Vishist Seva Medal Awardee List for the year 1991


A total of 24 Awards are listed.
Vishist Seva Medal : 24 |
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Gp Capt Kadavil Ravivaraman Radhakrishnan 6162 ADMUnit : Air Force Records Office  Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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Gp Capt Kadavil Ravivaraman Radhakrishnan was commissioned in the IAF on 27 May 61 in the Administrative Branch. During his service career this officer has acquitted the given responsibility in an exemplary manner. Professionally he is highly competent and committed to the service.

During his tenure as Chief Administrative Officer of Jamnagar, Tambaram and Pune, he displayed tremendous skill and capability to match the requirements of operational, maintenance and administrative tasks of three of the most important stations of the Air Force. By sheer example and devotion to duty, he was able to iron out their respective administrative problems and all these stations were rated high during his tenure by the Air Staff and Maintenance Inspections Teams. This speaks volumes of the dedicated leadership and high degree of skill displayed by this individual.

Gp Capt Radhakrishnan was posted to Air Force Record Office on 19 Oct 87. This officer has been assigned the task as O/C Drafting to deal with placements and postings. The entire placement and posting data has been computerised because of his hard work and understanding the needs of this modern management philosophy. His professional competence of the highest order has lent credence and dignity to the job requirements and brought laurels to the service.

For his dedication to service and devotion of an exceptional order, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt KR Radhakrishnan.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1991 Number: 

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Gp Capt Raghuram Ramanathan 6201 ACCTUnit : College of Defence Management  Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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Gp Capt R Raghuram has been on the posted strength of the College of Defence Management as a Directing Staff from Jul 81 to Apr 84 and again from 01 Jul 85 to date. Throughout his long tenure of eight years, Gp Capt Raghuram has made a very substantial contribution in enhancing the quality of training at the College and thereby adding to its academic repute.

During his first tenure, Gp Capt Raghuram, as Head of Department of Financial Management, brought to bear his vast and varied experiences in the field and translated these into useful and meaningful class room discussions. It was entirely due to his untiring hard work and ability to put across a difficult subject like Financial Management, that the discipline came to be regarded as one of the best conducted at the College. Gp Capt Raghuram authored a handbook on "Financial Management in Defence Services", which became an instant success.

On his re-posting to the College in Jul 85, Gp Capt Raghuram volunteered for a change of discipline and switched over as Head of Department, Organisation Systems and Perspective Planning in the Faculty of Organisation Behaviour. He revised and updated the College handbook on "Organisat ional Effectiveness", which is today considered as a guide by his colleagues and the Faculty.

For his untiring work, total commitment and dedication beyond the call of duty, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt R Raghuram.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1991 Number: 

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Gp Capt Amrit Lal 6801 AE(M)Unit : Western Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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Gp Capt Amrit Lal has been working as Command Engineering Officer 'A' since August, 1988. He is responsible to look after the entire MiG Fleet under Western Air Command. During his tenure, he managed reequipment of two squadrons. He kept a close watch on the re-equipment of these squadrons and intervened to prevent bottlenecks and hold ups by thorough planning and intelligent anticipation. He also monitored the training programme for officers and technicians and ensured that adequate trained manpower was available in time to the squadrons to maintain new aircraft. The MiG fleet was plagued with problems in the year 1988-89 and 1989-90. Gp Capt Amrit Lal monitored these problems with great care and patience, he worked late hours to get the correct picture and apprise the authorities of the action to be taken.

He contacted the technical officers at the Wings and the Squadrons during the period every day and kept their morale high by encouraging them to come to grips with the problems faced by them. The MiG fleet is already on the way to recovery. Gp Capt Amrit Lal has contributed significantly towards its rejuvenation.

For his hard work, professional approach, selfless and indomitable effort under adverse circumstances, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt Amrit Lal.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1991 Number: 

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Gp Capt Prem Datt Badoni 7085 AE(L)Unit : No.17 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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Gp Capt Prem Datt Badoni was on the posted strength of one of the Air Force Signal Units since 01 Aug 87.

Gp Capt Badoni as Commanding Officer of the premier high technology electronic unit, displayed innovative management skills in guiding and motivating personnel of his unit. Under his command, his unit successfully repaired a record number of 325 Sub-assemblies of complex electronic equipment during 1988-89 as against the allotted task of 240. In 1989-90, his unit surpassed all previous records by repairing 374 subassemblies with no extra manpower. Like previous years, in 1989-90 also, his unit saved Rs. 54 lakh in FEE by way of repair of super components. This was possible because of great devotion to duty and untiring efforts put up by Gp Capt Badoni and his unit in marshalling optimum technical, logistics and administrative resources.

