Awards for the year 2010


A total of 67 Awards are listed.
Param Vishist Seva Medal : 6 | Ati Vishist Seva Medal : 12 | Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) : 22 | Vishist Seva Medal : 27 |
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Keshava Murthy Rama Sundara 12833 AELUnit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Venkatraman Ramamurthy Iyer 12939 F(P)Unit : Training Command  Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Tejbir Singh Randhawa 12947 F(P)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Norman Anil Kumar Browne 13129 F(P)Unit : WC  Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Jyoti Narayan Burma 13219 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Pramod Vasant Athawale 13472 AELUnit : Maintenance Command  Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Jalbir Singh Boparai 13108 LGSUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Salem Sunder Ram Gunashekar 13487 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Dinesh Mukundan 13508 ADMUnit : Training Command  Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Simhakutty Varthaman 13606 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Joseph Neri 13711 AELUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Priya Ranjan Sharma 13927 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Puran Chand Grover 14400 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Anil Kumar Behl 14446 MEDUnit : Training Command  Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Ramesh Goyal 14567 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Kulwant Singh Gill 15220 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
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Air Cmde Ajit Shankarrao Bhonsle 15327 F(N)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
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Air Cmde Sreedhara Panicker Radha Krishnan Nair 16040 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
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Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg Cdr Ajay Koul 19960 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Wing Commander Ajay Koul (19960) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of Air Force Station Jaisalmer since 12 May 2008. On 26 March 2009, he authorised himself to fly a bird reconnaissance and handling sortie on Streak Shadow Microlight aircraft (ac). The sortie was uneventful till 1751 hours. He was flying at 1000 feet Above Ground Level (AGL) and holding about seven kilometers from the airfield, for recovery of fighters. While flying he sensed a sudden increase in the engine vibrations. He immediately reduced throttle setting and commenced a turn towards the base. The vibration reduced as he brought down the engine revolutions per minute (RPM) to 2000, he put the ac in a glide and looked around for a force landing field should the contingency arise. On ensuring engine parameters were within limits, he smoothly opened throttle till 3500 RPM. At this stage there was a loud thud and the engine failed. The height at this stage was inadequate to make an approach and landing for runway. He analysed the situation quickly and planned for a forced landing. Despite being distracted by another loud banging noise from the engine, he retained his composure and identified a relatively safe field clear of habitation, trees and poles for landing. He landed the aircraft (ac) on flat but rocky terrain and controlled the aircraft skillfully after landing and ensured that there was minimum damage to the ac, no injury to himself or any loss of life or property to civil population. He thereafter contacted the Air Traffic Services and helped to guide the Search and Rescue helicopter to the accident site. Wing Commander Ajay Koul has been a professional and keen fighter pilot with 2377 Hrs of incident/accident free flying on MiG 21/27 ac throughout. His presence of mind and prompt analysis of the emergency is indeed praiseworthy. At the height of 1000 ft AGL, a pilot in a situation of engine failure has very little time to react. The ac with an engine failure loses height very rapidly. His gallant action not only saved a valuable ac but many lives, had the ac crashed in a habited area. There have been very few successful force landings with a failed engine in the past. For this act of exceptional gallantry, exceptional flying skills, quick and correct decision making while handling a complex emergency in the air in saving a valuable aircraft without any damage to civil or service property, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)' to Wing Commander Ajay Koul.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg Cdr Riju Kochhar 22975 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Wing Commander Riju Kochhar (22975) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of an AN-32 Squadron since 01 Oct 2007. He has over 3000 Hrs of flying experience on AN-32 aircraft and holds CAT/IR 'BG' (Category 'B' Green). On 2006 November 2008, he was authorised as captain of a Transport Support Role mission from Chandigarh to Leh with 38 passengers. At an altitude of 25,000 feet, about 80 nautical miles from base, the "CHECK DOOR" caution came on. He promptly investigated the abnormality with the help of his Flight Engineer. Moments later, a loud bang was heard which was followed by misting in the cockpit. Wg Cdr Kochhar with rare display of quick reflexes immediately recognised the emergency correctly as rapid decompression. As the misting cleared, the cargo door was observed to be hanging from the port side, posing grave danger to the passengers and crew. Displaying exceptional situational awareness and professional courage, Wg Cdr Kochhar controlled the aircraft and turned towards base, gave a 'MAYDAY' call and commenced emergency descent amidst high terrain. He flew the aircraft with the ramp partially open for over 45 minutes and carried out a safe landing at Chandigarh. As he touched down on the runway, the ramp was observed to be hanging precariously a few inches above the runway. There was a possibility of ramp scraping the runway and the likelihood of aircraft going of the runway during landing. With his analytical approach and skillful handling, Wg Cdr Kochhar ensured that the aircraft did not suffer a landing accident. Wg Cdr Kochhar handled an unprecedented and grave and emergency reacted in a calm and composed manner and with single minded purpose. His leadership qualities were at display in utilising all crew members in recovering the aircraft safely. His prompt action, professional courage and presence of mind saved a precious aircraft as well as 42 invaluable lives thereby averting a serious accident. For this act of exceptional courage, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)' to Wing Commander Riju Kochhar.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Anoop Singh 26716 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Squadron Leader Anoop Singh (26716) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of a Jaguar Squadron since 25 Jan 2007. On 19 March 2009 he was authorised to fly a live armament sortie over Pokhran range. The sortie was uneventful till recovery. During recovery he carried out a Ground Controlled Approach (GCA) and took over for a visual approach and landing at five km from Runway. At 200 ft on approach, he heard a thud on the left side. When he glanced inside, he noticed port engine Turbine Gas Temperature exceeding the operating limits and felt the engine thrust reducing. Deviation from flight path and increase in Angle of Attack (AOA) at this stage could have aggravated the situation. Prompt actions on part of the pilot of engaging max reheat on both engines and correct attitude change, kept angle of attack under control and a safe landing was executed. Post flight analysis on the ground indicated an extensive damage to the port engine. Further, Accident Data Recorder (ADR) and Digital Video Recording System (DVRS) analysis brought out immediate loss of thrust, under surge conditions. The analysis revealed quick and accurate actions on part of the pilot which led to aversion of a potentially dangerous situation. Considering the aircraft emergency which occurred at a critical phase of flight wherein split second decision making was absolutely necessary, the actions from Sqn Ldr A Singh were most gallant and professional. The cascading effect of the emergency would have left him no other choice but to eject, if the actions were delayed. These timely actions by him resulted in saving a valuable aircraft. Also critical post flight analysis could be undertaken since the ac was recovered to ascertain the cause of surge. Due to this analysis such accident could be avoided in the future. For the act of exceptional gallantry, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)' to Squadron Leader Anoop Singh.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Sanjeev Wasudevrao Gosewade 16816 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Group Captain Sanjeev Wasudevrao Gosewade (16816) Flying (Pilot)was commissioned in the Flying Branch on 04 Jun 82. During his 26 years of distinguished service he has held the challenging appointments of FIt Cdr of a VIP Transport Sqn, CO of a frontline Air Defence Combat Sqn, President Air Force Selection Board (AFSB) and Directing Staff at DSSC. He is presently commanding a Strategic Air lift Sqn since 03 Sep 07. An accomplished professional, he has participated in numerous operational exercises and has brought laurels to the IAF In the year 1993 he flew various missions successfully in the war torn Somalia with VIPs of three Services on board. As FIt Cdr of a VVIP Sqn he has demonstrated exceptional professionalism and meticulousness while flying the VIPs and VVIPs of India and foreign countries. As a Commanding Officer of an IL-76 Sqn he has been instrumental in improving the Category State, operational status of aircrew and aircraft serviceability which in turn has helped the Sqn completing all the assigned operational tasks in the most befitting manner. Under his Command the Sqn has brought laurels to the country and IAF by undertaking numerous humanitarian relief missions in China, Myanmar and Bangladesh which has also earned the appreciation from VCAS. Leading from the front he has flawlessly executed the first. ever Indian Army deployment to China in Ex Hand-in Hand. His initiative and innovative ideas helped the Station Officers' Mess to achieve higher qualitative standards. His inspiring leadership, faith in subordinates and motivation has brought all round growth and achievement for the Sqn despite various constraints while operating from Nagpur. Under his Command the Sqn has been awarded the prestigious CAS Citation in Oct 08. In the recent Ex Red Flag 08, he led the participating team of aircrew and maintenance crew and achieved brilliant success in the Ex. While leading the IL-76 in various missions during this Ex he along with his crew earned praise from all quarters including ACAS (Ops) and PO (Ops T&H) for its professional skills and superior performance. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Group Captain Sanjeev Wasudevrao Gosewade.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Joseph Xavier Israel 17167 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Group Captain Joseph Xavier Israel (17167) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a transport pilot in the Flying Branch on 28 May 1983. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI) on IL-76, AN-32 , HS-748 and HPT-32 aircraft with more than 8000 hrs of flying which includes 2600 instructional hours. He holds 'Master Green' on IL-76 and AN-32 aircraft and is fully operational on all roles of both the types. An alumnus of Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), he took over Command of one of the most important airlift Squadron on 16 Jul 2007. As Flight Commander of a strategic airlift squadron, he was directly involved in moving the squadron to a new location. With adverse conditions and limited resources, he inspired his subordinates to deliver exceptional results, winning the "Best Transport Squadron" of IAF in 2003-04. His contribution to the safe conduct of the ferry of six fighter aircraft across the globe and back, as the captain of the lead aircraft during Exercise Cooperative Cope Thunder, was exemplary. Subsequently, as Ops IIA at Headquarter Western Air Command he supervised and ensured efficient and smooth operations of transport aircraft in that Command. As Commanding Officer of a Squadron equipped with IL-76 and AN-32 aircraft, and over 400 personnel, he has ensured a cordial atmosphere with high level of motivation and professional standards. The squadron was awarded the "Best Transport Squadron" in WAC 'in 2007-08. Under his command, the squadron has set impeccable standards in achievement of allotted task, be it air maintenance or short notice launch of aircraft during national/ international crisis, in a timely and efficient manner. Gp Capt JX Israel has a humane approach which has won him the confidence and respect of his peers and subordinates. As Commanding Officer, he has streamlined all administrative, operational, maintenance and welfare activities of the unit, thereby increasing productivity and efficiency. Leading by example, he has set high standards and goals for his subordinates to follow. For his exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Group Captain Joseph Xavier Israel.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Manish Khanna 18554 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Group Captain Manish Khanna, (18554) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a fighter pilot in the Flying Branch on 06 Dec 86 and has been the Commanding Officer of the Aircrew Examining Board since 11 Feb 08. He is a highly accomplished professional and has earlier commanded a premier composite fighter squadron which had the unique distinction of operating the MiG-25 in the strategic reconnaissance as well as the MiG-21 in the electronic warfare role. He is a Category A Instructor with over 3500 hrs of accident free flying on the MiG-21, MiG-25, Mirage-2000, F-5, Kiran and HPT-32 ac. Under his leadership, the Board has taken on all its tasks displaying a high degree of professionalism and proactive response. In the last one year a total of 101 inspections were conducted. This included flying tests for 1862 aircrew and ground tests for over 2600. Meticulous preparation and planning ensured that all these inspections were conducted safely, efficiently and as per the stipulated guidelines. Two IRIE courses were also conducted during which 52 aircrew were trained to function as field examiners. AEB is also tasked to recommend short / long term measures to enhance the flying environment and provide regular feedback to commanders for assessing the professional competence and quality of training across the IAF. In this regard it is pertinent to note that the quality of comments and recommendations on all flying related matters were well researched and deliberated, indicating a high degree of commitment and involvement of the Commanding Officer and his team. Other than inspection tasks, Group Captain M Khanna also initiated measures for educating the field staff on key issues directly related to flying. Initiatives like the AEB website, e-data bank, module on Controlled Flight into Terrain (CFIT), civil Air Traffic Services (ATS)procedures and computer based testing were well conceptualised and executed. The officer's initiative in progressing the online testing project and the computerisation of records is also creditable and this has the potential to revolutionise the examining process in the IAF. The unit's involvement in tasks at the station level too is creditable. The officer's balanced, mature and integrated approach has been a source of confidence to his team, adding to their motivation and guiding them to meet future challenges. AEB has performed very well and has grown in a comprehensive manner which is a direct reflection of the quality of its leadership. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Group Captain Manish Khanna.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Shashank Misra 19175 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Wing Commander Shashank Misra (19175) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a Helicopter Pilot in the Flying branch on 19 Dec 87. A Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI) and Production Test Pilot with over 5000 hrs of flying on various types of helicopters, he was Joint Director (Plans) at Air Headquarters before taking over Command of the first Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Unit on 30 Jun 05. During his tenure as Commanding Officer, he was the leader of the Sarang Helicopter Display Team and flew as captain of the lead aircraft. The 'Sarang' display team upgraded from three to four aircraft and the unit flew more than 2700 hrs during his tenure. He led the -team at many important events and venues in India such as Air Force Day, Presidents Fleet Review, World Military Games and Passing Out Parades at various Military Academies. He also led the team at the prestigious Aero India 2005 and 2007, which had rave reviews and 'Sarang' got recognised as a world class Aerobatic Display Team. He led the Sarang team at Air shows in Malaysia in 2005 and at Berlin in 2009, where they were adjudged the best looking display team. He was instrumental in the first ferry of five ALH helicopters in Europe involving flying over the 'English Channel'. He led the unit at various venues in the United Kingdom to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Royal Air Force, which was much appreciated all over the world. Being the only QFI on ALH, he was involved in the conversion of 12 pilots posted to ALH units within a short period of six months. Despite the low spares availability and high maintenance requirements of the ALH fleet, his personal involvement ensured adequate availability of helicopters for displays as well as other tasks allotted to the Unit. He ensured that all displays were executed with professionalism without any compromise in the morale of the unit personnel. During DASI Inspection in Feb 08, the Unit was adjudged 'Above Average' in all spheres Operations, Maintenance and Administration. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Shashank Misra.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Ramesh Mishra 19402 ACCTUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Wing Commander Ramesh Mishra (19402) Accounts/Parachute Jump Instructor was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in the Accounts Branch on 11 Jun 88. He is on the posted strength of ADRDE, DRDO since 15 Jan 05, as the Chief Test Jumper. As a Parachute Jump Instructor since 1990 he has a total of 2485 live jumps from 16 variants of Aircrafts and Helicopters. He successfully carried out the trials of Combat Free Fall system from various altitudes and became the first person to jump from 30000 ft AGL with indigenous CFF system. The modifications incorporated after the trials led to the completion of the indigenous development of CFF System by ADRDE. The DRDO Rag was flown high in the sky with the jump of CFF system at AEROINDIA-2009, in front of the international community. This resulted in an indent for 825 CFF systems on the OPF, Kanpur from Army, Navy and Air Force. The international orders are also expected soon. Another elite project of ADRDE is CADS (Controlled Aerial Delivery System). In the beginning a great difficulty was faced in flying and inflation of this unmanned parachute system and Wg Cdr Mishra was requested to jump along with these unmanned systems from various heights. Knowing fully well that these parachutes can land far away from the desired impact point, he readily agreed to jump along with the system on various trials, videographed the system in mid air and briefed everyone on the behavior of the parachute. Based on his inputs the CADS Project team could develop the "Control Logic" for the CADS project. In fact the Director of another Lab, ADE Bangalore, Dr PS Krishnan, being highly impressed by the Logic recommended the development of the advanced versions with 1 ton & 3 ton loads. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Ramesh Mishra.