Awards for the year 2015


A total of 87 Awards are listed.
Param Vishist Seva Medal : 6 | Ati Vishist Seva Medal : 15 | Shaurya Chakra : 1 | Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) : 33 | Vishist Seva Medal : 32 |
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Siddabathula Gopi Mohan 24527 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
Details : Wing Commander Siddabathula Gopi Mohan (24527) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in flying branch on 21 Jun 97. Presently he is on the posted strength of C-130J, Special Operations Squadron at Air Force Station Hindan with effect from 08 Feb 1LHe was the Unit Training Officer since the inception of the sqn. He subsequently took over as Flight Commander of the unit on 28 Mar 14. Wg Cdr SG Mohan is a QFI, with a vast operational experience of over 5000 hours including over 1400 hrs on type, he shows exemplary vision and resilience when faced with challenging situations. Along with constraints of operating on a detachment, he has had to contend with shortage of aircrew yet achieve large quantum of flying. As FItCdr, he has led from the front and has dedicated himself tirelessly to ensure operational focus among the aircrew. On 07 Sep 14, in the backdrop of unprecedented floods in J&K, the unit was tasked to undertake immediate relief missions. As has been the case in most HNOR situations, Wg Cdr SG Mohan undertook the first mission by C-13OJ carrying more than 35 tonnes of rescue boats on the first day itself. The massive scale of the calamity brought out the best in him. Even after landing well into mid-night he got on with the job of galvanizing all activities including Operations, Maintenance and Admn. He tactfully mustered all his resources including attachment of qualified aircrew posted to other units. With sheer grit and determination he set the tone for extended relief ops leading from the front. With little concern for own comfort he multi tasked himself, flew missions till early hours, planned for the next day and all the while as a FIt Cdr and Dell Cdr kept a close watch on all the aircraft involved. On a single day, he flew multiple missions to rescue more than 800 people in the multiple shuttles and airlifted more than 50 tonnes of critical relief load. Under his leadership the sqn, with four aircraft and just five sets of aircrew effected a stupendous achievement of flying more than 230 hours and airlifting in excess of 700T of relief load and 6600 survivors, a record of sorts. Wg Cdr SG Mohan, even in face of daunting challenges and stressful conditions, ensured incident free flying. His astute professionalism and concern for Aerospace Safety was amply on display wherein inspite of flying every day, he ensured safe conduct of extended flood relief operations by innovatively operationalising a unit level 'Rescue Operations and Co-Ordination Center'. Leading from the front, he flew 67 hrs in ten days, with extended working hours till well past mid-night each day. His systematic approach, unwavering zeal and motivation inspired his subordinates to achieve this laudable quantum of effort; large flying effort with only five sets of crew and limited manpower operating from a Del. For exceptional devotion to duty and commitment, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty) to Wing Commander Siddabathula Gopi Mohan.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
MWO Anand Prakash Tripathi 675144 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
Details : 675144 Master Warrant Officer Anand Prakash Tripathi Flight Gunner is on the posted strength of a C-17 Squadron since 29 May 13. He is performing loadmaster duties on C-17 ac and holding supervisory category 'B' on type. He is a highly motivated and dedicated air warrior, with high sense of responsibility and devotion towards duty. He has good operational orientation and with his positive attitude and commitment, he has always been undertaking the assigned tasks unflinchingly. He has always placed service before self and volunteered to perform duties well beyond the call of duty. On 07 Sep 14, he was detailed to carry relief material from Delhi to Srinagar. Under his supervision within no time the RAMT and NDRF teams were airlifted for OPERATION MEGH RAHAT., all loads were smoothly palletized and carried to Srinagar and offloaded on the same night. Subsequently, he flew continuously for the next 13 days clocking a total of 35 hours by day and night and flying a staggering 21 sorties towards rescue operations. As the assigned load master his task involved loading and offloading of man and material that usually involved about seven to eight hours excluding the flying time. The jobs involves meticulous planning and long hours of physical and mental stress. His efforts resulted in rescuing a total of 994 marooned survivors and carrying 311ton of loads. He consistently displayed a high degree of involvement, initiative and professionalism inspite of severe physical and mental stress. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty) to Master Warrant Officer Anand Prakash Tripathi.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr S Selvakumar 28716 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 15 Aug 15 Announced 15 Aug 15
Details : Squadron Leader S Selvakumar (28716) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of a Cheetah / Cheetal Helicopter Unit located at Leh sine ~29Apr 13. The unit role includes operations in the Siachen Glacier and the Ladakh region at the extremes of the helicopter flying envelope. On 16 Oct 14, an ITBP patrol vehicle containing 12 personnel, carrying out patrolling along the Indo-Chinese border near Hot Spring, fell into a dry river bed. All occupants of the vehicle were seriously injured. On receiving the distress call, Sqn Ldr Selvakumar promptly gathered relevant information and quickly planned the mission. The valley to the Hot Spring is sparingly narrow, hostile, inhospitable and without any habitation. There are no force landing fields to put down the aircraft in distress. In addition, inclement weather left the pilots with no margin for error, making the assigned casualty evacuation task very demanding and challenging. Aware of the fast deteriorating weather, Sqn Ldr Selvakumar estimated that only a 2 to 3 hours window would be available for the rescue. He got airborne for the accident site in marginal weather, at 1125 hrs. Short of the accident spot, he encountered extremely bad weather with heavy snow fall forcing him to carry out a precautionary landing at Tsogtsalu. Determined to rescue the soldiers Sqn Ldr Selvakumar made another daring attempt against all odds. Under constant threat of border fire and impending deteriorating weather, he landed near the casualties in the first attempt on a very restricted landing zone. On landing it emerged that all the six personnel were lying casualties requiring more helicopters. He called and guided the other aircraft while acting as the de-facto coordinator under the uncertain circumstances. Being the last to take off he once encountered bad weather. He promptly diverted to Tangtse and ensured that the casualties were administered first aid thus enhancing the chances of their survival. Once the weather improved marginally, he took off for Leh, once again dodging weather while ensuring the safety of the ac and lives of the casualties. Despite facing numerous odds at various stages of execution of the plan and facing inclement weather in a treacherous and unforgiving terrain, Sqn Ldr Selvakumar by his courage, leadership, and resolute attitude ensured that six lives were saved from a dire situation. Sqn Ldr S Selvakumar is a highly devoted and well disciplined pilot who has flown more than 300 hrs in the Siachen Glacier and Ladakh region. He has executed more than 200 landings in the 'Op Meghdoot' area. Operating his machine at the extremes of the flight envelope. he has evacuated many casualties from the Siachen Glacier and Ladakh region. His contribution towards the efforts in the Siachen Glacier has been significant. For his courage, professionalism, and dedication, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Squadron Leader S Selvakumar.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Gandikota Jagan Mohan 30835 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 15 Aug 15 Announced 15 Aug 15
Details : Flight Lieutenant Gandikota Jagan Mohan (30835) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of a Cheetah/Cheetal Helicopter Unit based at Leh wef 08 Apr 13. Operating at the extremes of helicopter flight envelope, over treacherous terrain and constant threat of enemy fire, he has executed more than 600 landings at the world's highest helipads in the Siachen Glacier. He is a 'Glacier Qualified Captain' who has flown more than 300 hrs in the Siachen Glacier and Ladakh region. He has been a part of many casualty evacuation missions. He has contributed most significantly towards the operational effort in 'Op Meghdoot'. On 19 Sep 14 and 20 Sep 14, Fit Lt Jagan was detailed for providing air logistics to our troops to tackle certain intrusions in Chumar Valley. The situation in the area at Point 4991 was very volatile and an escalation was not ruled out. Point 4991 is of great tactical importance, to the extent that possession actually controls the 480 Sq Km area of Chumar valley. The tension in the area was now in to the fourth day and consequently the Indian troops were low on essential supplies including water. FIt Lt Jagan realized that in absence of water and other daily necessities the Indian troops might have to retreat thereby losing vital posturing in the Chumar Valley. He decided to start lifting water in any available vessel like jerry cans, plastic bottles and various other means. The initiative and resolve shown by him ensured that the troops received water and food thereby making it possible for them to hold their position. The supply point was along a steep slope of a hill feature with marginal space to carry out any landing. The approach and take off had to be carried out in an unconventional manner requiring both skill and courage from the pilot. Undeterred and unfazed by the difficult ground conditions, Fit Lt Jagan remained resolute in his mission and flew 32 sorties relentlessly in two days to supply two tonnes of water and essential supplies. The mission demanded exceptional courage, flying skills of a high order, and an undying commitment towards the cause. For his act of exceptional courage, dedication and professionalism in the face of heavy odds, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Flight Lieutenant Gandikota Jagan Mohan.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sgt Mukesh Kumar Tiwari 776027 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 15 Aug 15 Announced 15 Aug 15
Details : 776027 Sergeant Mukesh Kumar Tiwari, Flight Gunner, is on the posted strength of a Mi-17VS Helicopter Unit since 30 Sep 13. He holds Category B on Mi-17VS. On 21 Nov 14, at 1610 hrs he was detailed to fly as a Flight Gunner in No 1 aircraft in a two aircraft mission to evacuate casualties from a forest area in Sukma district of Chattisgarh. He prepared the aircraft for the mission in a record time thereby ensuring safe and timely launch. He effectively briefed the Medevac teams and the Garud forces on the prevailing life threatening conditions on the ground and the importance of the mission. To save on time, he optimized the cargo space for casualty evacuation, while in flight, using innovative ideas. As the helicopter approached the evacuation zone, he effectively scanned the area and readied the cargo hold for landing and quick evacuation. Displaying professionals of a high order he assisted the Medical team in giving first aid to the injured personnel and transfer of casualties and their setting down inside the cargo compartment. His actions resulted in a vel}' quick loading and exit of the aircraft from the evacuation zone. However, on the takeoff leg the Helicopter came under a burst of hostile fire. The first bullet pierced through the door and splinters tore through his leg chest and arm. At the same time another splinter hit CRPF personnel. Despite grave injuries to himself, he kept his calm and composure and continued with his duties. He displayed a high degree of courage and determination in keeping the environment in the cargo compartment calm and under control despite being injured himself. He comforted the other injured CRPF personnel while continuing to perform his duties and underplaying the grave injuries sustained by him. His resolute spirit and assurance encouraged the Captain to focus on the other aspects of extrication from the area and safely leading the two helicopters missions back. Both the helicopters landed safely at Jagdalpur at 1800h. His courageous spirit was reflected in the fact that he continued discharging his duties right until opening the door after landing. For his exceptional courage and resolute commitment after being gravely wounded, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Sergeant Mukesh Kumar Tiwari.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Jai Vir Singh 15758 LGSUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
Details : Air Vice Marshal Jai Vir Singh (15758) was commissioned in Indian Air Force in the Logistics branch on 15 Jun 1979. During his distinguished career of 35 years, he has held varied field, staff and instructional assignments including S Lgs 0 of a forward fighter base, Joint Director of Personnel Officers (Logistics) at Air HQ, New Delhi, CLMO of an operational and Maintenance Command, commander of a premier equipment depot, instructional appointments at CDM, PO IMMOLS Air HQ RKP,New Delhi and key appointment of ACAS (proc) at Air HQ, New Delhi. He is presently posted as Air Officer Logistics Management, Maintenance Command. During his career he has exhibited positive attitude, professionalism, foresight and innovative approach in assignments linked to supply chain, human resources management, foreign procurement and enhancement of IMMOLS. As Joint Director Engineering (Mirage Cell) at AirHQ, he was instrumental in timely sourcing of spares for Mirage aircraft from foreign vendors with clear understanding of intricacies of foreign procurement, contract management and management of foreign currency. Acknowledging his professional acumen in this field, he was selected as a member of Ministry of Defence team for closing of account of Main Mirage Agreement during 1995-96 for two of the vendors namely Snecma and Dassault Aviation France. His involvement resulted in accruing savings of more than 3 million French Francs during this process. As Joint Director of Personnel Officers (Logistics) at Air HQ, he effectively managed cadre of logistics officers and introduced interactive approach with transparency to achieve greater satisfaction among officers on their placements. As PO IMMOLS, he initiated the process of migration from VC+ + to .net platform, e-concurrence by IFAs and IMMOLS connectivity to PCDA staff thus facilitating migration to paperless environment. As Air Officer-in Charge Logistics Management at HQ Maintenance Command, he was instrumental in refining provisioning process for systems ranges and management of airmen clothing. His active involvement resulted in speedy disposal of long pending cases of surplus weapons and scrap held at depots. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Air Vice Marshal Jai Vir Singh (Retd).
