Vishist Seva Medal Awardee List for the year 1992


A total of 24 Awards are listed.
Vishist Seva Medal : 24 |
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Gp Capt Virender Singh 6054 MEDUnit : Western Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Group Captain Virender Singh was commissioned in AMC and directly seconded to Air Force in Feb 61. The officer has a thoroughly professional outlook and has shown extreme compassion and concern for the patient placed under his care. He acquired Post Graduation in Aviation Medicine from Bangalore University in 1971 and General Medicine from PGI, Chandigarh in 1974.

While on the posted strength of a Command as Dy Principal Medical Officer, he contributed tremendously towards medical administration of all the stations and units under that

Command. He had been responsible to create working relationship with all the stations which was based on mutual trust and understanding. With his vast knowledge, the officer rendered invaluable professional guidance, advice and support to all wings and stations. He cheerfully accepted additional load of work and applied himself whole heartedly whenever the situation demanded.

On 08 Oct 89, when an Mirage crash took place, Gp Capt Singh on his own dashed to the crash site and was the first MO to reach there. After ascertaining that the accident was fatal, he, with the help of the concerned SMO and his staff skillfully organised on the spot first aid for casualties and helped in prompt transfer of emergency surgery cases to hospitals thus saving many valuable lives.

During his tenure in the command as DPMO, one Complex consisting of approximately 10,000 men and families did not have an authorised MI Room. Gp Capt Singh took it as a personal challenge to ensure that better medical facilities are provided to these personnel. He was instrumental in getting a Govt sanction for a 10 bed-SSQ and a medium SHO for the complex. His total dedication to his profession and compassion towards the patients are praiseworthy. He is worthy of emulation by other medical officers.

For his professionalism, hard work, initiative and total dedication to medical profession, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt Virender Singh.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Gp Capt Omkar Nath Sharma 6573 AE(L)Unit : DDSI Army HQ  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Gp Capt ON Sharma was commissioned on 01 Jun 62. He took over the appointment of Deputy Director Signal Intelligence on 04 Jul 88.

In his twenty nine years of dedicated and unblemished service, Gp Capt Sharma has held various staff and unit appointments with distinction. This includes command of a Radar Unit during 1971 War, a Wireless Experimental Unit in Western Sector and staff appointments with RCPO and as CSO (Air), Western Air Command.

He was also instrumental in finalising a number of long outstanding work services projects of units under his operational and administrative control.

On the operational side, Gp Capt Sharma carried out map studies and organised ground reconnaissance. He affected liaison and arranged air lifting of equipment from different Air Force units and Army units and used his imagination and expertise to direct trials on the ground. He evolved a system design based on interfacing of mobile tropo 15 feet dish antenna having capability of changing the tilt and azimuth, with versatile receivers and spectrum analysers.

This has been solely possible due to relentless effort hard work and motivation of Gp Capt Sharma.

For his sustained and selfless hard work with utmost devotion and dedication, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt ON Sharma.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Gp Capt Atma Singh 7094 AE(L)Unit : AFS Bidar  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Group Captain Atma Singh is on the posted strength of an Air Force Station since 14 Oct 89 as Chief Engineering Officer.

He was posted to this Station after the induction of a new Jet trainer HJT-16 MK II at this Flying Training Establishment. The teething problems in the newly inducted jet and the availability of critical spares was unsatisfactory and the experience of the technicians/supervisors was just adequate. With his vast system and managerial experience, sheer grit and determination, he analysed the problems in the shortest time and initiated remedial measures.

Kiran MK IA aircraft were re-inducted in Jan 91. He motivated the officers and technicians to meet the additional task of running two DSS and R&SS for Kiran MK IA and Kiran MK II without any additional manpower. He was the main driving force behind the Station achieving nil accident on Kiran MK II since its induction and after 30,000 hrs of flying. As a result the Station was awarded Flight Safety Trophy of Training Command, for the year 1989-90 and Air Force Flight Safety Trophy for the year 1990-91.

Gp Capt Atma Singh analysed and improved MT holding in a phased manner. His thrust, on safe driving amongst the MTDs has resulted in nil, MT accident during last 2 years and the Station obtained Best MT Trophy of Training Command, during 198990. He planned and vigorously followed up replacement of old and obsolete Radio and Navigational equipment by the State of art systems. The Station attained and sustained almost 100% serviceability of all the RANAD equipment. This Station has been awarded Best Maintenance Trophy of Training Command for 1990-91. Gp Capt Atma Singh was deeply involved in planning all the maintenance facilities for successful conduct of trial firing at a newly selected Air to Ground Range. When operational, this range would accrue annual saving of about Rs.6 Crores for the Air Force.

