|Service No & Branch||24203 F(P)|
|Date of Birth: -- --- --||Commissioned: 21 Dec 1996||Course: 158 Course|
|Service End:||No Details|
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|Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)|
|Wg Cdr||Bhupender Singh Sehrawat||24203 F(P)||Award Date 15 Aug 2006||Announced 15 Aug 2007|
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Squadron Leader Bhupender Singh Sehrawat (24203) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of a Mi-8 Helicopter Unit since 30 Apr 03. He is a very keen and competent flier having 2604 hours of accident/ incident free flying.
On 15 Aug 06, Sqn Ldr Sehrawat, while airborne for flood relief operations, received a distress message from Nagpur ATC that a rescue boat carrying seven persons had capsized in 'Wainganga' river. Realising the gravity of the situation he immediately turned the helicopter towards the mishap area. Enroute, he carried out a meticulous in-flight planning and briefing. The weather was extremely bad with heavy downpour, strong gusty winds, low clouds and poor visibility, but he continued undeterred. After an extensive search the survivors were located, clinging onto tall trees in the swirling waters of 'Wainganga' river. Though situation was precarious, he kept his cool and decided to winch up the survivors from a high hover in between the tall trees.
Sqn Ldr Sehrawat, after coming to a high hover, descended his helicopter in between the trees with rotor tips barely clear of the branches and winched down one of his crew. Persisting on with his courageous effort he carried out a prolonged hover in an extremely restricted space, adverse weather and extreme regimes of performance. Through out he displayed selfless courage, exceptional skills, leadership and dedicated pursuance. By his timely and co-ordinated act of gallantry, he safely rescued all the seven survivors whose lives would otherwise have surely been lost.
For this act of exceptional courage, exemplary leadership and professional acumen in executing this complex mission leading to saving seven human lives, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)' to Squadron Leader Bhupender Singh Sehrawat.
|Unit : 105 HU|
|Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)|
|Wg Cdr||Bhupender Singh Sehrawat||24203 F(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 2016||Announced 26 Jan 2016|
|Details :||Wing Commander Bhupender Singh Sehrawat, VM (24203) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in the flying branch on 21 Dec 96. Since 22 Jul 13, he is commanding a Cheetal and Cheetah helicopter unit, located at high altitude. The Unit has the distinction of operating at helipads between 19000 ft to 23000 ft in the Siachen Glacier. He has more than 6000 hrs of accident and incident free flying. Undertaking tasks in treacherous terrain and unpredictable weather, the Unit has flown more than 6550 hrs in 14350 sorties under his command. Under his command the unit participated in Op Meghdoot, Op Rakshak, Op Megh Rahat, Op Chumar, Op Phutkal, besides undertaking numerous casualty evacuations and extending valuable support for the conduct of elections in the region. In Op Meghdoot, while operating over the most hostile and treacherous terrain in the world, Wg Cdr Sehrawat has executed more than 4100 landings at the world's highest helipads. He has displayed exceptional courage and exemplary flying skills while operating under constant threat of hostile fire and at the extremes of helicopter flight envelope in his single engine helicopter. Leading the unit from the front and setting an example under the most adverse and challenging situations in Op Meghdoot, the unit under his command has flown more than 8800 sorties in the Siachen Glacier alone. Contributing most significantly to the nation's efforts in the Op Meghdoot, he propelled his Unit towards maximization of its operational potential in the most threatening and challenging of environments. Under his Command the unit was bestowed with five gallantry awards that include one Shaurya Chakra and four Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry). These stand testimony to his leadership under extremely difficult operating conditions. In Sep 14, while dealing with incursions in the Chumar sector, Wg Cdr Sehrawat, again lead from the front and flew 55 successful missions towards air logistics, casualty evacuation, photo recce and troop induction, under constant threat of hostile fire, inclement weather, and treacherous terrain. His exceptional professionalism, incisive analysis and positive approach made it possible for many time critical operations, which involved landing over untried and unprepared sites on the steep slopes above 16000 ft. to be accomplished. Flying extensively in these arduous conditions, he evacuated four critical casualties from the forward posts besides airlifting 11520 kgs of life sustaining material. For his acts of courage, professionalism, leadership and distinguished service of a high order in hostile situations, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Yudh Seva Medal to Wing Commander Bhupender Singh Sehrawat, VM.|
|Reference : Air Force Day Booklet|