Vishist Seva Medal Awardee List


A total of 1451 Awards are listed.
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Gp Capt Praveen Khanna 13833 AE(M)Unit : CEMILAC  Award Date 26 Jan 06 Announced 26 Jan 06
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Group Captain Praveen Khanna (13833) Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) was commissioned in Engineering Branch of Indian Air Force on 06 Jan 1975. During his 30 years of service, he has successfully held a number of other important appointments including, Chief Engineering Officer at Air Force Station Pathankot during Op Vijay, Joint Director Engg (Mirage) at Air HQ during Op Prakram and Test Engineer at ASTE Bangalore. Presently the officer is held on the posted strength of Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC), DRDO, Bangalore since 25 Nov 2002 and has been working as Joint Director (Aircraft). The officer is qualified on Mirage-2000 & MiG-21 aircraft and Mi-25/35, Chetak & Cheetah helicopters. He has successfully completed service courses on Management and Systems Engg. He is Life-member of a number of Professional institutions like Aeronautical Society of India, Society of Aerospace Quality & Reliability, etc. As JD (Aircraft) at CEMILAC, he is entrusted with total responsibility of Airworthiness issues of all fighter aircraft of IAF. These activities include Airworthiness Certification of Modifi cations, upgrades, New Weapon integration, Life Extensions of ab-initio developed aircraft, viz. Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) and all existing IAF fleets of MiG-21, MiG-27, MiG-29, Su-30 MKI, Mirage-2000 and Jaguar aircraft. These tasks involve constant interaction with DRDO and CSIR Labs, PSUs, and Air HQ on one hand, and to entrust and monitor the progress of certification by RCMAs at Bangalore and Nasik.

Gp Capt Khanna has been directly associated with the prestigious "Full Scale Fatigue Testing" Program of MiG-21 Bis aircraft. Phase-1 of the project has been completed through his hard work and dedication wherein Total technical Life of each Airframe has been enhanced from OEM's recommendation considerably, resulting in savings to the national exchequer. He also pro-actively participated in MiG-27 Upgrade, a gigantic Avionics Upgrade program. During each phase of project he exhibited highest degree of his professional/technical and managerial acumen, to achieve stage-wise milestones of detailed systems testing for Airworthiness Certification. His keen efforts and personal involvement led to the issue of Airworthiness Certification and the first upgraded aircraft flew on 25 Mar 2004.

In addition, during Op Vijay teams led by Gp Capt Khanna worked relentlessly to study, analyze, and integrate new weapons on Mi25/35 helicopters. The teams modified AttackHelicopters to successfully launch them as series of extremely potent weapons. During 'Op Parakaram' as JD Engg (Mirage), he took up the challenging task of maximising the serviceability of this fleet and its armaments. All resources were harnessed optimally and a number of critical spares/LRUs were successfully indigenised/procured in an unprecedented time frame. With his deep involvement, fore-sightedness and co-ordination the Mirage2000 achieved highest fleet serviceability ever.

For unflinching sincerity, professional competence and distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award ' 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Praveen Khanna.

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

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Gp Capt Vinay Kaushal 14063 ACCTUnit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 06 Announced 26 Jan 06
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Group Captain Vinay Kaushal (14063) Accounts was commissioned in the Accounts Branch of the IAF on 11 Jul 1975. He has held varied appointments in fields, staff and training formations in his service career where he has made substantial contribution in enhancing the level of services provided and changing the procedures through innovative methods to bring about improvement, efficiency and saving in costs/efforts. He was commended by the AOC-in-C, Eastern Air Command in 1991 and by the CAS in 1998. In 1985, Gp Capt Kaushal was posted to AFCAO in the officers' Pay Wing where he carried out the task of transfer of pension responsibility from CDA Pension Allahabad to DCDA, New Delhi and set systems in place to ensure timely finalisation of noneffective accounts. After managing this major transition, he was posted to Dte of Accounts at Air HQ wherein he introduced major changes in the existing procedures of payment of local allowances to Airmen/NCs (E) resulting in recurring annual saving of approx 46 Lakh man-hours utilised in actioning of documents and time taken in pay parades. In 1992, he was selected and posted to AFAC, Coimbatore as a Directing Staff to revive the Advance Accounts Faculty after a gap of 11 years. In a short span of three months, the lesson plans and the exercises were designed to bring about a paradigm shift in the methodology, coverage of the syllabus and conduct of courses.

As DDCA to Dte of Fin Plg at Air HQ during 1994-99, he undertook the major responsibility to revise pricing policy for goods & services ex-HAL. Through extensive interaction with HAL and personal efforts, he ensured the implementation of the revised pricing policy, establishment of new procedures and the funding arrangements from IAF. This had brought in substantial savings to AF budget due to the right price being fixed for various products and services of HAL. As Director Cost Analysis at Air HQ in 2003, he took up the task of base year price revision of HAL products, which was long overdue and completed it much to the admiration of HAL and MoD officials. Due to his efforts, the credit of Rs 1301 Crs due from HAL on account of interest and Rs l70 Crs on Exchange Rate Variation to IAF was also accomplished during the current year. It was due to his personal involvement, perseverance that the long pending vexed problem of 'Warranty Clause' for supply of goods and services of HAL was introduced.

For distinguished services of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Vinay Kaushal.

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

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Gp Capt Muniyappa Suryanarayan Ravindra 14139 AE(L)Unit : 11 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 06 Announced 26 Jan 06
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Group Captain Muniyappa Suryanarayan Ravindra (14139) Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) was commissioned in the Engineering Branch of the 1AF on 07 Jul 1975. In 29 years of distinguished service, he has held several important appointments of Chief Engineering Officer of AFA, Deputy Director Operations (EW-T) at Air HQ, Senior Engineer (Electronics) of a fighter base, Chief Software Engineer at Software Development Institute (SDI), Member Core Team DIPAC and Senior Calibration Officer of a Base Repair Depot. He is a graduate of the National Defence College.

During his tenure as Dy Dir Ops (EW-T), he evolved the Qualitative Requirements for Electronic Warfare equipment for all the aircraft on the inventory of IAF. He also evaluated the Self Protection Jammer for MiG-21 Bis upgrade and Jaguar aircraft and the Aerostat in Israel. At SDI, Gp Capt Ravindra was instrumental in successful development of EW mission planning system for Mirage 2000. He contributed in successful commissioning of OP CENTRE at Air HQ, Elta Radar Integration with maritime Jaguar & Nav mission planning system for Jaguar & Mirage -2000.

As Senior Engineer (Electronics) at Air Force Station Tezpur, he maintained excellent serviceability of Navigational Aids, SRE, PAR, AF lighting & Landline communication. He was tasked by HQ EAC to repair the SRE at Baghdogra without assistance from the manufacturer, resulting in tremendous savings to exchequer. In DIPAC he participated in the design and development of several electronic equipment for the Data Acquisition chain of Remote Sensing Earth Stations.

Through professionalism and dedication he has changed the work culture in the entire maintenance organization at AFA and created centers of excellence. He sustained for high serviceability Kiran and HPT-32 fleet which resulted in smooth conduct of annual flying training task for Kiran and for HPT-32. Similarly, serviceability of Radio & Nav aids & Land Line Communication, has been maintained very high. He was responsible for replacement of 902 ATSRU antenna, which was operating at reduced RPM for almost four years. It involved identification of the antenna at HAL (Hyderabad), calibration at BE Ghaziabad and tasking of RCDU, Faridabad and MOD financial sanction that culminated in restoring the Radar to its rated operational capability. He guided the unit technicians in carrying out extensive repairs on the DG sets, shifting of DG set from Radar Display site to Radar Head thereby saving huge financial resources. His innovative quality of finding intelligent solutions, selecting carefully weighed options and providing quality output are evident in every task that is executed including the creation of collages for the parade backdrop.

For his professional competence, dedication and devotion to service and distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Muniyappa Suryanarayan Ravindra,

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

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Gp Capt Rajiv Mittal 14167 AE(L)Unit : 4 Base Repair Depot  Award Date 26 Jan 06 Announced 26 Jan 06
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Group Captain Rajiv Mital (14167) Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) was commissioned in the Engineering Branch of the IAF in Jul 1975. In his 30 years of distinguished service, he has held many important appointments at almost all levels of maintenance organisation in the IAF that include Senior Technical Officer of a premier flying squadron, Senior Engineer at a flying base and staff appointment at operational commands (Central Air Command, South Western Air Command and Western Air Command) and at Air HQ. He is currently commanding a Base Repair Deport (BRD), which has the rare distinction of overhauling three types of fighter aircraft aeroengines viz. R-29, M53-P2 and Viper.

After an initial successful stint of over a decade in MiG-21 Squadrons, Gp Capt Mital was specially selected for training abroad on the most complex ATEC system of Mirage 2000 aircraft in Oct 1984. During his long tenure of five years as STO of a fighter Squadron, the squadron matured from its infancy and was adjudged as best fighter squadron twice in a row.

Gp Capt Mital is a hardcore professional with a high level of integrity, dedication, devotion and 'never say die' attitude. Due to his exemplary military leadership qualities clubbed with his inherent engineering skills, he could motivate a professional group of AE officers, Engine Fit tradesmen and Workshop Fit tradesmen to achieve many landmarks in the history of a BRD. Under his efficient leadership, BRD achieved 'Average Plus' grading by DMI in Aug 2004 from its previous 'Below Average' grading. During the recent Commanders' conference held at HQ MC in Dec 2004, BRD, AF has also been adjudged as 'Best Aircraft BRD' in IAF.

Under his leadership, BRD has grown from strength to strength and developed a large number of innovative repair schemes which not only helped IAF in sustaining improved fleet status of Mirage-2000, MiG-27 and Kiran aircraft fleet but also resulted in huge savings of precious foreign exchange. BRD has now been selected for Best BRD competition in 2005.

For all-round distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Rajiv Mital.

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

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Gp Capt Anant Krishna 14178 AE(L)Unit : 9 Base Repair Depot  Award Date 26 Jan 06 Announced 26 Jan 06
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Group Captain Anant Krishna (14178) Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) was commissioned in the Engineering Branch of the IAF on 07 Jul 1975. During his thirty years of service he has worked extensively on GW Systems for twelve years in different capacities; Staff and Executive appointments dealing with maintenance of Nav-Aids, Communication Equipment, Air Defence & Airfield Radars and Army HQs [Dte of Int (Signals)]. He was thrice graded exceptional by Director Air Staff Inspection and also commended by CAS on 26 Jan 2000. In his two tenures with Army HQ Directorate of Signals Intelligence he did yeomen work, against strong reservations, to open up the 'special Radiation Field' and Army funds for Air Force Wireless Experiment Unit (WEU). He has contributed fairly well for development and implementation of project 'Divya Drishu' and modernization of Air Force WEUs to meet the challenges from neighbouring countries. With his logical approach, mature outlook and calculated foresight he was instrumental in bringing the project to vendor identification stage after approval by CCS (through Army HQ) and finalization of design by DRDL. His innovative approach also ensured that SI directorate became the biggest contributor to Dte of Int at Air HQ, through integration of inputs from Army and Naval WEUs, along with those from Air Force WEUs.

During his stint at HQ EAC and later as CO of a Radio Maintenance Unit (RMU), from 1993 to 2001, he ensured maximum serviceability of Nav-aids, Communication Equipment, AD and Air field Radars at field units with minimum SARATHI support from Base Repair Depots and also introduced a comprehensive repair philosophy for enabling the RMU to creditably function as a true maintenance support establishment.

In his present unit, a BRD, in a short span of just over one year, he has galvanized the planning, provisioning and production activities, through his sheer zeal, perseverance and sound analytical prowess, into achieving a production of 131% of task inspite of the manpower being 20% below ML and enabled prompt clearance of critical AOGs on CVR and VUC-201 to keep flying squadrons in operationally optimum state. The BRD, in consequence of the tremendous improvement exhibited in approach and practice, was adjudged the best BRD by DMI in Oct last year. The path breaking efforts in establishing a standard methodology for Capacity Assessment (hitherto not done by any BRD) and an outstanding audit para on Air Force, conduct of Production Conference by Warrant Ranks and complete restructuring of planning, execution and monitoring functions to ensure timely task completion have been his key contributions which have not only been hailed and appreciated at higher echelons but have also been marked for being adapted by other BRDs.

For dedication, professionalism and distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Anant Krishna.

