Air Marshal(Retd) Manjit Singh Sekhon, Vr.C, VM, Indian Airforce

Air Marshal(Retd) Manjit Singh Sekhon, PVSM, Vr.C, SC, VM

A helicopter-turned-fighter pilot commissioned in 1962, Sekhon was awarded the Vir Chakra for gallantry in the 1971 War. He held the posts of Air Officer Commanding(AOC) J&K, and Senior Air Staff Officer(SASO) of the Eastern and Western Air Commands before being appointed as the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief(AOC-in-C), Southern Air Command in October 2000.

A highly decorated officer, Air Marshal Manjit Singh Sekhon is the recipient of the Param Vishisht Seva Medal(PVSM), Vir Chakra(VrC), Shaurya Chakra(SC) and Vayu Sena Medal(VM). He was also awarded the COAS and AOC-in-C Commendation Cards.

During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Flight Lieutenant Manjit Singh Sekhon was commanding a detachment of a frontline fighter squadron. He flew 14 missions at low height in the very difficult terrain of Jammu & Kashmir and caused extensive damage to several enemy bunkers, vehicles, guns, mortar position. POL and ammunition dumps.

He carried out these missions in the face of heavy ground fire. He substantially contributed to the success of our ground forces in Kargil, Tithwal, Poonch and Uri sectors. He also ensured a high rate of sericeability of aircraft.

Throughout the operations, Flight Lieutenant Sekhon displayed gallantry, skill and devotion to duty of a high order. For this he was awarded the Vir Chakra.

On March 19, 2002, Air Marshal Manjit Singh Sekhon retired from the Indian Air force.