Awards for the year 2012


A total of 69 Awards are listed.
Param Vishist Seva Medal : 6 | Ati Vishist Seva Medal : 12 | Shaurya Chakra : 5 | Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) : 17 | Vishist Seva Medal : 29 |
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja 13130 F(P)Unit : Training Command  Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Ajay Shriniwas Karnik 13140 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Dinesh Chandra Kumaria 13366 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Anjan Kumar Gogoi 13382 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Kuzhikombil Joseph Mathews 13393 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Joseph Neri 13711 AELUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Dhananjay Parashuram Joshi 13905 MEDUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Ashok Singhal 14615 AELUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Subramanya Sukumar 14672 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Rajagopal Sitaraman 14713 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Amit Chakraborty 14716 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Mathew George 14987 ACCTUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Packiriswamy Kanakaraj 15066 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Virender Mohan Khanna 15071 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Karath Padmadass Nair 15195 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Ravinder Kumar Dhir 15678 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Upkarjit Singh 16204 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Devendra Singh Rawat 16242 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
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Shaurya Chakra
Captain (Wg Cdr Shakul Tyagi 22533 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Award Initiated by Ministry of Home Affairs. Captain in PawanHans Helicopters Ltd
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Shaurya Chakra
Wg Cdr Felix Patrick Pinto 23569 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Search Mission for Crashed Pawan Hans Helicopter
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Shaurya Chakra
Wg Cdr Vatsal Kumar Singh 24223 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 15 Aug 12 Announced 15 Aug 12
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Shaurya Chakra
Sqn Ldr Ajit Bhaskar Vasane  27697 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 15 Aug 12 Announced 15 Aug 12
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Sqn Ldr Gunadnya Ramesh Kharche 29037 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 15 Aug 12 Announced 15 Aug 12
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Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg Cdr Nitin Welde   23193 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Wing Commander Nitin Welde (23193) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of a FAC Fit since 09 Nov 10 as Flight Commander. On the evening of 07 Feb 11, a SOS call was received by Air II AOC J&K to launch a helicopter to rescue a stranded labourer of BRTF. The labourer was stranded on a Pier of a bridge which was under construction. On receipt of this information Wing Commander Welde took on the responsibility of executing the mission. Detailed & comprehensive flight planning was carried out as the site was close to Line of Control and exact coordinates were not known. On 08 Feb 11, the aircraft was prepared prior to sunrise and the crew took off 20 min before sunrise. By virtue of accurate navigation the aircraft approached general search area and thereafter located the survivor stranded on the bridge pier. The site was mired in obstructions, owing to HT cables, LT cables, and other temporary cables, all of which were likely to affect the rescue operations. Using his experience, Wg Cdr N Welde decided an approach direction and established hover. The strong and turbulent winds made hover difficult, however, Wg Cdr Welde in an exemplary display of flying skill maintained steady over the survivor. The pier itself had 15-20 feet vertical iron rods jutting out in a haphazard manner and entanglement of winch cable in these rods would have resulted in a major disaster to the helicopter. He displayed extraordinary coordination and flying skills in maintaining steady position till the survivor was on the rescue belt and was flown to a safe landing place. In spite of limited visual references, adverse weather and wind conditions, coupled with high obstructions, the whole operation was accomplished with precise accuracy. This rescue of a J&K civilian added to the IAF image of being ever ready to provide succour to the affected, with precision and professionalism. For this act of exceptional courage, unwavering devotion to duty and professional approach, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)' to Wing Commander Nitin Welde.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg Cdr Mannarath Shylu 24221 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Wing Commander Mannarath Shylu (24221) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of Helicopter Squadron since 20 Sep 10. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor and a Helicopter Combat Leader with 2750 hrs of accident! incident free flying. On 17 Jan 11, Wg Cdr Shylu was tasked to ferry a Mi-35 attack helicopter from Suratgarh to Hindan. The sortie was uneventful till Hindan, however while carrying out downwind vital actions, the starboard undercarriage malfunctioned and did not come down. Wg Cdr Shylu displayed exceptional professional skill and tenacity by carrying out an unprecedented landing of the helicopter on its belly in a controlled manner thus preventing the helicopter from a possible accident. While carrying out vital actions on downwind, Wg Cdr Shylu was vigilant and was prompt to notice that the starboard undercarriage indication had not come in the cockpit. He displayed extreme professionalism in crew resource management as well as co-ordination with the other aircrafts and the air traffic control for physical check of the undercarriage. Having made all possible attempts to lower the undercarriage as per the SOP,.Wg Cdr Shylu brought the helicopter to a low hover for the ground crew to physically force the under carriage down. His steady maneuvering ensured safety of the ground crew working under the helicopter. When all attempts of lowering the undercarriage failed, Wg Cdr Shylu landed the helicopter on its belly with such precision and control that the machine and its crew were recovered scratch less. For his exceptional skill in recovering the attack helicopter from a potentially catastrophic situation and his extremely high degree of professionalism and tenacity in the face of a critical emergency, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)' to Wing Commander Mannarath Shylu .
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Surendra Kumar Indoria 18296 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Surendar Kumar Indoria (18296) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in flying branch of IAF on 07 Jun 86. He is Qualified Flying Instructor and has been an avid aviator having an experience of approx 6000 hrs on various types of aircraft. He has undergone the prestigious Joint Staff & Command Course at Indonesia. conducted in Bhasha Indonesia, and achieved above Average grading, upholding the image of the Indian Air Force and the nation at large. He worked as Director Training at Air HQ and has been the Commanding Officer of an An-32 Squadron since 06 Jul 09. For exceptional performance and dedication to duty the officer was awarded Commendation by Chief of Air Staff, in 1996. As Commanding Officer of the An-32 Squadron. he has deeply involved himself in every single activity of the squadron and truly set an environment of professional excellence. It was due to his personal involvement and guidance that Bombing by An-32 touched new heights. It was in his command that the Squadron undertook a host of maiden bombing exercises and achieved exceptional results in all of them. In fact in Ex Eklavya he led from the front and won the Bombing Trophy. He put in his professional acumen in formulating SOPs on internal and external bombing, High Altitude Bombing at Toshe Maidan range, Demonstration drop 01 1Ox1000 Ibs Bomb Drop in single stick, among others. He has shown exceptional foresight and initiative in undertaking a study for alternate bombing stores for An-32, which would go long way in enhancing the op effectiveness of the ac. On 21 Nov 10, Gp Capt Indoria, undertook the First Ever Trial landing at the Advance Landing Ground (ALG) at Dharasu, in Uttarkashi hills (Elevation-2950Ieet). which had presented a challenge for years. The Advance Landing Ground is short airstrip ( Length-3400 feet), situated in a bowl with restricted approach due high hills on all sides. The terrain around does not even allow a straight approach to the runway, leaving the option for only a curved approach and demands very high levels of proficiency and control of aircraft. It speaks volumes about the character of the officer that he decided to take on this challenge, himself. He went about the mission in an exemplary planned and professional manner