Awards for the year 2001


A total of 92 Awards are listed.
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Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Amitabh Sharma 21015 F(P)Unit : 128 HU  Award Date 11 Jun 00 Announced 15 Aug 01
Details : Squadron Leader Amitabh Sharma (21015) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of a helicopter unit since 22 Sep 1997. On 11 Jun 2000, Siang District of Assam was hit by flash floods, submerging several villages. Sqn Ldr Sharma was detailed at short notice to carry out flood relief operations In the affected areas. On reaching the affected area he found helpless people clutching on to tree tops and jutting roofs amidst the raging Bramhaputra river. Even as incessant rain and dwindling light made the task of rescuing these hapless villagers increasingly difficult, Sqn Ldr Sharma courageously took up the task of winching these people to safety. The shifting debris of trees and houses, washed away by the ravaging flood waters, posed a grave threat to rescue operations. Displaying exceptional professionalism and commitment to duty, Sqn Ldr Sharma stuck on to the hazardous task. By the end of the day, till light conditions deteriorated making further operations Impossible, he succeeded In rescuing 31 lives. He continued with his mission the next day and flew to safety 40 persons stranded on a steamer stuck in the middle of the Brumhaputra river. Sqn Ldr Sharma handled an extremely hazardous and risk prone task in a professional and cool manner. In handling the task entrusted to him, Sqn Ldr Sharma displayed exceptional courage and devotion to duty, which was in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force. For this act of exceptional courage and professionalism, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Squadron Leader Amitabh Sharma.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 19th January 2002 - No.123-Pres/2001 dated 15th August 2001 & AFD 2002 Investiture Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Amit Singh Gaharwar 22982 F(P)Unit : 114 HU  Award Date 03 Oct 00 Announced 15 Aug 01
Details : Flight Lieutenant Amit Singh Gaharwar (22982) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength o( a helicopter unit operating in Op Meghdoot area since 05 Apr 1999. He has flown a total of 620 hrs during this tenure. On 03 Oct 2000, Fit Lt Gaharwar was the leader of a formation airborne for air maintenance in Op Meghdoot area. After taking off from Kumar post, he noticed that the No.2 helicopter was not in visual contact. He promptly turned left and started looking for his No.2. He descended down and scanned the expected route till the last known position of No.2. Due to formidable and disguising terrain, he could not locate the crash site but he left no stone unturned in search for his No.2. Because of low fuel he was compelled to return to Base Camp. However, displaying commendable presence of mind, he activated Army Aviation helicopters at Base Camp by relaying a message through an airborne helicopter. Within 15 minutes, he again got airborne from Base Camp in search of his No.2, taking a medical officer and his kit along. On reaching the crash site located by the Army Aviation helicopter, who were hovering nearby, Fit Lt Gaharwar quickly assessed the situation and realised that time was running out. Not finding suitable place to land the helicopter nearby, he hovered at the crash site and dropped his co-pilot directly at the crash site. Hovering there in strong wind with rotor tips only a little distance away from menacing boulders, Fit Lt Gaharwar displayed professional skill of the highest order as well as profound concern for his buddy helicopter crew. Later on Fit Lt Gahaiwar landed near the crash site and walked over 100 m with Inc medical officer in an attempt to retrieve Fit Lt VK Murthy. It was an extremely difficult task to walk 100 m, unacclimatised, at an altitude of 15000' without oxygen. Fit Lt Gahaiwar not only reached the crash site, but also broke through the helicopter structure to pull out Fit Lt VK Murthy. This Herculean effort by Fit Lt Gaharwar at the altitude left him hypoxic, but still disregarding his own physical condition, he put Fit Lt Murthy in the Army Aviation helicopter. Fit Lt Gaharwar co-ordinated with various agencies and mounted a search and rescue operation involving four helicopters and ground search party at a short notice under extreme conditions of sub-zero temperatures and inhospitable terrain. For his display of keen sense of responsibility, professionalism, espirit de corps and the courage, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry} to Flight Lieutenant Amit Singh Gahaiwar.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 19th January 2002 - No.123-Pres/2001 dated 15th August 2001 & AFD 2002 Investiture Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Ravi Chandrashekhar Pathak 23746 F(P)Unit : 114 HU  Award Date 03 Oct 00 Announced 15 Aug 01
Details : Flying (Pilot) Flight Lieutenant Ravi C Pathak (23746) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of a helicopter unit operating in Op Meghdoot area since 25 Oct 99. He has flown 290 hrs during his tenure in this unit. On 03 Oct 2000, Fit Lt Pathak was to fly as co-pilot in No. I aircraft of a formation for air maintenance sorty in Op Meghdoot area. Till Camp-111 post, the sortie was uneventful. After No. I took off from Kumar, he did not receive any RT call from No.2, which was contrary to the briefing. Realising something was amiss, No. I turned back to look for No.2. Fit Lt Pathak performed his duties as a co-pilot admirably and assisted his Captain In locating the position of No.2, which had unfortunately crashed. There was no safe landing space close to crash site. Realising the gravity of the situation, he quickly unstrapped and jumped out of hovering aircraft without giving second thought about the dangers involved. He jumped from 10 feet and walked to the crash site, which was full of boulders. It was an extremely difficult task to walk on that terrain, unacclimatised, at an altitude of 15000 ft, without any oxygen, in sub-zero conditions. He promptly analysed the situation and checked the condition of both the injured pilots. After finding no pulse in Fit Lt VK Murthy, he straightway gave attention to Fit Lt R Sharma and marshalled the army helicopter to a safe place for a low hover. He along with medical officer put Fit. Lt Sharma into the hovering helicopter. Thereafter he jumped into the hovering aircraft to get some help from the nearest post. After receiving the message that Fit Lt. VK Murthy still had some pulse he landed at a safe place near the crash site and dropped captain and medical officer and took off single pilot to Kumar post for help. He analysed the situation and the gravity of time limitation, which became handy in rescuing Fit Lt Murthy on time. For displaying a keen sense of responsibility, professionalism and courage, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Flight Lieutenant Ravi C Pathak.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 19th January 2002 - No.123-Pres/2001 dated 15th August 2001 & AFD 2002 Investiture Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