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

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Gp Capt Hitesh Hari Bhai Patel 14271 F(P)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 06 Announced 26 Jan 06
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Group Captain Hitesh Haribhai Patel (14271) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Flying Branch of the IAF on 13 Dec 1975. He successfully commanded a Mirage-2000 squadron and the Aircrew Examining Board. He was Command Flight Safety Officer and in-charge of Flying Operations at South Western Air Command Headquarters during Kargil operations. With over 3000 hrs of flying experience, he is a qualified Flying Instru ctor and a graduate of Defence Services Staff College and College of Defence Management. Gp Capt Patel was appointed as Director Weapons at Air HQ on 05 May 2003. He immediately prioritised the operational, technical and logistical tasks of the sub-directorate and incorporated several new and innovative procedures to enhance availability of weapons for training and to monitor the vast inventory of weapons and associated components. He, with his foresight and accurate planning coordinated delivery of conventional and guided weapons, without wastage, during Exercise Vayu Shakti-04 held at Pokharan Range. The demonstration reflected highest standards of professionalism and firepower of the Air Force. With his professional skills and analytical ability he pointed out the design deficiencies of the fuze, which caused a mid-air explosion of a bomb, and withheld its further use, thus, preventing possibility of further mishaps.

With his relentless efforts, he got the Russian side to accept the requirement of predespatch inspection of weapons, which was never agreed by Russians in earlier cases. He got the Israeli Military Industry (IMI), though not contractually obliged, to carry out additional trials of a weapon. This resulted in opening up of the weapon release envelop of the aircraft. Additionally, he also got the IMI to agree for payment of USD 80305/-, through government treasury, for the stores used during trials.

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

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

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Gp Capt Ravi Dhar 14559 F(P)Unit : 37 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 06 Announced 26 Jan 06
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Group Captain Ravi Dhar (14559) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Flying Branch of the IAF on 13 Jun 1976. During his last 29 years of distinguished service, he has held many important appointments at various levels such as Commanding Officer of an attack helicopter unit, Deputy Director Offensive Operations at Air Headquarters and Chief Operations Officer of an operational base. Besides being a flying Instructor with an A-2 category, he has a unique distinction of serving as an instructor in two most prestigious inter service institutes namely Defence Service Staff College and College of Defence Management. He was also selected as a team leader for serving with Govt. of Mauritius and commanded the Helicopter Squadron of Mauritian Police Force. During this tenure of two and half years, he earned many laurels for Indian Government by undertaking challenging flying tasks.

On 01 Jan 2005 he was chosen to command Air Force Station Car Nicobar, which underwent massive destruction due to severe earth quake and subsequent Tsunami waves on 26 Dec 2004. The task of bringing this destroyed station back on its feet was not only challenging but it required tremendous vision and thorough planning. Gp Capt Dhar, with his willingness to accept new challenges, guided the core team of officers and men in such a fashion that people worked day and night, leaving all personal comforts and brought the station back to functional unit within a record time. His qualities of perseverance, in time projection and sample monitoring of critical activities produced wonders in terms of developing facilities at the devastated station. All activities relating to administration, maintenance and operations got equal importance and the result was an all-round development. While scrutinising large number of Court of Inquires, Boards of Officers and Statement of Cases he exuded high degree of patience and all the time a high quality product was forwarded. He also managed visits of many dignitaries in a befitting manner despite all constraints in a devastated island.

Apr 2005 will be considered as a red letter day in the history of Indian Air force when Chief of Air Staff along with 30 media personnel witnessed flying of front line SU30 and Jaguar fighter aircraft from Carnic airbase, thus projecting the fastest resurrection of the air base. This needed thorough planning, dedicated effort and positive attitude by all personnel and Gp Capt Dhar left no stone unturned to motivate his team to put up such a good show.

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

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

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Gp Capt Kumar Krishnachandrasinghji Gohil 14688 F(P)Unit : 10 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 06 Announced 26 Jan 06
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Group Captain Kumar Krishnachandrasinhji Gohil (14688) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Flying Branch of the IAF on 29 Dec 1976. He is fully operational on Hunter, Avro HS-748 and An-32 aircraft with nearly 4000 hours of accident-free flying. He is presently posted as Chief Operations Officer at Air Force Station Jorhat since 26 August 2002. He has had the distinction of commanding a VIP Communication Flight during 1993-95 and a premier Transport Squadron between 2000-02, apart from holding various staff appointments at Air Headquarters and Eastern Air Command. He is a first class graduate from Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and stood first in the Higher Air Command Course at the College of Air Warfare. He has also been Vice-Captain of the Services Cricket Team and participated at the national level in Ranji Trophy from 1982 to 1987.

On 03 Jul 2000, as Commanding Officer of a Transport Squadron, Gp Capt Gohil was given the onerous task of re-establishing the unit with Avro HS-748 aircraft on relocation at Vadodara. Despite several teething problems owing to lack of infrastructure and limited resources, he was able to mould the unit into a close-knit entity and generate the necessary motivation and impetus so as to far exceed the stringent Key Result Areas set by Headquarters South West Air Command (SWAC). During Operation Vayu Sahayata, he was mainly responsible for the sustained and well-coordinated relief operations undertaken from Vadodara during Jan-Feb 2001 in the aftermath of the earthquake in Gujarat, earning appreciation from the Civil and State agencies alike. Under his exemplary leader ship, the Squadron was adjudged Best Transport / Helicopter Squadron in SWAC for 2000-01 and thereafter remained the mainstay of the Command throughout the activation for Operation Parakram in 2001-2002.

As Chief Operations Officer, Gp Capt Gohil demonstrated a tremendous capacity for work and discharged all responsibilities with complete dedication and single-minded devotion to duly. With his meticulous planning and prompt responses, he produced staff-work of a very high standard. By virtue of his perseverance, tireless involvement in coordinating and close monitoring of all flying-related activities at the base, he consistently ensured safe and efficient operations in fulfillment of any task assigned to the station. Within his sphere of influence at the base, the Air Traffic Services unit was adjudged second in the IAF in 2003 and the AN-32 unit declared Best Transport Squadron of the IAF in 2004. He has also been a very reliable second-in-command and ensured continuity in the attainment of set goals and service aims when officiating as Station Commander. He has also participated wholeheartedly in all sporting and social activities of the station, verily setting a worthy example for all Air Warriors to emulate.

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

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

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Gp Capt Lov Kumar Vig 14732 ADMUnit : 8 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 06 Announced 26 Jan 06
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Group Captain Lov Kumar Vig (14732) Administration was commissioned in the Administrative Branch of the IAF on 29 Dec 1976. In over 28 years service he has held several key appointments at Operational Wings, Directing Staff at Air Force Administrative College (AFAC) and Staff appointments at Air HQ. At AFAC, besides being an efficient directing staff, he compiled a 'Law Guide' to help Administrative Officers in effective discharge of legal aspects of administration. Presently, he is functioning as Chief Administrative Officer at Air Force Station Adampur since 05 April 2004.

He is a highly motivated Administrative Officer, who has constantly exhibited a very high degree of professionalism. Through judicious use of NPFs, Work Services & Public Funds, he has renovated and created various facilities for Personnel Below Officer Ranks (PBOR) that have enhanced the quality of life of all Air Warriors. Numerous administrative measures introduced by him have helped save precious man-hours. While improving quality of life and providing good administration he has been very cost conscious and maintained a healthy growth of Non Public Funds.

Through implementation of various administrative measures and installations of electricity saving devices the station has been able to save electricity tariff to the tune of over Rs. 12 Lakhs in the last one year. The Doaba region is very fertile and wild vegetation growth is rapid & rampant. With his personal involvement and effective utilization of all available resources the station could keep regular check on growth of wild vegetation. This has contributed significantly towards creating a clean and good environment conducive for safe flight operations.

Gp Capt Vig provides proactive Administrative Supports to all personnel at AF Station Adampur. He is a good event manager. Under his guidance the station conducted Air Force Best Physique Championship 2004 & various WAC Inter Area Championships. A security software 'SECUREMM' was developed to automate all data/records regarding functioning of Guard Room to help the duty security staff in identifying/verifying the movement of men & materials. This software has since been implemented in other Stations in WAC. He leads by example and accomplishes time bound tasks through team work and personnel commitment. His contributions helped Adampur win the coveted "Pride of WAC" trophy.

For his distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Lov Kumar Vig.

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

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Gp Capt Suhaskumar Appajirao Jagdale 14780 AE(M)Unit : AFLE  Award Date 26 Jan 06 Announced 26 Jan 06
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Group Captain Suhaskumar Appajirao Jagdale (14780) Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) was commissioned in the Engineering Branch of the IAF in Jan 1977. He is posted as Commanding Officer of Air Force Liaison Establishment (Nashik) w.e.f. 03 Jul 2003.

He is an honest, forthright and highly experienced professional and has held key appointments at Field Units, Command HQ, Air HQ and MOD. He is a graduate of DSSC, Wellington and completed the LDMC at College of Defence Management, Secunde rabad. During his tenure at field units and prestigious TACDE, the officer ensured high serviceability state of the equipment. The high serviceability state ensured that the units were able to achieve their operational tasks.

Presently as Commanding Officer of AFLE (Nashik Division) he has infused the sense of pride and belongingness among the personnel and brought about a sea-change in their attitude and confidence, which are essential in liaisoning duties with HAL. He has established excellent liaison and rapport at all levels in HAL (Nashik Division), reaping rich dividends in terms of their fast response to any requirement of IAF. With concerted efforts, he has brought down the outstanding AOGs of the MiG-21 and MiG-27 fleet considerably. He has instituted the in-house periodic preservation of rubberized fuel tanks of MiG21 aircraft held at unit, thus reducing dependency on HAL and saving of about Rupees six lakhs annually, which otherwise would have been paid to HAL.

His determination, perseverance and sound leadership resulted in AFLE (Nashik) bagging the "Best Maintenance Unit" trophy during 2003-04. The Establishment was also rated highly by DMI team in Apr 04 and awarded an overall grading of Average Plus. He was instrumental in achieving the timely completion of ACMI modifications on MiG21 Bis Upgrade aircraft in Jan-Feb 04 for the "Cope India" exercise at Gwalior, which was appreciated by the AOM and SMSO, MC.

With his innovativeness, initiative and personal involvement, the Unit Run Canteen (URC) of the Station was renovated and brought up like a Super Market during 200304 and has become a showpiece of the Station. The Officer being an outstanding sportsman, has represented the IAF football team and captained it for two years. He still takes active part in sports activities in the station.

For his dedication, high professional ability, sound leadership and distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Suhaskumar Appajirao Jagdale.

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

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Gp Capt Ajay Masson 14926 ADMUnit : Training Command  Award Date 26 Jan 06 Announced 26 Jan 06
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Group Captain Ajay Masson (14926) Administration was commissioned in the Administrative Branch of the IAF on 10 Jun 1977. An Air Traffic Controller of very high calibre, the officer achieved 'Category A', the highest category for professional competence within ten years of service. During his chequered career of more than 27 years, he has held diverse appointments, which includes the posts of Senior Air Traffic Control Officer, Air Force Examiner for Air Traffic Control Officers, Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Personnel Staff Officer at Headquarters Training Command, IAF. A thorough professional, the officer in 1989 was adjudged as the 'Best Air Traffic Controller' in the IAF. An alumni of Defence Services Staff College and College of Defence Management, the officer for his professional ability and distinguished service was commended by the Chief of the Air Staff on 08 Oct 1999.

As Chief Administrative Officer at Air Force Station, Jalahalli this de-fatigable officer with total dedication and perseverance, demonstrated an exceptional capacity to work towards creating innovative infrastructural changes, resulting into improvement, in overall quality of life of the station personnel.

As Senior Personnel Staff Officer at HQ TC IAF, his excellent organisational and inter-personal skill ensured effective and timely completion of allocated tasks. The officer displayed highest standards of professionalism and foresight towards ensuring absolutely flawless and timely augmentation of human resources and foolproof security measures for Aero India-05, a mega event organised by Ministry of Defence. During his tenure the number of outstanding movements and disciplinary cases have shown a marked downward trend. The officer has an astute sense of comprehending and identifying problem areas. Being proactive in problem solving approach, he took keen personal interest to ensure error free and timely submission of Appraisal Reports, and effective implementation of the latest policies on 'USTAD' and revised assessment scheme for PBORs.

For his unflinching devotion to duty, professionalism and distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Ajay Masson.

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

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Gp Capt Narendra Bahadur Singh 15635 AE(L)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 06 Announced 26 Jan 06
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Group Captain Narendra Bahadur Singh (15635) Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) was commissioned in the Engineering Branch of the IAF in Jan 1979. In 26 years of service he has held important appointments, which include Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of two THD radar units and Deputy Director Ground Radar at Air HQ. He had undergone an Air Defence Radar Course in Russia and Technical Staff Officers' course at IAT, Pune. As Senior Technical Officer of a Radar Unit, he was commended by Chief of Air Staff in 1998 for a modification carried out on P-40 Radar.

