Awards for the year 2002


A total of 74 Awards are listed.
Param Vishist Seva Medal : 6 | Ati Vishist Seva Medal : 11 | Shaurya Chakra : 2 | Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) : 23 | Vishist Seva Medal : 32 |
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Sriperambadur Raghavan 6710 LGSUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Air Marshal Sriperumbudur Raghavan AVSM VSM (6710) Lgs was commissioned on 10 Nov 62 in the Logistics branch of the IAF, He has served with distinction at many field units, before holding prestigious appointments like Command Logistics Management Officer at Headquarters Eastern Air Command, Commanding Officer No. 56 Air Stores Park, Air Officer Commanding No. 25 Equipment Depot and Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Logistics) at Air Headquarters (VB). While working as Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Logistics) he was responsible for the smooth transfer of responsibility of provisioning and procurement of eight weapon systems to Headquarters Maintenance Command, and formulating their procedures. Closely associated with IMMOLS Project, his foresight and vision has contributed significantly to its inception and translation into reality. For distinguished services rendered, he was awarded VSM in 1995 and AVSM in 1997.

Air Mshl S Raghavan was appointed as Air Officer Logistics Management at Headquarters Maintenance Command on 22 Mar 99. With his remarkable skills and organising capabilities, he brought about several improvements in Warehouse Management, which include rationalisation of holdings, purification of data, correct documentation, and disposal of unwanted and non-moving items. During Kargil Operations, his overall management led to safe and expeditious movement of stores including explosives. Despatch of overhauled specialist vehicles by hired trucks and collection of repairable vehicles has been appreciated by operating units.

With a flair for bringing about changes, and commitment to greater decentralisation in decision making, he got Government approval for processing at Maintenance Command itself, indents for imported ranges, rotables, raw materials, machinery, testers etc, Introduction of ARS for CFT and ADGES, and budget management are areas of excellence worth mentioning. His steadfastness has ensured substantial increase of financial powers for Depots thereby considerably reducing lead-time in procurements. Revision of CRISP policy guidelines and realistic size wise management of airmen clothing items have led to cancellation of outstanding orders, and sayings to the state to the extent of Rs 10 crores.

Air Marshal Sriperumbudur Raghavan AVSM VSM has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2002 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Manjit Singh Sekhon 6756 F(P)Unit : Southern Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Air Marshal Manjit Singh Sekhon VrC SC VM (6756) F (P) was commissioned in the IAF on 10 Nov 1962. Through out his long and distinguished career, the Air Officer has held a variety of Command and Staff appointments, with remarkable success, aplomb and ease. He has flown many types of fighters, transport and helicopters.

During 1962 operations, he participated in casualty evacuation and supplying of stores. He was awarded Vayu Sena Medal for gallantry for helicopter operations during 196367 in Nagaland, Mizo hills, NEFA, 1965 war and for evacuating more than 4000 casualities from remote areas. He was commended by the CAS in 970 for saving a helicopter with engine malfunction, and carrying out 5 aircraft dead stick landings during 1968-70.

During 1971 War, as a Flight Lieutenant, he commanded 121 Vampire Squadron at Srinagar. For his conspicuous gallant contributions during the war, he was awarded Vir Chakra on 24 Dec 1971. He raised and commanded a Helicopter Unit for 2 ½ years. For a gallant search and rescue operation by helicopter at night, in which, beyond the normal call of duty on 25 Feb 1975, he saved two fighter pilots, he was awarded Shaurya Chakra for gallantry.

As Flight Commander of 37 Squadron, 47 Squadron and Chief Operations Officer of a Fighter Station he contributed significantly and achieved zero aircraft accident rate. He commanded a MiG 21 Squadron for 2 ½ years and achieved remarkable results. As Chief instructor at Air Force Academy, under his dynamic leadership, the Academy achieved a record flying of over 19050 hours in a year, without any accident.

As a Group Captain, he commanded Air Force Station Awantipur for 3 years and made significant contributions to operations, armament storage, work services, and improved the security facilities. This made Awantipur the best fortified Air Force Station of Indian Air Force.

When he was Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station Bidar for 2 ½ years, his Station flew more than 30400 hrs on jet aircraft with no accidents. His station was adjudged the best in Flight Safety, Operations, Maintenance and Administration for 3 years consecutively. He also personally formed the Formation Aerobatics Team on Kiran aircraft at Bidar.

The Air Marshal is an alumnus of National Defence College. While holding various staff appointments at Air HQ, he made meaningful contributions in Operations, Flight Safety, Training, Induction of Women officers in the Indian Air Force, and in various other operational fields.

As Air Defence Commander and Officiating Senior Air Staff Officer (SASO), South Western Air Command (SWAC), he made commendable contributions in re-organising and relocating units, Radars etc., Flight Safety, in concepts of Control and Reporting Centre, Mobile Pulse Doppler Radar busting, Special Heliborne Operations and Photo Reconnaissance, These contributions greatly improved the Air Defence and overall operational environment of SWAC.

As Air Officer Commanding Jammu & Kashmir, he once again brought about significant improvements in the operational environment, Air Defence set up and Air Maintenance doctrines in J&K to the entire satisfaction of Army and Air Force.

As SASO HQ Eastern Air Command, IAF, and later as SASO HQ Western Air Command, IAF he improved the overall operational, Flight Safety and Air Defence environment of the area. All air maintenance tasks, flood relief, casualty evacuation, counter insurgency operations and tasks given by Air HQ were achieved in the most professional manner. His services were also utilised during 1999 Kargil War. The Air Marshal has more than 8170 hrs of accident free flying on 46 types of aircraft.

As Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Air Command, IAF he has brought about remarkable improvements in the fields of Operations, Maintenance and Administration, and succeeded in achieving some of the tasks pending for more than 10 years. His Air Command has maintained zero accident rates. He is always willing to shoulder heavy responsibilities and additional tasks.

Air Marshal Manjit Singh Sekhon VrC SC VM has rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2002 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Proteep Kumar Ghosh 7106 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Air Marshal Proteep Kumar Ghosh AVSM VSM (7106) AE (L) is functioning as Director General, Radar and Communications Project Office (RCPO) with effect from 01 Aug 2000. In his distinguished service career of 38 years, he has held many important appointments such as Officer Commanding, Station Commander, Air Officer Commanding of a very important Base Repair Depot, Senior Maintenance Staff Officer (SMSO) of an operational Command, Assistant Chief of Air Staff (System) at Air Headquarters for two years, and SMSO at HQ Maintenance Command, IAF for 14 months, prior to taking over as Director General, RCPO. Earlier in his career starting from 29 Jan 63, he has been the recipient of several fellowships of different academic institutions, namely, IETE, Telematics Forum of India, and holds the memberships of prestigious Indian Science Congress, Institute of Engineers (India) and Aeronautical Society of India. For outstanding contribution in his field, he was awarded VSM in 1995, and subsequently, AVSM in the year 2000. During his tenure as Air Officer-in-Charge Maintenance at Air HQ, the Air Marshal was responsible for the entire maintenance and execution of weapons/spares procurement and maintenance of aircraft/systems, which had a decisive effect during the Kargil operations. Thereafter, he took the assignment as SMSO, Maintenance Command, and was deeply involved in modernisation and re-vamping of infrastructure at various repair agencies, and has given impetus to the indigenisation for achieving the self-reliance of the Nation. Under his leadership, RCPO has successfully completed the long outstanding Futuristic Automatic Data Handling Systems Project, which also helped in development of Radar Data Processor. This is his unique achievement as the DG RCPO, and his processor can be fitted in any Radar System to be developed by the country in future. Undoubtedly, this development will save the national exchequer millions of rupees in terms of foreign exchange.

Air Marshal Proteep Kumar Ghosh AVSM VSM has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2002 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Michael McMahon 7399 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Air Marshal Michael McMahon AVSM VM (7399) F (P) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a fighter pilot in the Flying branch on 22 Jun 63. He commanded two Jaguar squadrons and held the posts of Director of Air Staff Requirements, Air Attaché, Paris, Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station Ambala, Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Operations), Senior Air Staff Officer (SASO) at Headquarters Western and Eastern Air Command and Inspector General. He presently holds the appointment of Air Officer Commandingin-Chief of Headquarters, South Western Air Command. He served twice on the Staff at Tactics and Combat Development Establishment and is an A2Qualified Flying Instructor. He was twice awarded Mention-in-Despatches (1965 & 1971). He was commended by the CAS and awarded the Vayu Sena and Ati Vishisht Seva Medals. The Officer was the Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Operations) for a period of two and a half years during a critical time in the history of the Air Force. He handled Air Force and tri Service operations with balance and maturity. During this tenure, he was also a key member of Janakiraman Committee, which enquired into, and made recommendations towards resolving some of dire most contentious issues of contemporary times.

On promotion to Air Marshal, the officer was posted as the Senior Air Staff Officer (SASO), HQ Western Air Command. Responsible for all the operational aspects of Op “Safed Sagar", it was his single-minded insistence that led to the initial location and subsequent destruction of the logistics camp at Muntho Dolo. This much publicised success was largely responsible for early culmination of the operations. Subsequently, posted as SASO, HQ Eastern Air Command, he provided the impetus towards greater operational thinking as well as for rationalising infrastructure requirements within the Command.

Air Mshl McMahon was then posted as the Inspector General. Despite a short stint in this post, he brought about an awareness of the need for greater clarity and transparency in all aspects of Flight Safety. The Air Marshal was promoted and posted as the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, HQ South Western Air Command on 01 Aug 01. During this period, he applied his mind to the detailed planning of operational requirements, in the event that the effects of Op 'Enduring Freedom' unintentionally spread further than designed.

Air Marshal Michael McMahon AVSM VM has thus distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2002 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Teja Mohan Asthana 7672 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Air Marshal Teja Mohan Asthana AVSM VM (7672) F(P) was commissioned in 1AF on 28 Oct 63 as a Fighter Pilot. He has flown over 3000 hours on a variety of fighter aircraft. During his distinguished career, he has held several important field and staff appointments and performed consistently well in all of them. After notable tenures in many fighter squadrons, he had a very fruitful and distinguished tenure on the staff of Tactics and Combat Development Establishment, wherein his contribution in the development of new combat tactics and training of pilots earned much recognition. Apart from commanding an operational squadron, he commanded two frontline fighter bases, in the staff appointment as Director Joint Op Planning, he made significant contribution in the formulation of joint policies between the three services. After graduating from the prestigious Royal College of Defence, UK, he was posted as the Air Officer Commanding Advance HO at Western Command. While commanding the Advance HQ, he played a key role in forging better interservices cooperation and promoting synergistic relations between the Air Force and Army. He was also instrumental in the establishment of joint policies for the conduct of operations, both during peace and conflict. As Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Ops) during the Kargil conflict, he played a pivotal role in exercising higher control in the conduct and co-ordination of all air operations.

As Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Personnel Officers), besides making a comprehensive and much appreciated presentation to the Arun Singh Task Force on Higher Defence Management on all aspects of personnel and cadre related issues, he also coordinated the inputs of various Branches and Directorates. The resultant reforms and devolution of administrative powers to the service HQs owe much to the personal efforts of Air Mshl Asthana. In his subsequent appointment as the Senior Air Staff Officer of an Operational Command, despite the short tenure of four months, he was able to register his mark by initiating tangible measures for combating complacency amongst the aircrew, thereby enhancing flight safety. In his present appointment as the Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (DCAS) since Dec 2000, he has been resolutely working towards expediting the acquisition of vitally needed capital equipment, and preventing the surrender of funds. Under his guidance and control, the Air Force prepared a wellresearched and logically structured 10th Plan document, which was much appreciated, and incorporated in the overall Defence Plan, without any alteration. As the DCAS, he has been maintaining a constant and healthy interaction at all echelons of the MOD and MOD (Fin), with complete focus and tenacity, to ensure that the modernisation of the Air Force does not suffer a setback due to inadequate utilisation of allotted resources. As a member of the Board of Directors of various PSUs, he has been able to put forth the Air Force viewpoint and objectives concisely, in periodical meetings. Similarly, in various Boards for the DRDO projects, he has been consistently highlighting the operational imperatives and providing inputs to keep the projects focused in the right direction.

Air Marshal Teja Mohan Asthana AVSM VM has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2002 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Manek Bomanshaw Madon 7681 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Air Marshal Manek Bomanshaw Madon AVSM VM & Bar (7681) F (P) was commissioned as a fighter pilot on 28 Oct 1963. During his long career of thirty-eight years, he has distinguished himself in some extremely important Command and Staff appointments. He has commanded a front line fighter squadron and an important operational base. He has also commanded the prestigious Air Force Academy and served in demanding staff appointments like the Air-I and Air Defence Commander in Operational Commands. Presently he is Senior Air Staff Officer (SASO) at Western Air Command.

An outstanding pilot, he has 5000 hrs of accident free flying to his credit. He was awarded the Vayu Sena Medal for gallantry in the 1971 war, and Bar to the VM in 1985. For distinguished service of a very high order, he was awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal while he was Commandant of the Air Force Academy. Air Mshl Madon is a graduate of two inter-services institutions, the College of Defence Management and the National Defence College.

During his tenure, as Commandant of the Air Force Academy all training had been successfully completed within the stipulated time frame regardless of natural or other constraints and hurdles. Complicated and sophisticated joint training programmes were drawn out within a short span without compromising on the standards of training. As a result of the initiatives taken by him, the Air Force Academy today is racing towards its ultimate aim of becoming an Air University.

Immediately after taking over as the SASO of Western Air Command, he set into motion a variety of measures aimed at sharpening the fighting edge of the most important command of the IAF. He has ensured high standards from not only the Command staff but also the field units in all fields of operational activity. He has reviewed and optimised training schedules and facilities at the operational bases towards ensuring safely and efficiency. His efforts and close monitoring of all Command policies has greatly helped in the achievement of a high state of operational preparedness and also a lower accident rate. All targets laid down, in fighter operations, in maintenance support by the Transport fleet in the development and progression of the computer network and in the field of Flight Safety have been achieved well within the stipulated time frames.

Air Marshal Manek Bomanshaw Madon AVSM VM & Bar has rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2002 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Rameshwar Nath 8913 AELUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Air Vice Marshal Rameshwar Nath (8913) AE (L) was commissioned in Air Force in Oct 64 in AE (L) Branch (erstwhile Tec/Sigs). During his 37 years of service, the officer has maintained an impeccable record - both in terms of his professionalism as well as human relations.

He was associated with Air Defence Ground Environment (ADGES) Communication System right from the inception of the RCPO project. He was detailed for ADGES communication course in the USA in 1974, after which he was the first batch of ADGES TI instructors. After teaching for 2 ½ years, he headed the installation unit at the major ADGES communication hub centre at Kasauli. After a stint of 5 years of staff work at Air HQ, the officer was sent to command ADGES communication units at Mt Abu, Baroda and Dalhousie in succession. The vast experience of the officer in ADGES comm unication was utilized for inspection duties in DMI from 1991 to 1995. During his tenure at DMI, the officer headed the team to conduct quality audit of MiG-29 fleet - the first ever quality audit in Air Force, which was well received and implemented.

As an Air Commodore, he held the appointments of Command Signals Officer at HQ Eastern Air Command and thereafter, Director Signals (Air) at Air HQ. During these tenures, a major part of old exchanges were replaced by electronic exchanges. The officer was instrumental in preparing the first blue print of Air Force Component of Defence Communication Network and induction of The Integrated Cipher System (ICS) for securing data exchanges between computers over LAN/ WAN. The officer introduced the hiring of Data Communication circuits from DOT in place of Speech Communication circuits, which were thereafter modified to be used both for speech as well as data communication.

As an Air Vice Marshal, the officer was appointed as ACAS (Eng-B) to look after the Indo-western aircraft fleet. The officer initiated many new measures, as given below, during his tenure: a. Revision of Maintenance Schedules for Jaguar and Mirage aircraft, so as to reduce the number of servicings. This led not only to saving but increased fleet availability. b. Setting up of 1200/2400 hrs servicing for Dornier at Sulur. c. During the Kargil operations, the avai-lability of Mirage aircraft was increased from 24 to 33 by hastening supply of spares and repair efforts from OEMs in France. Based on experience, the officer initiated cases for procurement of additional rotables and role equipment to strengthen Mirage fleet.

The officer has also worked as ACAS (System) for more than a year. His major contribution during the tenure was streamlining the Matcal Project for repair/calibration of aircraft testers, induction of UAVs/LDPs and modification of aircraft for fitment of CDMS/ GPS. The issue of life expiry of majority of Air Launched Missiles in next 3 to 4 years was brought to the fore while recommendation for setting of life extension/refurbishment facilities within India. After extensive discussion, MOD has designated BDL as the agency to set up facilities for undertaking this task. This project may save millions to exchequer.

Air Vice Marshal Rameshwar Nath has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2002 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Naiyer Iqbal Razzaqui 9642 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Air Vice Marshal Naiyer Iqbal Razzaqui (9642) Adm was Commissioned on 26th June 1965 in the Administrative Branch of IAF. In a career spanning 36 years, he has held several important and varied field, staff and instructional appointments. He has made creditable contributions as Chief Instructor at Air Force Admin College, as the Chief Administrative Officer at a flying base, as the Director Admin Inspections and Director Personal Services and as Provost Marshal (Air) at Air Headquarters. A high sense of integrity, courage of conviction and a keen sense of responsibility have been the qualities that dominated his approach and attitude throughout his career.

As Provost Marshal (Air) at Air HQ, he was instrumental in the introduction of new security system and in strengthening of the provost and security environment in the IAF, both, in terms of equipment, as well as procedural aspects. As Air Officer Commanding Air Force Station Avadi, he demonstrated exceptional professionalism, dynamism and remarkable dedication in the performance of his duties. With meticulous planning, emphasis on quality and standardization, pragmatic application and close supervision, he could significantly enhance the productivity levels and add to user satisfaction. In his present appointment as Senior Officer Administration of HQ Training Command, he has in a very short time demonstrated his administrative acumen by streamlining various aspects of administration, reviewing administrative procedures.

His initiative in the critical area of security at the airbases of his Command, as well as in a large measure in strengthening the all important task of ab-initio as well as inservice training of our defence personnel.

Air Vice Marshal Naiyer Iqbal Razzaqui has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2002 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Sharad Yeshwant Savur 10525 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Air Vice Marshal Sharad Yeshwant Savur (10525) F (P) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 29 Oct 66. He is an exceptional transport aircraft pilot with more than 7500 hours of accident free flying in air logistics over hazardous mountainous terrain in Ladakh and the North Eastern States as well as VVIP/VIP flights. He has commanded the prestigious Air HQ Communication Squadron as well as three major transport/helicopter bases, has undergone the course at National Defence College, besides undertaking instructional staff appointments.

As Station Commander, he was in charge of the trials for formulation and Standard Operating Procedures for air-sea rescue by Mi-8 helicopters. Later, as Air Officer Commanding, he inspired all aircrew to maintain sustained accident-free operations from the short runway by his personal example in flying the IL-76. Again, whilst in command of Air Force Station, Palam, he motivated all personnel to produce two highly successful Air Force Day parades. With tact and his previous experience he interacted with several agencies and reviewed security procedures to make them more effective and less obtrusive in handling high profile VVIP/ VIP visits without effective routine operations. In the after math of the devastating earthquake in Bhuj, he geared up the Station to receive and dispatch immense quantity of relief supplies and personnel to Bhuj, and provide assistant and make adequate arrangements for the victims and their next of kin on their evacuation from the affected areas.

AVM Savur, as Assistant Chief of Air Staff (PA&C), has continued to interact with other agencies to expedite the issue of non-effective benefits and has obtained approval for recruitment of civilians, which was pending since 1996. he has initiated several measures to accelerate staff work dealing with personnel below Officer Rank.

Air Vice Marshal Sharad Yeshwant Savur has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2002 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Thiruvengadam Ramanujam 10695 AELUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Air Vice Marshal Thiruvengadam Ramanujam VSM (10695) AE (L) was commissioned on 02 Mar 1967 in the Engineering Branch of IAF. In his 34 years of his distinguished service, he has held several important maintenance, staff and Command appointments including command of a Station, a Base Repair Depot (BRD), EDP manager of a larger depot and Chief Systems Engineer, RCPO. He is a postgraduate in Computer science from IIT Kanpur and a graduate of Defence Services Staff College. For his innovative modification in Data Processing equipment of THD radar, he was awarded VSM in 1982 as a Flight Lieutenant/Squadron Leader.

As Air Officer Commanding of a BRD, he ensured a sustained level of production around 30% more than the allotted task for two years and received the best System BRD trophy in 2000. He also contributed significantly in trend analysis of failures, especially in respect of VUC 201 (an airborne R/T equipment), and by adopting various remedial measures, he was able to improve the life of this equipment, which till then had a history of premature withdrawals. As Global co-coordinator (GC) IMMOLS project, he was able to sort out contentious problems between IAF and the vendor (M/S TCS) and the software development was completed well in time during his tenure.

AS GC IMMOLS and presently as ACAS (Systems), he has been a key member of Air Officer Maintenance's core team streamlining various procurement procedures and in preparation of canons/directives in the Maintenance Branch. As ACAS (Systems), he is now handling the daunting tasks preparation of Armament Compendium, Life extension of air launched Missiles and Pechora missiles, execution of work services for armament storage on a turn key basis, and procurement of vegetation-clearance and material-handling equipment for all bomb dumps, which are basically inter-disciplinary in nature. In addition to all these time consuming tasks, he has also been actively involved in ling range communication plans and Revised ADGES Plan for the IAF in coordination with Ops Branch.

AVM Ramanujam has the desirable combination of a workaholic and a planner with a vision, a rare quality that is immensely beneficial to the service.

Air Vice Marshal Thiruvengadam Ramanujam VSM has, thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2002 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Fali Homi Major 11442 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Air Commodore Fali Homi Major SC, VM (11422) F (P) has been Air Officer Commanding (AOC) of a forward Air Base, which has the distinction of being the highest operational airfield in the world, since Sep 99. Air Cmde Major on assuming the Command analyzed the vital role played by this Air Base due to manifold increment in the airlift/heli-lift with the induction of 14 Corps at Leh. He facilitated increased air maintenance sorties both at Leh as well as in the Siachen Glacier region, post Kargil operations. More than 9000 sorties were flown during the last 18 months, despite limitations due to harsh climatic conditions, and inhospitable mountainous terrain. Such operations demanded high skill levels and thorough professionalism.

