Vishist Seva Medal Awardee List for the AFS New Delhi


A total of 18 Awards are listed.
Vishist Seva Medal : 18 |
Vishist Seva Medal
MWO Shreenazar Singh Kunwar 48980 ORUnit : AFS New Delhi  Award Date 26 Jan 73 Announced 26 Jan 73
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48980 Master Warrant Officer Shreenazar Singh Kunwar, G.T.I. was enrolled in the Indian Air Force in October, 1944. Prior to his posting to an Air Force Station as Physical Fitness Officer, he had worked in this capacity at various Flying Colleges. During his tenure as Command PFO at an Operational Com mand, he organized the training for the Colour Presentation ceremony of a Squadron in 1968 which was to be reviewed by the President of India. He was commended by AOC-in-C for his devotion to duty and professional ability.

Master Warrant Officer Kunwar was detailed to survey the physical fitness standards of Air Force personnel at various stations and Commands. He did an excellent job, which helped Air Headquarters to formulate policies on the subject. In addition, he was instrumental in assessing the suitability of the new Sten Machine Carbine. While serving at Air Headquarters, he drafted the procedure for Air Force Ceremonial Parades, and also assisted in drafting the procedures for parading the President's Colours for the 1st April, 1972.

He was entrusted with the responsibilities of training the contingent for this special parade, the first ever in the history of the Indian Air Force, which he carried out creditably. Since his arrival at the Air Force Station, MWO Kunwar has organized various sports activities of the Station including the Air Force Football Championship with commendable efficiency. With his outstanding work, professional skill and initiative, 48980 Master Warrant Officer Shreenazar Singh Kunwar has rendered distinguished service of a high order. He is awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 22 Jun 1973 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Birendra Prasad 5884 MEDUnit : AFS New Delhi  Award Date 26 Jan 74 Announced 26 Jan 74
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Squadron Leader Prasad a classified medical specialist has distinguished himself in scholastic and academic fields. He compiled an original work on Abnormal Carbohydrate Metabolism in Hypertensives. As a staff surgeon he effected numerous improvements in the system of investigation and treatment of maladies. He has displayed high professional skill, keen intelligence and great ability to master the minutest detail of the professional jobs entrusted to him.

Awarded Vishisht Seva Medal for meritorious and distinguished service of a high order in keeping with the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1974 Number:32 

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Wg Cdr Virendra Nath Bhargava 5288 MEDUnit : AFS New Delhi  Award Date 26 Jan 76 Announced 26 Jan 76
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Wing Commander Virendra Nath Bhargava (5288) Medical was commissioned on 7th January, 1957 and within two and half years of service was graded as a medical specialist. Since then he has been working in various Hospitals and Establishments.

A classified specialist who has distinguished himself in academics with specialization in Cardiology in the United Kingdom, he has been an asset wherever he has been posted.

As a Staff Surgeon to the Chief of the Air Staff, he has shown considerable initiative and zeal in modernizing the treatment of diseases and bringing his medical unit to a high level of efficiency. He has displayed professional skill of a very high order, and carried out his duties with credit and dedication beyond the normal call of duty. This has resulted in high morale and a sense of well being among the Air Force personnel.

Wing Commander Virendra Nath Bhargava is awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal for rendering meritorious and distinguished service of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1976 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Shamanna Seshadri Iyengar 11531 MEDUnit : AFS New Delhi  Award Date 26 Jan 82 Announced 26 Jan 82
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Squadron Leader Shamanna Seshadri Iyengar (11531) Med was commissioned in Army Medical Corps on 22 Jan 68. Later, he was seconded to Air Force and he has since served in Air Force units till he attained MD in General Medicine from Pune University in 1976. He was also decorated with DGAFMS Medal for securing first position in Medical Officers' Junior Commander's Course in 1974. He was appointed as staff surgeon to the Chief of the Air Staff in Sept 78. His duties as staff surgeon to CAS involved him in caring for the very senior and juniors alike for which he displayed extraordinary professional competence, zeal and initative. He has by pleasant manners and sustained hard work won the applause and appreciation of the patients treated by him. During the course of his work he has been perpetually on day and night call and has shown initiative and resourcefulness of the highest order in dealing with medical emergencies.