As CTO of THD radar unit he dedicated himself for high serviceability and operational status of the unit. Throughout his tenure, the unit displayed best maintenance practices and high standards of working ethos. During "Op Parakram" the unit broke all previous records achieving 97 hrs of continuous operation of THD radar to meet enhanced operational commitment.

On being posted to Air HQ as Director Plan ADGES (Radar) in 2003, he observed that for the last 2-3 years, one fourth of radars were operating as 'Restd Ops', due to height inaccuracy, low power output, faulty ADHS besides poor product support form OEMs. He discussed the matter with BE(L) and ECIL and formed a core team. With his analytical approach, guidance and involvement all these radars were made 'Fully Ops' within a span of one year. He organized workshops at relevant places, to upgrade diminishing expertise level of field personnel. After due deliberation with the BRDs and field units, the officer has successfully come up with a long term Maintenance/overhaul policy for Air Defence Radars.

The radars held on IAF inventory, being old, suffered from obsolescence. Gp Capt Singh took up the cases for technological upgradations. As a result replacement of obsolete Extractor with DCVE, replacement of old FORDARS with new generation FORDAR system and updatement of THD radars are already underway. Many other upgra dations are being pursued by the officer.

For his outstanding skill, professional competence, innovative ideas, perseverance, exemplary devotion to duty and distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Narendra Bahadur Singh.

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

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Gp Capt Ajit Singh 15864 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 06 Announced 26 Jan 06
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Wing Commander Ajit Singh (15864) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Flying Branch of the IAF on 14 Dec 1979. He has held several Command and Staff appointments such as Commanding Officer of a missile Squadron, Deputy Director (Plans), Station Commander of fighter Squadron, Squadron Fighter Combat Leader, Unit Instrument Rating Instructor and Examiner besides officiating as Chief Operations Officer of two major flying bases of the Indian Air Force. He has also undergone several important trainingcourses such as all purpose Flying Instructors Course, Fighter Combat Leader, Instrument Rating Instructor and Examiner, Air Staff Course, Group 101 Operations Officers Course and Flight Safety and Maintenance Officers Course. He has flown over 2500 hours onseveral fighter types and was awarded a three Star Flight Safety Badge for accident free flying in 1990. For his commendable performance as a Qualified Flying Instructor at a MiG-21 FL Squadron, he was awarded the Chief of the Air Staff Commendation in 1991.

After undergoing a course at Flying Instructor School, the officer was posted to Air Force Station Bidar, which imparts flying training to the cadets. The task involved meticulous planning and co-ordination to impart high quality all-round training to the future pilots of the Indian Air Force and also to face the challenges in the military life. This task was carried out by the officer to the utmost satisfaction of his superiors. He has also served two tenures as Flight Commander of fighter Squadrons. During his tenure as SFSIO of a premier flying base, the officer was involved in planning and ensuring safe flying operations at the base. He was also entrusted with the additional tasks to perform the duties of the Chief Operations Officer, which involved co-coordinating various operations and ensuring their safe conduct while meeting the tasks assigned, by the higher authorities. Flight Safety and Inspection Officer, Flight

During his tenure as Commanding Officer of a frontline Pechora Squadron, he consistently led from the front and has been instrumental in managing all human and material resources placed under him in a most optimal manner thus ensuring maximum operational efficiency at all times. Under his dynamic leadership, his unit was adjudged as the best unit of the IAF in 2004 in Surface to Air Guided Weapon category.

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

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

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Gp Capt Gulshan Rai 15969 AE(M)Unit : 11 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 06 Announced 26 Jan 06
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Group Captain Gulshan Rai (15969) Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) was commissioned in the Engineering Branch of the IAF on 07 Jan 1980. He is a post graduate from the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore and has been specially trained in France on the overhaul of the Mirage-2000 aero engine (M53-P2). He has served as a Senior Engineering Officer of a premier fighter squadron and has held staff appointments at Air HQ in his service career.

Gp Capt Rai has been the Group Commander of the Maintenance Support group of Air Force Station Tezpur since 01 Oct 2003 which arguably has the largest population of fighter aircraft of any base in the IAF. The quantum of fighter flying done at this base is much higher than most other bases of the IAF.

The location of the air base is remote and has limited industrial support. The air base flies the oldest aircraft with the youngest fighter pilots. Most of the aircraft of the base are approaching the end of their technical life and therefore, need extra care to ensure that they are worthy of flight. Additionally, the maintenance effort required to meet the enormous flying effort is substantial, which is a great challenge specially with the ageing aircraft and reducing manpower. Additionally, the airbase receives almost 220 mm of rain fall every year which makes operating conditions for maintenance staff extremely difficult.

Inspite of all the daunting problems, Gp Capt Rai, with his unstinting leadership and dynamism, has been responsible for achieving the highest serviceability of fighters for any fleet in the IAF. Through his proactive approach, he has successfully synergized the efforts of a large technical manpower base to deliver, with precision, the exacting demands of operations of this premier flying base. Inspite of poor industrial support and limited access to base repair facilities, Gp Capt Rai has also ensured a very high serviceability of ground signals and mechanical support facilities. It is pertinent to mention here that during his tenure as the Group Commander Maintenance, aircraft serviceability has peaked and accidents in this ageing aircraft have been reduced to nil.

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

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

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Gp Capt Harindra Kumar Dhiman 16266 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 06 Announced 26 Jan 06
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Wing Commander Harindra Kumar Dhiman (16266) Administration/Fighter Controller was commissioned in Administration Branch of the IAF on 13 Dec 1980. A Cat 'AYE' Master Fighter Controller, he is presently commanding Ground Control Interception (GCI) unit. The officer is also the Command Examiner of South Western, South and Training commands. While on the posted strength of Programming and Simulation Cell at Tata Institute of Fundamental. Research, the officer actively participated in research, development and field trials of ADHS, which has been successfully inducted in the Air Defence network. While on deputation to IAFTT, at Botswana, for three years as an AD Instructor, the officer deeply involved in the training activity of the personal of Botswana Defence Force. During his tenure of five years as Directing Staff at Tactical Air Combat Development Establish ment (TACDE), he was associated with numerous trials and development of tactics in a BVR threat environment. Wg Cdr Dhiman participated in the core team of planning and execution/ evaluation of the A-50 AWACS in the year 2000. The officer has undertaken the revision of LAP-3448 on 'Operational Theory and Combat Controlling', which is in the final stage of completion.

During 'Op Parakram', the officer headed a team of fighter controllers in training and planning of special missions and was deployed for its execution in one of the field units. The officer accomplished the task meticulously. In Feb 2003, as CO GCI unit, the officer steered the units within a month of his taking over through a no warning Director Air Staff Inspection and the unit was adjudged as High Average. During Vayu Shakti 2004, on 14 Mar 2004, GCI was tasked to make arrangements on Grand stand at Air Force Range Unit, in addition functioning as Mini DC for providing the crucial tropo link to the flanking radar. Despite heavy odds of having to work at split locations, the unit completed the task with aplomb. Under his command, the radar and Mobile Tropo Terminal link performed with full efficiency without breakdowns, which earned accolades to the unit from the visiting dignitaries. Due to the officer's able leadership, innovation, profess ionalism and personal involvement at all levels, the unit has been declared as 'Best Radar Unit' for the year 2004 in SWAC and the unit has also been nominated for 'Best Combat AD Unit Competition' for the year 2005.

Wg Cdr Dhiman has displayed outstanding leadership, meticulous planning, managerial and motivating skills in all tasks assigned to him.

For a distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Harindra Kumar Dhiman.

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

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Gp Capt Vivek 16560 F(P)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 06 Announced 26 Jan 06
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Group Captain Vivek VM (16560) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Flying Branch of the IAF in 1981. He is a QFI, PSC and fully Ops on three different fighter types. He has served as Flt Cdr and CO of fighter squadrons. He has also done several staff and instructional assignments including senior Flt Cdr at Fighter Training Wing and instructor at NDA. He was awarded VM (G) in 1988 for safely flying back a MiG-21 aircraft that had suffered serious damage and engine flame out following a bird hit at high speeds.

Gp Capt Vivek commanded a front line fighter strike squadron in 2001-03, during which period the squadron was deployed in 'Op Parakram' in the Northern-Western Sector. The squadron achieved the highest training and operational readiness standards both by day and night in 'Op Parakram'. The squadron also maintained high valley attack, night strike status and in addition trained seven young pilots to F Ops status on type. Under his leadership, the squadron achieved exemplary standards of teamwork, morale and quality of life. Appreciating the performance of the squadron, HQ WAC nominated it for Vayu Spardha in 2003.

Gp Capt Vivek was posted to Directorate of Personnel Planning, Air HQ in Oct 2003 to discharge the duties of both, Principal Director and Director. This was a time when the Dte was required to prepare important projects on cadre restructuring. Gp Capt Vivek took on the onerous responsibility with a sense of purpose and commitment. Under his stewardship, detailed proposal was prepared for sanction of additional manpower to make good the existing and cumulative shortages of IAF. The Dte also prepared proposals for restructuring of ground duty branches. Gp Capt Vivek worked assiduously and progressed the cases maintaining a high degree of co-ordination with MoD. During the period 2004-05, the officer undertook the task of preparing Air Force proposals for restructuring of officers cadre based on Ajai Vikram Singh Committee recommendations. He worked industriously, with a deep sense of responsibility and ensured that the proposals were prepared and submitted most expeditiously. On another front he took initiative to prepare a book on military awards and medals for reference of personnel in field units. In addition, Gp Capt Vivek had ensured that Dte of Personnel Planning provided quality output in all its spheres of activity.

Gp Capt Vivek has always displayed a very high sense of responsibility and commitment towards the tasks assigned to him to consistently achieve a high degree of excellence.

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

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

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Gp Capt Sandeep Puri 16574 F(P)Unit : 7 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 06 Announced 26 Jan 06
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Group Captain Sandeep Puri (16574) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Flying Branch of the IAF on 11 Dec 1981. He has held many important Command and Staff appointments including Commanding Officer of a frontline Jaguar Squadron and Joint Director and Director Offensive Operations at Air HQ (VB). The officer is a Qualified Flying Instructor and alumnus of prestigious Defence Services Staff College. Presently he is on the posted strength of a major fighter Base as the Chief Operations Officer.

During his tenure as Commanding Officer of a fighter strike Squadron, the officer ensured a high operational and training status of the Squadron at all times. This required coordination and planning with the various agencies to ensure high serviceability of available assets. In the staff appointment at Air HQ, the officer performed creditably and conceptualised various operational tactics. Thereafter, the Officer was appointed as the Chief Operations Officer of a vital and important fighter Base in Northern Sector, which is a prime airbase and undertakes maximum fighter flying in Western Air Command. The task of Chief Operations Officer at Ambala entails close control and supervision of the three fighter squadrons, two Surface to Air Guided Weapon Squadrons and two Transportable Radar Units, besides numerous detachment, Exercises and Trials. Gp Capt Puri, with his past experience, professional ability and far-sightedness has been able to harmoniously amalgamate all the facets of operations and maintain these at peak efficiency. With his penchant for perfection, eye for detail and personal involvement in every activity of operations, he has been able to demand and achieve high standards. The sterling performance put up by the Ops Branch under his leadership during the Dte of Air Staff Inspection of the Station and the Squadrons, was appreciated and commended. With his concerted efforts and proactive approach, the huge airfield zone has been leveled and cleared of undergrowth reducing the bird menace to negligible levels, and creating a safe flying environment.

Air Force Station Ambala was entrusted an additional responsibility to conduct centralised training for exercise Cope Thunder04 to be held at Alaska. Gp Capt Puri involved himself fully and exercised close supervision of flying training spread over six months, ensuring operationalisation of new disciplines viz. AAR, ILS/VOR and TACAN training. The success and high professional standards displayed by the team at Alaska stand testimony to the professionalism and dedication of the officer. Gp Capt Puri led by example and displayed exceptional flying skills during Inter Squadron Gunnery meet held in Oct 2004, and bagged the trophy for 'Best in Bombing' individual event, by scoring two direct hits on the target, which is a record in itself.