For the intellectual and professional acumen of a very high order, excellence in management, devotion to duty and dedication to the service, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt Atma Singh.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Gp Capt Madhukar Krishna Marathe 7328 AE(L)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Gp Capt Madhukar Krishna Marathe was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in April 1963. He has been on the posted strength of Air Headquarters since Sep 87 as Joint Director Eng 'A'. During the span of 28 years of service Gp Capt Marathe has held various appointments such as OI/C Type 96 overhaul line, CEO of a major base, Project Engineer at Air HQs and has acquitted himself with credit.

During past three years, with timely planning and foresight, overhaul of MiG-25 aircraft and its engines in USSR was completed in a short span of 28 months. Number of AN-32 trips were reduced by proper planning of deliveries and despatches and he pursued the manufacturers to accept MiG-29 engines in last return trip.

During induction of a MiG-29 Sqn, with his meticulous planning of erection of aircraft, receipt and air lift of equipment and spares, the squadron commenced flying on the scheduled date.

During 1989, sensing poor product support from manufacturers, he played an important role in setting up of interim repair facilities for critical MiG-29 components. Further, he initiated number of indigenisation projects like flight data analyser, Ikran film, Nav bulbs, Cassette film etc, and provided development grants to operating units.

During past two years he brought out anomalies in pricing of certain costly and critical items which were accepted by GED. All these measures have resulted in saving of at least rupees four crores in FE.

For his exceptional devotion to service, excellence in the field of engineering planning, harnessing of resources and outstanding contribution, the President is pleased to award Bar to Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt MK Marathe.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Gp Capt Pirthi Pal Singh Kahlon 7979 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Gp Capt Prithi Pal Singh Kahlon was posted to one of the Wings of Air Force as Chief Engineering Officer with effect from 31 Oct 88.

Towards the end of year 1988, a large number of AN-32 were due for 1800 hrs servicing. The agency for 1800 hrs servicing expressed its inability to take up this task. Gp Capt Kahlon set up a parallel line for 1800 hrs servicing at the Wing and serviced five AN32, thus reducing the downtime of the fleet.

Task of integrating nose wheel steering system of AN-32 with CWS was allotted to his Wing. Gp Capt Kahlon guided a group of technicians and developed a modification which has completed more than 100 landing on AN-32 aircraft. To facilitate fast retrieval of AN-32 aircraft stranded at ALGs due to unserviceable APU, he motivated another group of technicians to develop an SOP of starting u/s aircraft from APU of another aircraft.

Commutated Axial Direction Finder (CADF) was installed at his wing in Aug 88 by M/S GCEL Ltd. The firm could commission only the first channel of the equipment. Gp Capt Kahlon took up the task and motivated a team of technicians to commission the second channel of CADF in Dec 89.

Constant Current Regulators (CCRS) of airfield lighting system were partially serviceable due to un-serviceability of over voltage/over current relays. Remote switching panel of this system was also unserviceable due to non-availability of spare parts. Gp Capt Kahlon organised a special task force which repaired all the CCRs and remote switching panel by using indigenous spares.

For his unstinted devotion to duty and professionalism of the highest order, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt PPS Kahlon.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Gp Capt Anil Kumar Trikha 8436 F(P)Unit : Western Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Gp Capt Anil Kumar Trikha has been posted to HQ Western Air Command as Ops 1A since 15 Nov 89.

On assumption of duties, he quickly came to grips with the varied operational and training requirement of the forces under Western Air Command. His first major assignment was to revise the operational plans of WAC. However, the rapidly deteriorating situation in J&K necessitated immediate formulation of interim contingency plans. This involved intensive planning as regards redeployment of forces and updating of strike plans. Close co-ordination with the other branches was imperative to ensure prompt positioning of various armament stores and ground support equipment. Gp Capt Trikha worked tirelessly to accomplish these complex tasks with the utmost speed and efficiency within the prescribed time frame.

Consequent to the issue of revised Op Instructions by Air Headquarters, WAC plans were again recast. Gp Capt Trikha again applied himself to the enormous staff work involved and finished the task in time.

Apart from revision of operational plans, Gp Capt Trikha managed the routine tasks connected with the operational training of forces under WAC in a most methodical manner. He delegated responsibility wherever possible but never compromised on the high standard of staff work he set for himself. He invariably worked untiringly well beyond the usual working hours, sometimes without a break for months.

For his extreme devotion to duty, extraordinary capacity for hard work and total dedication to service the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt AK Trikha.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Gp Capt Karamjit Singh Sohanpal 8808 AE(L)Unit : 40 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Gp Capt KS Sohanpal is on the posted strength of one of the Air Force Wings with effect from 01 Dec 89 as Chief Engineering Officer.

