Awards for 37 Wing


A total of 7 Awards are listed.
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Shaurya Chakra
Gp Capt Vivek Vikash Bandopadhayay 15863 F(P)Unit : 37 Wing  Award Date 26 Dec 04 Announced 15 Aug 05
Details :

On 26 December 2004, Air Force Station Carnicobar was devastated by a severe earthquake measuring 9.1 on the Richter scale, lasting for ten to fifteen minutes, followed by Tsunami waves. As the disaster struck, Group Captain Bandopadhay, unmindful of his personal safety, rushed to all accessible areas of Air Force Station exhorting and guiding people to move to safer areas. While moving around the Station , he met the CO of Helicopter unit and requested him to immediately launch a helicopter sortie. This led to prompt rescue operation and ultimately saved hundreds of lives. In the process, he also entered a submerged area to rescue a stranded child. Even as huge Tsunami waves were approaching the area, he took several women and children in his vehicle and dropped them to a safer place. In process, he was hit by the wave and washed away. He somehow managed to hold on to a tree for a couple of hours to save his life. As water receded, he continued his mission of search and rescue and providing succor to devastated people.

Throughout he displayed exemplary courage and fortitude.

Reference: Notification No. 126-Pres/2005 dated 15th August, 2005 published in Part 1, Section 1, Gazette of India dated 26th November, 2005. 

Shaurya Chakra
Sqn Ldr Pulluvallyil Raman Sudhakar Panickar 23634 EDNUnit : 37 Wing  Award Date 26 Dec 04 Announced 15 Aug 05
Details :

On 26 December 2004, Air Force Station was devastated by a severe earthquake which was followed by Tsunamis. Squadron Leader Panickar could not escape the fury and was washed away by the tidal waves. He held on for his life on a tree trunk, which was adrift for nearly an hour before reaching the safety of firm ground.

Immediately after surviving the onslaught of Tsunami waves, he organized rescue teams and started the arduous task of looking for survivors and recovering and identifying the bodies of the deceased. He personally went to several submerged areas to look for survivors. Looking for survivors in an area strewn with debris, unstable buildings, reptiles and a coastline redefined by the tsunami was a task, which required any individual to draw immensely from this internal resource of courage. Squadron Leader Sudhakar was among the very few who dared to undertake this task with total disregard for his personal safety. He subsequently organized the panic stricken surviving personnel, families and civilians into manageable groups so that a “headcount” could be carried out and medical aid/food could be distributed to those who needed it urgently. For the next few days, Squadron Leader Sudhakar took on the extremely difficult task of identification, documentation and cremation of the bodies. Handling bodies in advanced stages of decomposition is a task, which does not draw many volunteers. Squadron Leader Sudhakar was able to motivate a team of officers and airmen to assist him in this unpleasant task.

Squadron Leader Pulluvallyil Raman Sudhakar Panickar displayed exemplary courage and gallantry beyond call of duty in the face of severe adversity.

Reference: Notification No. 126-Pres/2005 dated 15th August, 2005 published in Part 1, Section 1, Gazette of India dated 26th November, 2005. 

Shaurya Chakra
Sqn Ldr Tammeneni Srinivasulu 24567 ADMUnit : 37 Wing  Award Date 26 Dec 04 Announced 15 Aug 05
Details :

On 26 December 2004, Air Force Station Carnicobar was devastated by a severe earthquake which was followed by Tsunamis. On noticing the increasing waves, Squadron Leader Tammeneni Srinivasulu, immediately started warning others and advised them to move towards the runway, as it was comparatively higher. During this process of helping others, he himself went into chest deep turbulent waters, thereby risking his own life.

After extricating himself, he started moving towards the runway when he heard some cries for help. He personally went to several submerged areas to look for survivors to help them. Looking for survivors in an area strewn with debris, unstable buildings and coastline redefined by tsunami was a task, which required any individual to draw immensely from his internal resource of courage. He re-entered the waters and rescued some of the survivors, mostly ladies and children, who were hanging on trees and moved them to the safety of high ground. After ensuring safety of the people he had rescued, he began to look for others who might still be alive. In the process, he sustained several injuries including a deep cut on his foot. Undeterred by the injuries and the turbulent waters, Squadron Leader Srinivasulu continued his search and was able to recover three bodies on the first day, before they could be washed back to the sea.

