Awards for the year 2012


A total of 69 Awards are listed.
Param Vishist Seva Medal : 6 | Ati Vishist Seva Medal : 12 | Shaurya Chakra : 5 | Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) : 17 | Vishist Seva Medal : 29 |
Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Nikhil Ramesh Chitnis 17826 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Nikhil Ramesh Chitnis (17826) Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) was commissioned in the IAF in the Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) Branch on 25 Feb 85. Since his induction, he has held various field appointments for 15 yrs and staff appointment for nine yrs on the MiG-21 fleet. He was initiated into the squadron as the Senior Engineering Officer (SEO) at the rank of Flying Officer. For his achievement during this tenure, he was commended by the AOC-in-C SWAC. Since then he has assumed responsibilities of SEO, OIC Tech Flight, Senior Engineer (aircraft) [SE(ac)]and Chief Engineering Officer(CEO) of a Base. He was the OIC Tech Flight at one of the largest tech flight in the IAF, during which, he ushered in the concepts of Quality Assurance team and Material Management group at the field level. He also held appointment of Senior Instructor T-75 and Training Co-ord Officer at the MiG-21 TETIRA School where, he conceptualised the modular system approach of training. He also made video films of aircraft servicing activities for the first time in the IAF, for which, he was commended by the Chief of Air Staff. As the SE (ac) of the largest base in IAF, he ensured a maintenance culture and ethos of the highest standard which resulted in accident free flying during his tenure. As the CEO of a training base, he overhauled the maintenance setup to facilitate increase of flight line availability from 06-07 aircraft to 20-21 aircraft. This put an end to the accidents, due to reduction in pilot and engineer/ technician fatigue. During his staff appointment at Air HQ, he was instrumental in re-engaging and procurement of R-13 engines for the entire T-96 fleet, because of which, this fleet maintains the highest serviceability amongst the MiG-2l fleet till date. In his current tenure as the C Eng A, he has ably and effectively managed affairs of the MiG-21 fleet in the Western Air Command AOR. As the OIC CMCC (Command Maintenance Control Center) he has exercised all units in the WAC AOR for the various Contingencies expected in real time Ops. He has undergone Quality Assurance Course with DGQA, and Technical Staff Course, and was awarded DS grading for his excellent performance. For distinguished service of high order, Hon 'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Nikhil Ramesh Chitnis.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Rajesh Prabhakar Phadtare 18022 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Rajesh Prabhakar Phadtare (18022) Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics) was commissioned in the IAF as an engineer in the AE (L)branch on 19 Aug 85. He has a rich experience on both Mirage-2000 and MiG-21 fleet and has held important appointments of Engineering Officer and Senior Technical Officer in both the Mirage and Mig-21 squadrons. He has also held important staff appointments at Air HQ and Command HQ. He is a Qualified Aeronautical Instructor and has served as an instructor in the Mig-21 Tettra School and commanded the Mirage 2000 Tettra School. He has been associated with the Mirage fleet for the past eleven years and has contributed immensely in the field of maintenance and training. As a Senior Engineering Officer in the Mirage Squadron, due to his keen initiative he had undertaken many measures to improve upon the maintenance standards. He took keen initiative in recovery of the long unserviceable Ground Support Equipment, activation of the centralised power supply in the hangar for aircraft and developed the software for maintaining the snag history of the Mirage fleet, which is extremely useful for snag rectifications. During his tenure at the Mirage Tettra School the officer put in concerted efforts for up-gradation of the three major simulators, which were unserviceable since long, through indigenous vendors. Today all the three simulators are fully serviceable and are proving to be of immense training value. As Director Mirage at Air HQ he was instrumental in signing of the Door-to-Door repair contracts with the French OEMs. This has contributed significantly towards improvement of the Mirage 2000 fleet serviceability. The officer is presently posted as Chief Engineering Officer at Air Force Station, Gwalior. His focus on the operational preparedness has ensured good serviceability of Mirage and the MiG fleets at the base. He has also taken keen initiative in improvement of the standards of the support services, rectification and reliability improvement of the long unserviceable test benches. He was instrumental in successfully integrating the GIMI(Mirage Computerized Maintenance System) with AFNET, which has now enabled the Squadrons to document all maintenance activities from any detachment location. He also initiated the project for development of the Solid State Memory based Video recorder for the Laser Designation Pod (LDP). The prototype recorder was flight tested successfully and is now under production for fitment on all the LDPs. For distinguished service of high order, Hon 'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Rajesh Prabhakar Phadtare.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Kallappa Hollannavar Suresh 18124 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Kallappa Hollannavar Suresh (18124) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned as a helicopter pilot in the IAF on 06 Dec 85. In 26 years of distinguished service he has held several important appointments as Fit Cdr and Commanding Officer of the only heavy lift helicopter unit of the IAF, Fit Cdr of a Medium Lift Helicopter unit in IAF UN Peace Keeping Contingent at Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) , Station Commander of a flying base and Director of Operations at Air HQ (VB). He is a flying supervisor and a graduate of Higher Air Command Course .. As Fit Cdr and CO of Mi-26 unit, he contributed immensely towards the successful trials of SSM Agni by airlifting the boosters & associated equipment to wheeler island with outmost safety & professionalism. During the tenure he flew various live under slung missions to retrieve accidental aircrafts & heptrs. As the Fit Cdr of an operational unit at UN peace keeping mission in DRC, he ensured that all the tasks were