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Om Prakash Tiwari 16678 F(N)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
Details : Air Commodore Om Prakash Tiwari (16678) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a navigator in flying branch on 11 Dec 1981. He is a CAT 'P( Qualified Navigation Instructor, Air Force Examiner on IL-76, Canberra and HS 748 aircraft. He has flown in excess of 6000 hours and functioned as Navigation leader at operational squadrons, Aviation Research Centre and Air Crew Examining Board. He has held several important and challenging appointments such as instructor at College of Defence Management, Deputy Assistant Chief of Integrated Defence Staff at Headquarter Integrated Defence Staff before being appointed as the Air Officer Commanding of Air Force Selection Board, Mysore with effect from 26 Dec 2012. With his vast flying experience in Canberra, Air Commodore OP Tiwari was instrumental in streamlining the Para dropping procedures and he is also a pioneer in night operation and formulation of standard operating procedures of IL-76 aircraft at Leh and Thoise. He was involved in active flying during Kargil operations, relief operations during Tsunami and earthquake at Bhuj. He has undergone Higher Defence Management Course and the National Security and strategic studies Course at NDC. As DACIDS (Adm) at HQ lDS, he resolved the issues in acquiring the land for HQ and the construction of Messes. In the Tri services environment his efforts to maintain cohesiveness were well appreciated by the CISC. As AOC of Selection Board Mysore, he keenly followed the progress of Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS) and his remedial suggestions to DIPR expedited the process and CPSS is likely to be commissioned soon. He has also ensured a conducive selection environment besides bringing about administrative improvement in the quality of life of air warriors, civilians and welfare of veterans. He resolved long pending issues of mutation of land and found permanent solution to the water shortage at the station by means of getting direct water supply pipeline and rainwater harvesting projects. In view of sub conventional threats, regular exercises with Civil Police/intelligence agencies have been initiated and SOPs have been formulated. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Air Commodore Om Prakash Tiwari.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Kishori Lal Yadav 16931 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
Details : Air Commodore Kishori Lal Yadav (16931) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an engineer in Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) branch on 08 Aug 1983. He has held the appointments of CTO at 815 SU and IAM and Station Commander, 820 SU. He was CTTO at HQ TC prior to assuming his present appointment as AOC, AF Station Jalahalli. He is an alumnus of DSSC and has earlier been commanded by the CAS in 1995. In his early years of service while working at Missile Squadrons, he used his innovative approach and skills to design and fabricate Azimuth Digital Display System in order to enhance operational preparedness of SAM-III Sqns. As CTO 'at IAM, modifications and innovative suggestions given by the officer not only resolved the problem of malfunctioning of OIS0, which had adversely affected pilots training, but have since been incorporated by the OEM. It was again his innovative approach which helped resolve the complex issue of power supply to HPHC at IAM. With his sheer initiative and innovative approach, he could resolve the long pending problem of heat management at UPS room at 820 SU and the innovation was circulated among other units under CAC for implementation. The flawless planning of core router and data centre infrastructure at 820 SU was perceived by him during his tenure as Co. As CTTO at HQ, TC he was the principle architect in formulation of Integrated Pattern of Training for abinitio trainees. As Air Officer Commanding, AF Stn Jalahalli,. he left no stone unturned in ensuring efficient of limited funds for work services, judicious use of scarce resources like water and electricity, effective sewage & sullage disposal system, provisioning of better amenities to improve the living standard of trainees and staff. He laid special emphasis on physical fitness and habit of being disciplined among trainees and staff. Provisioning and development of state of art training aids in adequate quantity has been his thrust area. These initiatives coupled with his innovative ways of delegation and team building have enabled the Stn to achieve almost 100% results and record number of LACs in REB(T) exams consistently. For his distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Air Commodore Kishori Lal Yadav.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Sanjay Bhatnagar 17363 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
Details : Air Commodore Sanjay Bhatnagar VM (17363) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in the flying branch on 22 Dec 1983. He was holding the appointment of Flight Commander of a MiG-27 squadron that participated in Kargil operations, where he was awarded Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) in 1999. He has also commanded a Missile squadron and a Radar Station. He has done a staff tenure at EAC and Air HQ and been Principal Director at Strategic Forces Command. As a Flying Officer in 1988, he was commended by the Chief of the Air Staff for having successfully landed an engine crippled aircraft. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor and has done Staff Course and Higher Command Course. He has been awarded Aerospace Safety 3 stars for Superlative performance. Air Commodore Sanjay Bhatnagar assumed Command of a fighter air base on 04 January 2013. Under his command, MiG-21 operations were recommenced after a year long break and the Sqn was able to achieve 4500 accident free sorties in one and half years. This resulted in a large number of young pilots achieve their operational combat status. Despite the constraints of ongoing runway resurfacing in beginning 2013, the Republic Day fly past and heavy armament detachments of visiting aircraft were conducted in a safe and efficient manner. During the Directorate of Air Staff Inspection surprise visit in October 2013, station was awarded Average Plus grading in Maintenance and Administration and was appreciated for its operational outlook and air defence operations. Under his command the station has been awarded Best Maintenance Trophy in WAC and Best Station in AFNET. With close monitoring of maintenance activities and coordination with outside agencies, the station sustained 70% serviceability of its vintage MiG-21 aircraft, despite shortages of spares and support. Effective usage of soft skills, meticulous planning, innovative ideas and leading from front has helped the officer achieve improvement in quality of life leading to high morale and motivation for personnel under his command. This lead the station being adjudged the Best Overall Station of WAC for year 2013; Pride of WAC. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Air Commodore Sanjay Bhatnagar VM.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Balvinder Singh Sabherwal 17374 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
Details : Air Commodore Balvinder Singh Sabherwal (17374) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an air traffic controller in the administrative branch on 22 Dec 83. A topper of 73 Ground Duty Officer's Course and youngest ever Cat 'P”.air traffic controller of his times, the officer in his 30 years of distinguished service has held various key appointments including CO Air Force Element (AFE) in Bhutan, instructor at Air Traffic Control (ATC) Officers' Training Establishment, Senior Air Traffic Controller of a fighter base, Chief Administrative Officer (C Adm 0) at Air Force Station Chabua, Air Force ATC Examiner and Director Air Staff Inspection at Air HQ. He presently holds the appointment of Principal Director Organisation (Ceremonials) at Air HQ since 29 Apr 13. During his tenure as CO AFE in Bhutan, he led his fire fighting team from the forefront and saved the lives and property of Tshongdue Town, Paro during a major fire outbreak on 16 Feb 97, which was appreciated by the Bhutan Govt. As C Adm 0 of AF Station Chabua, the officer earned a reputation for providing a fair, transparent and considerate administration resulting in overall satisfaction and high morale of the personnel. His efficient planning and execution of works services resulted in timely induction of Su-30 MKI Sqn at the base. As an ATC Air Force Examiner, he motivated ATC officers and created a record by producing 23 Category 'Pi controllers in two years i.e., 2011 and 2012. This was made possible by initiative taken by the officer in creating a first ever website on ATC on AFNET domain wherein all the information required to earn professional excellence in ATC was uploaded and regularly updated. In his present appointment, he has ensured setting up of very high standards for the conduct of ceremonial events. Successful conduct of National, tri-services and Air Force level ceremonies including two President's Standard/Colour presentation ceremonies in the last one year is testimony of his perseverance and indefatigable drive. His initiative led to approval of various cases on improvement to uniforms such as, scaling of side cap and nylon belt for NCs(E), scaling of new pattern side cap for Airmen, reduction in life of jersey pullover for NCs(E) from 60 months to 36 months, scaling of better quality physical training shoes, etc. His foresight to provide avenues to musicians to achieve higher professional competence led to approval of certification courses from Trinity College of London wherein ten musicians have been detailed to undergo the course in the first phase. For his distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Air Commodore Balvinder Singh Sabherwal (Retd.).