He bears quite pleasant manners and attends to the problems of the sick and injured in the most exceptional order, by which he is held in high esteem by all the patients irrespective of their ranks. He has proved himself almost indispensable in acute medical emergencies like heart attack cases by promptly attending during their crisis and accompanying the cases till handing over them to care of doctors in hospitals. This gesture on his part has been talk among the personnel of this Station/Air HQ.

During his tenure as Staff Surgeon he established Medical Specialising Clinic to provide specialist cover to all personnel and families. He also organised a special cell to detect, treat and institute proper follow up of Diabetes Mellitus, Hypertension and Ischameic Heart disease cases so that such patients can live long and enjoy their life like normal persons. He has been able to achieve spectacular success in his endeavour.

He has been instrumental in establishing a full fledged Physio-Occupational Therapy Room where adequate treatment for MusculoSkeletal complaints are now provided. With his untiring efforts he could add Short Wave Diathermy machine and an additional portable ECG machine so that emergencies can be attended to round the clock with least delay. He has also arranged additional facilities for various bio-chemical tests which otherwise were available only in hospitals. He has endeared himself to all by providing prompt care even in other medical institutions in Delhi by maintaining close and friendly liaison with such organisations. He also takes special interest in keeping himself fully acquainted with the latest developments in the field of Medical Science and has number of publications to his credit.

For his professional knowledge of a high order, devotion to duty, sustained hard work, zeal and initiative, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Squadron Leader Shamanna Seshadri Iyengar.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1982 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Pradip Bhagat 7412 F(P)Unit : AFS New Delhi  Award Date 26 Jan 84 Announced 26 Jan 84
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Wing Commander Pradip Bhagat was commissioned in the Air Force on 22 June 63. During his twenty years of service, he has held numerous important appointments like Station Flight Safety Officer, Command Flight Safety Officer, Flight Commander, Chief Operations Officer etc. Since 01 Dec 81, Wg Cdr P Bhagat has been holding the appointment of Chief Administrative Officer Air Force Station, New Delhi. Immediately on his arrival, Wing Commander P Bhagat accepted the challenge of preparing the Air Force Contingent for the Republic Day Parade. His dedicated and whole hearted involvement not only ensured smooth passing of the event but also brought laurels to the Air Force in the form of rare Press Reviews.

Concurrently, the Station was also going ahead with preparation for the conduct of the Air Force Sports Festival to be held at the Station during Feb 82. The preparations involved providing accommodation and messing to more than 1000 sportsmen and officials besides bringing up the standard of sports grounds and courts to the desired level. Wg Cdr P Bhagat, as the Chief Admin Officer, distinguished himself as a skilled and effective administrator in overcoming the enormous administrative difficulties.

For his outstanding service as an able leader, effective administrator and good organizer, the President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Pradip Bhagat.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1984 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Kukkehalli Prabhakar Hegde 7253 MEDUnit : AFS New Delhi  Award Date 26 Jan 85 Announced 26 Jan 85
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Wing Commander Kukkehalli Prabakar Hegde was commissioned into the Air Force on 27 Feb 63. In the initial part of his career he successfully completed Paratroopers, Snow Survival and ATMO Courses and served as a Medical Officer in various Air Force units with distinction. He was selected for specialist training in Medicine in Jul 67. He completed the same successfully in Jul 69 and having stood first in the course was selected for appointment as Tutor in the Armed Forces Medical College. He obtained MD (Med) in 1974 from the Pune University.

He has been serving as a Medical Specialist since Jul 69. Having served with credit as a specialist at three Air Force Hospitals and the Air Force Central Medical Establishment, he was appointed Staff Surgeon to the Chief of the Air Staff in Nov 81.

He is a very dedicated specialist who carries out his professional duties with missionary zeal and total disregard for personal comfort or convenience. His professional competence combined with humility has earned him the admiration of one and all. He has set the highest standards of professionalism and doctor-patient relationship which are worthy of emulation by others. His cool composure under crisis is commendable.

In recognition of his outstanding services and devotion to duty of a high order, the President is pleased to grant Vishisht Seva Medal to Wg Cdr Kukkehalli Prabakar Hegde.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1985 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Ram Krishan Ganjoo 13362 MEDUnit : AFS New Delhi  Award Date 26 Jan 90 Announced 26 Jan 90
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Wing Commander Ram Krishan Ganjoo was commissioned in the Medical Branch of the Indian Air Force in March 1973 and has been posted at Air Force Station, New Delhi as Staff Surgeon to the Chief of Air Staff since January 1987.

