|Date of Birth:||-- --- --|
|Date Commissioned||22 Dec 1983||Course||132 Course|
|Service End||Retired on 30 Nov 2004|
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|01 Jul 2002 - 20 Jun 2004||Wg Cdr||No.131 FAC Flight||Halwara||CO|
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|Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)|
|Sqn Ldr||Hemant Kumar Sachdeva||17355 F(P)||Award Date 26 Mar 1998||Announced 26 Jan 1999|
|Details :|| |
Squadron Leader Hemant Kumar Sachdeva (17355) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of a Helicopter Unit wef 12 January 98. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor and is also the Flight Commander of the Unit.
During his tenure, Squadron Leader Sachdeva has flown over 120 hours in Siachen Glacier and has led the younger pilots from the front, often through heavy enemy firing. As Flight Commander, he attained the "Glacier Ops" status within a very short span of three months and thereafter took on the Glacier training of young pilots with full gusto. He also played a key role in planning and execution of an engine change and retrieval of an aircraft from one of the highest helipads in the world.
Since 26 March 98, there had been a spate of engine malfunctions in Siachen Area. While this trend was alarming, the engines were not available for investigation due to either enemy action or take off weight constraints of high altitude. Squadron Leader Sachdeva volunteered to fly single pilot from a high altitude helipad to Base Camp to overcome the take off weight constraints. This decision was taken consciously and with full knowledge of the hazards involved in undertaking single pilot operation in the Glacier, only so that an analysis of engine malfunctions occurring at those altitudes could be done. The defective engine was flown down single pilot by Squadron Leader Sachdeva on 14 July 98.
For displaying exceptional courage and professionalism even at the cost of personal safety, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Squadron Leader HK Sachdeva.
|Unit : 114 HU|
|Reference : Gazette of India dated 29th May 1999 - No.91-Pres/99 dated 26th January 1999|