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Sanjay Agarwal 17420 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
Details : Air Commodore Sanjay Agarwal (17420) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) branch on 13 Feb 84. He has held several key appointments, which include Director Engineering Mirage at Air Headquarters, Deputy Command Engineering Officer at Headquarters Central Air Command, Commanding Officer of Communication Training Institute and Senior Engineer (Electronics) at Air Force Station, Gwalior. The officer is a graduate in Electrical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering with a brilliant academic record. He has also served as an instructor at Air Force Technical College, Senior Intelligence Officer in a Wireless Experimental Unit and Senior Engineering Officer at a fighter squadron. The officer was commended by Chief of the Air Staff in 2006. The officer while working in Dte of Eng Mirage ensured smooth induction of ten new aircraft. Cases for indigenisation of critical Testers, upgrade of simulators and second line test benches and repair and overhaul task were vigorously pursued and converted into contracts. While commanding a training institute, it was a great challenge to transform the young recruits into the airwarriors. His ingenious approach to task, sheer dedication and salutary efforts saw rise in pass percentages with positive feedbacks from the units. As Air Officer Commanding at Air Force Station, Tughlakabad, he has been instrumental in bringing in visible changes in work ethos. The Station is the first unit in IAF for being awarded with Environment Management System (ISO 14001:2004) certification by Bureau of Indian Standards in February 2014. The impetus given in indigenisation has resulted in full expenditure against the allotment during 2013-14. A close watch on status of assets and meticulous directions issued by him has ensured high op-status of Surface to Air Guided Weapon (SAGW) systems. It includes proactive approach in providing solutions to field units through extensive use of tele & sarathi-assistance, conduct of workshops! seminars. The roadmap for sustenance of Pechora system and setting up of in-house D-level facilities for Rohini radar is being vigorously followed with defined time lines. Disposal of salvage has been given due thrust and approximately 62 tons of downgraded equipment has been evacuated between Oct 2012 and Mar 2014, thereby, generating revenue of Rs 2.5 crores. To monitor and track the activities related to overhaul in various Production Wings, the Depot has taken the lead in implementing the Micro Soft Project. The other initiatives taken include reduction in office carbon footprint, installation of biometric devices at vital places and improvements in common areas (viz Unit Run Canteen, messes, parks etc). For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Air Commodore Sanjay Agarwal.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Pijush Mukherjee 17671 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
Details : Air Commodore Pijush Mukherjee (17671) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) branch on 08 Sep 84. He has held important appointments such as Station Commander of MCC, Basant Nagar (during the entire implementation of AFNET from May 2009 to August 2011), Command System Officer at HQ MC overseeing the production and maintenance support of all System BRDs, Chief Technical Officer of two ADDCs (503 Su and 507 SU). He has undergone 8 TSOC and 32 HACC. He was commended by AOC-in-C WAC on 15 Aug 94 and 08 Oct 95 and by CAS on 08 Oct 01, for his contribution towards maintaining high serviceability and improving reliability of THD Radars. Presently he is functioning as PD Sig (Air) wef 01 Sep 11. Due to his continuous focused and dedicated efforts along with his team, AFNET today is a stable and reliable network. He had conceived and steered the AFNET phase-I! project successfully extending connectivity to 70 additional sites. His contribution in providing required communications solutions to all IAF projects and exercises including Tri-services exercises is praise worthy. He had been handling all Tri-services issues effectively for extracting maximum benefit for IAF Officer possesses exceptional capability to motivate his subordinates for professional excellence. Air Cmde Pijush Mukherjee has been instrumental in liaisoning with MoD & IT for the release of frequency for the WCDMA based AFCEL project. With his active pursuance with Wireless Advisor, various AF stations/units, OEMs and the System Integrator, the launch of AFCEL services in NCR had been possible. Officer had been actively involved in finalizing the Tropo upgradation plan, to operate as a separate network for core operations. With his proactive approach, he has managed to leverage the facilities available at DEAL,DRDO for initial planning of extension of Tropo to the southern peninsula for operational connectivity. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Air Commodore Pijush Mukherjee.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde NV Sreenivasa Rao 17920 ACCTUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
Details : Air Commodore NV Sreenivasa Rao (17920) Accounts was commissioned in the Accounts Branch on 14 Jun 1985 and is presently serving as the Command Accountant Officer at HQ WAC IAF He has rendered 28 years of illustrious service, leaving landmarks in various field and staff appointments held at Premier Flying Bases, Air HQ/Command HQ and on deputation to CSD, HQ as DGM (Finance & Accounts). As Director (Pay & Allowances) and AF Pay Commission Implementation Cell, his valuable contribution stand testimony to the well formulated Accounting/payment procedures, and, the settlement of various 6th CPC pay anomalies with MoD & TRIPAS. Enriched with knowledge and experience of tenure at CSD HQ, he was actively involved in resolving the Audit paras raised by the C&AG towards Defence Services, and paved way for distribution of 651.76 Cr of QD to URCs. He was also associated in the formulation of the MoD guidelines on utilization of Share of Canteen profit and QD. While undergoing HDMC, as leader of the project team, he was assigned the task of study of 'Functioning of CSD'. The project was adjudged the best amongst all and was awarded the CAS Rolling Trophy. As Command Accountant Officer, he inculcated a sense of fiscal discipline amongst the SAOs in the forecasting and utilization of Public Fund. His persuasive approach enhanced the efficacy of intemal checks obviating Financial Irregularity and audit objections. His financial prudence led to optimum utilization of budgetary allocations. His ingenious application of various ruIes regulations and policies,artirulated in the most professional manner received instant endorsement of the IFA in Centralized Mega procurement His amicable tact to prevail on the audit authorities (the PCDA AF and Dir of Audit) resolved the most of the chronic and vintage audit objections. As PMC of the WAC, Officers' Mess, he not only endeavored to maintain very high standards of Mess facilities confirming with the military traditions and culture but also motivated, nurtured subordinate staff to make the Mess a coveted destination. His innovative and motivational skills transformed functional environment of WAC URC. This was manifested by opening of an Extension Counter, efficient indent management and constant introduction of new items to provide an excellent customer satisfaction. His exceptional contribution through perseverance, dedication and instinct to excel in professional has been a source of inspiration to one and all. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President ispleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Air Commodore NV Sreenivasa Rao .