Consequent to Kargil operations, there was an operational necessity to train Fighter and attack Helicopter aircrew for carrying out weapon training at high altitude. Though superior interpersonal relations and leadership qualities, Air Cmde Major ensured that more than 75 aircrew carried out regular air to ground armament training at Kharbutang Field Firing Range. Due to his untiring efforts, today, and a large reserve of aircrew are qualified and available for this task. Night air operations by fixed wing aircraft at Leh was accomplished through innovative approach, in spite of the non-availability of an electrical flare path (runway lights). Air Superiority Fighters were able to operate on a regular basis at this airfield, even though this base is not established with requisite support facilities. In spite of operating under these conditions, the flight safety record at this Base has been very impressive.

Air Cmde Major worked tirelessly to ensure that impeccable living conditions are provided to the personnel so that optimum utilization of resources is ensured. Morale of personnel operating at this forward base, in debilitating conditions is high due to persistent efforts of the AOC.

Air Commodore Fali Homi Major SC, VM, has, thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2002 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde (Mrs) Padmavathy Bandhopadhyay 11528 MEDUnit : Air Force Central Medical Establishment  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Air Commodore (Mrs.) Padmavathy Bandopadhyay VSM (11528), Med joined Army Medical Corps on 22 Jan 1968 and seconded to the Air Force from the same date. Her career spanning over three decades has been full of achievements. She has held key appointments and demonstrated dedicated hard work and foresight. Academically, she is highly qualified in Aviation Medicine and Physiology. She is also a post-graduate of Defence Services Staff College and holds MSc (Defence Sciences). She has flown as passenger (and for research work) in quite many types of aircraft, which has contributing in enriching her knowledge with regard to the problems faced by aviators.

Her interaction with the flying and being with the aircrew was appreciated during the 1971 Indo-Pak war, and in recognition, she was awarded 'Vishisht Seva Medal' in 1972, and commendation by the Chief of Air Staff in 1982. Well attuned to the adventure, she has been a member of Arctic Team in 89-90 where she collected a lot of data for physiological research.

In the present assignment as Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Central Establishment (AFCME), she has effected substantial improvements in the working conditions of the unit, acquisition of high-tech equipment, as well as in the aesthetics. As chairman of the officers' Mess Committee, she has been able to improve the functioning of the Mess, which has been quite obvious in the recent past. Work services to the tune of Rs. 30 lakhs have been completed/in the pipeline in the Mess and about Rs. 75 lakhs in the unit during the year.

She has displayed exceptional qualities of leadership. She has been able to harness all the resources, which are required for smooth functioning of the AFCME, which is always in the notice being premier institution for aircrew evaluation, service as well as the civil. Her dedication to work, forthrightness, futuristic vision has led to all round improvement in the functioning of the unit.

Air Commodore (Mrs.) Padmavathy Bandopadhyay VSM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2002 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Maheshwar Dutt 11607 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Air Commodore Maheshwar Dutt, KC (11607) F (P) was commissioned on 18 May 68 in the IAF. In 33 years of distinguished service, he has held several important command and staff appointments that include command of Mi-17 units both in Siachen and Tawang sectors, Director of Training in DGR (MOD), Air II J&K, Command of two flying stations, Command Personnel Staff Officer at HQ Western Air Command and Director Operations (T&H) at Air HQ.

He is one of the first two Commanders of Mi-17 units in IAF. He raised the Unit and declared it operational in Siachen area in record time. During the first year itself, unit was awarded the best helicopter unit trophy under his command. During this tenure he had single handedly carried out the famous 'Zojila Rescue' operation, which features in the Books of World Records. He was awarded Kirti Chakra on 26 Jan 86.

During 1991-93, he was Air II J&K area and had streamlined and optimized the air maintenance activities in Siachen area. He was appointed Station Commander of a station in J&K in 1995-96, when it was worst affected by militant activities. He vigorously motivated others and professionally organized all activities to meet challenging task in J&K and Siachen areas. During 1996 he was selected as Task Force Commander to conduct Heliborne Exercise Chakravyuh involving 47 helicopters in formation at night.

Air Cmde Dutt was the Director Ops (T&H) at Air HQ from 08 Aug 98 to 03 Jan 2000, which was crucial period since Air Logistics in Siachen area had increased manifolds and country was hit by unprecedented number of floods and natural calamities followed by Kargil Operations. Air Cmde M Dutt assumed command of 36 Wing on 04 Jan 2000. Station is dispersed at four locations and poses many challenges. With his foresight and dynamic approach, he has brought up the station in all respects and has tremendously improved the quality of life of all personnel. He has made a big headway in all areas involving Operations, Maintenance and Administration through innovation and self help schemes under station arrangements.

Air Commodore Maheshwar Dutt, KC has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2002 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Selvam Kulandaisami Jayarajan 11695 LGSUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Air Commodore Selvam Kulandaisami Jayarajan VSM (11695) Lgs was commissioned on 23 Jan 68 in the Logistics branch of the Indian Air Force. In 33 years of distinguished service, he has held several important command and staff appointments that include Senior Logistics Officer of a Flying Station, Commanding Officer of Air Stores Park and Director of Purchase at Air HQ. He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College and College of Defence Management. For distinguished services, he was awarded VSM in 1997.

Air Cmde Jayarajan was appointed the Air Officer Commanding of the biggest Equipment Depot of IAF on 19 Jan 2000. This depot caters to the requirements of almost all front line aircraft of IAF, and plays a vital role in the supply chain. From the time he took over as AOC, a positive, dynamic and result oriented approach was seen from this officer in not only reorganizing the storage sites and streamlining the procedures to achieve maximum demand satisfaction but also to identify non-moving stores to vigorously pursue their disposal. During this period, he organized three new dust-free modern storage sites for raw material, free length hoses and MiG-21 BIS upgrade items, which besides ensuring proper identification and accounting, enhanced functional effectiveness. His exemplary alacrity and accomplishment of tasks with commendable speed and efficiency, is a direct result of his dedicated planning, timely initiatives and dedication to duty.

Air Cmde SK Jayarajan had dedicated himself to improving the quality of life of the station personnel. Considerable improvement was planned and brought about in the messes, living and working environment at the Depot. Air Commodore Selvam Kulandaisami Jayarajan VSM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2002 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Yashwant Rao Rane 12210 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
Details :

Air Commodore Yashwant Rao Rane VM (12210) F (P) was commissioned in the Flying Branch as a fighter pilot on 20 Dec 69. He has commanded two fighter squadrons, been the Chief Operations Officer (COO) of a fighter base, served on the faculty of College of Defence Management, and has undergone the National Defence College course. He is also a Qualified Flying Instructor and a Fighter Combat Leader and, is at present, Air Officer Commanding of a Mirage 2000 base. He was awarded Vayu Seva Medal in Oct 89.

Whilst having a commendable service record, the Air Officer has contributed handsomely to the operational efficiency and preparedness of Mirage-2000 base. His unfettered zeal and dedication has shown significant improvements in the development of Singpur Range, which is the only multi-directional, multi-target air-to-ground firing range in the IAF. The development of this range has immensely contributed towards enhancing the training value of operational pilots while carrying out live firing sorties. In other ranges, firing can be carried out only from one direction only, which restricts the training value of these missions. Due to his drive and motivation, he has ensured improved operational status of the Mirage 2000 Squadrons. His attention to details towards the environment and living conditions has ensured a quantum leap in the quality of life for all personnel at the Air Force Station. His approach has been balanced and result oriented, with personal involvement in every sphere of life. He has also been able to motivate the personnel of the station to constantly strive and achieve higher standards, so as to improve operational potential of the station. Due to his dedication and motivation, this base has become model representative of one of best that exists in service today.

Air Cmde Rane has contributed significantly immensely to the enhancement of the operational potential of the IAF. He has also brought about significant improvement in the quality of life for all personnel at Air Force Station, Gawalior. In addition, the improvements in the environment and working conditions have contributed towards safe, accident free operation.

Air Commodore Yashwant Rao Rane VM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2002 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Sadasivan Radhakrishnan 12408 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
Details :

Air Commodore Sadasivan Radhakrishnan VM (12408) was commissioned into the flying Branch of the IAF on 13 Jun 70. He is a qualified Flying Instructor and Fighter Combat Leader and has flown close to 4000 hours. He has held several prestigious Command and Staff appointments, including command of a MiG-21 squadron, Air Defence Direction Center (ADDC) and an Advance HQ. During his tenure, his ADDC was adjudged to be the best in South Western Air Command. He was also the Chief Instructor at the College of Air Warfare.

Air Commodore Radhakrishnan took over the command of Air Force Station, Chabua, on 01 Jan 99. At that juncture, the station was in the middle of a large-scale revival after prolonged disuse till 1996. During this difficult stage he was tasked with accelerated MiG Operational Flying training.

Realizing that it was the human element that would make the vital difference between mediocrity and excellence, he galvanized the manpower under him into action. Instituting a series for steps for close interaction between officers and other ranks, the Air Officer built up a very noteworthy camaraderie and spirit-decorps among his personnel. Simultan eously, he addressed core issues pertaining to Operations, Maintenance and Administration. The result was a quantum jump in produc tivity, as became evident from prompt task completion, extensive environmental beauti fication and accelerated completion of many on-going works services. He also brought about discernible improvements in three critical areas viz. Flight Safety, security and quality of life. During his tenure as the Air Officer Commanding, the station has maintained an excellent flight safety record. The only Cat I accident during his tenure was on 15 Mar 99 where the pilot rejected take off because of engine failure. The station has flown 17823 sorties amounting to 10160 hours since this accident. He ensured continuous productive actions to clear the flight safety zone of unwanted vegetation thus ensuring a bird free environment. Since 15 Sep 99, the last case of a bird hit, the station has flown 3985 sorties amounting to 7966 hours without an incident of bird hit.

Through his interactive style of management, Air Cmde Radhakrishnan infused a new sense of enthusiasm and purpose in his station personnel. A large number of welfare measures saw perceptible improvements take place in the quality of life and a consequent rise in the morale of his station. His close liaison with the civil agencies resulted in a marked improvements in the power situation in the station.

Air Commodore Sadasivan Radhakrishnan VM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2002 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Swaminathan Gopalakrishna 12437 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
Details :

Air Commodore Swaminathan Gopalakrishna VSM (12437) AE (M) was commissioned on 06 Jul 70 in the Technical Engineering Branch of IAF. In 31 years of distinguished service, he has held several important command and staff appointments that include Chief Engineering Officer of a fighter base, Commanding Officer of a Base Repair Dept and Joint Director and Director of Weapons systems at Air Headquarters. As Director Engineering 'D', he is responsible for the maintenance of important but troublesome transport and helicopter fleets of IAF which are beset with problems of low serviceability and difficulties in obtaining spares. With his systematic approach and clear vision to focus on key result areas, he has set about to streamline and put in place an effective support system. from a beginning in IAF based on aircraft maintenance on tarmac and in hangars to formulating policy and plans, Air Cmde Gopalakrishna has come a long way by stint of hard work, commitment to organizational goals and his storming zeal.

As an engineering officer at the Mirage 2000 base, Air Cmde Gopalakrishna set up the Engine Module Change facilities and Engine Test Bench for the modular engines of Mirage 2000 aircraft that were damaged in a hangar collapse in 1989, in record time. This was possible only due to his single minded dedication, devotion and hard work.