met with utmost professionalism. The unit flew more than 1500 hours without any accident/incident in an environment that was fraught with rebels who did not want return of normalcy in the country. During the terrorist attack in Mumbai in Nov 08, the officer was the Station Commander of AF Stn Mumbai. He was instrumental in planning and execution of air operations during 26/11 attack which brought laurels to the IAF and the nation. The officer has been working as the Director of Operations (Helicopters) and is directly responsible for all the operations including air logistics, Search and Rescue, Joint training with other services and other friendly foreign countries, HA/DR operations across the country, operationalisation of new types of helicopters and training of all air crew. Upon the Govt of India's decision to launch operations against LWE elements, the IAF was called in for support of these ground operations. Gp Capt Suresh very meticulously planned all the air operations and set up the Air Force contingent to undertake the operations. He has ensured relentless operations towards Op Triveni in support of CPMF. He has put in his best in revamping various orders that govern helicopter operations of the IAF throughout his stint as director. He has been an active part of the team at Air HQ which has allowed helicopter operations to reach a new level. His dynamic leadership, personal example and lively enthusiasm have always ensured a well-knit fighting team that goes beyond the call of duty to achieve desired output. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Kallappa Hollannavar Suresh.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Rajendra Pratap Singh 18224 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Rajendra Pratap Singh (18224) Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) was commissioned in the Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) Branch of IAF on 17 Feb 86. During his service career, he has held various important appointments including Senior Engineering Officer IL-76 Squadron, SE (M)Air Force Station Agra, Joint Director Engineering at Air HQ (VB), Command Engineering Officer (B-5) at HQ MC, Chief Engineering Officer (CEO) Air Force Station Thoise, Flight Engineer Leader of Air Force Station Chandigarh and a deputation tenure at Aviation Research Centre (ARC) as Senior Engineer. He holds the credit of establishing the first Tech Flight for the servicing of IL-76 ac at Air Force Station Chandigarh and setting up of servicing facilities at ARC. Besides being trained on IL-76 / IL-78 aircraft, Gp Capt RP Singh has also been a Cat 'A' Flight Engineer on the IL-76 aircraft with more than 1500 Hours of Flying. In civil qualification, the officer holds the DGCA license of Aircraft Maintenance Engineer and a MBA degree in HRM. For his dedication and devotion to duty, he was commended by the CAS in Oct 2000, Vice Chief of Air Staff in Oct 2003 and twice by the Special Secretary, ARC in the year 2005 and 2007. The reduced serviceability of ageing Russian origin fleet of IL-76 ac, undergoing a phase blemished by short spare supply from OEM and indigenous spares issues demanded a solution. Supported with rich and diverse experience of 25 years in the fleet and having understood the problem, Gp Capt RP Singh, after taking over as the CEO of one of the major transport base of the IAF initiated a drive to "Retrieve and Produce". The successful drive which was the result of his exceptional technical acumen, in-depth knowledge and a strong will to deliver produced tangible results. In that, three PS-90 aeroengines of AWACS were retrieved and repaired within a record time frame of 12 days. Four D-30 KP-2 aeroengines of IL-76 /IL- 78 aircraft, two Auxiliary Power Units and hundreds of fleet critical avionics aggregates too were retrieved. The task saved precious foreign exchange to the tune of Rs Eighty Crores to the exchequer. The IL-76 fleet serviceability was doubled in a period of six months. Three IL-76 ac which were on prolonged AOG were positioned at the OEM as per the contract. Due to his initiative, he undertook the task of "Purification of IMMOLS database". 100% census, digital photography, segregation and finally the correct database of 9000 aggregates common to IL-76, IL-78 and AWACS aircraft was created. As the CEO of AF Station Agra, Gp Capt RP Singh has been instrumental in giving new dimensions to the capabilities of human and technical resources of the base. Seventy tons of ATF, which was approved to be downgraded by Air HQ was retrieved and successfully consumed under his leadership. The successful retrieval of three Russian origin Aircraft Support Vehicles, 45 KL refueller and a storm affected Avro ac are a part of the results of officer's initiative. The leadership qualities and motivation exhibited by the officer by being present himself on the tarmac during the execution of such tasks is more noteworthy. Despite constraints, all transport ac operating from this base have achieved higher serviceability percentage. Much of the credit for this base having achieved the distinction of winning the 'Inter Command Land Line Competition' Trophy for the year 2010-11 goes to Gp Capt RP Singh. The outstanding efforts and achievements of the officer have been well appreciated at the highest levels by HQ CAC. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Rajendra Pratap Singh.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Rajamanickam Srinivasan 18327 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Rajamanickam Srinivasan (18327) Administration was commissioned on 07 Jun 86. He is on the posted strength of HQ Eastern Air Command (EAC)with effect from 08 Feb 10. Group Captain Srinivasan has an impeccable profile as an Administration officer with considerable professional exposure as Senior Administration Officer / Chief Administration Officer (C Adm 0), Examiner in GEB and TEB, Assistant Provost Marshal, Deputy Provost Marshal (DPM)and CO (U)EAC. As Deputy Provost Marshal (Vigilance),he was responsible for issue of AFO 09/05 on Vigilance. In addition to his contribution in raising the first Garud Flight, he had planned and conducted the first joint exercise of Garuds with PACOM at Honolulu. As C Adm 0, AFAC, Coimbatore, he had contributed to development of training infrastructure of a very high standard, for which he was commended by AOC-in-C, Training Command. His proactive and professional approach has contributed to surpassing of targets in his current assignment as Command Works Officer at HQ EAC. He is responsible for release of 271 Low Budget Works (LBW)for EAC