Wing Commander Anthony Richard (15027) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned on 10 June 77 in the Flying branch of the IAF. He has held the appointments of the Unit Flight Commander, Chief Operations Officer and Senior Flight Safety Officer. In 1992 he was awarded Chief of the Air Staff's Commendation.
Wing Commander Anthony Richard was appointed the Commanding Officer of a helicopter Unit on 24 July 95. On taking over, he faced the challenge of improving the helicopter serviceability state which was 51%. With his dynamic leadership and managerial skills he motivated the unit technical staff and achieved 100% helicopter serviceability in August 96, which was achieved for the first time in the history of the unit. In addition, he also undertook significant additional tasks simultaneously to improve the overall aircrew Categorisation State and operational preparedness of the unit. There were a total of 58 upgradations/initial categorisation of the aircrew and the monthly average flying was improved from 135 hours to 215 hours. During the DASI and four AEB visits, the unit performance was above average. In January 97, the unit participated in the Inter Command Helicopter competition "Exercise Ranvijay" and won two trophies. He himself flew over 688 hours towards sensitive communication duties, flood relief operations, Air Force/ Army exercises and training of young pilots, thus creating an atmosphere of confidence among the aircrew to take up challenges. With foresight, accurate planning and perseverance, he provided a new purpose and direction to the unit personnel.
For his devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Anthony Richard.