Air Cmde Gopalakrishna commanded a BRD, which was tasked for overhaul of AN-32 aircraft. Before Air Cmde Gopalakrishna took over command of the BRD, some AN-32 aircraft were being dispatched abroad for repair/overhaul. Air Cmde Gopalakrishna resolved not to send any aircraft abroad for overhaul and meet the complete requirement indigenously. No AN-32 aircraft has since been sent abroad for overhaul and this BRD has met the complete overhaul and repair requirements of IAF. It was during this period that the BRD undertook structural repair of corrosion affected IL-76 aircraft, which otherwise would have been sent abroad for repairs. All this was possible because of the leadership qualities of Air Cmde Gopalakrishna.

Air Commodore Swaminathan Gopalakrishna VSM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2002 Number: 

Shaurya Chakra
Lascar Prakash Shivaji Gangavane 822324 ORUnit : AFS Awantipur  Award Date 22 Oct 01 Announced 15 Aug 02
Details :

On 22 Oct 2001, at 1330 hr, four Pakistani terrorists belonging to Lashkar-e-Toiba, who were armed, attacked the main gate of the Air Force Station Awantipora. Their aim was to gain access inside The Air Force Station and create havoc by destroying Aircraft, Missile Complexes and to create panic amongst personal and their families. The terrorists were armed with AK-47 assault rifles and high explosive had grenades.

NC(E) Prakash, SG was on duty at the main gate. On sighting the intruders, he challenged them to their identity and refused to open the gate. On further jostling by the terrorist, he raised the alarm to alert the sentries on duty realizing the impending danger to his life. He was shot at from point blank range, but he continued to obstruct the intruders from gaining access into the Main Guard Room and succumbed to the terrorist bullets. NC(E) Prakash attained martyrdom and laid down his life to facilitate the security forces to take vantage position to vanquish the terrorists. He displayed exceptional courage and acted in the best traditions of the Air Warriors at The Indian Air Force.

NC(E) Prakash Shivaji Gangvane displayed conspicuous valour, raw courage, presence of mind and sacrificed his life while eliminating the terrorists.

Reference: Notification No. 215-Pres/2002 dated 15th August, 2002 published in Part 1, Section 1, Gazette of India dated 11th January, 2003 

Shaurya Chakra
Sep Satish Barde DSC 10228076 ORUnit : AFS Awantipur  Award Date 22 Oct 01 Announced 15 Aug 02
Details :

On 22 Oct 2001, at 1330 hrs, four Pakistani terrorists belonging to Lashkar-e-Toiba, who were armed, attacked the main gate of the Air Force Station Awantipora. Their aim was to gain access inside The Air Force Station and create havoc by destroying Aircraft, Missile Complexes and to create panic amongst personal and their families. The terrorists were armed with AK-47 assault rifles and high explosive had grenades.

Sep Satish Barde was on duty at the SLR DSC post at the time of attack. Through his keen sense of alertness, he reacted to the situation immediately and alerted the other two guards of his post. He instantly opened fire from his SLR towards the vehicle from where the terrorists initially opened fire. He restricted the advancement of the terrorists towards the main gate by seriously injuring two of them through his concentrated firepower. He positioned himself strategically in his post amidst heavy fire and inflicted casualties on the terrorists. Unmindful of the risk to his own life, he relentlessly continued to direct the firepower and guide the people in action on to the terrorists till all of them were killed. Had the terrorists gained the access inside the station it would have been catastrophic for the Air Base.

Sep Satish Barade displayed conspicuous valour, raw courage and presence of mind while eliminating the terrorists.

