show a remarkable ability to produce the necessary man­machine interface for the efficiency of the Air Force.

Air Marshal Prabhat Kumar Varma, VM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19930126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalPrabhat Kumar Varma4822 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1994Announced 26 Jan 1994
Details :

Air Marshal Prabhat Kumar Varma was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the IAF on 06 Nov 54. Throughout his long and distinguished career he has held a variety of key Command and Staff appointments with distinction. These include command of a Combat Squadron, the only VVIP base, a major fighter base, Director of Personnel (Officers), Director General of Defence Planning Staff and Air Officer-in-Charge Personnel at Air HQ . He was awarded Vayu Sena Medal in 1975 for exceptional devotion to duty while commanding a combat squadron. Later, he was appointed the Chief Operations Officer of the first ever Jaguar base of the IAF. Subsequently the officer commanded the prestigious VVIP base, Air Force Station Palam in an exemplary manner. A graduate and Directing Staff of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, the Air Officer commanded a frontline fighter base in 1985. The Air Officer also held a very distinguished tenure as Senior Air Staff Officer of Southern Air Command during the induction phase of OP PAWAN. On promotion to the rank of Air Marshal, the Air Officer was appointed Director General Defence Planning Staff in MOD. The Air Officer held the crucial appointment of Air Officerin-Charge Personnel at Air Headquarters. Here, the Air Officer showed a remarkable ability to produce man-machine interface, which is so vital to a military service. For the distinguished service of exceptional order, he was awarded AVSM in 1993.

On assuming duties after major bypass surgery during Jan 93, not only he took over his own duties of the Air Officer-in-Charge Personnel, but was also entrusted with the arduous responsibilities of the Deputy Chief of the Air Staff. Without showing any concern for his health, he rose to the occasion and discharged the dual responsibility in an exemplary manner wherein he displayed an extraordinary capacity to withstand the implicit stress and strain of the twin portfolios.

The Air Officer assumed the responsibilities of the DCAS at a time when the Nation was passing through the phase of ever mounting economic crunch. Despite the tight budgetary controls, he ensured that the expenditure was kept within the funds allotted without compromising the operational preparedness. He retailored the Air Force plans in conformity with the expected allocation and the changed strategic continental perceptions.

He has left an indelible imprint in the appointments that he has held during his chequered career spanning nearly four decades of dedicated service.

Air Marshal Prabhat Kumar Varma AVSM, VM has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI19940126
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