For sustained professionalism and distinguished service of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Sandeep Puri,

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

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Wg Cdr Amit Chowdhury 16885 LGSUnit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 06 Announced 26 Jan 06
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Wg Cdr Chowdhury was the Leader of the first ever 1AF expedition to Mt Everest in April-May 2005. He played a pivotal role in not just leading the expedition but also in its very conceptualization. He took the initiative in 2002 and led a series of four preparatory expeditions to a height of 7757 metres. During these expeditions, he personally trained the mountaineers, passing on the knowledge of his accumulated experience to the fledgling mountaineers. He was the driving force behind the whole team and an excellent organiser. Extremely meticulous till the minutest detail, he handled every aspect right till the implementation of summit route plan with utmost care. He stayed for over a month above an altitude of 6400 metres to ensure the team's success. Despite conditions of extreme altitude and cold, his unrelenting ability to take prompt decisions, his constant motivation, encouragement and determination was an immaculate example of leadership which resulted in history being created for the IAF when the flag was proudly planted atop the Everest.

For his exemplary efforts, outstanding leadership, determination in spearheading the first ever IAF team to Mt Everest and distinguished services, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Amit Chowdhury.

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

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Wg Cdr Sanjeev Chandra 17005 F(P)Unit : Jammu & Kashmir  Award Date 26 Jan 06 Announced 26 Jan 06
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Wing Commander Sanjeev Chandra (17005) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned on 29 Dec 1982 in the Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force. In 22 years of distinguished service, he has held important field and staff appointments including command of two OSA-AK-M missile Squadrons in the Northern and Western sectors, during 'OP-Vijay' and 'Op-Parakram' respectively. He held staff appointments of Joint Director Air Defence (Missiles) at Air Headquarters, and Officer-in-Charge Air Defence Weapon Systems at Western Air Command. His professional competence resulted in him being designated as Command Examiner, Western Air Command for the OSA-AK-M missile system. A veteran helicopter pilot with over 3000 hours of flying on Chetak, Cheetah and Mi-17 helicopters, he is a pioneer in helicopter operations in the Siachen glacier, with over 1000 hrs of flying in this extreme environment. He has flown actively in counter insurgency operations (CI Ops) in Assam during 'Op Rhino', and deployed in the field on missiles during 'Op Vijay' and 'OP Parakram', in the Western and South Western Air Command sectors.

In his present appointment as Air II, Headquarters Air Officer Commanding Jammu and Kashmir since 04 Jan 2004, he has been actively involved in supervising transport and helicopter operations in J &K. With personal intervention and active monitoring and control of all air maintenance aspects, he was able to enhance the flying effort of Units under his control. This resulted in fixed and rotary wing air maintenance tonnages being met and exceeded during his tenure, in financial years 2003-04 and 2004-05. This had not been achieved in the previous five years. His supervision and guidance to the op units ensured that all commitments including CI Ops, casualty evacuation, VVIP/VIP Communications, Para military and civil agencies were undertaken with a high degree of professionalism.

During the unprecedented snowfall and avalanches in the J&K sector in FebruaryMarch 2005, all rescue and relief operations were coordinated from HQ AOC J&K. Wg Cdr Chandra was single handedly at the helm of control and coordination of these operations. With meticulous planning, super vision and working far beyond call of duty, he ensured that one of the largest airlift rescue operations by the IAF since 1948, to provide succour to the beleaguered population of J&K, both by fixed and rotary wing ac, was conducted with the utmost professionalism. These efforts earned the appreciation of the State Government and drew nationwide attention by media, bringing laurels to the Indian Air Force during the worst natural disaster in Jammu and Kashmir.

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

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

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Gp Capt Mahaveer Singh Sekhawat 17116 AE(L)Unit : 32 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 06 Announced 26 Jan 06
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Wing Commander Mahaveer Singh Shekhawat (17116) Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) was commissioned in the Engineering Branch of the IAF on 13 Feb 1983. He is a post graduate in Control Engineering from IIT Madras and alumnus of Defence Services Staff College. He has worked as Senior Engineering Officer of a fighter squadron, Senior Production Engineer at 4 BRD, Deputy Director for remote sensing project (DIPAC) and as Senior Engineer (Aircraft) at 32 Wing before taking over as Chief Engineering Officer of this base.

While discharging his duties as SE (AC), he accomplished Aircraft on Ground build up of 13 MiG-27 aircraft and maintained exceptional serviceability during 'Op Parakram'. He was instrumental in implem entation of EW modification of MiG-27 aircraft.

After taking over as CEO, he took up challenging task of setting up of second line servicing facilities for the BISON aircraft. The project was handled by him in most professional manner and the facilities were set up in record time. The existing infrastructure was upgraded to house the test equipment resulting in tremendous savings to the exchequer to the tune of a crore of rupees and the servicing of the aircraft commenced well ahead of schedule. These facilities are being referred to as a model for other upcoming projects. This was well appreciated by AOCin-C HQ WAC and the Maint Branch at Air HQs.

The station was inspected by DASI after a gap of five years. He planned and guided his team to bring about all round improvement which resulted in appreciation by the inspection agency. The Tech Flight was christened as centre of excellence. His total involvement in each activity at the station is praiseworthy. Some of the suggestions rendered by him during construction of a new BPI at base, have been instrumental in making this one of the finest BPIs of Indian Air Force.

He has put in extra effort to bring up all sections under him and kept his subordinates motivated. His involvement has resulted in excellence in all fields of the maintenance and contributed in safe flying environment at the base. During his tenure there was no aircraft accident which is an achievement of high order by itself.

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

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

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Wg Cdr Pramod Kumar Shrivastava 17283 AE(M)Unit : 41 Repair and Salvage Unit  Award Date 26 Jan 06 Announced 26 Jan 06
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Wing Commander Pramod Kumar Shrivastava (17283) Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) was commissioned in the Engineering Branch of the IAF on 31 Aug 1983. In 22 years of distinguished service, he has held many important appointments, which include Chief Engineering Officer of Fighter/helicopter base, staff appointment at Air Headquarters and Command Headquarters. He is a postgraduate in Industrial Engineering and Management from IIT Kharagpur.

Whilst being the Chief Engineering Officer at Air Force Station Udhampur he performed creditably, and was awarded Commendation by AOC-in-C, WAC in year 2000. As staff at Command Headquarters, he incorporated ingenious procedures to reduce the spares requirements of Base Repair Depot and was awarded commendation by Chief of Air Staff, IAF in year 2003. Wg Cdr Shrivastava was appointed as Commanding Officer of Repair & Salvage Unit on 02 Sep 2002. With his thorough professional approach and involvement, he has successfully developed in-house major repair schemes for radiator flange of MiG 21s, tail cone ring of MiG 23s, Microlight aircraft, Engine Efflux Screen of Mi-17 and complex structural repairs for AN-32, IL-76 and Mi-26. This has resulted in substantial financial savings and has reduced down-time of the aircraft, as prior to this, HAL and BRD help was being sought to undertake such repairs.

A 'SPITFIRE' aircraft, crashed 56 years ago, remained buried in the riverbed, was found in the year 2002. With his unmatched spirit, dedication and zeal, he reconstructed the Spitfire to its original shape in record time of four months. On 01 Aug 2003, the Hon'ble Raksha Mantri while on a visit to Air Force Station Ambala, highly appreciated the efforts put in by him in restoring the aircraft. With his methodical approach and deep engineering skills, he could also install one Hunter aircraft at single point at the height of 30 feet near WAC Officers' Mess, and is in the process of repeating the same feat at Ambala. Also, he is giving its original shape to a crashed Otter aircraft by using all ingenuity, and the aircraft is shaping up well. He was also tasked to convert two very old fibre reinforced plastic containers used by radar units for operating ten channel radio relay equipment. With his multidimensional skills, ability to innovate, and capability to marshal resources, he could convert scrapped cabins into ultra modern ergonomically designed air-conditioned cabins in just Rs 30,000/- each. These cabins along with vehicle were earlier fabricated by a civil vendor at the cost of Rs 30 lacs.

Wg Cdr Shrivastava, with his foresight, immaculate planning and perseverance, has provided direction to the personnel of his unit to achieve challenging tasks which helped in reducing the down-time of aircraft and thus enhancing the operational capability of various flying units.

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

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

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Wg Cdr Tarun Kumar Singha 17857 F(P)Unit : South Western Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 06 Announced 26 Jan 06
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Wing Commander Tarun Kumar Singha (17857) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Flying Branch of the IAF on 14 Jun 1985. The Officer during his distinguished service has flown various fighters as well as helicopters held in the inventory of the IAF. He was posted to one of the Helicopter unit in the role of providing logistical support to the far-flung areas in the Eastern Sector, which involved high level of professional competence. The Officer has also done tenure in a Communication Flight in the Eastern Sector, which undertakes the VVIP/VIP Commitments and thus requires highly efficient transport pilots. He is presently posted as the Public Relations Officer, Gandhinagar since 17 Feb 2003. In his prior appointment as Public Relation Officer Shillong, he was awarded a commendation by the CAS on 26 Jan 2002. Again in the present appointment, he was awarded a commendation by the AOC-in-C on 26 Jan 2004, for distinguished service.

Wg Cdr Singha had a mandate to raise a new Public Relations Unit to propagate and highlight the Defence activities in the region. Working with selfless missionary zeal, with ingenuity and resourcefulness, he not only accomplished the mandate in a relatively short period, but has also established relations creditability par excellence with the public and the media in the region. As a result of his untiring and deft initiatives, all the three services has immensely benefited from the positive and widespread media attention. These efforts of his have been duly appreciated by different formations.

Wg Cdr Singha has proven to be an excellent Public Relation Officer for the Armed Forces. Towards spreading awareness of the services and motivating the youth to join the Armed Forces, his initiatives go far beyond the normal brief or call of duty and deserve a special mention. He has conceptualized, scripted and produces a documentary each in English, Gujarati and Marathi on SWAC on the even of the Air Force Day 2004, which was telecast by Doordarshan on their National and Regional Networks. While he achieved this at no cost to the IAF, the returns in terms of positive publicity achieved towards harnessing human resources for the IAF remain incalculable.

For distinguished service of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishist Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Tarun Kumar Singha.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2006 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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Wg Cdr Dhananjai Vishnu Wani 18568 F(P)Unit : 7 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 06 Announced 26 Jan 06
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Wing Commander Dhananjai Vishnu Wani (18568) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Flying Branch of the IAF in 1986. Since Apr 2001 he has been a directing staff at Tactical & Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE) and has been holding the appointment of officer incharge Development. A Fighter Combat Leader Course Instructor, he is an outstanding professional who has proved his mettle in various challenging assignments time and again. He flew more than 45 sorties during 'Op Safed Sagar' and was awarded 'Mention in Dispatches' for his role in the operations. He has over 2900 hrs of accident free flying, which includes 2800 sorties on various MiG-21 variants and over 1200 sorties on the Mirage 2000. He has an in-depth professional knowledge on Air Interception Radars, Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Missiles and other associated avionics of modern day Air Superiority Fighters. He has played a key role in finding operational solutions to various development tasks undertaken at TACDE.

He has been involved in the development of 'BVR' combat tactics and night combat trials for 'special Task' during his tenure at TACDE. He was in charge of developing tactics and their employment during Ex Cope India and was instrumental in the spectacular results achieved during the exercise. He was the Exercise Coordinator, responsible for all aspects of Sindex 04, the first ever IndoSingapore Fighter exercise. His innovation in efficiently utilising the Air Combat Manoeuvring Instrumentation (ACMI) station reduced the debrief time by one third at the same time improving the quality of debriefs during Sindex 04. He has contributed immensely towards both the international exercises, which has enhanced our prestige internationally. His positive attitude, mature approach and analytical ability have been instrumental in bringing about far-reaching changes in TACDE and have been a source of inspiration to others.

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

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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MWO Ramesh Chandra 637051 ORUnit : No.44 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 06 Announced 26 Jan 06
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637051 Master Warrant Officer Ramesh Chandra Flight Signaller was enrolled in the Indian Air Force on 23 May 1979 in Radio Tech trade. He remustered to Flight Signallers trade in Jul 1989. Since then he has flown on AN-12 and IL-76 aircraft and has flown over 5200 hours till date. He has flown extensively on IL-76 aircraft since he converted on the type in Oct 1993 and has clocked over 4100 hrs of operational flying on this strategic aircraft of IAF.

MWO Ramesh Chandra attained Flight Signaler aircrew category A within a short time of remustering to Flight Signallers trade. The MWO has been selected as a supervisor in Flight Signaller trade. During his long tenure as an aircrew instructor MWO Ramesh Chandra has been instrumental in undertaking conversion training of several under-trainee Flight Signalers on various roles of IL-76 aircraft and thereby helped the organisation to improve its operational capability. The professional skill of the MWO has been aptly recognised by various inspecting agencies such as the Aircrew Examination Board and Directorate of Air Staff Inspections (from Air HQ) who have co-opted him several times for examination/inspection duties. His continued zest for knowledge has been a source of inspiration for his subordinates.