and thereafter, also submitted an SOP on the operations from the ALG, making it possible for other to follow suit with all variables catered for. This mission has provided an altogether a new horizon for the IAF in support of Indian Army deployed in the region. He also led from front by undertaking the First Ever PTT landing by An-32 at Bareilly. His contribution in conceptualising and formulating the out of area contingency plan as Type Force' Commander speaks volumes about his operational understanding and strategic appreciation. It was under his command that the squadron became the first ever transport squadron of the IAF to be affiliated to a combat unit of the Indian Army. The manner in which he has participated in and organised a host of activities to further this affiliation in its true sense has set new standards of jointmanship. He led the unit by example and always stood firmly committed towards the culture of professional integrity and operational mindedness in his working environment. On the maintenance front Sqn passed through a phase of low ac availability. In spite of constraints, the energetic officer drove his way through by keeping flight line serviceability over 90% by proactive planning and managing resources. During the DASI visit in Aug 2010, the squadron undertook all operational missions in the most professional manner and earned laurels for the same. The effect of his directive leadership and visionary approach was well proven when the squadron went on to earn the coveted Average Plus grading in all five aspects of the inspection. The continued excellence of the unit under his command took the squadron to a level where it was adjudged as the Best Transport/Helicopter Squadron of CAC for the year 2009-10. These achievements speak very high of the highest standards 01 morale and professional values in his unit, which are clear indication of the officers' effective leadership and optimum resource utilisation. For exceptional devotion to duty. Hcn'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to duty)' to Group Captain Surendar Kumar lndoria.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Balakrishnan Saju 18300 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Balakrishnan Saju (18300) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned as a pilot into the fighter stream of Indian Air Force on 07 Jun 86. He is a Fighter Combat Leader with more than2800 hours of accident free flying on many variants of MiG 21 fighter aircraft (ac) and a graduate of Defence Services Staff College. He has been the Commanding Officer (CO) of a Bison Sqn, a directing staff at College of Air Warfare and the first CO of the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) Sqn of IAF for last two years. He now stands posted as the Director Airborne Sensors and Networking at Air Headquarters. Gp Capt Saju was entrusted with the arduous task of raising one of the largest units and inducting the most complex equipment of IAF. Under his leadership, more than 70 officers and 450 air warriors from varying backgrounds amalgamated into a cohesive and operational unit, successfully inducting and operationalising the AWACS. He had the unique distinction of leading all the three acceptance teams for the AWACS and ensured compliance of all operational requirements of the contract by the vendor. Through proactive negotiations with the management, a large number of testers and spares over and above the contract were procured. Additionally, by methodical recording of all the defects, the warranty of the three AWACS has been extended for significant period, resulting in significant financial savings. The formulation of Standard Operating Procedures for different types of missions, planning and execution of more than twenty command level exercises in the area of all the operational commands of IAF, innumerable Signal Intelligence gathering missions, and drafting of Concept of Operations of this complex force multiplier have all been achieved during this period. As President of the Officers Institute, he was instrumental in upgrading the holiday home, modernizing the health club and sports facilities to befitting standards. The strong foundation laid by him, helped the Sqn undertake its multifaceted operational role efficiently, integrate into the Con ops of IAF and develop as a cohesive and professional unit. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)' to Group Captain Saju Balakrishnan.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Shekher Chauhan 18550 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Shekher Chauhan (18550) flying (Pilot)was commissioned as a pilot in the flying branch on 06 Dec 86. He was awarded the Nawanagar Sword of Honour for his exceptional performance in flying training. He has held the appointments of an Instructor Class 'C' at National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Pune, Flight Commander of an An-32 Squadron (Sqn), Directing Staff at Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, prior to assuming his current Command assignment. His outstanding performances as a Right Commander and as a Directing Staff have been commended by Chief of Air Staff and Chief of Integrated Staff Committee, HQ IDS respectively. As a Flight Commander, he was instrumental in accomplishing a ten ac, close formation by dark night, at low level, for a Bn Gp Drop during Ex-Sangh Shakti 2006. The unit accomplished incident free 5000 flying hours in the calendar year 2005. He led a ten aircraft formation comprising all unit aircraft, which demonstrated his leadership and professionalism. On assuming Command of the An-32 Sqn , he ensured significant up-gradation of the Sqn categorisation and air maintenance qualification states of his aircrew. The Sqn has, since, accomplished all tasks assigned to it, maintaining the highest professional standards. The unit's performance and op preparedness was appreciated during the CASI visit in Aug 2010. He was the Task Force Commander for An-32 ac missions during Ex-Pralay in Sep 2010. The planning and execution of all missions demonstrated highest professional standards. The first ever, dark night, Air Landed Mission, comprising two ac, was executed with flawless precision. His personal involvement is reflected in increased availability of ac for operations, low rectification percentage, commendable safety environment, high levels of professionalism, motivation, discipline and cohesion in the Unit. As a professional, he has a vast experience in air maintenance operations, both in the Northern and Eastern sectors. He is qualified for all roles of An-32 ac. The officer exploits his multidimensional service experience to accomplish all operational and administrative tasks to enviable standards. His exemplary zeal, professionalism, and leadership have been inspirational for all personnel of the Station. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble president is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)' to Group Captain Shekher Chauhan .
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Calambur Krishna Kumar 18812 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Calambur Krishna Kumar (18812) Flying(Pilot)was commissioned as a transport Pilot in the IAF on 13 Jun 87. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor on Boeing Business Jet (BBJ), B737-200, An-32 and HPT-32 with more than 7000hrs. of flying which includes 1800 instructional hours. He holds' A/Master Green' on BBJ aircraft and is fully operational on all roles. He is Type Examiner on BBJ aircraft (ac). An alumnus of Defence Services Staff College, he took over Command of one of the most prestigious Transport Squadron (Sqn) on 22 Feb 10. As a Wing Commander, he has commanded a strategic Elint gathering flying Unit. With limited resources, he inspired his subordinates to deliver exceptional results. His contribution to safe conduct of operations as a Commanding Officer was exemplary. As the Commanding Officer of a Sqn equipped with three different types of ac and over 500 personnel, he has ensured that all tasks entrusted to the Unit are accomplished in a time bound and most professional manner. During this tenure, the unit achieved an enviable Cat/IR state with 80% aircrew holding a supervisory category who were cleared to operate independently as Captains on VIP / WIP commitments within and outside the country. The espirit-de- corps and cohesiveness within the unit personnel is seen in every activity be it on tarmac or on the social front. Under his command, the Sqn has set impeccable standards in achievements of tasks, be it communication duties or short notice launch of aircraft on Casualty Evacuation missions. During his tenure, the Sqn achieved very high levels of serviceability of all three types of ac. He has made visible improvement in the quality of life in the Sqn with operationalisation of modern Flight Complex, numerous Works services are under way towards induction of new helicopters and various welfare measures in place to ensure high morale. Through a responsive administration, he has ensured excellent working environment to bring out best in each unit air warrior. Gp Capt CK Kumar has always led by example in every sphere and has been a source of inspiration to his both colleagues and subordinates. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)" Group Captain Calambur Krishna Kumar.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Amit Vij 21211 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Amit Vij (21211) flying (Pilot)was commissioned in the flying Branch of the Indian Air Force on 15 Jun 91. The Officer is a Pilot Attack Instructor, Qualified Flying Instructor, Command Instrument Rating Instructor and Examiner and an alumnus of Defence Services Staff College. He is fully operational on MiG-23BN, MiG-27ML, SU-30K and SU-30MKI aircraft with over 3300 hours of flying experience. His meritorious service is marked by distinguished performance in all service assignments and courses. He stood first in the order of merit in the Flying Instructor's Course bagging all the trophies as also in Instrument Rating Instructor and Examiner's Course. He is the holder of 'Thammaiya Medal' from Defence Services Staff College. The officer is Commanding Officer of a premier SU-30 MKI Squadron (Sqn) since 09 Nov 09. On assuming command, the officer led the Sqn in Dec 2009, for the longest operational fighter mission ever planned in the history of Indian Air Force where in four aircraft flew 09:55 hours each over a distance of 6500 kms. The first of its kind mission was a resounding success and remains unsurpassed till date in the history of Indian Air Force. The officer gave a sterling account of leadership and motivated his team to perform in an exemplary manner in an International Exercise GARUDA-IV at France. With assiduity and perseverance, he showcased the professionalism and prowess of Indian Air Force, thus bringing rich laurels to it in an international forum. His indomitable spirit, unflinching determination and grit have resulted in an outstanding performance by the Squadron in all endeavours. His keen sense of involvement and exceptional organising ability has resulted in creation of operational infrastructure thus immensely enhancing the capability of the Sqn. Displaying tenacity to overcome odds, his able leadership has resulted in a record number of aircrew achieving 'fully operational' status, with qualifications and upgradations in all the SU-30 MKI specialist operational roles, all in a span of 17 months. The Squadron performance was assessed as exceptional during the Aircrew Examination Board visit to the unit in November 2010. The Squadron has won the Individual Conventional Dive Attack Trophy of the Year 2009-10 and the Team Bombing Trophy of the Year 2010-11 in Exercise Eklavya in Central Air Command. His sustained efforts and foresight has resulted in the Sqn having the best aircraft serviceability in the entire SU-30 MKI fleet for the last two years. His dynamic leadership was recognised when the Sqn was declared the Best Fighter Squadron for the Year 2009-10. For distinguished service of exceptional order and devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)' to Group Captain Amit Vij.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Rajdeep Singh Gill 21212 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Rajdeep Singh Gill (21212) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the IAF on 15 Jun 91. Presently, he is commanding a Pechora Squadron (Sqn) at a frontline IAF Station. During his career, he has held various key appointments including that of a Qualified Flying Instructor, Flight Commander of a Mirage-2000 Squadron and a team pilot of the 'Suryakiran' aerobatic team. He has over 2000 hours on different fighter/trainer aircraft of the IAF. He took over the command of the Sqn in Aug 2009. In a systematic manner, he has pioneered the operational and maintenance activities to build a robust and extremely reliable Air Defence (AD)weapon platform out of this vintage equipment. This was displayed in the exceptional performance during the two command level exercises last year, which were highly appreciated by HQ WAC. Leading from the front, the officer has motivated his team to aim high and reach the pinnacle of operational preparedness that any AD unit can achieve. The squadron was adjudged 'Average Plus' by DASI in Sep 10, a feat unheard of in the fleet. This transformation of the unit from being 'Non-Ops' in 2006 and just 'Average' in 2008 shows their strong' resolve and grit. Under his able guidance, the squadron has been performing exceptionally and has been adjudged the "Best SAGW unit-2010' in WAC. A cheerful leader, Gp Capt Gill has performed the role of a Commanding Officer to the hilt. With his stress on building a positive attitude and his personal involvement towards the welfare of his personnel, the morale of the Squadron is at an all time high. This has been borne out by the unit winning almost all the interunit competitions at the Station continuously for two years in running. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)' to Group Captain Rajdeep Singh Gill.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt K Prem Kumar 21241 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain K Prem Kumar (21241) Flying (Pilot)was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a Pilot in the Flying branch on 15 June 91. He is a 'Qualified Flying Instructor', 'Instrument Rating Instructor and Examiner' and alumni of the Defence Services Staff College. The officer took over command of a MiG-27 DASH 2 Squadron (Sqn) on 15 Sep 08. The Sqn, under his command, completed its upgradation to the MiG-27 Dash 2 aircraft in Dec 08. It was due to his foresight, methodical approach and documentation that many issues related to the 'Final Operation Clearance Implementation' (FOCD) of the MiG-27 Upgrade came to the fore. As a result, three phases of FOC implementation trials were instituted to resolve those issues. Based on the recommendations in the service paper written by the officer, certain modifications and changes were also incorporated to improve the features on the Upgrade aircraft thus enhancing its ergonomics and operational employability. He was also instrumental in operationalising the Laser Designation Pod on the MiG-27 Upgrade and formulating various briefing guides and SOPs for the fleet. His immense contribution towards making the Upgrade fleet fully operational is indeed praiseworthy. It was under his able leadership that the Sqn was recommended by Command HQ for Unit Citation. The officer's administrative skills were commended by dignitaries during various visits to the Sqn and the Station. Despite various limitations, he had, with his characteristic initiative and drive, marshaled his Sqn resources effectively to win the maximum number of trophies in the Gunnery Meet 2009-10. He also led from the front during the unit's inspection by the Directorate of Air Staff Inspection (DASl) achieving exceptional scores in all range strikes. The Sqn was adjudged 'Average Plus' by DASI with no observations to be actioned by the unit. The Squadron's performance in AEB was also commendable. It goes to his credit that the operational performance of the Sqn remained unaffected despite frequent turnover of the aircrew during his tenure. He also achieved the commendable feat of 4000 hrs of total flying during his tenure as the Commanding Officer. A committed Air Warrior, Gp Capt K Prem Kumar displayed total dedication and a very high degree of professionalism and believed in leading by personal example. Despite the change in aircraft type and numerous commitments, the unit has maintained an excellent flight safety record by avoiding any accident or incident attributable to human error. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)' to Group Captain K Prem Kumar.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Sivaraman Sajan 21807 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Wing Commander Sivaraman Sajan (21807) Flying (Pilot)was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the Indian Air Force on 13 Jun 92 and is currently the Commanding Officer of a SU- 30 MKI Squadron (Sqn). A recipient of the Sword of Honour and the President's Plaque for standing first in his course, the officer is a Qualified Flying Instructor and holds a Masters in Defence Studies from National University, Dhaka. The officer also bagged trophies at the Flying Instructors' School for standing first in overall order of merit, being best in flying, aerobatics and instructional technique. He has also been awarded commendations by the Chief of Air Staff as well as the AOC-in-C Eastern Air Command for his professional acumen. Wg Cdr Sajan has over 3500 hours of flying and is qualified on frontline fighters like the SU- 30 MKI and MiG-21 aircraft. The officer was the first in the IAF to have successfully fired the Anti Shipping Missile as well as the Anti Radiation Missile on realistic targets, thereby validating the missile envelope as well as employment philosophy. The firing of the Anti Radiation Missile involved detailed coordination and in-depth study since it was undertaken for the first time ever in the IAF, that too without any involvement from the missile manufacturer. His expertise on the various munitions helped him spearhead the Special Weapon Camp for all SU-30 operators, imparting training to a vast number of aircrew. Wg Cdr Sajan is a qualified low level aerobatics display pilot and has performed breathtaking displays at various venues. Prior to his present appointment, he functioned as the Flight Commander of the same squadron and ensured high professional standards amongst the squadron aircrew. During visits conducted by external agencies like the Directorate of Air Staff Inspection.