In Jul 88, trained manpower was urgently required for activating EW equipment at one of our modern fighter bases. Gp Capt Badoni willingly accepted the challenge of conducting training in current state of the art EW equipment for the first time in India at his unit. With his personal involvement and hard work, despite the shortage of trained manpower, he enhanced the operational capabilities of the Air Force.

For his exceptional devotion to duty and achievements, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt PD Badoni.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1991 Number: 

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Gp Capt Swaran Singh Banga 8100 F(P)Unit : 8 Forward Base Support Unit  Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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Gp Capt Swaran Singh Banga has been commanding an Air Force Station since 28 Nov 88. During his tenure as Station Commander, the officer showed high leadership qualities resulting in significant enhancement in the operational potential of this base.

Being a Forward Base Support Unit, it has been planned to have limited manpower and material resources commensurate with its envisaged tasks. However, due to overall shortages in the Air Force, the station suffered further cuts in its manpower placing its already meagre resources under considerable strain.

This base is one of the most important forward air fields of WAC. Due to the prevailing Indo-Pak tension over the last 7-8 months, the base has had to be activated operationally a number of times. Detachments of various types of aircraft have operated from this base on a number of occasions. Despite the serious constraints, Gp Capt Banga had harnessed the resources placed under his command admirably well and provided support of a very high order, thereby contributing to the operational preparedness of the IAF. His management and re-organisation of resources to strengthen, the defences of his base against internal security threats have been most effective and praiseworthy.

For the outstanding leadership qualities displayed by him, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt SS Banga.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1991 Number: 

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Gp Capt Mrityunjai Singh 8294 AE(L)Unit : 7 Base Repair Depot  Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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Gp Capt Mritunjai Singh was on the posted strength of one of the Base Repair Depots Air Force on 14 Jul 86.

As Chief of Production, Gp Capt Singh with his dynamism, foresight and planning ability of a high order, succeeded in infusing the spirit of 'Excellence' as a watch word in the production culture at this Depot. Gp Capt Singh contributed immensely for its preeminent position as the BRD in Maintenance Command topping in production over successive years.

Gp Capt Singh took up repair of antenna post of a Pechora Squadron considered as damaged beyond repair in a road accident. Another outstanding feat was the repair carried out by the depot to modern ST-68U Radar and its power plant.

Besides normal production, enhancement of operational efficiency was the basic theme of the officer in his sustained efforts to render assistance to field units. This effort of the officer created a total confidence in the field units on the product support provided by this depot for sustained operations.

For his most significant achievement in the Depot, exemplary professionalism, hard work and dedication, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt M Singh.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1991 Number: 

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Gp Capt Devinder Singh Saggu 8805 AE(L)Unit : 1 Guided Weapons Training Institute  Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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Gp Capt Devinder Singh Saggu was in command of one of the Guided Weapons Training Institutes.

As the Commandant of the training institute, Gp Capt Saggu remarkably measured up to the requirements of Air Headquarters. Due to emergent operational deployment of (GW) Squadrons, Air HQ tapered down the duration of course from 24 weeks to 16 weeks. Undeterred by heavy odds and constraints, Gp Capt Saggu successfully completed the course within the time frame laid down.

Under the dynamic leadership of Gp Capt Saggu, GW Squadrons were raised and despatched which called for exceptional professional competence, organisational skill and coordinating efforts in testing of missile guidance radars and their associated equipment and acquisition/surveillance radars.

One of the most spectacular achievements to the credit of Gp Capt Saggu is the innovative modification devised in the old phased-out power plants of SAM-II system which made these fit for use with the latest system. By devising this modification, besides making effective utilisation of the phased out power plants, Gp Capt Saggu was instrumental in saving for the country more than Rupees Seven Crores in foreign exchange.

For his technical innovative organising ability and inspiring leadership, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt Saggu.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1991 Number: 

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Gp Capt Subhash Chandra Rastogi 8999 F(P)Unit : 501 Signal Unit  Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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Gp Capt Subhash Chandra Rastogi was commissioned in the IAF on 25 Dec 64. In Mar 88, he took over command of an opera tional and highly sensitive Air Defence unit equipped with a sophisticated modern radar. His total involvement in the operational functioning of the unit was responsible for his unit being declared the best Signal Unit in Western Air Command for two consecutive years.

