Vishist Seva Medal Awardee List


A total of 1451 Awards are listed.
Vishist Seva Medal : 1451 |
Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Vinod Kumar 17430 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 11 Announced 26 Jan 11
Details : Group Captain Vinod Kumar (17430) Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) was commissioned in the Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) branch of JAF on 13 Feb 84. During his service career, he has held various important appointments including Air Force Examiner, SEO Air HQ Communication Squadron and CO, Regional Examination Board (Central Zone) in addition to a staff appointment in Command Headquarters. He is trained on a variety of IAF transport ac including An-12, An-32, IL-76 and Boeing-737 including as Flight Engineer on the IL-76 aircraft. He has also completed his Senior Defence Management Course at CDM and has recently been nominated for the prestigious Higher Defence Management Course at CDM. For his dedication and devotion to duty, he has been commended by the Chief of Air Staff in year 2001 and by the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, SAC in 2007. As Chief Engineering Officer (CEO) of AF Station Agra, Gp Capt Kumar has been almost single-handedly instrumental in enhancing the maintenance culture and ethos of this base. With his vast professional experience, in-depth technical acumen and hands-on approach, he has ensured an exceptionally high serviceability of the ageing Russian origin fleets like An-32 and especially IL-76/78 ac despite severe limitations of indigenous repair or spares supply facility. Under his dynamic leadership and effective guidance, all the transport fleet operating from this base have achieved much higher serviceability percentage than the average JAF figures during the period 2008-2010. Much of the credit for this base having achieved the dual distinction of having been adjudged as 'Best in Maintenance Standards' as well as 'Best Maintenance Support Group' under HQ Central Air Command goes to Gp Capt Kumar. During the officer's tenure as CEO, the base has accomplished key milestones like significant study of the fuel spillage problem of IL-78 fleet leading to reduction in such perilous incidents, formulation of Work Packages for IL-76/78 fleet on Corrosion Prevention and Control Program (CPCP), AFNET implementation including porting of IMMOLS onto AFNET, vital retrieval of critical avionic components resulting in reduction of AOGs in IL-76!78 fleet thereby saving considerable amount to the exchequer and smooth induction of the only AWACS Sqn of IAF. A perfectionist to the core and ardent sportsman, Gp Capt Kumar also bagged the Gold Medal in Air Force Small Arms Shooting Championship 2009-10. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Vinod Kumar.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Gp Capt Musunuri Durga Nageswara Prasad 17741 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 11 Announced 26 Jan 11
Details : Group Captain Musunuri Durga Nageswara Prasad (17741) Administration was commissioned in Indian Air Force as an Administration branch officer on 21 Dec 84. He is on the posted strength of Headquarters South Western Air Command (HQ SWAC) with effect from 27 Apr 09 and since then functioning as Command Works Officer. The officer has vast experience in the management of Works Services in the IAF. He has been a Deputy Chief Administrative Officer at two important air bases of IAF and has officiated as Chief Administrative Officer on many occasions. He has been a member of the prestigious Directorate of Air Staff Inspection team on innumerable occasions inspecting almost all stations of the IAF.The officer has also been in this Command Headquarters as OIC Pl looking after discipline and awards for a period of nearly two years. During his tenure as an inspector in the Directorate of Administrative Inspection team, the officer contributed significantly by providing a template for the administrative war plans of Stations and Commands, As a team member he undertook a study on reasons for the delay in execution of Works Services for new inductions. The study report has helped IAF in reworking out the method of executing Works Services through the turn key projects. To help the personnel at the field units, the officer was instrumental in producing a compendium of Works Services for C Adm 0 which was circulated to all units, This has helped in improving the knowledge levels of personnel dealing with Works Services. As a Command Works Officer in HQ SWAC, he has planned and executed Works Services of about Rs.300 crores annually, He planned meticulously and liaised with many agencies to expedite the completion of the Works Services by Day and Night specially the prestigious Fire Power Demonstration that showcased IAF's capability. The officer with his foresight and forward planning, ensured that the Works Services were planned and completed well before the due dates, Similarly, the officer was thoroughly involved in the President's Standard Presentation at Jodhpur. This demanded meticulous planning and fast pace of works without compromising quality. His relentless involvement in ensuring development of the projects at Chiloda, land acquisition at Ozhar, initiation of Works at Deesa and completion of Works Services of airfield at Phalodi, are examples of his utmost dedication and perseverance, For distinguished service of high order, Hon 'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Musunuri Durga Nageswara Prasad.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Gp Capt Sanjay Nimesh 17862 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 11 Announced 26 Jan 11
Details : Air Commodore Sanjay Nimesh (17862) Flying (Pilot)was commissioned as a pilot in the Fighter stream on 14 Jun 85 and is on the posted strength of the Directorate of Air Staff Inspection (DASI) from 01 May 09. The officer has more than 3000 hours of flying experience and is Fully Ops with Master Green rating on MiG-29 aircraft. He has also flown Su-30, Mirage -2000, Jaguar, MiG-21 Bis and MiG-21Fl aircraft. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor, Fighter Combat leader (FCL) and an alumnus of Defence Services Staff College. He has previously been commended by the Chief of Air Staff and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief. The officer has commanded a MiG-29 squadron. Thereafter, he performed the duties of a Directing Staff at Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington. His ability to impart knowledge and guide the minds of young commanders to focus towards good operational solutions was noteworthy. At the Air Headquarters, he performed the duties of Director (HRM and Policies) in a praiseworthy manner. His dedication and perseverance resulted in resolution of a case (under process at Ministry of Defence since 1978) on the issue of "Dispensation of Extension Clause in Retirement Ages for Group Captain and Air Commodores of Flying Branch and Air Vice Marshals of all Branches". He has been Chief Operations Officer of a premier Su-30 base. During the present tenure as Director (F&B) at DASI, the officer has been an extremely effective Leader of the Flying/lnspection Team that inspects the flying bases and squadrons. During the course of inspection, he has flown on all fighter fleets to standardise the professional standards of fighter units while himself displaying exceptional professional standards. During inspections, besides inspecting, he also imparts valuable knowledge to the field units and sets high professional standards to achieve operational goals of the IAF. The epitome of his contribution has been conceptualisation and formulation of 'Revised Op Inspection' procedure to validate the current IAF 'Concept of Operations'. Due to the officer's immaculate planning, the schedule of inspection has progressed smoothly and the entire backlog has been completed. The innovative operational thinking by the officer has immensely contributed in refinement of the operational edge of IAF. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Sanjay Nimesh.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Gp Capt Pushpendra Kumar 18002 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 11 Announced 26 Jan 11