AOR by 31 Dec 10. For units like Singharsi and Missamari, he undertook to release, as well as complete, projects that have significantly enhanced infrastructure and quality of life at these Stations. He was also responsible for timely completion of Annual Maintenance Works Plan (AMWP) 10-11 Boards due to which Eastern Air Command exceeded the allotted budget by Feb 11. His intense interaction with the MES hierarchy resulted in the commencement of over 100 LBW and 60 AMWP projects in the current fiscal itself. Through close monitoring and effective guidance, he has allocated the budget to all Units in an equitable manner, thereby giving fillip to development activities all across EAC AOR. Apart from projects, he has published a Handbook on Works for Commanders, to enhance their knowledge on Works matters. His contribution in having the works completed at Air Force Station Bagdogra in a short span of six months resulted in the successful conduct of President's Standard Presentation. His professionalism, innovative approach and absolute commitment to Service have been of exceptional standard. His analytical approach and close interaction with Stations have contributed to enhancement of quality of life in Stations across the EAC, AOR. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Rajamanickam Srinivasan.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Eshwar Subramaniam 18516 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Eshwar Subramaniam (18516) Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) was commissioned in the IAF in Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) branch on 28 Aug 86. This highly knowledgeable, experienced and disciplined professional has held various key appointments at field Units, Base Repair Depot (BRD), Chief Resident Inspector (CRI) in DGAQA, and a staff appointment at HQ WAC in the past. He presently is the Chief Engineering Officer of a premier flying base in the Western sector. At the Base Repair Depot, he was instrumental in the development of Work Packages and Work Records for various aero-engines overhauled/repaired at the depot. As a CRI at HAL, he took on the task of conceiving and designing a comprehensive booklet for Component Life Monitoring and Replacement Record for Jaguar aircraft which enabled unambiguous life monitoring of aircraft components. In his staff appointment at HQ WAC over a period of four years, this extremely hardworking and knowledgeable officer has been handling nine aircraft fleets of western origin including fighters, transport and helicopter aircraft. His meticulous staff work, foresight and planning had resulted in sustained high serviceability for the fleet under his charge. He was also deeply involved in many indigenisation efforts on the Jaguar aircraft that has not only resulted in reduction of repair cost by over 50% but also, more importantly significantly reduced the downtime. This effort has also considerably enhanced the sustainability of the Jaguar fleet. . As Chief Engineering Officer of a major Air Force Station, over the last ten months, the Officer has been instrumental in improving the serviceability of the five flying squadrons besides supporting more than 1000 hours of flying each month. The challenge of supporting four different fleets of aircraft which includes both Western and Russian origin aircraft along with a many radar and air defence systems was indeed formidable. His able guidance, leadership qualities and personal involvement in all the varied maintenance related issues has ensured an impeccable aviation safety record for the station. This coupled with his active involvement in logistic management has ensured the highest level of user satisfaction in maintenance and logistics matters in the station which has as many as 24 lodger units. The quality of work output of the officer in all tasks assigned to him, his foresight in anticipating impending situations and timely action taken in each of his appointments, have been appreciated on several occasions. He has also infused the same amount of enthusiasm and keenness in his subordinates who display a great deal of pride, and take prompt action to provide a high standard of output. For dedication, skill, knowledge, high professional ability and distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Eshwar Subramaniam.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Chakalayil Rajappa Mohan 18517 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Chakalayil Rajappa Mohan (18517) Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) Branch on 28 Aug 86. He has held important appointments as Senior Engineering Officer in a MiG 21 Sqn and Senior Engineer (Electrical) at Air Force Station Tezpur. He is a Flight Test Engineer and has also been an instructor at the IAF Test Pilots' School. He was the Engineering Team Leader and Officer In Charge of Design & Development of Avionics Systems as well as Maintenance Aspects with the IAF Hawk Project Team in the United Kingdom during the induction of the Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer aircraft. Group Captain Mohan has been the Chief Engineering Officer at Air Force Station Bidar since 27 Apr 09. Having been associated with the Hawk aircraft even prior to its induction in the IAF, he is exceptionally knowledgeable about the intricacies of maintenance and provisioning of the system. He has used this knowledge in an extremely meticulous, committed and determined manner to ensure that the aircraft, and its proper maintenance, have been correctly introduced into the IAF. He has been instrumental in ensuring that the maintenance practices and procedures put in place have been of the highest order, maximizing aircraft availability for training tasks, as well as enhancing flight safety. He has used his intricate knowledge of contractual terms and operating mechanisms of the foreign vendor of the Hawk platform to full measure in ensuring that the· vendor provides all relevant equipment and transfers maximum expertise to enable quicker self-sufficiency in routine operations of the Hawk fleet. He has utilised his own capabilities as a Flight Test Engineer to the hilt in finding maintenance solutions to critical issues that are commonly faced during the induction of new high-technology platforms It is largely due to his personal drive and commitment that the IAF Hawk fleet is achieving its training related milestones efficiently and safely. Group Captain Mohan has ensured that the technical documentation, maintenance infrastructure and ground operating procedures of the Hawk aircraft have been correctly adapted and tailored to suit IAF operating methodologies. He has ensured that the maximum techno-logistical expertise has been imbibed from the foreign vendor of the platform, which will go a long way in the successful exploitation of the fleet for training and operational roles for a long time. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Chakalayil Rajappa Mohan.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Anil Sabharwal 18553 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Anil Sabharwal (18553) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned into the Flying (Pilot) Branch on 06 Dec 86 with the overall best cadet trophy at Fighter Training Wing (FTW). He is a Category 'A' Qualified Flying Instructor, a Fighter Combat Leader and a Graduate from the Defence Services Command and Staff College at Bangladesh with the best overseas officer award. He is Commanding Air Force Station Sirsa since 21 Dec 09. The officer has previously held appointments of Chief Instructor (Cl) at FTW, Joint Director Staff Duties (JD SD) at Air Headquarters, Commanding Officer of a Fighter Squadron and Deputy Commandant at Tactics and Combat Development Establishment (TACDE). As Cl at FTW, he revamped the entire stage II Flying and Ground Training syllabi, making them more contemporary and relevant. As JD SD, he was instrumental in implementation of mandatory In-Service Training concept for the officer cadre of IAF. At TACDE, he supervised the first course conducted by the establishment at its new location, and also wrote the Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Combat manual which formed the basis of current BVR tactics. For his pioneering efforts, he was awarded the CAS commendation in 2003. As Station Commander at Sirsa, the officer has brought in vast enhancement in the op capability, especially with respect to maintenance and upkeep of the war-waging infrastructure. He has been instrumental in the operationalisation of the strategic assets placed at his disposal. With his fore-sight and planning skills, he has meticulously charted the road-map for station's expansion programme for the forthcoming decade. His clarity of thought, knowledge of accounting procedures and command of written language have helped the station to project works services in record times, and maintain an observation-free budget year in all code heads. He has laid special emphasis on improving the quality of life of air warriors and their families, thereby raising the station happiness quotient manifolds. Under his able leadership, the station has bagged the Best in Administration Trophy and the Best Primary School Trophies in IAF as well as in WAC. The award of such trophies bears testimony to his excellent organizational capability, dedication to duty and tenacity. For distinguished services of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Anil Sabharwal.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Samir Vishwanathrao Borade 18761 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Samir Vishwanathrao Borade (18761) Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) was commissioned in the Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) Branch on 16 Feb 87. During the past 24 years, Gp Capt Borade has contributed towards improving the Op capability and maintain ability of fighter fleets in general and MiG-29 in particular. He has worked in MiG-29 Squadrons, a MiG-29 Tech Flight and MiG-29 overhaul line. Besides this, the officer has been a Maint Inspector in DMI and also commanded Workshop Training Institute (WTI). Since 22 Jun 09, Gp Capt Borade is functioning as C Eng 0 A at HQ MC. As Senior Production Engineer at 11 BRD, the officer was instrumental in setting up the overhaul facilities for MiG-29 and undertook various studies including life extension of MiG-29 ac and its components. This endeavor contributed towards optimal operational exploitation of the MiG-29 fleet. As Joint Director (Maintenance Inspection), the officer initiated Joint Quality Audits of various and conceptualized a new inspection philosophy. The concept of 'Self Audit': suggesting three levels of inspection is now a well established system and has improved the functioning of units. As CO of WTI, Gp Capt Borade implemented major changes in training concepts and initiated "Battle Damage Repair" course to improve the war time repair capability of. R&SU teams. As C Eng 0 A at HQ MC, Gp Capt Borade has acted as a catalyst to resolve techno-logistics issues of all the fighter fleets. Due to his vast aircraft experience, the officer has provided necessary impetus towards improvement in fighter fleet serviceability, expeditious help to the Op Units, Infrastructure development and aircraft modifications at the BRDs. Modification of wing feed pipelines of MiG-29 ac, resolving criticality of MiG-29 ejection seats conceptualising replacement of obsolete Radio Altimeter system of MiG-23 trainer and initiating life extension for the landing gears of MiG-29 ac, are few examples of the vision and profession acumen of the officer. These initiatives would go a long way in sustaining the serviceability of the fleets and substantial financial savings. The officer is a post graduate in Aerospace Structure and is also a graduate of the Defence Service Staff College. Gp Capt Borade leads by example and inspires his subordinates to achieve the highest standards as a well knit team. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Samir Vishwanath Rao Borade.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Jagmeet Singh Dhamoon 19157 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Jagmeet Singh Dhamoon (19157) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned as a Pilot in the Flying Branch on 19 Dec 87. While serving in various MiG 21 & MiG 29 Sqns he has flown over 2800 accident free hours. He has held the appointments of CO of a Fighter Squadron, Joint Director Personnel Officers (JD PO)-l(F) & JDPO-1(Courses) at Air HQ and Base Commander of Air Force Station Awantipur. He has also served as instructor at NDA. He had under gone the first Type Qualified Flying Instructors' Course on MiG 21 and was awarded CAS Trophy for Best Overall Performance. He is a graduate of DSSC and has undergone Operational EW Course in France and Manpower Personnel Officers' Course in USA. He has won gunnery trophies in every MiG 21Sqn he has served in. On taking over as Base Commander, Gp Capt Dhamoon was tasked to ensure the operational availability of runway at Awantipur which was under renovation of AFLS for a prolonged duration. The availability was essential in view of the