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Pawan Kumar Mohey 18099 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
Details : Air Commodore Pawan Kumar Mohey (18099) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as pilot in the Flying Branch on 06 Dec 1985. Air Commodore PK Mohey is an extremely competent professional with vast and varied flying experience in the most difficult operational conditions. He has over 5900 hours of accident! incident free flying. He has held many important assignments such as Station Commander of an high altitude operational base over seeing China and Pakistan, Flight Commander of Mi-17 unit wherein he took active part in the Kargil War and streamlined all helicopter flying operations in the sector after the war, Command of Chetak helicopter unit and recommenced Float operations after a gap of twelve years. As Officer-in-charge career planning wing at Air Force Record Office, he was instrumental in streamlining the promotion and AR policies of airmen. He has had a stint at HQ IDS and UN mission in Sudan. A Qualified Flying Instructor who has undergone the Defence Services Staff Course and Higher Defence Management course, he has been commended by AOC-in-C, EAC and CISC, HQ IDS for exemplary professional competence. Air Commodore PK Mohey is a highly motivated professional, who leaves no stone unturned to accomplish the tasks at this remote forward base under the most demanding and challenging physical, operational and security environment. His unwavering commitment is reflected by the state of Op preparedness of the base. His significant achievements as Commander ANTF include safe, successful and efficient conduct of Lok Sabha elections 2014 and state assembly elections in the Red Belt region of India covering seven states. He has ensured safe execution of all tasks allotted to the Indian Air Force in the most professional and exemplary manner. The same has been appreciated by all the state and central agencies. He has been instrumental in erecting and operationalising the Non Directional Beacon at the remote airfield of Jagdalpur. The Officer has worked tirelessly to improve the standard of living of all personnel placed under him. The perseverance shown by the officer in achieving the tasks has been note worthy. The officer leads by example and has maintained very high morale of the men placed under him. The base under his leadership has met all its assigned operational, maintenance and administrative tasks within stipulated time frame in the most professional manner. fur distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Air Commodore Pawan Kumar Mohey.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Anurag Joshi 18280 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
Details : Air Commodore Anurag Joshi (18280) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a Pilot in the flying branch on 07 Jun 1986. He has held the appointments of Flight Commander (Fit Cdr), Commanding Officer (CO) of a MiG-21 Bis I Bison operating squadron, as Station Commander (Stn Cdr) of Air Force Station, Salua and is presently the Air Officer Commanding (AOC) of Air Force Station, Gorakhpur. He has also been a Joint Director Perspective Planning and Plans Management (JDPPPM). His systemic efforts at improving fighter combat and instrument flying capabilities of aircrew in MiG-29 and MiG-21squadrons contributed immensely in IAF's capability. As FItCdr, he brought back two Mig-21 Bis ac safely which had serious in-flight snags. As CO of a fighter Sqn he built a well trained team while inducting MiG-21 Bison aircraft through excellent coordination with HAL, Nasik. As Joint Director Perspective Planning and Plans Management, he optimised monitoring of Capital schemes at AirHQ (VB)for faster processing and monitoring of Capital Schemes. He brought laurels to India and the IAF by his exceptional professional knowledge and display of pride in the Country and the IAF while doing staff course at Malaysia in 2002. He has been commended twice for his dedication to service by Air Officer Commanding in Chief and once by Chief of Air Staff. As Stn Cdr, his Station achieved the 'Best Non-Flying Station Trophy' of Eastern Air Command within a year of his taking over. He as Estate Manager finalised cases of 379 encroachers on IAF land pending since 1986, under the provisions of PPE Act 1971. As AOC, he has motivated his team to transform the Station's environment and its external outlook through exceptional coordination and support of District Administration. He pursued land security and almost 1500 acres lands' records were obtained. The Station became the "Best Improved Station". The Fighter Sqn, Air Force School and Air Force Dental Centre based at the Station also were declared the 'Best in Central Air Command' within a year of his taking over. He proactively ensured exceptional serviceability & support to Mi-17s operating in Naxal infested areas. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Air Commodore Anurag Joshi.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Gp Capt Vinod Malik 18133 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
Details : Group Captain Vinod Malik (18133) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an ATC officer in Administrative branch on 06 Dec 1985 and is presently serving as Chief Administrative Officer at Air Force Station, Srinagar. Gp Capt Malik stood first in order of merit in 77 Ground Duty Officers' course and was awarded the Training Command Trophy at commissioning. The officer has been an active ATC controller at premier fighter bases. He has done Chief Administrative Officer tenures at two important stations-Begumpet and Jaisalmer. As C Adm 0 Jaisalmer, he was part of the team that facilitated the Fire Power Demonstration at Pokhran range. The flawless execution of this event was greatly appreciated by the Hon'ble Raksha Mantri and Parliamentary Standing Committee. He was Stn Adt of Air Force Station New Delhi, where he dealt with all the ceremonial and staff jobs of Air HQ and was instrumental in setting up Sadhbhavna Cell and facilitated six UN missions to Congo. During his stint in AFRO, he streamlined the tenure issues of Non-Tech trades. The Officer is diligent, meticulous and focused in his approach .. During the recent floods in the State of Jammu & Kashmir, Air Force Station Srinagar become the hub centre for all civil and military relief activities. The officer with his administrative acumen anticipated all the core admin issues and marshaled all the available resources to. set up a relief camp for the rescued flood victims and supervised field cooking for preparing more than 10000 meals per day. He actively liaised with all the civil and military authorities to streamline the relief activities. All possible support was rendered to NDRF team to start rescue operations. There was a heavy inflow of rescued people (appx.20000 thousand per day), for whom all administrative arrangements were done in an exemplary manner without compromising the security of the base. His leadership, tireless efforts and meticulous planning facilitated in flawless evacuation of over 30,000 people by IAF transport aircraft. During the crisis, he ensured that all the essential services like water, electricity were available for smooth operations. He maintained his composure in the complex situation and performed at the highest efficiency to render all out administrative support, to sustain operations and maintenance activities during the flood relief and rescue operations in J&K For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Vinod Malik.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Gp Capt Bhaskar Nandi 18188 MEDUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
Details : Group Captain Bhaskar Nandi (18188) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as medical officer on 26 Dec 1985. He is a graduate and postgraduate in Medicine from AFMC Pune and did his doctorate (OM) in Gastroenterology from AIIMS, New Delhi. In his 28 years of service, he has served with distinction as medical specialist in various Air Force hospitals and in IATT, Botswana on deputation. He has held the prestigious appointments of Head, Dept of Gastroenterology, Army Hospital (R&R), Delhi, and Director, Armed Forces Organ Donation and Retrieval Authority (AORTA). Presently, he is the Senior Adviser (Medicine & Gastroenterology) at Command Hospital Air Force, Bangalore. He has been commended by AOC-in-C, HQ TC, IAF in 2004 and 2007 and by VCOAS in 2011. This specialist believes in service before self and has amply displayed this quality at all times. He is and outstanding clinician and gastroenterologist with exemplary professional knowledge and endoscopy skills. He is adept at performing highly technical and advanced pancreatico-biliary endoscopy procedures, that has proved to be life-saving to many a critical patient. He has received much appreciation for formulating protocols for treatment of HIV / AIDS patient during his tenure in Botswana. He is one of the pioneers in Transplant Hepatology in Armed Forces and has been associated with the Liver Transplant Program since its inception. He ran the organ donation program of Armed Forces that saw 42 multiple organ donations taking" place and successfully increased awareness on organ donation within Armed Forces. He is a member of the National Task Force on Hepatitis-B Fatty Liver Disease and is frequently invited by reputed medical institutes in the country to deliver talks and share his experience. He has steered the Gastroenterology centre in CHAF Bangalore to a centre of excellence. He will be conducting the first ever Gastroenterology Technician course to be held in an Air Force hospital. His contribution in publication of the highly acclaimed book on clinical medicine, 'medical Clinics of CHAFB' organizing health camps for hepatitis and promotion of organ donation has greatly enhanced the prestige of this hospital and the organization. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Bhaskar Nandi.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Gp Capt Rajapantula Subbarao 18438 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
Details : Group Captain Rajapantula Subbarao (18438) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) branch on 18 Aug 1986. During his service, the officer has held many important assignments and contributed immensely towards the technical growth and development of the IAF While posted as Senior Engineering Officer (SEa) at National Defence Academy (NDA) during 2001-03, he inducted Super Dimona Aircraft and formulated its servicing. He was also responsible for the induction of Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) aircraft while posted at Air Headquarters Communication Squadron (AHCS) and also formulated and executed Aircraft Support Agreement for BBJ. He formulated FollowOn Support (FOS) and Mission Ready Maintenance Service (MRMS)contract for Embraer aircraft (ac). While posted at Base Repair Depot, Sulur, he indigenised many spares for AVRO, Dornier and Jaguar aircraft, notable being Lock Pins for Avro and Cartridge Holder assembly for Jaguar ac. The officer is presently on the posted strength of Air Force Station New Delhi (AFND) since 14 Jan 13 and performing the duties of Chief Engineering Officer (CEO) of the base. This base is maintaining more than 500 vehicles. He, with his focused approach, has ensured a high degree of vehicle availability and promptness in NCR to cater for myriad requirements. He has consistently maintained a high serviceability state of 99.5% for MT vehicles over last one year in spite of the vintage models of vehicles, thus contributing to high satisfaction amongst the clientele. He has introduced a method of 'proactive and preventive' maintenance on vehicles like Scorpio Starter Brush checks, radiator flushing on Ambassadors, steering and brake mechanism on coaches/school buses to prevent vehicle break-down. He also introduced the in-house overhaul of Ambassador cars which have completed more than 2.25 lakh km and painting of heavy vehicles and light duty common vehicles, thus achieving savings to the tune of thirty lakhs to the exchequer. He persistently pushed the progress of installation of Automatic Vehicle Wash Plant, the first of its kind in defence environment, which enables automatic washing of all types of vehicles, thus saving man hours and reducing water consumption. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Rajapantula Subbarao.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Gp Capt Ajay Singh Pathania 18594 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
Details : Group Captain Ajay Singh Pathania (18594) was commissioned in the Flying Branch on 06 Dec 86. He has been functioning as Director Operations (Helicopters) since 04 Jun 12. He is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College and a Qualified Flying Instructor with over 5800 hrs of flying experience on various types of helicopters and fixed wing trainer aircraft. The officer has had a variety of command, staff and instructional tenures. He has commanded a helicopter unit in the Eastern sector and a M-25 attack helicopter unit in UN.Mission Congo. He has also commanded a Tactical Air Centre in the Eastern sector and been Chief Operational Officer of an operational base in the Northern sector. He has had instructional tenures at Air Force Academy and Helicopter Training School. His staff appointments include tenures as Joint Director Personnel (Helicopters) and Director Operations (Helicopters). As Commanding Officer of the helicopter of the helicopter unit in the Eastern sector, the officer successfully spearheaded a number of operational and casualty evacuation missions in the sector. Noteworthy were the missions flown to support flushing out of militant elements from Bhutan. The officer commanded the attack helicopter unit in Congo during the Peace enforcement phase by the United Nations. He led multiple offensive missions in support of the UN mandate. This earned praise and credits from all quarters. As joint Director Personnel (Helicopters), the officer was instruments in re-charting HR initiatives towards absorbing the growth of the helicopter fleets. The initiatives have paid dividend- evident from adequacy of qualified aircrew to man the helicopter fleet which has grown exponentially in the last five years. His multi-faceted professional capabilities came to the fore during his tenure as Director Operations (Helicopters). SOPs, orders and policies for the fleet have been streamlined. Process of induction and operationalisation of the Mi-17V5 and ALH Mk 11 fleets was executed within the shortest possible timeframe. The fleets have been actively employed in a variety of operational and Humanitarian Assistance / Disaster Relief (HADR) operations. Helicopter operations as part of exercises 'Iron Fist' and 'Livewire' were overseen by the officer. Similarly, helicopter resources were efficiently managed during HADR operations in the aftermath of Uttrakhand floods, Orissa cyclone, forest fires at Mounth Japhu and Tirumala. For distinguished service of a high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Ajay Singh Pathania.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Rajesh Narayan Medikeri 18730 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