Details : Group Captain Pushpendra Kumar (18002) Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) was commissioned in IAF on 19 Aug 85 in the Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) stream. He is presently posted at Air Headquarters as Director Engineering A2 Bison fleet since 16 Mar 09. The officer is trained and has vast experience on MiG-21 fleet. He held the appointments of Senior Technical Officer at MiG 21 Squadrons, Adjutant and Flight Gunner Leader of IL-76 Squadron, Chief Engineering officer of a fighter base, Joint Director and Director MiG-21 (Bison) Maintenance cell at Air Headquarters. He was instrumental in achieving "Best Transport Squadron Trophy" in HQ WAC in year 1999 and 2000 consecutively. His professional acumen and exemplary managerial skills as Senior Engineering Officer not only enabled the MiG-21 Squadron to achieve 100% serviceability twice, once each in year 2002 and in 2004, but also enabled the Squadron to get adjudged as the "Best Fighter Squadron of Western Air Command" in year 2002. As Chief Engineering Officer of a fighter base, his leadership, immaculate planning and flawless execution ensured the coveted "Best Maintenance Trophy" in HQ SWAC, for the base in 2004. Gp Capt Kumar has been managing MiG-21 Bison maintenance cell since May 06. During upgradation of the fleet, there were many production, reliability, scaling, repair and procurement issues creating a situation full of complex variables resulting in poor Fleet availability. During the period of his work in maintenance cell of Bison, Officer identified and simplified all aspects affecting the fleet. Reliability issues of all upgraded systems resulting in Low MTBF other than Kopyo have been addressed fully. Kopyo reliability has increased from a dismal value of 5 hrs in beginning to 112 hrs against a design MTBF of 120 hours. Parallelly his judicious management of limited spares resulted in completion of series production of Bison aircraft at HAL, Nasik in Mar 08. Spares costing Rs 200 Cr have been contracted after undertaking revision of rotable scale. Multiple options created by him for the repair of aggregates, with a thrust on indigenous solutions through the participation of private sector, will result in saving in repair cost of aggregates. For distinguished service of high order, Hon 'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Pushpendra Kumar.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Gp Capt Shiv Ratan Singh 18083 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 11 Announced 26 Jan 11
Details : Group Captain Shiv Ratan Singh, VM (18083) Flying (Pilot)was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the flying branch on 06 Dec 85. He has flown the Mig 21 aircraft in various appointments. A Fighter Combat Leader, who stood first in his course, he has served as Directing Staff in Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE)for 2 tenures. He has commanded a frontline Bison Sqn and also served as a flying inspector in the Directorate of Air Staff Inspection (DASI) prior to becoming Chief Operational Officer of Air Force Station Jodhpur. An alumnus of Defense Services Staff College, the officer was awarded CAS commendation in 1994. As Deputy Commandant TACDE, he contributed in the formulation of air combat tactics and conduct of Indo-Saf Exercise Cope India 05. For his exceptional devotion to duty he was awarded Vayu Sena Medal in 2007. The officer had been the Station Commander at Air Force Station Suratgarh from 03 Nov 08 to 24 Mar 10. He led from the front, setting a personal example to form a well knit team brimming with confidence, trust and motivation. His focus on operational preparedness and enhancement of combat potential has ensured high operational state of all combat units of the Station. This was amply proved during the DASI visit when the station was adjudged Average plus in operations and maintenance. The Station maintained a very high serviceability status and a good aviation safety record with involvement of all personnel. His leadership and personal bonding with his team down to the grassroots level resulted in the Station performing well in all facets including sports. His personal involvement ensured that the support services provided the impetus to operational potential, enhanced quality of life and high morale. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Shiv Ratan Singh, VM.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Gp Capt Vivek Pillai 18217 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 11 Announced 26 Jan 11
Details : Group Captain Vivek Pillai (18217) Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) was commissioned in IAF as an engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) branch on 17 Feb 86. He is posted as Station Commander at AF Station Kanheri Hills since 16 Mar 09. Gp Capt Pillai has been involved in AFNET project since its inception, conceptualization, design and implementation in the past six years. At Air Headquarters, he was leader of the team that prepared the operational requirements, technical specifications and scope of work for the AFNET encompassing wide range of equipment, systems and technology verticals. He was also team leader in technical and financial evaluation for AFNET tender and the IAF representative in Price Negotiation Committee (PNC) of BSNL/DoT under Ministry of Communication and Information Technology. Owing to his domain expertise and understanding of all nuances of the AFNET implementation, the PNC could secure an unprecedented discount of Rs. 82 Crores on the least quoted of Rs. 674 Crores (12 %) even in such intensive bidding. In his last tenure at Technical Training School in Bangalore as Chief Instructor, the officer was instrumental in establishment of AFNET lab and formulation of training structure for preparing the work force of air warriors to operate and maintain the new next generation technology based AFNET in the IAF. He also conducted the design validations and engineering trials from the AFNET lab in association with the System Integrator and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). At AF Station Kanheri Hills, on assuming charge, the officer lost no time in setting a number of initiatives on the road to completion, like expeditious implementation of network at pending sites while sustaining the network services at already implemented sites, establishing a three tier Network Management System, providing clarity and directions for device configuration, new services validation and migration, upgradation and adaptation, service tuning etc. All such initiatives contributed immensely in operationalising the AFNET. The successful roll out of AFNET owes to his dynamism and technical acumen. Technical leadership of Gp Capt Pillai has almost always been sought before higher management decisions are taken in the domain of AFNET. He has not only contributed in laying the foundation of the gigabit information expressway with the state-of-the-art-next-generation equipment but also converted the blue print towards the realization of the IAF's 'Combat Network'. With well defined procedures on Network Service Operations, Service Transition and Continual Service Improvement (CSI), today the AFNET is all set to meet the organizational requirement in the sphere of Network Centric Operations. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Vivek Pillai.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Gp Capt Sanjay Kumar Pandey 18477 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 11 Announced 26 Jan 11
Details : Group Captain Sanjay Kumar Pandey (18477) Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics)was commissioned in the IAF as engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) branch on 18 Aug 86. During his tenure in the IAF, the officer held the important appointments of Commanding Officer Air Force Institute of NBC Protection (AFINBCP) and Commanding Officer of a Wireless Experimental Unit (WEU). As Commanding Officer, AFINBCP he was instrumental in establishment of the NBC Quick Reaction Team in IAF having capability to undertake aerial survey of nuclear contaminated area. He also formulated a course on Nuclear and Radiological Emergencies Response which is now a regular affair. While commanding a WEU in the eastern sector, he experimented with innovative methods to overcome the topographic barrier which led to major breakthrough in signal technology. Thus, the officer made an effective contribution towards enhancement of op capability of the unit. Presently the officer is working as Director Operations (Information Warfare) at Air HQ since 27 Apr 09. The officer has proactively initiated several projects in the IW field related with Offensive IW, Defensive rw and IW training. These efforts have led to building up of significant IW op capability in collaboration with sister services and NTRO. To counter threats from Internet domain he has been instrumental in development of a Linux based Operating System named 'VAYUSENIX' for safe browsing. The tool has been approved for deployment on all the internet PCs (Approx 600) within the IAF and on the PCs being utilized by the Air Attache deployed in various embassies. In addition to enhancing the overall security posture of the IAF, the in-house development has resulted in enormous savings to the exchequer. He conceptualized and implemented an IW training model, within the existing resources, to ensure training of all new incumbents joining IAF. This system will sensitise the ab-initio trainees in the domains of Network and Information security and will go a long way in serving the IAF in times to come. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is please to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Sanjay Kumar Pandey.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Gp Capt Ashutosh Dixit 18558 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 11 Announced 26 Jan 11