other airfield in J&K sector being not available due to runway resurfacing. With effective utilization of resources and efficient teamwork the runway was made available within duration of six months. Under his leadership the Base hosted a Bison Sqn for a period of eight months in addition to regular fighter detachments with limited support services and infrastructure. With his meticulous planning and proactive approach, operations by three fighter detachments were enabled during Ex Gauntlet IJI, which was a first for the Base. With his intense focus on safe operations and efficient utilization of available resources, 1821 accident free fighter sorties were flown during the year 2010 which has been maximum annual effort by the Base. Driven by his innovative and ingenious approach the Base also enabled more than 100 civil flights during which more than 10,000 passengers transited the Base. His insistence on immaculate administrative and stringent security arrangements were appreciated by State Govt officials also. When the base was severely affected by the civic unrest during the summer of 2010, Gp Capt Dhamoon, with his focused approach and effective liaison, ensured availability of all essential goods and services and movement of personnel and their families. His insistence on predicting consumption rates of essentials and alternative outstation sources ensured that no disruption of supplies procured either through Public Funds or Non Public Funds was experienced by the Base. His concerted efforts also resulted in installation of two ATMs and making the Base health services self sufficient with facilities of Gynecologist, Dentist, X-ray and automated pathological laboratory. With his inventive thinking Gp Capt Dhamoon has initiated certain ground-breaking projects for the Base like underground weapon storage areas, recessed aircraft parking shelters and integrated access facility with modern security devices and foot over bridge to link two campuses of the base. These projects will significantly enhance the operational capability, security and quality of life of the base. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Jagmeet Singh Dhamoon.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Hardeep Bains 19180 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Hardeep Bains (19180) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned into the fighter stream of the IAF on 19 Dec 87 He is presently posted as the Station Commander of a premier flying base of the Indian Air Force. Group Captain Hardeep Bains has over 5000 hrs of accident! incident free flying and has also been Commended by the CAS in 2001 and Commended twice by AOC-in-C on earlier occasions. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor with a Cat 'A rating and did his higher defence studies from the South Africa National War College in South Africa in 2002. He has flown various trainer and fighter aircraft including HPT-32. Kiran, MiG-21s, MiG-23 and Jaguar aircrafts. As the Station Commander of a premier flying base, Group Captain Hardeep Bains has been an epitome of a leader of men. He is a highly dedicated and sincere officer who takes all efforts to go into the details of any problem/ task and then find a solution for it. On taking over the station, he meticulously studied the shortcomings that affected the operational capabilities of the base and found long term and lasting solutions. Under his able leadership his Station undertook a number of innovations and modifications to ensure cost saving to the exchequer, optimum utilisation of the resources and enhancing operational life of the infrastructure and equipment. With his foresight and planning, repairs to bias pens were undertaken even within the meager station maintenance funds to expedite availability of these vital installations at all times. Under his leadership and guidance, the station has successfully carried out the difficult task of parking SU-30 aircraft in all the existing but comparatively small double entry pens and comprehensive procedures for the same were promulgated. The Station and all its lodger units have maintained. optimum operational readiness throughout his tenure. This would not have been possible without Group Captain Hardeep Bains focused approach towards operational readiness and goal oriented training with optimum emphasis on maintenance and administration. He has also made significant contribution towards improving the living standards of all personnel of the station which included renovation of most of the messes, establishment of a bar and an institute for all Air Warriors. 100% education for all children within the air force camp, developing comprehensive SOPs for various scenarios etc. He also takes regular classes for all Squadron Leaders and below to ensure their grooming into competent Aerospace leaders. Group Captain Hardeep Bains functioned as a team leader for a command level table top exercise involving a realistic scenario of crisis in Kutch sector and also represented SWAC on a seminar on leadership and provided valuable ideas to the challenges of building future aero space leadership. His deep involvement in these activities, thorough analysis and bringing up innovative ideas was commented favourably by both Command Air Staff and former Chiefs who attended these functions. For distinguished service of high order, Hon 'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Hardeep Bains.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Tanmoy Roy 19332 MEDUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Tanmoy Roy (19332) Medical was commissioned as a Medical Officer on 27 Jun 87. At present he holds the appointment of Senior Advisor in Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and is in charge of the Burns centre at Command Hospital Air Force Bangalore. The officer holds a degree of MCh, the highest degree in the field of surgery and has been training doctors of Army, Navy and Air Force to become surgeons since last 18 years. Over the last 21 years this gifted surgeon has conducted many complex, advanced and innovative surgeries which include treatment of debilitating trauma, complex birth defects of limbs, face and spine and saved the life of many burn victims with results at par with international standards. In the year 2001 he operated upon a large number of crush injury victims of the earthquake at Command Hospital Southern Command Pune. In 2002 during the demining operation (Op Parakram) he was deployed in Western Sector where he operated upon large number of soldiers. In recognition of his professional competence, ingenuity