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Wing Commander Kondam Munisubrayachetty Raghuraman

Service No 24038 Branch F(P)
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Date Commissioned 29 Jun 1996 Course 157 Course
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Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 29 Jun 2009
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 1
 
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg CdrKondam Munisubrayachetty Raghuraman24038 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2014Announced 26 Jan 2014
Details : Wing Commander Kondam Munisubrayachetty Raghuraman (24038) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of an ALH Mk III Helicopter Unit and has been performing the duties of the Flight Commander since 01 Aug 11. A Qualified Flying Instructor with vast instructional experience, he has been involved in training and bringing up the operational status of the Unit right from the induction of ALH Mk III. On 17 Jun 13. the Unit was tasked to position three helicopters at Dehradun to undertake relief operations towards Op Rahat. The dedicated officer, although being on leave at this stage. willingly surrendered his leave and rejoined to perform the duties of the Detachment Commander of ALH Mk III at Dehradun. Meticulous planning for crew combination, selection of helicopters and requirements for establishing a three heptr detachment was carried out overnight and all helicopters were launched at first light on 18 Jun 13. Wg Cdr KM Raghuraman. after deploying at Dehradun and assessing the criticality of the calamity, immediately swung into action with his team. For maximising rescue effort, in consultation with the Task Force Commander, he repositioned the detachment at Gauchar ALG. Leading by example and utilising his entire experience of the hills, he carried out a recce of the affected area and nominated the rescue zones. The nominated areas, Gaurikund and Jungle Chatti had restricted space for landing due to heavy landslides and very little margin for any error. A detailed coordination meeting was held with the Civil Administration at Gauchar and the entire rescue team was thoroughly briefed by Wg Cdr Raghuraman. During the ensuing days, negotiating unpredictable weather and the treacherous terrain, Wg Cdr Raghuraman, along with his team carried out numerous landings at unprepared surfaces in the affected areas to rescue the stranded populace. With a dedicated aim in mind, he and his team flew vigorously in the flood hit areas, averaging 15 sorties per day and rescued 490 stranded pilgrims/locals in addition to dropping over 50 tons of relief material in the Kedarnath Valley without an accident/incident. For his meticulous planning and execution of rescue and relief operations and exceptional courage, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Wing Commander Kondam Munisubrayachetty Raghuraman.
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Reference : Air Force Day Booklet