Details : Group Captain Ashutosh Dixit, VM (18558) Flying (pilot) was commissioned on 06 Dec 86 as a fighter pilot. In his 23 years of distinguished service, he has flown 3200 hours on more than 20 types of aircraft. The officer is a Qualified F1yingInstructor and an Experimental Test Pilot. He has been an instructor at the Air Force Test Pilots School, CO of a newly formed Mirage-2000 squadron and also of the Flight Test Squadron. He is presently Director Air Staff Requirements Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) at Air Headquarters. As Commanding Officer of the newly formed M-2000 squadron, the officer was instrumental in setting up all the facilities and the squadron commenced operations in shortest possible time. The squadron maintained highest serviceability in the fleet and during DASI inspection was graded the best squadron of the fleet under his command. As the Officer Commanding F1ight Test squadron, the officer directed the indigenous upgrade projects for Jaguar and MiG-27 aircraft, took active part in them and brought them to a logical conclusion, thus adding significant operational capability to IAF. The officer was then made responsible for all aspects of MMRCA procurement for the IAF. MMRCA is a very important project for the IAF where the outcome would shape the IAF's operational capability for decades together. Under the leadership of Gp Capt Dixit, the technical evaluation of six very complex offers was completed in record time. The officer was instrumental in the planning and conduct of the Field Evaluation Trials for all the six participants. The field evaluations were very complex in nature. The complete spectrum of the aircraft operations, radar, EW systems and weapons were to be evaluated. While the evaluations were comprehensive in nature, the guidelines of Defence Procurement Procedures were also followed meticulously. Equal opportunity and level playing field was provided to each participant. This was done by creation of a trial methodology that encompassed every aspect of evaluation. The officer led the team and took part in all stages of the trials. He undertook flying on different types as test pilots. His flight test acumen, analytical skills and in-depth grasp of the flight test procedures demonstrated during the field evaluations. The field evaluations were conducted in the most professional manner and were completed on schedule. The professional conduct of field evaluations was acknowledged by participating foreign air forces and industry. They also stated that they have never undergone such a meticulously conducted trials. The report preparation was undertaken by the officer diligently and was done exceptionally well so that Staff Evaluations at Air HQ can be carried out appropriately. The officer has shown extra-ordinary ability of foresight, planning and execution during the field evaluation trials of MMRCA aircraft The officer is disciplined, motivated and dependable and has displayed his ability to undertake complex tasks. His demeanor and conduct during the evaluations was of a very high standard and was impressive. For his professionalism, thorough knowledge and distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Ashutosh Dixit, VM.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Gp Capt Surat Singh 18563 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 11 Announced 26 Jan 11
Details : Group Captain Surat Singh, VM (18563) Flying (Pilot)was commissioned into the fighter stream of Flying Branch on 06 Dec 86. In the last 24 years he has been actively involved with fighter operations in various capacities. During this period he has held important assignments/appointments of Directing Staff at TACDE, DASI Inspector, and Commanded an ASF Squadron designated as "Core Group Squadron", Station Commander of an ADDC and is presently Commandant TACDE. He is a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff Course. He has been commended by AOC-in-C twice and during his command tenure the Sqn was adjudged The Best Fighter Sqn in WAC for two consecutive years. He was awarded Vayu Sena Medal for his tenure as Commanding Officer of 223 Sqn. During his tenure as Station Commander the Station was adjudged the Best Station in Command. Since Jan 09 as Commandant TACDE, he has relentlessly pursued the goal of enhancing the Op Potential of IAF by imparting high end Operational training to all the officers and men who undergo various courses at TACDE. Parallelly the developmental tasks have also been moving at a rapid pace specially related to AWACS and Helicopters. Night flying has been introduced for the first time in the FCL course and night missions with NVG has also been introduced in HCL course. TACDE was slated to receive President's Standard in Nov 09. The information was received just about six months before the event. Knowing fully well the extent and level of activities involved, he went ahead and conducted the FCL course alongside the preparations for the mega event. Despite the constraints of time and resources, all the Operational training, developmental tasks and functions associated with President's Standard Presentation were conducted without any compromise on the quality at any stage. The meticulous planning of all the tasks, coordination at various levels, motivating his team of officers and men ensured that all events were conducted in an exceptional manner. In the last sixteen months the Establishment has flown over 5000 sorties/ 3500Hrs involving Fighters, Helicopters, Transport aircraft and UAVs, with a clean flight safety record. For distinguished service of high order, Hon 'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Surat Singh, VM.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Gp Capt Laly Joseph 18643 LGSUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 11 Announced 26 Jan 11
Details : Group Captain Laly Joseph (18643) Logistics was commissioned in the Logistics branch on 06 Dec 86 and is presently posted as Commanding Officer of 31 MCU since 18 Jul 08. A thorough professional logistician with vast and varied experience, he has held various important appointments which include CO 102 MC Dett., CLO AFLE (ND), SLO 5 Wg, JD DMI Air HQ, CLO UN Mission and CLASO HQ WAC. The officer is also an alumnus of DSSC and CDM. A dynamic officer gifted with an excellent blend of vision, planning skills, and creative ability, he has an array of achievements during his service span of 24 years. As a young Fit Lt entrusted with the ceremonial duties at AF Stn New Delhi, the officer's dedicated efforts saw the Air Force Contingent achieving the best RD Parade Contingent for which he was commended by CAS. As OC MC Dett, he facilitated the expeditious movement of Army formations during 'Op Vijay' and was awarded commendation by GOC-in-C. As CLO of AFLE HAL Nasik Division, his involvement and effort in AOG management was recognized and he was commended by the AOC-in-C. His contribution to logistics preparations for then Indo-US exercise, 'COPE THUNDER' at 5 Wg and his outstanding performance as CLO of UN Mission has won laurels and accolades from various quarters both within and outside the IAF. 31 MCU, one of the oldest Lgs units of the IAF, is the principal transportation hub and crucial link in the supply chain management between ED/BRDs and field units. An industrious and indefatigable officer, Gp Capt Joseph on taking over as CO 31 MCU, set about creating a centre of excellence in transportation management by building new infrastructures and launching innovative solutions in transportation management. Rapid Asset Movement Plan (RAMP) 09-10 undertaken by the officer to turn around the unit in a short span resulted in the achievement of "seamless transportation" and Nil load status on two occasions. Introduction of new transportation modes like CONCOR container services and civil courier enabled the unit to substantially reduce the dependency on scarcely available service aircraft. He strived for constant innovation and improvement in the working environment and took to introduce new MHEs like, Heavy Duty Cargo Conveyor system and 10 Ton Fork Lift so as to substantially improve the mechanical handling of load. Streamlining of import/export activities and creation of online tracking facility not only prevented any demurrage charges but also resulted in much faster import clearance contributing to an improved fleet serviceability. The conceptualizing and sanctioning of new security lounge and new courier complex will tremendously enhance the passenger facilities. For this outstanding performance, his Unit was also adjudged as best MCU consecutively for two years. For distinguished service of high order, excellent planning skills and individual initiative in creating a centre of excellence in transportation management, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Laly Joseph.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Gp Capt Gabriel Raymond Rueben 18814 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 11 Announced 26 Jan 11
