| Group Captain Puneet Vig (23733) was commissioned to in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in the flying branch on 16 Dec 95 and is commanding a premier fighter squadron of Jaguar aircraft since 29 Apr 13. The Officer is a Qualified Flying Instructor and a OS graded alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College (DSSC).He was a member of the elite Suryakiran Formation Aerobatic Team and has also served as the Flight Commander of a leading maritime strike squadron. He is a highly qualified pilot with over 3900 hrs of accident/incident free fighter flying with over 1900 hrs on Jaguars. Under his command the squadron excelled in all possible fields and peaked in its operational capability. As the commanding officer, he led from the front and ensured fulfillment of all assigned unit operational tasks across a varied spectrum. He flawlessly led the Republic Day fly past in January 2015 and the Air Force Day flypast in October 2013 earning all round plaudits. The squadron, with its impeccable weaponry performance, was adjudged overall Ex-Eklavya champion in 2014. Further, the squadron was also inspected by DASI during May 2014 with good results. His impetus towards operationally oriented training resulted in maximum aircrew being upgraded in their qualifications and proficiency. As a pioneering initiative after a long break, the unit successfully undertook heavy weight operations under his supervision. Under his command the unit has flown more than 4900 hours with a good aerospace safety record. Group Captain Puneet Vig keeps himself current in all the flying roles and always leads from the front with zeal and enthusiasm. He has flown more than 660 hours during his command tenure and is not only current in all flying roles assigned to the squadron. He takes keen interest in subordinate development and acts as a role model to constantly motivate his team to achieve higher standards. Under him, the unit remained highly cohesive and performed exceptionally well in sports, cultural and welfare activities. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty) to Group Captain Puneet Vig.