and conceptual abilities, he was tasked by Air Headquarters in the year 2005 to revise the establishment of all the hospital of the Indian Air Force, the first major revision since Independence, which he structured with distinction. He is also credited to have set up the first ever Burn Centre in the North East India in the year 2007 which has now become fully operational at Air Force Hospital Jorhat. In the year 2008, the officer was entrusted to plan the reorganisation of the three Rapid Action Medical Team (RAMT) of IAF, the first responders in national disasters to enable it to meet international commitment which he achieved with distinction. In the year 2009, this committed plastic surgeon evacuated a patient with 70% burn from Shillong to Bangalore on respiratory support, the longest trans-peninsular air evacuation and the life was saved. He has been earlier commended twice for his act in 2005 and 2007. The officer has made multiple contributions in different spheres of work, and has made the Air Force proud. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Tanmoy Roy.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Nagabhushana Rayudu Rao 19429 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain NBR Rayudu (19429) Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) was commissioned in the Aeronautical Engineering Branch on 07 Mar 88 and is on the posted strength of a premier unit at Eastern Sector since 22 Mar 10 as the Chief Engineering Officer. He has held various appointments like Flight Commander Combat Vehicle Group of OSA-AK Squadron, Officer-in-charge An-32 CR&SS, Senior Engineering Officer of An-32 Squadron, Senior Engineer (Aircraft), Squadron Commander Aircraft Production Squadron at one of the major Base Repair Depot as well as multiple portfolios of C Eng B, SO Co-ord Maintenance and ESO at WAC before his current assignment as Chief Engineering Officer. He has excelled in all the appointments he has held. For his professional acumen, dedication and accomplishments, he was awarded Commendations by AOC-in-C WAC in 1999 and CAS in 2003. Sound professionalism of Gp Capt Rayudu, together with excellent co-ordination with higher formations as well as supporting depots, has produced outstanding results during his tenures in the aviation sector. An-32 is a multi-role transport aircraft which poses various maintenance problems on account of frequent un-serviceability of systems, particularly the avionics. The issues have been multiplying due to ageing of the fleet and delayed upgrade of the aircraft. Having been in the thick of the grueling experiences associated with the said maintenance issues, both in the field and BRD, he has consistently led his formation from the front; both professionally and managerially. This has resulted in very high serviceability states, impressive number of awards in the units/formations resulting in the regular adjudgment of the base/BRD as best in respective Commands. The recommendations of the officer on anomalies in integration of ELT in An-32 aircraft. during ongoing avionics upgrade have been accepted in toto by IAF. Another set of recommendations pertaining to siting of runway controller huts during implementation of project Modernisation of Air Field Infrastructure is being projected for consideration by higher formations. Backed by his personal exposure to systems while in WAC as well as keenness in AFNET and IT services, he has guided the communication fraternity of Air Force Station Jorhat to the distinction of being the first base in EAC to have 100% IP connectivity, AD connectivity and the largest number of PCs in AFNET domain. This aspect drew special attention during Ex-Sanchar Kranti held recently. Gp Capt Rayudu possesses remarkable leadership qualities and has always maintained a perfect blend of harmony with superiors as well as those placed below him and is looked upon as an example. The morale of officers, air warriors and civilian staff placed below him has been exemplary which speaks volumes of his abilities as a leader and human being. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain NBR Rayudu.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Jagadeesh Bhikaji Rane 19928 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Jagadeesh Bhikaji Rane (19928) Administration/Fighter Controller was commissioned in the Administrative Branch on 14 Jun 89. The officer has held diverse appointments which include command of an Air Defence (AD) radar unit, Chief Operations Officer (COO) of operational Air Defence Direction Centre (ADDC), Deputy Command Air Defence Officer (Dy CADO) at Headquarters of an operational command and COO of the Indian Air Force (lAF) contingent in Sri Lanka. Presently the officer is the Commanding Officer (CO) of Air Defence College (ADC). A fighter controller of a very high caliber, the officer has held the highest category for professional competence i.e. Category 'AYE' for the past 14 years. As the Dy CADO at Command Headquarters, the officer effectively harmonised various facets of radar and surface to air weapon operations during 'Operation Safed Sagar' and ensured their smooth deployment. As the CO of a radar unit he moved his unit to an operational location in the Kashmir valley during 'Operation Parakram', at a very short notice. Leading from the front he motivated his men to undertake the mobility through tough mountainous terrain and terrorist prone area and ensured timely deployment. As COO of the IAF contingent and a specialist advisor to the Sri Lankan Air Force, he assisted in setting up their AD infrastructure. For his professional excellence, he was selected to undergo prestigious courses like Master Fighter Controller's course at Tactics and Combat Development Establishment and Air Battle Planning and Management course at France. The officer is also a Command Examiner and has been co-opted member of the Directorate of Air Staff Inspection on several occasions. For his dedicated service, he has been commended both by Chief of the Air Staff and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief. Group Captain Rane, immediately on assuming command of ADC, embarked upon improving the organisation and training infrastructure at ADC. Keeping in times with the current and futuristic air battle environment, he infused innovative teaching techniques to enhance the quality of training. Under his guidance new training syllabus, precis and training curriculum were formulated along with introduction of modern training aids. Being resource conscious he redrew the scope of practical intercept training by introducing enhanced and better utilisation of the simulator. This resulted in reduction in number of fighter sorties required for practical interception training, thus saving huge sum of money for the exchequer. Under his stewardship, more than a dozen courses constituting officers from Air Force, Army, . navy and friendly foreign countries passed out from the portals of ADC. The officer also hosted several delegations from friendly foreign countries at ADC admirably. His organisational skills were in the forefront when he organised a mega event like the Centre for Air Power Studies Seminar, despite being limited on resources. For distinguished service of high order, Hon 'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Jagadeesh Bhikaji Rane.