Details : Group Captain Gabriel Raymond Reuben (18814) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned as a Pilot in the Flying branch on 13 Jun 87. He held the appointment of Commanding Officer of a strategic Signal Unit from 07 Apr 08 to 18 Apr 10. In his capacity as Commanding Officer of the Air Defence unit, he was vested with the responsibility of the Air Defence of the entire southern peninsula south of Bangalore till the island nation of Sri Lanka. Towards this task, the unit had to maintain a very high degree of readiness to tackle any 26/ 11 type attack on its sensitive vital points/vital areas. To increase the situational awareness in the Operations centre, radar pictures of all the forward deployed radars were transmitted by an indigenously designed software. This facilitated display of a composite radar picture of air space covered by military and civil radars. Coupled with this integration, VOIP R/T was developed to facilitate the reception and transmission from the Ops room using the R/T sets of forward deployed radars. These unique efforts were well received and appreciated during the Commanders conference in 2009. But for the professional approach and keen operational outlook of Gp Capt Rueben, the coordination and efficacy of this system would not have been validated. At the Signal Unit commanded by Gp Capt Reuben a successful segregation of the TADIDS system from the concurrently running Campus Area Network (CAN) was achieved thereby eliminating any chances of malware spread through either system. Keeping in mind the Air Force vision to work towards a paperless office, the number of computers were increased and graduated to server based (ActiveDirectory) services, thus facilitating central storage of data. The unit was also the first to be installed with a close circuit TV system on its perimeter fence and has been designated as the IACCS node for South. Gp Capt Reuben remained relentless in his efforts to ensure the success of the projects. For distinguished service of high order, unflinching loyalty to the service and selfless devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Gabriel Raymond Reuben.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Gp Capt Ashish Dureha 19074 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 11 Announced 26 Jan 11
Details : Group Captain Ashish Dureha (19074) Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) was commissioned as Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) on 05 Sep 86. The Officer is posted as Chief Engineering Officer (CEO) at Air Force Station, Bareilly with effect from 08 Jun 09. He commanded Su-30 TETTRA School and was a member of Indian Air Force Training Team at Botswana. The officer was posted to Su-30 TETTRA School during the induction phase of the Su-30MKI. He set up of the training facilities for Su-30 MKI ,compiled Training Notes and Servicing Schedules. He was the Senior Engineering Officer of the first night strike Squadron and was involved in number of successful modifications on MiG-27 aircraft. 11 recommendations made by him as a member of Study Group for Preventing Fire Hazards on MiG-23/27 were successfully implemented. As CEO, he supervised resurrection of a new Su-30MKI squadron and operationalised the avionics laboratory, mechanical and role equipment laboratories at the station. His proactive approach, managerial skills and ability to synergise resources has contributed immensely in creating an ideal flying environment at the station. Under his guidance and supervision the station achieved and maintained an excellent serviceability of both Su-30 MKI and helicopters and over 96% serviceability of common user and specialist vehicles. He arranged for training of personnel to undertake structural repair, fuel tank repair and cable loom repair thereby reducing the down time of Su-30 MKI from four weeks to one week at the station. Under his leadership the station successfully inducted the Reconnaissance systems for Su-30MKI, installed and operationalised the first 40 ton Arrester Barrier, Surveillance Radar Element and Precision Approach Radar. His ingenuity helped the station recover an aircraft air-conditioning trolley declared 'Beyond Economical Repair' by the manufacturer, which saved Rs 33 lakhs to the exchequer. He was instrumental in implementing numerous innovative measures to improve efficiency and safety of various equipments held at the station. A proof of his excellent leadership was displayed when the station personnel re-exploded 68 x 1000 pound bombs in a single day. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Ashish Dureha.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Gp Capt Sushant Dutta 19243 LGSUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 11 Announced 26 Jan 11
Details : Group Captain Sushant Dutta (19243) Logistics was commissioned in IAF on 19 Dec 87. In his 23 years of service, he has held important staff and field appointments that include Logistics Officer of two major bases, Senior Logistics Officer of a prestigious fighter base and staff at three operational command HQs. He was commended by VCAS in 1994 and subsequently by CAS in 1997. For his unmatched professionalism and courage at UN Mission Congo, he was awarded Mention-in-Despatches in 2005. The officer has progressively enhanced his professional knowledge and has achieved exemplary core competency in his branch. As Senior Logistics Officer of a front line fighter base, he proved his mettle in handling exercises, detachments and unforeseen exigencies. While on the posted strength of HQ WAC, his analysis of critical AOGs and spare management was instrumental in reducing a large number of outstanding AOG of almost all aircraft fleets during OP PRAKARAM. As part of the first batch of IAF Contingent for UN Mission Congo, the officer was instrumental in the entire planning, procurement and dispatch of complete inventory required by the contingent for a year long operation in a foreign land where no local support was available. At Congo, the setting up of the camp with the accommodation, offices, messes and external services was squarely on his shoulders. He fulfilled the responsibilities to the highest levels of satisfaction of the entire team of 300 personnel including feeding the entire contingent for a month with ration from India not having reached. Sustained hard work and positive attitude led to his appointment as Staff Officer to the VCAS and CAS. He has demonstrated outstanding managerial qualities and vision in steering the multifarious activities of the Secretariats. His constant monitoring and periodical reviews of all tasks have ensured efficient administration of the offices. He has demonstrated exceptional organizing capabilities and managed large scale events while always cutting costs and ensuring value for money. For distinguished service of high order, Hon 'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Sushant Dutta.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Wg Cdr Deepak Bana 18742 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 11 Announced 26 Jan 11
