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Air Commodore Krishna Balakrishna Menon

Service No & Branch 9028 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 25 Dec 1964 Course: 91 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 May 2000 Superannuated Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 25 Dec 1965Wg Cdr : 30 Aug 1985Gp Capt : 01 Feb 1988Air Cmde : 03 Jan 1994
Training and Other Courses Attended
25 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 196352 APFIC (Flt Lt) - 26 Dec 197038 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 20 Nov 198216 FCL (Sqn Ldr) - 01 Dec 1979
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

02 Jan 1965 - 20 Mar 1965Plt OffrNo.221 SquadronKalaikunda Squadron Pilot
01 Apr 1965 - 15 Oct 1966Fg OffrNo.4 SquadronHasimara Squadron Pilot
20 Oct 1966 - 03 May 1968Fg OffrNo.47 SquadronHashimara Squadron Pilot
01 Jun 1968 - 10 May 1970Flt LtNo.37 SquadronHasimara Squadron Pilot
03 Jan 1971 - 15 Apr 1972Flt LtAir Force AcademyDundigal Flying Instructor
20 Apr 1972 - 10 Mar 1974Flt LtFighter Training WingHakimpet Flying Instructor
20 Mar 1974 - 01 Aug 1975Flt LtFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Flying Instructor
07 Aug 1975 - 15 Sep 1977Sqn LdrIraq AFIraq Flying Instructor
01 Oct 1977 - 10 Jan 1982Sqn LdrNo.8 SquadronTezpur Flight Commander
20 Dec 1982 - 01 May 1983Sqn LdrAircrew Examination BoardHindan Flying Examiner
02 May 1983 - 27 May 1985Wg CdrNo.10 SquadronJodhpur Commanding Officer
17 Jun 1985 - 15 Jun 1986Wg CdrAWCMontogomery Alabama Intl NDC
20 Jun 1986 - 15 Jun 1988Wg CdrDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Directing Staff
01 Jul 1988 - 15 Jul 1990Gp Capt9 WingHalwara Chief Operations Officer
01 Aug 1990 - 19 Jul 1992Gp Capt505 Signal UnitMemaura (Lucknow) Station Commander
01 Aug 1992 - 01 Jan 1994Gp CaptWestern Air CommandDelhi Command Flying Safety & Inspection Officer
03 Jan 1994 - 30 Jan 1995Air CmdeWestern Air CommandDelhi Air-I
01 Mar 1995 - 01 Dec 1998Air CmdeEmbassy of India, USAWashington Air Attache
05 Dec 1998 - 31 May 2000Air CmdeEastern Air CommandShillong Air-I
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrKrishna Balakrishna Menon9028 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1986
Details :

Wing Commander Krishna Balakrishna Menon has been posted to a fighter squadron as Commanding Officer since 02 May 83.

Wg Cdr Menon took over the Squadron at a stage when not even a single pilot was fully ops on type. He took the challenge ad through his exceptional organizing ability, dedication and professional skill, brought the Squadron to fully operational state. Presently, all the pilots are fully operational and are 100% rated and as a consequence the Squadron was adjudged the best instrument rated Squadron in the Air Force for 1984. His unit has been given the additional role of Type Training Squadron. He undauntedly took the additional responsibility and accomplished the demanding task of completing conversion of 28 pilots during his tenure as CO.

Wg Cdr Menon is a Qualified Flying Instructor and has 4100 hours of flying to his credit. During exercise "Yudh Abhiyas" his Squadron operated from two locations with limited resources and achieved the task without an incident. Because of his analytical approach, keenness for imparting knowledge and able guidance, this unit has a very good Flight Safety record. He has always displayed exemplary behavior, exceptional resourcefulness and ensured effective utilization of major sources of men and material. He has kept the Squadron as a cohesive unit with extremely high morale because of his personal example, correct guidance, perception of subordinates problems and unusual gift of putting people at ease.

Under the capable leadership of Wg Cdr KB Menon the Squadron was the first Vijay Squadron to become operational in the use of Instrument Runway rating system and to undertake offensive air support by night. Having achieved this capability, his was the only unit to take part in exercise "GLOW WORM I & II" where full capability of IRLS equipment was exploited both by day and night. This went a long way in enhancing the operational image of the Air Force.

For his qualities of leadership, accomplishment of objectives, exceptional professional skill and devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Wing Commander Krishna Balakrishna Menon.

Unit : 10 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 19th April 1986 - No.36-Pres/86 dated 26th January 1986
Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptKrishna Balakrishna Menon9028 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1993Announced 26 Jan 1993
Details :

Gp Capt KB Menon has been the Station Commander of one of the units since 01 Aug 90. During this period the unit has maintained an unblemished record of operational efficiency.

In 1991, the main Ops Room and Radar Head had to undergo major renovation requiring the radar to be shut down for six weeks and the Ops Room shifted to the standby location. By meticulous planning, applying management techniques and close monitoring of the repair work, he was able to ensure that the functioning of the ADDC was not disrupted at any stage and that the unit was once again made fully functional in less than half the time allotted for repair work. Under his dynamic leadership, the unit was awarded many trophies and was also adjudged the Best Signal Unit in Central Air Command.

Gp Capt KB Menon revised and upgraded the training syllabi for fighter controllers to bring them in consonance with the existing operational environment. The syllabi for courses conducted at the Air Defence College were modified under his guidance and supervision and a qualitative improvement in training was achieved. As team leader for the acceptance trials of the Indra-1 radar, by his perseverance and interaction with the production agencies, he ensured that the radar was inducted only after all the desired specifications had been met in full. This was done keeping in mind the long term interests of the Air Force.

In recognition of his professional competence, dynamic leadership and astute managerial skills, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt KB Menon.

Unit : 505 SU
Reference : GoI19930126
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