His professional skills, depth of knowledge and sense of responsibility were put to real test during the planning and execution of the first multinational exercise codename COOPERTATIVE COPE THUNDER in 2004 along with fighter aircraft of IAF. The Exercise, involved staging of Jaguar aircraft of Indian Air Force halfway across the globe to Alaska (USA) and back, which required meticulous planning and flawless transport support. The sincere and wholehearted involvement of the MWO went beyond the professional requirements from any Flight Signaler. His personal conduct and bearing was par excellence which motivated all other participating aircrew. His leadership capabilities were evident in his handling of all the responsibilities entrusted to him. The important thing here is that the MWO achieved all this with a cheerful countenance in his soft spoken way throughout the exercise.

For his professional excellence, dedication to duty, leadership qualities and distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Master Warrant Officer Ramesh Chandra.

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

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JWO Krushna Chandra Routray 645470 ORUnit : 37 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 06 Announced 26 Jan 06
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645470 Junior Warrant Officer Krushna Chandra Routray Equipment Assistant is on the posted strength of Air Force Station Carnicobar since 12 Apr 2004.

On 26 Dec 2004, Air Force Station Carnicobar was devastated by a severe earthquake followed by Tsunami waves. The only Logistics Officer, Sqn Ldr CM Rodrigues lost his life in the tsunami waves. On realising this tragedy, JWO Routray took on the responsibility of providing logistic succour to the survivors and also the tasks expected of a logistic officer during such a situation. He displayed high standard of responsibility, empathy and maturity in handling and distribution of food and protective clothing to the survivors.

He proved his mettle as a junior leader by organising a logistics team comprising of airmen. He took charge of off-loading all relief material slated for the Station, stocking them. Off-loading the continuous flow of aircraft was a back-breaking task which had to be achieved with the same team of men who themselves were 'survivors' in the true sense. He kept his team motivated and achieved minimum delay and downtime of the aircraft. By the third night, i.e. 28 Dec

2004, he managed to get a makeshift kitchen functional and serve meals to all personnel, thereby contributing immensely to the upliftment of their morale.

For his display of a very high level of initiative, organising capability, leadership skills, empathy and maturity under extremely trying conditions which mitigated the hardships and trauma of the surviving personnel, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Junior Warrant Officer Krushna Chandra Routray.

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

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Air Cmde Kevin Fernandez 12660 MEDUnit : CHAF  Award Date 26 Jan 07 Announced 26 Jan 07
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Air Commodore Kevin Fernandez (12660) Med has been posted as Deputy Commandant, Command Hospital (CH), Air Force Bangalore since 01 Oct 04. During has career spanning 35 years, he had held various important appointments that includes medical officer at various Units and Senior Medical officer of premier flying station.

From the day he took over as Dy Comdt, his stress was on improving clientele satisfaction, both for the ex-servicemen and serving personnel. Infrastructure of existing ECHS polydinic was improved. All ECHS OPD services were brought under one roof and waiting time was reduced. His efforts were instrumental in getting land released for permanent ECHS poly-clinic in Army land near the hospital. Thus over 35,000 ECHS beneficiaries are today happier than ever before. As Senior Executive Medical Officer, he ensured Regimental Medical Officers of surrounding Armed Forces units provided better health care services to their clientele. His liaison with the local Army, Navy and Air Force one star Commanders has helped in improvement of patient facilities in the hospital in the form of water dispensers, colour TVs, landscaping the hospital, roadside pavements for patients and creating additional parking areas. An open door policy to all patients both outdoor and indoor and their kith and kin improved clientele satisfaction to a great level.

In CH, AF Bangalore, training of postgraduates, interns, nurses and medical assistants was closely monitored by the Deputy Commandant. 100% pass in all PG exams held by Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) in April 05 and Probationary Nurses Exams in Oct 05 was achieved. Saving of Rs 1,80,000/- was achieved for the Air force by obtaining an exemption from RGUHS for Helinet - Internet connectivity through RGUHS portel to gain access to over 300 medical journals. Para Medical Training was stepped up and recognition was obtained for ten courses by paramedical board of Karnataka Govt., whereby Air Force medical assistants could now obtain diploma in various subjects unlike in other services and would have brighter rehabilitation prospects. The Air Force team was trained under the supervision of Deputy Comdt, which won the second prize at the Inter Services Nursing Competition held at AMC Centre, Lucknow in Nov 05 where seven teams participated.

His organizational ability was utilized for annual Indian Society of Aerospace Medicine conference held in Sept 05, hospital anniversary, Air Force day and AMC day. His liaison with Indian Space Research Organization went a long way in obtaining hardware gratis for the Air Force for setting up the Telemedidne hub at CH by 08 Oct 05 and completing phase-1 connectivity with remote Air force bases and CH for specialist consultancy. His untiring effort to get going the E- medical education through telemedidne is praiseworthy.

His hard work, commitment, dedication and pleasant interpersonal relationship went a long way in winning the Raksha Mantri Trophy in Nov 05 for the best CH in the country.

For his distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Kevin Fernandez.

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

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Air Cmde Karunakaran Nair Velaudhan Nair 13082 ADMUnit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 07 Announced 26 Jan 07
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Air Commodore Karunakaran Nair Velayudhan Nair (13082) Adm was commissioned in the Administrative Branch of the Indian Air Force on 17 Jun 1972. During his career spanning 34 years, he held various important command, staff and field appointments and rendered distinguished service with selfless devotion. He is a graduate of College Of Defence Management and was commended by AOC-in-C SWAC and the Chief of Air Staff.

Early in his career, the Air officer received the Flight Safety 'Good Show' recognition for his exceptional controlling skills in safely recovering a fighter aircraft in a grave emergency operating over desserts under dark night conditions. As the CO of an Air Defence Unit, he single handedly and with commendable dispatch coordinated and streamlined the mammoth task of ensuring smooth inbound and outbound transit of personnel and military stores of the Indian Peace Keeping Forces operating in Sri Lanka. When handpicked and nominated to represent IAF in the Organizing Committees of Commonwealth and World Cup Shooting Championships, he conceptualized and meticulously executed the spectacular opening and closing ceremonies of these events in most impressive manner befitting international standards. In his capacity as JD (Ceremonials) at Air HQ, he was instrumental in coordinating the first ever 'Air warrior Symphonic Concert', a musical exposition by IAF Bands which was an extravaganza widely applauded by the discerning audience for its spic and span organization.

As Chief administrative Officer of a large base, he was particularly concerned of the well being and welfare of subordinates and was instrumental in providing impetus to development projects conceived for improving quality of life of the air warriors, DSC personnel and civilians alike. When a SU-30 Squadron was to be inducted to the base, notwithstanding the very meager preparatory time available, he effectively leveraged all the facilities on base and meticulously planned and fine tuned support services in an extraordinary manner and optimized their responses to ensure smooth induction as per schedule.

The Air officer assumed charge as Provost Marshal (Air), Air HQ in Oct 04. Under his dynamic leadership, and through personal involvement, he steered and influenced the 29 provost units spread wide across the country with renewed synergy and purposeful focus in their work thus improving security practices in IAF. In recognition of his vast experience and professional knowledge in the field of security, the Air officer was nominated as an expert to represent IAF in the bilateral security talks in USA with the US Pacific Air Force. The Air Officer displayed professional wisdom and visionary zeal in conceptualizing and coordinating multifaceted commando training of Garuds to make them fit and confident to undertake lethal and precision operations in any risk prone environment. It is due to his exemplary efforts and unflinching sense of purpose that the making of Garuds into a well-knit and battle ready operational commando outfit was realised well ahead of the schedule for deployment in sensitive bases in J&K Sector and as part of the UN Peacekeeping Forces ex- India.

For his distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Karunakaran Nair Velayudhan Nair.

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

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Air Cmde Pankaj Mehrotra 13316 AE(M)Unit : South Western Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 07 Announced 26 Jan 07
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Air Commodore Pankaj Mehrotra (13316) AE (M) was commissioned on 01 Jan 73 in the Engineering Branch of the IAF. During 33 years of distinguished service, he has held several key assignments, including Senior Technical Officer of three Fighter/Bomber Squadrons, Chief of Aircraft at Base Repair Depot (BRD), Chief Engineering Officer (CEO) of an AF Station, Command Engineering Officer Headquarters South Western Air Command (HQ SWAC) IAF, Director Engg D (T) at Air HQ, Chief Training Officer at AF Station, Jalahalli and Command Engineering Officer HQ SAC. Presently, he is posted as Command Engineering Officer at HQ SWAC, IAF. Trained abroad on Mirage 2000 aircraft (ac), he commanded Technical Type Conversion Unit (Mirage 2000), which was raised by him in Oct 88. As Chief of Aircraft at one of the prestigious BRD, from Aug 95 to Dec 96, the officer successfully planned and executed the task of indigenous overhaul of the first AN-32 ac in IAF and also formulated life extension checks for AN-32 ac. He brought in significant improvement in maintenance standards at the BRD by providing distinctive thrust on selfreliance and effective management. As CEO of an important AF Station during Dec 96-Oct 98, he was instrumental in optimizing the serviceability of transport ac fleets consistently at highest levels. During May 01- Jun 04, as Director Engg D (T) at Air HQ, the Air Officer seamlessly accomplished the task of managing the complete Russian Transport ac fleet of IL-76, AN-32 and the newly acquired Air-toAir Refueller IL-78 ac with professional ability and acumen while negotiating contracts with foreign vendors. During this period, IL-76 and IL-78 ac took part in foreign expeditions in Alaska, enhancing the country's image abroad and contributing towards operational efficiency. During Jun 04 - Dec 04, as Chief of Training at training institute, he was instrumental in successful implementation of JITT (Just In Time Training) concept at airmen training institutes at Bangalore.

As Command Engineering Officer at HQ SWAC, he exhibited creativity and ingenuity of extremely high order in sustaining the serviceability and mission availability of all types of state of art fighter ac and UAVs as well as transport ac/helicopters/micro lights operated by units under SWAC. His personal involvement coupled with his vast exposure has immensely assisted SWAC operational units in enhancing maintenance discipline. His experience has facilitated in timely setting up of Second Line Servicing facilities for Su-30 MKI, MiG-27 (UPG) and MiG-21 (BISON) ac in SWAC.

For distinguished service of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal to Air Commodore Pankaj Mehrotra.

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

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Air Cmde Prashid Basu 13828 AE(L)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 07 Announced 26 Jan 07
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Air Commodore Prashid Basu (13828) AE (L) was commissioned in the IAF on 06 Jan 75. During his career spanning 30 years, he had held important field and staff appointments which includes Engineering officer in Helicopter Unit, Directing staff at training Establishment and Commanding Officer of Signals Unit. The Air Officer is functioning as Principal Director Signals (Air) at Air HQ (VB) wef 08 Jun 05.

On assuming charge in this key appointment, he took a number of initiatives towards modernizing VHF/UHF communica tion and recording equipment, crystallizing requirements for Disaster Management Communication. He rationalized the on going projects and provided alternate solutions for special operational projects, which resulted in a saving to the exchequer of several crores of rupees. He took additional initiative to liaise with MoD and obtained clearance for a large number of projects which had been delayed for many years.

Amongst the major achievements of Air Officer has been the finalisation of deal with the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, wherein he orchestrated a modus operandi to modernize and enhance the operational communication of the IAF. The entire project for the Indian Air Force is being funded by Ministry of Communication & IT at a cost of approximately Rs 650 crore. It was his special management skills which resulted in conclusion of the project to lay fibre optic cables and end equipment at 152 locations in the IAF, in return for releasing additional bandwidth for civil mobile operators. Air Commodore Basu has thus laid the foundation for an 'Information Expressway' with the state-of-the-art communication equipment, to meet the operational requirements of the IAF for the next 20 years. The Project definition includes structured cabling an optical fibre across 152 IAF locations and end-to-end secured communication solutions based on voice-data-video convergence, integrated messaging system, implementation of Data centers and high-speed backup SATCOM system.

For his distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Prashid Basu.