Due to his professional skill, involvement and dedication, a very high percentage of serviceability has been sustained at this Wing for Mirage aircraft and MT. He has not only led the technical personnel by personal example but was deeply involved in the development of expertise and skill of his subordinates. It is mainly due to his efforts that a very high level of expertise is available at this particular Wing.

Some of the major and important projects developed and operationalised by him are, design and fabrication of mains operated starting aggregates for Mirage and Avro aircraft, hardware modification of Mirage-2000 to permit carriage of assymetrical loads, circuit design given to Western Air Command facilitating conversion of normal 3 phase 50 Hz supply system into 400 Hz system in the blast pens for Mirage & Jaguar ops, configuring power supply system of P-18 radar for its operation from main power supply etc. All these projects were undertaken and completed at almost negligible cost. In majority of the cases, discarded and disused equipment were modified and put into operation. He was instrumental in design and fabrication of Mirage Engine Trolley which could be transported in AN-32 aircraft; the French supplied trolley could be carried only in AN-12/IL-76 aircraft and constraints in getting these type of aircraft posed a serious problem in supporting the Mirage detts. On Mirage-2000 aircraft itself and its various systems/testers, a number of innovations have been carried out which were well beyond the facilities available in India. He has thus not only helped save valuable foreign exchange but also contributed significantly in enhancing the operational capability of the Indian Air Force.

For his imaginative and innovative skill, devotion to duty, inspiring leadership in the best tradition of the Indian Air Force, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt KS Sohanpal.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Gp Capt Partap Singh 8897 AE(L)Unit : AFS Hakimpet  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Group Captain Pratap Singh, VSM is on the posted strength of an Air Force Station, as Chief Engineering Officer since 21 Aug 89.

Gp Capt Singh quickly assessed that various flying incidents and repetitive snags occurring on Iskra aircraft were synonymous with ageing of the fleet. He undertook the challenge of arresting this trend and was successful. The unresolved hydraulic system malfunctioning since very inception was traced to fouling of the rotary valve in hydraulic reservoir with the dip stick, thus allowing air to be sucked in the system during certain manoeuvres. He ordered for cutting off the dip-stick in Nov 90 and ever since, no hydraulic incident has occurred for the last 4500 hrs of flying. These measures have raised confidence level amongst pilots.

There was a breakdown of supply of critical spares and rotable from abroad. This officer initiated repairs of critical rotables at base by development of repair schemes. Thus local repairs has helped the station to sustain Iskara flying for the last 1½ years and the last four pilot's courses on Iskara could be completed before time. The officer is presently engaged in modification for cooling of R/T set and aircraft battery in Iskra aircraft to reduce time due to persistent snags.

Along with sustaining a fleet of varied types of ac, the officer undertook the task of resource optimisation. The station Workshop was extensively utilised and gave enormous support to MT and other services. A quantum jump in quality, specially for MT in which expenditure on local purchase was reduced to one fourth after a modernisation drive by this officer.

For his unflinching loyalty to service, perseverance of economy and resource optimisation, the President is pleased to award Bar to Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt P Singh.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Gp Capt Satyendra Pal Singh 10699 AE(L)Unit : 2 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Gp Capt Satyendra Pal .Singh has been the Chief Engineering Officer of an Air Force Station for about 13 months which operates different types of aircraft, besides mix of advanced weapons, ground based navi gational approach aids, modern arrester barrier systems, specialist vehicles, common user vehicles and Surface to Air Missiles. In maintaining these systems and equipment to the desired standards, major hurdles came up due to lack of adequate resources in terms of spares and technical support facilities. Each of the hurdles was crossed through his dedicated leadership, technical skill, mana gerial ability and professionalism.

During early part of his tenure, serviceability of the MiG-29 dropped severely due to inadequate servicing, repair, acute shortage of spares. He displayed exceptional engineering sense and managerial ability in fabricating repair stations and exploiting indigenously available options to repair literally hundreds of components which otherwise had to be sent abroad for repair. He developed modifications of the radar test facility, set up testing facility for over half a dozen systems. Delicate fuel components and electronic control system of the high tech engine were opened and successfully repaired under his able guidance at the Wing level.

When he took over as the CEO, the Jaguars were being sent to a Base over a thousand miles away for routine servicing and repair because of lack of facilities at the Base. Gp Capt Singh set nearly the entire range of servicing facilities at this Base fabricated by his manpower alone and using mostly indigenous components. He created a valuable second line facility for the Jaguars. He also set up the AGAVE radar testing facility with available resources. His effort helped the Air Force to save valuable flying hours and effort in ferrying Jaguars for routine servicing, repair etc. His effort helped in setting up the test facility of missiles in a record time. But for his efforts, valuable foreign exchange would have been lost on expiry of warranty period.