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Hilal Ahmad Rather 19863 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Wing Commander Hilal Ahmad Rather (19863) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a fighter Pilot in the Flying branch on 17 Dec 88. He is on the posted strength of a frontline Squadron, since 26 Dec 2006 as the Commanding Officer of the unit. Wg Cdr Rather has led his unit from the front as a firm professional, flying nearly 500 sorties during his tenure, which encompassed all roles. During his tenure, the unit achieved 4500 hrs of accident free flying. The officer consistently adopts a very systematic, fair and-humane approach, which has improved the working culture, work environment and morale in the unit. Through outstanding level of involvement, Wg Cdr Rather is consistently striving to improve the system through simple and innovative solution to some perennial problems. Through his innovative approach, the officer proposed a simple Digital Video Recording and Debrief system for the Mirage- fleet. He locally fabricated a number of innovative, simple, inexpensive and effective alternatives Ground Support Equipment (GSE), which enhanced maintenance safety greatly. Displaying great intellectual approach, the officer proposed a simple ground check to prevent a serious engine emergency in air. Under his leadership, the unit became the first unit in the IAF to fully operationalise the Flight Line Maintenance ( FLM) concept and was chosen as a role model unit for FLM implementation. Wg Cdr Rather has always displayed highest personal professional standards and through his calm and intelligent handling, the officer recently, safely recovered a Mirage-2000 ac, with a third degree failure of the Electronic Flight Control System and retained all external loads in spite of a serious emergency. The officer also led his Sqn during the Indo-French Exercise Garuda-III and FPD at Pokhran during which he delivered three LGBs with pinpoint accuracy. Under his leadership the Squadron hosted the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations successfully, where his foresight, meticulous planning and execution were clearly evident. The officer always conducts himself in the most appropriate manner and commands great respect of all unit personnel. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Hilal Ahmad Rather.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Tejbir Singh 19958 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Wing Commander Tejbir Singh (19958) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a transport pilot in the Flying branch on 17 Dec 88. He is on the posted strength of Headquarter Maintenance Command Communication Flight (FCCF), AF wef 16 Oct 06 as the Commanding Officer of the unit. During his tenure, Wg Cdr Tejbir Singh has infused a new sense of dynamism and professionalism amongst the aircrew and the personnel of the unit that has enabled the unit to scale unprecedented heights. For his untiring efforts the unit flew over 2700 hrs of accident free flying during his tenure and maintained a record 87% serviceability, the highest in the fleet, despite the aging fleet constraints. During this period the unit achieved an enviable Cal/lR state with 70% aircrew holding a supervisory category, which is the best Cat state in the fleet. A distinct qualitative change was brought about in the unit by introducing several innovative programmes including ~ITI first snag analysis system' resulting in an empowered and a confident JITI air warrior. The spirit-de-corps and cohesiveness within the unit personnel is seen in every activity be it on tarmac or on the social front. Wg Cdr Tejbir Singh has led the unit on all fronts and has himself flown over 1000 hrs as Commanding Officer, and at the same time dedicated himself in marshalling all resources under him with dexterity. This is evident from the numerous tech innovations undertaken by the unit. Two of them, i.e. 'Aircraft Ground Cooling System' using a simple desert cooler and 'Mobile DSS Trolley' were totally his initiatives and have been emulated by other units. Wg Cdr Tejbir was a key organiser of successive mega events - The Nagpur Air shows' held in 2007 and 2008. These air shows were executed flawlessly with his personal involvement, remarkable liaison at all levels and close supervision. By his actions, the officer has fully and justifiably stood up to any responsibility assigned to him in his capacity as the Commanding Officer. Through his keen sense of purpose and dynamic leadership, Wg Cdr Tejbir Singh and his team of air warriors achieved many major milestones in all sphere of activities. The Air Force Wives Welfare Association (AFWWA) (Regional) Thrift Shop run by the unit was turned around and has earned an all-round praise, registered unprecedented 300% growth rate over last two years and adjudged the 'Best AFWWA Shop' for two consecutive years. Under his leadership, the unit was awarded 'BEST SUPPORT UNIT' trophy of Maintenance Command for the year 2008-09 for overall excellence in all spheres of operations. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Tejbir Singh.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr George Thomas 20118 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Wing Commander George Thomas (20118) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a fighter Pilot in the Flying branch on 14 Jun 1989. He was on the posted strength of a SU- 30MKI Squadron as the Commanding Officer from 09 Oct 2006 to 03 Nov 2008 till posted out to ADA, Banguluru. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor and a Test Pilot, and a graduate of the Joint Services Command and Staff College of the UK. Wing Commander Thomas faced several challenges soon after assuming command of the unit. The SU 30MKI Phase 1 ac on the unit strength were due for upgrade, and as a result serviceability was poor. Also, virtually all the aircrew supervisors were posted out within a short time, leaving a supervisory shortfall. With careful planning and meticulous execution, Wing Commander Thomas applied himself to the task at hand, and put into place a long term plan to build up both the ac availability and operational status of the Sqn. Due to runway repairs at base, the sqn was required to undertake a long detachment for nine months. Despite operating in an austere environment, the squadron participated in a record number of exercises and trials at the dett location. His foresight, attention to detail, and personal example were instrumental in ensuring that the unit induction, de-induction and operations at dett location were carried out in a flawless manner. The squadron was designated as the participating unit for Ex-Red Flag at Nellis, USA from Jul- Sep 08. This was the first ever participation by the IAF in Ex Red Flag, the first time a unit would be operating in an international exercise day and night and in two simultaneous roles, and the longest and largest ever overseas deployment by the SU 30MKl. Wing Commander Thomas showed exceptional understanding of the requirements, and closely channelised the planning and work up requirements to meet the IAF objectives. Considering the pathbreaking nature of the exercise, he needed to display extreme levels of initiative and insight to coordinate the planning aspects of operations, maintenance and administration to ensure that the aircrew and groundcrew are prepared in the best possible manner for the exercise. The sqn flew over 800 accident! incident free hours abroad in a span of two months and won accolades for outstanding performance in what was a very intensive exercise. The deployment and de-induction over a trail distance of close to 40,000 kilometers was flawless and showcased the IAF's global reach in the best possible manner. Wg Cdr Thomas has tirelessly continued to focus on enhancing the operational status of his unit while maintaining a blemish free safety record. In his two years in command he has led from the front and has flown over 550 hours. Throughout his tenure he has maintained morale of the unit at a very high level by inspiring leadership and personal example. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander George Thomas.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Mohonto Panging 20446 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Wing Commander Mohonto Panging (20446) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in the Flying Branch on 16 Dec 1989. The officer is a Fighter Strike Leader, Pilot Attack Instructor and a graduate of Defence Services Command and Staff College, Bangladesh. The officer is presently the Commanding Officer of a Su-30MKI squadron. The officer has over 3300 hrs of flying on fighter aircraft and is qualified on the Su-30MKI, Su-30K, Jaguar and Hunter aircraft. He was a founding member of both the first Su-30K and Su- 30MKI Squadrons (Sqn) in the IAF Since these aircraft were newly inducted in the IAF, most of the work for operationalising these highly potent aircraft had to be done by the initial core team of officers. Wing Commander Panging was instrumental in evolving and compiling Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), Combat Briefing Guides, Maritime SOP, Combat Employment Manual specific to Su-30MKI operations. His expertise was put to use in formulating tactics for new weapon systems including new tactics for employment of Beyond Visual Range missiles. During his tenure as the Flight Commander of a Su-30MKI squadron, the squadron was adjudged the best fighter squadron within South Western Air Command and also performed exceedingly well during the inspection visit by the Directorate of Air Staff Inspection. He has been commended by the Chief of Air Staff as well as by the Air Officer Commanding -in- Chief South Western Air Command, for his dedication to duty. As the Commanding Officer, he led the Sqn with utmost dedication and by setting personal examples to attain professional excellence. Under his command, the Sqn secured 100% marks in all the events participated during the inter squadron gunnery meet. The squadron for the first time successfully fired the anti-ship missile on a disused ship, scoring a direct hit. The squadron also carried out fighter operations by night for the first time in IAF from Car Nicobar airbase under very demanding conditions. Post 26/11, the Sqn was also deployed at forward bases and maintained high alert states for long periods. He is also a qualified low level aerobatics display pilot and is presently the Display Supervisor responsible for training new pilots. He has performed breathtaking displays at various venues in India and won accolades from dignitaries, both military and civilians. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Mohonto Panging.