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

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Gp Capt Asit Kumar Adhikari 13889 ADM/ATCUnit : 5 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 07 Announced 26 Jan 07
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Group Captain Asit Kumar Adhikari (13889) Adm/ATC was commissioned in the IAF on 18 Jan 75. During his tenure as an ATC officer, he attained his Cat 'A' and had been SATCO at three premiere fighter Wings of IAF. He held various important appointments such as CO, TGCA Sqn and CO Maintenance Command (Unit). At Maintenance Command (Unit), for his dedication and result oriented approach, he was awarded CAS commendation. While serving at Air HQ (VB), as DDPA-II and D Org, he contributed effectively in formulating policies related to personnel and organisation. At AF Station Srinagar, as Chief Administrative Officer (C Adm O), the officer performed commendably and was selected to visit USA for security appreciation. Subsequently, he was selected to undergo General Management Course at National Institute of Management at Kolkata, and on completion of course, was posted to a fighter Wing in Mar 2005 as C Adm O. On taking over as C Adm O of AF Station Kalaikunda in Mar 05, the officer was entrusted with execution of major works services and numerous admin related tasks that were urgently required for the smooth conduct of major international air exercises, planned to be held in this station in Nov 05 & Jan 06. The officer accepted the challenge and worked relentlessly with firm determination for successful completion of the assignment. Armed with his professional knowledge and experience, he led the Adm Support Group from front and as a result work services amounting to Rs 10.5 Crores were successfully completed in record time. However, this Herculean task did not deter him from focusing his attention to other routine administrative schedule. He worked tirelessly to ensure that all the maintenance works were executed efficiently and timely. Due to his persistent efforts and administrative acumen, the entire station was brought up to an international standard. His ceaseless involvement in procurement of quality items for various messes from public and non-public funds resulted in enhancement of the quality of life in the station which was highly appreciated by all visiting dignitaries and foreign delegates.

The officer's perseverance and strive for excellence continued even in handling security matters of the station. He was able to develop good rapport with the civil agencies in a short time. This was appreciably discernable with the kind of unconditional support extended by civil administration to tackle the protest meeting organised by local political parties, prior to commencement of Indo-US exercise. As a result of good coordination, both international exercises i.e., COPE INDIA 05 & SINDEX 06 which were held in this base, passed off without any untoward incident.

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

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

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Air Cmde Ramesh Goyal 14567 F(P)Unit : Eastern Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 07 Announced 26 Jan 07
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Air Commodore Ramesh Goyal (14567) F (P) was commissioned as a fighter pilot on 13 Jun; 76. He is a Fighter Combat Leader and Pilot Attack Instructor with over 3000 h of accident free flying. In 1988, he was commended by CAS for enhancing the operational status of a fighter squadron and displaying extra ordinary skill/professional knowledge. Besides serving as a Directing staff in TACDE, he has held key appointments of Flt Cdr in a MiG-29 Squadron, CO MOFTU, Command Air Defence Officer in HQ Western Air Command and Director Operations (Air Defence) at Air HQ.

The Air Officer is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and Army War College at Mhow. During Op Prakaram, he was Chief Operations Officer of the premier fighter base. As Director, Air Defence at Air HQ in 2003-04, his contribution towards efficient management and enhancement of Op potential of entire Air Defence fleet was note worthy. He was made responsible for conduct of Indo-US international level exercise Cope India-04 and enhancement of Indo-French Cooperation. Towards this, he led the Indian delegation to France for Air Staff meeting with the French Air Force and was a member of Executive Steering group meeting at Hawai in 2003-04.

After taking over as Ops-lA of HQ Eastern Air Command (EAC) in Apr 05, he revised the EAC Op Instructions. He was the chief coordinator from HQ EAC for work up and conduct phase of Indo-US joint exercise Cope India-05, followed by the joint exercise between IAF and RSAF (Sindex-06) in Jan 06. Both exercises were conducted very effi ciently. In Feb 06, the officer was made responsible for planning and conduct of air displays at Guwahati, Shillong and Aizwal, as part of IAF awareness campaign in the North East region. All the displays were conducted in a professional and efficient manner.

On being promoted to Air Cmde, he was appointed as Air-I HQ EAC in Mar 06. He has used his operational experience and knowledge to enhance the flying effort in Combat Sqns and improve the Op potential of fighter sqns and AD units. A command level operational exercise Poorvi Abhyas was successfully conducted for the first time after a gap of seven years. The Air-I section under the Air Officer was responsible for planning and conduct of this exercise.

For distinguished service of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Ramesh Goyal.

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

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Gp Capt Pramod Shankarrao Shinde 14784 AE(M)Unit : 32 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 07 Announced 26 Jan 07
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Group Captain Pramod Shankarrao Shinde (14784) AE (M) was commissioned in the IAF on 03 Jan 77. During the past 29 years he has held various important field and staff appointments. Presently, he is Chief Engineering Officer (CEO) of Air Force Station Jodhpur since 03 Jun 04.

The officer has rich and varied experience of GW System, Helicopter and Fighter stream of the IAF. He has held many key appointments as SEO of a Fighter Squadron, SPE of MiG-23 overhaul in BRD, CEO of a MiG-21 base, Commanding Officer of a BRD and C Eng O A of HQ MC. The officer a qualified Cat 'A' Flight Engineer on Mi-8/Mi-17 helicopters with 1250 flying hours and AF Examiner in AEB. He was the member of the prestigious VIII Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica in 1988-89.He has passed the Technical Staff Officers Course from IAT Pune with Directing Staff grading. He was commended twice by the CAS in 1982 and 2000 respectively and by AOC-in-C WAC in 1992.

During his tenure as CO of BRD, the depot achieved highest production ever and indigenised large number of critical items, thus achieving huge savings in foreign exchange. The depot was adjudged the Best Mini BRD for the year 2000-01 and was granted ISO-9002 certification under his dynamic leadership. The officer is presently posted as CEO of premier fighter Wing and due to his professional excellence has left an indelible mark on every field of technologists' activities of the Wing. The officer inducted upgraded MiG-21 Bison aircraft and set up Bison Tech Flight with a modern avionics lab at the wing. During his tenure as CEO he improved the serviceability and condition of Common user and Specialist vehicles. During annual Command MT inspection in 2004-05 the highest assessment during previous 6 years was achieved. The Wing was also assessed as Best Fighter Station for the year 2004-05, under HQ SWAC.

MiG-27 Squadron at the base has been designated as first MiG-27 Squadron to be upgraded with modern avionics systems. The officer with his meticulous planning, professional excellence and organizational skills has completed training of air warriors on DGM and LRMTS with proper co-ordination with OEM and successfully commissioned the testers. His valuable suggestions for the work services and judicious utilisation of existing labs for installation of I level testers for MiG27 Upgrade has earned savings of approx. Rs. 3 crores. The station has achieved approx 15000 hours of flying during his tenure without any accident and NIL incident due to Human Error (Ground Crew). Under his guidance and tutelage the base has done many innovations like fabrication of tester for HF set and Radio Compass ARK-UD for MI-17, tester for R-864 HF set, tester for KOMAR-2M emergency radio set of MiG-21/27 etc. The innovations were especially praised by the CAS during his visit to base on 24 Dec 05.

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

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

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Gp Capt Jagjeet Singh 14814 AE(L)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 07 Announced 26 Jan 07
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Group Captain Jagjeet Singh (14814) AE (L) was commissioned on 03 Jan 77 in the Engineering branch of the IAF. In 29 years of distinguished service, he has held several appointments that include Senior Technical Officer of both a flying squadron as well as SAM-HI Squadron, CO of Technical Type Training School, Chief Engineering Officer of an ab-initio flying training institute and Senior Technical Instructor at Air Force Technical College. He has also been the OC of Technical Support Squadron at Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment. He holds a post-graduate degree in Engineering and Post Graduate Diploma in Material Management.

The officer was initially trained on Pechora system and after a long tenure of 14 years was brought into aircraft stream. Due to his dedication and hard work, the officer quickly adjusted to the nuances of tarmac and manmanagement and made a place for himself in Mirage fleet. As CO of Mirage Technical Type Training School in Apr 98, he was responsible for introduction of state of art training aids and conduct of environmental studies on Mirage-2000 aircraft. In Mar 02, the officer was posted to Air Force Academy (AFA) as Chief Engineering Officer, where basic flying training is imparted to the cadets. The job demanded foresightedness, sustained dedication and professional competence. His tenure at AFA was extremely successful with regard to efficient management of resources to meet time bound flying training task.

During his tenure at Air HQ as Director of Engineering Mirage since 20 Dec 04, the officer was responsible for techno-logistics maintenance of the Mirage fleet which involves import and indigenous procurement beside managing high fleet serviceability and repair and overhaul of items. Some of the major projects which were perceived during this period are induction of ten additional aircraft, ageing study on Mirage-2000 aircraft, updation of Depot Level Maintenance documentation and overhaul of Main Fuel Control Unit.

The officer has an experience of more than 10 years in the maintenance of Mirage-2000 fleet. He has an extra ordinary capacity for hard work and determination. He is a gogetter who can be trusted upon to undertake any type of task. The officer with his foresight, accurate planning and perseverance, was able to provide a new direction to the personnel of his Directorate.

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

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

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Gp Capt Gurudev Lingayya Hiremath 14947 ADMUnit : 4 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 07 Announced 26 Jan 07
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Group Captain Gurudev Lingayya Hiremath (14947) Adm was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 10 Jun 1977. He has held various important and sensitive posts including CO of a Liaison Unit, Chief Training Officer of a Training Establishment and Chief Adm Officer (C Adm O) of a flying training base. Due to his exceptional performance he was commended once by AOC-in-C and twice by the Chief of the Air Staff. He continues to be very enthusiastic in every task assigned to him.

Since 01 Apr 04, he has been functioning as C Adm O at Air Force Station, Agra. He has earned a reputation for providing a fair, transparent and considerate administration resulting in overall satisfaction and high morale of the personnel. He was instrumental in sorting out long outstanding land matters and successfully claimed ownership of unattended land. Encroachment clearance including demolition of unauthorised structures was executed very systematically without any adverse reaction from the civilian population. During his two year tenure as C Adm O, the Stn has been awarded with 'Pride of CAC' Trophy and 'Best in Adm' Trophy.

He is methodical in his approach towards work services. His untiring efforts have resulted in a total transformation of living conditions in the station bringing about a quantum improvement in services. Due to his close supervision and monitoring, prestigious Air Force projects like Hydrant Refuelling System and Married Accommodation Project, are progressing as per schedule with strict adherence to quality control. He incorporated several innovative modifications and improvements in the ongoing Married Accommodation Project for higher user satisfaction. He has significantly contributed in crystallisation of AWACS Induction Plan at the Air Force Station. He has successfully introduced a zero garbage scheme where the domestic waste is collected and converted into useful eco friendly manure. This scheme is an example for other stations to emulate. He efficiently organised major activities like Suryakiran aerobatic show, static displays, cultural and sports events adding colour to the life in the station. All these tasks required efforts beyond the call of duty which was cheerfully accepted compromising his personal comforts. Leading from the front and through personal example he provided an impetus to the Adm Support Group which rose to meet challenges of diverse nature with zeal and vigour.

For his distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Gurudev Lingayya Hiremath.

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

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Gp Capt Anup Kumar Patnaik 15295 AE(L)Unit : 10 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 07 Announced 26 Jan 07
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Group Captain Anup Kumar Patnaik (15295) AE (L) was commissioned on 04 Jan 1978. In 28 years of distinguished service, he has held several field and staff appointments. The officer w.e.f. 01 Oct 04 is on the posted strength of Air Force Station Jorhat, as Chief Engineering Officer (CEO).

A highly qualified and experienced engineer on aircraft, electronic warfare and signals intelligence, the officer, in his 28 years of service, commanded a Ground Electronic Surveillance Unit, set up the Engineering Faculty for Aeronautical Engineer's ab-initio training at Air Force Academy as the first Chief Instructor and held important appointments at Air Headquarter including Joint Director Operations (Information & Electronic Warfare) and as Director Engineering 'B'for non-Russian transport aircraft and helicopters. The officer interfaced Electronic Cipher Line machines with Personal Computers in 1991 for which he was commended by the CAS in 1992.

On taking over as CEO Jorhat, he focused his attention on building up AN-32 serviceability, which, at that time, was only 44 %. He was able to recover five out of eight AOG aircraft within twelve months from the two AN-32 Squadrons on the base. Through liaison with Base Repair Depots, Equipment Depots, Command Headquarters and Air HQ and non stop effort at the Air Force Station, average serviceability crossed 80% by March 06. By Apr 06, both squadrons had independently achieved 100 % serviceability. The officer then took on a seemingly impossible task. He planned availability of 20 ac out of the 24 from both Squadrons, to enable a record breaking 20 ac fly past, unprecedented for the AN-32 fleet of the IAF. With ingenuity, planning, and relentless hard work, he achieved the unprecedented. On 31 May 06, both the Squadrons flew 10 AN-32s each in two formations, making history for the Air Force Station, Jorhat and for the transport fleet of the IAF.