For his meticulous approach, managerial skill, professionalism of a high order and dedicated hard work, the President is pleased to award Bar to Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt SP Singh.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Gp Capt Gurnam Singh Choudhary 11870 F(P)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Gp Capt Gurnam Singh Chaudhry was posted to the Directorate of Air Staff Requirement, Air Headquarters on 10 Oct 88. He was allotted a number of major projects involving fighter aircraft, the most important of which was the LCA project.

Gp Capt Chaudhry displayed wisdom and maturity in his handling of the LCA project from the moment he was called upon to study, analyse in depth and provide professional comments on the 90 odd design documents while undertaking a review of the project. The officer researched the programme from its inception; sifting meticulously through volumes of wind tunnel results and performance predictions before he was able to highlight the anomalies and contradictions that were emerging. His clear perceptions became the focus for a high level review which culminated in an eventual Govt decision to alter the course of the project.

The programme encompasses a number of facets on which the Indian Aviation Industry lacks expertise. Some of the major topics that Gp Capt Chaudhry has had to regularly interact with ADA have been the complex issues relating to design of a Fly-by-Wire system, Multi Mode Radar, Mission Computer and choice of material for the Light Combat Aircraft wing. The very understanding of the fundamental issue of these topics calls for a high level of knowledge. To discuss and comment on them with the designers, Gp Capt Chaudhry was required to carry out an in-depth appraisal of each subject. That he was able to do so is an indication of the officer's professionalism and perseverance.

For his consistent dedication and distinguished service of a high order, perseverance and logical presentation, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt GS Chaudhry.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Ramesh Kumar Sharma 11496 AE(L)Unit : AFWEU  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Wg Cdr Ramesh Kumar Sharma has been on the posted strength of one of the Air Force Wireless Experimental Units since 14 Nov 88 as Commanding Officer.

Soon after taking over the Command, Wg Cdr Sharma identified a number of weak areas resulting in low morale of operating personnel.

Keeping in view the operational significance of the role of his unit, Wg Cdr Sharma modernised the data collection centre to improve the operating environment and renovated the installation for better system reliability. The operators were provided scientifically designed work stations to enhance their productivity. He also developed software driven microprocessor based system for data analysis. The interfacing of this system made it possible to compute data faster for real time assessment of vital information.

Wg Cdr Sharma also improved the communication links for quicker dissemination of vital information to enable virtually real time reaction at higher echelon. Average time for data transfer to Base was reduced considerably. He also identified and located a detachment at a highly productive site which significantly added to the data inputs. He also designed and developed a training system, using ingenious ideas and technical knowledge which is capable of giving training automatically to six personnel simultaneously. He was also responsible for developing a modern electronic laboratory for repair of various electronic equipment locally in the unit.

For his dedicated and sustained hard work and rare achievements the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wg Cdr RK Sharma.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Balasubramaniam Shivakumar 12253 AE(M)Unit : 11 Base Repair Depot  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Wg Cdr Balasubramaniam Shivakumar is on the posted strength of one of the Base Repair Depots of the IAF since 10 Oct 86. The officer has undergone training twice in USSR on MiG-23 variants.

On posting to BRD, Wg Cdr B Shivakumar was given the task of setting up of facilities for medium repair/overhaul of MiG-23 aircraft. During the construction stages, he suggested many changes to meet the requirements. As a result of his involvement, the aircraft production task could commence well in time.

On his return from USSR, the officer plunged into the task of medium and structural repair of damaged aircraft, he did not await the setting up of repair facilities or arrival of the Soviet specialists. His noteworthy achievements are retrieval of damaged aircraft, repair of jet nozzle contours, repair of MiG-29 drop tanks and development of a structural modification for the ventral fin of an aircraft.

Wg Cdr B Shivakumar was also involved in indigenisation/manufacturing of tools, testers and ground support equipment for which only drawings were provided by the manufacturers. In a short time he formulated syllabus and training aids for overhaul Training Flight. He trained maximum number of airmen to cope up with production task of the depot and set up repair facility in a record time. He also succeeded in achieving the completion of medium repair task during last three years despite non availability of works services and critical spares. This achievement is significant, because the first aircraft was produced one year ahead of schedule. He also completed the assigned task during 1988-90 and during 1990-91. He also completed cat 'B' repair on four aircraft during 1990-91.

