|Yudh Seva Medal|
|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:|