Squadron Leader Tammeneni Srinivasulu displayed exemplary moral and physical courage in the service of mankind with total disregard to his personal safety in the face of sever adversity.

Reference: Notification No. 126-Pres/2005 dated 15th August, 2005 published in Part 1, Section 1, Gazette of India dated 26th November, 2005. 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Mohan Gupta 18562 F(P)Unit : 37 Wing  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 05
Details : Wing Commander Mohan Gupta (18562) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned on 06 Dec 1986 in the IAF He is posted as a Chief Operations Officer at Air Force Station Car Nicobar with effect from 23 Jun 03. On 08 Oct 03, at 0925 h, he received a message that the Adventure Expedition at the Galathea river in the Great Nicobar Island was more than 18 hours overdue. Reacting to an emergent situation he immediately tasked the Base Helicopter Unit to launch the rescue helicopter. Ensuring no delay, the helicopter was airborne within thirty minutes of the receipt of the message with Wg Cdr Gupta as captain. On landing at Campbell Bay, even though limited details of the expedition were available with the local Detachment Commander, he and his crew worked out the possible route taken by the expedition members. He then took off for the rescue with emergency rations and medical supplies. He ensured that a proper briefing was carried out for effective and optimum crew utilisation. The entire route was in a hilly terrain with dense foliage, which made ground observation very difficult. Through initially no results were achieved he persisted with the search, effectively utilizing each member of his crew to finally spot the team twelve kilometers from their planned RV point. The team was in a deep narrow valley with tall trees ranging from 25 to 100 meters height on either side. This precluded a landing. He assessed the situation and decided to winch up the personnel. Variable winds and limited tip clearance of only five to ten meters made the task extremely demanding and challenging. Displaying a very high level of flying accuracy, concentration and crew resource management in this environment, all the fifteen members were successfully winched up. They were provided initial nourishment and brought back safely. For his exceptional devotion to duty and professional acumen in executing the rescue mission, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Wing Commander Mohan Gupta.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 9th April 2005 - No.28-Pres/2005 dated 26th January 2005 & AFD2005 Investiture  