For his professional skill, hard work and devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wg Cdr B Shivakumar.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Atul Chandra Barua 12283 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Wg Cdr Atul Chandra Barua was on the posted strength of one of the Wings of Air Force from 13 Jun 88 to 13 Dec 90 in the appointment of Senior Engineer (Mechanical).

Wg Cdr Barua designed and manufactured an import substitute for the transportation of Bombs from Bomb Dump to Squadron dispersal. He also designed transportation cum handling trolley for the R-60 Missile which is extensively used by the MiG Squadron of that base. The officer is also responsible for designing and fabrication of a lifting tackle and indigenisation of belting tool for MiG aircraft. He has also designed and fabricated the cocking tool for the newly introduced Retarder Tail Unit and a torque spanner for R-60 Missile loading. The other innovative achievements of Wg Cdr Barua are repair and overhaul of imported ground power unit (Houchin) of Jaguar aircraft through indigenous sources and rebuilding of the perished wooden KRAZ cabin with an all metal structure in the Station Workshop.

The single most notable achievement of Wg Cdr Barua has been the planning and execution of demolition of an unsafe Bomb on 13 Jan 90, inside the airfield. The unsafe Bomb was lying with the Wing for over two years, the solution for which was not easily forthcoming from the manufacturers. The Bomb had become dangerously unsafe. It was therefore essential to demolish the Bomb at its location as there was a very high risk of its exploding in case it was moved. Wg Cdr Barua studied the bomb detonation mechanism, the pros and cons of demolition at site, the risks and precautions involved for transferring the bomb outside the Bomb Dump and demolishing the same at a suitable site inside the airfield. Through the officer's excellent professionalism, planning, guidance and attention to the minute details, the demolition task was successfully accomplished.

For selfless dedication to work, professional competence and astute planning, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wg Cdr AC Barua.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Om Krishan Dogra 12815 AE(M)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Wg Cdr Om Krishan Dogra is on the posted strength of Air Headquarters (VB) since April 1987 and is presently working as Deputy Director in the Directorate of Maintenance Plans and Quality Assurance. Pursuant to the recommendations of Special Committee on Flight Safety in 1982, Government accepted the need for upgrading and restructuring the technical type-training in IAF and the Directorate of Maintenance Plans and Quality Assurance at Air Headquarters was made responsible for this special task.

With virtually no resources at his disposal, Wg Cdr Dogra set about the task of establishing these Schools/Units with great enthusiasm and perseverence. With his ability of planning, execution and rich experience, he compiled a detailed Project Report encompassing the entire activities ranging from site formulation of syllabi for each course, procurement of training aids and provision of requisite facilities.

The first TETTRA School for providing training on MiG-23 and MiG-27 aircraft commenced functioning with full infra-structure from Jul 87, within four months after taking up this task by Wg Cdr Dogra. Eight more TETTRA Schools and seven TTCs were also established well within the stipulated period.

There was no type training facility in the IAF for Mi-35/Mi-26 helicopters and Dornier aircraft and some highly sophisticated Air Armament Stores. To meet the type training needs of the aircraft, AE officers and technicians were sent abroad periodically. Wg Cdr Dogra, realising the resource constraints, especially in foreign exchange, succeeded in getting Government Sanction for opening of training units for these weapon systems. With the opening of these Type Training Schools, not only the precious FFE have been saved but also the availability of type trained personnel has considerably increased.

For his high sense of commitment, personal involvement, professional excellence, result oriented approach and outstanding ability, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wg Cdr OK Dogra.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Onkar Bhattacharya 12823 AE(M)Unit : 3 Base Repair Depot  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Wg Cdr Onkar Bhattacharya is on the posted strength of one of the Base Repair Depots of Air Force since Oct 88 and has been working as officer incharge production of Main Hanga Line since Jan 89. He took over as Senior Production Engineer (Mi-8) with effect from 26 Jun 90.

In the task year 1989-90, Wg Cdr Bhattacharya was responsible for completing overhaul of Mi-8 helicopters. Despite posting out of a large number of trained technicians and all round shortage of spares, he took up the challenge and infused in his men the required sense of purpose and motivated them to successfully complete the task for the year on time. In the year 1990-91, the officer had to contend with the task of modifying five Mi-8 helicopters to the executive/VIP version in addition to the annual task. By streamlining production process and introducing a large number of innovations, the officer reduced the time for overhaul from 142 days to 119 days. To overcome the almost non-existent supply of hoses from abroad, he arranged for production of hoses at HAL (ND) by arranging for use of end fitting retrieved from old hoses and testing for serviceability on the free length available at the HAL Division.