Details : Wing Commander Deepak Bana (18742) Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) was commissioned in the IAF on 16 Feb 87. He is a Qualified Aeronautical Engineer Instructor and has served as Chief Training Instructor at Jaguar TETTRA School. A sound professional, he was selected for course abroad at SNECMA for Mirage engine's fuel accessories. Subsequently, he worked on three types of aero engine test beds at 4 BRD and also undertook long pending modernization of Viper engine test bed thereby contributing significantly to flight and maintenance safety . As a Senior Engineering Officer (SEO), he maintained highest personal standards of professionalism and conduct. Leading from front, he was instrumental in inspiring his subordinates to raise their level of performance continually. In 2002 the squadron successfully carried out operations during Exercise Gauntlet. Due to his meticulous planning and absolute dedication not a single mission was cancelled. During the tenure of SEO at 14 Squadron in 2002, while working with exceptional zeal and motivation, Squadron's maintenance was graded as Above Average by Directorate of Air Staff Inspection. High standard of maintenance practices and strict technical discipline ensured no accident / incident due to Human Error (Servicing). In 2004-07 at Air HQ, he was instrumental in evaluation of Fixed Price Quote evaluation of Jaguar ac/accessories. His dedicated efforts and proactive approach was instrumental in large savings to the exchequer. Modification of fuel flow and warning indication system of Jaguar ac suggested by him is presently under fleet compliance. He has skillfully dealt with contracts for ac upgrade as well as induction of new Jaguar ac and contributed in the smooth formation of a new squadron. In 2008-09, as Squadron Commander Signals at 20 Wing, he undertook number of projects including renovation of Air Traffic Control, Surveillance Radar Equipment/Ground Control Approach ops room, communication nodes etc, to improve the flying environment for safe flying. It was due to his ingenuity, complete dedication to the cause and sheer hard work that the station was able to maintain all Nav-aids and obsolete communications systems in fully serviceable and reliable condition thus ensuring unhampered operations. His personal involvement, craving for best quality and able leadership proved highly inspiring for his subordinates and resulted in excellent team work. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Deepak Bana.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Chellappan Pillai Ratnamma Sreeji 20286 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 11 Announced 26 Jan 11
Details : Wing Commander Chellappan Pillai Ratnamma Sreeji (20286) Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics), a graduate in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Madurai Kamaraj University, was commissioned in IAF on 04 Sep 89. In his 21 years of distinguished service, he held several important appointments such as Senior Technical Officer of a Missile Squadron, Senior Signal Intelligence Officer in a Wireless Experimental Unit, Senior Engineer (Electronics) of a front line fighter base before assuming charge as Joint Director (Trade Standards & Testing) at Air HQ. For his meritorious service, he was commended by AOC in C, WAC and VCAS in 2008 and 2010 respectively. As the Senior Signal Intelligence Officer posted to a WEU, he conducted several signal intelligence trials along the line of control, paving way to strategic relocation of one of its sub-units resulting in enhanced signal intelligence availability. As SE (L) at 35 Wing, he was instrumental in setting up AFNET ahead of the PDC with meticulous planning and close liaison with BSNL. His concern for optimum utilization of resources led to surrender of unused hired lines of BSNL resulting in annual saving of Rs.5 lakhs. Showing exemplary devotion to duty, innovation and initiative, he also undertook overhaul of arrester barrier at the base itself, which is otherwise a BRD level task, ensuring availability of arrester barrier for uninterrupted flying. Consequent to the frequent changes in the training patterns of airmen, the Airmen Promotion Examination (AIRPEX) system underwent major changes during the last three years. As JD Edn (TS&T) at Dte of Edn, the officer ensured smooth change over of the AIRPEX system. Nearly 40,000 airmen belonging to three different patterns of training (ATT, EPT and MPT) are now being flawlessly examined every year. The officer also initiated a case for rectifying the existing mismatch between Skill Grades awarded by the Examining Boards and the Annual Assessments of airmen. His proposal of linking the ACR with Skill Grades has been accepted and the revised policy is under issue. This policy is aimed at motivating airmen to go for higher skill grades there by improving the overall efficiency of the IAF. Further, to improve the efficiency of the AIRPEX system, he proposed for a yearly system against the existing half yearly system with substantial financial savings as well as large scale reduction in mass movement of personnel. The yearly system is scheduled to be introduced with effect from Jan 2011. Also, the Online AIRPEX system conceived by the officer is under implementation. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Chellappan Pillai Ratnamma Sreeji.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Prakash Angadi 24126 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 11 Announced 26 Jan 11
Details : Wing Commander Prakash Angadi (24126) Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) was commissioned in the IAF in the Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) branch on 27 May 96. During his 14 years of service, the officer held various appointments at Wings, Helicopter Units, BRD and also served in UN mission at Congo. He was awarded AOC-in-C's commendation in 2004. On 06 Dec 09, Mi- 17 IV hepter 2-3352 while on a routine air maintenance sortie over Siachen Glacier, crash landed at Chungtash at an altitude of 15,786 feet. With in a week a team was launched headed by the officer to assess the damage and make the ac safe to withstand the harsh winters. The officer and his team went about the task using all available improvised material not conventionally used and made the ac safe. The officer was subsequently nominated to head the recovery team. He went about the task meticulously and in a professional manner. The damaged ac was beyond repair capability of 3 BRD, hence an ingenious repair scheme had to be worked out. The repair scheme was first tried and tested out on a rejected structure. Having fully equipped the team was launched in Apr 10 for acclimatization and induction. Meticulous planning of nearly 32 sorties of load was undertaken while the weather continued to be unpredictive. On 20 May 10, the team was finally able to reach the site and in 12 days carried out the repairs. During the entire period Wg Cdr Prakash exhibited excellent leadership by keeping the team cohesive and boosting their morale. He worked shoulder to shoulder with his men and carried out the repairs with no compromise to flight safety. The exemplary physical strength, mental toughness, dedication and professionalism exhibited by the officer coupled with his leadership qualities resulted in a near impossible feat of lifting off a crashed hepter at the altitude of 15,786 feet a possibility. The hepter has since then flown 5 sorties and inducted for detailed examination. For his dedicated effort, distinguished service of high order, very high degree of professionalism and sprit-de-corps displayed, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Prakash Angadi.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
MWO Daljit Khokhar 659970 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 11 Announced 26 Jan 11
Details : 659970 Master Warrant Officer Daljit Khokhar Weapon Fitter was enrolled in the Indian Air Force as a weapon fitter on 24 Aug 77. He presently functions as the Warrant Officer in charge weapon section in a SU-30 MKI Squadron. As a supervisor, MWO Khokhar has been working with utmost dedication and has set exceptional standards by his personal involvement. He has worked relentlessly to achieve high serviceability state of Role Equipment in the unit. MWO Khokhar is a team man who involves himself in all activities with utmost sincerity and devotion towards fructification of team goals. In Nov 2009, the unit was tasked to participate in the specialist weapon camp at 32 Wing. The task was to validate the Standard Operating Procedures for ground testing and live firing of X-29, X-59, KAB-500KR, KAB-5000D and Griffin LGB. All the weapons except X-59 were tested and successfully fired. MWO Khokhar was instrumental in validating all SOPs and successful live firing of all specialist weapons. There were no failures reported in air during the camp. During Ex-Mahavayushakti 2010 which showcased the weapon delivery capability of the IAF,MWO Khokhar worked relentlessly to ensure all the armament sorties went as per plan without compromising on the standards and the associated safety aspects. During this detachment, a total of 15 aircraft were prepared in various armament configurations on a daily basis. Despite additional tasking for the Su-30 detachment in the exercise, the MWO inspired his entire team of armament tradesmen to work undeterred towards successful completion of the assigned task. Due to his initiative and involvement, over 150 sorties were flown towards the exercise, all involvingdifferent types of armament load, without a single weapon failure or incident. For distinguished service of high order, Hon 'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Master Warrant Officer Daljit Khokhar.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
