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Air Marshal Subhash Bhojwani

Service No & Branch 9734 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 16 Oct 1965 Course: 94 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Jan 2006 Superannuated Flying Hours : 4512 Nick Name : Bhoji
Qualifications Held : Instructor Rating: A1
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 16 Oct 1966Wg Cdr : 30 Aug 1985Gp Capt : 12 Oct 1988Air Cmde : 27 Mar 1995
AVM : 01 Aug 2000Air Marshal : 22 Jun 2002C-in-C : 12 Jul 2004
Training and Other Courses Attended
26 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 196455 APFIC (Flt Lt) - 16 Dec 197215 FCL (Sqn Ldr) - 31 Jul 1979
Badges Qualified
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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

03 Aug 1964 - 06 Dec 1964Flt CdtPTE HT-2)Allahabad Flt Cdt
14 Dec 1964 - 06 Mar 1965Flt CdtAFFC (Harvard-4D)Jodhpur Flt Cdt
20 Apr 1965 - 16 May 1965Flt CdtAFTC (Gap Filler)Jalahalli Flt Cdt
17 May 1965 - 31 Oct 1965Flt CdtFighter Training WingHakimpet Flt Cdt
17 Oct 1965 - 23 Jan 1966Plt OffrNo.24 SquadronKalaikunda Squadron Pilot
24 Jan 1966 - 03 Jan 1969Fg OffrNo.27 SquadronHalwara Flying
04 Jan 1969 - 14 Mar 1972Flt LtNo.1 SquadronAdampur Squadron Pilot
15 Mar 1972 - 08 Jul 1972Flt LtNo.30 SquadronKalaikunda Squadron Pilot
16 Dec 1972 - 08 Jul 1972Flt LtAir Force AcademyDundigal Flying Instructor
09 Jul 1972 - 31 Jul 1975Sqn LdrFighter Training WingHakimpet Flying Instructor
01 Aug 1975 - 14 Sep 1977Sqn LdrIraq AFIraq Flying Instructor
15 Sep 1977 - 04 Mar 1979Sqn LdrNo.45 SquadronBareilly/ Hasimara Flight Commander
05 Mar 1979 - 01 Jan 1980Sqn LdrAircrew Examination BoardHindon Flying Examiner
02 Jan 1980 - 15 Dec 1980Wg CdrRAF Staff CollegeBracknell Trainee
16 Dec 1980 - 16 Jan 1983Wg CdrAir Head QuartersDelhi AD (Ops-1)
13 Jan 1983 - 03 Mar 1985Wg CdrFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Chief Instructor
04 Mar 1985 - 01 Dec 1985Wg CdrDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Directing Staff
02 Dec 1985 - 15 Dec 1986Wg CdrNo.28 SquadronTezpur Commanding Officer
15 Dec 1986 - 25 Jul 1987Wg CdrNo.30 SquadronTezpur Commanding Officer
25 Jul 1987 - 15 Sep 1988Gp CaptCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad Directing Staff
16 Sep 1988 - 10 Mar 1991Gp Capt7 WingAmbala Chief Operations Officer
11 Mar 1991 - 23 Oct 1993Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi DDPO-1
24 Oct 1994 - 04 Feb 1995Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi JD (Tact Ops)
06 Feb 1995 - 11 Jan 1997Air Cmde40 WingMaharajpur (Gwalior) Air Officer Commanding
08 Jan 1997 - 15 Dec 1997Air CmdeAust Coll of Strat StudieCanberra Participant
16 Dec 1997 - 30 Jun 1999Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Offensive Operations
31 May 1999 - 31 Jul 2000Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Air Staff Inspection)
01 Aug 2000 - 05 Jun 2002AVMAir Force AcademyDundigal Commandant
- No.28 Squadron Commodore Commandant
06 Jun 2002 - 11 Jul 2004Air MarshalWestern Air CommandDelhi Senior Air Staff Officer
12 Jul 2004 - 31 Jan 2006Air MarshalTraining CommandBangalore Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 4
Mention in Despatches
Flt LtSubhash Bhojwani9734 F(P)Award Date Announced 23 Jun 1972
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
Unit : 1 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 1st July 1972 - No.87 - Pres/72 dated 23rd June 1972
Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptSubhash Bhojwani9734 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1993Announced 26 Jan 1993
Details :

Gp Capt Bhojwani, commissioned in IAF on 16 Oct 65, has held various responsible appointments including Chief Instructor at FIS, CO of two front line fighter squadrons, DS at College of Air Warfare and at DSSC and Chief Operations Officer.

The officer had the distinction of commanding two front line fighter squadrons, both operating MiG-21 aircraft in the operational training role in the Eastern Sector. He ensured a high standard of training and discipline and the squadrons displayed a perfect Flight Safety record. It was due to Gp Capt Bhojwani's leadership that, in Jan 87, when a sudden need arose, the squadron shifted smoothly to the operational role and deployed to a non-flying FBSU in the Western Sector and was declared battle-ready in a matter of 24 hours.

