Yudh Seva Medal Awardee List


A total of 32 Awards are listed.
Yudh Seva Medal : 32 |
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Wg Cdr Ashim Kumar Banerjee 11320 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 88 Announced 26 Jan 88
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Wing Commander Ashim Kumar Banerjee is posted to a Helicopter Unit. He has been operating from Jaffna in support of the Indian Peace Keeping Force. On the evening of 20th Oct 87, he had to execute a mission wherein the troops had to be landed in an area surrounded by LTTE hostile elements. His helicopter was hit by small arms while landing at the landing zone. The rotor blades and one external fuel tank were demented. Wing Commander A Banerjee assessed the damage and thereafter managed to take off and land back safely at base. Next morning he again flew mission in the similar hostile environment wherein his helicopter again suffered bullet damage.

Wing Commander Banerjee has flown 85 operational sorties in Jaffna peninsula during the thick of hostilities.

For courage of an exceptional order in the face of the enemy and displaying professional acumen of the highest order which resulted in saving of an aircraft and costly lives of the occupants, the President is pleased to award Yuddh Seva to Medal Wing Commander Ashim Kumar Banerjee.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1988 Number: 

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Fg Offr Ajai Prakash Shrivastava 17471 F(P)Unit : No.114 Helicopter Unit  Award Date 26 Jan 88 Announced 26 Jan 88
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Flying Officer Prakash Srivastava has been on the posted strength of one of the Helicopter units of the Air Force since 11 Dec. 84. He has been involved with “OPS MEGHDOOT" since then.

Flying Officer Srivastava has flown 950 sorties connected with “Ops Meghadoot" in a relatively short span of two years and nine months in the unit. During the month of September, 1987, he accomplished 120 hours of operational flying over the glacier.

On 21 Sep 87, Flying Officer Srivastava was on duty at the Base Camp for an immediate requirement at one of the posts in the forward area which was under heavy enemy fire. He immediately flew his machine to the heavy fire prone area and provided all possible support to the affected soldiers at the post. His task included troop induction, supply of communication and rations of the brave soldiers at the post, which is at an elevation of 19,250 feet and an average surface temperature of -10ºC to -15ºC. During his relentless part-icipation in operation VAJRA SHAKTI lasting six days, the pilot under took 51 sorties to this area of operation. On these days he flew from sunrise to sunset oblivious of his own personal manner. In this limited area of operation, where at least eight of mind and undertook the mission with commendable leadership and courage. Neither the enemy artillery shelling, nor flying fatigue or high altitude or sub - zero temperatures could interfere with his will and determination to complete the assigned mission.

For his exceptional devotion to duty and exemplary leadership and courage in the face of enemy artillery fire, the President is pleased to award Yuddh Seva Medal to Flying Officer Ajai Prakash Srivastava.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1988 Number: 

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Fg Offr Ajay Massand 17730 F(P)Unit : No.114 Helicopter Unit  Award Date 26 Jan 88 Announced 26 Jan 88
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Flying Officer Ajay Massand has been on the posted strength of one of the Helicopter units of Air Force with effect from 09 Dec 85. He has been participating in OPS MEGHDOOT for the past two years.

Flying Officer Massand has a total of 1320 hours of service flying to his credit. He has flown 720 sorties towards Ops Meghdoot in a relatively short span of one year and ten months in the unit. During one month, he did 104 hours of operational flying over the glacier.

On 23 Sep 87 when Flying Officer Massand was called upon to perform duty at the base Camp for an immediate requirement at one of the posts at a towards area which was under heavy enemy fire, he immediately took the decision of flying his unarmed machine to this heavy fire prone area and provide all possible support to our affected soldiers at the post. His task included troop induction, supply of ammunitions and ration to brave soldiers at the post which was at an elevation of 19,250 feet and an average surface temperature of -12ºC to -15ºC. During his relentless participation in operation 'VAJRA SHAKTI' which lasted for six continuous days, the pilot undertook 48 sorties to this particular helipad which was under heavy enemy shelling. On these days he flew from sunrise to sunset oblivious of his own fatigue and completed whatever task was assigned to him in an exemplary manner. In this limited area of operation where at least eight helicopters were operating at a time, the pilot maintained his presence of mind and undertook the mission with exemplary leader ship and courage. Neither the artillery shelling from enemy nor flying fatigue or high altitude or sub-zero temperatures could deter him from achieving the assigned mission.

For his exceptional devotion to duty and exemplary leadership and courage in the face of enemy artillery fire, the President is pleased to award Yuddh Seva Medal to Flying Officer Ajay Massand.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1988 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Kunwar Jai Singh 13799 F(P)Unit : No.125 Helicopter Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 88 Announced 26 Jan 88
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Squadron Leader K Jai Singh (13799) F(P) of a helicopter Squadron has been on active duty with the Squadron Detachment while operating from Palali airfield in the Op Pawan area.

On 10 and 11 Apr 88, Squadron Leader Jai Singh was detailed as Captain of an Akbar aircraft to provide offensive support to a company of the Army engaged in search and combing operations in the Vavuniya Jungles. The targets on both occasions were in a densely forested area, devoid of any landmarks. Squadron Leader Jai Singh successfully engaged the designated targets on both these occasions with pinpoint accuracy. On one of the occasions, heavy ground fire was also encountered by him. However, unmindful of his own safety, Squadron Leader Jai Singh continued with his mission with single minded determination and achieved the desired results.