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Sanjai Chauhan 20466 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Wing Commander Sanjai Chauhan (20466) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as fighter pilot in the Flying Branch on 16 Dec 1989. He has been performing the duties of Commanding Officer of a Jaguar squadron since 16 Apr 2007. Wg Cdr Chauhan is a Test Pilot with OS grading, and a Qualified Flying Instructor with over 3400 hrs of flying experience. He has undergone Staff Course abroad. He has also served as an instructor in Air Force Test Pilots School. Under his stewardship, the sqn emerged Second Overall in "Best Fighter Sqn" in WAC in 2007 and 2008, with no HE accident. He has pursued flying task achievement with meticulous planning and foresight, and against monthly task of 235 hrs, the sqn averaged 236 hrs, with night flying of over 15%. Rapid strides have been made towards enhancing degree of op preparedness, with quality flying as a KRA, alongside under training Pilots enhancement of role oriented qualifications of Ops pilots. Under his dynamic leadership, the sqn has put up a display of demonstrated performance on numerous occasions. He led the sqn in two EX EKLAVYA, bagging the Overall championship on both occasions, with four team events in 2007 and three team events in 2008. On both occasions, he led from the front with personal example. In EX ACHOOKVMR with Army, the sqn put up a stellar performance over and above the required mandate by releasing three Laser Guided Bombs (LGB) with immaculate precision. On allotment of Laser Designating Pods (LOP), aircrew training and operationalisation was carried out in record time, and three LGBs were released by day as well as night using LOP with exceptional results during the heavy armament dett in Feb 09. Wg Cdr Chauhan led the fighter flypast on AF Day 07 and 08, and the professional execution was commended by SASO, WAC on both occasions. The sqn also achieved Hi Av and Av Plus assessment during Directorate of Air Staff Inspection and Aircrew Examining Board (AEB) inspection respectively. Wg Cdr Chauhan has ensured a steady improvement in ac serviceability. During his tenure, the Sqn achieved 100% serviceability on five occasions, with 96% serviceability during 21 days armament dett in Feb 09. The sqn has also achieved consistent improvement in discipline standards. He has made rapid strides in improvement in quality of life in the sqn with operationalisation of a modern Flight Complex, numerous works services towards improvement of existing infrastructure, and welfare measures to ensure high morale. Through a responsive administration, he has ensured creation of a working environment conducive to bringing out the best in each air warrior, and the sqn's superlative performance bears testimony to this. On a personal front, Wg Cdr Chauhan is a keen flier, logging almost 700 hrs in the current tenure, and has set high standards in marksmanship and physical fitness. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Sanjai Chauhan.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Rajat Mohan 20476 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Wing Commander Rajat Mohan (20476) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in Indian Air Force as a fighter pilot in Flying Branch on 16 Dec 1989. He is a combat strike leader. He has held the appointment of directing staff in Tactics and Combat Development Establishment (TACDE) during which he was a part of the Air Force contingent for an International exercise in France. He also planned, coordinated and executed the entire operations of Indo French exercise Garuda III held in Kalaikunda, West Bengal. He has been serving as the commanding officer of a MiG 27 Upgrade Squadron since April 2007. He successfully operationalised the MiG 27 Upgrade aircraft. His efforts were appreciated by all senior dignitaries as it has resulted in a substantial increase in the war waging potential of the IAF He was instrumental in detailed planning of work services for induction of Air Combat Maneuverable Instrumentation System (ACMl) from Israel. With innovative schemes he minimized the cost of work services by Rs 38 lakhs, Under his inspiring leadership the squadron participated in numerous domestic exercises and performed admirably. He used his experience and expertise to improve the training standards of the squadron. He laid greater emphasis on up-gradation and safety consciousness. He ensured nearly 4300 sorties/ 3550 hours of accident or incident free flying without sacrificing the quality of training. Wg Cdr Rajat Mohan's professional attitude, exceptional standards in weapon delivery and air combat skills motivated the squadron pilots to maximize their potential. This was proven in the 'Air armament firing competition' held in December 2008 where the squadron was adjudged the best overall squadron in marksmanship while competing with other modern fleets of IAF This remarkable achievement signifying the improved offensive capability of IAF would not have been possible without his outstanding leadership and professionalism. He initiated various welfare schemes and work services to the tune of Rs 46 lakhs for improvement of working environment for all air warriors and modernization of operational assets. For his exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Rajat Mohan.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Amit Verma 20480 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Wing Commander Amit Verma (20480) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a fighter pilot in the flying branch on 16 Dec 1989. He has served in MiG-21 squadrons and has over 3000 hours of flying to his credit. He is a Type Qualified Flying Instructor who has earlier held the appointment of Fit Cdr in Operational Conversion Unit (OCU) and is presently commanding MOFTU 'B' Sqn, On 13 Feb 2002, while captaining an instructional sortie on a MiG- 21 T-69B ac, he carried out an exemplary landing on the nose wheel with absolutely minimal damage, after its main under carriage had failed to lock down. In 2005 he was instrumental in activation of Lengpui and Imphal airfields by MiG-21 ac and for the planning and execution of Exercise Abhyas of Eastern Air Command (EAC). He has successfully undergone the 27th Air Staff Course in Bangladesh and has secured a DS rating. Upon his return he was initially tasked to function as the Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Air Force Station Bagdogra wherein working with exceptional zeal and motivation he ensured that Directorate of Air Staff Inspection (DASI) assessed operations of the base as Above Average. As a commanding officer he has maintained the highest personal standards of professionalism and conduct and has also motivated all ranks in the squadron to continually raise their level of performance. In 2007 the squadron successfully carried out operations from the international airport at Kolkata and with the Indian Navy in Goa. In 2008 under his command the squadron was selected as the best fighter squadron of EAC. All operational pilots of the squadron are qualified and current in all the envisaged roles and the pilots have repeatedly performed exceedingly well in the inspections by Aircrew Examining Board (AEB). Safety in maintenance practices of the squadron has prevented any accidents or incidents due to 'Human Error' in servicing and has also resulted in a high percentage of serviceability while flying the oldest fighter aircraft in the inventory of the lAF Wg Cdr Amit Verma has also displayed an exceptional degree of initiative, involvement and dedication in all spheres of activity in the station. He has specially been instrumental towards a total face lift of the play school at AF Stn Bagdogra, bringing it at par with the very best. For his exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Amit Verma.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Kuldip Singh Gill 20746 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Wing Commander Kuldip Singh Gill (20746) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in flying branch on 16 Jun 1990. He is commanding a Bison Squadron at Air Force Station Srinagar since 20 Aug 2007. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor and has over 2700 hrs of accident free flying. He has held the appointment of Flight Commander of a frontline Fighter Squadron and has participated in various national and international exercises. As a Commanding Officer, he has ensured that all pilots of the unit upgrade their qualifications and ratings commensurate with their experience and seniority. With his exemplary leadership and managerial skills, he is able to strike a perfect balance between task accomplishment, flight safety and welfare. His procedural discipline and active supervision ensured 'Nil' Human Error (Aircrew) incidents during 200S-09. In January 200S, the trials for the operations from the parallel taxi track (PTT) at Srinagar were carried out in a very professional manner and for the first time a fighter aircraft landed on PTT, thereby increasing the operational potential of this base. He was also tasked to check the feasibility of night operations from the Udhampur airfield. After a detailed study on the subject he carried out the first night landing by fighter aircraft at Udhampur airfield on 16 Oct 07. With sustained effort the squadron carried out 2900 Sorties/172S:00 hrs of flying in 2007- 09, which was not only accident free but IS % higher than previous years. His achievements as a Commanding Officer can be summed up by the fact that under his able guidance, the unit won the most coveted trophy of the 'Best Fighter Squadron in Western Air Command' for the year 200S. The officers' decision making, level of staff work, command and control are of a high order. He is always willing to take on any additional service commitment and accomplishes it with enthusiasm. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Kuldip Singh Gill.