In Sep 88, Gp Capt Bhojwani was posted as COO at a premier IAF base. Displaying a rare combination of academic and practical insight, he helped further streamline the operational potential of the station, with particular emphasis on the integration of the two new SAGW systems introduced into service at that time. He carried out a fresh threat assessment for the Extended BADZ which led to the redeployment of MOFs. Subsequent exercises proved the efficacy of the new deployment.

A significant contribution of Gp Capt Bhojwani has been in updating the existing personnel policies, and making them more comprehensive. The complete overhaul of the policy on operational augmentation of manpower in the event of hostilities, introduction of computerised leave returns for all officers of the service, so as to ensure prompt auditing and payment of retirement benefits and carrying out in-depth studies in the area of manpower planning and their training are examples of this officer's initiative and attention to details.

For distinguished service of a very high order and devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt S Bhojwani.

Unit : AHQ
Reference : GoI19930126
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeSubhash Bhojwani9734 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1997Announced 26 Jan 1997
Details :

Air Commodore S Bhojwani, VSM was commissioned as a Fighter Pilot on 16 Oct 65. He has held the appointment of Air Force Examiner and has done instructional assignments at Defence Services Staff College and College of Air Warfare. He commanded two MiG­21 Squadrons and served as Chief Operations Officer at a front line Jaguar base. He has also held staff appointments at Directorate of Operations (Offensive) and Personnel (Officers) at Air HQ. He was awarded Vishisht Seva Medal in 1993. He is an A-1 Qualified Flying Instructor, a Fighter Combat Leader and a graduate of RAF Staff College, UK.

Air Cmde S Bhojwani was appointed as Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station Gwalior on 06 Feb 95. Soon thereafter the station was given responsibility for conduct of major Air Force exercises in this sector. He met the exacting demands of induction of a large number of fighter detachments, Missile elements and radar units from other Commands. He worked tirelessly at activating the Singpur Air to Ground firing Range, using only local resources. This range is now an invaluable asset and is being used regularly. He conceived the automation of observation post reports and range firing accuracy with the help of computers and has inculcated wide spread awareness of intelligent use of computers.

All tasks were achieved without compromising on the routine administration of the station, while providing better living and working conditions for the personnel of the station. The serviceability of aircraft and flying effort have both gone up significantly during his tenure.

Air Commodore Subhash Bhojwani has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Unit :
Reference : GoI19970126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalSubhash Bhojwani9734 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2005Announced 26 Jan 2005
Details :

Air Marshal Subhash Bhojwani AVSM VSM (9734) F(P) was commissioned in the IAF as a Fighter Pilot on 16 October 1965. He has flown over 4500 hours on single engined aircraft, which include 31 combat mission in December 1971 in the Western Sector, for which he earned 'Mention-in-Dispatches'. He is a Fighter Combat Leader and one of only two IAF pilots holding QFI cat A-1. For his distinguished services, he was awarded Vishisht Seva Medal in 1993 and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 1997. A graduate of RAF Staff College and Australian College of Defence and Strategic Studies, Air Marshal Bhojwani has held prestigious field, staff and instructional appointments including CO of two fighter squadrons, Chief Operations Officer of flying station, instructional assignments at DSSC and College of Air Warfare, Air Officer Commanding of a premier fighter base, Director Ops Offensive and Air Staff Inspection, Commandant Air Force Academy and Senior Air Staff Officer (SASO) of Western Air Command, before being appointed as AOC-in-C Training Command since Jul 2004.

As Director Operations (Offensive), he systematised WWR management and measures to optimise availability of weapon and fuses (Project Checkmate). During Kargil operations, he was member of Core Group at Air HQ and was nominated as media spokesman for IAF in which capacity he brought into public focus the crucial role of air power in that conflict. During 2000-02, as commandant Air Force Academy, he restructured the training to optimise existing resources and improves training standards.

At the height of Op Parakram, Air Marshal Bhojwani was appointed SASO, WAC, where he was instrumental in bringing the entire operational assets of the Command to a very high state of readiness. During his two year tenure, he oversaw induction and operationalisation of new technology equipment such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), Bison, Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR), Mi-35 upgrade and Integrated Command Air Tasking System (ICATS), as well as expansion of operational use of computer and data networks. The smooth conduct of several major exercises and flawless completion of Op Meghdoot tasks bear testimony to his conceptualisation and management skills. His standard of staff work and related activities has set a benchmark for others to follow.

As AOC-in-C Training Command Air Mshl Bhojwani involved himself in the restructuring of training of airmen and the establishment of the AF Engineering College.

Air Marshal Subhash Bhojwani AVSM VSM has throughout rendered distinguished service of most exceptional order.

Unit : TC
Reference : GoI20050126

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