For his professional skill, courage and determination in the face of enemy threat, as also excellence of marksmanship, the President is pleased to award Yuddh Seva Medal to Squadron Leader K Jai Singh.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1988 Number: 

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Flt Lt Vidya Sagar Bharati 16611 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 89 Announced 26 Jan 89
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Flight Lieutenant Vidyasagar Bharti (16611) F (P) is posted t a helicopter unit as staff pilot since Dec 86. The Officer, while officiating as Flight Commander showed excellent organizing ability in consistently accomplishing the massive goals. He carried out versatile flying missions with great efficiency.

On 20 Jul 87, the unit was assigned a task to position two helicopters at Sulur for impending Sri Lanka Operations. The helicopters reached Bombay on 21st evening. On 22 Jul enroute weather between Bombay to Goa was of low clouds, rain and low visibility. Realising the Importance and urgency of mission, the officer took judicious risk and flew through this weather in patches of nil visibility and positioned the helicopter at Sulur on time. In Sri Lanka, the officer showed exceptional skill, mental and physical endurance and remained on alert for 40 days and successfully carried out 102 missions by day and 4 missions by night. On the evening of 7th Nov. 87 while on a special Heliborne operation mission to Marathama to Marathama madam, the helicopter being Captained by Flt Lt Bharti came under heavy rebel fire. Despite being aware of the battle damage to the helicopter and being aware of the hazards, Flt Lt Bharti continued and accomplished the mission at grave personal risk by sheer courage and dedication of duty.

Flt Lt Bharti repeatedly showed selfless devotion to service, exemplary courage and professional excellence in keeping with the highest traditions of the Air Force. For his outstanding efforts and achievements and distinguished service of an exceptional order, the President is pleased to award Yuddh Seva Medal to Flt Lt Bharti.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1989 Number: 

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Gp Capt Pradip Bhagat 7412 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 90 Announced 26 Jan 90
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Group Captain Pradip Bhagat, VSM took over as Base Cdr Vavuniya Srillanka on 14 Nov 88 and served in that capacity upto 09 Feb 89. During this period of just under three months, the Base organization underwent revolutionary changes for the better and inter service relations reached a level of exceptionally high order. He managed to achieve spectacular improvements notwithstanding on going intense operations against militants including a possibility of evacuating Vayuniya airfield.

The area where AF Base Organisation was located had to be raised by a few inches, proper drainage provided and some areas black topped/cemented. All this was achieved by Gp Capt Bhagat in a matter of just two months.

For his dynamism, capacity for hard work and professionalism of a very high order, the President is pleased to award Yuddh Seva Medal to Gp Capt Pradip Bhagat.

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

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Gp Capt Harpal Singh Ahluwalia 9821 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 90 Announced 26 Jan 90
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Group Captain Harpal Singh Ahluwalia VM was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 16 Oct 65. in Jul 87, he was entrusted with the responsibility of raising a new Mi-17 Helicopter unit.

Within a week of the formation of the unit, Gp Capt Ahluwalia led a detachment to Sri Lanka for OP PAWAN. Gp Capt Ahluwalia led his helicopters in heliborne operations around Jaffna Peninsula and deeper into the jungles of Vavuniya, opening up the area for Indian troops. In Sep 87, his unit was inducted for OP MEGHDOOT and took on the brunt of the task when Pakistan attacked in the Siachen Glacier. Gp Capt Ahluwalia also carried out an emergency relief operation for 600 Border Road laboureres stranded in freak snow storms in Bara-La-Chala in Himachal Pradesh during Oct 87.

Gp Capt Ahluwalia's professional skill and his leadership qualities enabled his unit to win both the best Overall performance Helicopter Unit Trophy for 1987-88 and the IAF Flight Safety Trophy for the Best Helicopter unit for 1988-89.

For his exceptional devotion to duty, dynamic leadership and especially for his operational work in OP PAWAN and OP MEGHDOOT, the President is pleased to award Yuddh Seva Medal to Gp Capt Harpal Singh Ahluwalia VM.

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

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Wg Cdr V Kumar 8386 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 90 Announced 26 Jan 90
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Wing Commander Vijay Kumar was a detachment Commander of four Mi-17 helicopter element in Sri Lanka since 15 Jun 1989.

On the night of 15/16 Jul 89, within minutes of the receipt of a message that an IPKF convoy had been ambushed by LTTE militants causing heavy casualties, Wg Cdr Vijay Kumar took off for the rescue mission. He undertook the hazardous task of executing a night landing at a helipad with totally inadequate night landing facility and that too in an area infested with LTTE militants. By his exceptional professional skill, Wg Cdr Vijay Kumar executed a safe night landing surrounded by tall trees and power lines and lit only by the head beam of a solitary vehicle. Under his leadership, the detachment executed each and every mission with full success, maximum safety and clock work precision. The detachment also continued to maintain an envious record of one hundred percent serviceability.

For his devotion to duty and exceptional professionalism, the President is pleased to award Yuddh Seva medal to Wg Cdr Vijay Kumar.

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

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Wg Cdr Ramamoorthy Vijay Kumar 10918 F(P)Unit : No.44 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 90 Announced 26 Jan 90
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Wing Commander Ramamoorthy Vijay Kumar was attached to Air Force Element of the IPKF since Oct 87.

Wg Cdr Kumar has been actively involved in flying duties in connection with the Indian Forces in Srilanka (OP PAWAN). He and his crew were involved in the initial buildup of forces in Jaffna in early Oct 87. They operated for eight consecutive days without adequate rest, airlifting artillery and tanks to Jaffna and Trincomalee. It was due to his personal rapport with the local Army and airport authorities that the aircrew could be provided with some sort of administrative support at the airfields. During Oct 87, Wg Cdr Kumar flew a total of 73 hours on Gajraj aircraft in connection with various aspects of the operations.