After completing his post-graduation, the officer has served as a Medical Specialist at various hospitals including Command Hospital Bangalore where he was associated with Postgraduate teaching programmes. He was pivotal in the Armed Forces Medical Research Project to study the lipid profile in asymptomatic aircrew and ground duty personnel of the Air Force. The officer has ensured the efficient functioning of a fully equipped Cardiac Van only one of its kind in IAF for immediate medical assistance and subsequent transfer of cardiac patients to the Army Hospital.

In recognition of his distinguished service of a high order, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wing Commander Ram Krishan Ganjoo.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1990 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Vijay Kumar Ramaswamy 14533 ACCTUnit : AFS New Delhi  Award Date 26 Jan 94 Announced 26 Jan 94
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Sqn Ldr Ramaswamy Vijay Kumar was commissioned in the accounts Branch of the Indian Air Force in Jun 76. He has been working as Officer-in-Charge Air Force Sports Complex and Honorary Secretary Air Force Golf Club at New Delhi since Mar 92.

During this tenure, with his hard work, foresight and meticulous planning, he brought tremendous improvement in playing conditions at the complex which have been highly appreciated by everyone using the facility. Besides he brought about 41% increase in general fund position during a short period which is a testimony of his capability as finance manager.

During his service career, he has held many appointments with distinction. As incharge of Equipment Accounting Service at No. 24 Equipment Depot, AF his experience in accounting systems came into full play resulting in efficient inventory management without drawing any audit objection.

For distinguished service of high order, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Sqn. Ldr Ramaswamy Vijay Kumar.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1994 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Dharam Vir Arora 13119 ACCTUnit : AFS New Delhi  Award Date 26 Jan 95 Announced 26 Jan 95
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Wg Cdr Dharam Vir Arora was commissioned on 17 June 72, in the Accounts Branch of the IAF. He has served with distinction in a frontline fighter base, largest equipment Depot and Air Force Central Accounts Office. He also held many key appointments like Assistant Project Manager (Finance) with Aircraft Project Management Organisation, MOD, Staff Officer (SO) to Air Officer Commanding-in Chief, Eastern Air Command and Training Command and is presently serving as Senior Accounts Officer (SAO), Air Force Station, New Delhi since 22 Mar 93.

As officer in-charge Provident Fund Cell at AFCAO, he was instrumental in successful transfer of Provident Fund Accounts from Joint Controller of Funds (Meerut) and thereafter their computerisation, thus, saving recurring expenses in up-keep and maintenance of these accounts. As Assistant Project Manager (Finance) with APMO (MOD), he saved over Rs. 20 crores worth of foreign exchange by way of liquidated damages from the foreign suppliers.

The role and functions of SAO AF Stn New Delhi, is to provide accounting services to over 7500 personnel and supervision of 17 Non-public Fund accounts. It entails handling the largest budgetary allocation in the IAF. Under the leadership of Wg Cdr DV Arora, there has been notable improvement in the quality of accounting services. Director of Admin Inspection of Air HQ, awarded the highest grading in the IAF, to the station accounts section during 1993-94. Directorate of Accounts, during the same period, assessed the section a 'Model Accounts Section' of the IAF. The key achievements of Accounts Section highlighted in their Tour Reports, include introduction of 'Daily Payment System', saving efforts of 16-20 paying officers per month following of 'Open Door Policy' for quick disposal of grievances and introduction of 'On the job Training' for the Accounts staff.

Along with his sustained efforts to enhance the standard of accounting services he has conceptualised a new scheme for completing 'Nomination' to Provident Fund accounts of airmen and Non Combatants (Enrolled) which has resulted sizeable savings in terms of money and man power.

For distinguished service of high order the President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wg Cdr Dharam Vir Arora.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1995 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Vinod Agnihotri 13360 MEDUnit : AFS New Delhi  Award Date 26 Jan 95 Announced 26 Jan 95
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Wg Cdr Vinod Agnihotri (13360) Medical was commissioned in the Medical branch of the Indian Air Force on 22 Mar 73 and has been posted to Air Force Station New Delhi as Staff Surgeon to the Chief of Air Staff since May 92. During his service the officer has held several important appointments at major Stations and Hospitals.