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg Cdr Pemmaraju Maheshwar 19183 F(P)Unit : 37 Wing  Award Date 26 Dec 04 Announced 15 Aug 05
Details : Wing Commander Pemmaraju Maheshwar (19183) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of Air Force Station Carnicobar since 05 Apr 2004. On 26 Dec 2004, Air Force Station Carnicobar was devastated by a severe earthquake which was followed by Tsunamis. The house atop which Wg Cdr Maheshwar had taken refuge along with his and a few other families collapsed due to the onslaught of the tidal waves. While most of the families perished, Wg Cdr Maheshwar and his family miraculously survived suffering heavy physical injuries. After regrouping his family and placing them on a safe location, the professional in him came alive, Inspite of being badly Injured by the swirling debris, Wg Cdr Maheshwar got airborne for a short while in a Mi-8 to lake stock of the extent of devastation. From that moment onwards, despite the recently experienced trauma of witnessing the loss of colleagues and their families, Wg Cdr Maheshwar worked tirelessly to ensure that the runway and all the support services were available round the clock to facilitate evacuation of approximately 5500 personnel, families and civilians from the island of Carnicobar and also enable the unhampered ingress of relief materials. The civilians of the islands wanted to be evacuated to Port Blair. The management of this extra traffic was well regulated by his personal intervention. The runway at Carnicobar had never seen so much night flying before especially by big aircraft like IL - 76 and a large number of AN -32 aircraft. These aircraft flew on emergency lighting system as no electrical systems exist and the surrounding area was In darkness as there was no power supply. Extensive and incident free air operations took place by day and night on a rapidly deteriorating quake damaged runway surface. His personal involvement and supervision ensured'the smooth flow of traffic. Though the medical team advised complete rest to prevent aggravation of haematoma injury, Wg Cdr Maheshwar continued to maintain round the clock vigil to ensure a safe operational environment in a post calamity scenario, where most of the technical facilities were not functional. For this act of exceptional courage, selfless devotion to duty towards mankind, extraordinary physical and menial ronm^d find exemplary leadership in a natural disaster without concern for his personal loss or trauma, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)' to Wing Commander Pemmaraju Maheshwar.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 26th November 2005 - No.130-Pres/2005 dated 15th August 2005 & AFD2006 Investiture 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Sqn Ldr Satyendra Kumar 23499 F(P)Unit : 37 Wing  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 06
Details : Squadron Leader Salyendra Kuiiuir (23499) Administrative/Air Traffic Controller is on the posted strength of Air Force Station Carnicobar since 02 Feb 2004. On 26 Dec 2004, Air Force Station Carnicobar was devastated by a severe earthquake followed by Tsunami waves. Sqn Ldr Kumar reacted in the nick of time and managed to move his family to safety. Immediately thereafter, he assumed his responsibility as Senior Air Traffic Control Officer (SATCO) and took stock of the situation. Since the Air Traffic Control (ATC) structure had collapsed, he activated the ATC vehicle to act as a 'mobile ATC', On inspection of the runway he realised that only 7000 ft of runway length was available due to one end being submerged under seawaters and also the runway surface was degraded at various places. His quick assessment of the runway gave hope to everyone and evacuation was possible through fixed wing operation thus obviating a panic situation. He also was quick to realise that the working strength available to him was very minimum as many of his Air Field Safety Operators were either trapped in seawaters or were missing. Despite these constraints, he commenced providing Air Traffic Services immediately. The insecurity of the Jetties made the runway at Carnicobar the focal point for all evacuation and ingress of relief supplies. The perception amongst the civil population that the island was sinking, generated mass hysteria among them, thereby was causing a mass influx onto the airfield. The threat to safe air operations was further compounded by the rapidly deteriorating runway surface. He personally took charge of the vigil and kept the Air Traffic well regulated. A round the clock intense operation of various types of aircraft was sustained by a few personnel though most facilities were non-functional. This Herculean feat was possible by his exceptional leadership and professionalism. Sqn Ldr Satyendra Kumar while performing the duties nf Senior Air Traffic Control Officer has displayed a very high sense of responsibility, professionalism and leadership In the face of extreme adverse conditions without concern for his personal trauma or loss. For his exceptional sense of duty, The Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Squadron Leader Satyendra Kumar.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 18th March 2006 - No.30-Pres/2006 dated 26th January 2006 & AFD2006 Investiture  

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Sqn Ldr Oruganti Siva Narsimham 24296 ACCTUnit : 37 Wing  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 06
Details : Flight Lieutenant Oruganti Siva Narsimham (24296) Accounts is on the posted strength of Air Force Station Carnicobar since 05 Apr 2004. On 26 Dec 2004, Air Force Station Cnrnicohar was devastated by a several earthquakes which was followed hy Tsunamis.Flt Lt Narslmham was himself swept away hy the tidal waves as he was on the way to the officers' married quarters after the first wave struck, to advise them to move away from the area. He survived the onslaught of the tidal waves by holding on to some flotsam. After extricating himself, with total disregard to his personal safety, he immediately helped others in similar predicament to survive. Thereafter, Fit Lt Narsimham displayed exemplary initiative and leadership qualities by forming a team of airmen to help in managing the survivors who were trickling in. As the numbers grew, he took over the responsibility of maintaining discipline and order, thereby obviating any untoward incident. He also went about providing solace and comfort to the surviving personnel and their families. His meticulous and vigilant approach helped in early identification of all missing personnel and their family members. After the departure of families, Fit Lt Narsimham played a key role in stabilisation of the Air Force Station in the aftermath of the devastation. He motivated a team of personnel to work tirelessly for three days under the scorching sun to set up tented accommodation for all the personnel who would stay on at Air Force Station Carnicobar. It was an extremely well planned camp complete with messes, cookhouses and stores. Flt Lt Narsimham took over as the 'camp adjutant' and ensured that the camp was well administered. For exemplary leadership qualities and total devotion to duty without concern to personal trauma or loss, The Hon'ble President is pleased to award "Vayu Sena Medal' to Flight Lieutenant Oruganti Siva Narsimham.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 18th March 2006 - No.30-Pres/2006 dated 26th January 2006 & AFD2006 Investiture  

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