For his devotion to duty, excellent professionalism and ability to inspire his colleagues in adverse conditions, the President is pleased to award Yuddh Seva Medal to Wg Cdr RV Kumar

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

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Wg Cdr Vikram Singh Ranawat 12390 F(P)Unit : No.125 Helicopter Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 90 Announced 26 Jan 90
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Wing Commander Vikram Singh Ranawat was commanding one of the Helicopter Squadrons since 28 Nov 87.

He was serving with the Air Force Element of the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka. On 04 Jan 88, Para Commandos were helilanded in a Special Heliborne Operation in the area of Mulaitivu. The officer was detailed to escort the mission in an Akbar. One team of Para Commandos encountered deadly enemy fire and asked for close air support. In spite of heavy ground fire, Wg Cdr Ranawat carried out repeated front gun and rocket attacks on enemy position with great accuracy. While carrying out attacks, he contacted a Chetak Helicopter at Mulaitivu to evacuate the casualties. The officer continued the suppressive fire keeping enemy pinned down and made it possible for the Chetak to evacuate three casualties safely.

For his gallant actions in the face of enemy, the President is pleased to award Yuddh Seva Medal to Wg Cdr VS Ranawat.

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

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Flt Lt Sanjay Mittal 16773 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 90 Announced 26 Jan 90
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Flight Lieutenant Sanajy Mittal has been on the posted strength of one of the Helicopter units since 22 Dec 86.

He was first among the few pilots from the unit to join the Indian Peace keeping Force in Oct 87. During the hostilities in Jaffna, the officer flew 21 missions, both day and night. The unit moved to its new location in February and ever since, the officer continuously participated in various operations like troop induction/deinduction, casualty evacuation, logistic support etc, under extremely hostile conditions and unfamiliar terrain. While carrying out operation in areas vulnerable to enemy fire, his professional handling instilled confidence amongst other crew.

For his flying effort, dedication and devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Yuddh Seva Medal to Flt Lt Sanjay Mittal.

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

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Flt Lt Amrinder Singh Gill 17317 F(P)Unit : No.153 Helicopter Unit  Award Date 26 Jan 90 Announced 26 Jan 90
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Flight Lieutenant Amrinder Singh Gill has been posted to one of the Helicopter Units since 15 Dec 86.

Flt Lt Amrinder Singh Gill was amongst the first from the unit to join IPKF. The officer has flown over 700 missions logging 350 hrs under the most hazardous and hostile conditions. Flt Lt Amrinder Singh Gill has undertaken the widest variety of operations in the operation PAWAN, ranging from the most dreaded troop induction to air maintenance and the most daring casualty evacuations by day and night. Flt Lt Amrinder Singh Gill with his ability to remain cool in the face of ever elusive enemy had constant ground fire, is an example of the ultimate in professionalism.

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

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Flt Lt Naveen Tanwar 17461 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 90 Announced 26 Jan 90
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Flight Lieutenant Naveen Tanwar has been on the posted strength of one of the Helicopter units since 08 Dec 86. He has been operating from Jaffna in support of Indian Peace Keeping Force since Dec 87.

Flt Lt Tanwar continued to stay at the operational area till the unit moved to its new location. He flew over 650 missions amounting to over 300 hrs over an extremely hostile terrain. Undeterred by the hostile conditions, Flt Lt Tanwar carried out his duties with efficiency and great courage while spending more than 180 days on the island. He has displayed exceptional professionalism and dedication to service by evacuating the casualties. Though young in service and relatively inexperienced, he showed determination and grit of a very high order.

For his professional skill, devotion to duty and distinguished service of high order, the President is pleased to award Yuddh Seva Medal to Flt Lt Naveen Tanwar.

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

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Flt Lt Ashish Mokashi 17473 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 90 Announced 26 Jan 90
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Flight Lieutenant Ashish Mokashi has been on the posted strength of one of the Helicopter units since 08 Oct 86.

Flt Lt Mokashi was amongst the first to join the IPKF in Oct 87. He flew over 550 missions and 300 hrs as a part of the IPKF. In the hostile conditions, he flew various missions like troop induction/de-induction, resupply, air maintenance, casualty evacuation, armed missions etc. with great alacrity and professional zeal. Even when flying was very demanding and extensive, Flt Lt Mokashi never lost his cool and carried out his task with courage, accuracy and professional excellence. Through his actions, Flt Lt Mokashi proved himself to be a dedicated and a fearless professional who had kept the interest of his country and service foremost.

For his outstanding efforts and achievements, the President is pleased to award Yuddh Seva Medal to Flt Lt Ashish Mokashi.

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

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Wg Cdr Mahendra Goli 12238 F(P)Unit : No.114 Helicopter Unit  Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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Wg Cdr Mahendra Goli is posted as Commanding Officer of one of the Air Force Helicopter Units since 17 Jul 89.

The Unit's operational task is primarily in the Siachen Glacier where helipads are in the region of 19000 ft to 23000 ft density altitude. The helipads are exposed to frequent enemy shelling and the Cheetah helicopter flies in most inhospitable terrain on extremes of flight envelop.

Wg Cdr Goli immediately after taking over the unit, involved himself in the operational training of U/T pilots who were declared fully operational in the shortest possible time to undertake Air Maintenance task at Amar, Sonam and Zulu, the most difficult helipads in the Glacier. The officer has 5830 hrs of accident/incident-free flying record to his credit.

On 03 July 90, one Cheetah helicopter force-landed at Amar helipad at an altitude of 19,000' above MSL. The helicopter required an engine change without which it was not possible to retrieve the helicopter. It also necessitated taking an engine (wt 200 kg) to Amar whereas the normal load as per SOP vary from 25 Kgs to 75 Kgs during the season. Wg Cdr Goli master minded the whole exercise of transporting the serviceable engine, change and fly the helicopter out of Amar at the earliest. Probably this was the first time after an engine change a helicopter has been flown out from 19,000' (23,000' density altitude).