WO Kailash Chandra Das 641288 ORUnit : 127 HU  Award Date 24 Aug 00 Announced 15 Aug 01
Details : 641288 Warrant Officer Kailash Chandra Das Flight Gunner Is on the posted strength of a helicopter unit since 25 May 1998. He is a Flight Gunner insfauctor. On 24 Aug 2000 WO Das was detailed for flood relief operations in Hyderabad City. Approximately 150 people were stranded atop a submerged building. Flood waters had damaged the foundation of the building and it was likely to collapse. Immediate evacuation of the victims was necessary to save their lives. On reaching the spot at about 1645 hrs, WO Das prepared for winching operation. On instructions of the captain he guided the helicopter to manoeuvre at the required spot. Less than two hours were available to evacuate the marooned people before sunset. To save time during the rescue operation WO Das physically pulled in the rescued passengers from the cargo compartment door. His physical effort led to fatigue but due to his strong will he continued and winched up 127 adults and 15 children in about one hour and forty-five minutes. Warrant Officer Das displayed a high degree of professional competence, courage and strong will. His selfless action enabled 127 adults and 15 children to be saved. The Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Warrant Officer Kailash Chandra Das.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 19th January 2002 - No.123-Pres/2001 dated 15th August 2001 & AFD 2002 Investiture Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
JWO Sunil Kumar Singh 679540 ORUnit : 128 HU  Award Date 12 Jun 00 Announced 15 Aug 01
Details : 679540 Junior Warrant Officer Sunil Kumar Singh, Flight Gunner is on the posted strength of a helicopter unit since 30 Jun 1997. On II Jun 2000 he was detailed to fly as Fit Gunner for flood relief operations at Pasighat. During these operations, he winched 31 people up from rooftops and handled the situation In a calm and professional way. He expertly guided the pilot to hover the helicopter in between tall trees and other obstructions. While winching up people he kept working beyond the point of physical exhaustion. On one such occasion, he had to almost hang out of the aircraft to grab hold of an 11 year old unconscious girl who was slipping out of the man hoist while being winched up. On 12 Jun 2000 he was detailed to fly as Flight Gunner for a rescue mission involving 100 passengers marooned on a steamer in the middle of the Bramhaputra river. While the aircraft was hovering just above the ground he humped out into 2 feet quick sand disregarding personnel safety to help the people board the aircraft. 56 people were rescued in two sorties that day, During these rescue operations JWO Singh has displayed courage, exceptional devotion to duty in ensuring rescue of all people even at the cost of his personal safety. He has set a personal example worthy of emulation. For this act of exceptional courage and gallantry, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Junior Warrant Officer Sunil Kumar Singh.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 19th January 2002 - No.123-Pres/2001 dated 15th August 2001 & AFD 2002 Investiture Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Cpl Ashim Sarkar 709483 ORUnit : 110 HU  Award Date 24 Aug 00 Announced 15 Aug 01
Details : 709483 Corporal Ashim Sarkar Instrument Fitter 709483 Corporal Ashim Sarkar, Instrument Fitter is on the posted strength of a helicopter unit since 27 Mar 1997. He is a qualified Instrument Fitter. On 24 Aug 2000 Cpl Sarkar volunteered to proceed for flood relief operations in the city of Hyderabad. The operations involved winching people from top of a building, which is in the midst of flooded stream and in danger of collapsing. Cpl Sarkar, on being instructed by the Captain and briefed by the Flight Gunner, readily volunteered to undertake a task of saving the lives of marooned people, though it involved a risk to his own life. In the true tradition of a soldier, C-pl Sarkar, unmindful of his personal safety on being winched down on to the building firstly soothed the nerves of the distraught people and at the same time controlled the people by assuring- them of positive rescue if they followed his instructions. Inspite of not being trained for the task he maintained his composure and executed a task, which at the best of times requires absolute professional expertise and individual skill. Cpl Sarkar skillfully and efficiently carried out ground operations in the face of danger to his own life, thereby ensuring a large number of valuable lives being saved. For his exemplary courage and selfless devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Corporal Ashim Sarkar.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 19th January 2002 - No.123-Pres/2001 dated 15th August 2001 & AFD 2002 Investiture Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde R C Kacker 11481 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde M L Verma 11708 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt J K De 12250 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt N V Kumar 12725 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Narendra Kumar Upadhyay 12779 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt A Singh 13147 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt R S Sandhu 13174 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Naresh Verma 13235 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt R Sharma 13299 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt A Mohanty 13414 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Jasvinder Chauhan 14079 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt P Kumar 14093 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt S C Gaur 14118 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt T K Verma 14273 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt J Mathappan 14278 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt R Bhasin 15006 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr G Singh 14582 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr P D Gill 14739 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr K P Palsule 15593 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr A K Mathur 15754 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr S K Parhi 16111 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr M S N Jayakumaran Thampi 16632 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr N Sabharwal 17515 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr R K Yadav 17816 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr Sanjay Seth 18162 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr R Ramesh 18735 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr S K Singh 20119 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Vishist Seva Medal
MWO G Ram 285568 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Vishist Seva Medal
WO S Terence 248554 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Mention in Despatches
Sqn Ldr Mordhwaj Singh Choudhary 20744 F(P)Unit : UNAMSIL  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 01
Details : Op Khukri
Reference: Gazette of India No.74 - Pres/2001 dated 26th May 2001 