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Anand Mishra 23678 AELUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Wing Commander Anand Mishra (23678) Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an Engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) branch on 29 May 1995. He served as Engineering Officer in three frontline fighter Squadrons of the IAF. Thereafter, he graduated as Flight Test Engineer (ITE) (Avionics) after completing the 27th Flight Test Course at Air Force Test Pilots School, in May 2005. He is presently on the posted strength of Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment. Wg Cdr Mishra was entrusted with the task of undertaking the crucial third and final phase of the user evaluation trials on Su-30 MKIac in Jun 2005. The operational capability of the Su-30 MKI ac inducted into the IAF in three phases was to be realised and verified during these trials. It was an onerous and demanding task to ensure contractual compliance and op efficacy of the entire avionics suite of the aircraft. Further, due to his innovative flight test techniques, the operational potential of the Su-30 MKI radar was effectively established. His role in the flight evaluation ensured exceptional performance by the IAF contingent during Exercise Red Flag at USA. Wg Cdr Mishra is a sincere, diligent and dedicated air warrior. He displayed remarkable leadership, initiative and foresight to ensure meticulous planning and efficient execution of several system integration and user evaluation trials on the aircraft within the scheduled timeframes. He evolved several specific flight test techniques to critically evaluate the entire avionics suite for contractual compliance. During the trials, Wg Cdr Mishra displayed a very high degree of perseverance and tact to persuade the Chief Designer of the Sukhoi Design Bureau to accept the inadequacies in design of the various avionic systems in the aircraft and ensured implementation of corrective measures by the Original Equipment Manufacturer. The success of the trials can largely be attributed to the officer and was favourably commented upon even by the Russians. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Anand Mishra.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg Cdr Sagar Singh Rawat 22711 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 03 Sep 09 Announced 15 Aug 10
Details : Wing Commander Sagar Singh Rawat (22711) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of a Helicopter Unit since 16 Dec 07 and has been discharging the duties of Chief Flying Instructor. He is a Cat 'A helicopter pilot with more than 3800 h of accident/incident free flying till date. On 02 Sep 09 afternoon, the unit was tasked to launch a Search and Rescue (SAR)mission to locate the missing helicopter of Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, carrying the Chief Minister YS Rajashekhar Reddy. Wg Cdr SS Rawat was airborne within 25 minutes of the call, equipped with necessary SAR equipment and Search and Rescue Finder (SARRNO) onboard. On reaching the general area after flying for one and a half hours, Wg Cdr Rawat commenced his search operations. Realising that time was at a premium, a sequential search was commenced with meticulous marking and elimination. The absence of any response on the SARRND tilted the entire responsibility on Wg Cdr Rawat, to ensure a foolproof visual search in an area which was unfamiliar and the visibility was severely restricted by marginal weather conditions. Also the importance and criticality of the search mission had gathered enormous media attention and the capabilities of IAF were being watched by the entire nation. Not to be dispirited by the initial unsuccessful attempt, Wg Cdr Rawat diligently worked throughout the night, triangulating the probable position of the missing helicopter based on mobile tower receptions and available inputs from the local populace. With a purposeful mindset and confident about the most probable area of crash that he had arrived at, the previous night, Wg Cdr Rawat got airborne early in the morning on 03 Sep 09 and commenced search operations. The helicopter wreckage was located at 0825 h due to his systematic approach, on a spur of a hill amidst tall trees. Wg Cdr Rawat identified the site and immediately informed the concerned agencies. A landing at the site was impossible owing to the density of obstructions. Considering the gravity of the situation and importance of the task at hand, he judiciously exercised the option to hover and winch down the commandos. He gallantly chose this risky option as the helicopter at that altitude was operating at the extremities of its performance envelope. This action required great professional courage, instant response and exemplary flying skills. He executed the hover for a prolonged period in restricted space and adverse weather with a sharp look out on the helicopter performance. Throughout the operation, he displayed selfless courage, exceptional skills, leadership and dedicated purpose. By his timely and pronounced act of courage, he brought about a conclusion to what seemed to be a long drawn search operation. For this act of exceptional courage, exemplary leadership and professional acumen in execution of the mission, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)' to Wing Commander Sagar Singh Rawat.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Ashok Kumar 24900 F(P)Unit : Helicopter Training School  Award Date 30 Sep 09 Announced 15 Aug 10
Details : Squadron Leader Ashok Kumar (24900) Flying (Pilot)is on the posted strength of Helicopter Training School (HTS) since 21 Jun 09. On 30 Sep 09, at around 1530h HTS was tasked to rescue five youths stranded in the middle of Dindi River (120 KM South of Hyderabad) due to flash floods. On receipt of this information, despite his extremely limited experience on type, Sqn Ldr Ashok volunteered for the task. On reaching the site, the crew realised the extreme danger the stranded persons faced due the fast rising current, and swung into action immediately. Sqn Ldr Ashok as winch operator, along with the other crew members, rescued the five stranded persons in an expeditious manner. Any delay in the rescue would have resulted in certain death of these stranded youths. Sqn Ldr Ashok again volunteered to take part in the subsequent relief operations conducted by the school in the districts of Kurnool and Mehboobnagar during the floods which devastated Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka in the first week of October 09. During these operations, he was instrumental in rescuing 19 persons marooned in flood waters at different locations around Kurnool as a winch operator. One rescue mission carried out on 05 Oct 09 was achieved under exceptionally demanding circumstances, wherein the crew had to rescue a family of four members including two small children, who had been marooned on a tree submerged in several feet of fast flowing flood waters for three days. The rescue mission was demanding since the crew could neither see the persons nor access them conventionally. With his ingenuity and quick thinking, Sqn Ldr Ashok innovatively floated the rescue harness to the marooned family and winched them up through the thick branches of the tree, at times even dragging them for a few feet through the flood waters. To achieve this successful rescue, he displayed a high level of skill, quick and decisive thinking as well as crew co-ordination and control of a high order, as the aircraft had to be continually repositioned in the process of rescue. During the entire flood relief operations he flew numerous sorties from first light to sunset, which included six rescue missions saving 24 lives in highly demanding situations, exacting terrain and marginal weather. For this act of exceptional courage, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)' to Squadron Leader Ashok Kumar.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Amit Sharma 26545 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 07 Oct 09 Announced 15 Aug 10
Details : Squadron Leader Amit Sharma (26545) Flying (Pilot)is on the posted strength of a Su-30 MKI Squadron since 07 Apr 08. On 07 Oct 09, he was detailed to fly as Number 3 for a practice Air Force Day flypast over Hindan Airfield. Shortly after take off, the air crew got a warning of 'Fly by Wire' failure, with the controls becoming sluggish and the aircraft pitching up. He along with his co-pilot quickly assessed the situation and reacted very promptly to this very adverse flight condition, which had happened for the first time in the history of Su-30 MKI aircraft operations in the IAF. He brought the aircraft under manual control and returned to base for a priority landing. During recovery and the most critical part of the flight i.e., during the approach and landing, the aircraft encountered continuous longitudinal oscillations and was pitching up viciously, nearing a state of uncontrolled flight. At this stage Sqn Ldr Sharma with his exemplary flying skills, handled the aircraft in a most professional manner and executed a safe landing. Post flight inspection revealed multiple failures of the 'Fly by Wire' system with loss of almost all means of longitudinal control. An adverse flight condition like this cannot be simulated while training, and in case of loss of controls the flight manual recommends an ejection by the aircrew. Sqn Ldr Sharma displayed exceptional professional courage and recovered the crippled aircraft from a condition which was totally unprecedented and undocumented. With this gallant act, he not only saved a valuable aircraft but this act also helped in post flight analysis of the failure. The analysis would be of tremendous advantage to avoid reoccurrence of such a failure again. For his act of exceptional courage and high degree of professionalism, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)' to Squadron Leader Amit Sharma.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Vishal Mohan 27475 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 02 Oct 09 Announced 15 Aug 10