For his high professional standards, deft planning, exceptional imagination, devotion to duty and exemplary bravery, the President is pleased to award Yuddh Seva Medal to Wg Cdr Mahendra Goli.

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

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Sqn Ldr Neti Shivaram Krishna 16818 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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Flt Lt Neti Shiv Ram Krishna has been on the posted strength of one of the Helicopter Units since 12 Jul 89.

Flt Lt Krishna was the detachment Commander of the Mi-8 detachment at Tri-ncomallee. On the morning of 14 Sep 89, he was given the task of induction of troops immediately into the jungles near Kattukulam in order to take on the LTTE militants hiding in these jungles in heavy concentrations. There was only a very small clearing where landing could be undertaken with great difficulty. Anticipating that troops may be required to be landed in large numbers, Flt Lt Krishna decided in consultation with the army officer on board, to land at another lake bed (Kattukulam), about 2 Kms north-west of the designated landing zone.

On the night of 14 Sep 89, Flt Lt Krishna who in anticipation, had kept his helicopter in readiness for casualty evacuation was given the task to evacuate some casualties who were seriously wounded from Kattukulum area. The mission entailed flying on a dark night with marginal weather. He executed the landing with tremendous skill, professional ability and courage, putting down the helicopter in a clearing barely sufficient for the helicopter and covered by ditches.

For his exemplary courage, dedication to duty, judgment, professional excellence and sense of involvement, the President is pleased to award Yuddh Seva Medal to Flt Lt Neti Shiv Ram Krishna.

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

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Flt Lt Chandra Singh 17325 F(P)Unit : No.114 Helicopter Unit  Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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Flt Lt Chandra Singh has been on posted strength of one of the Helicopter Units in Air Force since 20 Jun 88.

In his short service career of 6½ years, this young and keen flier has carried out 2550 hours of accident/incident free helicopter flying.

During his tenure in the unit, Flt Lt Chandra Singh has flown over 2400 sorties exclusively in the Siachen Glacier, to the highest helipads in the world like Amar, Sonam and Zulu, where the density altitude ranges from 18000 ft to 23000 ft. Operations to these helipads which are in very close proximity to enemy locations is invariably similar to war like conditions due to frequent enemy shelling/fire.

He had undertaken around 2400 hazardous missions to deliver vital supplies like ammunitions, rations, medicines and evacuating serious casualties to/from our highest helipads under heavy enemy shelling and at times in adverse weather conditions.

In recognition of his exemplary courage and exceptional devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Yuddh Seva Medal to Flt Lt Chandra Singh.

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

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Flt Lt Pradeep Gupta 17349 F(P)Unit : No.152 Helicopter Unit  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Flight Lieutenant Pradeep Gupta has been on the posted strength of one of the Air Force Helicopter Units since 02 Jun 90.

The operational task of the unit is to primarily to fly sorties in support of ground forces to Siachen Glacier where helipads are located at the height of 16,000 ft and above.

ON 05 Jul 90, Flt Lt Gupta carried out ten sorties in the Siachen Glacier area. Undaunted by the fatigue due to previous sorties as well as the natural hardship of operating in oxygenthin high altitude, the officer willingly took off for the eleventh sortie of the day. The destination this time was the Chandan helipad located at 16500 ft above MSL and is a serious challenge to the professional skill and courage of a pilot.

While approaching the helipad, the enemy fired a missile which missed his helicopter. Considering the advantageous position of the enemy, he was most vulnerable target. It required exceptional courage and years of motivation to retrieve the ac from a dangerous situation. Already at low altitude, the office initiated a descending turn to manoeuvre the helicopter in a direction away from the range of enemy missiles. Descending to ultra low level, he effectively avoided enemy missiles. Amidst the enemy shelling of Chandan helipad and missiles fired at his helicopter, Flt Lt Gupta intelligently pulled the helicopter out of the range of enemy fire.

For his distinguished service of a high order under most trying conditions in a warlike situation, the President is pleased to award Yuddh Seva Medal to Flt Lt Pradeep Gupta.

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

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Wg Cdr Narendra Kumar Upadhyay 12779 F(P)Unit : UNSOM  Award Date 26 Jan 95 Announced 26 Jan 95
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As Commanding Officer of Indian Air Force Element of United Nations Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM-II) during 1993-94 Wg Cdr NK Upadhya with his leadership, administrative acumen and professionalism ensured that all his helicopters were hundred percent airworthy at all times. He achieved this by ensuring a very high standard of maintenance in adverse conditions existing in Somalia. The environment is dusty and humid with a very high salt content. There being no proper airfield or hangars, the helicopters are perforce parked in the open. Wing Commander Upadhya evolved cost effective procedures, thereby bringing down the running cost of helicopter operations considerably.

On 15 March 1994, at 1030 h Wing Commander Upadhya was directed to render assistance to an Indian convoy which was under heavy fire from Somali militia near Wanle Wyne. On reaching the area, he could not find any suitable landing site in the proximity of the convoy. He decided to attempt a landing on the narrow dusty road behind the convoy, the area in which the firing was continuing. Displaying utmost dexterity in flying skill, professionalism and courage, he safely landed the helicopter. He was asked to evacuate five critically wounded Somali militiamen. He quickly assimilated and assessed the situation, and directed another helicopter flying in the area to divert to the site. He got air borne and provided fire cover making it safe for the other helicopter to land. Wasting no time, Wing Commander Upadhya landed, took two casualties on board his helicopter and evacuated them in good time to Indian Hospital at Baidoa. For this exemplary courage and leadership, Wing Commander Upadhya has earned a good name for the Indian contingent amongst the contingents of other 32 nations forming UNOSOM-II.