(DASl), he was graded 'Exceptional' in all the three armament missions that he undertook in Nov 2006 and all four missions in April 2009. Under his command, the squadron took part in various exercises and came out with flying colours. The surgically precise armament employment showcased by the squadron aircrew during Ex-Maha Vayu Shakti- 2010 is a testimony of the same. As the only SU-30 MKI maritime squadron in the IAF, the unit undertook a multitude of missions over high seas with the Indian Navy, spanning from the Eastern to the Western seaboard. Wg Cdr Sajan was instrumental in training a large number of aircrew in the maritime role to meet the challenges over sea. In November 2009, the Supreme Commander of the Indian Armed Forces, Smt Pratibha Devisingh Patil undertook the historic flight on the SU-30 MKI with Wg Cdr Sajan. The event which was showcased by national as well as international media was conducted flawlessly and in a befitting manner by the squadron under his guidance. For his high degree of professionalism, consistent endeavour to achieve excellence and exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)' to Wing Commander Sivaraman Sajan.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Prajual Singh 21809 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Wing Commander Prajual Singh (21809) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in the Flying branch on 13 Jun 92. He has previously been Joint Director Air Defence at Air Headquarters, as also been the Flight Commander of the acclaimed Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team (SKAT). Wing Commander Prajual has been Commanding Officer of the SKAT since 28 June 2010. Under his leadership, the team has successfully demonstrated its capabilities across the country and has been instrumental in showcasing the prowess of the IAF to audiences all over. He has continuously innovated to introduce new manoeuvres and profiles into the team's displays while simultaneously ensuring flight and demonstration safety alongside adequate training of its members. He has put his administrative abilities, keen observation and foresight into ensuring that the team has achieved high serviceability of its aging aircraft. Despite working under severe constraints of resources, the team has continuously achieved exceptional performance in its displays which have been thorough in planning and flawless in execution. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)' to Wing Commander Prajual Singh.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Harsh Vardhan Thakur 22105 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Wing Commander (Now Group Captain) Harsh Vardhan Thakur (22105) Flying (Pilot) As the Commanding Officer of the unit since 29 Mar 10, he has led his recently resurrected unit with great passion and gusto. These have clearly been reflected in the numerous achievements of the unit and the high level of morale and motivation of all personnel of the squadron. The Sqn, under his command has aggressively transformed itself from a regular Jaguar fighter Sqn to take on the additional role of type training for the Jaguar fleet. The flying task of the Sqn was increased from 170 hrs per month to 300 hrs per month from Apr 10 onwards without any additional resources. The Sqn has sustained this flying over the past seven months and has flown an unprecedented 3400 hrs of accident free flying over the last one year. All this was only possible due to the untiring effort of the Officer and his highly motivated team. Through this effort, the Sqn has graduated seven U/T pilots to Day Ops qualification and an additional seven pilots are on the threshold of graduation, thus adding 14 more Ops pilots to the Jaguar fleet, which is the equivalent of one additional Sqn's aircrew resource. Meanwhile, all Ops pilots in the Sqn have also graduated to achieve all possible higher qualifications such as 4 ac leader, Trainer Captain, Supervisor, Night Strike Qualified, LDP Qualified, AAR Qualified etc. The Officer has also employed his skills as a test pilot to innovate and provided many value additions to the Jaguar DARIN II suite. One of these praiseworthy innovations was the incorporation of Full-Color, Moving Satellite Imagery into the Multi-Function Display, to aid in navigation, target acquisition, and target designation, at no additional cost to the IAF. For his exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)' to Wing Commander Harsh Vardhan Thakur
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Aditya Kumar Wahi 22111 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Wing Commander Aditya Kumar Wahi (22111) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned as a Fighter Pilot on 19 Dec 92. Presently he is the Commanding Officer of a Mirage-2000 Squadron (Sqn). The officer has more than 3600 hrs of accident free flying with more than 1700 hrs on Mirage-2000 aircraft. He is an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College and is a Qualified Flying Instructor and an Instrument Rating Instructor & Examiner. He has earlier held the key appointment of Flight Commander of a Mirage-2000 Sqn, where he has been instrumental in creating and implementing a computer application which has enhanced the supervisory capability of the flying units at base. Wg Cdr AK Wahi has consistently proved his mettle in various tasks assigned to him. In a short span of time his unrelenting drive and efforts have ensured complete operationalisation of a Precision Guided Munitions. This pilot project has given tremendous impetus to the strike capability of the Indian Air Force. On taking over the Sqn, he laid special emphasis on improving the Ops status of the Sqn. The Sqn has flown 2600 hrs in the last one year & two months without any accident, with the officer himself flying over 360 hrs and 450 sorties, despite all the responsibilities of a Commanding Officer. The Sqn's Ops status has improved considerably with the junior most pilot averaging over 150-160 hrs in the last one year and one of them having bagged an Eklavya trophy. Under his command, the Sqn performed exceptionally well during various inter and intra command level exercises and also during the Aircrew Examination Board. Wg Cdr AK Wahi has also been instrumental in training the low level aerobatic team on the M-2000, as the display supervisor. Innovative and enterprising, he is constantly finding solutions and meeting the highest standard in all spheres for others to emulate. His innate ability to interact with the Airmen and NCs (El at the lowest level has earned him the respect of his subordinates, both officers and men alike, inculcated the spirit of unflinching loyalty towards the Sqn and kept the morale of his Sqn very high. This has manifested itself in high ac availability of the Sqn thereby resulting on excellent performance of the Sqn in various inspections and exercises. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)' to Wing Commander Aditya Kumar Wahi.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Dharmendra Singh Dangi 22115 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Wing Commander Dharmendra Singh Dangi (22115) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in the Flying branch on 19 Dec 92. He is currently commanding a SU- 30MKI squadron since 01 Sep 09. His earlier appointments were as Flight Commander of a SU-30 MKI squadron and as a senior project test pilot for MiG-27 aircraft upgrade. His deep involvement and contribution in the MiG-27 upgrade project ensured timely achievement of initial operational clearance leading to early ac induction in the field. For his f1yiI1g experience and earlier involvement as a test pilot in the operational evaluation of the SU-30MKI aircraft, he has often been called by the Air HQ to analyse and resolve issues related to the operational employment or maintenance of this technologically advanced flying machine. He is a qualified Pilot Attack Instructor, Qualified Flying Instructor and an Experimental Test Pilot, a rare combination which has been achieved by only a handful of pilots till date. He also has an impeccable Flight Safety record in his 2800 hrs of flying. The officer has earlier been commended by the Chief of the Air Staff twice in 1999 and 2009. In Sep 2009, the officer was entrusted with the responsibility of raising the first SU-30MKI Sqn in Eastern Air Command. The resurrection of a new unit at a new base was a gigantic task. It involved putting in place the unit's operational, maintenance and administrative setup right from the grass roots level with extremely limited manpower and resources. His foresight, deep involvement, focus towards the task, ability to find pragmatic solutions and managerial skills ensured that the flying operations commenced in time and the monthly flying task has steadily grown to more than 225 hours within a short span of less than a year. The squadron achieved fully operational status within six months and has successfully participated in Exercise Indra Dhanush-03 with a foreign Air Force. His Squadron has also participated in the Republic Day Flypast and various other Command level exercises. The unit has also employed Laser Guided Bombs and operationalised the Flight Refueling Pod within this short span. The unit's progress towards achieving operational status and its performance in various exercises has been highly appreciated by all the dignitaries who visited the squadron. In spite of limited maintenance support and facilities, especially in the first year, the unit has been able to maintain a comparatively higher serviceability vis-a-vis other SU-30MKI squadrons of the IAF. Currently, the unit is fully geared towards taking on any task and is being gainfully employed in the Eastern sector which bears testimony to his untiring efforts and leadership. While according very high priority to the task at hand, he has never lost sight of morale and welfare of Squadron personnel. He exudes zeal for modernisation and innovation and has been able to motivate all the air warriors towards better work output. In short, he has led from the front and led by example. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)' to Wing Commander Dharmendra Singh Dangi.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Manish Vasantkumar Patel 22152 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Wing Commander Manish Vasantkumar Patel (22152) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned on 19 Dec 92 as a pilot in the IAF. He has operated in various operational helicopter units all over the country. He is a Category A Qualified Flying Instructor, a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, he has been the Flight Commander of a Mi-17 IV unit in the northern sector and is presently posted as Commanding Officer of a Cheetah helicopter unit at one of the front line bases of the IAF since 29 Jun 09. The officer has displayed commendable initiative, dedication and dynamism in commanding his unit in the most operational and challenging environments of the Siachen Glacier. He has flown more than 5000 hrs of accident free flying, of which over 1500 hrs are in high altitudes and over 1000 hrs are in 'Op Meghdoot' in the Siachen Glacier. He has executed more than 800 landings at helipads which are amongst the highest operational helipads in the world. Under his command the unit has flown more than 6500 hrs undertaking tasks in treacherous mountain terrain and unpredictable weather. With his meticulous planning and judicious use of resources, the unit has exceeded the allotted air maintenance task for sustaining the troops deployed along the border areas consecutively for last two years. The heroic efforts of the unit during the flash floods at Leh in Aug 2010 earned high praise for him and the unit in the national and international media. His leadership has been inspirational in stimulating his subordinates towards achieving very high operational standards which has now become a hallmark of his unit. The induction of Cheetah helicopters in the unit and its successful utilisation in the Siachen Glacier took place under his leadership. He worked tirelessly to solve all teething problems related to this new induction including training of air warriors, formulating Standard Operating Procedures and instituting safe flight and maintenance practices. The concern and motivation that he has displayed for his men operating in temperatures as low as minus 30 degrees centigrade and in the most difficult of circumstances has kept the morale of his unit very high. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)' to Wing Commander Manish Vasantkumar Patel
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Yashpal Singh Dhariwal 22171 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Wing Commander Yashpal Singh Dhariwal (22171) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned as a fighter pilot on 19 Dec 92. He has 1300 hours of flying experience on fighters and 1650 hours of Remotely Piloted Aircraft. He is Qualified Internal Pilot Instructor and also the command examiner for Mission Commander / Internal Pilot in SWAC. Presently he is commanding a Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Squadron at frontline airbase since 20 Apr 09. On 23 Feb 11, he was authorised to fly a circuit and landing sortie as Mission Commander and Internal Pilot Instructor on Heron RPA. The take off was uneventful, during the first circuit while turning from downwind to base leg, he noticed engine RPM reducing below flight idle limits along with engine oil pressure reducing at a faster rate. This was followed by engine cut warning coming on, sensing the gravity of the situation he took charge of the situation, maintaining cool and calm composure, he announced the emergency on intercom to External Pilot and continued to provide all necessary flight parameters towards safe recovery of the aircraft. His pro-activeness, concise transmission and assertiveness helped in safe recovery of Heron RPA with a failed engine. Wg Cdr Dhariwal is a dynamic officer with exceptional professional knowledge achieved through hard work and perseverance. As the Commanding Officer he has led the squadron from the front by ensuring sagacious planning, foresight and achieved enviable status of best RPA serviceability state in the entire RPA fleet, the squadron was commended for 100 % serviceability state twice by HQ SWAC. Under his leadership, the squadron has trained maximum number of External Pilots to facilitate smooth operations of RPA in IAF. His decision making abilities, level of staff work, command and control are of exceptional order. Despite his demanding appointment, he is ever willing to take on any additional service commitment and accomplish it with enthusiasm. For exceptional devotion to duty, quick and correct decision making while handling a complex emergency in air in saving the valuable aircraft, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)' to Wing Commander Yashpal Singh Dhariwal.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg Cdr Subramaniam Srinivasan 23773 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 15 Aug 12 Announced 15 Aug 12
Details : Wing Commander Subramaniam Srinivasan (23773) Flying Pilot is on the posted strength of a Cheetah! Chetak Helicopter Unit as Flight Commander, at Air force Station Leh since 07 Feb 11. On 26 Aug 11, Wg Cdr S Srinivasan , was authorised to lead a two helicopter formation to rescue a critically ill American member of an Indo-American team of mountaineers which was climbing down from Saser Kangri-II peak. The expedition team requested for an air rescue through their organising agency and the embassy in India. Despite very limited time and information available to him, he along with his crewmembers displayed extreme swiftness and professionalism in planning the mission, which included the route and fuel planning, power requirement and a plan to execute the search and rescue. After carrying out the detailed analysis and assessment of the situation, he ensured that the formation was airborne in a matter of minutes. He reached the area, started a search pattern, and quickly spotted the casualty. He found that the landing site was at the density altitude of 23000 ft, which is at the absolute limits of aircraft operating envelope Also, the site was located on a treacherous' glacier amidst wide crevasses. The inhospitable terrain coupled with negligible reserve of power and turbulence in the area, left him with no margins at all in case of an eventuality. However, he remained undeterred, used his experience, and well calculated judgment to execute an extremely difficult approach to land on loose snow in a very restricted space. The casualty was taken on board without wasting any time and the rescue team landed back at Leh within two hours. This act of valour by Wg Cdr S Srinivasan, wherein he lead the mission efficiently in the face of inhospitable terrain and extremely demanding conditions, showcases the highest level of leadership, professionalism and exceptional courage. This daring rescue from the dizzying heights of Saser Kangri has enhanced the glory of Indian Air Force well beyond national boundaries. For act of exceptional courage, professional competence and successful execution of the rescue mission, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Wing Commander Subramaniam Srinivasan.