Awards for the year 2015


A total of 87 Awards are listed.
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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
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Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
MWO Anand Prakash Tripathi 675144 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
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Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr S Selvakumar 28716 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 15 Aug 15 Announced 15 Aug 15
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Squadron Leader S Selvakumar (28716) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of a Cheetah/Cheetal Helicopter Unit located at Leh since 29 April 2013. The unit role includes operations in the Siachen Glacier and the Ladakh region at the extremes of the helicopter flying envelope.

On 16 October 2014, 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. 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, Squadron Leader S Selvakumar is recommended for the award of Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry).

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Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Gandikota Jagan Mohan 30835 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 15 Aug 15 Announced 15 Aug 15
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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, Flt 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 into the fourth day and consequently the Indian troops were low on essential supplies including water. Flt 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, Flt 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, Flight Lieutenant Gandikota Jagan Mohan is recommended for award of Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry).

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Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sgt Mukesh Kumar Tiwari 776027 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 15 Aug 15 Announced 15 Aug 15
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776027 Sergeant Mukesh Kumar Tiwari, Flight Gunner, is on the posted strength of a Mi-17 V5 Helicopter Unit since 30 September 2013. He holds Category B on Mi-17V5.

On 21 November 2014, 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 commando 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 professionalism 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 very 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 though 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 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, Sergeant Mukesh Kumar Tiwari is recommended for the award of Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry).

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Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Jai Vir Singh 15758 LGSUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
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Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Om Prakash Tiwari 16678 F(N)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
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Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Kishori Lal Yadav 16931 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
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Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Sanjay Bhatnagar 17363 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
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Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Balvinder Singh Sabherwal 17374 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
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Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Sanjay Agarwal 17420 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
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Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Pijush Mukherjee 17671 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
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Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde NV Sreenivasa Rao 17920 ACCTSUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
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Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Pawan Kumar Mohey 18099 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
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Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Anurag Joshi 18280 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
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Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Vinod Malik 18133 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
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Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Bhaskar Nandi 18188 MEDUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
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Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Rajapantula Subbarao 18438 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
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Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Ajay Singh Pathania 18594 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
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Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Rajesh Narayan Medikeri 18730 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
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Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Sanjay Kumar Srivastava 19128 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
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Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Padippurackal Thekkethil Krishnapillai Sreekumar 19722 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
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Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt K A Ahamed Sanjeeb 20227 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
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Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Samir J Pendse 20495 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
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Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Sanjive Dhaka 20600 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
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Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Pvn Ravi Madhav Sarma 20616 LGSUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
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Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Nand Kumar Nair 20680 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
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Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Harsh Bahl 20863 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
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Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Devendra P Hirani 21019 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
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Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Sathyamourthy Ramanathan 21078 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
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Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Gursharan Singh Matharu 21276 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
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Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Abhijit Prabhakar Saraph 21427 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
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Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Ashish Singh 21517 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
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Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Vasudevan Rajalekshmi Sanil 21523 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
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Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Inderjeet Singh Hanspal 21961 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
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Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Parthasarathi Ghana 23452 MEDUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
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Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr Gopalakrishnan Jayachandran 28293 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 15 Announced 26 Jan 15
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