Sqn Ldr Sunil Kumar Sharma was commissioned on 15 June 1980 and has commanded a Mobile Observation Flight (MOF). During this tenure he had simultaneously officiated as the CO of another MOF. A total of nine observation posts (OP), jointly from both these MOFs, have been continuously deployed in 'OP Meghdoot' area. The MOF observation posts are not only highest in the world located at altitude of 15000 ft to 18000 ft but are also vulnerable to enemy fire. The operators have to live in shelters which are snowbound round the year with strong icy winds and tempratures ranging between - 15Ã‚Â°C to -45Ã‚Â°C. It is to the credit of Sqn Ldr Sharma that despite these he, with his involvement, professionalism and selfless devotion to duty, ensured that all his MOF posts remained fully operational and effective throughout his tenure. The successful observation and timely reporting of Pakistani Lama helicopter intruding into our territory during August 1992, which was ultimately shot down by our Forces, was also during his tenure. Realising the great hardship of his airmen, he kept his airmen highly motivated and dedicated towards their tasks by leading from the front by frequently visiting the forward posts, supervising and reassessing the situation, guiding and training them at their OP location and looking after their welfare needs despite the climatic and operational constraints. He ensured that all communication and OP equipment was kept fully serviceable throughout and his manpower trained on the newly inducted high-tech equipments. With his professional competence and excellent managerial qualities, he had the rare distinction of achieving 'Above Average' performance during Air Staff Inspection.
For distinguished service of high order the President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Sqn Ldr Sunil Kumar Sharma.