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Jaspal Singh Aulakh 15363 LGSUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Air Commodore Jaspal Singh Aulakh (15363) Logistics was commissioned on 08 June 78 in the Logistics Branch of IAF. The 33 years that proceeded, include fine performance as Senior Logistics Officer at two flying stations, Commanding Officer of Movement Control Unit and an Equipment Depot, Director Stores at Air HQs and instructor at College of Defence Management. He is presently Principle Director of Procurement (PD Pro c) at Air HQ. He has been commended by the Chief of Air Staff in Aug 1989. During 'Op Safed Sagar', Air Force Station Chandigarh was designated IAF nodal hub. Officer on account of his meticulous planning formed Logistics Support cell providing 24x7 services to Ops Sqn. Large volume of armament and critical stores were mobilized on make shift pallets ensuring quick turnaround time of aircraft. As Director Stores, during period 2004-06, the officer brought about dynamic changes in enhancing the ATF tankage by initiating case for construction of BPI (Bulk Petroleum Installation) by the PSU Oil Companies at their cost besides economising on refueling by providing Hydrant facilities and into - aeroplane refueling by Oil Companies. His vigorous efforts, effective liaison and persistent follow-up resulted in acceptance of construction of BPI's and services by PSU Oil Companies at their cost thus accruing huge saving to the exchequer. The officer also introduced direct dispensing of MT fuel by Mls IOC on the concept of Company Owned Company Operated Model at Air Force Station New Delhi which is the only of its kind amongst Services. As Commanding Officer of an Equipment Depot the officer brought about best inventory management practices by introducing Vertical Carousal Systems for housing Embraer and Boeing Spares. The depot also had the rare distinction of being the first depot to be certified as ISO 9001-2000. After taking over as PD Proc, the procurement functions at Air HQ in the recent past have witnessed fructification of several contracts with utmost transparency as per CVC guidelines. Air Cmde Jaspal Singh Aulakh all through his tenure, has displayed a quest for excellence and simplifications of the system to improve efficiency. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Jaspal Singh Aulakh.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Reetinder Singh Sodhi 15693 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Air Commodore Reetinder Singh Sodhi (15693) Flying (Pilot)was commissioned in the Fighter Stream on 15 Jun 79 and is on the posted strength of Directorate of Aerospace Safety since 01 Jul 09. The officer has more than 2600 hrs of flying experience. He is a Qualified flying Instructor, an alumnus of both Defence Services Staff College and College of Defence Management. The officer has commanded a Guided Weapon Squadron and has also performed the duties of Directing Staff at College of Air warfare and College of Defence Management. His ability to impart and guide the minds of young commanders to focus towards good operational solutions was noteworthy. Additionally, during his command of a front line Tactical Air Centre the unit was assessed 'Above the Average' by Dte of Air Staff Inspection. He has been commended by the chief of the integrated staff in 2009. During the present tenure as Director Aerospace Safety the officer has been entrusted with the responsibility of prevention of accidents/incidents. Armed with his professional knowledge and experience, the officer has been instrumental in leading many recent initiatives taken by the Directorate of Aerospace Safety. These initiatives have resulted in reducing the accident rates after a steady rise during the past three years. Some of the initiatives like Air Force System of Error Management, Environment Management of Airfield Area, Anti Bird Modules and stringent Anti Foreign Object Damage measures have been very effective in producing desired results. In the last one and a half year, he has also headed Interaction visits to various flying stations to check Compliance and Performance. During these visits he imparts valuable knowledge to the field units and sets high professional standards to achieve high degree of aerospace safety thus achieve operational goals of the IAF. He has also been actively involved in shaping the Accident Probability Factor model which has been recently introduced in IAF. The officer was nominated as Organising Secretary of the International Flight Safety Conference conducted by the JAF. With his extremely effective and a dynamic leadership, the Conference was meticulously planned, organised and flawlessly conducted. Additionally, the officer has efficiently managed the budget pertaining to Aerospace Safety. He has been able to effectively utilize the allocated funds with no wasteful expenditure. For distinguished service of high order, displaying a very high degree of professionalism, initiative, leadership and total dedication to service Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Reetinder Singh Sodhi.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Narinder Pal Singh Dalmi 16872 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Narinder Pal Singh Dalmi (16872) Accounts, was commissioned on 04 Jun 82 and presently serving as the Command Accountant Officer at HQ WAC. He has held important field and staff appointments in his service career where due to his professionalism he has made substantial contribution to enhance the quality of financial and inventory management of Indian Air Force. At AF Station Ambala, he had provided excellent administrative support to the 200 strong IAF contingent proceeding to Alaska for exercise 'Cope Thunder'. He meticulously processed all sanctions and ensured provisioning of stores of very high quality. Though Ambala was devoid of any Forex facility. he due to his personal and untiring effort was able to provide foreign exchange facility at the door step whereby saving precious man hours and to avoid any inconvenience to the personnel. As Command Accountant Officer, he constantly monitored the Public Fund management in the stations and utilized his excellent knowledge, wide experience and vision to ensure that no Financial Irregularity occurred during the last three years. He also prepared and processed flawless Statements of Case for a large number of projects which resulted in clearance of all proposals by the IFA and CFA in a record time. His financial analytical ability and prudent application led to optimum utilisation of the funds under the various Locally Controlled Heads. During the year 2009-10 there had been extensive movement of Flying Squadrons to alternate bases due to runway resurfacing. Frequent move of squadrons for long durations required dynamic provisioning / planning of funds and ensuring its best utilisation without compromising on resources. Further, Avantipur and Srinagar are regularly facing disruptions in civic facilities due to terrorist activities, riots and bandhs leading to closure of banks for long durations. To obviate the serious issue affecting the morale of the personnel, he evolved an innovative procedure for systematic withdrawal of cash from banks in other cities and ensured availability of cash for disbursement of pay and allowances and other station commitments. His constant monitoring of expenditure and rendering timely and appropriate advice to the field units ensured excellent support services in the best interest of the service. During the last two Air Force Day Parades, the officers' involvement in meticulous planning, budgeting and execution has been the major contributing factor for the successful culmination of the mega event. Further, as PMC of the Officers Mess he improved and upgraded the facilities for the members and transiting officers. With the result a sea change was visible in standard of rooms and house keeping for an unusually large number of officers in transit. Given the task of improving the Unit Run Canteen facilities, he took the challenge and was instrumental in bringing about total transformation in the working / functional environment of the canteen. Through efficient indent management and constant new introductions, the canteen provides excellent customer satisfaction. He is always focused on macro issues with a clear vision for achieving the desired objectives. He is always willing to contribute in any field of administrative activities. He also reviewed the utilisation of Non Public / Welfare Funds for optimum utilization and ensured essential welfare facilities were available in all Stations under WAC. The sincere efforts resulted in improvement of quality of life and morale of the Air Warriors. For distinguished service of high order Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Narinder Pal Singh Dalmi.