He also was instrumental in getting the Durite hoses developed through indigenous source. For completing the task, he worked for extended hours almost throughout the year unmindful of personal commitments. For four months of the task year, aeroengines and Main Gear Box were not available for fitment on the helicopter. The officer overcame this hurdle by cannibalising these items from the produced helicopters to the next in line. His ingenuity and exceptional professional ability enabled the Depot to complete the task of overhaul and modification of helicopters in time.

For his unflinching devotion to duty, exceptional professional ability and astute leadership, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wg Cdr Onkar Bhattacharya.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Inderjit Singh Lamba 13128 LGSUnit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Sqn Ldr IS Lamba has been discharging the duties of the Asst Director Adventure in the Dte of Adventure of Air Headquarters.

Sqn Ldr Lamba learnt equestrian sports in NDA and excelled in the field. In 1991, he became second best rider in the country. He has been participating in all the National Horse Shows and has always been in the first three positions. At Bareilly NEC in 1990, he was adjudged the second best rider of the championship. In the 1991, Bareilly Horse Show, Sqn Ldr Lamba was first in 'ONE DAY EVENT', first in 'OPEN SHOW JUMPING' and was adjudged the 'BEST RIDER OF THE EVENT'. He has been the back bone of the Air Force Equestrian Team since 1985 and with his personal devotion and hard work, Air Force has been doing well at the national level in this field. He has trained 10 Air Force personnel in Endurance Riding and 3 Air Force personnel in Show Jumping, as a result of which 5 fully qualified Air Force personnel are available to participate in any national competition.

In addition, Sqn Ldr Lamba was also assigned with the responsibilities of Para Sailing. In this sport the officer was one of the three officers initially qualified to conduct parasailing. Due to his devotion and hard work in this field Air Force has been able to conduct this adventure sport locally in Air Force units.

For his sustained hard work and exceptional devotion and excellent performance in Equestrian Sports, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr IS Lamba.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Tushar Kanti Rath 13220 ADMUnit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Sqn Ldr Tushar Kanti Rath was commissioned in December 1972. He commenced his service career as an Air Traffic Control Officer. In October 1975 he completed Para jump Instructors Course at PTS, with distinction. Thereafter, he was an instructor at PTS for over seven years. During the tenure he logged more than 700 jumps including about 100 at night. He is among the very few who have recorded more than 200 free falls.

Sqn Ldr Rath has held numerous Instructional appointments. Notable amongst these are appointments viz. the Chief Instructor at Air Force School of Physical Fitness and Directing Staff at the Ground Duties Officer Training Faculty at Air Force Academy.

His administrative acumen and conceptual vision were high lighted during his tenure as the Senior Administrative Officer at No. 1 Staging Post, Car Nicobar in 1986-87 when he was instrumental in initiating work services of approximately 2 crores for Fighter Base Support Units in Car Nicobar and Great Nicobar.

Sqn Ldr Rath has also undergone the Basic Mountaineering Course at Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttar Kashi, the advance Mountaineering Course at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling and the Basic Winter Warfare Course at High Altitude Warfare School, Gulmarg. He was a member of the successful Air Force Mountaineering Expedition to BHARTE KUNTE and Skiing Expedition to KEDAR DOME in 1978 and earned commendation from the Chief of the Air Staff on 15 Aug 78. He was also a member of the successful Japanese Expedition to NUN in 1983 and was nominated leader of the Air Force Expedition planned in 1985.

For his determination, professionalism and distinguished service the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr TK Rath.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Satish Kumar Midha 13643 ADMUnit : Tactics and Combat Development Establishment  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Sqn Ldr Satish Kumar Midha is on the posted strength of one of the Signal Units of Air Force and is attached to TACDE since May 89. During his tenure at TACDE, Sqn Ldr Midha worked as the staff in charge of training of Master Fighter Controllers (MFC). New concept of operational combat training for fighter controllers of the IAF was initiated in Aug 89 and the task assigned to TACDE. The officer performed his task with the highest degree of dedication and professionalism.

The task called for formalising training patterns and SOPs for operational control of interceptor aircraft. Trials were conducted to arrive at the optimum format of operational training. The curriculum was finalised after extensive deliberations. The sincerity of purpose, meticulous planning and determined approach, displayed by Squadron Leader Midha, led to the successful completion of the task.

He was also instrumental in disseminating operational solutions to the operators in the field through the conduct of capsules and orientation courses. This task was carried out with the highest degree of zeal and enthusiasm.

