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Air Marshal Janak Kapur

Service No & Branch 5585 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 19 Dec 1958 Course: 73 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Mar 1996 Superannuated Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 29 May 1959Flt Lt : 29 May 1963Wg Cdr : 01 Jul 1978Acting Gp Capt : 03 Jun 1981
Gp Capt : 08 Jul 1981Air Cmde : 10 Oct 1985AVM : 01 Nov 1990Air Marshal : 18 Oct 1993
C-in-C : 01 Feb 1995
Training and Other Courses Attended
13 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 195629 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1989
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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

01 Apr 1968 - Sqn LdrNo.47 SquadronChandigarh Flight Commander
- Wg CdrCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad Directing Staff
- Wg Cdr9 WingHalwara Chief Operations Officer
12 Mar 1977 - 02 Dec 1979Wg CdrNo.17 SquadronHalwara Commanding Officer
- Gp Capt7 WingAmbala Chief Operations Officer
- Gp Capt17 WingGorakhpur Chief Operations Officer
- 01 Dec 1982Gp CaptEmbassy of India, EqyptCairo Air Attache
- Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Flight Safety)
- 31 Oct 1990Air CmdeSouth Western Air CommandJodhpur Air-I
- Air CmdeEastern Air CommandShillong Air-I
28 Mar 1985 - 21 Sep 1986Air Cmde17 WingGorakhpur Air Officer Commanding
01 Nov 1990 - 16 Oct 1993AVMMaintenance CommandNagpur Senior Air & Administration Staff Officer
18 Oct 1993 - 31 Jan 1995Air MarshalWestern Air CommandDelhi Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Feb 1995 - 31 Mar 1996Air MarshalEastern Air CommandShillong Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
20 Dec 1995 - 25 Oct 1998No.17 Squadron Commodore Commandant
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn LdrJanak Kapur5585 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1976Announced 26 Jan 1976
Details :

Squadron Leader Janak Kapur (5585) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 29th May, 1958. Since then he has served in five different air defence squadrons. He is fully operational on subsonic and supersonic fighters and has done a large number of flying hours.

In carrying out his flying duties over the last 16 years, he has displayed great abilities as a fighter pilot and commander. He possesses courage, determination and professional competence of a high order. He is an example which has been emulated by his juniors.

Squadron Leader Janak Kapur is also a keen, disciplined and dedicated staff officer. He accepts responsibilities entrusted to him cheerfully and carries them out efficiently. With his qualities, he has proved to be of a very good pilot and an excellent administrator.

Squadron Leader Janak Kapur with his high sense of dedication to duty and great professional competence in the air and on ground has rendered distinguished service of a high order. He is awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal.

Unit : AHQ
Reference : GoI19760126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalJanak Kapur5585 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1996Announced 26 Jan 1996
Details :

Air Marshal Janak Kapur, VSM was commissioned as a pilot on 19 Dec 58. The Air Officer's potential as a fighter pilot was recognised within a short period of his commissioning and he was chosen to undergo Pilot Attack Instructor and Instrument Rating Instructor's Courses in quick succession. He was selected to undergo the Air Staff Course at Royal Air Force Staff College, UK. He also served as Air Attaché in the Indian Embassy at Cairo, Egypt. For his distinguished service, he was awarded VSM in 1976.

During his long service career the Air Officer has served in many prestigious and prominent command and staff appointments. He has commanded a frontline fighter squadron with distinction. He was appointed Chief Operations Officer of the then newly established Jaguar Base and later took over as Air Officer Commanding of the same base. He has held the sensitive appointments of Director of Flight Safety and later Air I of HQ South Western Air Command.

The Air Officer was appointed Senior Air and Administrative Staff Officer of HQ Maintenance Command for more than three years. Thereafter, he took over as Senior Air Staff Officer of Western Air Command in Oct 93 and very gainfully applied his vast experience to improve operational environment and the state of preparedness of the forces in Command.

A graduate of the prestigious National Defence College, Air Mshl Janak Kapur was appointed Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command (EAC) on 01 Feb 95. EAC is a unique Command with dual role on fighter as well as Air Transport aircraft. Within a very short time, the Air Officer was able to appreciate the priorities of the Govt. and dovetail them with the Command Plans.

Air Marshal Janak Kapur, VSM has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Unit : EAC
Reference : GoI19960126
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