The officer's achievements extended to all aspects of engineering on the Wing. He was instrumental in carrying out a major BEML wheel dozer repair locally by retrieving spares from a BER vehicle of Air Force Station Kalaikunda saving Rs 11 lakhs to the exchequer. He installed inverter lights on both sides of the main runway, to cater for failure of the commercial power supply until the DG set took over the load. By personal liaison with EAC and Air HQ, he ensured despatch of 300 life expired heavy bombs by road to stock holding depot, a task pending for the last two years due to non-availability of railway wagons. The Instrument Landing System on the Station had been unserviceable since 1998, and all attempts to obtain spares had failed. Using existing components, he ensured that it was made serviceable on 01 May 06 and has remained serviceable since then. Serviceability of navigational aids and communication equipment, vehicles etc were maintained at 98-99% for the past one year despite their vintage. His inspired leadership, sustained hard work and professional pride instilled in his engineering team, made these outstanding achievements possible.

For his outstanding contributions, foresight, personal involvement and distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Anup Kumar Patnaik.

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

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Gp Capt Yugal Kishore Negi 15351 LGSUnit : 29 Equipment Depot  Award Date 26 Jan 07 Announced 26 Jan 07
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Group Captain Yugal Kishore Negi (15351) Lgs was commissioned on 08 Jun 78. He has varied experience in the field of logistics and has been excelling in all aspects of his profession as well as administration. He has held several important appointments which include Chief Logistics Officer (CLO) of two premier Base Repair Depots (BRD), Senior Logistics Officer of a flying base, Asst Dir Purchase, Dy Chief Examiner at GEB, OC of MC/MF Dett and SO to AOC-in-C, MC, IAF. Ever since taking over the command of Equipment Depot in Kanpur, the officer due to his dynamic vision and forward planning has been actively engaged in extensive planning and timely procurement to meet the production targets of the BRDs.

The officer has demonstrated outstanding managerial qualities and vision in steering the multifarious logistics activities during his CLO tenures. The BRDs were able to achieve their task in desired time frame due to his foresightedness, and ability to maintain uninterrupted supply of spares on account of timely periodical reviews and their constant monitoring. His dedicated contributions helped to synergise the various techno-logistics activities of the depot, and his invaluable contributions in all spheres helped 11 BRD in achieving the 'Best BRD Trophy' for two consecutive years. Besides, the overall satisfaction level of demands of field units enhanced manifold.

With his exceptional leadership qualities, as CO of Equipment Depot he has been able to motivate and get all his personnel to work towards his vision, which has resulted in proactive logistics support. Non-moving inventory worth Rs. 288.32 crores was gainfully identified and utilised during his tenure. In addition, a saving of Rs. 12,21,465/- accrued to the state on account of effective utilisation of his knowledge on purchase matters. The depot under his able leadership was awarded the "Best ED" trophy for the year 2005. The officer is socially and militarily impeccable. He positively bonds the work environment and the air-warrior fabric.

For his outstanding professional acumen, exemplary dynamism, dedication and distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Yugal Kishore Negi.

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

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Gp Capt Divakar Paul Upot 15544 F(P)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 07 Announced 26 Jan 07
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Group Captain Divakar Paul Upot (15544) F (P) was commissioned as a pilot in the Flying Branch on 30 Dec 78. He has held the appointments of the CO of a fighter squadron, Directing Staff at TACDE and College of Air Warfare and the Chief Operations Officer (COO) of a premier flying base. The officer is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy. He did his post graduation in Military Studies from the College of Defence Management.

As COO of Air Force Station Adampur, the officer earned a reputation for himself for his proactive approach and vision. He worked tirelessly to provide a safe flying environment with improved quality of flying and handled numerous Air exercises professionally that kept the combat units at the base in a high state of operational readiness. This resulted in the station being declared as the Best Operational Wing for two consecutive years.

Gp Capt Upot was specially selected to serve as Staff Officer to the Chief of the Air Staff in Jan 05. As Staff Officer, he was instrumental in meticulous planning of the daily programme/appointments of the CAS, visits within and outside the country, preparation of visit reports, speeches, addresses and various other activities that ensured smooth functioning of the Secretariat. His professional competence and managerial skill was at work in the secretariat as not only he himself worked relentlessly to perfection but guided other Staff Officers and Staff to follow his footsteps.

For his distinguished service of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Divakar Paul Upot.

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

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Gp Capt Prabir Chakraborty 15632 AE(L)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 07 Announced 26 Jan 07
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Group Captain Prabir Chakraborty (15632) AE (L) was commissioned on 01 Jan 79 in the Engineering Branch of IAF. In the 27 years of distinguished service, he has held several important assignments that include Senior Technical Officer at Institute of Aviation Medicine and Command ADGES Maintenance Officer at HQ Maintenance Command before taking over as Director ADGES (Radar) at Air HQ.

The officer is trained on THD-1955 Radars, which is the backbone of Air Defence in the IAF. He has been intensively involved during the installation of three THD radars and has had extensive tenures in THD Radar units in various capacities. His professional acumen combined with vast knowledge, hands-onexperience and competence has resulted in betterment of the THD systems in the IAF.

Major overhaul and upgradation of THD1955 is a highly skill oriented and intricate technical activity demanding extensive coordination, monitoring and correction. The activity used to be completed in a period of 6-8 months. During Sep 05, the officer, drawing upon his skills and expertise, evolved an ambitious plan of carrying out overhaul of these radars and their upgradation together in an integrated manner. By utilising appropriate management and production techniques, he was able to get the task completed in just three months, thus preparing a new template for such an activity. This not only increased the radar availability in the IAF but also resulted in significant saving of manpower. His singular skills and expertise have resolved numerous technical snags in the system. His experience in the system has also led to avoiding over-provisioning, which would have led to unnecessary expenditure and non-moving stocks.

The officer is a thorough professional, highly motivated and has tremendous ability to impart knowledge to others. He is a good organiser and has organised numerous workshops on the system for enhancing field-level knowledge and skill. He has repeatedly exhibited singularly laudable performance, which has enhanced Air Defence capabilities of IAF.

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

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

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Gp Capt Ravinder Sharma 15646 AE(M)Unit : 3 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 07 Announced 26 Jan 07
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Group Captain Ravinder Sharma (15646) AE (M) was commissioned on 01 Jan 79 in the Engineering branch of the IAF and is presently on the posted strength of Air Force Station Palam since 01 Dec 03. In 27 years of distinguished service, he has held several important staff and field appointments that include Senior Technical officer (STO) of Mi-35 attack helicopter squadrons, CO of two Training Schools, Senior Engineer (Mechanical) of a fighter base and joint director for helicopter maintenance at Air HQ.

Whilst being the STO of Mi-25 Helicopter Squadron (Sqn) in Oct 87, the officer was entrusted with the challenging responsibility of deploying the Sqn for overseas operations as part of IPKF at a very short notice. Under trying circumstances in the unfamiliar terrain, the officer handled the whole gamut of complex operations diligently with unflagging zeal. As a result, his resourcefulness blended with technical expertise stood the Sqn in good stead in maintaining an accident/incident free record during the entire tenure with IPKF.

Owing to the exceptional professional acumen, he was one amongst few officers who were selected to undergo maintenance conversion course on Mi-35 helicopters in erstwhile USSR in Sep 89. On return he was instrumental in erection and subsequent induction of Mi-35 helicopters to the Air Force inventory. As STO of Mi-35 helicopter Sqn, he designed and indigenized few test equipment and simplified servicing procedures for which he was commended by the Chief of Air Staff in Jan 95. As the CO of the Workshop Training Institute (WTI), he created high quality training facilities and documents which paved the way towards recognition of training at WTI equivalent to Engineering diploma by the All India Council of Technical Education.

The officer was appointed as Chief Engineering Officer of Air Force Station Palam on 01 Dec 03. Since then, Station's impeccable record of accident free flying of over 20,000 hrs stand as a mute testimony to the officer's leadership qualities, exhaustive technical skills and devotion to duty. With his charismatic personality, he carried the whole team in synergy towards realization of the organizational goals. This was amply evident when Dornier aircraft of the Station not only achieved 100% serviceability after a gap of 20 years but also sustained it for one month. He also played a pivotal role in induction of Embraer aircraft in the IAF for VVIP role and setting up its type training facilities at this station in record time. The officer created an environment of technical excellence in the station that prompted a series of innovations which included design and fabrication of mini tarmac sweeping machine, ac washing rigs and onboard work station for operating special equipment on Dornier ac. During Air Force Day Parade 2005, the officer with imaginative innovations, conceptualized and created an exceptional parade backdrop, which was highly appreciated and won the Air Force many accolades from the sister services as well civil dignitaries.

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

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Shirish Baban Deo 15681 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 07 Announced 26 Jan 07
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Group Captain Shirish Baban Deo VM (15681) F (P) commissioned as a fighter pilot in the IAF, had stood first in flying and went on to accumulate over 3900 accident free flying hours. He has been the Directing Staff at Flying Instructor School and Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment. An exceptional professional, he has shown impeccable performance in the field. He has won trophies in every gunnery meet he has participated. For his exceptional devotion to duty, he has been awarded VM in 01.

At Air HQ, he was responsible for the design, planning and implementation of the Air HQ Operations Centre, an excellent design which has been replicated at National and Command HQs level. As the member secretary of the Chiefs of Staff Committee on Air Defence programme he helped in focusing the strategy. As Chief Operations Officer at Air Force Station Pathankot he designed the Graphical User Interface and Algorithms for the Campus Area Network - a break through towards IT automation at no cost to the organisation.

On taking over Signals Unit (SU), he conceived, designed and implemented a method to pass the latest weather radar picture to over 2950 users on WACNET. This was done entirely from the existing resources without any expenditure. He also conceived, designed and led the team that produced the Radar Data Extraction and Display Software without any expenditure of Public funds. This software enables extraction of radar data and its display at remote locations. Cost of such software and its implementation in the commercial market is millions of dollars. The software also permits remote Simulated Intercepts thus avoiding large expenditure on frequent temporary duties of Fighter Controllers. The officer also designed and developed a large area smoke generator, using components of obsolete systems, that performs as well as the foreign make smoke generators costing Rs 5.65 Crores. He was instrumental in developing a GPS Jammer noise source that can be used to jam hostile missiles using GPS.

Radar at the SU has shown significantly improved availability by reviewing the maintenance schedule under his leadership. Radar maintenance and quality control software developed by him enables fine tuning of the radar parameters. He has also brought about a sea change in the Station Administration.

For his distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Shirish Baban Deo VM.

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Sudhanshu Rath 15726 F(P)Unit : 21 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 07 Announced 26 Jan 07
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Group Captain Sudhanshu Rath (15726) F (P) was commissioned in the flying branch of the IAF on 03 Dec 79. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor, Instrument Rating Instructor and Examiner (IRIE) and a graduate from Defence Service Staff College. He has over 3000 hours of fighter flying to his credit and has been flight commander of three fighter squadrons. He has been in the operational staff at a Command HQ. While working as the Command Flight Safety Officer, he developed an Operational Risk Management matrix for all types of aircraft which went a long way in enhancing flight safety. He also introduced the concept papers for Air Warrior Team and Multi-Skilling, which were further institutionalized and extended to all the Commands of the IAF.

During the last two years, he has been the Chief Operations Officer at the highest operational airfield in the world. He has worked incessantly with exceptional devotion to duty under trying circumstances and brought about significant enhancement in the operational efficiency of the base. He established a very strong bond of mutual support with the associated Army Corps, para-military forces and civil administration of Leh and Kargil and thereby became a single point contact for all these agencies in time of need. Also, he shouldered the additional responsibility of officiating as the Station Commander of the base for over six months continuously. He managed the station creditably and today all officers of the station look up to him for advice and guidance on varied matters. His personal efforts in managing with reduced strength of officers and handling of certain critical situations at the station have been highly appreciated by Command HQs and all the visiting senior officers. Apart from this, his presentations on Air Force activities and interaction with all the visiting teams from various training institutions from within the country and abroad, have been of a very high order, thus projecting a good image of the IAF. Through his personal involvement and drive, he also ensured that the air maintenance task of the base was expeditiously achieved and the highest ever tonnages were achieved for two successive years.

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

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Chandalingappa Sannachandappa Havaldar 16256 ADM/ATCUnit : 1 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 07 Announced 26 Jan 07
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Group Captain Chandalingappa Sannachandappa Havaldar (16256) Adm/ ATC was commissioned in the IAF on 13 Dec 80 and has been on the posted strength of premier fighter Station wef 19 Jul 04 as the Chief Administrative Officer. He has held key appointments like Directing Staff (Adm) in Air Force Academy and Air Force Administrative College and JD Air Staff Inspection (Adm) at Air HQ in the past.

