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Air Commodore Suresh Kumar Behal

Service No & Branch 5786 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: 15 Mar 1939 Commissioned: 19 Dec 1959 Course: 76 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Mar 1993 Superannuated Died on 06 Dec 2017 (78 Years age) Nick Name : Y&H
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 08 Jun 1979Acting Gp Capt : 24 Aug 1981Gp Capt : 21 Jun 1982Air Cmde : 02 May 1987
Training and Other Courses Attended
14 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 195828 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 09 Dec 1972
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 May 1979 - 01 Apr 1981Wg CdrNo.4 SquadronHashimara Commanding Officer
01 Jun 1986 - 04 May 1987Gp Capt7 WingAmbala Chief Operations Officer
17 Sep 1986 - 07 Jan 1988Air Cmde32 WingJodhpur Air Officer Commanding
19 Jul 1990 - 31 Mar 1993Air CmdeCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad Deputy Commandant
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Gp CaptSuresh Kumar Behal5786 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1983
Details :

Group Captain Suresh Kumar Behal is on the posted strength of Headquarters Eastern Air Command with effect from 16 April 1981, and is performing the duties that involve control of all fighter activities.

In 1971, Group Captain Behal was a Flight Commander in a fighter squadron and took active part in 1971 operations having led 23 strike missions into East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) against heavily defended targets. It is pertinent to note that very few pilots undertook such large number of missions, thereby he has exhibited courage in the face of enemy action.

Group Captain Behal has commanded a Fighter Squadron from May 1979 to April 1981. During his tenure, the Squadron won the overall Gunnery Championship of Eastern Air Command. This was only possible because of dedication and guidance to the aircrew placed below him in the Squadron.

While on the posted strength of Eastern Air Command he has officiated in higher appointment for long periods and has performed the duties in addition to his own duties extremely well. He is sincere, dedicated and has working: qualities which inspire personnel working under him. He is ever willing to shoulder responsibilities given to him cheerfully.

For displaying sincerity and devotion to duty of an exceptional order, the President is pleased to award VAYU SENA MEDAL to Group Captain Suresh Kumar Behal.

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Reference : Gazette of India dated 2nd February 1985 - No.5-Pres/85 dated 26th January 1983
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