Wg Cdr Guleria has displayed exemplary professional vision and commitment to Service to bring about a distinct and qualitative improvement in the maintenance capabilities of the Station. Setting up of the Model MCC and night facilities for second line servicing of MiG-21 aircraft in a blast pen are unique Achievements. During "Operation Parakaram", he worked with tremendous dedication in meeting the maintenance related requirements of four Fighter Squad rons, two Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Squadrons, a Pechora Squadron and three Radar Units. He led his personnel from the front and worked tirelessly without a break to sustain 75 per cent serviceability.
The officer has contributed immensely in setting up maintenance facilities and streamlining technical procedures for the newly inducted UAV Squadron. He has been instrumental in setting up of the Technical Type training School for UAV at this Station and conducting courses since 11 Nov 2002.
He has played a stellar role in fabricating a number of innovative testers/rigs and an indigenous Camera Junction Unit (CJU) for a Fighter Reconnaissance aircraft, thereby saving precious foreign exchange. The indigenisation of CJU alone has resulted in a saving of Rs. 8.8 Lakhs. In addition, his efforts for indigenisation of critically required cooling part for UAV squadron have been successful. This alone has resulted in saving approximately Rs. 19 Lakhs on a single piece. The saving would be many times more depending upon the number of pieces ordered for various other Squadrons.
For his distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Mahender Kumar Guleria.