Reference: Notification No. 215-Pres/2002 dated 15th August, 2002 published in Part 1, Section 1, Gazette of India dated 11th January, 2003 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Air Cmde Gurdip Singh Kochar 13149 F(P)Unit : Basic Flying Training School  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 02
Details : Air Commodore Gurdip Singh Kochar (13149) F (P) has been the Commanding Officer (CO) of Basic Flying Training School (BFTS) since 12 Apr 99. He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College and was CO of a MiG 27 Squadron and Chief Operations Officer of a Fighter base. Air Cmde Kochar has consistently achieved exemplary standards of flying training in BFTS. With his dynamic and proactive leadership he has personally set high standards for his instructors to emulate. The Flying Training Establishment's (FTE) track record of accident free flying during his tenure bears testimony to his untiring efforts. By sheer hard work, zeal and personal example, he has not only succeeded in motivating and moulding his team of Flying Instructors into a well knit professional body to achieve the basic aim of Stage -I flying training, but has also achieved high standards in the end product, worthy of emulation by succeeding courses. During his tenure at BFTS, Air Cmde Kochar has taken significant steps to improve the working environment and living conditions of the trainees. Under his able guidance and involvement the School achieved an average serviceability of 86% during the year 2000 on HPT-32 aircraft. The School also achieved 100% serviceability during the year for a period of 52 days. This serviceability record was better than other FTEs. A policy decision was taken at the beginning of his tenure to train only officers at BFTS. He executed the task of converting the Flight Cadets Mess into an Officers Mess in the shortest possible time, with personal involvement. He has been responsible for giving the entire Flight Complex a face-lift and has set up a Computer Laboratory within the Flight Complex, which is extensively used by all instructors and trainees. As a result, all ground training lectures and phase briefings are conducted on computers and lesson plans are available on computer. For exceptional devotion to duty, hard work and enthusiasm, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Air Commodore Gurdip Singh Kochar.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 29th June 2002 - No.118-Pres/2002 dated 26th January 2002 & AFD 2002 Investiture Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Air Cmde Vikas Krishnarao Yajurvedi 13248 F(P)Unit : Flying Instructors School  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 02
Details : Air Commodore Vikas Krishnarao Yajurvedi (13248) F (P) was commissioned in IAF as a fighter pilot on 23 Dee 72. He is an A2 QFI and FCL, who has served on staff of Tactics And Combat Development Establishment (TACDE). He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College and Higher Air Command Course. He commanded a MiG 23 Squadron, and also served as Chief Operations Officer (COO) at an Air Force Station, operating fighters. Air Cmde Yajurvedi was appointed as Commanding Officer (CO), Flying Instructor's School (FIS) and COO Air Force Station Tambaram on 23 Jun 99. Despite the hectic schedule and work content on the ground, he has flown 340 hrs of instructional flying in the last 20 months, a notable achievement. Under his dynamic leadership, the School re-inducted the Kiran aircraft and carried out a smooth and efficient change over to a new training pattern including Kiran and HPT-32 aircraft. The School has flown a total of 12,373 hrs of accident free flying in 20 months of his tenure. FIS was awarded the Flight Safety and Maintenance trophy in the year 2000. Despite the marginal strength of staff pilots, time bound tasks of three Qualified Flying Instructor's Courses were completed on time with a distinct improvement in the quality of training. Specifically, he introduced an innovative 'Situational Awareness Programme' in flying training, thus contributing significantly towards enhanced flight safety. Under his able guidance, the School has employed resources of digital video domain of the multimedia to evolve innovative training methods and also put up an excellent audio-visual show on the Air Force Day. Notwithstanding his hectic schedule, the officer contributed significantly towards flight safety by way of his articles for safety journals. Under his guidance, the School has put up study papers on 'Accident Proneness in Aircrew and Remedies' and 'Situational Awareness Programme' to bring about higher levels of safety and efficiency. As the COO of the station, he has ensured a safe flying environment for the intense flying by FIS and the transit aircraft movements that exceed 100 per quarter. Starting operations from a newly activated transport aircraft dispersal, setting up a well furnished rest room for the branch personnel, thorough revision of various orders, guidance on vegetation and deer clearance are the other notable achievements. For exceptional devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal' to Air Commodore Vikas Krishnarao Yajurvedi.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 29th June 2002 - No.118-Pres/2002 dated 26th January 2002 & AFD 2002 Investiture Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Ravinath Gururaj Burli 14667 F(P)Unit : AFS Jamnagar  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 02
Details : Group Captain Ravinath Gururaj Burii (14667) F (P) was commissioned as a Pilot in the IAF on 29 Dee 76. In 24 years of distinguished service, he has held several important appointments that include Directing Staff at Flying Instructors School, Flight Commander of a Jaguar Squadron, Directing Staff at Tactics And Combat Development Establishment (TACDE), Commanding officer of a Jaguar Squadron, Directing Staff at Defence Services Staff College, Chief Operations Officer (COO), and Commandant of TACDE. He is a graduate of Royal Air Force Staff College (UK) and has undergone Fighter Strike leaders course. Chief of Air Staff twice awarded him commendation, in the years 1992 and 1994. Jamnagar has one of the busiest airspace of the IAF, due to the presence of Air-to-Air and Alr-to-Ground ranges, and TACDE. Planning, controlling and co- ordinating of such large amount of flying, varying from flying by fighters and helicopters to advanced exercises by TACDE, is a Herculean task. As the COO, Gp Capt Burii has lead by example in ensuring a high level of operational efficiency. He meticulously planned and co-ordinated the Exercise Vayu Spardha- 2000, which demanded long working hours and was intensive with high workload during the conduct. He measured up to the expectations and provided excellent leadership In co-ordinating the Exercise to a very successful fruition. All other exercises and Op detachments at the Base were accorded similar professional involvement to ensure that the aims arc achieved. In the aftermath of the earthquake of 26 Jan 2001, Gp Capt Burii ensured the prevalence of a safe operational environment, round the clock for days together, that was required to efficiently tackle the mammoth task of providing support to relief operations. Through his experience, knowledge, leadership and hard work, Gp Capt Burii provided a very motivating inter-disciplinary influence on operational, maintenance and administrative environment of the Station. For exceptional devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal' to Group Captain Ravinath Gururaj Burli.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 29th June 2002 - No.118-Pres/2002 dated 26th January 2002 & AFD 2002 Investiture Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Chetan Bali 15708 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 02
Details : Wing Commander Chetan Bali (15708) Flying (Pilot) Wing Commander Chetan Bali (15708) F (P) was commissioned as a pilot In the Flying Branch of the IAF on 15 Jun 79. He has held several key field appointments including Chief Flying Instructor at AF Station Bidar, Station Flight Safety and Inspection Officer at AF Station Gwalior and Flight Commander of a Mirage 2000 squadron. He Is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College and has also served on the staff of Flying Instructors School. He was appointed as the Commanding Officer of a MiG-21 combat squadron on 12 Oct 98. The Squadron at that time had 10 under training pilots. Through his exceptional initiative and drive, he took up the challenge of upgrading the squadron's operational state. His perseverance and dedication bore fruit on 05 Aug 2000 when the squadron achieved the rare distinction of 100% operational pilots' status. Under his command a total of 30 pilots attained operational status which itself is a great achievement. He has gone a step further by operationalising the squadron in the specialist role of valley attacks and high altitude firing. In doing so, he has led from the front by flying more that 850 sorties during his tenure. Although he has been responsible for one minor incident attributable to overzealousness, overall he has an accident- free flying record of 4340 hours on single engine aircraft. For exceptional devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Chetan Bali.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 29th June 2002 - No.118-Pres/2002 dated 26th January 2002 & AFD 2002 Investiture Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Rakesh Anand 15873 F(P)Unit : Southern Air Command  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 02
Details : Wing Commander Rakesh Anand (15873) F (P) was commissioned on 19 Dee 79 in the Hying Branch of the Indian Air Force. He is currently posted at Southern Air Command where he has worked with single-minded devotion to prepare Carnicobar airfield for fighter operations. He has been closely supervising all sea flying activities during the Air Force- Naval exercises which has resulted in successful culmination of these exercises without a single accident/incident. He has commanded a Jaguar Squadron and has flown more than 5,000 hrs in his flying career spanning 20 years. He also has the distinguished achievement of having flown 2,000 hrs on the Jaguar aircraft. He is an A2 Instructor and has trained a large number of flying branch officers who in turn have displayed impeccable Flight Safety record. Wg Cdr Anand's personal Involvement and untiring devotion had enabled the squadron to achieve a very high degree of professional excellence. During his tenure, the squadron successfully undertook Op validation trials of the Griffin Laser Guided Bomb and the Jupiter Long Delay Fuse. Various other novel concepts such as Blind Bombing by night and weapon delivery under flare lit conditions were also validated. He led the squadron from the front during various exercises like Vayushakti, Akraman, Gujra) and so also during Op Sated Sagar. Further, while faced with a grave in-flight emergency resulting in one engine flame out and extensive airframe damage he displayed exceptional presence of mind and flying skill by recovering this crippled aircraft safely. Under his guidance, innovative ideas like fuel catch rig and drop tank stands were successfully put to practice. In the sphere of administration, he ensured an extremely healthy working environment. In spite of a number of commitments, a marked improvement in the Squadron morale and discipline were noticed during his tenure. His efforts also resulted in the Squadron being adjudged as the Champion Squadron in Central Air Command Exercise Ekiavya 99-2000. For his exceptional devotion to duty, personal example and ability to motivate all those under him, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Rakesh Anand.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 29th June 2002 - No.118-Pres/2002 dated 26th January 2002 & AFD 2002 Investiture Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria 16026 F(P)Unit : No.5 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 02
Details : Wing Commander Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria (16026) Flying (Pilot) Wing Commander Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria (16026) F (P) is the Commanding Officer (CO) of a Jaguar squadron since May 99. He is an A2 Qualified Hying Instructor, Pilot Attack Instructor, Experimental Test Pilot and a graduate of Defence Services Command and Staff Course, Bangladesh. He has 3940 hrs of flying to his credit with over 900 hours of instructional flying and 400 hours of test flying. He has flown 380 hours as CO. He is an outstanding officer with exceptional professional knowledge and flying skills achieved through sheer hard work and dedication. Using his analytical mind and vision he devised a method for carrying bombing from the Jaguar aircraft using Global Positioning System (GPS). This was especially relevant for the bombing role of Jaguar aircraft in Op Safed Sagar. Even though the squadron was not tasked for Op Safed Sagar, the Jaguar GPS modification itself was carried out with significant contribution from him. The squadron also carried out trials on GPS anti-jamming measures. In acknowledgement of his capabilities, the squadron was also tasked to carry out ground adaptation of Matra Magic II air-to-air missile on Jaguar aircraft, a task which would, normally have been that of Aircraft Systems and Testing Establishment. The squadron is presently standing by to proceed with firing trials of the same missile. Wg Cdr Bhadauria was also detailed to give operational and user inputs to the design and development agencies carrying out Navigation and Weapon Aiming Sub System (Nav WASS) Jaguar upgrade of the IAR Under his leadership, the squadron has also submitted valuable papers on utilisation of Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS), and night formation flying. During the period of his command the squadron has flown 4500 accident free hours. The squadron has also made serviceable and flown all aircraft on its establishment thereby achieving 100% serviceability. For his exceptional devotion to duty, commitment and dedication to service, high level of professional knowledge, and leading his squadron by example to achieve the highest standards of the [AF, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 29th June 2002 - No.118-Pres/2002 dated 26th January 2002 & AFD 2002 Investiture Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Nalin Kumar Tandon 16030 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 02
Details : Wing Commander Nalin Kumar Tandon (16030) Flying (Pilot) Wing Commander Nalin Kumar Tandon (16030) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned on 15 Jun 80 as a fighter pilot. In 21 years of distinguished service, he has held several important appointments, which include Senior Flight Safety and Inspection Officer of a Fighter Base and Chief Flying InstnJctor of a Training Institute. He is an A2 Qualified Flying Instructor and a graduate of Defence Services Staff College. The Officer has over 4000 hours of accident free flying on single engine aircraft to his credit. As the Chief Flying Instructor at Air Force Academy, Dundigal, he performed creditably and ensured that all the Pilot Courses completed their task well ahead of their scheduled time. For maintaining very high standards of training, he was commended by the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Training Command and by the Chief of Air Staff in 1999. Wg Cdr Tandon took over the Command of a MIG-21 Squadron on 21 Jun 99 when 'Operation Safed Sagar' was at its peak. He exercised complete control over the situation and speared the Squadron through the rest of the operation with great dynamism. During his tenure as Commanding Officer, the Squadron touched the heights of glory. The Squadron was inspected twice by Aircrew Examination Board, and once by Directorate of Air Staff Inspection. In all the inspections the Squadron performed extremely well and was rated very high each time. The excellent performance of the Squadron has been appreciated at all levels, and the Squadron was recommended for the best fighter Squadron from Western Air Command for the year 2001 - 2002. After 'Operation Safed Sagar', the Squadron was tasked to carry out winter operations from Srinagar airfield after a gap of 15 years. Wg Cdr Tandon showed great dynamism and handled the task of winter operations in a most professional manner. Ever since, the Squadron has been operating in the Srinagar valley during winters. Under his able leadership, the Squadron also pioneered the live firing at Kharbuthang Field Firing Range; a high altitude range located in extremely hostile and difficult terrain. While according very high priority to the operational readiness of the Squadron, he never lost sight of morale and welfare of the Squadron personnel. For exceptional devotion to duty and leadership of the highest order, the Hon'bic President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Nalin Kumar Tandon.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 29th June 2002 - No.118-Pres/2002 dated 26th January 2002 & AFD 2002 Investiture Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Ajay Kukreja 16774 F(P)Unit : No.48 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 02
Details : Wing Commander Ajay Kukreja (16774) F (P) was commissioned in the flying branch of the IAF on 04 Jun 82. He is an A2 Qualified Flying Instructor, with over 8000 hours of flying. He has served as a flying instructor at the Air Force Academy and the Flying Instructors School. He has been the Training Officer / Flight Commander of operational transport squadrons for the past four years. The officer has dedicated himself to the cause of aircrew training thereby considerably improving the operational status of flying units. In the aftermath of Bhu) earthquake, leading by example, he motivated the squadron aircrew and maintenance staff ensuring round the clock relief operations by AN-32 aircraft. He achieved the distinction of landing the first AN-32 by night at Thoise in Jan 2000. With innovative planning and sustained effort he was instrumental In achieving a marked increase in supply drop tonnage by AN-32 in the Siachen Glacier without any increase of resources. Wg Cdr Kukreja was the Type Force Commander for major combat exercises in Feb 2000 and May 2001. The officer displayed remarkable foresight and professionalism as he meticulously planned for the selection of route, timing action at constant speed and co-ordination of the activities of all four sections of AN-32. Braving marginal weather, he ensured a safe and accurate drop by 18 AN-32 aircraft in close formation by night. Working till 2 - 3 A.M. during the planning and work-up phase, to resolve various flight safety issues and co-ordinate plans before the next mission, have been the hallmarks of this Type Force Commander. For exceptional devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Ajay Kukreja.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 29th June 2002 - No.118-Pres/2002 dated 26th January 2002 & AFD 2002 Investiture Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Arvindra Singh Butola 16789 F(P)Unit : No.114 Helicopter Unit  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 02
