|Service No || 18073 ||Branch || F(P) |
|Date of Birth: ||-- --- -- || || |
|Date Commissioned || 06 Dec 1985 ||Course || 136 Course |
|Service End ||Retired on 15 Apr 2012|
|Remarks : |
|Sqn Ldr : 06 Dec 1996||Gp Capt : 01 Aug 2008||Air Cmde : 17 Aug 2011|
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|05 Aug 2002 - 18 Jul 2004||Wg Cdr||No.127 Helicopter Unit||Mohanbari ||CO |
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|Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)|
|Wg Cdr||Sanjay Anand Kunte||18073 F(P)||Award Date ||Announced 26 Jan 2005|
|Details :|| Wing Commander Sanjay Anand Kunte (18073) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned on 06 Dec 1985. He is the commanding officer of a helicopter unit since 05 August 2002.
In Jun 03, Eastern Air Command (EAC) was tasked with preparing for 'Op Fort William'. This included coordinating the joint planning and training of a large number of army troops and aircrew of the three helicopter units of EAC. It also involved formulating innovative tactics especially with Night Vision Goggles (NVG). Being the only NVG supervisor in EAC, Wg Cdr Kunte singleÃ¯Â·â€œhandedly took on the task of imparting NVG training to pilots of EAC. His farsightedness, flawless planning and eye for detail were instrumental in his being selected as Task Force Commander for the operations. He planned and executed training of 3600 troops and 60 aircrew at various locations in the NorthÃ¯Â·â€œEast. He played an important role in formulating the appreciation and detailed plan of action for the operations.
During the actual deployment phase of the operations, Wg Cdr Kunte displayed very high degree of professionalism and coordinated the move of units and execution of the plan in an absolute flawless manner, which was appreciated by the Chief of Army Staff and Headquarters of Royal Bhutan Army. This resulted in the Air Force and Army gaining immense goodwill of the Bhutanese authorities.
For exceptional devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Sanjay Anand Kunte.
|Unit : 127 HU|
|Reference : Gazette of India dated 9th April 2005 - No.28-Pres/2005 dated 26th January 2005 & AFD2005 Investiture |