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Air Vice Marshal Surjit Singh Malhotra

Service No & Branch 4831 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Transport
Date of Birth: 15 Jul 1934 Commissioned: 06 Nov 1954 Course: 64 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Jul 1990 Superannuated Died on 26 Jan 2024 (90 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 : 20 Jun 1977
Gp Capt : 01 May 1978Acting Air Cmde : 30 Sep 1981Air Cmde : 21 Jun 1982Acting AVM : 16 Feb 1987
AVM : 01 May 1987
Training and Other Courses Attended
24 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 23 Nov 196822 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1982
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

- 01 Dec 1966Sqn LdrAirHQ Communications SquadronPalam Squadron Pilot
01 Dec 1970 - Sqn LdrAirHQ Communications SquadronPalam Squadron Pilot
16 Feb 1976 - 19 Jun 1977Wg CdrAirHQ Communications SquadronPalam Commanding Officer
20 Jun 1977 - 10 Jan 1981Gp CaptAirHQ Communications SquadronPalam Commanding Officer
- Air CmdeWestern Air CommandDelhi Air-II
- Air Cmde3 WingPalam (Delhi) Air Officer Commanding
- 01 Dec 1988AVMHQ NCCDelhi Additional Director General (A)
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal
Gp CaptSurjit Singh Malhotra4831 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1978
Details :

Group Captain Surjit Singh Malhotra was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in November, 1954. He has been serving as the Commanding Officer of Air Headquarters Communication Squadron since March, 1976. During the very first year of his command, he brought about appreciable improvements in all round performance and efficiency of the Squadron. The Squadron flew a total of 5,292 accident­free hours maintaining a high state of serviceability. He also ensured that the aircrew training was vigorously progressed. This enabled the Squadron to achieve hundredpercent aircrew categorisation and remain fully operational. Under his able guidance, the Squadron also completed its tasks connected with the transportation of dignitaries and undertook all the transport support missions assigned to it. Group Captain Malhotra has over 7,300 hours of unblemished accidentfree service flying to his credit. He has flown six types of operational aircraft and has held highest transport category 'A' on no less than four types. At present, he holds 'A' category on two types of aircraft in current use. This is commendable achievement particularly when he has been on ground tenure for nearly seven years during his service.

Group Captain Surjit Singh Malhotra has thus displayed high professional skill, determination and devotion to duty of an exceptional order.

Unit : AHQ Comm Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 22nd December 1979 - No.67- Pres/79 dated 26th January 1978
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeSurjit Singh Malhotra4831 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1986Announced 26 Jan 1986
Details :

Air Commodore Surjit Singh Malhotra VM Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Air Force on 06 Nov 1954. During his long service he has gained vast operational experience in the transport support role. He has successfully commanded a Transport Squadron, NCC Squadron and a Flying Wing besides holding staff appointments in two operational commands and Air Headquarters. During his operational tenures Air Commodore Malhotra has flown over eight thousand six hundred accident free hours which speaks of his operational acumen. Out of the nine types of aircraft which he has flown he had held 'A' Master Green on four.

Despite his preoccupation with normal staff duties as Air II at Western Air Command, Air Cmde Malhotra planned with meticulous care the arrival/departure, parking and security of aircraft of all VIPs during the NAM &CHOGAM in 1983. subsequently, during Nov 84 as AOC AF Stn Palam he made precise and efficient arrangements for the reception and parking of VIP aircraft of all foreign dignitaries who came to attend the funeral of late PM, Mrs. Indira Gandhi.

As AOC Palam Air Cmde Malhotra by excellent Planning and optimum utilization of limited resources organized the rescue of about 500 persons, who were affected during the civil disturbances following the assassination of Mrs. Indira Gandhi. He also gave shelter and necessary help out of his meager station resources.

Air Commodore Surjit Singh Malhotra, VM has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI19860126
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