Details : Wing Commander Arvindra Singh Butola (16789) F (P) is on the posted strength as the Commanding Officer of a Helicopter Unit, since 14 Jun 1999. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor, an Experimental Test Pilot and a graduate of Defence Services Staff College. He has more than 5200 hrs of accident/incident free flying to his credit, out of which 428 hrs have been flown in Ladakh and "Op Meghdoot" sectors of operation In the last 18 months. His Unit is the only Cheetah helicopter Unit operating in Ladakh sector. This extremely difficult area of operations, Includes the "Op Meghdoot" sector in the Siachen Glacier which has the world's highest helipads. Operations in these areas require very high levels of skill, professionalism and courage. Wg Cdr Butola has not only ensured inculcation of a high level of professionalism In the Unit personnel, but has also led from the front, setting an example for the entire unit under the most adverse and challenging situations. In addition, he has displayed the highest levels of flying skill, professionalism, management skills and leadership while commanding the unit. Apart from maintaining his unit in the highest state of operational preparedness, Wg Cdr Butola has taken initiative and keen interest In all the responsibilities assigned to him with infectious zeal and enthusiasm. True to the motto of "Service before Self", he is always ready to shoulder any responsibility, disregarding his personal requirements and comfort. He has always displayed a very high level of maturity and dedication towards the service. Wg Cdr Butola has not only displayed exceptional professional aptitude but has also been an epitome of sincerity and dedication to the service. In recognition of his exceptional professionalism and devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Arvindra Singh Butola.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 29th June 2002 - No.118-Pres/2002 dated 26th January 2002 & AFD 2002 Investiture Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Rajiv Kumar Mendiratta 16799 F(P)Unit : No.2 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 02
Details : Wing Commander Rajiv Kumar Mendiratta (16799) F (P) was commissioned as a fighter pilot on 04 Jun 82. He Is presently the Commanding Officer (CO) of a MiG 27 Squadron. He is a Fighter Strike Leader, with over 2200 hrs of accident free fighter flying. On taking over command of a Squadron on 16 Oct 2000, he faced the daunting task of upgrading the operational status of inexperienced pilots in the basic strike role, alongwith progressing more experienced pilots In the specialised maritime strike role syllabus. With his meticulous planning and judicious use of the ever-scarce aircraft and other resources, he accomplished the task with uncommon competence, efficiency and dedication. Today, the Squadron has an excellent training status, with 10 pilots qualified in its specialist maritime strike role. Also, all pilots, except those posted in recently, have achieved operational status. The squadron was also selected to represent Eastern Air Command in the Air Force level competition, Exercise Vayu Spardha'. In tandem with their routine of training, they geared up for this task also, without compromising on the operation, maintenance and administrative aspects of the squadron, with Wg Cdr Mendiratta leading from the front. The fitting tribute to his leadership, ingenuity, foresight and planning came in the form of the prestigious trophy for the The Best Combat Squadron of the Indian Air Force', which was presented to his squadron by the Chief of Air Staff, on Air Force Day. For exceptional devotion to duty and military leadership of a very high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Wing Commander Rajiv Kumar Mendiratta
Reference: Gazette of India dated 29th June 2002 - No.118-Pres/2002 dated 26th January 2002 & AFD 2002 Investiture Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Vinod Rangabhashyam 16811 F(P)Unit : AFS Bhuj  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 02
Details : Wing Commander Vinod Rangabhashyarn (16811) F (P) is held on the posted strength of Air Force Station Bhuj, since 02 May 1999. He is the Chief Operations Officer (COO). On 26 Jan 2001 a major earthquake devastated the station at 0846 hrs, causing extensive damage to buildings and houses causing loss of lives and property. Wg Cdr Rangabhashyam's house was also damaged. Unmindful of his personal losses and the welfare of his family, he immediately commenced action as the COO of the station. The Air Traffic Control having collapsed fully and the Base Ops being unsafe for carrying out the operations, the Operational Control Centre was set up at the tarmac, which was manned round the clock. The entire station was plunged into darkness and all the communication lines were unserviceable. It was under such adverse conditions that Wg Cdr Rangabhashyam supervised the operations successfully. Receiving relief aircraft, both national and international, exceeding 1000 by the 25th day, looking after the off loading and dispersal of the relief material, successfully co-ordinating the activities of evacuation of families and casualties, was an extremely difficult task in such adverse circumstances. The calm and collected manner In which he carried on through the aftermath of this nature's fury is praiseworthy. The vision, positive approach and attitude shown by the officer, have won accolades not only to the Station but also to the IAF by large. For his exceptional devotion to duty) qualities of leadership, professionalism, and untiring efforts in successful execution of the relief operations, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Vinod Rangabhashyam.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 29th June 2002 - No.118-Pres/2002 dated 26th January 2002 & AFD 2002 Investiture Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Nagarajan Venkatramanan 16999 F(P)Unit : No.43 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 02
Details : Wing Commander Nagarajan Venkataramanan (16999) F (P) was commissioned In the IAF as a transport pilot In the flying branch on 29 Dee 82. His experience as transport pilot spans over 6674 h of accident free flying hours, which includes 3600 h as captain. He operated initially on HS-748 aircraft wherein he held a Category/Instrument Rating of A Master Green, and Right Hand Seat Captain Pilot on type. This Included a tenure in Air HQ Communication Squadron, wherein he had extensively flown VIPs including visiting dignitaries with a thorough professional touch. Sincere, polite, correct in attitude towards seniors, colleagues and juniors he has a pleasing personality and interacts very well with all personnel. Wg Cdr Venkataramanan was posted to an AN-32 Squadron on 21 Feb 2000 on completion of Air Staff Course at Defence Services Staff College. Within a short time he completed the conversion on type AN-32 Aircraft. He applied himself with his usual thoroughness, dedication and sense of commitment, which enabled him to become competent professionally and functional as Flight Commander. He is an asset to the squadron, in that he has been able to plan both squadron task and training of pilots, by instructing them himself with great patience and care. The Categorisation State of the squadron and role accomplishment has improved appreciably. During the recent earthquake Incident In the state of Gujarat, Wg Cdr Venkatramanan took active part. He ceaselessly flew over 45 hours during day and night and under trying conditions. He motivated his crew and performed as a team, in varying conditions of environment and difficult operational situations. He displayed high standards of professionalism with dedication and without compromising Flight Safety at any stage. Thus he has been able to set exemplary standards for juniors to emulate. For exceptional devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Wing Commander Nagarajan Venkataramanan.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 29th June 2002 - No.118-Pres/2002 dated 26th January 2002 & AFD 2002 Investiture Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Yogendra Rajora 17327 F(P)Unit : No.127 Helicopter Unit  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 02
Details : Wing Commander Yogendra Rajora (17327) F (P) was commissioned in IAF as helicopter pilot on 22 Dee 83. He is a Test Pilot and has flown more than 4800 h of flying of which more than 900 h has been in "Op Meghdoot" and "Op Rakshak" sectors. During his flying in "Op Meghdoot" sector he was involved in some of the highest airdrops undertaken by Mi-17 helicopters. While flying in the Srinagar valley his helicopter was shot at by the militants and damaged. However, he showed great presence of mind and recovered the helicopter safely from a forward helipad. As a test pilot also he has been involved in a large number of projects. He was also involved in the Mi-35 upgrade project while serving as the flight commander of an Attack Helicopter squadron. He has been in command of a Mi-17 Helicopter Unit since 15 May 2000. During his tenure he has always been leading from the front. He was Involved In a number of flood relief missions in Arunachal Pradesh, often flying in adverse and Inclement weather. In these missions he has rescued almost 400 people mainly from remote and inhospitable sites. Despite erratic flow of spares, he has ensured that the unit maintains a high serviceability. As a result the unit has been able to undertake all assigned tasks with a high degree of reliability and safety. At the same time the training of all personnel, including aircrew, has progressed at a fast pace. The unit has flown more than 2200 hours and airlifted over 2100 tons of load since he assumed command of the unit. This also includes airlift of six bulldozers to helipads at elevations ranging from 1700 to 2400 meters. All this has been made possible due to his total involvement and professional approach, which has resulted in execution of these tasks with total safety. For exceptional devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President Is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Wing Commander Yogendra Rajora.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 29th June 2002 - No.118-Pres/2002 dated 26th January 2002 & AFD 2002 Investiture Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Anil Kumar 18790 F(P)Unit : No.18 Squadron  Award Date 08 Mar 01 Announced 26 Jan 02
Details : Squadron Leader Anil Kumar (18790) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of a MiG-27 Squadron since 03 May 1998. On 08 Mar 01 Sqn Ldr Anil Kumar was authorised to fly as one of the two attackers in a group combat mission involving four MiG-27 aircraft. At the end of the second situation, while disengaging the afterburner, Sqn Ldr Anil Kumar found that it did not switch off, and that the throttle was stuck in the minimum afterburner position. Despite his best efforts, RPM could not be reduced below 100%. Applying his excellent knowledge on the aircraft systems, Sqn Ldr Anil Kumar selected the relight switch to "ON" position, which helped reduce RPM to 85% - 87%. Such a combination of emergencies is neither mentioned in any publications, nor has happened before. Thereafter, while executing the approach to landing, the aircraft continued to accelerate beyond permissible threshold speeds. Having methodically analysed all available options, Sqn Ldr Anil Kumar operated the low-pressure fuel shut off lock at a speed of 450 km/h on short finals to switch off the engine and landed the aircraft safely. The permitted threshold speed is 370 km/h, beyond which ejection Is mandatory. Thus, Sqn Ldr Anil Kumar handled the entire hitherto unseen multiple emergencies with courage, in a very calm, composed and professional manner, and recovered a crippled aircraft without any damage from a situation, which would have necessitated ejection. For his exceptional act of courage and professional display in recovering a crippled aircraft with multiple emergencies, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Squadron Leader Anil Kumar.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 29th June 2002 - No.118-Pres/2002 dated 26th January 2002 & AFD 2002 Investiture Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Subhash Palakuzhiyil John 20155 F(P)Unit : Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment  Award Date 09 Apr 01 Announced 26 Jan 02
Details : Squadron Leader Subhash Palakuzhiyll John (20155) F (P) is on the posted strength of ASTE, Air Force since 20 May 2000 as Rotary Wing Test Pilot. In Apr 01, he was detailed to undertake flight trial of a special type of warhead over Pokharan Range. The warhead, along with its rocket motor and associated electronics, was housed in a Warhead Test Vehicle (WTV), which In turn was mounted on a 500 kg carriage plate attached to the helicopter with cables. The trials involved vertical lift of the WTV, under-slung from a Mi-17 helicopter, from a special pit. Thereafter, the WTV was to be carried and dropped from a height of four km over the designation target, for the assessment of its functioning. On 09 Apr 01, while carrying the WTV target area, its rocket motor fired prematurely, when It was still attached to the carriage plate. This resulted In the shearing-off of the retaining bolts of the carriage plate. The recoil due to the rocket motor exhaust gases made the carriage plate whip-up, into the under surface of the helicopter, resulting In the helicopter going into an uncontrolled flight, with damage to the helicopter's under surface. Sqn Ldr John valiantly faced the emergency and brought the helicopter under control. He also calmed the crewmembers and onboard observers. He, thereafter, directed the chase helicopter to locate the point of impact of the live warhead. He went on to direct the ground controllers and bomb disposal team to the point of impact so that damage on ground could be minimised and the live bomblets disposed of. He did all this, while (lawlessly carrying out his immediate task of keeping his damaged helicopter under control, and recovering it to the nearest helipad. For this act of exceptional courage, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Squadron Leader Subhash Palakuzhiyil John.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 29th June 2002 - No.118-Pres/2002 dated 26th January 2002 & AFD 2002 Investiture Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Ichettira Iyappa Kuttappa 20758 F(P)Unit : No.15 Squadron  Award Date 21 Apr 01 Announced 26 Jan 02
Details : Squadron Leader Ichettira lyappa Kuttappa (20758) F (P) is on the posted strength of a MlG-21 Bis Squadron, since 24 Jul 2000. On 26 Jan 01, Bhuj was engulfed by a devastating earthquake. Sqn Ldr Kuttappa quickly set about collecting implements to initiate rescue work and commenced the task of breaking into the debris along with some other officers and airmen. Unmindful of his own safety and despite an injury, Sqn Ldr Kuttappa continued to work towards rescue even as mild tremors continued. On 21 Apr 2001, he was authorised to lead a two aircraft strike mission, While at low level, he experienced a bird hit on the starboard wing leading edge. The control rod for that aileron broke and the aircraft rolled viciously to the right. As he countered the roll with opposite aileron, the aircraft pitched up sharply. He brought the aircraft under control with the stick deflected almost fully to the left and forward. Despite taking all laid down actions, the aircraft could be controlled only down to a speed of 450 km/h, still well above the maximum speed permitted for landing. Flying the aircraft under these conditions was itself extremely difficult and landing It was impossible. Sqn Ldr Kuttappa, however, did not give up. He decided to jettison the external fuel tanks and armament pods and carried out a low speed check: He could maintain control down to a speed of 380 km/h In the landing configuration, albeit with maximum stick deflection and leaving no safety margin. In this situation Sqn Ldr Kuttappa would have been fully justified In ejecting from his stricken aircraft yet, displaying exceptional courage and presence of mind and at great risk to his own life, he recovered the aircraft safely. For this act of gallantry, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Squadron Leader Ichettira lyappa Kuttappa.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 29th June 2002 - No.118-Pres/2002 dated 26th January 2002 & AFD 2002 Investiture Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Anindo Sur 23208 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 08 Oct 01 Announced 26 Jan 02
Details : Flight Lieutenant Anindo Sur (23208) F (P) has been on the posted strength of a Jaguar Squadron since 03 May 99. On 08 Oct 2001, during a practice sortie by night, the undercarriage lowering system of his aircraft malfunctioned. On selecting the undercarriage down, none of the three wheels came down. Repeated attempts as per the stipulated emergency drill proved futile. Subsequently, on emergency selection, the nose and port wheels lowered, but the starboard wheel continued to remain up. At .this stage, the Navigation Attack System of the aircraft failed, resulting in loss of head up display attitude indication, followed by cockpit misting. The undercarriage emergency warranted an ejection by the pilot. Fit Lt Sur, however, chose to attempt alternate methods to save a valuable aircraft. He increased speed and subjected the aircraft to high 'g' forces. Initial attempts proved unsuccessful. However he persisted with his efforts and finally his perseverance paid off. The undercarriage *D' door that had jammed was prised open due to sustained 'g' forces, and the starboard undercarriage also came down. The aircraft was recovered uneventfully thereafter. Faced with multiple critical emergencies by night, in a single pilot aircraft, this young officer with limited experience displayed extraordinary courage and presence of mind to recover his aircraft from a grave situation, when ejection seemed inevitable. Subjecting the aircraft to high 'g' forces at night could have led to disorientation and loss of control. For this act of exceptional courage, presence of mind in handling critical multiple emergencies, and recovering a valuable aircraft under extremely difficult conditions, the Hon'ble President is please to award Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Flight Lieutenant Anindo Sur.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 29th June 2002 - No.118-Pres/2002 dated 26th January 2002 & AFD 2002 Investiture Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Fg Offr Sachin Mehta 25658 F(P)Unit : No.15 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 02
Details : Flying (Pilot) Flying Officer Sachin Mehta (25658) F (P), is on the posted strength of a MiG 21 Squadron from 01 Jul 2000. .On 26 Jan 01, an earthquake at Bhuj razed many buildings to the ground. Fg Offr Mehta volunteered to carry out rescue work In an area outside the AF Station. Using only the most basic rescue equipment and displaying immense courage and presence of mind, he worked day and night for the first 72 hours to rescue no less than six survivors. Using the implements available Ingeniously and with imagination, he was able to reach some survivors even deep inside the rubble. With his 'never say die' attitude, he motivated other officers and airmen working with him into putting in their best even at great personal risk. Even as chances of finding people alive receded after the fourth day, Fg Offr Mehta continued to work zealously towards extrication of dead, their identification and performance of last rites. For demonstrating superlative courage in the face of a natural disaster and for his untiring rescue efforts, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Flying Officer Sachin Mehta.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 29th June 2002 - No.118-Pres/2002 dated 26th January 2002 & AFD 2002 Investiture Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Ashutosh Chaturvedi 18635 ADMUnit : AFS Awantipur  Award Date 22 Oct 01 Announced 15 Aug 02
Details :