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Sandeep Kishore Satpathy 20387 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Sandeep Kishore Satpathy (20387) Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) has been on the posted strength of Assistant Chief of the Air Staff [Signals (Air) and Information Technology] sub branch at air HQs since 05 Mar 07 and has been functioning as Joint Director (AFNET) [JD (AFNET)j. The officer after commissioning has earlier served with distinction in the ADGES Communication units, Base Repair Depot, TETTRA School, and as Senior Technical Officer of an Aerostat Unit. He is an alumnus of IIT Bombay and Defence Services Staff College His demonstrated ability to identify and troubleshoot critical issues coupled with his solutions oriented professionalism was manifest in several projects in the past. He has been commended by the CAS in 1996 and by AOC-in-C in 1996 and 2000. The officer has been a pivotal force in the conceptualization, planning, design and implementation of the prestigious AFNET project which was dedicated to the nation by Hon'ble RM in a glittering ceremony on 14 Sep 10. The time bound operationalisation of the extremely complex AFNET project in a record time at 160 locations of the IAF, while similar endeavors by other sister services are yet to even progress to the RFP stage is a testimony to the harmonious leadership, synergetic approach, intuition and visionary foresight. As JD AFNET the officer was deeply involved at various stages in formulation of policies on operation, maintenance and Management of AFNET. The enormous task also included migration of various existing network systems like IMMOLS, AWACS, IACCS, AHOC/ CHOC, TADIOS, ICATS, ACATS and design of interface for new weapon systems like MRSAM, AKASH. With implementation of AFNET project Air Defence Hotlines of all IAF Formations were successfully migrated to AFNET . Group Captain Sandeep Satpathy has also contributed towards formulation of SOPs on implementing the migration of PCs and Servers from Legacy Network to AFNET. During the implementation of AFNET project he has established the Telepresence system between Air HQ (VB) and HQ TC. Group Captain Sandeep Satpathy has efficiently handled the various tasks related to operationalistion of AFNET like planning the formation of Data Center Management Unit to manage all the Data Services across IAF, Integration of DMRR and planning their Op deployment in consultation with command HQs. He was closely associated with the planning, executing various activities during AFNET Dedication Ceremony to the nation jointly by Defence Minister and Min of Com & IT during Sep 10. Apart for contributing immensely to the AFNET Project he has been associated with the planning and successful execution of first Air Force Level Communication Exercise Sanchar Kranti - 2010. He was also the Member Secretary in the Study Team on the exhaustive 'Formation of IT Branch / Trade in lAF'. He has also initiated the revision of policy pages of all AFNET units centrally at Air HQs For his outstanding professional acumen, exemplary dynamism, distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Sandeep Kishore Satpathy.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Tarun Chaudhry 20452 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Tarun Chaudhry (20452) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned into the fighter stream of the IAF on 16 Dec 89. He is on the posted strength of Dte of Personnel Officers at Air HQ (VB) wef 22 Jun 09. As DPO-l(F), the officer is responsible for the HR and career planning issues for nearly 1400 officers from the Fighter stream, upto the rank of Gp Capt. During his tenure, the officer has worked hard towards increasing transparency and improving efficiency. Among the significant issues addressed by the officer and which benefited the organisation as a whole was the management of U/T aircrew in the Fighter Stream. He has recommended practical and result-oriented steps including review of ex-HOTS OST syllabus so as to cut down on the conversion period and establishment of an additional Type Training squadron for the SU-30 and Jaguar fleet on the OCCUR concept. Similarly, the constraints of QFI manning and its long term HR implications were brought to the notice of senior commanders and an interim solution identified and implemented, so as to ensure that there was no disruption in training output. The anomaly between the QRs for the Sqn Cdrs Board and Promotion Board-Il was identified by the officer through exhaustive analysis and a time bound comprehensive plan has been implemented. The timely identification of the problem was appreciated by the CAS. The officer's regular interaction with the field personnel in the placement process has vastly improved satisfaction levels amongst all officers due to his meticulous approach. The satisfaction percentage for the placements after the Higher Command and Air Staff Course has been close to hundred percent. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Tarun Chaudhry.