Air Chief Marshal Swaroop Krishna Kaul
BORN ON December 20, 1934 in Lucknow, Air Chief Marshal Swaroop Krishna Kaul PVSM, MVC, ADC, is one of the best sons-in-law Madhya Pradesh ever had. He did his schooling from Besant College in Varanasi and graduation from Allahabad.Updated: Mar 18, 2006 13:15 IST
BORN ON December 20, 1934 in Lucknow, Air Chief Marshal Swaroop Krishna Kaul PVSM, MVC, ADC, is one of the best sons-in-law Madhya Pradesh ever had. He did his schooling from Besant College in Varanasi and graduation from Allahabad.
He joined the National Defence Academy in December 1951 and was commissioned into Indian Air Force in December 1954. His first posting was to No.17 Squadron at Adampur flying Vampire FB52s and Mysteres. He has to his credit over 3,700 hours of accident-free flying.
He has unparalleled track record of flying aircraft like the Vampires in the 1950s to the latest MiG-23, Jaguar, MiG-29, and Mirage-2000. He got married to Nita, daughter of eminent Urdu poet Pt. Chand Narain Raina on December 11, 1962 in Bhopal. During this time he was posted as the PTE in Bamrauli providing training on the HT-2s.
During his 42 years of service, ACM Kaul was involved in numerous high-profile operations. His early career involved missions against Chamb, Pasrur, Phillora Chawinda sector and other areas of the Pakistani Army formations. He led from the forefront during the 71 War when he was posted at Hashimara.
On the first day itself, his Squadron No. 37 carried out a four aircraft attack against the Dhakaair field. His first station command was the Air Force station at Bareilly, which had foremost Electronic Warfare and Strategic Recce Squadrons in the IAF. He was then posted to Moscow as the Air Attache.
ACM Kaul had the rare opportunity of holding various important assignments in an environment, which called for close cooperation with politicians, bureaucrats, intelligence agencies, paramilitary forces, police, and the mass media.
As Air Vice Marshal, he was the senior Air Staff Officer at the South Western Air Command at Jodhpur.
He was also SASO in CAC at Allahabad and AOC-in-C of the Central Air Command. His record of accomplishments attests that he had formidable negotiation skills, which helped him champion the cause of the Air Force.
The Government of India awarded him Param Vishisht Seva Medal in 1992. In July 1993, he was appointed The Chief of the Air Staff. He retired from this post on December 21, 1995.
The school of hard knocks had taught him to be equally adept at managing king-size egos, playing hard ball with recalcitrant parties and inspiring subordinates. Defence services today are in dire necessity of leaders like him. We thank him for the immense cooperation and wish him and his family all the very best in life.
First Published: Mar 18, 2006 13:15 IST