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Air Marshal Naresh Kumar

Service No & Branch 5057 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Fighters| Helicopters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 14 Jan 1956 Course: 67 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 May 1995 Superannuated Flying Hours : 3000 Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 14 Jan 1957Flt Lt : 14 Jan 1961Sqn Ldr : 14 Jan 1967Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1976
Acting Gp Capt : 17 Apr 1978Gp Capt : 29 Aug 1979Acting Air Cmde : 09 Jan 1984Air Cmde : 19 Oct 1984
AVM : 10 Mar 1988Air Marshal : 25 Apr 1991C-in-C : 01 Mar 1993
Training and Other Courses Attended
8 JSW (Cadet) - 01 Jun 195425 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1985
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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

02 Sep 1968 - 25 Jun 1972Sqn LdrNo.112 Helicopter UnitBagdogra Commanding Officer
- Wg CdrNo.119 Helicopter Unit Commanding Officer
08 Apr 1977 - 12 Apr 1978Wg Cdr30 WingSarsawa (Saharanpur) Station Commander
- Gp CaptEmbassy of India, AfghanistanKabul Air Attache
13 Oct 1986 - 09 Mar 1988Air Cmde21 WingLeh Air Officer Commanding
10 Mar 1988 - 02 Jul 1989AVMCentral Air CommandAllahabad Senior Officer-in-charge Administration
03 Jul 1989 - 09 Apr 1991AVMJammu & KashmirUdhampur Air Officer Commanding
11 Apr 1991 - 23 Dec 1991Air MarshalPSO: Administration, Air HQDelhi Air Officer-in-Charge Administration
14 Oct 1991 - 30 Apr 1992Air MarshalPSO: Personnel, Air HQDelhi Air Officer-in-Charge Personnel
01 May 1992 - 28 Feb 1993Air MarshalCentral Air CommandAllahabad Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Mar 1993 - 31 May 1995Air MarshalCentral Air CommandAllahabad Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrNaresh Kumar5057 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1970
Details :

Squadron Leader Naresh Kumar who has been commanding a Helicopter Unit was asked to undertake missions for providing relief to persons affected by floods in North Bengal in 1968. He rescued 9 persons on 5th October 1968, during one such mission. In the evening of the same day, flying as copilot, he saw a number of people surrounded by flood water. They were in grave danger and needed immediate rescue. It was already dusk and the visibility was going down However as, commanding officer of the unit, Squadron Leader Naresh Kumar ordered the pilot to attempt rescue. Since landing was not possible, the helicopter was kept hovering a few inches from the ground. When marooned persons could not get into the helicopter, being too weak he, disregarding his personal safety, jumped out of the helicopter and managed to put three persons on board. In a like manner, he helped the rescue of some more marooned persons on 6th October 1968. It was the result of his planning that in 14 days 650 tonnes of food and equipment were air­dropped and over 1,400 people rescued.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Naresh Kumar displayed courage, initiative and devotion to duty.

Unit :
Reference : Gazette of India dated 25th April 1970 - No.16 - Pres/70 dated 26th January 1970
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeNaresh Kumar5057 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1988Announced 26 Jan 1988
Details :

Air Vice Marshal Naresh Kumar was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 14 January 1956. He has held various appointments including command of two helicopter units and staff appointments at Command Headquarters. He graduated from National Defence College in 1986.

While commanding one of the helicopter units he was assigned the task of flood relief in North Bengal and in recognition of his services, act of courage, initiative and devotion to duty, he was awarded 'Vayu Sena Medal'.

Presently he is posted as Air Officer Commanding of a forward Air Base located at high altitude. His base is responsible to provide infrastructure for successful operation of helicopters and large scale operation of transport aircraft. Because of skirmishes at Siachen Glacier, he has been burdened with additional responsibilities of ensuring availability of supplies and casualty evacuation. Himself a diligent and dedicated officer, Air Vice Marshal Naresh Kumar has been able to motivate the personnel under his command to work with zeal, enthusiasm and single mindedness of purpose. Because of his inspiring leadership, the personnel under his command have been able to achieve their task despite heavy constraints of adverse weather conditions, high altitude and limited flying resources.

Air Vice Marshal Naresh Kumar, VM has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order

Unit :
Reference : GoI19880126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalNaresh Kumar5057 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1994Announced 26 Jan 1994
Details :

Air Marshal Naresh Kumar, AVSM, VM, ADC was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 14 January 1956. In his distinguished career spread over 37 years, he has held various important command and staff appointments. A graduate of National Defence College, he has an outstanding accident free flying record of more than 3000 hours on various aircraft like Vampires, Chetak, Mi-4, Mi-8 and Mi17 aircraft. While commanding one of the helicopter units he was assigned the task of flood relief in North Bengal and in recognition of his services, act of courage, initiative and devotion to duty, he was awarded 'Vayu Sena Medal' in 1970. After a successful tenure as Air Attaché in Afghanistan, he was appointed Air II in one of our premier Command Headquarters, followed by a command of an operational base located at high altitude. Under his inspiring leadership, meticulous approach and guidance, this base was brought to the level of operational excellence. For rendering distinguished service of an exceptional order, he was awarded 'Ati Vishisht Seva Medal' in 1988. On his a promotion to the rank of Air Vice Marshal, he took over as Senior Officer-inCharge Administration at HQ CAC, before taking over yet another important appointment of AOC Jammu and Kashmir. His performance in both these appointments of totally diverse fields of administration and operation, was commendable.

On promotion to the rank of Air Marshal in April 1991, he was appointed Air Officerin-Charge Administration at Air Headquarters. With his sound professional competence and dedicated hard work, brought about all round improvement in all areas of activities, viz. work services, general administration, management of public and welfare funds. A particular mention need to be made of introduction of “Medical Care Scheme" for retired Air Force personnel during this tenure of his. He was also entrusted the responsibility of Air Officer-in-Charge Personnel along with AOA, which he discharged with unmatched excellence.

In Apri1, 1992, Air Marshal took over the appointment of Senior Air Staff Officer at Headquarters Central Air Command. In this appointment, using his professional expertise in the field of operations, he effected considerable improvements in the Ops preparedness. He, with his meticulous planning and analytical approach, carried out rationalisation of resources and manpower in various spheres of activities and brought about significant savings to the tune of a few crores without any compromise on operational capability. In Mar 93 he was appointed Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of a major operational Command.

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

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Reference : GoI19940126

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