For exceptional bravery and distinguished service of high order rendered with UNOSOMII in Somalia, the President is pleased to award 'Yudh Seva Medal' to Wg Cdr Narendra Kumar Upadhaya.

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

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Wg Cdr Dilip Dinkar Mandpe 13937 F(P)Unit : No.114 Helicopter Unit  Award Date 26 Jan 95 Announced 26 Jan 95
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In August 1992 Wing Commander Dilip Dinkar Mandpe as Commanding Officer of a helicopter unit was tasked to undersling a snow scooter to one of the forward posts at an altitude of 16,700' AMSL. If the snow scooter had not been airlifted the post would have had to be abandoned in winter and this would have meant a great setback to Op Meghdoot. Realising the gravity of the situation Wg Cdr Mandpe undertook the sortie personally and accomplished the mission successfully.

During this period Wg Cdr Mandpe has flown over 350 captain hrs evacuating several causalities and carrying vital stores in the Siachin glacier under trying conditions and constant threat of enemy small arms fire, artillery shelling and the surface-to-air missiles. The most notable casualty evacuation carried out by Wg Cdr Mandpe was on 08 Apr 1993 when the Air Force was asked to evacuate five casualties from Sonam post. Under adverse weather conditions and visibility just 500 meters, Wg Cdr Mandpe successfully brought out the casualties in two sorties.

In addition to this impressive effort, he has been instrumental in imparting operational training and undertaking clearance of the unit pilots in the 'Op Meghdoot' area. His personal involvement has ensured a very high percentage of unit pilots being fully operational in this area.

For distinguished service of high order in 'Op Meghdoot' area of operations, the President is pleased to award the 'Yudh Seva Medal' to Wg Cdr Dilip Dinkar Mandpe.

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

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Sqn Ldr Prashant Eknath Patange 17706 F(P)Unit : UNSOM II  Award Date 26 Jan 95 Announced 26 Jan 95
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Squadron Leader PE Patange as a member of Indian Air Force Element took part in the United Nations Operations in Somalia (UNOSOM-II) for flying duties during October 1993.

On 15 March 1994 at 1145 hrs Sqn Ldr Patange was returning from Mogadishu after completion of a United Nations' mission. He was directed on radio to divert and render assistance to an Indian convoy which was involved in heavy exchange of fire with Somali militia near Wanle Wyne.

Sqn Ldr Patange quickly assimilated the situation and flew the helicopter directly to the site. There was no suitable landing ground in the proximity of the site and heavy firing was continuing. Sqn Ldr Patange, displaying utmost courage and professionalism, landed the helicopter, under fire, on a narrow dusty road behind the convoy. On landing, he was tasked to evacuate to Baidoa, a Somali militia man who was critically wounded in the heavy exchange of fire and was unconscious. An Irish doctor who was accompanying the convoy was also taken on board to take care of the casualty during the flight. While flying towards Baidoa the casualty regained consciousness and became violent posing a grave threat to the crew and the occupants of the helicopter. Sqn Ldr Patange, despite the danger to himself and his crew, kept his cool and handled the situation with exemplary courage. He safely landed the helicopter at Baidoa and handed over the casualty to the Indian Field Hospital. This gallant act of Sqn Ldr Patange has brought a good name to the Indian contingent and enhanced the image of India amongst contingents of other 32 nations which are a part of UNOSOM-II.

For distinguished service of high order while serving with UNOSOM-II in Somalia, the President is pleased to award 'Yudh Seva Medal' to Sqn Ldr Prashant Eknath Patange.

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

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Gp Capt Mathews Kurrhikobil Joseph 13393 F(P)Unit : AFA Awantipura  Award Date 15 Aug 99 Announced 15 Aug 99
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Group Captain Kurrhi Kombil Joseph Mathews (13393) Flying (Pilot) has been the Commanding Officer of Air Force Station Awantipur since 22 Jun, 98.

Gp Captain Mathews correctly anticipated that Awantipur airbase would become a focal point for the air operations against the Pakistani intruders in Kargil Sector. On his own initiative he brought the Station to a high state of readiness and when the orders to adopt precautionary measures arrived, his Station was fully mobilised. His resourcefulness and initiative enabled incoming forces to attain combat readiness in less than stipulated periods. His leadership synergised the entire team and many innovations emerged to optimise available resources of men and material.

He conducted briefings and ensured that high levels of motivation were maintained and when air strikes were ordered, on 26 May 99. MiG-29 and MiG-21 forces under his command gave excellent account of themselves. His continued involvement with aircraft preparation, launch and recovery, ensured a high combat tempo throughout the operations. His personal involvement inspired the rest. Gp Capt Mathews con-tributed significantly to the success of air operations in the Kargil Sector.

For distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is please to award 'Yudh Seva Medal' to Gp Capt KJ Mathews

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 15 Aug 1999 Number: 

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Gp Capt Arvind Ramachandra Oak 14103 F(P)Unit : Jammu & Kashmir  Award Date 15 Aug 99 Announced 15 Aug 99
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Group Captain Arvind Ramchandra Oak (14103-G) Flying (Pilot) has been on the posted strength of HQ AOC J&K upto 04 Jul 99 and on attachment to, Air Force Station Srinagar thereafter upto 19 Jul 99.

