|Service No & Branch||18635 ADM|
|Date of Birth: -- --- ----||Commissioned: 06 Dec 1986||Course: 79 GDOC Course|
|Qualifications Held :|
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|Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)|
|Sqn Ldr||Ashutosh Chaturvedi||18635 ADM||Award Date 22 Oct 2001||Announced 15 Aug 2002|
|Details :|| |
Squadron Leader Ashutosh Chaturvedi (18635) Adm/FC is on the posted strength of Air Force Station, Awantipora since 22 Feb 2000. The officer is NSG trained and has been performing the duties and responsibilities of Station Security Officer, O i/c QRT.
On 22 Oct 2001, at 1330 hrs, four Pakistani terrorists belonging to Laskar-e-Toiba, who were armed, attacked the main gate of the Air Force Station, Awantipora. Their aim was to gain access inside the Air Force Station and create havoc by destroying Aircraft, Missile Complexes and to create panic amongst personnel and their families. The terrorists were armed with AK-47 assault rifles and high explosive hand grenades.
On being informed about this attack, Sqn Ldr Chaturvedi immediately swung into action and alerted all the concerned personnel including QRT and reached the site instantly. He positioned himself strategically at the right flank and moved towards the main gate amidst heavy fire and explosions to control the situation. He directed the fire power at the required places and also initiated the necessary action for securing help from BSF and Army for strengthening the security and cordoning off the area for further security. At the very risk of his own life, he relentlessly continued to direct the firepower and guide the people in action on to the terrorists till all of them were killed. Had the terrorists gained access inside the station, it would have been catastrophic for the Air Base. For planning, training, directing and taking active part in an anti terrorist action that was so sudden and unforeseen, Sqn Ldr Chaturvedi displayed exceptional courage and acted in the best traditions of the Air Warriors of the Indian Air Force. For this act of exceptional courage, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Seva Medal' (Gallantry) to Squadron Leader Ashutosh Chaturvedi.
|Unit : AFS Awantipur|
|Reference : Gazette of India dated 16th November 2002 - No.145-Pres/2002 dated 15th August 2002|