Details : Group Captain Rajesh Narayan Medikeri (18730) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an engineer in Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) branch on 16 Feb 1987. He has held several field and staff appointments which include Chief Engineering Officer of a Su-30 aircraft base, Command Engineering Officer of an Operational Command and Joint Director and Director Engineering at Air Headquarters since 01 Apr 2013. He has been commended twice by the Chief of Air Staff in 1997 and 2002. As Senior Engineering Officer of a MiG-29 Squadron, during Op Vijay, he marshalled his resources to maintain 98% serviceability of the aircraft in fully Ops condition for a sustained period of six months, allowing the Op Task of the Squadron to be achieved. Later as Senior Engineer (Aircraft) at Air Force Station, Pune, he was responsible in the meticulous planning and execution of the international Exercise Red Flag in United States of America. This called for consolidation of anticipated maintenance activities along with requisite logistics to ensure that the twelve participating aircraft ferry to USA and effectively participate in the conduct of exercise for joint air operations. It is due to his immaculate planning that 99% serviceability was achieved and the detachment of IAF won laurels and appreciation. During the officer's appointment as Chief Engineering Officer of Air Force Station, Tezpur, induction of Su-30 fleet in the Eastern Air Command was done. The officer's experience and indomitable spirit ensured smooth induction of the Su-3D fleet. He spearheaded the modernization of the infrastructure to absorb the state of art technology Su-30 at Tezpur in a record period of six months. As Director Engineering (Basic Trainers) at Air Headquarters, the officer initiated various steps to enhance the availability of Kiran aircraft for Basic Jet Training of Ab-initio pilots. The overhaul of Viper Engines and its fuel aggregates by an alternate source abroad was successfully contracted through Ministry of Defence in less than a year which resulted in enhanced availability of Viper Engines for sustaining operations. Presently, as Director Engineering Su-30 Projects, the officer has been involved in setting up of Repair and Overhaul facilitie sat 11 BRD for Su-30 MKI aircraft and setting up of Service Support Centers at Barreilly, Tezpur and Pune. These projects are being closely progressed by the officer. For his distinguished service of high order with continued task oriented performance, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Rajesh Narayan Medikeri.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Sanjay Kumar Srivastava 19128 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
Details : Group Captain Sanjay Kumar Srivastava (19128) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering branch on 07 Sep 1987. He has held the appointments of CO Air Force liaison Establishment (AFLE Lucknow), STO of Jaguar Squadron and Radar Units, Chief of Production at 15 BRD, Directing Staff at Air Force Technical College and Director at Aeronautical Quality Assurance (DGAQA) Lucknow. He has undergone Jaguar, PSM-33 Radar, EW, QAS courses and M Tech (Mechanical) from IAT, Pune. He is an extremely efficient, motivated and dedicated officer who has displayed tremendous tenacity to work with an absolute professional approach exploiting his sound aircraft and Radar knowledge with versatile experience. As CO AFLE during 2010-12, he gave flip to the task execution towards effective techno-Iogistics support to 11 different types of aircraft fleets including implementation of reclamation schemes, Mods and life extensions to meet critical requirements of IAF. His professional acumen facilitated award of best Fighter Squadron to 27 Sqn (Jaguar) in 2005 and best AFLE in 2010. At 15 BRD, he was instrumental in setting up a Radar repair lab in 2002. As Directing staff at AFTC, he introduced Space Technology and set up Avionics Development Facility. For his distinguished accomplishments, he has been commended by Chief of the AirStaff in the year 2012, by AOC-in-C, TC in 2008 and by AOC-in-C, MC in 2002. In his current assignment as Commanding Officer of Project Management Group, AF, he has effectively executed 10 vital induction projects of system range of equipment worth about Rs 9000 crore along with the daunting task of developing the infrastructure at AF Station, Dadri. His focused and systematic approach together with excellent co-ordination with multiple formations has provided desired impetus to the induction program. His unstinted efforts have facilitated induction of seven MPR, nine Rohin(, six SRE, five HRDF and eight FATs of LLTR in last one year. Under his leadership, PMG undertook the challenging task of installation of MPRs on Tower at Agra, on single sided ramp at Bagdogra and operationalised SRE at Carnic after a delay of five years. In addition, by effective pursuance with ELTA he ensured up-gradation of Antenna Drive System, modification of HMI and IACCS integration in MPR He successfully resolved critical contractual issues of LLTR The officer has put in exceptional efforts and effectively directed all activities covering very large span of control. In a short span of one year, he has transformed the AF Stn Dadri in to a model station with conducive working environment and all welfare facilities for the troops. The morale of officers and air warriors placed below him has been exemplary, which speaks volume of his abilities as a commander, leader and human being. For the distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Sanjay Kumar Srivastava.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Gp Capt Padippurackal Thekkethil Krishnapillai Sreekumar 19722 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
Details : Group Captsain Padippurackal Thekkethil Krishnapillai Sreekumar (19722) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as Engineer in Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) branch on 12 Sep 88. He had the distinction of being appointed the first Commanding Officer (CO) of Maintenance Officers Categorisation Board (MOCB). His previous key appointments include field tenures in IL-76 fleet and Signal Intelligence (SI) formation,Chief Instructor (Cl) at IL-76/1L-78 TETTRA School, Sqn Cdr of Testers Calibration Lab at 5 BRD, Chief Engineering officer (CEO) of the IL-76 base at Nagpur. His vital inputs, during tenure at SI formation in late 1990s, on information security facilitated crucial decision of relocating TACDE from Jamnagar to Gwalior. The officer was specially selected to undergo training on aerial refuelling systems of IL 78 at Israel during. Subsequently, as Chief Instructor he ensured absorption of this force multiplier capability in record time. During his tenure as Chief Engineering officer (CEO) in 201 0-11 at AF Station Nagpur, the Station was adjudged best Mechanical Transport At of Central Pill Command and one of the best three AFNET units in IAF He played a significant role in shifting the lL- 76 Sqn from Nagpur to Chandigarh resulting in enhanced and continual availability of the fleet, a fact proven during Exercise Live Wire also. He stood first in order of merit in Technical Staff Officers Course. He was commended by Chief of Air Staff in act 98 for meritorious service. In his present assignment as Commanding Officer (CO) of Maintenance Officers Categorisation Board (MOCB), he was entrusted to establish a system of categorisiog Aeronautical Engineering and Logistics branch officers of the IAF so as to enhance professional capabilities of officers. Such a scheme did not exist in the past. He not only formed and established the unit in a short period but also commenced categorisation of officers within three and a half months of unit formation. This involved struct wing various procedures, syllabi, test patterns for 50 different streams and establishing 26 test centres for conducting categorisation examination. He relentlessly travelled to more than 35 AF units, categorising 303 officers in two years, thus realising a dream task which hitherto was believed as insurmountable. He successfully and flawlessly executed all facets of categorisation process including that of the cat 'f(. process beyond the organisational expectations. The transformation of a concept from paper to practice showcased an envious and unprecedented success, which has become a springboard for other projects in general and categorisation task of other branches of IAF in particular. For distinguished service of high order,Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Padippwackal Thekkethil Krishnapillai Sreekumar.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt K A Ahamed Sanjeeb 20227 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
Details : Group Captain Kondengalara Aboo Ahamed Sanjeeb (20227) was commissioned in the Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) branch of IAF on 04 Sep 1988. During his service career, he has held various important appointments including SE (IL-76) 4 Wg, SE (M) 12 Wg /10 Wg , SEO of Boeing 737-200 Sqn, CO of a Training Institute, SEO of AWACS Squadron and Director Engineering for Russian Transport Aircraft [D Eng T(R2)] at Air HQ (VB). Gp Capt KAA Sanjeeb was the Team Leader of the PMT for induction of IL-78 FRA into IAF in year 2003. During his tenure as SEO of AWACS Sqn, he had formulated an efficient Warranty Monitoring System that enabled freezing of aircraft warranty for 21 months, resulting in significant savings to the exchequer. As D Eng T(R2), with his vast experience, commitment, management skills and grass root level involvement, he had ensured an unprecedented serviceability figure of seven IL-76 aircraft in Feb 12. Serviceability of ARP-3 Pod had depleted to an alarming figure of five by mid 2011. Due to his involvement and liaison with OEM i AA Israel, serviceability of ARP- 3 Pods was enhanced to 13, by end of 2011. He was commended by the Chief of Air Staff in 2010 and by Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Central Air Command in 1997. As CEO, 4 Wing, with his vast professional experience, in-depth technical acumen and hands on approach, he ensured a remarkably high serviceability. It was primarily because of his out of the box thinking and excellent supervision that the base was ab la to successfully build-up prolonged AOG IL-76 , without any external support. The aircraft was on AOG for six and a half years and was deficient of 1068 items. HAL had quoted Rs 3.2 crores, for the build up of An-32 aircraft which was on AOG for past 08 years. This was objected by IFA at HQ MC. As tasked by Air HQ, AOG buildup of An-32 aircraft, was successfully completed under his able supervision and guidance at base. During the Officer's tenure, IL Avionics Lab had proved to be instrumental towards retrieval of numerous IL-76 / IL-78 fleet critical avionics aggregates. This has not only enhanced IL-76178 fleet availability, but also enabled saving of precious forex of the exchequer, against the ROH cost. A BEML wheel dozer for which OEM had quoted Rs. 36 Lakh for replacement of the torque converter assembly, was recovered by spending just about Rs. 3000 at base. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Kondengalara Aboo Ahamed Sanjeeb.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Samir J Pendse 20495 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
Details : Group Captain Samir J Pendse (20495) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in flying branch on 16 Dec 89. During his service career, he has held important appointments including Commanding Officer of a frontline helicopter unit and Staff appointment at Command Headquarters. Gp Capt Pendse is an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College and has undergone the prestigious Higher Air Command Course at College of Air Warfare. Besides having flown Mi-8, Mi-17/ Mi- 17 1V helicopters, he is a qualified Cat B flying instructor. An exceptional pilot he has had the distinction of serving as UN Military Observer in Sudan. In addition, he has accomplished Instructional assignments at Air Force Academy and College of Air Warfare. Since August 2013 he has been handling the key assignment of the Chief Operations Officer at Air Force Station Palam. He has introduced unparalleled initiatives which have yielded overwhelming improvement in the flying environment and the safety ethos of the base. Air Force Station Palam undertakes WIP operations and during natural calamities in the country, it acts as the hub centre to coordinate airlift of material and rescue teams. Gp Capt Pendse has brought about systemic reforms in these processes that require immense coordination and interoperability between Ministries, various strata in Air HQ and Command HQs and NDMA. • During the recent Humanitarian and Disaster Relief operations undertaken in J&K, AF station, Palam, was entrusted the task to coordinate airlift of material and rescue teams as well as to provide assistance to evacuated citizens landing at Palam. Gp Capt SJ Pendse galvanized his staff to build a critical framework towards the efficient completion of the task. With his sterling leadership, he invoked high morale into his subordinates which ensured immaculate execution of the operations. He exhibited stupendous administrative skills in working out modalities at the base as well as liaison between various strata at Command and Air HQ level. His motivational flair kept everybody highly focused towards undertaking such arduous task and work to the best of their abilities even during extended working hours. His abilities are perceptible from the fact that IAF airlifted over 1200 tonnes of relief material from Palam in more than 100 sorties between 07 Sep to 22 Sep 14. With his remarkable planning skills he easily belied the apparent constraints posed by limited tarmac space and concurrent VVIP / VIP commitments. Gp Capt SJ Pendse is unwavering in his commitment to the IAF and exhorts his staff to offer unique solutions towards flawless accomplishment of any assigned task. For his ingenuity, professionalism and distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is please to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Samir J Pendse, VM .
