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Air Marshal Velayudhan Girish Kumar

Service No & Branch 6747 F(P) Stream :Transport
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 10 Nov 1962 Course: 82 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Mar 2001 Superannuated Flying Hours : 8000
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Gp Capt : 15 Jul 1985Air Cmde : 01 Mar 1989Acting AVM : 21 Mar 1994AVM : 21 Mar 1994
Air Marshal : 17 Jul 1996
Training and Other Courses Attended
20 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 1961
Badges Qualified
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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

- Wg CdrHQ Eastern Command Communication FlightGuwahati Commanding Officer
12 Jan 1981 - 20 Nov 1982Wg CdrDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Directing Staff
19 Apr 1984 - 23 Nov 1986Gp CaptAirHQ Communications SquadronPalam Commanding Officer
- Air Cmde3 WingPalam (Delhi) Air Officer Commanding
11 Apr 1988 - 26 Jul 1988Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Ops, Trans & Ma
01 Nov 1988 - 01 Apr 1992Air CmdeEmbassy of India, USAWashington Air Attache
- AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Intelligence
04 Feb 1994 - 30 Apr 1995AVMEastern Air CommandShillong Senior Officer-in-charge Administration
17 Jul 1996 - 01 Jun 1997Air MarshalCentral Air CommandAllahabad Senior Air Staff Officer
02 Jun 1997 - Air MarshalIntegrated Defence StaffDelhi Director General (Defence Planning Staff)
01 Sep 1997 - AirHQ Communications Squadron Commodore Commandant
16 Apr 1999 - 31 Mar 2001Air MarshalNational Defence CollegeDelhi Commandant
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vayu Sena Medal
Flt LtVelayudhan Girish Kumar6747 F(N)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1971
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Velayudhannair Girish Kumar has been serving with an operational Squadron since August 1966. In this Squadron, he has flown over 1,650 hours. In an earlier tenure with another operational Squadron, he carried out a number of trial landings at hitherto unused airfields. He flew numerous supply dropping missions in NEFA. During the earthquake in Nepal in 1966, he did commendable work in connection with reconnaissance flights and setting up of dropping zones. He has flown over 4,200 hours without accident.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Velayudhannair Girish Kumar displayed professional skill and devotion to duty.

Unit : AHQ Comm Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 4th September 1971 - No.53 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalVelayudhan Girish Kumar6747 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1998Announced 26 Jan 1998
Details :

Air Marshal Velayudhan Girish Kumar VM was commissioned as a pilot In the F(P) Branch on 10 Nov 62. He has over 8000 hrs of flying to his credit. AVSM 1998 He has been on the faculty of Defence Services Staff College. As the Commanding Officer, Air HQ Comm Sqn, he formulated various operating procedures and upgraded the internal facilities on the newly Inducted Boeing-737 and Mi-8 to International standards. As the Air Attaché, USA, he provided significant inputs to Air HQ, on the arms transfers to a neighbouring country. As the AOC, AF Station, Palam, he refined VVIP operational and security procedures. As the SOA, HQ EAC, he completely revamped the Administrative set up, leading to increased efficiency, and better quality of life. As Director Intelligence, he produced several incisive analyses regarding the changing military balance in the region. He forcefully put across India's view points at the ASEAN Regional Forum Meeting held in Bangkok. In the present appointment as SASO, HQ CAC, he has provided the impetus, for enhancing the operational potential of Jaguar and Mirage­2000 aircraft. He has organised trials on transport aircraft which have yielded important lessons relating to the operations and protection of these aircraft during operational missions. Air Defence network, and utilisation of radars of CAC improved demonstrably due to his direct supervision and guidance. Several large scale exercises have also been planned and undertaken in CAC successfully. He has evaluated and introduced valuable lessons that emerged from such exercises to enhance the operational capabilities of the IAF.

Air Marshal Velayudhan Girish Kumar VM has thus rendered distinguished service of exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19980126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalVelayudhan Girish Kumar6747 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1999Announced 26 Jan 1999
Details :

Air Marshal Velayudhan Girish Kumar AVSM VM is on the posted strength of the Directorate General of Defence Planning Staff, Chiefs of Staff Committee, Ministry of Defence since 02 Jun 97.

He has over 8000 hours of flying to his credit. He has held many key Command, Staff and Instructional appointments in the IAF. In his present appointment as Director General of the Defence Planning Staff he heads the highest level inter-services organisation in the country providing forecasts and analysis on issues of utmost importance to the nation and the armed forces. In this regard, he has carried out several incisive studies, including forecast of the future Indo-US security concerns and a prognosis of the economic and military trends in a neighbouring country. These analyses have proved to be extraordinarily accurate in the light of events that have unfolded over the past year.

He has formulated policy imperatives governing strategic weapons and their command and control. He has also examined indepth the higher defence organisation of the country which has been well received at the highest quarters.

While dealing with international relations, he has been projecting an excellent image of the armed force and the Government of India. He also hosted several foreign delegations on their visit to India and put across the rationale for India's foreign policy and military posture very effectively.

As regards inter-services issues, Air Marshal Kumar has played an extremely effective role in promoting jointness in the Services with respect to operational, fiscal, equipment and personnel policies. In this context, he was instrumental in formulating the Ninth Defence Plan in a manner acceptable to the three Services and the Government. As an Advisor to the Chiefs of Staff Committee, he has provided valuable insights and recommendations to resolve major issues affecting the three Services, including measures to optimize scarce resources available to the armed forces.

Air Marshal Velayudhan Girish Kumar AVSM VM has thus rendered distinguished service of the highest order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19990126
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