JWO Rajender Kumar Yadav 695575 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 11 Announced 26 Jan 11
Details : 695575 Junior Warrant Officer Rajender Kumar Yadav Air Frame Fitter was enrolled in the IAF on 23 Jan 85 in the air frame fitter trade. In his 25 years of distinguished service, he has held various important appointments in fighter aircraft squadrons, training institute and at Repair & Salvage unit. He has undergone MCF on Canberra and Jaguar ac and is also a qualified instructor. He was awarded AOC-in-C's commendation in 2008. In Jan 10, he was selected as part of a team to recover MI-17 IV helicopter that crash landed during a routine air maintenance sortie at Chungtash at Siachen glacier. The crash site was at an altitude of 15786 ft and temperature ranging from -25°C to 10°C. The helicopter sustained extensive damage to its nose also, floor board structure, starboard main landing gear and tail boom. No repair scheme exists for damage of this extent and 3 BRD has never carried out such recovery. The JWO painstakingly drew up a repair scheme, selected the required material and extensively practiced and repair with his other team mates on a rejected structure. His knowledge of workshop techniques, machinery and Russian material came in handy while perfecting the repair practice. During acclimatization and induction at high altitude, his other structural repair team members could not make it to the crash site. However, this did not deter the JWO from accepting the challenge single handedly. During the 12 days stay at Chungtash under adverse weather conditions, the JWO exhibited exemplary physical strength, mental toughness, dedication and professionalism and carried out the task to the perfection. The helicopter not only flew out from that high altitude, it subsequently did five sorties before landing at its base for detailed inspection. For his outstanding performance and distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Junior Warrant Officer Rajender Kumar Yadav.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Jaspal Singh Aulakh 15363 LGSUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Air Commodore Jaspal Singh Aulakh (15363) Logistics was commissioned on 08 June 78 in the Logistics Branch of IAF. The 33 years that proceeded, include fine performance as Senior Logistics Officer at two flying stations, Commanding Officer of Movement Control Unit and an Equipment Depot, Director Stores at Air HQs and instructor at College of Defence Management. He is presently Principle Director of Procurement (PD Pro c) at Air HQ. He has been commended by the Chief of Air Staff in Aug 1989. During 'Op Safed Sagar', Air Force Station Chandigarh was designated IAF nodal hub. Officer on account of his meticulous planning formed Logistics Support cell providing 24x7 services to Ops Sqn. Large volume of armament and critical stores were mobilized on make shift pallets ensuring quick turnaround time of aircraft. As Director Stores, during period 2004-06, the officer brought about dynamic changes in enhancing the ATF tankage by initiating case for construction of BPI (Bulk Petroleum Installation) by the PSU Oil Companies at their cost besides economising on refueling by providing Hydrant facilities and into - aeroplane refueling by Oil Companies. His vigorous efforts, effective liaison and persistent follow-up resulted in acceptance of construction of BPI's and services by PSU Oil Companies at their cost thus accruing huge saving to the exchequer. The officer also introduced direct dispensing of MT fuel by Mls IOC on the concept of Company Owned Company Operated Model at Air Force Station New Delhi which is the only of its kind amongst Services. As Commanding Officer of an Equipment Depot the officer brought about best inventory management practices by introducing Vertical Carousal Systems for housing Embraer and Boeing Spares. The depot also had the rare distinction of being the first depot to be certified as ISO 9001-2000. After taking over as PD Proc, the procurement functions at Air HQ in the recent past have witnessed fructification of several contracts with utmost transparency as per CVC guidelines. Air Cmde Jaspal Singh Aulakh all through his tenure, has displayed a quest for excellence and simplifications of the system to improve efficiency. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Jaspal Singh Aulakh.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Reetinder Singh Sodhi 15693 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Air Commodore Reetinder Singh Sodhi (15693) Flying (Pilot)was commissioned in the Fighter Stream on 15 Jun 79 and is on the posted strength of Directorate of Aerospace Safety since 01 Jul 09. The officer has more than 2600 hrs of flying experience. He is a Qualified flying Instructor, an alumnus of both Defence Services Staff College and College of Defence Management. The officer has commanded a Guided Weapon Squadron and has also performed the duties of Directing Staff at College of Air warfare and College of Defence Management. His ability to impart and guide the minds of young commanders to focus towards good operational solutions was noteworthy. Additionally, during his command of a front line Tactical Air Centre the unit was assessed 'Above the Average' by Dte of Air Staff Inspection. He has been commended by the chief of the integrated staff in 2009. During the present tenure as Director Aerospace Safety the officer has been entrusted with the responsibility of prevention of accidents/incidents. Armed with his professional knowledge and experience, the officer has been instrumental in leading many recent initiatives taken by the Directorate of Aerospace Safety. These initiatives have resulted in reducing the accident rates after a steady rise during the past three years. Some of the initiatives like Air Force System of Error Management, Environment Management of Airfield Area, Anti Bird Modules and stringent Anti Foreign Object Damage measures have been very effective in producing desired results. In the last one and a half year, he has also headed Interaction visits to various flying stations to check Compliance and Performance. During these visits he imparts valuable knowledge to the field units and sets high professional standards to achieve high degree of aerospace safety thus achieve operational goals of the IAF. He has also been actively involved in shaping the Accident Probability Factor model which has been recently introduced in IAF. The officer was nominated as Organising Secretary of the International Flight Safety Conference conducted by the JAF. With his extremely effective and a dynamic leadership, the Conference was meticulously planned, organised and flawlessly conducted. Additionally, the officer has efficiently managed the budget pertaining to Aerospace Safety. He has been able to effectively utilize the allocated funds with no wasteful expenditure. For distinguished service of high order, displaying a very high degree of professionalism, initiative, leadership and total dedication to service Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Reetinder Singh Sodhi.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Narinder Pal Singh Dalmi 16872 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Narinder Pal Singh Dalmi (16872) Accounts, was commissioned on 04 Jun 82 and presently serving as the Command Accountant Officer at HQ WAC. He has held important field and staff appointments in his service career where due to his professionalism he has made substantial contribution to enhance the quality of financial and inventory management of Indian Air Force. At AF Station Ambala, he had provided excellent administrative support to the 200 strong IAF contingent proceeding to Alaska for exercise 'Cope Thunder'. He meticulously processed all sanctions and ensured provisioning of stores of very high quality. Though Ambala was devoid of any Forex facility. he due to his personal and untiring effort was able to provide foreign exchange facility at the door step whereby saving precious man hours and to avoid any inconvenience to the personnel. As Command Accountant Officer, he constantly monitored the Public Fund management in the stations and utilized his excellent knowledge, wide experience and vision to ensure that no Financial Irregularity occurred during the last three years. He also prepared and processed flawless Statements of Case for a large number of projects which resulted in clearance of all proposals by the IFA and CFA in a record time. His financial analytical ability and prudent application led to optimum utilisation of the funds under the various Locally Controlled