Air Marshal Narayan Menon, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, ex AOP, Air HQ
Air Mshl. Narayan Menon, UYSM, AVSM, is a qualified flying instructor and a fighter combat leader who commanded a fighter squadron, two operational bases and a Flying Training Establishment among holding other coveted appointments. He was commissioned into the IAF as a Fighter Pilot on 25 Dec 64 and has raked in 3147 hrs of accident free flying to his credit.
He is an alumnus of College of Defence Management and National Defence College. During his distinguished service of over 38 years, he held several challenging field, staff and instructional appointments, which include Head of OB Faculty at CDM, AOC J&K and ACAS (Ops). Presently, he has been Air Officer in-charge Personnel (AOP) at Air Headquarters since 1 Feb 02.
As Director Operations (Air Defence), he displayed considerable foresight and a deep sense of involvement in the management and optimisation of resources for the defence of our skies. For his distinguished service of exceptional order, he was awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 1998.
As AOC J & K during Kargil Operations, he was personally involved in planning and execution of all joint missions with the Army. As a result, the Air Force successfully dislodged the enemy and facilitated early cessation of hostilities. For his leadership, initiation, strategic planning and tactical innovation he was awarded Uttam Yudh Seva Medal in 1999.
As Asst Chief of the Air Staff (Operations) at Air Headquarter, he was responsible for formulation of war plans and conduct of major exercises. When mobilisation was ordered after an attack on the Parliament on 13 Dec 01, he ensured that squadrons were deployed at Op locations on 14 Dec 1 itself. Despite long deployment of the personnel, he ensured that they remained at the highest level of preparedness, ready to launch an attack at the shortest possible notice.
As Air Officer-in-Charge Personnel, Air Mshl Menon has been responsible for all aspects of personnel planning, induction, training, recognition and rewards to all the personnel in the IAF. During his tenure a number of policies and innovative measures, which will go a long way to enhance the motivation and morale of the IAF personnel have been initiated.
These include revival of SNCOs Commission to provide better career prospects to the serving airmen, improvement in the promotion ratios of the officers in the ground duty branches and more transparency in the decision making process. He and his team have been able to set IAF Training Institute recognised by the AICTE as also civil aviation recognition for military aviation qualifications.