Gp Capt Rastogi has willingly accepted all additional tasks assigned to his unit irrespective of their nature and performed them in a commendable manner. During his tenure, the co-operation between Fighter Pilots and Fighter Controllers reached new high due to his personal efforts to enhance the output of the Air Defence System. Gp Capt Rastogi carried out a review of the maintenance practices in the unit and has improved the reliability of the radar to a great extent.

For his result-oriented initiative and sustained efforts to upgrade the operational efficiency of his unit, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt SC Rastogi.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1991 Number: 

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Gp Capt Henery Osborne Robey 10166 F(P)Unit : AFS Suryalanka  Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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Gp Capt Henery Osborne Robey has been posted as the Station Commander, Air Force Station, Suryalanka with effect from 19 Sep 88.

On the night of 09/10 May 90, a severe cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 200kmph hit Air Force Station Suryalanka causing total disruption to communications, power, water supply and damage to Air Force property. In the absence of any civil or Air Force Met establishment at Suryalanka, Gp Capt Robey kept a close watch on the movement of cyclonic storm from TV and Radio transmissions preceding the actual date of occurrence. He geared up the Station to meet the challenge and took advance actions to ensure minimum damage to Air Force property and human life. His actions paid handsome dividends in that there was no loss of life or injury and damage to the property was negligible which could not have been avoided considering the fury of the cyclonic storm. Despite the Station being totally water logged, he reactivated the essential services in the shortest possible time. With his excellent rapport with the P&T and APSEB authorities, he was able to speedily restore electricity and essential telecommunication facilities at the Station.

For his leadership in skillfully managing this disastrous situation and for his dedication of a very high order, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt HO Robey.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1991 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Shabda Prakash Tewari 10691 AE(L)Unit : 74 Radio Maintenance Unit  Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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Wg Cdr Shabda Prakash Tewari has been working as Officer Commanding of one of the Repair and Maintenance Units since 29 Sep 88. His efforts to keep the old radars in usable condition have positively enhanced air defence capability of South Western Air Command.

Wg Cdr Tewari successfully undertook several projects which enhanced the operational efficiency of the Indian Air Force. Trial modification of radar warning receiver has been successfully completed. This modification has been called 'Force Multiplier' by the CAS. The modification has been accepted by Air HQ for incorporation. Wg Cdr Tewari has also developed two modifications on MiG-23 to provide digital indication of height and time to the pilots.

During 1989, component level repair facilities for printed circuit boards (PCBs) of HF sets used by MOF have been set up at one of the RMUs. Integration of Russian made communication systems with mobile tropo system has been made possible after incorporating some modifications at the RMU. This has enhanced communication capabilities in SWAC.

For his outstanding contribution to improve operational efficiency of the Indian Air Force, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wg Cdr SP Tewari.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1991 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Subhanka Sekhar Lahiri 11568 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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Wg Cdr Subhanka Sekhar Lahiri has been on the posted strength of an Air Force Flying unit.

In all activities the job performance of the officer has been of an exceptionally high order. This officer has exhibited extraordinary innovativeness for the benefit of the service. The sight head in a (MiG Variant) considerably reduced the cockpit visibility. Wg Cdr Lahiri took upon himself the task of preparing an aircraft with reflectors removed and again with sight head removed for flight trials. The aircraft was flight tested and the Squadron pilots confirmed that cockpit visibility during landing had significantly improved.

Two (MiG) aircraft had met with accident some time back and sustained different degree of damage. They were to be withdrawn, crated and sent to HAL for repair. Displaying considerable boldness, the execution of the task was taken up by Wg Cdr Lahiri. One aircraft was built up assembling the front fuselage of one aircraft and wing, rear fuselage, oleo legs and other rotable of the other aircraft. The engine was also replaced and judicious cannibalisation from other unserviceable aircraft was also resorted to. The aircraft was successfully launched into the air on 29 Apr. 89. This task of creating a new aircraft was completed in a record time.

For his all round capability, innovative skill and high level of leadership qualities, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wg Cdr SS Lahiri.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1991 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Suresh Chandra Malhan 11579 F(P)Unit : High Commission UK  Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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Wg Cdr SC Malhan was on the posted strength of High Commission in England as Deputy Air Adviser. He was singularly responsible for procuring, recording and editing various video cassettes on flying training, use of air power, air shows, latest equipment and training material and despatching them to various Air Force units/ establishments. Training value of such material has been greatly appreciated and acknowledged by these institutions.