On the assumption that combat elements of the IAF would be employed to evict the Pakistani intruders in Kargil area, Gp Capt Oak was ordered to Srinagar as the mission planner and coordinator on 22 May 99. He quickly established a viable system of detailed joint planning with his Army counterparts and drew up practical procedures for strike and air defence missions. His incisive and indepth briefings enabled participating aircrew to clearly understand mission profiles and objectives. Once the Air Force operations began on 26 May 99, he ensured an effective debrief methodology so that tactics could be refined or altered to meet emergent situations. The clarity of reports rendered by him enabled higher Headquarters in optimal resource exploitation and decision making.

Group Captain Oak worked with total devotion throughout his stay at Srinagar and his contribution towards the success of air operations has been extremely significant.

For distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Yudh Seva Medal' to Gp Capt AR Oak.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 15 Aug 1999 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Sunderraman Neelakantan 15184 F(P)Unit : No.1 Squadron  Award Date 15 Aug 99 Announced 15 Aug 99
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Wing Commander Sunderraman Neelakantan (15184) F (P) is in command of 1 Squadron AF and was operating from 7 Wing, AF wef 26 May 99 for 'Op Safed Sagar'.

The officer is a true professional, who works hard and runs his Sqn effectively. This professionalism is evident in the manner in which the unit goes about doing its allotted tasks. The Sqn was inducted and relocated at short notice on deployment. This task was accomplished smoothly, and since then, the Sqn. has been able to meet all operational tasks given to it. This involved rapid and frequent role changes, and launching of missions at extremely short notices.

The officer displays total dedication and devotion to duty, and takes pride in whatever he does. He is a bold and dynamic Commanding Officer, who leads from the front. He managed his manpower and resources effectively in order to conduct round the clock operations. His courage is evident from the fact that within six weeks, he had already flown 47 operational missions. The missions involved provided day/ night fighter escort to our strike formations during 'Op Safed Sager'. Many of these missions were flown in extremely poor/marginal weather conditions, where he also displayed personal flying skills of a high order.

For his professionalism, leadership and courage displayed in the face of the enemy, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Yudh Seva Medal' to Wg Cdr Sunderraman Neelakantan.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 15 Aug 1999 Number: 

Yudh Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Birendra Singh Dhanoa 15405 F(P)Unit : No.17 Squadron  Award Date 15 Aug 99 Announced 15 Aug 99
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Wg Cdr BS Dhanoa (15405-L) F(P) is the Commanding Officer of MiG-21 Squadron and has been on the posted strength since 31 Mar 97.

His unit was tasked to carry out Fighter Recce missions only. Such missions were carried out professionally during the initial days of the operation. After IAF changed over to Medium Altitude Level Attacks, he volunteered to carry out bombing attacks, even though his unit is not earmarked for ground attack missions. In a record time, he changed the configuration of his aircraft to bombing role. He led from the front and the professional leadership that he displayed resulted in very accurate bombing attacks on the enemy. Under his able guidance and supervision the Squadron attained a high standard of professionalism and operational efficiency. This officer has been in command for the past two years. The motivations, high standard of professionalism and the eagerness to undertake missions by all the pilots in the Squadron is due to the correct direction and leadership provided by him as Commanding Officer. The Squadron maintained two detachments during the activation and the Squadron achieved 100% serviceability.

He provided inspirational leadership and was instrumental in ensuring success during this operation. He motivated his team to undertake night strike missions, even though they were not trained for it. He was actively involved in day as well as low altitude night bombing. He coordinated operational, administrative and technical aspects facilitating the Squadron to undertake the various roles it was tasked with.

For his professionalism, inspiring leadership, hard work and exceptional devotion to his job during operations in Kargil sector, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Yudh Seva Medal' to Wg Cdr BS Dhanoa.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 15 Aug 1999 Number: 

Yudh Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Sandip Sud 15685 F(P)Unit : No.223 Squadron  Award Date 15 Aug 99 Announced 15 Aug 99
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Wing Commander Sandip Sud (15685) Flying (Pilot) was the Commanding Officer of MiG-29 Squadron. He handed over the command of the Sqn on 18 Jun 99.

The Sqn was inducted to Air Force Station Awantipur on 13 May 99 under his command. During Operation Safed Sagar, he actively planned and trained his Squadron personnel for air operations. It was his leadership, dedication and sincerity that brought up the Squadron to very high standards of professionalism. He was instrumental in formulating new tactics of Area Cap for the requirement of providing Air Defence cover to Strike missions in the target area. These tactics proved to be most effective deterrent against enemy aircraft resulting in air superiority in the target area. He ensured brainstorming and debrief sessions to evolve better tactics for Air Defence of the target area. As a sincere professional pilot, he himself volunteered to undertake important missions, thus setting an example to all the pilots of the Sqn. He flew 15 missions during Operation Safed Sagar.

For his professionalism, leadership, exceptional devotion and outstanding work, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Yudh Seva Medal' to Wg Cdr Sandip Sud.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 15 Aug 1999 Number: 

Yudh Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Sandeep Chabbra 16032 F(P)Unit : No.7 Squadron  Award Date 15 Aug 99 Announced 15 Aug 99
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Wing Commander Sandeep Chhabra (16032-K) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned on 15 Jun 1980 in the Flying Branch of IAF. He is a Fighter Combat Leader, has been a Directing Staff at Combat Training School and a graduate of Defence Service Staff College.

On 03 May 99, Wg Cdr Chhabra was appointed Commanding Officer of a Mirage2000 Squadron. During Op Rakshak, he undauntingly faced the challenges put forth by a determined enemy in Kargil sector by leading a combat Sqn in a type of operations never experienced by the unit before. Under his command new tactics and procedures were evolved and utilised most gainfully.

