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Air Marshal Narayan Menon

Service No & Branch 9005 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 25 Dec 1964 Course: 91 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Sep 2004 Superannuated Flying Hours : 3146 Nick Name : Nana
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Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 25 Dec 1965Wg Cdr : 30 Aug 1985Gp Capt : 07 Jan 1988Air Cmde : 18 Oct 1993
Acting AVM : 30 Mar 1998AVM : 30 Mar 1998Air Marshal : 01 Feb 2002
Training and Other Courses Attended
25 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 196355 APFIC (Flt Lt) - 16 Dec 19728 FCL (Sqn Ldr) - 01 Nov 197613 LDMC (Sqn Ldr) - 31 Mar 1983
36 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1996
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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

30 Dec 1964 - 13 Nov 1965Plt OffrNo.24 SquadronKalaikunda Squadron Pilot
14 Nov 1965 - 26 Nov 1966Plt OffrNo.14 SquadronKalaikunda Squadron Pilot
08 Dec 1969 - 03 Feb 1970Flt LtNo.23 SquadronPathankot Squadron Pilot
04 Feb 1970 - 05 Jul 1972Flt LtNo.26 SquadronAdampur Squadron Pilot
16 Dec 1972 - 31 Dec 1973Flt LtElementary Flying SchoolBidar Flying Instructor
01 Jan 1974 - 07 Jul 1974Flt LtFighter Training WingHakimpet Flying Instructor
08 Jul 1974 - 30 Jun 1975Sqn LdrElementary Flying SchoolBidar Flying Instructor
30 Jun 1975 - 31 Jan 1977Sqn LdrNo.32 SquadronAmbala Squadron Pilot
01 Feb 1977 - 30 Nov 1978Sqn LdrTactics and Combat Development EstablishmentJamnagar Directing Staff
30 Nov 1978 - 01 Jan 1981Sqn LdrIraq AFIraq Flying Instructor
01 Jan 1981 - 01 Jun 1982Sqn LdrTactics and Combat Development EstablishmentJamnagar Directing Staff
01 Apr 1983 - 01 Oct 1983Wg Cdr33 WingJamnagar OiC Simulator
01 Oct 1983 - 01 Feb 1984Wg CdrTactics and Combat Development EstablishmentJamnagar Directing Staff
27 Feb 1984 - 04 May 1986Wg CdrNo.47 SquadronChabua/ Hasimara Commanding Officer
01 May 1986 - 01 Jan 1987Wg CdrAir Head QuartersDelhi JD (ops Off)
01 Jan 1987 - 01 Jul 1988Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Joint Director (Air Defence)
01 Jul 1988 - 01 Jul 1990Gp Capt12 Forward Base Support UnitNaliya Station Commander
01 Jul 1990 - 01 Jan 1992Gp CaptCollege of Defence ManagementSecunderabad Directing Staff
01 Jan 1992 - 01 Jun 1993Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Joint Director (Air Staff Inspection)
01 Jun 1993 - 01 May 1994Air CmdeCollege of Defence ManagementSecunderabad HOF
01 Jun 1994 - 26 Dec 1994Air CmdeAFS BidarBidar Air Officer Commanding
02 Jan 1995 - 05 Jan 1996Air Cmde8 WingAdampur Air Officer Commanding
01 Jan 1997 - 01 Jun 1998Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Air Defence)
01 Jun 1998 - 01 Feb 2000AVMJammu & KashmirUdhampur Air Officer Commanding
07 Jun 2000 - 17 Dec 2000AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Additional Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Operations
01 Dec 2000 - 01 Feb 2002AVMAir Operations, Air HQDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Operations
- No.47 Squadron Commodore Commandant
01 Feb 2002 - 30 Sep 2004Air MarshalPSO: Personnel, Air HQDelhi Air Officer-in-Charge Personnel
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeNarayan Menon9005 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1998Announced 26 Jan 1998
Details :

Air Cmde Narayan Menon was commissioned as a Fighter Pilot on 25 Dec 64. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor and Fighter Combat Leader. Apart from the 3200 hours of flying experience, he has served with credit on the faculty of TACDE & CDM and graduated from the NDC in Dec 96. His field service includes command of not only a fighter squadron but also the rare achievement of three flying stations as well, last of which was Adampur, where four combat squadrons were based. His leadership and intellectual capabilities were responsible for the safe conduct, of flying, formulation of war plans, conduct of major exercises and management of a crisis during extensive flooding consequent to unprecedented monsoons in 1995. Air Cmde Menon has held a variety of challenging staff appointments and has contributed significantly towards the formulation of policies for the enhancement of professionalism in the IAF. In his present assignment as Director Operations (Air Defence), he has displayed considerable foresight and a deep sense of involvement in the management and optimisation of resources for the defence of our skies.