Details : Squadron Leader Vishal Mohan (27475) Flying Pilot is on the posted strength of a Helicopter Unit since 30 Jun 09. He is a unit staff pilot with more than 2000 hrs of flying experience. On 02 Oct? 09, Sqn Ldr Mohan was detailed as pilot of a helicopter operating Ex-Raichur to assist the State Govt of Karnataka in flood relief operations. During the flood relief operation and systematic search, he spotted a bus marooned in flood waters. The life of the passengers in the bus was at risk owing to its precarious position in the gushing flood waters. Sqn Ldr Mohan promptly evaluated the situation and considering its gravity, went ahead for a protracted winch operation, during which 17 passengers were lifted to safety. This protracted winch operation demanded exceptional flying skills and a thorough knowledge of the helicopter configuration and performance. The gallant action taken by Sqn Ldr Mohan proved to be extremely time critical as the bus was engulfed by the flood waters within a short span of time. On 03 act 09, Sqn Ldr Mohan was once again detailed as a co-pilot of a helicopter which was pressed in flood relief activity. During an aerial search for survivors, he noticed a man clinging on a lone tree in heavy flood waters. He assessed the situation and guided the helicopter near the survivor. Despite lack of direct visual contact with the survivor below, Sqn Ldr Mohan was able to lift the survivor to safety with his astute sense of situational awareness and effective utilisation of the cockpit resources. During both these missions, Sqn Ldr Mohan displayed a very high level of motivation, exceptional courage and professional prowess. These attributes were the key factors in ensuring the success of the missions. For these acts of exceptional courage, high degree of professionalism, Hon'ble President is pleased to award' Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)' to Squadron Leader Vishal Mohan.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Rohit Rai 27992 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 28 Oct 09 Announced 15 Aug 10
Details : Squadron Leader Rohit Rai (27992) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of a Jaguar Squadron since 22 Dec 08. Sqn Ldr Rai was part of Exercise Eastern Bridge with Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) at Oman. On 28 Oct 09, he was authorised to fly as No.2 in a low level Strike versus Intercept integrated mission involving RAFO Jaguars and F-16's. While rejoining, on easing up from low levels to join up with his leader, he experienced a control malfunction. His control stick got stuck to the right with a progressive increase in the bank angle to almost 80° within three seconds, at a height of less than three thousand feet with nose pitching down. The stick continued to be stuck to the right inspite of all efforts by the pilot. A situation like this is a rare phenomenon and cannot be simulated during training missions. Sqn Ldr Rai reacted very promptly to the situation and averted any further roll of the aircraft by application of full opposite rudder control inputs. Any further delay in this quick response, would have taken the aircraft in the regime of uncontrollability and owing to the proximity of aircraft to the ground, could have resulted in a serious accident. With his continuous control inputs, he was able to bring the aircraft to a manageable flying state as the continuous oscillations on all the three axes subsided. On recovery of the aircraft, Sqn Ldr Rai with his keen sense of situational awareness appraised the formation leader of the situation and helped him in establishing a visual contact with his aircraft. He later carried out a slow speed check to ascertain airworthiness of the aircraft for safe landing. Keeping a sharp eye on the aircraft handling characteristics, Sqn Ldr Rai executed a safe landing. With this gallant act, he not only saved a valuable aircraft but this act also helped in post flight analysis of the failure. The analysis would be of tremendous advantage to avoid reoccurrence of such a failure again. Throughout the incident, Sqn Ldr Rai displayed exceptional courage, sharp reflexes and presence of mind in dealing with an unprecedented situation, which if not handled courageously could have spun out of control and resulted in loss of an aircraft for IAF during an International Exercise. For his act of exceptional courage and high degree of professionalism, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)' to Squadron Leader Rohit Rai.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Amit Dev 16972 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Air Commodore Amit Dev (16972) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the IAF as a fighter pilot in the Flying Branch on 29 Dec 1982 and has been on the posted strength of the Directorate of Air Staff Inspection (DASI) since 21 May 07. The officer has approximately 2500 hrs of accident free fighter flying experience. He is a Fighter Strike Leader, an alumnus of Defence Services Staff College and a graduate of Higher Air Command Course. He has commanded a frontline fighter squadron and a premier signals unit. He singlehandedly planned and executed the IAF's first ever trans-Atlantic deployment of fighter aircraft to Alaska (USA) for Exercise Cope Thunder-04. He was the Chief Operations Officer and the Air Refueling Director for the deployed forces. This deployment showcased India's strategic reach and the performances of the IAF was well appreciated by all participating nations. The officer is now posted to take over a frontline flying base. He has been commended by the CAS on 26 Jan 95. During the present tenure as Director Air Staff Inspection, the officer has been an effective leader of the flying team that inspects flying bases and squadrons. With his management skills and very good planning, he has been able to significantly increase the number of inspections undertaken by the Directorate. Along with combat units, he also planned inspections of units like HQ Maritime Air Operations, Advance HQs and Tactical Air Centres that are vital for prosecution of Joint Operations with the Army and Navy. During the inspections he has flown almost all types of fighter and trainer aircraft to assess the combat performance of the flying elements as well as the allied ground and support services. He has utilised his wide ranging experience in Air Defence and Ground Attack to impart invaluable knowledge to the flying squadrons and combat operators especially those employed in Terminal Weapons Control. Under his leadership and guidance the inspection teams have identified systemic problems in the field related to flying, maintenance and environment, which has enabled the Directorate of Air Staff Inspection to act as a facilitator in enhancing operational capability of the IAF. He also headed a team that has completed a Process Based Audit (PBA) of Maps in the IAF. His dedicated effort and initiative has been instrumental in ensuring thought provoking and high quality professional expression of ideas in the 'AirWarrior' journal published by the Directorate. Lastly, he planned and conducted a very successful Air Force level 'Air Power Seminar'. For his outstanding professional competence, dedication and distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Amit Dev.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Prodip Kumar Mukherjee 15381 ACCTUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Group Captain Prodip Kumar Mukherjee (15381) Accounts was commissioned in the Accounts Branch of IAF on 08 Jun 1978. He held varied appointments in field and staff in his service career where due to his professionalism he has made substantial contribution in enhancing the level of services provided and establishing procedures for efficient functioning of the existing system . During his tenure at 26 Equipment Depot, his close scrutiny of HAL invoices led to detection of large number of errors, consequently, large recoveries were made with resultant savings in Public Fund. For his high sense of dedication to Service he was commended by the CAS on 08 Oct 97. After implementation of VI CPC recommendations, large number of anomalies surfaced. The officer being the IAF member of Tri Services Pay Staff to resolve anomalies, showed exceptional resourcefulness and perseverance in dealing with these extremely sensitive and complicated issues. With untiring efforts, he achieved resolution of major anomalies resulting in due and enormous financial benefits to personnel of all three Services. Some of the major issues where he displayed exemplary finesse and led to their outcome are, restoring of bonus for warranted ranks, extending benefits of Rule FR 22 provisions on promotion to officers and grant of Technical Allowance. Later as Command Accounts Officer he instilled fair accounting practices in the field units. In his present assignment as Director Financial Planning, owing to his foresight, tact and strong professional knowledge, he could drive the best possible enhancements and introductions of new financial powers for IAF during the financial power review in 2006. He has been instrumental in laying down large number of SOPs for exercise of financial powers. His personal involvement ensured achievement of Capital Budget targets year after year since 2005, by close and effective monitoring of ongoing Capital Schemes. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Prodip Kumar Mukherjee.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Arunava Sengupta 15916 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Group Captain Arunava Sengupta (15916) AdmlFC was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in the Administration Branch on 14 Dec 1979. In the formative years of his career, he has excelled as a Fighter Controller demonstrating his skills using various radars. After graduating as Master Fighter Controller and commanding a frontline radar unit on the western border, he pioneered the move by road of ST-68 radar into the Kashmir valley and its operation for the first time from Srinagar airfield. He has a distinction of grooming young controllers as Directing Staff in TACDE. He also contributed in review of exit-policies for officers during his stint at Air HQ (VB) as JDPO-3. During his tenure as Chief Administrative Officer at 402 AF Station, the officer played a pivotal role during the Colour Presentation Ceremony in Nov 2004 and displayed a very high sense of responsibility and foresight for the successful conduct of the event. He brought up the overall infrastructure of the Station, including the state of the art workshops, engine test beds, maintenance hangars and the admin buildings. During his tenure, he modernized the Air Warrior Messes, revitalized the fitness centres, renovated the DSC guard rooms, instituted the system of door to door solid waste collection, refurbished the children parks and established industrial reverse osmosis plant to ensure availability of safe potable water. His relentless efforts brought in remarkable improvement in quality of life. With his dedicated endeavor, the Station administration was brought up from a previous Av(-) to Above Av grading during the Directorate of Maintenance Inspection in Aug 2005. On successful completion of NDC course, the officer was placed as Director Air Force Works in Air HQ. Exhibiting professionalism, the officer systematically dealt with the challenges facing the Dte of Works. With effective application of knowledge, logical approach and convincing power, he has been able to resolve complex observations made by the MoD and Defence (Finance) in various works projects. With day to .day monitoring and vigorous interaction with the staff in MoD, he succeeded in clearing various works projects resulting in their timely release. Few such critical projects are 'infrastructure for MiG-29 upgrade' at one of the fighter squadron, 'runway resurfacing projects of two places and 'infrastructure for SU-30 induction'. He efficiently coordinated the core activities involving the Dte and the Command HQs and made significant contribution in the rare achievement of meeting the Annual Maintenance Works Plan target of releases worth Rs 850 crore in the year 2008-09. He displayed acumen in formulating works policies on intricate issues. His effective involvement in the works matters, quick appreciation of problem areas and adept analysis of issues has rendered him invaluable for the Dte. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Arunava Sengupta.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Arun Kumar Paul 15955 AE(L)Unit : Training Command  Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Group Captain Arun Kumar Paul (15955) Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics) was commissioned in IAF in the Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) branch on 07 Jan 1980. The officer has held important field and staff appointments. For his relentless efforts in improving operational environment, he has been commended thrice by the Chief of Air Staff and once by the Air Officer Commanding in Chief. During the period July 2006 to May 2008, the officer was appointed as Chief Engineering Officer of a fighter base. The officer built up all AOG aircraft (ac) in a record period of two months without putting down any flight line ac. The officer could achieve 100% serviceability of the ac on at least three occasions and maintained overall serviceability of 80% for one whole year against the background of low serviceability status of the fleet in the entire Indian Air Force. All operational and maintenance tasks were successfully achieved during his tenure. The officer took over as Director Avionics Modification at Air HQ on 02 Jun 08. The directorate is handling eighteen different projects. With his proactive and incessant efforts, he coordinated the management with a new team of officers and resolved outstanding issues in all the projects. His professional acumen and personal guidance resulted in finalisation of the implementation methodology of Darin II Jaguar simulator. As Director, he has put his vast experience in the engineering field towards streamlining techno-logistic chain of Laser Designator pods. The officer has sustained a very high serviceability of the pods despite the system being utilised on a variety of platforms. During his present tenure, the officer has completed induction and commissioning of BISON Avionic Part Task Trainer at five different bases, High Performance Human Centrifuge system at Institute of Aviation Medicine, HAWK Synthetic Training Equipments at Bidar, Kiran/HPT simulators at four different bases and Forward Air Controller kits for all the Tactical Air Control units. The induction of Mirage Mission Simulator, Dornier Flight Training Device, CCD/FLIR for Mi- 17 heptr and Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation pods has moved to the final stages. The officer has also finalized Long Term Maintenance Agreements with the OEM for all the critical systems. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Arun Kumar Paul.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Tripath Pal Singh Dhillon 16215 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Group Captain Tripath Pal Singh Dhillon (16215) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned as a helicopter pilot in the flying branch on 13 Dec 1980. Gp Capt TPS Dhillon has held the important appointments of Commanding Officer of a helicopter unit, Director of Training (Flying) and Joint Director Air Staff Inspection at Air HQ in addition to commanding Air Force Station Kumbhigram. Gp Capt TPS Dhillon is a thorough professional and a dedicated helicopter pilot who has more than 5500 hours of accident! incident free flying on trainer aircraft and helicopters. He has undergone important Service courses like the APFIC, DSSC and LDMC. For his exceptional professional competence, he was selected as the Team Leader of the Indian Air Force Training Team in Namibia in the year 2000. He has also been commended by the Chief of the Air Staff and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Training Command and Western Air Command for devotion to duty. As Director of Training (Flying), Gp Capt Dhillon was instrumental in introducing methods and procedures for streamlining the abroad training for IAF personnel. Despite time constraints, with dedication and personal involvement, he ensured successful completion of a large number of cases of IAF officers proceeding abroad on courses. This include the first ever visit abroad by the officers undergoing the Higher Air Command Course at the College of Air Warfare in 2006. Gp Capt Dhillon, as Station Commander of Air Force Station Kumbhigram, had ensured professional competence coupled with improving quality of life at Kumbhigram. His untiring and relentless efforts in imbibing a spirit of commitment and channelising collective energy of the air warriors had resulted in a highly motivated and output-oriented group of personnel at Kumbhigram. These aspects had been greatly appreciated by all, including the DASI. With his meticulous and systematic planning, he had also strived for expeditious culmination of various work services at the Station. This has greatly enhanced the quality of life at this remote place. For distinguished service of very high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Tripath Pal Singh Dhillon.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Kalianda Appaya Muthana 16372 F(P)Unit : Training Command  Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Group Captain Kalianda Appaya Muthana (16372) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a Fighter Pilot in the flying branch on 11 June 1981. A graduate of the National Defence Academy, the officer has over 3000 hrs of total service flying. The officer is a Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI) and an Experimental Test Pilot (ETP). He has held several key command and staff appointments including that of a Qualified Flying Instructor, Test Pilot and Test Flying Instructor (TFI), Flight Commander and Commanding Officer of a fighter sqn, Project Test Pilot of an Aircraft Upgrade Project, Director of Aircraft Upgrade at Air HQ and Chief Ops Offr of a frontline fighter base. He is presently the Station Commander of Air Force Station, Nal. As a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College he holds an MSc degree from Madras University. Gp Capt KA Muthana, as a fighter pilot was assessed above average. He ensured very high training standards as a QFI and as a test pilot performed several key trials. For his performance as Flight Commander (10) of a front line fighter Sqn he was commended by the Chief of Air Staff in 1996. While on deputation to HAL (Nashik Division) as Chief test pilot he ensured very high standards of production. In 1999 he was selected to command the first Bison Sqn of the IAF The officer's vision and effectiveness directly contributed to creation and sustenance of world class infrastructure for a new type and also achieved 100% safe flying record. The officer was then handpicked as the project test pilot for the Sukhoi Upgrade programme and was instrumental in ensuring development of a potent fighter platform for the IAF As Chief Operations Officer of a frontline fighter base he managed to directly oversee runway repairs and induction of the Sukhoi aircraft while continuing unrestricted operations in a very busy civil aviation hub. The officer was appointed to command a frontline fighter base in January 2008. During his tenure, he led from the front and ensured 100% safety. The base flew over 5000 sorties under his watch and supported 14 flying detachments. Despite severe resource constraints, the base supported unhindered operations as a key detachment base for Western Air Command and mounted successive Republic Day Flypasts efficiently. The station effectively supported and sustained a Fighter Sqn, a Pechora Sqn, a Transportable Radar Unit, a Mobile Observation Flight and an Electronic Surveillance Unit. The performance of the lodger units in various inspections and exercises was of a very high order and was well appreciated. The welfare activities undertaken in the station were widely appreciated. Key upgradations of the New Station Medicare Centre, the SNCOs' Mess, Op Complexes for Sqns/Units, Weapon Storage Areas and Station HQ were realised. The station won the award for the most Energy Conscious Station of Western Air Command. For his devotion to duty of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Kalianda Appaya Muthana.