Wg Cdr Chhabra flew 36 operational missions of which five were live bombing missions. He led his unit in operations by rare example and from the front. Under his command his Squadron flew 142 operational sorties in the Kargil Sector, releasing 225 bombs of various tonnage and eight state of the art laser guided bombs, effectively destroying numerous enemy targets.

On 08 Jul 99, Wg Cdr Chhabra was detailed to carry out an attack on enemy camp with 6 x 1000 lb bombs. Despite being threatened by three Surface to Air Missiles, fired at him, he continued with the attack successfully destroying the assigned target. On 10 Jul 99 Wg Cdr Chhabra was tasked to destroy enemy targets at Point 4388. While he was rolling into the attack, enemy aircraft were reported in the vicinity by own Air Defence Escorts. Despite the presence of an airborne threat and launching of a Surface to Air Missile in the dive, he successfully carried out an accurate attack totally destroying the target.

Wg Cdr S Chhabra, with his personal involvement, leadership and dedication inspired his unit in the successful destruction of numerous enemy targets thereby minimising attrition to our own forces as also shortening the duration of Kargil conflict.

For distinguished Service of most exceptional order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Yudh Seva Medal' to Wg Cdr Sandeep Chhabra.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 15 Aug 1999 Number: 

Yudh Seva Medal
Gp Capt Bijender Singh Siwach 12413 F(P)Unit : UNAMSIL  Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Group Captain Bijender Singh Siwach AVSM VM (12413) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the IAF on 13 Jun 70 and has been the Commander of IAF contingent Sierra Leone-2000, UNAMSIL since 15 Mar 2000.

Gp Capt BS Siwach, an outstanding officer and an exceptional flier, has more than 6000 hours of accident/incident free flying to his credit. He is an A-2 qualified flying instructor, graduate of Defence Services Staff College and has had eminently successful tenure as Commanding Officer, Mi-8 and Mi- 17 units and Station Commander, Air Force Station, Sarsawa. He is a recipient of 'Vayu Sena Medal' and 'Ati Vishisht Seva Medal' for distinguished service of exceptional order.

A Joint Army-Air Force operation named 'Op Khukri' was launched on 15 Jul 2000 to rescue 22 Indian Troops and 11 Military Observers of United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone, from the Clutches of Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels. Gp Capt BS Siwach was actively involved in the joint planning of the operation right from the conception phase and contributed immensely towards providing round the clock effective air support for the operation. The officer ensured the execution of the entire air operation in a very professional and daring manner. Under his dynamic leadership, the IAF Contingent helicopters flew 108 sorties/66.55 hours under extremely adverse weather conditions over most inhospitable hilly and thickly forested terrain in the face of the threat from the rebels. His very close monitoring and control of the air operation helped a great deal towards the most needed swiftness without compromising the safety of contingent air assets. Gp Capt BS Siwach ensured a very effective and continuous air umbrella over the area of operations which was instrumental in the grand success of the Op Khukri, in the shortest possible time of less than two days.

For his distinguished service of a high order under operational conditions, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Yudh Seva Medal' to Group Captain Bijender Singh Siwach.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2001 Number: 

Yudh Seva Medal
Gp Capt Kulwant Singh Gill 15220 F(P)Unit : MONUC  Award Date 26 Jan 05 Announced 26 Jan 05
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Group Captain Kulwant Singh Gill VM (15220) Flying (Pilot) has been the Contingent Commander of the Indian Aviation Contingent (IAC), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since 14 Aug 2003.

Gp Capt Gill has displayed professionalism of a very high order as Commander of the largest IAF contingent ever sent on a UN Peace Keeping Operation under hostile and operational conditions. The officer's judgment of situations in an alien and hostile environment enabled him to develop a concept of operations that has earned accolades from all echelons of the UN. Under his leadership, in the last ten months, the Contingent has flown over 2000 hrs, which has been a key factor in the expansion of the UN's ambit from a few urban centres to a continuous swath of approximately 1000 km along the eastern DRC.

He was instrumental in the recovery of a crash-landed Mi-25 that was resting precariously on a down slope. The officer camped on site and personally led recovery of the helicopter in spite of the volatile security situation. After safe recovery of the aircraft, he flew it back to base without any outside support.

While continuing to accomplish the UN task with flair, the Indian Contingent has also earned a lot of goodwill from the local Congolese population. He has organised numerous medical and food camps for benefit of the local populace. The “Run for Peace", organised by the Contingent, saw participation of thousands of Congolese and was widely appreciated. The high degree of discipline and professionalism displayed by the Contingent has also come in for praise from all quarters. The Force Commander of the UN Mission in Congo has gone on record stating that IAC was a model worth emulating and urged Commanders of all participating countries to visit it. The officer has thus continually portrayed a befitting image of the Nation and the Service at an international forum.

For his exemplary display of professionalism and dedication to duty under operational conditions, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Yudh Seva Medal' to Group Captain Kulwant Singh Gill VM.

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

Yudh Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Sunil Kumar 17713 F(P)Unit : MONUC  Award Date 26 Jan 05 Announced 26 Jan 05
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Wing Commander Sunil Kumar (17713) Flying (Pilot) is the Commanding Officer of IAF Squadron 2003, part of the Indian Air Force Contingent in Congo since 01 Aug 2003.

A firm believer in leading by example, he has always been at the forefront, be it in Goma or in Bunia. It was Wg Cdr Sunil Kumar, whose first shots from Mi-25 in the Congo firmly established the hold of MONUC in Congo. The much abused town of Bunia was in danger of falling into chaos in the early days of MONUC. Hundreds of militia were moving towards the town. A few well placed shots by Wg Cdr Sunil Kumar demonstrated the strength of MONUC's will, and the entire province returned to peace.