Heads. During the year 2009-10 there had been extensive movement of Flying Squadrons to alternate bases due to runway resurfacing. Frequent move of squadrons for long durations required dynamic provisioning / planning of funds and ensuring its best utilisation without compromising on resources. Further, Avantipur and Srinagar are regularly facing disruptions in civic facilities due to terrorist activities, riots and bandhs leading to closure of banks for long durations. To obviate the serious issue affecting the morale of the personnel, he evolved an innovative procedure for systematic withdrawal of cash from banks in other cities and ensured availability of cash for disbursement of pay and allowances and other station commitments. His constant monitoring of expenditure and rendering timely and appropriate advice to the field units ensured excellent support services in the best interest of the service. During the last two Air Force Day Parades, the officers' involvement in meticulous planning, budgeting and execution has been the major contributing factor for the successful culmination of the mega event. Further, as PMC of the Officers Mess he improved and upgraded the facilities for the members and transiting officers. With the result a sea change was visible in standard of rooms and house keeping for an unusually large number of officers in transit. Given the task of improving the Unit Run Canteen facilities, he took the challenge and was instrumental in bringing about total transformation in the working / functional environment of the canteen. Through efficient indent management and constant new introductions, the canteen provides excellent customer satisfaction. He is always focused on macro issues with a clear vision for achieving the desired objectives. He is always willing to contribute in any field of administrative activities. He also reviewed the utilisation of Non Public / Welfare Funds for optimum utilization and ensured essential welfare facilities were available in all Stations under WAC. The sincere efforts resulted in improvement of quality of life and morale of the Air Warriors. For distinguished service of high order Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Narinder Pal Singh Dalmi.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Anil Tiwari 17160 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Air Commodore Anil Tiwari, VM (17160) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a Helicopter Pilot on 28 May 83. During 28 years of his distinguished service, he has held several important command and staff appointments. He was entrusted to raise and command the first Mi-17 IV Helicopter unit at one of the front line bases of the IAF with responsibility of Air Maintaining the Siachen Glacier. He was Contingent Commander of UN Mission in Sudan. His contingent was the first Indian contingent to be awarded UNMIS unit citation. He has also commanded AF Stn Bamrauli, Allahabad. He is a staff college graduate and has undergone the Higher Air Command Course . He has been Directing Staff (Cl Transport & Helicopter) at College of Air Warfare. He is a Type Qualified Flying Instructor and has 5800 hrs of flying all over India & abroad to his credit. He was awarded Vayu Sena Medal in 2003 for winching out stranded persons from truck tops in a river. The officer took over as Air Officer Commanding of Air Force Station Leh on 27 Jul 09. The station is the highest operational base in the world and a lifeline of Ladakh sector. Under his command Nyoma ALG (a strategic base in East Ladakh) was made operational and future development plans were formulated, Kargil Air to Ground Range was made operational for live firing after a long layoff. His personal involvement ensured smooth high altitude trials of MMRCA, Heavy Lift Helicopters, Attack Helicopters and Strategic Lift Transport Aircraft and the station was highly appreciated by all. Under his command Air Force Station Leh was awarded 'Pride of WAC', for the first time, in Dec 09, and 'Best Helicopter /Transport Base' of WAC in Nov 10. On the night of 05 Aug 10, Leh area was devastated by massive flash floods. The area was totally cut off from the whole world and the runway also came under water & mud. Analysing the gravity of the situation and the importance of the runway, the full station was activated and the runway was cleared in record time. For the next fortnight IL-76 / AN-32 / Civil Airlines continued the work of getting-in supplies and taking out injured and stranded passengers throughout the day. Simultaneously, helicopters were pressed into service for relief and rescue work. Besides aerial dropping of relief material they also rescued 112 foreign tourists from heights of 14,000 ft. Air Cmde Anil Tiwari led from the front and not only saw that all operations continued smoothly but also flew to evacuate the foreigners. This earned the country lot of gratitude from different foreign countries. Air Force and air warriors of Leh were congratulated by President, Prime Minister, Defence Minister and other dignitaries who came to see the relief work, for their tireless and dedicated work. For his exemplary vision, professional competence and distinguished service of high order, and leading his station at a time of great national calamity, Hon'ble President is pleased to award , Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Cmde Anil Tiwari, VM.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Daniel Victor 17198 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Daniel Victor (17198) Administration was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in the Administration branch on 28 May 83. In the 28 years of distinguished service, he has held various sensitive and prestigious appointments including Command of an Airmen Selection Centre. Instructor at the prestigious National Defence Academy and Station Commander of Air Force Station Phalodi. His professionalism of high order earned him commendations by Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Vice Chief of the Air Staff and Chief of the Air Staff. In 2005, he was posted as Station Commander, Air Force Station Phalodi and assigned the task of raising this premier frontline base under South Western Air Command. With a team of 37 air warriors which included two officers he initiated the process of planning the multi-crore infrastructure required for this frontline air base. With virtually no accommodation for office or living, the officer could motivate the air warriors to work under extremely adverse weather and living conditions. His professional competence and planning abilities have contributed in a well planned infrastructure with high quality of work and timely completion of all projects which included Runway and taxiways, all Other Than Married Quarters (OTM)and living accommodation. Today Air Force Station Phalodi has come up as a full-fledged air base, plugging the gap between AF Station Nal and Jaisalmer. It is by virtue of his accumulated hands-on experience in the development of a new base that he is now a repository of works related knowledge which he continues to apply systematically in bringing up an infrastructurally outdated base of 1944 vintage at Tambaram. The amount of efforts involved in resolving the issues related to modification, alteration and demolition is enormous. He is presently closely associated with planning of works services for induction of Indigenous Jet Trainer aircraft at space Air Force Station Tambaram. Gp Capt Victor epitomises sincerity, hard work and method in his field of work. Besides setting a personal example, he has an ability to muster and groom his team mates who form a highly motivated and vibrant group with a purpose to contribute more and more to the service. Due to the officer's administrative acumen and management skills, he has brought about a qualitative improvement in the quality of life of Station personnel and was also selected as Presiding Officer by Training Command for conducting a special Court of Inquiry related to the Aero India held at Yelahanka. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Daniel Victor.