The officer completed his post-graduation in Medicine with distinction. Ever since, he has served as a Medical Specialist at various hospitals including Command Hospital Bangalore and at Air Force Central Medical Establishment (AFCME). At AFCME, he was actively associated in bringing up the department of Noniuvariye cardiology to international standards. He has also carried out projects on angiography in asymptomatic aircrew, 24 hours ECG monitoring in aircrew and lipid disorders in Air Force personnel.

Because of his exceptionally high standard of performance Wg Cdr Vinod Agnihotri was specially selected to be the Staff Surgeon to the CAS. During this period, he also attended to large number of cases of ischemic heart disease at the Station Sick Quarters. By his timely action he has been instrumental in ensuring prompt cardiac care thereby saving many valuable lives. In fact he is the most dedicated and sought after specialist, who carries out his professional duties with a missionary zeal. He has consistently maintained an ideal doctor-patient relationship.

For distinguished service of high order the President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wg Cdr Vinod Agnihotri.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1995 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Raj Kumar Jain 14318 AE(L)Unit : AFS New Delhi  Award Date 26 Jan 98 Announced 26 Jan 98
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Squadron Leader RK Jain was commissioned in Logistics Branch in Jun 81. Since his commissioning, he has held various important and challenging appointments with distinction.

The Officer assumed the duties of Mess Secretary of Air Force Officers Mess, New Delhi in Jun 96. With his vision, involvement and personal interest, he has brought about all round improvements in the Mess which was functioning from World War II vintage accommodation and there were plans to demolish it. With his hard work and constant efforts, he has brought the building, including the Banquet Hall, to a standard befitting to hold functions of National level importance.

During the period, the Officer successfully arranged and looked after prestigious functions of Air Force Day, Air Force Cdrs' Conference and banquets for the visiting foreign dignitaries, etc. which brought lot of laurels to the Air Force Officers Mess for its efficient and excellent services. Through close monitoring of expenditure, the financial position of the mess has also improved manifold. He single-handedly set about recommissioning of the mini Officers' Mess at Naraina to accommodate more than 100 Officers who were dislodged from the Air Force Offrs' Mess on its demolition.

For his distinguished service of high order, the President is pleased to award "Vishisht Seva Medal" to Squadron Leader R K Jain.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1998 Number: 

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Air Cmde Jagdarshan Singh Sandhu 10139 F(P)Unit : AFS New Delhi  Award Date 26 Jan 99 Announced 26 Jan 99
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Air Cmde JS Sandhu (10139) F (P) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in March 1966. During his distinguished service career, he has excelled himself in helicopter operations, having logged 5880 hours of flying. Apart from being a Qualified Flying Instructor, he has been a Cat A helicopter pilot and an Air Force Examiner on Chetak/ Cheetah helicopter. He had commanded 142 SSS Flight and Mauritius Police Helicopter Unit. During his command of an FBSU located at high altitude, his unit was awarded the best FBSU trophy in 1994 - 95.

Air Cmde JS Sandhu took over as Air Officer Commanding of Air Force Station, New Delhi on 01 January 96. Entrusted with the onerous responsibility of providing admin services to Air Headquarters units, he has shouldered the task with high degree of professionalism and dedication. He was instrumental in bringing about radical changes in living conditions at Air Force Race Course Camp by speedy repairs of a large number of old and dilapidated buildings. Through rationalisation of office and living-in accommodation at Race course, additional billet accommodation was created for a large number of airmen coming on temporary duty to Delhi in connection with various functions like Republic Day and Independence Day Parades who were otherwise being provided with tented accommodation.

His foresight and meticulous planning saw the activation of Air Force Officers' Mess at Naraina on the demolition of Officers' Mess at Dr. Zakir Hussain Marg. An Officers' Mess Dett has also been established at Race Course Camp to provide mess facilities to large number of retired officers.

Due to his painstaking efforts, the welfare activities of the Station got a definite thrust. The shopping complex was renovated which has all the facilities under one roof and CSD complex was refurbished with a self service cou nter. The general administration of Air Force Station, New Delhi was given a total facelift.