He has participated in several challenging missions, wherein he had to open fire on hostile militia. Time and again, without concern for his personal safety, he has engaged or deterred the militia. In the process, he has also managed to save valuable UN lives as well as property. As a Commanding Officer he has also been an inspiration of the highest order to both his aircrew as well as the rank and file of the Mi-25 Sqn. The recent restoration of peace in Ituri region is attributed by MONUC to relentless combat operations of Mi-25 detachment at Bunia under the guidance of Wg Cdr S Kumar. It is a testimony to his leadership and managerial skills that in spite of operating from two different locations, 400 km apart, the Squadron has performed exceedingly well and is always held in high esteem by the MONUC. Such may not have been the case without the hard work, dedication and omnipresence of Wg Cdr S Kumar.

For his motivating, efficient and result oriented leadership, which has helped to establish the Mi-25 Sqn as the most potent combat force of MONUC, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Yudh Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Sunil Kumar.

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

Yudh Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Bibhuti Kumar 18495 AEMUnit : MONUC  Award Date 26 Jan 05 Announced 26 Jan 05
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Squadron Leader Bibhuti Kumar (18495) Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) has been on the posted strength of Indian Aviation Contingent (IAC), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since 12 Jul 2003.

During the pre induction phase in India, Sqn Ldr Bibhuti Kumar was entrusted with the role of maintenance and material manager. This involved meticulous planning, forecasting and networking for collection of Helicopters, Signal, Armament and other equipment. He was also faced with the challenging task like persuading agencies, finding the source of equipment, its serviceability and safe transit to its final destination in Congo. With his sustained hard work, detailed planning and networking, all these tasks were completed successfully. His motivational approach and team spirit ensured the erection of Helicopters in eight days and setting up of maintenance facilities like Daily Servicing State (DSS), Central Repair and Servicing Section (CR & SS), Avionics Lab, Signal section in twenty days in the alien land and in hostile conditions to set the pace for safe operation. The ingenuity with which the meagre resources were optimally utilised and deployed was complemented by all.

On 08 Dec 2003 one Helicopter crashed at Fataki, a rebel infested area. This aircraft after crash was resting on a slope in a hilly area that was inundated with thick foliage. All the five main rotor blades, TRA and wing of helicopter were damaged. Sqn Ldr Bibhuti Kumar, along with a team of technicians, worked in that inhospitable terrain and trying circumstances to enable its safe recovery. After six days of hard work, the Helicopter was successfully recovered. This unimaginable feat won laurels from UN and others. To meet the maintenance challenges in this environment, Sqn Ldr Bibhuti Kumar also developed an excellent maintenance culture to get the best from the available resources. With his excellent resource management skill, he was able to achieve 85% serviceability of helicopter, average monthly flying of 250 hrs with 100 technicians.

For his professionalism and exceptional dedication to duty in active field and operational conditions, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Yudh Seva Medal' to Squadron Leader Bibhuti Kumar.

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

Yudh Seva Medal
Gp Capt Atanu Guru 16794 F(P)Unit : MONUC  Award Date 26 Jan 08 Announced 26 Jan 08
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Group Captain Atanu Guru VrC (16794) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned as a Helicopter Pilot in the flying Branch on 04 Jun 82. A Qualified Flying Instructor with over 5550 h of flying, he has commanded an operational helicopter unit and has been a Directing Staff at DSSC. He has been the Contingent Commander of the Indian Aviation Contingent at Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, and is currently the CO of the Mi-35 Attack Helicopter Sqn based at Goma, He as awarded VrC in 1990 for display of conspicuous gallantry.

On 25 Nov 06, in a swift and violent move, rebel groups occupied Sake, a town near Goma. The situation rapidly escalated adversely with Goma town itself coming under an imminent treat of being taken over by the rebels. The situation was critical, the operating conditions marginal and the resources meagre. He involved himself in the joint planning with the Indian Brigade Commander and charted a robust, yet UN sensitive operational plan, synergising mission accomplishment with basic UN ethos of proportional force, least collateral damage and no attrition. He led from the front, carrying out missions by day and night in inclement weather conditions, undeterred by hostile fire from the rebels. Manning the Operations Room while not flying, he was personally directing the pilots airborne, and monitoring every move of the attack helicopters and the ground forces. Throughout the operations, he brought his experience to bear in a critical environment where a measured, but effective response was required, ensuring that no fratricide took place. He took calculated and judicious risks in launching the missions in adverse conditions of high altitude, poor visibility and persistent spells of rain and thunderstorms. Through his deft handling of the rapidly changing situation, he ensured that the scant helicopter resources were optionally utilized to blunt the rebel offensive, both through offensive engagement and conveying crucial inputs on rebel movements to the ground forces. This demolished the game plan of the rebels and they were forced to retreat. Thus, not only did Comma remain secure, but Sake and the nearby ridges too were flushed off the rebels.

Group Captain Guru is a decorated veteran of the Indian Peace Keeping Force at Sri Lanka, where he operated a similar attack helicopter. Both MONUC and North Kivu Brigade have roundly complimented his professional acumen and the excellent synergy in operations with the Indian Army Brigade. His ability to remain focused and clam in challenging situations has indeed been exemplary.

For his steadfast resolve in face of adversity, inspirational leadership, commendable contribution too peace enforcement operations in the region, and distinguished service of a high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Yudh Seva Medal' to Group Captain Atanu Guru VrC.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2008 Number: 

The Awards Database presented here was made possible by the kind generosity of Air Marshal Bharat Kumar, author of Courage & Devotion to Duty : A Chronicle of IAF's Honours and Awards (1932-2008). Air Marshal Bharat Kumar had very graciously given permission to reproduce the citations from the book on this website.
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