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Sanjive Dhaka 20600 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
Details : Group Captain Sanjive Dhaka (20600) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in Administrative Branch (Sub Stream Fighter Controller) on 15 December 1990. He is a qualified Master Fighter Controller, a qualified Flight Director in Aerostat Systems and an alumni of Defence Services Staff College. His previous major appointments include Commanding Officer of an operational radar unit, Senior Fighter Director of an Aerostat unit and Instructor at the premier Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. As Senior Operations Officer of a mobile radar unit, after the shooting down of Pakistan Navy Atlantique in 1999, he moved the unit from Pune to Kutch sector in Gujarat for providing enhanced Air Defence coverage. During 'OP Parakram' in 2001, he was involved in planning and deployment of Air Defence radar units in Suratgarh sector. Consequent to undergoing Aerostat Flight Director course at T COM Lp,USA in Aug 2003, he was extensively involved in the induction and operationalisation of Aerostat Systems in IAF Due to his exceptional understanding of Air Power concepts, he was selected as an instructor at the Defence Services Staff College at Wellington. He also holds M Phil degree in Defence and Strategic studies. As Chief Administrative Officer of Air Force Station Chandigarh, he displayed highest levels of initiative and dedication. His administrative acumen was visible in seamless handling of the visits of WIPs including the President of India in Mar 2013. His planning and meticulous paperwork resulted in sanction of a large number of high value works projects including the revival of much awaited Runway Resurfacing project and approval of MoD in Mar 2014. This would be a milestone in infrastructural development and enhancement in operational capability at this base. The quantum of responsibility of C Adm 0 of this strategic transport base is manifold while comparing other stations due to distinct variables coupled with the domestic area being spread over in three different pockets of the city. His perseverance in effective liaisoning with civil administration has resulted in developmental and upliftment of Air Force residential sectors in UT. His exemplary rapport with the state Government machinery has resulted in 100 % mutation of defence land in Distt SAS Nagar, Punjab. His initiatives and incessant drive to improve the quality of life is visible in revival of the Airwarrior Institute (Mehak Complex), improved standards of DSC guard rest rooms, airmen billets and many such other peoples' issues. These initiatives were highly appreciated by the AOC-in- C during his visit to the station in Mar 2014. With his motivation, positive attitude and sound operational orientation, the officer is an asset to the organisation. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Sanjive Dhaka.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Pvn Ravi Madhav Sarma 20616 LGSUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
Details : Group Captain PVN Ravi Madhav Sarma (20616) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in Logistics branch on 15 Dec 90. During these 24 years of service, he has held varied appointments including Director Maintenance Inspection (Logistics), Chief Logistics Officer of a Repair Depot and an Equipment depot and instructional tenures at Airmen Training Institute, National Defence Academy and Air Force Administrative College. During the recent Humanitarian and Disaster Relief operations in the state of J & K, 31 MCU was tasked to coordinate airlift of relief material and rescue teams within short notice from AF Stn Palam. As the Commanding Officer of 31 MCU, the officer was responsible for airlift of all relief material out of the NCR area. He dedicatedly worked towards this mission with his team maximising utilisation of the available resources with impeccable planning. These operations were carried out relentlessly from 07 Sep to 22 Sep 14 round the clock enabling the IAF to airlift 1210 tons of relief material in 107 transport aircraft within a span of 16 days. The officer also organised separate teams for extending reception to more than 6500 rescued passengers from J & K during the same period. He personally interacted with officials of NOMA and various Ministries, officials of the Resident Commission of J & K, local suppliers of relief materials, Red Cross, IRCTC, NAFED, Tihar Jail officials, Mother Dairy and some NGOs to plan and coordinate the airlift of loads to meet the task assigned by the IAF His professional acumen and experience were put to test with regard to packing, palletising and loading the cargo in various aircraft including the recently acquired C-17/C-130 aircraft resulting in nil damages to the cargo at the destination. The task undertaken by the Unit under the leadership of the officer in such a short span while simultaneously carrying out other service commitments amounting to a three month average workload of the Unit which is rare but a landmark achievement for any MCU. The distinguished act of the officer towards the above task is of special significance to the IAF as it had helped IAF fulfill its commitment towards the nation at this critical juncture. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is please to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain PVN Ravi Madhav Sarma.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Nand Kumar Nair 20680 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
Details : Group Captain Nand Kumar Nair (20680) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics)branch on 12 Mar 1990. He is presently serving as Officer Commanding, Test Engineering Squadron (OC TES) at Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE). He has held various important appointments at Electronic Warfare Range (EWR) and has been Directing Staff at various officers training institute. He is a post graduate from Indian Institute of Technology (lIT), Bombay and Birla Institute ofT echnology and Science, Pilani. He is also an alumnus of Defence Services Staff College. Gp Capt NKNair has presented technical papers in intemational conferences, The officer is a conferred scientist and has been awarded the "Best Contributor in Electronic Warfare from Indian Armed Forces" by the Association of Old Crow India Chapter in May 2011. Due to his in-depth professional knowledge on radar and EW systems, he was specially selected as the EW specialist of the IAF for the evaluation of radar and EW systems of the Medium range Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) trials. The high standard of professionalism and efficient conduct of these evaluations has been appreciated by all and brought a good name to the IAF. The officer with his immense professional knowledge of EW has evolved a new methodology to evaluate Counter Measure Dispensing System (CMDS). This has been of immense help in obtaining accurate quantitative data in evaluating the effectiveness of counter measures. The officer has also identified the various problems associated to the programming of the CMDS. This had been a long pending issue for the IAF and its resolution has significantly improved our EW operational capability. He has developed software application for Modelling and Simulation of the system. Based on the studies, new Standard Operation Procedures incorporating the correct programs were formulated and disseminated to all the field units. This effort has contributed immensely to the survivability of our airbome assets in a hostile environment. The effort has contributed immensely to the survivability of our airborne assets in a hostile environment. The officer has played a pivotal role in the developmental and integration trials of almost all the airborne radar and EW systems operated by the IAF today. He was also instrumental in evaluating the ECCM modes of airborne radars which resulted in immense improvement of the radar performance in operational environment. AsOC TES, he has been planning, organizing and ensuring timely and efficient conduct of all trials carried out by ASTE. He has ensured thorough and meticulous conduct of even the most complex trials. With his vast experience and professional competence, the guidance and supervision provided by him has ensured conduct of a large number of complex trials. By his work ethics, he has motivated his sub-ordinates to rise to higher levels of professionalism and commitment as required by the Establishment. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Visbisbt Seva Medal to Group Captain Nand Kumar Nair.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Harsh Bahl 20863 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
Details : Group Captain Harsh Bahl (20863) was commissioned in the Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) branch of IAF on 10 Sep 1990. The officer is posted as Chief Engineering Officer at a premier Air base since 27 May 13. On completion of his ab-initio training at AFFC, he was posted to a Mig-27 Squadron which had recently converted from Ajeet aircraft. He ensured expeditious operationalisation of the squadron despite his relatively less experience. In his subsequent assignment as Officer in Charge Mig-27 Tech Fit, he ensured an excellent maintenance and infrastructural setup to seamlessly integrate enhanced servicing requirements of a newly inducted Mig-27 squadron at the base. He was the chief architect in life extension programme of R-60 MK missile by two years which enhanced the Op capabilities of IAF During Op Safed Sagar the MiG-29 fleet had encountered a problem of 'No Lock on' of R-73 E missile in air. The officer, in spite of not being formally trained, recovered 26 missiles leading to a saving of Rs 26 crores to the exchequer. He is a postgraduate from IIT Delhi and has designed a Schottky -Bipolar Mode Field Effect Transistor (S-BMFET), patent for which has been filed in his honour by IIT Delhi. During his tenure at Air HQ in 2006, he planned and oversaw induction of Hawk aircraft efficiently. As the Command Engineering Officer 't,HQ EAC he managed all fighter fleets operating in the EAC AOR. He was the Chief Maintenance Coordinator during Ex Live wire in Mar 13. His planning during build up phase and execution of maintenance functions ensured dispatch reliability of 96% for fighters during missions. As the Chief Engineering Officer of Air Force Station Jaisalmer, he has been instrumental in improving the RPA serviceability to a record 91.39% for the last six months. Under his leadership several innovations have been carried out in the RPA fleet which have resulted in improved efficiency of maintenance practices. The base hosted 25 detachments and trials, flew nearly 4000 sorties and handled 750 tons of armament in the last one year. Nearly all types of aircraft in IAF inventory operated from this base. The effective supervision provided by the officer to these detachments ensured that there were no incidents/accidents attributable to Human Error (Servicing). Under his guidance, the mobile Tropo Unit was declared the best Tropo Unit of SWAC. He also contributed positively towards AF Stn Jaisalmer being declared the Pride of SWAC. For distinguished service of the high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt Harsh Bahl.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Devendra P Hirani 21019 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