Squadron Leader Ashutosh Chaturvedi (18635) Adm/FC is on the posted strength of Air Force Station, Awantipora since 22 Feb 2000. The officer is NSG trained and has been performing the duties and responsibilities of Station Security Officer, O i/c QRT.

On 22 Oct 2001, at 1330 hrs, four Pakistani terrorists belonging to Laskar-e-Toiba, who were armed, attacked the main gate of the Air Force Station, Awantipora. Their aim was to gain access inside the Air Force Station and create havoc by destroying Aircraft, Missile Complexes and to create panic amongst personnel and their families. The terrorists were armed with AK-47 assault rifles and high explosive hand grenades.

On being informed about this attack, Sqn Ldr Chaturvedi immediately swung into action and alerted all the concerned personnel including QRT and reached the site instantly. He positioned himself strategically at the right flank and moved towards the main gate amidst heavy fire and explosions to control the situation. He directed the fire power at the required places and also initiated the necessary action for securing help from BSF and Army for strengthening the security and cordoning off the area for further security. At the very risk of his own life, he relentlessly continued to direct the firepower and guide the people in action on to the terrorists till all of them were killed. Had the terrorists gained access inside the station, it would have been catastrophic for the Air Base. For planning, training, directing and taking active part in an anti terrorist action that was so sudden and unforeseen, Sqn Ldr Chaturvedi displayed exceptional courage and acted in the best traditions of the Air Warriors of the Indian Air Force. For this act of exceptional courage, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Seva Medal' (Gallantry) to Squadron Leader Ashutosh Chaturvedi.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 16th November 2002 - No.145-Pres/2002 dated 15th August 2002 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Cpl Bhushan Kumar Prashar 735702 ORUnit : No.2214 Squadron  Award Date 22 Oct 01 Announced 15 Aug 02
Details :

735702 Corporal Bhushan Kumar Prashar IAF/P is on the posted strength of Air Force Station, Awantipora since 06 Aug 2001.

On 22 Oct 2001, at 1330 hrs. four Pakistani terrorist belonging to Laskar-e-Toiba who were heavily armed, attacked the main gate of Air Force Station, Awantipora. Their aim was to gain access inside the Air Force Station and create havoc by destroying Aircraft, Missile Complexes and to create panic amongst personnel and families. The terrorists were armed with AK-47 rifles and high explosive hand grenades.

At that time of attack, Cpl Prashar was on duty as Desk NCO i/c at the Main Guard Room. On hearing the attack at the Main Guard Room he immediately informed all concerned through wireless. He took a strategic position just outside the Main Guard Room and crawled upto BSF LMG post and opened fire towards the terrorists. He continued to direct the others around the post to fire towards the terrorists and displayed a high degree of professional maturity in the whole operation. He held on the post till the time of the enemy was eliminated and neutralized. Had the terrorists gained access inside the station it would have been catastrophic for the Air Base. But for this act of bravery and devotion to duty, this stupendous work would not have been a success. Cpl Prashar displayed exceptional courage and acted in the best traditions of the Air Warriors of the Indian Air Force.

For displaying conspicuous valour and risking his life while eliminating the terrorists, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Seva Medal' (Gallantry) to 735702 Corporal Bhushan Kumar Prashar.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 16th November 2002 - No.145-Pres/2002 dated 15th August 2002 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Nk Reji Polackel Thankappan DSC10 290225 ORUnit : AFS Awantipur  Award Date 22 Oct 01 Announced 15 Aug 02
Details :

10290225 Naik Reji Polackel Thankappan DSC is on posted strength of Air Force Station, Awantipora since 13 Oct 2001.

On 22 Oct 2001, at 1330 hrs. four Pakistani terrorist belonging to Laskar-e-Toiba who were heavily armed, attacked the main gate of Air Force Station, Awantipora. Their aim was to gain access inside the Air Force Station and create havoc by destroying Aircraft, Missile Complexes and to create panic amongst personnel and families. The terrorists were armed with AK-47 rifles and high explosive hand grenades.

Naik Thankappan was performing the duties of Guard Commander at the Main Guard Room. He reacted to hostile attack spontaneously and alerted the DSC guards for taking offensive action. He reached the LMG post and directed heavy firepower towards the terrorists. He guided the direction of firepower of his jawans for neutralizing the enemy power at the very risk to his own life. He displayed a keen sense of supervision of his men and showed exceptional courage at the scene of action. Had the terrorists gained access inside the station it would have been catastrophic for the Air Base. In an attack that was so sudden and unforeseen, Naik Thankappan showed considerable foresight and bravery in the entire episode of the battle against the terrorists.

For this act of exceptional courage, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Seva Medal' (Gallantry) to Naik Reji Polackel Thankappan.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 16th November 2002 - No.145-Pres/2002 dated 15th August 2002 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Nk Jhagru Ram DSC 10 388580 ORUnit : AFS Awantipur  Award Date 22 Oct 01 Announced 15 Aug 02
Details :

10388589 Naik Jhagru Ram DSC is on the posted strength of Air Force Station, Awantipora since 19 Mar 2000.

On 22 Oct 2001, at 1330 hrs four Pakistani terrorist belonging to Laskar-e-Toiba who were heavily armed, attacked the main gate of Air Force Station, Awantipora. Their aim was to gain access inside the Air Force Station and create havoc by destroying Aircraft, Missile Complexes and to create panic amongst personnel and families. The terrorists were armed with AK-47 rifles and high explosive hand grenades.

Naik Jhagru Ram was on duty SLR DSC post at the right side of Main Guard Room. Amidst heavy hostile firing, he positioned himself strategically on the right flank and directed the firepower towards the terrorists. He was close to the enemy fire but unmindful of the risk to his life, he incessantly directed his firing and held on to his post very courageously till all the terrorists were killed. Had the terrorists gained access inside the station it would have been catastrophic for the station. Naik Jhagru Ram displayed a high degree of soldierly professionalism and maturity in combating the terrorists.

For this act of exceptional courage and bravery, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Seva Medal' (Gallantry) to Naik Jhagru Ram.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 16th November 2002 - No.145-Pres/2002 dated 15th August 2002 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sep Ganga Singh DSC 1 450795 ORUnit : AFS Awantipur  Award Date 22 Oct 01 Announced 15 Aug 02
Details :

1450795 Sepoy Ganga Singh DSC is on the posted strength of Air Force Station, Awantipora since 15 Mar 2000.

On 22 Oct 2001, at 1330 hrs. four Pakistani terrorist belonging to Laskar-e-Toiba who were heavily armed, attacked the main gate of Air Force Station, Awantipora. Their aim was to gain access inside the Air Force Station and create havoc by destroying Aircraft, Missile Complexes and to create panic amongst personnel and families. The terrorists were armed with AK-47 rifles and high explosive hand grenades.

At the time of attack, Sep Ganga Ram was the resting guard at the DSC post situated on the right flank of the Main Guard Room. He reacted to the situation in a soldierly manner and alerted the other resting guard while taking position at the SLR simultaneously. He directed the fire power at the third terrorist whom he could sight from his post. He relentlessly continued to direct the firepower and guide the people available at the right flank giving them direction for intensifying the firing till the time he realized that all the terrorists were killed. He displayed exemplary foresight in perceiving the threat to the base as he was the soldier providing direction to the firepower required to kill the terrorist. Had the terrorists gained access inside the station it would have been catastrophic for the Air Base. Sep Ganga Singh displayed exceptional bravery, exemplary courage and foresight during the action against the terrorists.

For displaying conspicuous valour and risking his life while eliminating the terrorists, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' (Gallantry) to Sepoy Ganga Singh.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 16th November 2002 - No.145-Pres/2002 dated 15th August 2002 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Arun Kumar Khanna 10401 AE(L)Unit : AHQ  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
Details :

Air Commodore Arun Kumar Khanna (10401) AE (L) is on the posted strength of Air HQs (Vayu Bhavan) since 01 Aug 2000. Though posted against the vacancy of Joint Director (Radar), he was assigned the additional responsibility of Joint Director (Communication) from the day of his arrival, in the absence of the permanent incumbent of this appointment.

With his positive attitude and unflinching sincerity coupled with vast experience of thirty three years of service, Air Cmde Khanna has served with distinction in various staff and field appointments. Particularly notable appointments have been as Command Systems Officer of South Western Air Command and Station Commander of 815 SU AF, where he successfully undertook and resolved many vital maintenance issues of the Air Defence Ground Environment Systems.

One of his main achievements has been the efficient and timely completion of major overhaul of one of the most important Air Defence radar of the IAF. But for his close monitoring and continuous guidance to the overhaul team, the successful completion of the job, despite many difficulties, would have been an uphill task. The policy initiative for storage of the non-ops TRS radar of Suratgarh and PSM radar of Bareilly and subsequent follow up for procurement of the receiver and antenna for these radars was efficiently executed. Through his constant and effective liaison, the long outstanding issue of handing over of Indra II radars to the IAF, picked up momentum, and all but two radars have already been received after proper ATP checks.

In the field of communication also, he resolved the problem of deficiency of Satellite communication (SATCOM) spares. The maintenance philosophy of all new induction of communication systems was extremely well drafted and issued by him. His involvement in resolving day to day maintenance issues of radar, communication, power and air conditioning systems has ensured a high state of serviceability in the entire Air Force. His close liaison with BE (GAD), ECIL and other vendors has resulted in better product support from these organisations.

For a distinguished service of high order, sincerity and positive attitude, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Arun Kumar Khanna.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2002 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Shankarayya Gurupadayya Alimatti 11912 AE(L)Unit : AHQ  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
Details :

Air Commodore Shankaryya Gurupadayya Allimati (11912) AE (L) is on the posted strength of Air HQ (Vayu Bhavan) from 26 Apr 1999 and has been functioning as Joint Director Signals (Air) under the Vice Chief of the Air Staff branch.

In his career of over 30 years he has held various important assignments connected with aircraft maintenance, missiles and communication at the field, Command and Air Headquarters level. With keen perception, insight and application, the officer has been effective and successful at both execution of projects and task at unit and command level and also in formulating futuristic macro level communication policies and infrastructure for strategic/tactical command and control.

