Sqn Leader Prathap had already proved his impeccable credentials in the field during the period June 1973 to September 1995. At a relatively lower rank of Flt Lt he managed the Technical Flight at a fighter base with rare efficiency and dedication up to excellent standard. While achieving this he displayed commendable professional skill and mature administrative ability. He managed to instill a sense of purpose, feeling of camaraderie and sound work culture amongst the Flight Technicians.
Sqn Leader Prathap always strives for professional excellence. At Air HQ, he has consistently tried to make his staff work flawless. Sqn Ldr Prathap has patiently and carefully collected data on spares, overhaul procedures, production constraints and the defects of R-29 engines. These engines are of vital importance for the ground attack fleet. His meticulous and painstaking staff work has facilitated finalisation of important contracts for spares and overhaul. Quick to realise the importance of defect investigations reports and servicing bulletins, he managed to implement recommendations for these reports through a strict follow-up. When the Kargil conflict erupted in May 1999, a few fighter aircraft and helicopters were required to be urgently modified for RWR and Chaff/ IR flare dispensers. The task involved new modifications, demodifications and shifting of the modification equipment and modification team between various bases. Squadron Leader Prathap, having already kept the tract of modifications and the mod kits, could avoid the possible confusion and ensured smooth mod/demod process.
For this steadfast perseverance based on logical plans, devotion to profession, sincerity of purpose and quest for professional excellence, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Sqn Ldr D Prathap.