Details : Group Captain Devendra P Hirani (21019) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in flying branch on 15 Dec 1990, In 23 years of distinguished service, he has held several important appointments including Flight Commander of a frontline helicopter Unit, Command Examiner, Command of a FTE, Co-ord Officer at AFRO and as a DASI inspector. A graduate of DSSC, he is a Qualified Flying Instructor with 4900 hours of accident! incident free flying, Gp Capt Hirani is an outstanding professional who has proved his mettle in various challenging assignments time and again, He has been commended by AOC-in-C for his devotion to duty twice in the past. During his Command tenure the Unit was awarded the best "Flight and Maintenance Safety" Trophy in Training Command, Gp Capt Hirani has been the Station Commander of a frontline Station in J&K since 25 Jun 2012, In this period, the officer has exhibited top leadership qualities, and with personal motivation and dedication he has ensured a very high state of operational preparedness of the Station, Serviceability state of the aircraft and other technical assets of the Station has perpetually remained high, A striking feature of the officer's achievement has been his ability to achieve results through his ingenious methods and innovative ideas, Under his close supervision, all allotted tasks have been achieved and, more often than not, surpassed with enviable efficiency, The aerospace safety record of the Station has also been noteworthy with all around attention being paid to safe operations through aircrew indoctrination, better time management and sound supervision, Administratively, he has displayed simple yet effective techniques of management to motivate the people, Empathizing with those in need and being film when the situation warranted has resulted in deriving the best from the personnel under his command at all times, He streamlined the working of various sections to improve the quality of output. His vision has made the Station an epitome of teamwork and harmony. His emphasis on a clean environment has instilled a sense of belonging in the men and voluntary involvement in upkeep of the Station environment. His initiatives towards progressing and completing numerous work services, has enhanced the morale of the Station personnel tremendously, His thrust towards long pending land acquisition cases have resulted in positive results, The Station Security, which has always remained threatened due to presence of ANEs in State of J&K, has been ensured through well thought out security measures and constant vigil. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Devendra P Hirani.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Sathyamourthy Ramanathan 21078 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
Details : Group Captain Sathyamourthy Ramanathan (21078) Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an Engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) branch on 11 Mar 1991. He has held the appointments of Commanding Officer of Communication Signals Units, Instructor at a TEITRA School, Senior Technical Officer of IL-76 aircraft Squadron and as Director at Directorate of Maintenance Inspection at DG(I&S) Branch, Air HQ. For his consistent excellent performance, he was commended by AOC-in-C, WAC·in January 1996 and by CAS in January 1998. Presently he is posted as Station Commander at Air Force Station, Bhowali since 13 Feb 2012. During the International Red Flag Exercise held in Aug 2008 at USA, the Officer has efficiently led the techno-Iogistic team of IL-76 aircraft and achieved 100% aircraft serviceability on the foreign land. This has immensely contributed in successful and time bound staging of SU-30 MKI fighter aircraft to USA and back. During his tenure as Maintenance Inspector in DG(I&S) Branch, he has brought out many critical observations and conceptual recommendations having implications at Air Force level. He recommended surrendering of superfluous BSNL leased circuits resulting in saving of Rs 4 crores rental per annum to IAF Similarly, his recommendation on review of War Reserve Stocking Policy has resulted in enhanced user satisfaction besides saving to the exchequer. Gp Capt S Ramanathan as Station Commander of AFS Bhowali, which is an isolated and high altitude Unit, has lead the team cohesively and efficiently keeping the morale of the personnel placed below always high. He has brought in many major infrastructural developments in very short time not only to enhance the operational potential of the Unit but also towards making available the basic welfare and recreational amenities for the personnel posted at this remotely located hilly Unit. With his leadership, the Unit has won many prestigious Trophies in year 2012. During the major road blocks caused due to landslides in monsoon and snowfall in winter, the officer has led the team in quick restoration of road link to the Ops site thus enabling the continued supply of essential ration and medicine. With his innovative ideas, he has implemented many modifications in vehicle maintenance, logistic storage conditions and security apparatus for enhanced user satisfaction and manifold operational efficiency. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Sathyamourthy Ramanathan.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Gursharan Singh Matharu 21276 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
Details : Group Captain Gursharan Singh Matharu (21276) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in flying branch on 15 Jun 1991. He is in command of 33 Sqn since Jun 12. He has accomplished over 7760 hours of accident free flying, which includes 4630 hours of flying as first pilot. He is a flying supervisor and holds a Master Green rating on An-32 and Embraer aircraft. He pioneered the operationalisation of Embraer fleet in the IAF and displayed highest degree of professionalism towards accomplishment of VIP/ VVIP flying tasks, in India and abroad. Displaying his exceptional aviation acumen, he has undertaken VIP flying missions to 25 countries, flown over 100 operational missions to Carnic and represented Indian Air Force in various international air exercises. Towards humanitarian and disaster relief, he has made significant contributions through successful execution of crucial missions during Kargil operations in 1999, Bhuj earth quake relief operations in 2001 and Tsunami relief operations in the year 2004. As the commanding officer, he exploited his farsightedness, methodical approach, immaculate planning and perseverance in ensuring exemplary conduct of the President Standard Presentation to 33 Sqn. He displayed dynamic leadership, in sustaining air bridge operations between the Indian main land and the strategically important Andaman Islands, overcoming constraints of adverse weather, protracted over sea flying, negative mission endurance and the ageing An 32 fleet. He showed excellent managerial skills in leading his air warriors and thus achieved best aircraft serviceability state in the fleet. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Gursharan Singh Matharu.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Abhijit Prabhakar Saraph 21427 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
Details : Group Captain Abhijit Prabhakar Saraph (21427) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) branch on 29 Sep 1991. He has held various appointments viz Officer in Charge Technical Flight, Senior Technical Officer of fighter squadron and Senior Software Engineer. At present, he is Director Project (Su-30) at Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhavan). He is post graduate in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and has been awarded commendations by Air Officer in Charge, Western AirCommand and Chief of Air Staff for his dedication, sincerity and achievements. As an Engineering Officer in Technical Flight at a forward air base, he was instrumental in providing maintenance support to two Mig-23 BN units during 'Op Safed Sagar'. After getting trained abroad on Su-30 MKI, the officer contributed immensely in establishing the maintenance and avionics testing facilities at Air Force Station, Pune and smooth induction and operationalization of the Su-30 MKI squadron. The officer developed specific to type tools and test equipment like weapon circuit tester and Fly ByWire power supply tester, which resulted in substantial saving of man hours during maintenance. He was instrumental in compiling booklets on FEW system, weapons and radar to facilitate easy comprehension of these intricate systems. The officer's knowledge on software systems was very useful at Software Development Institute. He successfully led several integration projects like integration of Air Combat Manoeuvring Instrument pod, Solid State Digital Video Recording System, 1000 lb bomb, ASTRA missile, BRAHMOS missile, Auxiliary Mission Computer and Pilot project for Operational Data Link, In-house development of these software has resulted in substantial saving of foreign exchange and guaranteed seamless independent integration of the new systems. The officer has utilised his knowledge and experience to discharge his duties as Director Projects (Su-30) exceptionally well. His logical presentations and methodical approach have been very useful in progressing various procurement cases and finalization of the contracts for additional Su-30 MKI aircraft and BRAHMOS missile. His meticulous planning and coordination helped in successful completion of trials of Electronic Warfare Pods and new software version of the aircraft. His efforts to increase synergy between Russians, HAL and IAF have shown results. He has contributed immensely in finalizing requirements for enhancement of operational capability of the aircraft and initiated new integration activities through HAL to sustain operational capability in future. He is the knowledge storehouse on this aircraft and is frequently called upon by other Directorates at AirHQ for expert advice on issues related to Su -30 MKl fleet. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Abhijit Prabhakar Saraph.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Ashish Singh 21517 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
Details : Group Captain Ashish Singh, VM (21517) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in flying branch on 14 Dec 91. Presently, he is commanding Air Force Station Awantipur since 19 Nov 12. The officer is a Cat 't Qualified Flying Instructor Cat 'A' and has flown more than 4000 hrs of flying on various training and fighter aircraft. He has been an Air Force Examiner and commanded a fighter squadron. A Scudder medalist at Defence Services Staff College, he holds an M Phil degree from the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, US Air Force. During Op Megh Rahat, the officer displayed initiative and inspired his team to perform admirably under difficult conditions. Awantipur Base itself was affected by the rains, losing electricity for two weeks, and becoming physically marooned after the nearby Jhelum River broke its embankments. Despite these conditions, the Base not only sustained its own people, including women and children, but also proactively provided rescue and relief to neighbouring areas of South Kashmir. It first assisted nearby villagers from its own resources that included using earth movers to divert water flow. Thereafter, as the Base Commander, he volunteered the services of the Base for inducting and controlling National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). The NDRF personnel being unfamiliar with the terrain, local sentiments, and security situation, were combined with IAF Garud Commandoes for boat rescues. These composite teams helped rescue more than 200 villagers in a militancy affected area, braving the swirling waters of the fast flowing Jhelum River, as also, tactfully handling the occasional hostile crowds. Later, helicopters were innovatively utilised to increase the reach of the inflatable boats. Once helicopter rescue and relief commenced, missions were executed with professionalism. Planning ensured optimal matching of resources to wherever and whenever these were needed. Receipt and despatch of relief material was efficiently handled, achieving minimum time loss between sorties. The Base was able to provide more than 47 tons of relief material to nearby marooned villages. It heli-lifted more than 600 people to safety, as also housed them all within the Base. In all, it evacuated more than 1000 people. Additionally, the Rapid Action Medical Team at the Base attended to more than 3000 flood affected patients. For his initiative and distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Ashish Singh, VM.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Vasudevan Rajalekshmi Sanil 21523 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