For having worked with selfless devotion and dedication during his stay at TACDE, and for displaying professional skill of the highest order, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr SK Midha.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Janmejay Jaywant Deshmukh 14046 ADMUnit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Sqn Ldr Janmejay Jaywant Deshmukh was commissioned in Admin Branch of the Air Force on 11 Jul 75. Throughout his service the officer has made remarkable contribution in the various staff appointments he held at different levels. In recognition of his outstanding abilities, the officer was appointed as Staff Officer to an Air Officer. He served as Staff Officer to Senior Air Staff Officer Central Air Command, Air Officer-in-Charge Personnel at Air Headquarters, AOC-in-C, Central Air Command and finally the Vice Chief of Air Staff at Air Headquarters.

During his various assignments as Staff Officer, the officer has undoubtedly proved himself as an outstanding manager of the Secretariat supporting the functions of the vital office. He has displayed an uncanny ability to undertake tasks which were of utmost importance and of crucial consequences.

The officer has displayed remarkable maturity in the correct prioritisation of tasks before the Air Officer as well as coordination among various agencies in completion of the desired task. In addition, the officer has displayed excellent qualities of manmanagement and inter-personnel relationship. During the course of his duties, the officer had to interact with a large number of senior officers wherein with his courteous and tactful approach he was able to establish a rapport with the ultimate objective of task accomplishment. As the officer-in-charge of the VCAS Secretariat, the officer meticulously organised information which facilitated smooth decision making.

For his professional ability, unflinching loyalty and devotion to duty of an exceptional order, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr JJ Deshmukh.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Radhakrishnan Ayilliath 14345 AE(M)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Sqn Ldr Radha Krishnan Ayilliath was commissioned in the Air Force in Jan 76 and is presently posted at Dte of Trg at Air Headquarters.

During the last two years the major aim of training has been the improvement in quality within optimum costs and time-frame. Sqn Ldr Ayilliath's specific responsibilities in this area pertain to technical training of airmen of all trades together with the demand to increase numbers under training within existing resources.

He co-ordinated inputs from Hq Training Command, Specialist Directorates and prepared effective practical plan to meet the requirement of the Air Force. Training flowcharts for the next five years were prepared, including training wastages, projected requirements/deficiencies in specific trades.

Dove-tailing with the above, were plans to expand and rationalise the All Through Technical Training (ATT) Scheme for the seven aircraft trades without break of trained manpower to operational units. Sqn Ldr Ayilliath's analysis and knowledge of the training needs resulted in the saving of 24 weeks of training and a saving of Rs 2.6 crores per year in the All Through Technical Training.

Setting up an economic plan for future technical training of Airmen, and its modernisation, demanded changes in syllabus and scales of training aids to support it. This was achieved by Sqn Ldr Ayilliath and 12 training aid scales successfully processed with the Government.

For his professional competence, foresight and exceptional devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr R K Ayilliath.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Dharam Vir Verma 14502 ADMUnit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Sqn Ldr Dharma Vir Verma was commissioned on 16 Jun 76. He was posted to Dte. of Edn, Air HQ on 08 Dec 86 as Project Officer of the Air Force Golden Jubilee Auditorium.

Right from the start, he applied himself wholeheartedly and energetically to the task and has worked relentlessly till the completion of the project. With the help of only one Cpl Ach/GD, he has handled the entire range of tasks of the project involving coordination with various construction agencies monitoring the actual construction tasks, arranging procurement of materials, scrutinising the bills, maintaining correspondence etc. During occasions when the project bogged down due to lack of availability of material or other reasons, he used his resourcefulness in getting around the problems and through persistent follow up he was able to get the project moving. He has given accurate and timely advice regarding decisions to be taken to speed up the project. He has shown tremendous initiative, drive and imagination in anticipating problems and getting ready with possible solutions so that the project could progress without hold up. It is because of his single minded devotion, organising capacity, ability to innovate and unrelenting hard work that the project could be completed successfully. Throughout his tenure, he worked much beyond the call of duty regardless of personal comfort with the sole objective of completion of the tasks entrusted to him.

For his exceptional devotion to duty, organising capacity and relentless hard work towards successful completion of the Air Force Auditorium, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr DV Verma.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Rabindra Nath Gaur 14614 AE(L)Unit : 4 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Sqn Ldr RN Gaur is on the posted strength of an AF Station since May 1988. He is employed as Oi/c CR&SS of AN-32 and AVRO aircraft and as Oi/c Radio, Radar and Inst Labs for Avro and AN-32 aircraft. Sqn Ldr Gaur, though being an officer of the AE (L) branch has evinced keen interest in the activities of the AE (M) branch.