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Anil Tiwari 17160 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Air Commodore Anil Tiwari, VM (17160) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a Helicopter Pilot on 28 May 83. During 28 years of his distinguished service, he has held several important command and staff appointments. He was entrusted to raise and command the first Mi-17 IV Helicopter unit at one of the front line bases of the IAF with responsibility of Air Maintaining the Siachen Glacier. He was Contingent Commander of UN Mission in Sudan. His contingent was the first Indian contingent to be awarded UNMIS unit citation. He has also commanded AF Stn Bamrauli, Allahabad. He is a staff college graduate and has undergone the Higher Air Command Course . He has been Directing Staff (Cl Transport & Helicopter) at College of Air Warfare. He is a Type Qualified Flying Instructor and has 5800 hrs of flying all over India & abroad to his credit. He was awarded Vayu Sena Medal in 2003 for winching out stranded persons from truck tops in a river. The officer took over as Air Officer Commanding of Air Force Station Leh on 27 Jul 09. The station is the highest operational base in the world and a lifeline of Ladakh sector. Under his command Nyoma ALG (a strategic base in East Ladakh) was made operational and future development plans were formulated, Kargil Air to Ground Range was made operational for live firing after a long layoff. His personal involvement ensured smooth high altitude trials of MMRCA, Heavy Lift Helicopters, Attack Helicopters and Strategic Lift Transport Aircraft and the station was highly appreciated by all. Under his command Air Force Station Leh was awarded 'Pride of WAC', for the first time, in Dec 09, and 'Best Helicopter /Transport Base' of WAC in Nov 10. On the night of 05 Aug 10, Leh area was devastated by massive flash floods. The area was totally cut off from the whole world and the runway also came under water & mud. Analysing the gravity of the situation and the importance of the runway, the full station was activated and the runway was cleared in record time. For the next fortnight IL-76 / AN-32 / Civil Airlines continued the work of getting-in supplies and taking out injured and stranded passengers throughout the day. Simultaneously, helicopters were pressed into service for relief and rescue work. Besides aerial dropping of relief material they also rescued 112 foreign tourists from heights of 14,000 ft. Air Cmde Anil Tiwari led from the front and not only saw that all operations continued smoothly but also flew to evacuate the foreigners. This earned the country lot of gratitude from different foreign countries. Air Force and air warriors of Leh were congratulated by President, Prime Minister, Defence Minister and other dignitaries who came to see the relief work, for their tireless and dedicated work. For his exemplary vision, professional competence and distinguished service of high order, and leading his station at a time of great national calamity, Hon'ble President is pleased to award , Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Cmde Anil Tiwari, VM.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Daniel Victor 17198 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Daniel Victor (17198) Administration was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in the Administration branch on 28 May 83. In the 28 years of distinguished service, he has held various sensitive and prestigious appointments including Command of an Airmen Selection Centre. Instructor at the prestigious National Defence Academy and Station Commander of Air Force Station Phalodi. His professionalism of high order earned him commendations by Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Vice Chief of the Air Staff and Chief of the Air Staff. In 2005, he was posted as Station Commander, Air Force Station Phalodi and assigned the task of raising this premier frontline base under South Western Air Command. With a team of 37 air warriors which included two officers he initiated the process of planning the multi-crore infrastructure required for this frontline air base. With virtually no accommodation for office or living, the officer could motivate the air warriors to work under extremely adverse weather and living conditions. His professional competence and planning abilities have contributed in a well planned infrastructure with high quality of work and timely completion of all projects which included Runway and taxiways, all Other Than Married Quarters (OTM)and living accommodation. Today Air Force Station Phalodi has come up as a full-fledged air base, plugging the gap between AF Station Nal and Jaisalmer. It is by virtue of his accumulated hands-on experience in the development of a new base that he is now a repository of works related knowledge which he continues to apply systematically in bringing up an infrastructurally outdated base of 1944 vintage at Tambaram. The amount of efforts involved in resolving the issues related to modification, alteration and demolition is enormous. He is presently closely associated with planning of works services for induction of Indigenous Jet Trainer aircraft at space Air Force Station Tambaram. Gp Capt Victor epitomises sincerity, hard work and method in his field of work. Besides setting a personal example, he has an ability to muster and groom his team mates who form a highly motivated and vibrant group with a purpose to contribute more and more to the service. Due to the officer's administrative acumen and management skills, he has brought about a qualitative improvement in the quality of life of Station personnel and was also selected as Presiding Officer by Training Command for conducting a special Court of Inquiry related to the Aero India held at Yelahanka. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Daniel Victor.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Sanjay Aneja 17234 LGSUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Sanjay Aneja (17234) Logistics was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in the Logistics Branch on 28 May 83. Since then he has held a number of important appointments such as Senior Logistics Officer (SLO), Logistics Group Commander, Joint Director Op Lgs at HQ IDS and Station Commander, AF Station, Digaru. He has always contributed towards better operational preparedness with his innovative, progressive and positive ideas. His contribution towards improvement of stores management and user satisfaction while at 13 BRD was noteworthy. He created better infrastructure and state of the art facilities in stores and transportation. His knowledge and interpretation of the rules resulted in procurement of sophisticated test equipment which subsequently resulted in international accreditation. He was responsible for smooth induction of a SU-30 squadron as SLO. The entire procurement for Ex Garuda in France was personally planned and executed to perfection by him. He was also responsible for setting up the HQ SWAC Com Fit as the 0 i/c Advance Party on its move from Jodhpur to Vadodara. Group Captain Sanjay Aneja took over command of an Air Storage Park (ASP)on 11 May 09 and since then has put the Station on the path of continuous progress. His positive energy and relentless pursuit of goals has resulted in better availability of spares and smooth induction of SU-30 MKI and Dornier fleets in EAC. With his ingenuity and dogged approach, he has ensured utilization of 654 lines of non moving inventory worth Rs. 15 lakh. His efforts in the Station resulted in remarkable improvement in the quality of life by way of provision of shopping complex, indoor badminton and squash court, tennis court and Dolby system in the auditorium. His keen interest in adventure and sports also came to the forefront as Station Commander, Digaru. Cycle expeditions were organised in 2010 and 2011 covering 600 and 2000 Kms (Digaru to Delhi) respectively. The ASP performed exceedingly well in Inter Wing sports and secured first position in three events, second position in five events and third position in three events in 2010. The Station under his leadership bagged the trophies for Best Primary School in JAF, Best Non flying Station in EAC, Rajbhasha Gold Shield and Best AFWWA venture in 2010, and was adjudged Best in Sports in EAC for the year 2011. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Sanjay Aneja.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Jonnalagedda Chalapati 17358 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Air Commodore Jonnalagedda Chalapati (17358) Flying (Pilot)was commissioned on 22 Dec 83 as a fighter pilot and is presently serving as Principal Director Air Staff Requirements. In his 28 years of service, he has flown 3000 hours on more than 25 aircraft. He served as a Qualified flying Instructor at Air Force Academy and an Experimental Test Pilot at Aircraft & Systems Testing Establishment, involving himself with many important trials for aircraft and equipment being inducted into service. He also commanded the Operational Conversion Unit, where he was responsible for a perceptible upgradation in the training standards of young fighter pilots during this crucial training phase. He was selected to undergo the staff course at Bracknell in United Kingdom, where he lived upto expectations and performed exceedingly well. In all institutions and formations where he has been posted, the officer has left an indelible mark of excellence which has been noticed and commented upon. Air Commodore Chalapati took over as the Principal Director Air Staff Requirements at a crucial time when the IAF had commenced its modernization drive, with substantial increase in number of major acquisitions. The officer immediately involved himself in all the projects that were underway and displaying a very high level of professional expertise, he was very effective in coordinating all activities of the directorate towards fructification of all procurement schemes. His personal interest in guiding the project officers, maintaining effective liaison with officials of the Ministry of Defence and good articulation skills in lucidly expounding the viewpoint of the IAF at all forums, ensured that major procurement schemes of the IAF progressed on schedule. He was also instrumental in formulating a clear and cogent procedure for dealing with Foreign Military Sale cases with the United States Government. Under his able stewardship, the directorate concluded very significant contracts like sensor fused weapon, Harpoon Missile, additional Light Combat Aircraft, additional Akash Missile, additional Low Level Quick Reaction Missile and upgrade of Remotely Piloted Aircraft. Apart from the contracts which were concluded he with his foresight and vision progressed important projects like MMRCA, C-17, Mirage 2000 upgrade, Procurement of MICA, Basic trainer aircraft, New Generation Precision Guided Munitions for Jaguar aircraft, Heavy lift helicopters and attack helicopters to near conclusion stage. He worked tirelessly and contributed immensely to the force building of Indian Air Force, thereby enhancing National Security. His planning and negotiating skills and deep understanding of the procurement procedures were also highly appreciated by the acquisition wing of the Ministry of Defence of Government of India. For distinguished services of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Jonnalagedda Chalapati.