|Vishist Seva Medal|
|Wg Cdr||Kuldeep Malik 15181 F(P)||Unit : Suryakiran Aerobatics Team||Award Date 26 Jan 97||Announced 26 Jan 97|
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Wing Commander Kuldeep Malik was commissioned as a Fighter Pilot on 28 Dec 77. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor holding an A-2 instructional category and a Fighter Combat Leader. As a young officer, he was a member of the Thunderbolts, the IAF's Formation Aerobatic Team. He is a graduate of the Command and Staff College, Bracknell, UK and has served on the Directing Staff at the Defence Services Staff College. He was awarded Vayu Sena Medal in 1992.
In Jun 96, a decision was taken to revive the IAF's formation aerobatic team to mark the Golden Jubilee of India's Independence. Wg Cdr Malik was specially selected to form and lead the aerobatic team with Six Kiran MK II aircraft. The new aerobatic team, known as Surya-Kiran, was scheduled to make its public debut on 08 Oct 96. This left approximately three months in which to train and achieve the required high standard before the Air Force Day parade. Under the able leadership of Wg Cdr Malik, the aerobatic team began from scratch and eventually produced a magnificent display in front of highly appreciative audience. The credit for moulding his members from a mere cohesive formation into a scintillating six aircraft team was deservedly Wg Cdr Malik's.
For distinguished services of a high order, the President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wg Cdr Kuldeep Malik.
|Reference:||Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1997 Number:|