He had very good interaction with various agencies like MOD (UK), defence industries and the very large attaché community in London. He established excellent working relationship with Foreign Liaison Staff of MOD (UK). This had been of tremendous help not only in the smooth flow of information on various facets of the RAF but had also facilitated coordination of various courses/ visits of IAF officers in the UK.

During his tenure at the mission, he displayed exceptional sense of responsibility, initiative and resourcefulness in improving standards of administration.

For his dedication, devotion to duty and distinguished service of an exceptionally high order, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wg Cdr SC Malhan.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1991 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Santhanagopalan Chandra Kumar 11801 F(N)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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Wg Cdr SC Kumar was commissioned in the Navigator Branch of the Indian Air Force on 29 Dec 68. Over the years, he has carried out 4640 hours of flying on a variety of aircraft; excelling in each. He has been holding the exceptional flying category 'A' for nearly a decade on Avro and modern B-737 aircraft. He is also a Qualified Navigation Instructor.

Wg Cdr Kumar was appointed Commanding Officer of the Navigation & Signal School on 16 Nov 86. He took over this Command at a crucial juncture, as the training of ab-initio navigators had remained suspended for the preceding four years. Through professionalism and sheer hard work, WG Cdr Kumar not only achieved the desired task but also set high standards of training.

After the successful command of Navigation & Signal School, Wg Cdr SC Kumar was given his present challenging appointment of Deputy Director (VIP) in the Directorate of Operations (T&M) at Air HQ on 03 Oct 88. The officer displayed flawless planning when he had to face the mammoth task of providing VVIP airlifts during the Lok Sabha elections in Nov 89.

For his devotion to duty, sincerity of purpose and capacity for sustained hark work, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wg Cdr SC Kumar.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1991 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Pawan Seth 12705 LGSUnit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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Sqn Ldr Pawan Seth was commissioned in the IAF in Jun 71 and has since held varied important field and staff appointments.

Sqn Ldr Seth took over as the Mess Secretary, Air Force Officers' Mess, Air Headquarters on 01 Dec 88. Through his dedication and hard work, he has brought about perceivable changes in the Mess premises within a short span. His methodical approach and systematic handling of financial activities of the Mess has brought about significant procedural changes resulting into growth of funds.

He has won appreciation on all occasions of traditional functions of the IAF like BiAnnual Commanders' Conference; CAS's 'At Home' during Air Force Day; Promotion Boards, etc. He has particularly excelled in providing excellent services to a very large number of retired Senior Officers who are members of the Mess.

Sqn Ldr Seth, single handedly has brought about remarkable improvements in living accommodation for senior officers, permanent and transit officers; style and quality of messservices, comforts and amenities; discipline in the Mess staff. For his exceptional managerial skill, courteous and tactful behaviour, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr Pawan Seth.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1991 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Satyabir Singh Bist 12865 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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Sqn Ldr Satyabir Singh Bist was on the posted strength of one of the Squadrons in Air Force since 30 Sep 87. Sqn Ldr Bist was posted to the Squadron as the Senior Technical Officer and the Sqn was in the process of converting to a new type without any other technical officer or trained technical manpower on its strength.

Within 10 days of his arrival in the Sqn, the officer put all his energies and attention to the complex process of receiving the aircraft and allied equipment without ignoring the minutest detail. Such attention to detail was absolutely essential for the smooth induction of a new type so that flying training and operational build-up of the Squadron could commence without the slightest delay and in an organised and orderly fashion to avoid any mishaps. Due to his best efforts, within one week the seven allotted aircraft were collected and within three days of collection, the Squadron could commence operations. Due to the untiring efforts and drive of Sqn Ldr Bist, the Squadron maintained high average effort of sorties per month till date despite the constraints of resources.

For his exemplary devotion to duty, organising and planning abilities and leadership qualities, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr SS Bist.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1991 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Smarajit Munsi 14357 AE(M)Unit : 4 Base Repair Depot  Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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Sqn Ldr Smarajit Munshi was on the posted strength of a Base Repair Depot, Air Force. He was entrusted with the initial setting up of R-29 project. Later the officer was entrusted with the setting up and commissioning of R-29 Test Bed, the key result area identified for the achievement of task of R-29 engine. The overhaul line has so far produced a large number of engines, thus accruing a foreign exchange saving of Rs. 33 crores.

The Soviets did not supply the spacer to test 47M engine. Also the gas dynamic device for checking anti-surge and dynamic stability of R-29 engine was not supplied by the Soviets. The officer took the responsibility of designing and subsequently getting the item manufactured indigenously. This effort of the officer has saved more than Rs. 1 lakh in foreign exchange.

