|Service No & Branch||9005 F(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|
|Qualifications Held :|
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|30 Dec 1964 - 13 Nov 1965||Plt Offr||No.24 Squadron||Kalaikunda||Squadron Pilot|
|14 Nov 1965 - 26 Nov 1966||Plt Offr||No.14 Squadron||Kalaikunda||Squadron Pilot|
|08 Dec 1969 - 03 Feb 1970||Flt Lt||No.23 Squadron||Pathankot||Squadron Pilot|
|04 Feb 1970 - 05 Jul 1972||Flt Lt||No.26 Squadron||Adampur||Squadron Pilot|
|16 Dec 1972 - 31 Dec 1973||Flt Lt||Elementary Flying School||Bidar||Flying Instructor|
|01 Jan 1974 - 07 Jul 1974||Flt Lt||Fighter Training Wing||Hakimpet||Flying Instructor|
|08 Jul 1974 - 30 Jun 1975||Sqn Ldr||Elementary Flying School||Bidar||Flying Instructor|
|30 Jun 1975 - 31 Jan 1977||Sqn Ldr||No.32 Squadron||Ambala||Squadron Pilot|
|01 Feb 1977 - 30 Nov 1978||Sqn Ldr||Tactics and Combat Development Establishment||Jamnagar||Directing Staff|
|30 Nov 1978 - 01 Jan 1981||Sqn Ldr||Iraq AF||Iraq||Flying Instructor|
|01 Jan 1981 - 01 Jun 1982||Sqn Ldr||Tactics and Combat Development Establishment||Jamnagar||Directing Staff|
|01 Apr 1983 - 01 Oct 1983||Wg Cdr||33 Wing||Jamnagar||OiC Simulator|
|01 Oct 1983 - 01 Feb 1984||Wg Cdr||Tactics and Combat Development Establishment||Jamnagar||Directing Staff|
|27 Feb 1984 - 04 May 1986||Wg Cdr||No.47 Squadron||Chabua/ Hasimara||Commanding Officer|
|01 May 1986 - 01 Jan 1987||Wg Cdr||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||JD (ops Off)|
|01 Jan 1987 - 01 Jul 1988||Gp Capt||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||Joint Director (Air Defence)|
|01 Jul 1988 - 01 Jul 1990||Gp Capt||12 Forward Base Support Unit||Naliya||Station Commander|
|01 Jul 1990 - 01 Jan 1992||Gp Capt||College of Defence Management||Secunderabad||Directing Staff|
|01 Jan 1992 - 01 Jun 1993||Gp Capt||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||Joint Director (Air Staff Inspection)|
|01 Jun 1993 - 01 May 1994||Air Cmde||College of Defence Management||Secunderabad||HOF|
|01 Jun 1994 - 26 Dec 1994||Air Cmde||AFS Bidar||Bidar||Air Officer Commanding|
|02 Jan 1995 - 05 Jan 1996||Air Cmde||8 Wing||Adampur||Air Officer Commanding|
|01 Jan 1997 - 01 Jun 1998||Air Cmde||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||Director (Air Defence)|
|01 Jun 1998 - 01 Feb 2000||AVM||Jammu & Kashmir||Udhampur||Air Officer Commanding|
|01 Feb 2000 - 01 Dec 2000||AVM||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||Additional Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Operations|
|01 Dec 2000 - 01 Feb 2002||AVM||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Operations|
|-||No.47 Squadron||Commodore Commandant|
|01 Feb 2002 - 30 Sep 2004||Air Marshal||PSO: Personnel, Air HQ||Delhi||Air Officer-in-Charge Personnel|
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|Ati Vishist Seva Medal|
|Air Cmde||Narayan Menon||9005 F(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 1998||Announced 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.
|Reference : GoI19980126|
|Uttam Yudh Seva Medal|
|AVM||Narayan Menon||9005 F(P)||Award Date 15 Aug 1999||Announced 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 Marshal||Narayan Menon||9005 F(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 2004||Announced 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|