In recognition of his professional excellence, devotion to duty and a distinguished service of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Cmde JS Sandhu.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1999 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Arup Kumar Basu 15320 MEDUnit : AFS New Delhi  Award Date 26 Jan 99 Announced 26 Jan 99
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Wing Commander Arup Kumar Basu (15320) Medical was commissioned on 18 March 1978 in the Medical Branch of the Indian Air Force. He is on the posted strength of Air Force Station New Delhi since 12 Feb 96 and has been performing the duties of Staff Surgeon.

After a short tenure as Squadron Medical Officer in a missile unit he was selected to undergo postgraduate training in MD (Medicine) at AFMC Pune, following which he held the prestigious post of Clinical Tutor at Command Hospital, Pune. Subsequently he has served with distinction as a Medical Specialist at various Air Force Hospitals. In 1990 the officer qualified to undergo the coveted super specialist training in Pulmonology at Pune University, where he topped the University to become the first Chest Physician in the IAF. Thereafter he was posted to Command Hospital Bangalore where he set up the Respiratory Medicine Centre. Wing Commander AK Basu excelled in all his assignments. He has received Commendation by CAS on two occasions, once in 1995 and again in 1997.

In his present capacity as Staff Surgeon, Wing Commander Basu has been highly meticulous in delivering health-care of the highest order. He has provided prompt and appropriate specialist as well as emergent medical care to a vast number of serving and retired Air Force personnel and their families. He has applied his organisational skill in successfully establishing specialist OPD services at NOIDA. Despite his heavy work schedule, the officer has utilised his superspecialty training to set up Respiratory Diseases OPD at Station Sick quarters at Air Force Station New Delhi and a Bronchoscopy Clinic at Super Specialty Veterans Hospital, Air Force. His excellent bedside manners, professional competence and helpful demeanour has been widely appreciated, bringing credit to the IAF Medical Services. Throughout, he has shown utmost dedication, skill and compassion beyond the call of normal duty.

For his distinguished service of exceptional order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Arup Kumar Basu.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1999 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Kameshwar Jha 16169 AE(M)Unit : AFS New Delhi  Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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Wing Commander Kameshwar Jha (16169) AE (M) was commissioned on 07 Jul 1980 in the Engineering Branch of the IAF. In 22 years of distinguished service, he has held several important appointments that include Chief Engineering Officer of a Helicopter Base and Officer in Charge of Aircraft Specialist Vehicle Depot. He has been Chief Engineering Officer of Air Force Station, New Delhi (AFND) since 03 Jul 2000.

As the Chief Engineering Officer of a Mi-17 Helicopter Unit in Eastern Sector in 1994, he overcame all odds to achieve 100% aircraft serviceability from 45% within one year, for which he was awarded Commendation by the Chief of the Air Staff. During 1996-98, as head of the overhaul line of Aircraft Specialist Vehicles at a Base Repair Depot, due to nonavailability of spares from Russia, he embarked upon indigenisation of critical spares by tapping the expertise in the civil sector. As a result, for the first time the Base Repair Depot was able to surpass its allotted task. During 1999-2000, as Deputy Director Mechanical Transport at Air Headquarters, he successfully carried out indigenisation of hydraulic trolleys for Mirage 2000 and Su-30 aircraft, air-conditioning trolleys for Su-30 aircraft, mobile airfield compressors and Russian Ural engines.

With his foresight, perseverance and able guidance to his subordinates, he has given an impetus to technical activities in every field and established high standards of maintenance discipline at AFND. He has been able to improve mechanical Transport (MT) Serviceability state from 90% to near 100% on sustained basis. This is a very laudable feat, considering the fact that the Station has the largest MT fleet of nearly 500 vehicles in the IAF. With close monitoring and reduced dependency on local market repairs, he was able to carry out substantial reduction in MT expenditure. In the last two years, the MT expenditure has been brought down from Rs. 120 lakhs to Rs. 76 lakhs; a reduction of 37%. Further, despite the fact that the total mileage done by the vehicles was enormous, there were no accidents. Under the able leadership of Wg Cdr Jha, the Station MT Section has been adjudged the best MT Section for the year 2001-02.

For distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Kameshwar Jha.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2003 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Amit Tyagi 17654 AE(M)Unit : AFS New Delhi  Award Date 26 Jan 05 Announced 26 Jan 05
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Wing Commander Amit Tyagi (17654) Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) was commissioned on 30 Aug 1984 in the Engineering Branch of the IAF. During his distinguished career of 20 years, he has held various key appointments including that of Chief Instructor TETTRA (Kiran), Senior Project Engineer at CSDO (Dett) and Chief Engineering Officer at Air Force Station New Delhi. He has been commended by the Chief of Air Staff in 2001. He has been functioning as Chief Engineering Officer of Air Force Station New Delhi since 17 Jun 02. As Chief Instructor in Kiran/HPT-32 Tetra School, Wg Cdr Tyagi contributed immensely towards formulation of aircraft servicing and training schedules, which helped overcome maintenance problems and enhanced serviceability at various flying training schools. He was also involved in revision of maintenance schedule of Kiran/HPT-32 aircraft in record time at Central Servicing Development Organisation (CSDO). During the last four years, both as Station Technical Officer (Mechanical Transport) [STO(MT)] and Chief Engineering Officer, he has been associated with the largest MT section of Indian Air Force. His zeal and untiring efforts has ensured 98% and above serviceability of 480 vehicles covering 5 lakhs Kms per month. Such a high serviceability is all the more creditable when 65% of the fleet is more than ten-year vintage. Various in house facilities like overhauling of engines, painting bay, upholstery shop, have produced a high standard of workmanship to the satisfaction of users. With extremely effective Local Purchase control, he has brought the savings to tune of 42% from 122 lakhs in 1999-2000 to 71 lakhs in 2002-2003. Radio Trunking System (RTS) introduced in March 2002 in petrol vehicles was extended to diesel vehicles in September 2003. A better coordination and reduction to two lakh kilometers in overhaul running of vehicles has been achieved. His ingenuity of locally modified school transports, as per Supreme Court orders, has halved the cost of modification from Rs. 20,000/- to Rs. 10,000/- per vehicle. Twelve such vehicles, which were less than 10 years old, have been modified. All the IAF units have been advised by Air HQ to follow this modification. Under his dedicated leadership, 30 vehicles were prepared for UN Mission to Congo within a short span of 40 days. The workmanship was highly appreciated by UN Inspectors. The performance of MT section at AFND was adjudged as 94% during the annual inspection in December 2003, which is an all time high record. The user satisfaction has always remained upper most in his mind.

For his distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Amit Tyagi.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2005 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Ravindra Chandra Panda 18434 MEDUnit : AFS New Delhi  Award Date 26 Jan 06 Announced 26 Jan 06
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Wing Commander Ravindra Chandra Panda (18434) Medical was commissioned in the Medical Branch of the IAF on 25 Aug 1986 and initially posted at 32 Wing Air Force. Subsequently, he has served with distinction as a Medical Specialist at various Air Force and Naval Hospitals-Kanpur, Halwara, Amla, Jorhat and at INHS Kalyani. Wg Cdr Panda has excelled in all his assignments. He has received commendations by FOC-in-C, Eastern Naval Command in 1999 and commendation by the Chief of the Air Staff in 2004.

In his present appointment as Staff Surgeon to the Chief of the Air Staff, Wg Cdr Panda has been highly meticulous in delivering health-care of the best order. He has provided prompt and appropriate specialist as well as emergent medical care to a vast number of serving and retired personnel and their families.

He has applied his professional skill in successfully commissioning the state of the art Cardiac van. This Cardiac Van is a boon for IAF and has helped in tackling emergencies during various important functions where VIPs and VVIPs and their families were present. During his tenure, he got the online UPS for TMT machine, which has helped in medical evaluation of patients.

Professionally he has always been an asset to the IAF. He took upon himself the medical specialist cover to Air Force Station, Hindon, for ECHS Polyclinic at Air Force Station Faridabad and AFCME whenever required in addition to his already busy schedule. His professional expertise is of superlative order. He brought a patient from the jaws of death by thrombolysing the patient at Station Medicare Centre - history was created in the SMC. After stabilizing, transported him to Base Hospital, Delhi Cantt where he recovered fully.

His excellent bedside manners, professional competence and helpful demeanor has been widely appreciated, bringing credit to the IAF Medical Services. Throughout, he has shown utmost dedication, skill and compassion beyond the call of normal duty.