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Rana Sanjeev Mehndiratta 17394 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Rana Sanjeev Mehndiratta (17394) Administration is on the posted strength of Air Force Station Bagdogra as Chief Administrative Officer (C Adm 0) wef 27 Apr 09 and has maintained the highest personal standards of professionalism and conduct. He was adjudged the best all round officer in Fighter Controllers Course and participated in Operation Brasstacks in 1987 as a Fighter Controller. He was adjudged the best all round officer in Advanced Navigation course and had maintained Cat 'A' on An-32 and Avro aircraft. He is also a Qualified Navigation Instructor. He was selected for SU-30 aircraft and had undergone the MCF for SU-30 aircraft. He is an experienced Interviewing Officer at Air Force Selection Board. A keen sportsman, he had participated in the Air Force team Kayaking expedition in 1987 as an active participant. He has been the IAF member (Internal Security) at National Security Council Secretariat during his stint at Air HQ. As C Adm 0, he embarked upon providing the best administrative leadership with his varied experience in Indian Air Force. He has enhanced the quality of life of the air warriors at the Station with the concept of door to door maintenance, ensuring high quality of work services, providing amenities and recreation facilities to the air warriors, thus bringing a visible change in the quality of life, besides ensuring very high morale of the personnel of the Station. The Station was entrusted with the responsibility of conducting of President's Standard Presentation to 44 Sqn and 110 HU at a very short notice. The planning was made more challenging due to the fact that both the units receiving standards were out Station units and the task also involved planning and timely execution of about fifty work services. An event of this magnitude and national importance calls for flawless planning, efficient execution and ability to motivate the officers and men to work as a team to achieve the goal All of this was achieved due to the relentless efforts and flawless coordination displayed by the officer. The event was conducted in a befitting manner and was appreciated by all the dignitaries. The efforts put in by him as C Adm 0 of the Station has been appreciated by various visiting dignitaries. He has been instrumental in maintaining a very high morale of his team of officers and men to ensure exceptional quality of work in the most congenial atmosphere. He goes beyond the call of his duty to ensure synergy at all levels at the Station to achieve the organizational goals. For distinguished service of high order and devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Rana Sanjeev Mehndiratta.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Samuel Manohar Nicodemus 17449 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Air Commodore Nicodemus Manohar Samuel, VrC (17449) Flying(pilot) was commissioned as a helicopter pilot in the Indian Air Force on OS Jun S4. Over the years he has built up extensive operational experience in flying all over the country, as well as with the IPKF in Sri Lanka, during which he was awarded the Vir Chakra for gallantry. Having qualified as a Qualified Flying Instructor and an Experimental Test Pilot, he held instructional appointments at the Basic Flying Training School and as Senior Test Flying Instructor at the Air Force Test Pilot School. A Master Green rating holder on Helicopters and Command/Type examiner on Mi-S/ Mi-17 helicopters, he has flown over 4700 hours of incident free flying. He was also appointed as an Experimental Test Pilot at Aircraft & Systems Testing Establishment, Commanding Officer of a helicopter unit in the Eastern Sector, Joint Director Air Staff Requirements and Director Projects at Air HQ, before his tenure as Station Commander of an operational wing in J & K Sector. He was selected as part of the IAF team for two successive expeditions to Antarctica, and also commanded a helicopter unit as part of MONUC - the UN peacekeeping force in Congo. He is presently the Head of the Faculty of Behavioral Sciences at the College of Defence Management, Secunderabad. As Head of Faculty, the officer has played a key role in facilitating the implementation of wide reaching changes which the College has undertaken to bring it on par with its illustrious counterparts in the civil sector, viz., the HMs and Business Schools. His contribution as part of the core team in charge of rationalising the syllabus, re-structuring the content & conduct of sessions, and as an initiator of a revamped instructional pedagogy with greater focus on interactive skills, have been critical to the success of the change process. Under his able guidance, the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences has been able to transform itself into a team of competent professionals, widely respected both by the participants within the College, as also by the large number of external clientele who have been benefited by frequent capsules conducted by the Faculty for civil and military establishments around the country, in the fields of Strategic Management and Organisational Behaviour. As Head of the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, the officer has spearheaded efforts to organise panel discussions on a variety of subjects pertaining to Strategic Management and Organisational Behaviour. His stewardship of the panel discussions on Leadership, Human Resource Development and Strategic Management conducted at the College under the aegis of the Faculty with speakers of great eminence and repute, were noteworthy for the level of success achieved, resulting in wide acclaim to the College and bringing it to the forefront of the management environment in the country. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Nicodemus Manohar Samuel, VrC.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Ranjan Mukherjee 17528 LGSUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Ranjan Mukherjee (17528) Logistics was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in the Logistics Branch on 08 Jun 84. A thorough professional logistician with vast and varied experience, he has held various important appointments which include Senior Logistics Officer of a Radar Station, Joint Director Logistics Regulations at Air HQ and staff at an operational command HQ. Since June 2007 he is posted as the Officer on Special Duty to the Hon'ble Lt. Governor, Delhi in the Govt. of NCT, Delhi. He was commended by the Chief of the Air Staff twice, in 1988 and 2009 and by the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief in 2000. Over the years Group Captain Ranjan Mukherjee has adopted himself extremely well to functioning in the set up of the civil administration in the Govt. of NCT of Delhi and has been able to establish very good rapport with various wings of the Government. He has demonstrated excellent administrative keenness and skill in handling several complex issues. His past vast experience is a strength to assist in many activities of Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Disaster Preparedness, Grievance redressed, Traffic Management, Press and to oversee many special projects. He has proved to be a valuable asset to the office of Lt. Governor, Delhi. His initiative, zeal, effective leadership and managerial abilities, commitment to accomplish the assigned tasks with highest professional ethics, and complete reliability are exemplary. His rich experience, vast knowledge of Materials Management, timely follow-up action and negotiating skills have been contributing positively to the follow up of several important and time bound projects. He is an intelligent, extremely hardworking, innovative, highly informed and enterprising individual who combines ingenuity and professionalism. Gp Capt Mukherjee possesses abundant enthusiasm, high level of energy and goes all out to contribute to the resolution of ground-level problems. Gp Capt Mukherjee has proved himself to think and steer, out of the box solutions. He is the nodal officer who interacted with some of the Govt. of NCT agencies to introduce ex-servicemen. The organisations have gained in a good measure to proactively address the complaints of the general public. For his distinguished service of high order and devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Ranjan Mukherjee.
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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