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Jitendra Kumar Singh 16545 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Group Captain Jitendra Kumar Singh (16545) Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an Engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) branch on 11 Aug 1981. He is on the posted strength of Headquarters South Western Air Command (HQ SWAC) with effect from 04 Feb 08 and since then functioning as Deputy Command Engineering Officer (Dy C Eng 0). The officer has work and management experience on all the variants of MiG-21. He has been involved with management of almost all the Russian Fighter in various staff appointments, including Director of Engineering (A2) at Air Headquarters, Chief Engineering Officer of a MiG-21 base and Commanding Officer of a Repair and Salvage Unit. He is a post graduate in Aerospace Structure from lIT Mumbai. An Alumni of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, he has also been the Deputy Air Attaché in Moscow. As Deputy Command Engineering Officer in HQ SWAC, he is responsible for management of fleet of over 300 aircraft. He has focused on strengthening critical maintenance aspects of quality of preventive maintenance, liquidation of concessions, improvement in modification status, effective follow up of defect investigation and implementation of corrosion prevention programme. It is entirely to his credit that concessions in Jaguar and MiG-29 fleets have been brought down significantly. His contribution in identifying grey areas in maintenance environment at Air Force bases under SWAC, through the conduct of Maintenance Safety Week and regular Quality Audits has been truly remarkable. The fleet reviews documented by him provide a clear roadmap for effective follow up on the entire range of issues affecting each aircraft fleet. His professional acumen was also evident in analysis and subsequent preventive measures to arrest the hydraulic failures in MiG 21 (T-96) fleet operating from coastal areas. His proposals on standards for hydraulic particle count and hydraulic oil during receipt of aircraft from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has been implemented as the new acceptance benchmark. Earlier as Senior Engineering Officer of a MiG-21 Squadron his enormous efforts resulted in recovery of six aircraft on ground for prolonged period, within a span of few months. Subsequently, while at Air Force Station, Bhuj during 1995-96, he played a pivotal role in expansion of infrastructure for second line servicing to support the MiG-21 squadrons operating from two adjacent air bases. As Director at Directorate of Engineering A, Air Headquarters, his initiative for conduct of first Operators' Conference for MiG 21 Bison aircraft during January 07 was hailed as a benchmark format that paved the way for similar follow up by other fleets. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Jitendra Kumar Singh.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Naveen Jain 16642 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Group Captain Naveen Jain (16642) Administration was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in the Administrative Branch on 11 Dec 1981, bagging the Chief of Air Staff (CAS) medal, Training Command Medal, Air Force Academy (AFA) Medal and Air Force Administrative College (AFAC) Trophy. He continued his excellence in various appointments in the field at different Stations and was awarded Commendation by Air Officer Commanding in- Chief (AOC-in-C), Eastern Air Command (EAC) in Jan 1988 and Commendations by the CAS in Jan 1992, Oct 1999, and for a third time in Jan 2002. He has done pioneering R & D work in digital image processing when he was posted at Defence Image Processing and Analysis Centre (DIPAC)where he had prepared three-dimensional digital terrain models for the first time for services and developed a GIS (Geographical Information System) for IAF. While he was commanding Airmen Selection Centre, Ambala, Directorate of Adm Inspection during their inspection visit to the centre, awarded the highest grading with remarks 'A unit par excellence'. He has done five professional /service courses, including a course at Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, and stood first in all of them with 'Distinction'/DS grading. Group Captain Jain has been on the posted strength of Air Force Station Hindan since 14 Jan 08 as Chief Administrative Officer. At Hindan, his first major challenge was to steer the conduct of the Air Force Day Parade 08 in a manner that maintained the pomp and show put up by the IAF in the Platinum Jubilee year of 2007, albeit with significantly scaled down finances. The professionalism with which the parade was executed is, to a very large extent, due to his dynamic leadership and astute financial management skills. He also coordinated and ensured fool proof security arrangements for the parade during a time when there were multiple internal security threats. He has been instrumental in changing the face of Air Force Station Hindan over the last one year. He has speedily planned and executed a large number of works related to operational infrastructure development and improvements in the living conditions, both for Officers and Personnel below Officers Rank. He has introduced Significant changes in the appearance of the station by introducing cost-effective, long lasting high quality surface finishes on the buildings, installation of road furniture and modern sign boards, use of energy saving light fittings/ fixtures/devices, renovation of various public facilities/messes, improvement in living out areas and shopping complexes and modernisation of parks, playgrounds and auditorium. These measures and initiatives have contributed significantly in overall improvement in quality of life at the station. Ceremonial commitments at Hindan demand a great deal of administrative flexibility and nimbleness, all of which have been displayed in plenty by him, and it is because of his vast experience that the station has not been found wanting on a single occasion since he took over as Chief Administrative Officer. He always shoulders additional responsibilities with a smile, is empathetic towards subordinates and places personal comfort subordinate to organizational requirements. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Naveen Jain.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Thazhathupulikunnel Devasia Joseph 16964 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Group Captain Thazhathupulikunnel Devasia Joseph VM (16964) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a fighter pilot in the flying branch on 29 Dec 1982. He is an experienced pilot with over 3800 hours of accident free flying on various fighter and trainer aircraft. He is an A2 QFI and an alumnus of DSSC. During his 24 years of service, he has held many important appointments at field level and at Air Headquarters, including Commanding Officer of a fighter Squadron and aircrew examiner. He was awarded the Vayu Sena Medal by the President of India on 26 Jan 2003 for his exceptional devotion to duty. He went on to perform with distinction as Chief Operations Officers of a fighter base and be a fellow at the Centre for Air Power Studies. He is a well-regarded expert on Aerospace power. At 413 Air Force Station, he had the dual responsibility of Commanding Officer of the Flying Instructors' School and Chief Operations Officer. Under his command FIS made remarkable progress in terms of improved infrastructure, and enhanced quality of training. He worked tirelessly to create an informal but regimented atmosphere with constant monitoring of trainee QFIs, resulting in their good performance and overall development. This was achieved without any accident, or human error incident. He has been instrumental in the formulation of an immensely beneficial new training pattern at FIS that includes simulator flying. He has focused on attainment of high standards of training with minimum wastage rates. As Chief Operations Officer of the Base, he has ensured a high standard of safety and maintenance of support services for flying. In addition, requirements towards flood-relief operations from time to time in the Chennai region and response to a call for assistance during strike at civil airport were handled in a professional manner. He has also been instrumental in the initial planning of the anticipated Intermediate Jet Trainer induction. He has been the overall coordinator for flying displays at Marina Beach and Mysore during this period, which with his drive and determination were executed in a befitting manner. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Thazhathupulikunnel Devasia Joseph VM.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Sanjeev Kumar Mittal 17051 ADMUnit : Training Command  Award Date 26 Jan 10 Announced 26 Jan 10
Details : Group Captain Sanjeev Kumar Mittal (17051) Administration was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in the Administrative Branch on 29 Dec 1982. He is on the posted strength of Air Force Station Tezpur with effect from (wef) 08 Feb 06. He performed the duties of Flight Commander Works and Environment Flight upto 09 Oct 07 and has now taken over the duties of Chief Administrative Officer wef 10 Oct 07 as permanent incumbent. At the time of his arrival, there were three fighter squadrons operating from this base. The runway which was over 65 years old had to be maintained to prevent any cases of FOD. This was done despite the constraints of not stopping flying and limited funds. Subsequently, the station underwent a major transformation since it was slated to host the first SU-30 MKI squadron in the North East, works costing over Rs. 500 crores had to be executed which mainly involved complete resurfacing and extension of the runway and building up state of the art infrastructure to house one of the most maintenance intensive aircraft in the IAF's inventory. This involved tremendous foresight, meticulous planning and flawless execution, and all this despite the inherent problems in the North East of terrorism, connectivity, labour, bandhs, insecurity and vagaries of weather. With his leadership, tact and man management skills, he overcome all hurdles to meet the PDC of 31 May 09. The runway was formally inaugurated by the AOC-in-C on 15 Jun 09 and the first SU-30 MKI operated from this base for a week. Further the station also had to look after Dulong Mukh, Air to Ground firing range located over 250 kms away in the heart of Arunachal Pradesh. He ensured the availability of the range continuously for day and night operations; despite the distance, extremely difficult road connectivity, no electricity and hardly any communications. In the year 2006-07, AF Stn Tezpur witnessed a high suicide rate amongst service personnel. Gp Capt Mittal through his concerted efforts brought down this undesirable trend to nil in year 2008 and 2009. He left no stone unturned many a times beyond his purview to improve the quality of life of air warriors and their families in the station. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Sanjeev Kumar Mittal.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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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