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Sandeep Kumar 21481 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Wing Commander Sandeep Kumar (21481) Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) was commissioned in as engineer in the technical branch on 30 Sep 91. He is performing the duties of Chief Engineering Officer (CEO) at Air Force Station Sarsawa, since 19 Apr 10. He has held appointment of Senior Engineer (Aircraft) of flying base and staff at Headquarter Western Air Command as fleet officer for Russian transport and heptr fleet. He has been commended by Chief of the Air Staff in 2005 and 2009 for displaying exceptional professionalism and devotion to duty. An alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, he is also a graduate of Defence Services Staff College and post graduate from The Defence Institute of Advanced Technology Pune. Wg Cdr Sandeep Kumar with his keen foresight, anticipation and meticulous planning, was instrumental in achieving and sustaining a very high serviceability in Mi-17 IV heptrs, enabling a four heptr detachment at Raipur and Jagdalpur for Op Triveni with minimum down time. The Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) fleet serviceability was substantially improved within a span of six months due to his untiring efforts and personal involvement. Due to his relentless pursuit, strong inclination for minute details and persistent liaison with supply agencies he was able to achieve Aircraft on Ground (AOG) buildup of seven ALH and three Mi-17 IV. To further improve the Op potential of the ALH and Mi-171V fleets, he proposed and successfully completed 750 hrs servicing on ALH within two months against the average time of nine months taken by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and in case of MI- 17 IV he undertook a study including ground trials, by which all the 'three series' helicopters can be converted to bombing role. Wg Cdr Sandeep Kumar is an outstanding officer and with his exceptional knowledge and skills achieved through continuous hard work he has ensured development of an excellent maintenance culture in the Station with emphasis on modernisation, innovation and self reliance. Some examples are fabrication of Mobile Lighting Trolley, recovery of a Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML)Tractor from a prolonged un-serviceability, defect analysis and repair of Modern Servicing Garage, unserviceable since 2002. These indigenous tasks and many more undertaken by the officer have resulted in savings of approx Rs 20,00,000/- to the government exchequer. Due to his innovative ideas and dedication to ensure immediate implementation, he has proved to be an asset to the station and the organisation as a whole. For distinguished service of high order, Hon 'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Sandeep Kumar.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Bhupender Singh Kanwar 21583 F(N)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Wing Commander Bhupender Singh Kanwar (21583) flying (Navigator)was commissioned on 14 Dec 91 in the Indian Air Force as Navigator in Flying branch. He has held the appointments of Command Examiner, Aircrew Examination Board Examiner, Dte of Air Staff Inspection Inspector and Chief Navigation Instructor, Navigation Training School (NTS). He is commanding NTS since 11 May 09. He is a Qualified Navigational Instructor and holds the highest professional categories of RTR 'Adv/A' on HS-748, An-32 and IL -76 ac and also holds Instructional Cat 'A'. He has undergone the Air Staff Course at Defence Services Staff College Wellington. He has been commended by AOC-in-C WAC in 1996 and CAS in 2010. Wing Commander Kanwar has displayed exceptional vision, tremendous initiative and outstanding commitment in modernising the Navigation training at NTS. On his own initiative he has developed a website which hosts one of the best aviation related materials in the IAF. He has transformed the training at NTS into a web enabled network centric training. Under his guidance the training precis and syllabus of all the subjects taught at NTS have been revised. The operationalisation of the modern NTS building replete with state of the art training infrastructure is testimony to his outstanding dedication, phenomenal foresight and hands on leadership. This building is an ideal role model for other ITEs of the IAF. He has provided the inspiration and guidance for development of futuristic Nav Simulator as well. He has written many quality service papers for the introduction of the 'Combat System Officer Concept', 'Mission Commander Concept' and 'Creation of Centre of GIS Excellence at Begumpet' which when implemented would be instrumental in bringing extraordinary changes in the IAF. His outstanding management skills and infectious zeal have played a significant role in improving the quality of life of all the air warriors of NTS. This has been brought about through major infrastructure development projects like special repairs to NTS hangar, and improvements to the Airmen Mess. As PMC Officers' Mess he has provided a major facelift by creating sports infrastructure like lawn tennis court etc. and improved the quality of life of the living in officers. He has been extensively involved in the modernisation and extension of CSD complex at the station. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Bhupender Singh Kanwar.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
JWO Makhan Singh 627548 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : 627548 Junior Warrant Officer Makhan Singh Mechanical Transport Driver (MTD) is posted to Air Force Station Memaura, Lucknow with effect from 31 Dec 2007 and is working as JWO IC MT Records since then. On 28 Jul 10, JWO M Singh reported sick at Command Military Dental Centre at Lucknow Cantt. At 1130 hrs after OPD, he was waiting on footpath to cross over to MH. He observed that a 12 yrs old girl child was crossing the road. All of sudden JWO M Singh noticed that an over speeding TATA Sumo was about to hit the child. In a split second decision he crossed the road and lifted the child out of danger. However, a scooter coming right behind TATA Sumo at a great speed, lost control and hit JWO M Singh on his right ankle. The JWO sustained fracture and was later operated on 05 Aug l0 in Base Hospital Lucknow for fracture medical malleous and malleous screw was fitted in his right ankle. JWO displayed extraordinary courage and promptitude in rescuing a child whose life was in danger though he himself was coming after reporting sick from CH Dental Centre at the time of the life saving act. His injury is attributed to the Military Service. The act performed by him is of humanitarian nature. His fearless approach saved a valuable human live. For displaying extraordinary courage and promptitude in rescuing a child whose life was in danger, Hon 'ble President is pleased to award 'Jeevan Raksha Padak' to Junior Warrant Officer Makhan Singh.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

The Awards Database presented here was made possible by the kind generosity of Air Marshal Bharat Kumar, author of Courage & Devotion to Duty : A Chronicle of IAF's Honours and Awards (1932-2008). Air Marshal Bharat Kumar had very graciously given permission to reproduce the citations from the book on this website.
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