Sqn Ldr Gaur apart from achieving fine standards in I and II line servicing on AN-32 aircraft has also applied his technical knowledge in tackling certain problem areas in AN-32 aircraft systems, like flight data recording. Sqn Ldr Gaur indigenised the entire decoding process based on personnel Computer system with an inter-face unit to extract data from storage unit at any desired data segment, a "Commercial TV" for display and a magnetic tape cartridge for storing data of system storage unit. This system is particularly useful in a training institution for aircrew, where the pupil pilots can be debriefed and shown the vital parameters immediately after the sortie. The indigenised system resulted in a saving of Rs. two crores in foreign exchange.

Sqn Ldr Gaur modified the Attitude Interface Unit by doing away with the unreliable VG 208 and used the AGB-3K, stand by artificial horizon of Russian origin which is never used in the aircraft in its place. To match the nature of input required by the American equipment with that of the output of AGB-3K of Russian origin, an interface unit with necessary integrated circuit was developed by Sqn Ldr Gaur with the help of HAL Flight Test Centre. This interface Unit has been successfully tried on two AN-32 ac and is found to be reliable. This modification has resulted in tremendous saving in Foreign Exchange and has provided a reliable aid to negotiate weather.

For his exceptional enthusiasm, dedication to duty and positive contribution in development work resulting in considerable saving in foreign exchange, import substitution and indigenisation of technical system, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr RN Gaur.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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MWO Gnana Narayana Tammalapalli 223302 ORUnit : AFS Hyderabad  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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MWO Gnana Narayana Tammalapalli has been on the posted strength of a Helicopter Squadron since 01 Dec 85.

His vast knowledge and technical skill has been the bed rock and sheet anchor of the Squadron's maintenance activities. His personal involvement in every facet of technical activity, from formulating servicing schedules of the newly inducted aircraft and rectifying snags, has enhanced the operational efficiency of the Squadron. However, he is a strict disciplinarian in the execution of the task and does not compromise on standards and laid down procedures.

In 1986 when this Squadron was still in its infancy and was be-set with innumerable teething problems, he, drawing from his skill, experience and knowledge, was instrumental in providing able guidance in overcoming these problems and formulating safe procedures. His very presence in the Daily Servicing Section and Repair and Servicing Section itself was a motivating factor.

In the years that followed, this Squadron was involved in a number of exercises and operations that posed a multitude of technical problems. But his innovation, zest, drive and attention to details has helped the Squadron in a good stead and maintain an accident/ incident free record while maintaining its operational efficiency. The erection and deerection schedules of Mi-25 at Bombay brought out his unflagging zeal, initiative and exemplary professional skill. The erection and induction of Mi-35 to the AF Inventory at Bombay in April 1990, was yet another feather in his cap.

MWO Narayana has excelled not only in his professional duties but has also proved indispensable whenever the need to organise various functions has arisen.

For his professional excellence, exemplary sense of devotion to duty and single minded purpose of task accomplishment, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to MWO TG Narayana.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Sgt Pappula Vijaya Chandra Sekhar Reddy 651410 ORUnit : Navigation and Signals School  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Sgt Reddy PVCS is on the posted strength of an AF Station wef 03 Dec 84 and presently working at Navigation and Signals School.

In order to modernise the training aids, the station decided to modernise the DR Navigation Trainer at Navigation and Signals School. Development of an electrically operated Navigation Synthetic Trainer was considered. At this juncture, Sgt Reddy suggested the design of a microprocessor based Navigation Simulator with automated instrument operation. He developed and successfully demonstrated automated operation of Flight Instruments using borrowed microprocessor and other necessary components. The Station Commander, considering his extraordinary professional skills appointed him as Project Engineer.

Inspite of the tight schedule and very limited finance, Sgt Reddy with his undeterred will-power and hard work completed the first phase on schedule. On many occasions he worked for 18 to 20 hours a day. The progress made in the project was demonstrated to AOC-in-C, TC, and Air Officer-in-Charge Personnel, Air HQ, Sgt Reddy's personal contribution towards the success of the project was highly appreciated by them.

Subsequently, stepper motors were introduced, as driving elements for all instruments of the Simulator. This, being a new technology, involved major changes in hardware. Inspite of the lack of know how and technical infrastructure for this purpose, Sgt Reddy never lost his enthusiasm. By effectively utilising his technical skills, he successfully accomplished the task. His acumen and technical innovativeness resulted in several advantages to the service in terms of saving of money and time in this project.

Sgt Reddy through diligence, determination and ability to grasp complex technical requirements and then providing solutions has made outstanding contributions towards the rapid and satisfactory progress of this project.

For his professional competence, unique capability for innovativeness, sustained hard work and selfless devotion to the service, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Sgt Reddy PVCS.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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