Air Cmde Narayan Menon has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19980126
Uttam Yudh Seva Medal
AVMNarayan Menon9005 F(P)Award Date 15 Aug 1999Announced 15 Aug 1999
Details :

Air Vice Marshal Narayan Menon was the first person from the 1AF involved in Op 'Safed Sagar'.

On 10 May 99, he was requested by the MGGS North Com for assistance to heli-lift additional troops into the area of intrusion as also to provide armed helicopters to dislodge the intruders. The officer was able to respond to the first request, but the second request needed a political decision. While this was awaited, at the officer's insistence, helicopters were armed and readied and crews were trained. AVM Menon encouraged and monitored all aspects of the armament training at high altitude.

As the situation grew increasingly serious, so the officer's involvement in joint planning increased as well. In addition, it was also decided to utilise his expertise at Srinagar. When a final decision was taken to utilise the IAF, AVM Menon oversaw the planning and execution of all missions. His methodical, reasoned and balanced approach was beneficial to those who supported him while planning, and a major, calming influence on pilots who had suffered the loss of contemporaries. With his keenly analytical brain, AVM Menon's ability to discern a problem and react appropriately led to a complete revision of tactics. The eventual adoption of these methods led to no further loss of man or machine. Also, despite conducting ops at altitudes and over terrain hitherto unthought of accuracy levels and efficacy of attacks kept increasing. AVM Menon's team was able to keep continuous pressure by night as well as during undercast conditions, thus maintaining a stranglehold on the enemy and leading to an early cessation of hostilities.

AVM Narayan Menon thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit : J&K
Reference : GoI19990815
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalNarayan Menon9005 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2004Announced 26 Jan 2004
Details :

Air Marshal Narayan Menon, UYSM, AVSM, (9005) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned In the Indian Air Force as a Fighter Pilot on 25 Dec 64. He has 3147 h of accident free flying to his credit. He is a qualified flying instructor and a fighter combat leader. He has commanded a fighter squadron and two operational bases and a Flying Training Establishment. He is an alumnus of College of Defence Management and National Defence College. During his distinguished service of over 38 years, he had held several challenging field, staff and instructional appointments, which include Head of OB Faculty at CDM, AOC J&K and ACAS (Ops). Presently, he is Air Officer in-charge Personnel (AOP) at Air Headquarters since 01 Feb 02.

As Director Operations (Air Defence), he displayed considerable foresight and a deep sense of involvement in the management and optimisation of resources for the defence of our skies. For his distinguished service of exceptional order, he was awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 1998.

As AOC J & K during Kargil Operations, he was personally involved in planning and execution of all joint missions with the Army. As a result, the Air Force successfully dislodged the enemy and facilitated early cessation of hostilities. For his leadership, initiation, strategic planning and tactical innovation he was awarded Uttam Yudh Seva Medal in 1999.

As Asst Chief of the Air Staff (Operations) at Air Headquarter, he was responsible for formulation of war plans and conduct of major exercises. When mobilisation was ordered after an attack on the Parliament on 13 Dec 01, he ensured that squadrons were deployed at Op locations on 14 Dec 01 itself. Despite long deployment of the personnel, he ensured that they remained at the highest level of preparedness, ready to launch an attack at shortest possible notice.

As Air Officer-in-Charge Personnel, Air Mshl Menon has been responsible for all aspects of personnel planning, induction, training, recognition and rewards to all the personnel in the IAF. During his tenure a number of policies and innovative measures, which will go a long way to enhance the motivation and morale of the IAF personnel have been initiated. These include revival of SNCOs Commission to provide better career prospects to the serving airmen, improvement in the promotion ratios of the officers in the ground duty branches and more transparency in the decision making process. He and his team have been able to set IAF Training Institute recognised by the AICTE as also civil aviation recognition for military aviation qualifications.

Air Mshl N Menon has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Unit : AHQ
Reference : GoI20040126

Articles from Main Site

Kargil - 10 Years After by Air Marshal Narayan Menon (Retd) -
Flying the Sukhoi-7 in Operation Cactus-Lily by Air Marshal Narayanan Menon -
......and one flew under the ...... by P V S Jagan Mohan -

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