Awardee List for the 15 Wing

A total of 2 Awards are listed.
Vishist Seva Medal : 2 |
Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Rajneesh Khanna 13296 AE(L)Unit : 15 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Group Captain Rajneesh Khanna (13296) AE (L) was commissioned on 01 Jan 73 in the Engineering branch of the IAF. Since commissioning he has worked on MiG-21 aircraft, SAM III missiles and Electronic Warfare Systems. As guidance Officer in SAM III missiles he performed creditably in maintaining the weapon system and was commended for his operational prowess. He has over 1900 hours of flying experience as an Electronic Systems Operator in the only Airborne Electronic Intelligence unit of the IAF.

He was appointed Chief Engineering Officer of Air Force Station Bareilly on 10 May 99 and was responsible for planning and executing the recovery of four prolonged unserviceable MiG-21 aircraft within a short period. Consequently an average serviceability of over 80 percent for the fleet was achieved during Kargil Operations.

Despite shortage of critical spares of MiG25 aircraft, his efforts towards indigenisation of some important components and meticulous planning has ensured a high aircraft availability of 72 percent in the past one year, which bears testimony to his involvement and management skills. Similarly, the Chetak/ Cheetah fleet also achieved a record 81 percent serviceability during the same period.

His proactive approach, commitment and effective leadership has brought about a qualitative improvement in the work ethos of the maintenance organisation. Under his guidance, the station Mechanical Transport section took up major engine overhauls of a number of common user and specialist vehicles thus enhancing the confidence and skill levels of the technicians.

His technical acumen and professional skills ensured flawless performance of all technical equipment of the station during the President's Standard/Colour presentation Ceremony held at Air Force Station Bareilly in October 2000. He was responsible for excellent set up of the parade ground and seating arrangements and also ensured that all aircraft and armament stores for backdrop and display were prepared to the highest standards.

For distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Rajneesh Khanna.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2002 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Simhakutty Varthaman 13606 F(P)Unit : 15 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Group Captain Simhakutty Varthaman VM (13606) F (P) was commissioned as a fighter pilot on 09 Feb 1974. In 27 years of distinguished service the pilot has flown 26 years, and accumulated 3800 hours of flying on 30 different types of aircraft. A graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, he is an experienced test pilot and a qualified flying instructor. He was awarded the Vayu Sena Medal in 1993 for distinguished service as a Chief Test Pilot of a large Base Repair Depot. He has commanded a MiG 21 fighter squadron, and was the Chief Test Pilot of the IAF flighttesting centre at Aircraft and System Testing Establishment (ASTE), Bangalore. He is now the Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Air Force Station Gwalior.

Whilst commanding a MiG-21 fighter squadron in the East his unit achieved the singular distinction of having flown 9500 sorties without a single accident, while ensuring a very high quality training of pilots. As Chief Test Pilot at ASTE he was instrumental in the conduct and execution of crucial aircraft and weapon trials being inducted into the IAF. As the COO, this highly motivated and dynamic officer, coordinated the entire magnitude of operations of Kargil at Gwalior, sustaining an efficient operational environment and high morale of the Mirage fleet to achieve this air victory. In a short span of four months he created the only successful multitarget and multi-directional day/night Airto-Ground Range at Singpur, which gives realistic operational scenario for all types of aircraft in the IAF, thereby enhancing the operational potential of the IAF.

The officer supervised three Air Force level exercises and 12 electronic warfare exercises during the last two years, without compromising flight safety. In recognition of these achievements the air base was awarded the "Best in Operations" of Central Air Command for both the years consecutively under his leadership. With a wide perspective and progressive vision he has co-ordinated the induction of the Tactics And Combat Development Establishment into Gwalior.

For distinguished service of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Simhakutty Varthaman.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2002 Number: 

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