Mention in Despatches
Flt Lt Sandeep Singh Gill 21832 F(P)Unit : UNAMSIL  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 01
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Reference: Gazette of India No.74 - Pres/2001 dated 26th May 2001 

Mention in Despatches
MWO Susai Michael Susai Arul 250186 ORUnit : UNAMSIL  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 01
Details : Engine Fitter
Reference: Gazette of India No.74 - Pres/2001 dated 26th May 2001 

Mention in Despatches
WO Ganpathy Thavasi Pandian 618713 ORUnit : UNAMSIL  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 01
Details : Fitter 1
Reference: Gazette of India No.74 - Pres/2001 dated 26th May 2001 

Mention in Despatches
WO Ram Ekbal Singh 642573 ORUnit : UNAMSIL  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 01
Details : Flight Engineer
Reference: Gazette of India No.74 - Pres/2001 dated 26th May 2001 

Mention in Despatches
Sgt Ramakrishna Tupati 678551 ORUnit : UNAMSIL  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 01
Details : Airframe Fitter
Reference: Gazette of India No.74 - Pres/2001 dated 26th May 2001 

Mention in Despatches
Sgt Sasikumar Chonat 696891 ORUnit : UNAMSIL  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 01
Details : Flight Engineer
Reference: Gazette of India No.74 - Pres/2001 dated 26th May 2001 

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