This officer has taken an initiative in testing R-29 engines with improved antisurge system. This improved system has an impact on better flight safety on the engines of Bahadur fleet.

For his exceptional professional competence, managerial and leadership qualities of highest order, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr S Munshi.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1991 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Vaidyalingam Ramalingam 14628 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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Sqn Ldr Vaidyalingam Ramalingam was on the posted strength of one of the Air Force Base Repair Depots and was working as Officer Incharge Production in the Mi-8 overhaul line.

Sqn Ldr Ramalingam was assigned the responsibility of completing the assigned task of overhauls of Mi-8 helicopters during 198788, with an increase of almost 50% over the previous year's task. The officer took up this challenge, infused in his men a sense of purpose and espirit-de-corps to motivate them and made attainment of the task personal goal. He streamlined the production process and introduced maintenance information system which assured availability of the right spares at the right place and time. During the year 1988-89, Sqn Ldr Ramalingam was once again entrusted with the task of attaining the overhaul target. To meet the target, he put in consistently, extended hours, unmindful of personal requirements and exceeded the overhaul target.

For his unflinching devotion to duty, astute leadership and exceptional professional ability, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr Ramalingam.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1991 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Ajoy Kumar Jha 14924 ADMUnit : Air Force Intelligence School  Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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Squadron Leader Ajoy Kumar Jha was posted to Air Force Intelligence School as a directing staff in the faculty of Photo Interpretation.

A devoted Photo Interpretation instructor, he set up total photo processing facilities at IPKF HQ at Madras within 48 hours for handling all type of reconnaissance films, without any airman support. Inspite of nonavailability of VICON-80 system, he interpreted 6000 photographs from Jaffna to Vavuniya in a record time of 15 days.

He planned helicopter reconnaissance sorties along with Para Commando. Based on his observation and recommendations, a number of probable hideouts of LTTE and suitable helipads were marked for the Vavuniya Sector. He prepared a master Mosaic superimposed with intelligence, which were extensively used by the Para Commando and Div HQ at Vavuniya. This is the first time, Signatures of LTTE hideouts were given to IPKF by the Air Force and Sqn Ldr Jha was the man behind this contribution.

For his contribution as a Photo Interpreter of very high order in the success of IPKF Operations, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr AK Jha.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1991 Number: 

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Flt Lt Ram Chander Chhabra 17089 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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Flight Lieutenant Ram Chander Chhabra is posted to Air Force Squadron since 19 Jun 89 and has been functioning as the Detachment Commander of one of the flights.

The most outstanding achievement of the officer is in bringing up the servicing facilities of CR&SS (Control Repair and Servicing Section). The erstwhile CR&SS hangar was declared unsafe for use by the MES. A make shift arrangement was to be made to house the CR&SS and its servicing bays. Flt Lt Chhabra took upon himself the task, converted an old unused hangarette for use by the CR&SS. He set up the servicing bays once again in make shift rooms. Without awaiting for the support of MES, he with the drive and initiative repaired the rooms using the aircraft technicians available with him.

Inspite of the fact that almost fortnight was lost in shifting the hangar and its bays, the officer planned and controlled the aircraft production commendably by motivating his men into long hours of work. The Flight has completed 100/200 hours servicing of a large number of aircraft and carried out major rectification on many aircraft in the last 6 months.

For his outstanding technical skill, administrative ability, innovative ideas and hard work, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Flt Lt RC Chhabra.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1991 Number: 

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MWO Patit Paban Kundu 212677 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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Hony Flying Officer Patit Paban Kundu, Ground Training Instructor, was MWO i/c of the Air Force Station Physical Fitness Section, Sports Section and Air Headquarters Sports Command. He was responsible for the training of Air Force Contingent for Republic Day Parade, Independence Day Parade, InterServices Guards of Honour, and all Guards of Honour presented at Air HQ (VB) to Foreign Chiefs of Air Staff and other dignitaries on their visit to India.

In the year 1989, Air Force marching contingent was adjudged the second best contingent in Republic Day Parade. This was clearly due to the hard work and excellent planned training schedule prepared by Hony Fg Offr P Kundu. He motivated his team of Instructors and the airmen of the contingent for Republic Day 1990 to greater effort and harder work in a manner that they attained their peak efficiency for the Republic Day Parade and the Air Force marching Contingent was adjudged the best. This was the first time in the history of the IAF that its Republic Day Contingent was given the highest placing.