During the present tenure at Air Headquarters, the officer has been one of the main team members and architect in planning/approval for following: a. Communicaiton needs of the IAF for next 15-20 years, inclusive of requirement for Integrated Air Command and Control System (IACCS) and revised Air Defence Ground Environment System plan. b. Planning and progressing the implementa-tion of DoT network upgrade. c. Formulating the Inter Services framework of Air Defence communication (JSSG 2000). d. Disaster Management Communication, during natural calamities for aid to civil power.

For a distinguished service of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Shankarayya Gurupadayya Allimati.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2002 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Vipin Kumar 11950 LGSUnit : Maintenance Command  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
Details :

Air Commodore Vipin Kumar (11950) Lgs was commissioned on 28 Jun 69 in the logistics branch of the Indian Air Force. In 32 years of distinguished service, he has held important command and staff appointments that include Chief Logistic Officer and Officer Commanding of an Air Stores Park. He is a graduate of College of Defence Management. For work of a very high order Chief of Air Staff in 1987 and Air Officer Commandingin-Chief Maintenance Command commended him in 1977 and 1979.

Air Cmde Vipin Kumar was posted to Headquarters Maintenance Command since 22 Mar 1999. As Senior Logistics Management Officer, he showed deep application and involvement in the continuous availability of all clothing items and streamlined provisioning methods to achieve it. This not only resulted in greater user satisfaction but also heavy savings in procurements. He was also closely associated in the formulation and implementation of plans for faster movement of all specialist vehicles by road trailers from/to operational units, which resulted in cutting down of transportation time and increased availability of these vehicles at repair depots and operating units. Similarly, he immensely contributed in streamlining procedures for budgetary booking and management of funds, ensuring near zero unserviceabilities for want of specialist vehicle spares, quick disposal of unwanted surplus stores etc.

Air Cmde Vipin Kumar is highly committed, dedicated and positive looking officer. He carries out the tasks in a systematic and methodical manner with clear foresight and correct planning in anticipating work needs and utilisation of resources coupled with exceptional professional and managerial capabilities.

For his professional excellence, dedication, leadership and distinguished service of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Vipin Kumar.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2002 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Arvind Jeet Singh Walia 12155 ADMUnit : AHQ  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
Details :

Air Commodore Arvind Jeet Singh Walia (12155) Adm has been on the posted strength of Air Headquarters since 04 Jan 2000 and is functioning as Director of Organisation. During his chequered career of more than 31 years he has held various important appointments like Commanding Officer of a Mobile Radar unit, Chief Administrative Officer of three major Air Force Stations, performing sensitive charter of duties.

He is a versatile and innovative Administrative Officer who has constantly exhibited a very high degree of professionalism and administrative acumen throughout his career. During his tenure as Chief Administrative Officer at Tezpur and Guwahati, the Stations were adjudged as "Best in Administration" under HQ Eastern Air Command. He was adjudged as the "Best Chief Administrative Officer" of the Eastern Air Command in 199495. For his professional ability and distinguished services as Administrative Officer par excellence, twice the Chief of the Air Staff has commended him, in 1980 and 1990.

Air Cmde Walia, with his in-depth knowledge and ingenuity ensured that service functions, particularly Colour Presentations/ Standards by Rashtrapati and Air Force Day cum Investiture Parade were conducted in a most befitting manner. He displayed all-round involvement in Air Force activities related to national functions like Independence Day, Republic Day and Vijay Diwas. His exceptional organisational abilities were exhibited when he handled inter services ceremonial commitments reflecting his tremendous capability to respond to very difficult situations with no room for error.

For his sustained hard work, unflinching devotion to duty, and distinguished service of very high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Arvind Jeet Singh Walia.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2002 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Ujagar Singh 12476 AE(L)Unit : 7 Base Repair Depot  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
Details :

Air Commodore Ujagar Singh (12476) AE (L) was commissioned on 05 Dec 70 in the Engineering Branch of IAF. In his 30 years of distinguished service he was given several important appointments and commands viz. Senior Technical Officer of Pechora Missile Squadron, Command Guided Weapon Maintenance Officer, Commanding Officer of Guided Weapon Training Institute, Senior Engineer (Aircraft) of a Fighter Station, Chief Instructor (Technical) at College of Air Warfare and Commanding Officer of Ground Crew Examination Board. He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College.

As the Senior Technical Officer of Missile Squadron, he incorporated certain modifications in Missile Guidance Radar, which enhanced its operational capability. During his appointment as Command Guided Weapons Maintenance Officer he very thoughtfully worked out several new procedures that improved the Serviceability State of operational units. For his distinguished service, the Chief of the Air Staff commended him in 1990.

In Sep 99, Air Commodore Ujagar Singh took over the command of a Base Repair Depot. He quickly identified the areas needing impetus, and with his foresight and intelligent planning, guided the Depot in the desired direction. In the years 1999-2000 and 2000-2001, the Base Repair Depot not only met the deadlines and completed the allotted task but well surpassed it.

He successfully indigenised the power unit (AD-20) of ST-68 Air Defence Radar. With his perseverance it was possible to indigenise a host of components of Russian origin. Thus, not only Serviceability State of operational units is maintained but valuable foreign exchange is also saved.

He boosted the morale of the Station personnel and kept them well motivated. Various welfare ventures of the Station were considerably improved upon. His Station won the awards for the best Station Medicare Centre of Maintenance Command, IAF in the year 1999 and again as the best in IAF in 2000.

For distinguished service of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Ujagar Singh.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2002 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Sajjad Rahim 13031 AE(M)Unit : Air Force Academy  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
Details :

Group Captain Sajjad Rahim (13031) AE (M) was commissioned as an Engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) Branch on 17 Jan 72. He has held the appointments of Flight Engineer Leader, Officer Commanding, Director at Air HQ and Chief Engineering Officer, Air Force Academy. He is a graduate from Defence Services Staff College, a postgraduate in Aerospace Engineering from IIT, and holds Master Degree in Business Administration. During his tenure as JD/Director, Armament & Safety Equipment, he evolved a concept and methodology to rejuvenate life expired bombs by opening up the bomb body, removing the life expired charge and replacing it with advanced High Explosive charge. The recycling of the 3200 old bombs held the potential of saving of Rs 30 crore initially at the rate of Rs 95,000 per bomb. This has now become a regular practice. As Chief Engineering Officer at Air Force Academy, since 09 Nov 98, by dedication, hard work and professionalism he changed the work culture and made the organisation more focussed. His skillful management resulted in improvement of Kiran fleet average serviceability from 59% in 1998 to 83% in 2000. The corresponding figures for HPT-32 aircraft were 69% and 85%. 100% serviceability was achieved on Kiran and HPT-32 fleets on 39 and 59 occasions respectively. The sustenance of high serviceability resulted in smooth conduct of annual flying training task of 5,500 hours for Kiran and 11,500 hours for HPT-32. During his stewardship 48 Kiran and 56 HPT-32 aircraft were recovered from prolonged non-availability. The non- availability of critical components like cooling Air pack and Artificial Horizon for Kiran was overcome by putting in place a system for transferring the components between flying aircraft, thus improving aircraft availability. In addition, the serviceability of systems such as Radiotelephony, Arrester barrier, Telephone exchange, etc was maintained over 99%. By tactful liaison with DoT, the Ultra High Frequency linked telephone circuit was changed over to optical fibre cable, without any breakdown of communication links, leading to a saving of Rs Two lakhs annually.

For his dynamic leadership, professional dedication and distinguished services of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Sajjad Rahim.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2002 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Jagjit Singh Gandyok 13216 ADMUnit : 5 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Group Captain Jagjit Singh Gandyok (13216) Adm was commissioned as an Administrative Officer on 30 Dec 72. An air traffic controller of high calibre, he achieved the highest category for professional competence, Category 'A', as a young Flight Lieutenant. Thereafter, he held various prestigious appointments with distinction, including Senior Air Traffic Control Officer, Commanding Officer of an Air Traffic Radar Unit and Joint Director Personnel (Airmen) at Air HQ.

As Joint Director, Gp Capt Gandyok rationalised the manning level of Airmen and Non Combatants (Enrolled), and undertook the revision of all key Air Force Orders and Instructions pertaining to airmen. He also streamlined the selection procedure for enrolling airmen in the Air Force, which resulted in better quality of the individuals joining the service.

Gp Capt Gandyok has been on the posted strength of Air Force Station Kalaikunda as Chief Administrative Officer with effect from 10 Apr 2000. This station has peculiar problems that include maintenance of old buildings, vigorous monsoons, extensive growth of wild vegetation and shortage of electricity, thereby causing considerable hardship to the service personnel. Gp Capt Gandyok, by his personal involvement, dedication and hard work was instrumental in initiating concrete steps for solution of these problems. Besides, his personal liaison with Defence Estate Officer and District Forest Officer ensured that the Board of Officers for creating a Flight Safety Zone by removal of wild vegetation within the Air Force station was completed quickly. This would go a long way in enhancing Flight Safety by providing a bird free environment for reducing aircraft accidents. In addition, his excellent managerial skills ensured optimum utilisation of the funds allocated for maintenance activities, which directly contributed in enhancing quality of life for the personnel of the base.

For distinguished service of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Jagjit Singh Gandyok.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2002 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Gudipudi Rajendra Prasad 13236 ADMUnit : 4 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Group Captain Gudipudi Rajendra Prasad (13236) Adm was commissioned in the Administrative branch in 1972. During his career spanning 28 years, he held diverse appointments which included the posts of Senior/Chief Administrative Officer at Missile, Fighter and Transport bases, instructional assignment at the Air Force Academy, National Defence Academy and security related assignments as Assistant Provost Marshal at Srinagar and Jamnagar respectively. He has also been posted on staff assignments at Air Headquarters, Air Force Record Office and Headquarters Air Officer Commanding J & K Area. An alumni of National Defence Academy and Defence Services Staff College Wellington, Gp Capt Prasad was commended by the Chief of Air Staff and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Air Command, in 1990 and 1989 respectively, for devotion to duty.

As Chief Administrative Officer at Air Force Station Agra he has worked with dedication and perseverance in bringing about significant improvement in all facets of administration. His untiring efforts resulted in significant improvement in the state of electricity and water supply, condition of buildings, roads, streetlights, Electrical and Mechanical services and infrastructure have also shown a marked qualitative improvement. He succeeded in clearance of the flight safety zone to the extent of 500 acres, in a very short span of time. His other achievements include the introduction of steam cooking in cook -houses, renovation of Airmen's Messes and toilets, optimum management of non-public funds and beautification of the camp area. Through his perseverance, he succeeded in ensuring approval of major projects by Air Headquarters to bring about qualitative improvement in the infrastructures at the Station. This indefatigable officer has demonstrated an exceptional capacity to work methodically under conditions of severe crises and stress and produced a high quality of output. His managerial and inter-personal skills are of a very high order. His untiring efforts have contributed towards Air Force Station Agra being adjudged the best administered and most improved Station of Central Air Command during the year 2000.

For his sincerity, firm allegiance to service objective and distinguished service of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Gudipudi Rajendra Prasad.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2002 Number: 

The Awards Database presented here was made possible by the kind generosity of Air Marshal Bharat Kumar, author of Courage & Devotion to Duty : A Chronicle of IAF's Honours and Awards (1932-2008). Air Marshal Bharat Kumar had very graciously given permission to reproduce the citations from the book on this website.
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