For his distinguished service of exceptional order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Ravindra Chandra Panda.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2006 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Pramod Kumar Jena 23922 ADMUnit : AFS New Delhi  Award Date 26 Jan 06 Announced 26 Jan 06
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Squadron Leader Pramod Kumar Jena (23922) Administration is on the posted strength of 410 Air Force Station since 21 Apr 2003. He has been performing the duties of Director of Music and Principal Conductor for 1 AF Band Air Warriors Symphony Orchestra (AWSO) since then.

Sqn Ldr Jena was given the difficult task of training the musicians and starting the AWSO concerts. The task was new and had never been undertaken by the Indian Air Force. Within a short span, Sqn Ldr Jena undertook the responsibility with full zest and produced high quality concerts. He was solely responsible for the excellent standards that the musicians achieved and the success of AWSO concerts. Under his leadership the AWSO carried out over 40 performances in India and abroad. He was solely responsible for success of AWSO at Bangkok in Thailand and Finland. He was also responsible for ensuring that new tunes are performed for concerts every year.

In addition to concerts he also ensured successful participation of musicians of AWSO in various ceremonial commitments, Republic Day Parade and Beating Retreat. Sqn Ldr Jena has composed many martial tunes for the IAF which are played during various ceremonial functions. He has also conducted Beating Retreat many a times; especially this year's Beating Retreat conducted by the officer was highly appreciated by the President of India. The officer successfully undertook the task of producing quality Compact Discs (CDs) of AWSO in a limited time. The audio CDs have been very well appreciated.

The officer besides raising the AWSO, was also responsible for induction and training of musicians during his tenure at Air Headquarter (Vayu Bhavan) and has been giving regular advice on all the matters pertaining to the AF Bands and musicians. He is the only officer qualified in music in the Indian Air Force who has been at the helm of affairs of the AF Bands and success of AWSO.

For his pioneering innovative work, excellent contribution to the music in the IAF and distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Squadron Leader Pramod Kumar Jena.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2006 Number: 

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Gp Capt Ravindra Sharma 17785 LGSUnit : AFS New Delhi  Award Date 26 Jan 07 Announced 26 Jan 07
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Wing Commander Ravi Sharma (17785) Lgs was commissioned in the Logistics Branch on 21 Dec 84 and is presently posted as the Senior Logistics Officer Air Force Station, New Delhi since 21 Jun 03.

The officer was seconded to Navigation branch during 1988-95, where in he flew almost 4000 hrs as navigator, which is the highest among his peer group. Thereafter while posted at Air Headquarters, he was at the forefront in indegenisation and installation of first arrester barrier system for which he was commended by the Chief of the Air Staff. Further, during his tenure as Senior Logistic Officer and Senior Administrative Officer at Kumbhigram, the station was adjudged as the best administered station in Eastern Air Command.

The officer during the present appointment was tasked to equip eight UN missions to Congo and Sudan in a short span of last two and half years. Meeting the deadlines was crucial. His judgment of situation and meticulous planning enabled him to develop concept of forming a cell to equip foreign missions which earned accolades from all echelons of UN and Air Force. He closely interacted with more than 150 vendors including the Original Equipment Manufacturers situated in various parts of the country and reduced the lead time to meet the deadline without compromising on quality and cost. The task involved meticulous planning, forecasting and persuading agencies, finding the source of equipment, its serviceability, packing and safe transit of 13000 lines/3000 tons of spares to its final destination in Congo. The officer also played a stellar role in design and development of winter over wear (leather jacket), aircrew brevets and 30 other accoutrement items which resulted in reduction in cost as well as increase in life.

With his personal example, he has been able to bring in an attitudinal change in the personnel under him resulting in proactive logistics support. The challenging task of ration issue at Delhi area has been efficiently met by him. He was instrumental in successful implementation of Clothing Online Information System, which is of immense help to over 7500 air warriors of Delhi area. It reduced their unnecessary movement for entitlement check and collection. His efforts in planning and forecasting spares requirement has yielded in saving of 30 % (Rs 35 Lakhs) in Mechanical Transport spares expenditure by procuring genuine spares from Original Equipment Manufacturers/authorized out lets. His professional competence, administrative acumen and leadership qualities make him a role model for others to emulate.

For his distinguished service of high order, exemplary dedication to service, unlimited enthusiasm and efficient management capabilities, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Ravi Sharma.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2007 Number: 

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