|Service No || 23499 ||Branch || ADM |
|Date of Birth: || || || |
|Date Commissioned || 12 May 1995 ||Course || |
|Service End ||No Details|
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|Wg Cdr : 17 Feb 2009|
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Notes: 1) Ranks shown are substantive ranks at retirement. 2)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 3)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.
|Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)|
|Sqn Ldr||Satyendra Kumar||23499 F(P)||Award Date ||Announced 26 Jan 2006|
|Details :|| Squadron Leader Salyendra Kuiiuir (23499) Administrative/Air Traffic Controller is on the posted strength of Air Force Station Carnicobar since 02 Feb 2004.
On 26 Dec 2004, Air Force Station Carnicobar was devastated by a severe earthquake followed by Tsunami waves. Sqn Ldr Kumar reacted in the nick of time and managed to move his family to safety. Immediately thereafter, he assumed his responsibility as Senior Air Traffic Control Officer (SATCO) and took stock of the situation.
Since the Air Traffic Control (ATC) structure had collapsed, he activated the ATC vehicle to act as a 'mobile ATC', On inspection of the runway he realised that only 7000 ft of runway length was available due to one end being submerged under seawaters and also the runway surface was degraded at various places. His quick assessment of the runway gave hope to everyone and evacuation was possible through fixed wing operation thus obviating a panic situation. He also was quick to realise that the working strength available to him was very minimum as many of his Air Field Safety Operators were either trapped in seawaters or were missing. Despite these constraints, he commenced providing Air Traffic Services immediately.
The insecurity of the Jetties made the runway at Carnicobar the focal point for all evacuation and ingress of relief supplies. The perception amongst the civil population that the island was sinking, generated mass hysteria among them, thereby was causing a mass influx onto the airfield. The threat to safe air operations was further compounded by the rapidly deteriorating runway surface. He personally took charge of the vigil and kept the Air Traffic well regulated. A round the clock intense operation of various types of aircraft was sustained by a few personnel though most facilities were non-functional. This Herculean feat was possible by his exceptional leadership and professionalism.
Sqn Ldr Satyendra Kumar while performing the duties nf Senior Air Traffic Control Officer has displayed a very high sense of responsibility, professionalism and leadership In the face of extreme adverse conditions without concern for his personal trauma or loss.
For his exceptional sense of duty, The Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Squadron Leader Satyendra Kumar.
|Unit : 37 Wing|
|Reference : Gazette of India dated 18th March 2006 - No.30-Pres/2006 dated 26th January 2006 & AFD2006 Investiture |