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Group Captain Hardish Singh Sodhi

Service No & Branch 9000 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: 02 Jan 1944 Commissioned: 25 Dec 1964 Course: 91 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Jan 1996 Superannuated Died on 16 Apr 2021 (77 Years age) Nick Name :
Qualifications Held : Instructor Rating: A2
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 30 Aug 1985Gp Capt : 01 Jan 1988
Training and Other Courses Attended
25 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 196335 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 24 Nov 1979
Badges Qualified
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Sqn Ldr
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 Jul 1981 - 30 Jun 1983Sqn LdrRSAFSingapore Flying Instructor
20 Oct 1986 - 18 Oct 1988Gp CaptNo.33 SquadronGuwahati Commanding Officer
28 Nov 1988 - 11 Aug 1991Gp CaptFixed Wing Training FacultyYelahanka Chief Instructor (Flying)
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrHardish Singh Sodhi9000 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1985
Details :

Wing Commander Hardish Singh Sodhi has been posted strength of Paratrooper Training School since Jul 83 and he has been working as Flight Commander ever since. The officer has flown over 4600 accident-free hours on various types of aircraft. He holds the highest professional qualification and is an examiner on Packet aircraft. Being a qualified flying instructor with A-2 instructional category, he has also been responsible for conducting the operational training of his pilots. He has devoted himself wholeheartedly to bringing up and maintaining the unit at a very high state of operational readiness. He has ensured a high standard of performance by the flight in all flying tasks assigned to it.

Under his leadership and guidance, the performance of his unit, especially in inter-services exercises has been constantly commendable with all the pilots categorized and the unit winning the coveted Best Categorization Trophy of Central Air Command.

During the recent "Operation Meghdoot", the officer bore the heavy responsibility for the functional support to the detachment. At the same time, the success of the mission was due in large measures to his foresight and organizing ability. In addition, he personally undertook most of the trial flights over most difficult terrain of the exercise area. He also compiled the operating procedures which made subsequent operations in the area both productive and safe. He was also instrumental in training and clearing the pilots for dropping missions over mountain ranges which are amongst the highest in the world.

For the outstanding professional acumen, leadership, devotion to duty and organizing capability in keeping with the highest traditions of the Indian Air Force, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Wing Commander Hardish Singh Sodhi.

Unit : PTS
Reference : Gazette of India dated 6th April 1985 - No.29-Pres/85 dated 26th January 1985
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