Details : Group Captain Vasudevan Rajalekshmi Sanil (21523) was commissioned as a pilot in the flying branch of the Indian Air Force on 14 Dec 1991. He is on the posted strength of HQ SAC since 16 Apr 2012 and is working as Ops I B ever since. Earlier in his service he has worked as the Flight Commander of a fighter squadron and has been the Commanding officer of a MiG-27 Squadron. He has served as a Joint Director at Personnel Officers branch at AirHQ. As the Commanding Officer he ensured quick rebuilding of the operational capability of the squadron by recovering the serviceability of the aircraft from long grounding due to technical reasons. The process involved extensive in-situ checks on the engine and aircraft. With his meticulous approach and foresight, he was able to plan the build-up of all eighteen aircraft of the squadron within a period of just one month. Even though the Ground Support Equipment, manpower and number of servicing bays were limited, the task could be completed safely and quickly solely due to his leadership, involvement and innovative approach. During his tenure as Joint Director Personnel Officers, he played a key role in redesigning the appraisal form for officers. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor with 2930 hours of accident free flying. He is an alumnus of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. In his present tenure, during the last two years, he has been instrumental in smooth conduct of all air operations including the Joint Exercises with the Indian Navy. There has been substantial increase in fighter flying at air bases under this Command HQ. His proactive approach, foresight and deep personal involvement ensure efficient and safe conduct of flying. His involvement and supervision of flying operations at Thanjavur has helped the station to become operational within six months and it now capable of supporting prolonged detachments of all types of aircraft. His operational orientation and conceptualization have effectively integrated the force multipliers like Airborne Warning And Control System and Flight Refueller Aircraft into the operational plans of this Command. He has displayed outstanding resourcefulness for maximizing the utilization of the limited air effort available during various exercises to effectively validate various concepts and contingency plans. He has been instrumental in taking the Maritime Air Operations to the next higher level by integration of effort and understanding between the IAF and IN during the last two years. His planning and conduct of conferences and seminars at Command HQ has been commendable. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Vasudevan Rajalekshmi Sani.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Inderjeet Singh Hanspal 21961 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
Details : Group Captain Inderjeet Singh Hanspal (21961) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in administrative branch on 10 Jun 1992 and is presently posted as Chief Administrative Officer at Air Force Station Panagarh. He has held the important appointments of Commanding Officer of Care and Maintenance Unit, Deputy Registrar of Defence Institute of Armament Technology, Security and Works Officer of a premiere Airbase. He is a recipient of commendations by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Officer Commanding in Chief, SWAC, IAF and Chief of Integrated Defence Staff. He was posted to Panagarh Air Field Unit (PAU) when the station was required to prepare infrastructure projects for induction of a strategic Medium lift transport aircraft on a war footing. All the work services had to be planned in a time bound manner for turnkey Project. The station was required to acquire 800 acres of land, adequate electricity and get the runway resurfacing done. He embarked upon the mission with great gusto and with his effective liaison with the State Administration he managed to get NOC approvals for acquisition of 380 acres of privately owned land from the DM. He also managed to enter into Special agreements with local administration for supply of adequate electricity. The existing runway resurfacing has been progressed on a time bound manner. He was made the Task Force Commander for operationalisation of long abandoned airport at Rampurhat for exercise Thal Vayu Prahar 2013. The execution of work services required enormous support from the State Administration as the airport is not easily accessible. With his exceptional liaison skills, proactive approach and positive attitude, he managed to muster full support of the local administration and get the required manpower of Casual Labourers through Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guaranty ACT (MNREGA). This resulted in saving of huge amount of money of the Indian Air Force by synergising the obtained manpower in the execution of various works. Rampurhat has now been activated and is being used by transport aircraft on regular basis. HQ Eastern Air Command decided to start Counter Assault Training at Rampurhat. The existing buildings which were not used for a long time were in a dilapidated state. He got them renovated under his direct supervision and the abandoned airport is now bustling with regular high intensity traininq activities. His commitment and contribution towards improving the facilities for AirWarriors in creating air conditioned messes and guest rooms at PAU has greatly enhanced the morale of the personnel. As C Adm 0, he was tasked to conduct football training camp for civilians of EAC. He ensured proper, regular and rigorous training for the players which has resulted in EAC winning the trophy for two consecutive years i.e. 2012-13 and 2013-14 after a gap of 10 years. Earlier, acknowledging his superior administrative capabilities, he was nominated as the Chief coordinating officer for the presentation of President's Standard at AF station Bareilly. As expected, he performed this task in a commendable manner and his contribution was appreciated by all visiting dignitaries. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble president is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Inderjeet Singh Hanspal.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Parthasarathi Ghana 23452 MEDUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
Details : Wing Commander Parthasarathi Ghana (23452) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in the Medical branch on 12 Sep 1995. He is currently posted as the Staff Surgeon to the Chief of the Air Staff since Aug 2009. He has done his Masters in Internal Medicine from Command Hospital, Air Force Bangalore and over the years has persistently endeavoured to add Significant value to the quality of medical support services being provided at various Air Force establishments where he has worked, For his exemplary professionalism and service mindedness, he has been commended by the Chief of the Air Staff in Jan 2011. Right from the initial years of service as a junior medical officer at Air Force Station Hasirnara, Wing Commander Ghana has always displayed exceptional commitment towards providing equitable and quality healthcare to our air warriors and their families. As the lone medical officer posted as the SMO at AF Station Dalhousie, his sound professional knowledge aided by his empathetic attitude was instrumental in providing life saving support in many serious cases which were constrained due to the prevalent inhospitable terrain and inclement weather. He was actively involved in rendering valuable medical advice to the trainees at the Jungle and Snow Survival School and also extended medical support to nearby Army units as well as Civilians thus earning immense goodwill for the Air Force. As a young medical specialist at No. 4 Air Force Hospital, he single handedly took up the project of upgrading the existing medical facilities including establishment of sustainable infrastructure at the medicine department, an Intensive Care Unit for treating critical cases and also initiated the process of establishing non-evasive cardiology facilities. His proactive initiatives directly resulted in a substantial enhancement in patient trust and drastically reduced the patient transfer cases to CH Kolkata. This resulted in saving of valuable man-hours and enhancing the morale of air warriors. He was also actively involved in working out the medical support plans during international bilateral exercises with US Air Force, French Air Force and Royal Singapore Air Force during which. During his tenure at No. 6 Air Force Hospital, he was instrumental in streamlining the procedures regarding processing of long pending ECHS cases which brought widespread relief to a large cross section of empaneled veterans. His untiring efforts towards ensuring quality medical care laced with humane touch were highly appreciated and this also contributed towards No. 6 Air Force Hospital being declared as the "Best Functioning Air Force Hospital" by DGMS (Air). As the Staff Surgeon to the CAS. Wing Commander Ghana has added immense value to this important office by his professional diligence, exemplary humility and a strong sense of selfless service. During this tenure, besides other value additions, he has upgraded non-invasive cardiology facilities which have greatly benefited the Senior Veterans, which also includes the Marshal of the Air Force and retired Chiefs of the Air Staff, who consult him frequently for medical care and advice. He has also pro-actively involved himself with the upgradation of medical infrastructure at SMC, AF Stn New Delhi and has rendered timely medical interventions instrumental in saving precious lives. Wing Commander Ghana is a highly dedicated professional who remains selflessly and steadfastly committed towards administering quality medical care to the air warriors and their families. His vision, fortitude and an exemplary pro-active mindset have always propelled him to persistently work towards improving the medical health care standards in the Indian Air Force and his commitment to this noble cause is indeed outstanding and praiseworthy. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wing Commander Parthasarathi Ghana.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr Gopalakrishnan Jayachandran 28293 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
Details : Squadron Leader Gopalakrishnan Jayachandran (28293) was commissione in the Indian Air Force in the Administrative branch on 18 Dec 2004. He has held the appointment of Squadron Commander Music Training Squadron at Communication Training Institute, Bangalore prior to assuming his present appointment as Director of Music and Principal Conductor for No. 1 Air Force Band, Air Warriors Symphony Orchestra (AWSO) Sqn Ldr Jayachandran was given the difficult task of training the musicians and conduct of the AWSO concerts. Within a short span, Sqn Ldr Jayachandran undertook the responsibility with full zest and produced high quality concerts. He was solely responsible for the excellent standards that the musicians achieved and the success of AWSO concerts. Under his leadership, AWSO has carried out over 40 performances in India and abroad. He was solely responsible for success of AWSO at Germany, France, Italy, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. He was also responsible for ensuring that new tunes are performed for concerts every year. In addition to concerts, he also ensured successful participation of musicians of AWSO in various ceremonial commitments, Republic Day Parade and Beating The Retreat ceremony. Sqn Ldr Jayachandran has been instrumental in composing many martial tunes for the IAF which are played during various ceremonial functions. His recent compositions include, "Bravo Warriors", "Flying Star'" "Battle of the Sky" (Quick March), "Stride".(Slow March) and "Republic Day Parade & Beating The Retreat, 2014. He has also composed new background music for Air Force Song, Air Warrior Drill Team & PT display. He has been the Principal Conductor for Beating The Retreat ceremony three times and every time the officer's performance was highly appreciated by the President of India. His composition 'Rejoice in Raisina' won accolades of all the high dignitaries witnessing "beating The Retreat 2014" and found a special mention in the media coverage. The officer has been closely associated with induction and training of musicians in the [AE He is only officer Qualified on music in the IAF who has been at the helm of affairs of the Air Force Bands and success of the AWSO. His advice on all the matters pertaining to the administration of AF Bands and musicians is well appreciated. For his pioneering innovative work, excellent contribution to the music in the IAF and distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Squadron Leader Gopalakrishnan Jayachandran.
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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