In AF station Srinagar, the officer has made persistent efforts to improve the admin services and initiated a number of projects to improve the quality of life of personnel. His judicious utilization of Human Resources has ensured the proper monitoring of the works services and the completion of jobs such as stabilized power supply, water filtration plant, hot water plants etc. He has ensured optimum management of the Non-Public Funds to build up the infrastructures at the station.

This station had to undertake massive relief operations in Kashmir valley following two natural disasters - one of unprecedented snowfall in February 2005 and the other of a massive earthquake in October 2005. During both these relief operations the station had to manage totally undefined and new administrative challenges where the officer performed as the lynchpin of the operations. For the first time in its history the IAF adopted four earthquake affected villages at the Indo-Pak border. Once the relief operations got over the station was tasked to undertake complete rehabilitation of about 600 families in these villages amidst a situation of security threat. It was under the officer's supervision that all the measures of development of infrastructures and distribution of rations were conducted.

For his distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Chandalingappa Sannachandappa Havaldar.

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Archan Kumar Bhattacharya 16322 AE(M)Unit : 5 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 07 Announced 26 Jan 07
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Group Captain Archan Kumar Bhattacharya (16322) AE (M) was commissioned on 05 Jan 81. He has held several important appointments during his career. As Chief Engineering Officer (CEO) of premier Wing, the Wing was adjudged 'Best in Maintenance' in EAC. As Senior Technical Officer of Sqn, he was instrumental in achieving above average in maintenance during DASI and the Sqn earned "The Best Fighter Sqn in SWAC". He was commended by AOC-in-C for these.

As CEO of Air Force Station Kalaikunda, he brought up the serviceability of MiG-27 aircraft considerably and was directly involved in achieving 100% serviceability for 18 Sqn in Dec 05. Besides, he has a distinctive thrust on self-help approach by utilising the Station workshop. Under his able guidance, a fixture for replacement of wing sealing panel for MiG-27 ac was successfully fabricated and thus completely eliminated the requirement of HAL assistance on these issues. This innovation not only saved the money to exchequer but also reduced the down time of aircraft. His accomplishments further include prompt and planned recovery of prolonged AOG ac, fabrication of Landing Gear Flushing Rig, optimum utilisation of Structural Repair Bay, extensive repairs/modifications of MT vehicles, recovery of two downgraded MRS and overhauling of BEML tractor thus saving large amount of money to the exchequer.

His obsession to improve aircraft maintenance standards continuously did not deter him from focusing his attention on other technical activities. Due to his active involvement, approach lights, runway lead in lights and ORP lights could be made operational after being unserviceable for close to a decade. His initiative and constant hard work brought up the standard of Maintenance Control and Co-ordination Flight to a 'Centre of Excellence' which deserve a special mention.

All the tasks allotted to maintenance Group were completed successfully well in time prior to Exercise COPE INDIA 05 and S1NDEX 06. An effective maintenance support was provided to foreign and IAF sqns which was appreciated by one and all. This would not have been possible without his immaculate planning, positive attitude and effective leadership towards achieving the goal. The same was also appreciated during CASI and DASI visits. The overall assessment for Maintenance Support Group by DASI was Av Plus, while being assessed Above Average in number of other sections. Armament Sqn being one of those sections has now been designated as "Centre of Excellence" by HQ EAC.

Apart from his professional jobs, he was entrusted to bring up the standard of Officers' mess and Officers' Institute to a desired level to meet the requirements of EX COPE INDIA 05 and Republic of Singapore Air Force operating from this base. Officers' Mess, Living-in accommodation and Institute has been brought up to an international standard which was highly appreciated by the IAF and foreign delegations.

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

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Devi Prasad Pani 16428 ADM/FCUnit : Air Defence College  Award Date 26 Jan 07 Announced 26 Jan 07
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Wing Commander Devi Prasad Pani (16428) Adm/FC was commissioned on 11 Jun 81 in the Administration branch of the IAF. He is a graduate from Defence Services Staff College and a Category AYE Master Fighter Controller. The officer has held important assignment of Chief Operations Officer of an Air Defence direction Center for two years and Joint Director air Staff Inspection at Air HQ for four years. For his dedication and devotion to the service he has been commended by the Chief of the air Staff in 1996 and 2004. Currently he is posted as commanding Officer of Air Defence College, Air Force since 2004.

On assuming the command, with his innovative idea he submitted a detailed proposal for designing an Air Defence Simulator which would facilitate in providing realistic practical training and result in saving a huge sum of money required for flying effort. The simulator is now ready to be inducted in the IAF. This simulator would not only bring in qualitative improvement in the training standard but would also increase the operational potential of the Air Defence crew. The IAF would, now be saving a huge amount of costly flying hours which was required for training activities. This simulator has given the IAF a quantum jump in its potential. This effort of officer speaks volumes about his vision, dedication and insatiable desire for progress.

Keeping in mind the current and anticipated requirements of Air Defence, he has not only revised all the syllabus but has made the training programme more interactive and participate. These visible changes have been consistently appreciated by all dignitaries. Due to his sound planning, various courses with large intake of officers have been successfully and smoothly conducted at this college. This officer is an asset to the IAF and his virtues are worth emulating.

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

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Ashok Kumar Sharma 16460 ACCTUnit : Air Force Administrative College  Award Date 26 Jan 07 Announced 26 Jan 07
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Wing Commander Ashok Kumar Sharma (16460) Accts was commissioned on 11 Jun 81 in the Accounts Branch of the IAF. During his career, the officer had held the appointments of Senior Accountant Officer at various stations, Joint Directorate of Admin Inspection and worked as an instructor in two officer training establishments. He is presently posted as the Chief Instructor, Accounts Faculty at Air Force Administrative College (AFAC).

The officer assumed the additional responsibility at Training Coord Officer (TCO) since Mar 05. During the same period, AFAC was tasked to restructure the generic training for offices in the IAF into a Distance Education cum Contact Programme pattern. The task devolved on the office of the TCO. He handled this additional task with a focused vision.

The officers' task in the initial stages was to compare the existing pattern of training to those planned for change. Distance Education as a concept did not have any template within the three services to emulate. With no baggage of the past to refer, the officer proactively interacted with different organisations such is IGNOU, ICFAI, etc to create a template which convincingly helped AFAC to move ahead.

The result of officer's unswerving dedication and perseverance was that, AFAC could create not only the parent document, establish the training infrastructure, create the courseware and implement the scheme in a short period of six months. This is a laudable and a proud achievement by any standards and the credit justifiably goes to the officer. He has been so thorough and professional in his approach that the action document he created is now serving as the foundation for restructuring other professional courses at AFAC.

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

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Gedela Raveendranath 16985 F(P)Unit : 32 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 07 Announced 26 Jan 07
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Group Captain Gedela Raveendranath (16985) F (P) was commissioned in 1AF as a fighter pilot in Dec 82. He is a qualified flying instructor, an Instrument Rating Instructor and Examiner, a graduate of Defence Services Staff College and Naval Higher Command Course. During 23 years of service, he has flown over 3800 hrs on various fighter and trainer ac. He was awarded commendation by Chief of the Air Staff and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Air Command for devotion to duty and exemplary service in the years 2001 and 1999 respectively. He commanded a MiG-23 Squadron and has been serving as the Chief Operations Officer of Air Force Station Jodhpur since 06 Sep 04.

Jodhpur is one of the busiest airfields of the Indian Air Force with five flying and three Ground Based Air Defence units permanently based and one to two additional units on detachment. The average flying undertaken in a year by units from the airfield is in excess of 6500 hrs and the air traffic support services remain operational for 18 hours a day to cater to military and civil flights. The officer, owing to his inspiring leadership and keen foresight, was able to ensure safe and smooth conduct of all flying related activities during this period. He was also the Chief co-coordinator for a series of Command and sector level exercises including Army-AF cooperation exercises. He meticulously planned and coordinated these exercises which demanded long working hours and intense work load during the conduct. All detachments at base and flying activity by the units based at Air Force Station Jodhpur were accorded similar professional involvement to ensure that all objectives were achieved. His contribution to the cause of flight safety was immense in ensuring practically nil environment and support related incidents and accidents during his period.

Being the largest Air Force Station of the IAF with a large number of lodger units, foresight and vision were essential in the planning of various work services for modernisation and upgradation of operational assets. The officer efficiently tackled the mammoth task of identifying the key areas and ensuring successful completion of the upgrade. Through his experience, knowledge, leadership and hard work, he provided a very motivating, inter-disciplinary influence on operational, maintenance and administrative environment of the Station and was instrumental in the station winning the best in Operations in South Western Air Command in the year 2004.

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

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Anup Kumar Varshneya 17077 EDN/PJIUnit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 07 Announced 26 Jan 07
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Wing Commander Anup Kumar Varshneya (17077) Edn/PJI was commissioned on 29 Dec 82 in the Education branch of IAF. During his 24 years of service he has held important field and instructional appointments which includes security officer of forward air field, Para Jump Instructor at PTS Agra, Chief Instructor at Aviation Research Centre, WTI, AF and ATI, AF. He is presently posted as Joint Director (Garud) at Air HQ with effect from 30 June 2003.

The officer is a Para Jump Instructor with vast experience. His contribution towards training Army personnel in night free fall is well recognized. He holds the national record for Canopy Relative Work and has a mention in Limca book of world record for highest altitude Jump from 28,000 AMSL. He has successfully innovated and pioneered the development of the popular diamond formation. He has also participated in joint exercises with Combat Free Fall team of USA. His achievements in Para trooping have been par excellence. He has more than 1450 jumps to his credit.

The officer was responsible for the uphill task of conceptualization, planning and raising of the Special Forces of IAF whose philosophy, ethics and doctrine were hitherto unfamiliar to IAF. Faced with this mammoth task, with commendable dispatch, professional maturity and visionary zeal he set about his task. It is due to his indefatigable enthusiasm that the prestigious training facility of "Garud Regimental Training Centre" was established with several novel features. The officer tirelessly monitored and coordinated the operational training of Garuds with SF of Army, NSG and SFF in such a manner that enabled the newly inducted Garuds to achieve operational status within shortest span of time.

The officer contributed immensely to the development of a Joint Operational training Philosophy and helped the Garuds to achieve at par rating with other more seasoned SF Forces. Due to his exemplary efforts, the onerous task of operationally scheduling, training and deploying Garud flights at operational bases in J&K Sector become a spic and span activity. Notwithstanding the meager preparatory time available, he fine-tuned the capability of Garuds to lethal and precision operations in a risk-prone environ ment, when the Govt directed to dispatch a Garud flight to Congo as part of the UN Peacekeeping Mission.

For his pioneering and yeoman contribution to the training of 'Garuds' Special Forces of IAF, his organizing ability, initiative and distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Anup Kumar Varshneya.

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Diptendu Choudhury 17335 F(P)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 07 Announced 26 Jan 07
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Group Captain Diptendu Choudhury (17335) F (P) was commissioned in the IAF on 22 Dec 83 and has been on the posted strength of the Dte of Air staff Inspection wef 26 Jun 04. The officer has approximately 3000 hours of active fighter flying and is current with 'Master Green' rating on MiG-21 (T-75 & 96), MiG-29 and SU-30 aircraft. He has commanded a fighter squadron, worked as staff at TACDE and had been the Chief Operations Officer of a fighter base prior to being posted as Joint Director Flying at the Dte of Air Staff Inspection.

The officer has immensely contributed towards making the IAF more effective. His thought provoking service papers on Review of Op Employment of SU-30 aircraft, Op Capability of MiG-29 aircraft, Imperatives of Future Fighter Operations and Rebasing Concept have been well appreciated at all levels. The officer has also put in dedicated work towards revising inspection procedures, improvement in inspection pattern, interactive visits to Air/Command HQ and DG's review during AF Commanders' Conference.

An extremely hard working and sincere officer who has been professionally well groomed as a fighter pilot. The officer had to shoulder the responsibility as a Director for almost a year and was therefore, in the centre stage during all inspections. Single-handed he planned and co-ordinated the conduct of 'Best Combat Unit' competition of Fighter Sqns in the most professional manner and has been the active member of the Flying Team while inspecting Wings and Sqns. The vast and varied flying experience of the officer would be a dream for any Air Defence pilot, yet his unassuming but firm display of professional attributes is a true reflection of a thorough bred professional. The Director General Staff Instructions was last revised in the year 1999. The officer took it upon himself to undertake the mammoth task of its revision and re-issue. The list of contributions made by the officer for improvement in work efficiency and operational thinking to make the IAF more effective is never ending.

For his outstanding professional competence, extreme dedication and distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Diptendu Choudhury.

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

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