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Air Marshal Khushindhar Singh Bindra

Service No & Branch 6863 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Helicopters
Date of Birth: 25 Jan 1942 Commissioned: 14 Jan 1963 Course: 83 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Jan 2002 Superannuated Died on 30 Dec 2021 (79 Years age) Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 09 Mar 1964Flt Lt : 09 Mar 1968Gp Capt : 19 Jul 1985Air Cmde : 01 Nov 1989
AVM : 01 Jul 1995Air Marshal : 01 Sep 1997
Training and Other Courses Attended
21 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 196134 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1994
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Apr 1964 - 14 Feb 1966Fg OffrNo.114 Helicopter Unit Squadron Pilot
26 Jun 1972 - 08 May 1974Sqn LdrHelicopter Training SchoolJodhpur Commanding Officer
11 May 1981 - 17 Nov 1983Wg CdrNo.118 Helicopter Unit Commanding Officer
- Gp CaptEmbassy of India, AfghanistanKabul Air Attache
17 Dec 1984 - 13 Oct 1985Gp CaptHelicopter Training SchoolHakimpet Commanding Officer
10 Mar 1989 - Air Cmde4 Air Force Selection BoardVaranasi President
13 Aug 1990 - 22 Nov 1992Air Cmde10 WingJorhat Air Officer Commanding
28 Nov 1992 - 22 Dec 1993Air CmdeAir Force AcademyDundigal Deputy Commandant
06 Mar 1995 - 30 Jun 1996AVMWestern Air CommandDelhi Senior Officer-in-charge Administration
16 Jul 1996 - 30 Jun 1997AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Intelligence
01 Jul 1997 - 15 Feb 1998Air MarshalCentral Air CommandAllahabad Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Feb 1998 - 30 Sep 1999Air MarshalTraining CommandBangalore Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Oct 1999 - 31 Jan 2002Air MarshalPSO: Personnel, Air HQDelhi Air Officer-in-Charge Personnel
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn LdrKhushindhar Singh Bindra6863 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1975
Details :

Squadron Leader Kushinder Singh Bindra was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in January, 1963. He has qualified on Helicopters. He has flown a total of 2,945 hours, most of which have been in the Eastern Sector and in Ladakh area. He took over command of the Helicopter Training School in January, 1972. Soon after it was planned to introduce new type of Helicopters and also change the location of the Unit. He completed four conversion courses on schedule inspite of immense maintenance problems in a record time of ten weeks as against the approved duration of sixteen.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Kushinder Singh Bindra displayed courage, professional skill and exceptional devotion to duty.

Unit :
Reference : Gazette of India dated 21st February 1975 - No.16 - Pres/75 dated 26th January 1975
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVMKhushindhar Singh Bindra6863 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1997Announced 26 Jan 1997
Details :

Air Vice Marshal KS Bindra, VM was commissioned on 14 Jan 63 as Helicopter Pilot. During his illustrious career, he has held many prestigious appointments in India and abroad such as the Air Attaché at Kabul, President of an Air Force Selection Board, Air Officer Commanding of a Transport Base and Deputy Commandant of Air Force Academy. He was awarded Vayu Sena Medal in 1975.

The Air Officer was appointed Senior Officer in-charge Administration at HQ Western Air Command on 06 Mar 95. He undertook the challenging task of providing administrative support to the biggest operational command of IAF with an aim to keep its personnel and weapon system in high state of AVSM 1997 operational preparedness. He displayed his administrative acumen by formulating a methodical and time­bound action plan for task accomplishments.

At a juncture when IAF was faced with critical resource crunch, the Air Officer devised innovative methods for optimum utilisation of resources without compromising quality. As a corollary, he set up core groups christened as “Centres of Excellence" to train personnel within the Command resources. The procedures have now been streamlined by issuing Command Admin Directives for effective management of work services, Public and Non­Public Funds, children's education and discipline among personnel. His herculean efforts have improved quality of life of the personnel, thus boosting their morale and trust in service.

Air Vice Marshal Khushinder Singh Bindra has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19970126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalKhushindhar Singh Bindra6863 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2001Announced 26 Jan 2001
Details :

Air Marshal Khushinder Singh Bindra AVSM VM (6863) F (P) was commissioned in the Flying Branch of IAF in Jan 1963. In 37 years of service Air Marshal Bindra has excelled both as a helicopter pilot and as an administrator. He has nearly 4600 hrs of flying to his credit, has commanded a front line Helicopter Unit and has the rare distinction of commanding the Helicopter Training School twice. He has been Air Attaché at Kabul, President of an Air Force Selection Board, Air Officer Commanding of a transport base, Deputy Commandant of Air Force Academy and Senior Officer In-charge Administration of Western Air Command. His service was of exceptional order was recognised by the award of Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 1997 and Vayu Seva Medal in 1975.

Through out his career, Air Mshl Bindra has displayed a very high degree of professional zeal and commitment. As Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Intelligence) at Air HQ the Air Officer displayed remarkable clarity of thought and reasoning and brought about a number of innovative improvements which significantly enhanced the lAF's security and intelligence setup. As Senior Air Staff Officer at Central Air Command, he brought his varied experience to bear on the conduct of a large number of command level exercises and seminars successfully. As Senior Air Staff Officer, Training Command he was instrumental in successfully implementing the concept of Joint Training for all streams and branches at the Air Force Academy, which was a major change from the existing system that catered mainly to flying training. He was also responsible for the smooth and successful conduct of the Aero India 98 at Air Force Station Yelahanka, Bangalore. Air Mshl KS Bindra was appointed Air Officer-in-charge Personnel (AOP) at Air Headquarters in Oct 99. As AOP he is responsible for all aspects of personnel planning, induction, training, education and personnel administration. He has introduced an innovative concept of Human Resources Policies in order to bring in greater organisation, transparency and information dissemination in areas of personnel policies. In a short span he has introduced a number of measures aimed at making the policies pertaining to Personnel and Training dynamic and effective.

Air Marshal Khushinder Singh Bindra AVSM VM has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI20010126
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