In recognition of his outstanding services of exceptional order and extra-ordinary professional competence, dedication and total involvement, sustained hard work and distinguished service, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Hony Fg Offr Patit Paban Kundu.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1991 Number: 

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MWO Suraj Parkash Mishra 219129 ORUnit : 4 Base Repair Depot  Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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MWO Suraj Parkash Mishra was on the posted strength of a Base Repair Depot and was employed at MWO i/c Machine Shop of the General Engineering Wing.

Keeping his capabilities in view, MWO Mishra was assigned the difficult task of manufacturing of more than 1200 complex tooling items like jigs, fixtures and special appliances. These were not supplied by USSR and were critically required by the new R-29 engine overhaul line.

RD-33 aero-engine was to be sent to the USSR for overhaul. Thirty cases were to be manufactured urgently. It involved manufacture of a very large number of assorted machine parts totaling about 200 by reverse engineering. Working round the clock with the technicians, guiding them at every step, MWO Mishra completed the manufacture of the items ahead of schedule.

AOG for Kiran Cooling Air Pack (CAP) started mounting for want of costly breakdown spares. MWO Mishra obtained samples of rotor shafts, end-cover and oil slingers required for overhaul of CAP. The assembled CAP passed the laid down standards.

For his outstanding contribution in fulfillment of production commitments, extra-ordinary professional competence, cost consciousness, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to MWO SP Mishra.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1991 Number: 

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MWO Amarjeet Singh 222747 ORUnit : 40 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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Master Warrant Officer Amarjeet Singh has worked in front line fighter squadrons and operational wings in various capacities both as a worker and as an effective supervisor during his 33 years of service.

In 1985, MWO Amarjeet Singh was selected to go abroad and he was trained in electrical system of the Mirage-2000 aircraft. Since his return in Jul 85, he has been on the posted strength of one of the operational Wings. To conserve the life of the imported Ground Power Units (GPU), and to ensure its availability during detachments, a project was undertaken to fabricate a starting system utilising a converter driven by commercial supply. MWO Amarjeet Singh was assigned this task which involved wiring of control circuits and laying underground cables in the aircraft dispersal area. Being of an experimental nature money was not available. He prepared the circuit diagram and went onto complete the project in a record period of two weeks.

For his devotion to duty, professional knowledge innovative ideas, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to MWO Amarjeet Singh.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1991 Number: 

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WO Didar Singh Bains 240124 ORUnit : ADR & DE  Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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Warrant Officer Didar Singh Bains is held on the posted strength of ADR & DE since July, 1988. He has to his credit 1253 parachute descents inclusive of 475 free fall descents which is amongst the highest carried out by an individual in the country. He also has 3000 hours despatching sorties/flying experience. Ram Air Parachute was developed successfully and WO Bains was selected for carrying out the first live jump. He undertook this daring task and performed the live jumps successfully. He was selected once again for assessing performance of Ram Air Reserve Parachute which was a most challenging and risky task. Such an uphill task was done successfully by him for the first time in the history of the nation. So far, he has completed forty odd jumps with Ram Air Parachute.

He is the first Indian to undergo Advanced Free Fall Course during 1979-80 wherein he qualified in free fall descents from high altitude, including one night jump. WO Bains is the first Indian who para jumped from low level (100 metre) by means of special parachutes designed by France & UK.

In recognition of his outstanding ability, significant contribution in the field of free fall parachuting, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to WO Didar Singh Bains.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1991 Number: 

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WO Gaur Babu Sharma 243608 ORUnit : 74 Radio Maintenance Unit  Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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Warrant Officer Gour Babu Sharma was on the posted strength of a Repair Maintenance Unit since 01 Apr 86.

WO Sharma while carrying out all routine on-site repairs and laboratory tasks involved himself with setting up repair facilities for repairing PCBs of HF R/T sets and other ground based communication and navigation equipment. So far facilities have been set up for repairing about 25 types of PCBs and a large number have been repaired using these facilities during the preceding one year.

DRDF of a flying Wing experienced most unusual interference phenomena which could neither be explained nor rectified by concerned technical personnel using conventional diagnostic techniques. Air HQ entrusted this task to the RMU and WO Sharma took up the challenge. He meticulously studied all other electronic emissions in the area and analysed their impact on the DRDF. This was a major feat requiring original thinking and thorough knowledge of modern electronics and earned appreciation for the RMU from Air HQ and HQ SWAC.

For his exceptional professional skills, contribution towards improving the operational efficiency of our airfield facilities, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to WO Gour Babu Sharma.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1991 Number: 

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