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Sanjay Aneja 17234 LGSUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Sanjay Aneja (17234) Logistics was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in the Logistics Branch on 28 May 83. Since then he has held a number of important appointments such as Senior Logistics Officer (SLO), Logistics Group Commander, Joint Director Op Lgs at HQ IDS and Station Commander, AF Station, Digaru. He has always contributed towards better operational preparedness with his innovative, progressive and positive ideas. His contribution towards improvement of stores management and user satisfaction while at 13 BRD was noteworthy. He created better infrastructure and state of the art facilities in stores and transportation. His knowledge and interpretation of the rules resulted in procurement of sophisticated test equipment which subsequently resulted in international accreditation. He was responsible for smooth induction of a SU-30 squadron as SLO. The entire procurement for Ex Garuda in France was personally planned and executed to perfection by him. He was also responsible for setting up the HQ SWAC Com Fit as the 0 i/c Advance Party on its move from Jodhpur to Vadodara. Group Captain Sanjay Aneja took over command of an Air Storage Park (ASP)on 11 May 09 and since then has put the Station on the path of continuous progress. His positive energy and relentless pursuit of goals has resulted in better availability of spares and smooth induction of SU-30 MKI and Dornier fleets in EAC. With his ingenuity and dogged approach, he has ensured utilization of 654 lines of non moving inventory worth Rs. 15 lakh. His efforts in the Station resulted in remarkable improvement in the quality of life by way of provision of shopping complex, indoor badminton and squash court, tennis court and Dolby system in the auditorium. His keen interest in adventure and sports also came to the forefront as Station Commander, Digaru. Cycle expeditions were organised in 2010 and 2011 covering 600 and 2000 Kms (Digaru to Delhi) respectively. The ASP performed exceedingly well in Inter Wing sports and secured first position in three events, second position in five events and third position in three events in 2010. The Station under his leadership bagged the trophies for Best Primary School in JAF, Best Non flying Station in EAC, Rajbhasha Gold Shield and Best AFWWA venture in 2010, and was adjudged Best in Sports in EAC for the year 2011. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Sanjay Aneja.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Jonnalagedda Chalapati 17358 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Air Commodore Jonnalagedda Chalapati (17358) Flying (Pilot)was commissioned on 22 Dec 83 as a fighter pilot and is presently serving as Principal Director Air Staff Requirements. In his 28 years of service, he has flown 3000 hours on more than 25 aircraft. He served as a Qualified flying Instructor at Air Force Academy and an Experimental Test Pilot at Aircraft & Systems Testing Establishment, involving himself with many important trials for aircraft and equipment being inducted into service. He also commanded the Operational Conversion Unit, where he was responsible for a perceptible upgradation in the training standards of young fighter pilots during this crucial training phase. He was selected to undergo the staff course at Bracknell in United Kingdom, where he lived upto expectations and performed exceedingly well. In all institutions and formations where he has been posted, the officer has left an indelible mark of excellence which has been noticed and commented upon. Air Commodore Chalapati took over as the Principal Director Air Staff Requirements at a crucial time when the IAF had commenced its modernization drive, with substantial increase in number of major acquisitions. The officer immediately involved himself in all the projects that were underway and displaying a very high level of professional expertise, he was very effective in coordinating all activities of the directorate towards fructification of all procurement schemes. His personal interest in guiding the project officers, maintaining effective liaison with officials of the Ministry of Defence and good articulation skills in lucidly expounding the viewpoint of the IAF at all forums, ensured that major procurement schemes of the IAF progressed on schedule. He was also instrumental in formulating a clear and cogent procedure for dealing with Foreign Military Sale cases with the United States Government. Under his able stewardship, the directorate concluded very significant contracts like sensor fused weapon, Harpoon Missile, additional Light Combat Aircraft, additional Akash Missile, additional Low Level Quick Reaction Missile and upgrade of Remotely Piloted Aircraft. Apart from the contracts which were concluded he with his foresight and vision progressed important projects like MMRCA, C-17, Mirage 2000 upgrade, Procurement of MICA, Basic trainer aircraft, New Generation Precision Guided Munitions for Jaguar aircraft, Heavy lift helicopters and attack helicopters to near conclusion stage. He worked tirelessly and contributed immensely to the force building of Indian Air Force, thereby enhancing National Security. His planning and negotiating skills and deep understanding of the procurement procedures were also highly appreciated by the acquisition wing of the Ministry of Defence of Government of India. For distinguished services of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Jonnalagedda Chalapati.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Rana Sanjeev Mehndiratta 17394 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Rana Sanjeev Mehndiratta (17394) Administration is on the posted strength of Air Force Station Bagdogra as Chief Administrative Officer (C Adm 0) wef 27 Apr 09 and has maintained the highest personal standards of professionalism and conduct. He was adjudged the best all round officer in Fighter Controllers Course and participated in Operation Brasstacks in 1987 as a Fighter Controller. He was adjudged the best all round officer in Advanced Navigation course and had maintained Cat 'A' on An-32 and Avro aircraft. He is also a Qualified Navigation Instructor. He was selected for SU-30 aircraft and had undergone the MCF for SU-30 aircraft. He is an experienced Interviewing Officer at Air Force Selection Board. A keen sportsman, he had participated in the Air Force team Kayaking expedition in 1987 as an active participant. He has been the IAF member (Internal Security) at National Security Council Secretariat during his stint at Air HQ. As C Adm 0, he embarked upon providing the best administrative leadership with his varied experience in Indian Air Force. He has enhanced the quality of life of the air warriors at the Station with the concept of door to door maintenance, ensuring high quality of work services, providing amenities and recreation facilities to the air warriors, thus bringing a visible change in the quality of life, besides ensuring very high morale of the personnel of the Station. The Station was entrusted with the responsibility of conducting of President's Standard Presentation to 44 Sqn and 110 HU at a very short notice. The planning was made more challenging due to the fact that both the units receiving standards were out Station units and the task also involved planning and timely execution of about fifty work services. An event of this magnitude and national importance calls for flawless planning, efficient execution and ability to motivate the officers and men to work as a team to achieve the goal All of this was achieved due to the relentless efforts and flawless coordination displayed by the officer. The event was conducted in a befitting manner and was appreciated by all the dignitaries. The efforts put in by him as C Adm 0 of the Station has been appreciated by various visiting dignitaries. He has been instrumental in maintaining a very high morale of his team of officers and men to ensure exceptional quality of work in the most congenial atmosphere. He goes beyond the call of his duty to ensure synergy at all levels at the Station to achieve the organizational goals. For distinguished service of high order and devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Rana Sanjeev Mehndiratta.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Samuel Manohar Nicodemus 17449 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Air Commodore Nicodemus Manohar Samuel, VrC (17449) Flying(pilot) was commissioned as a helicopter pilot in the Indian Air Force on OS Jun S4. Over the years he has built up extensive operational experience in flying all over the country, as well as with the IPKF in Sri Lanka, during which he was awarded the Vir Chakra for gallantry. Having qualified as a Qualified Flying Instructor and an Experimental Test Pilot, he held instructional appointments at the Basic Flying Training School and as Senior Test Flying Instructor at the Air Force Test Pilot School. A Master Green rating holder on Helicopters and Command/Type examiner on Mi-S/ Mi-17 helicopters, he has flown over 4700 hours of incident free flying. He was also appointed as an Experimental Test Pilot at Aircraft & Systems Testing Establishment, Commanding Officer of a helicopter unit in the Eastern Sector, Joint Director Air Staff Requirements and Director Projects at Air HQ, before his tenure as Station Commander of an operational wing in J & K Sector. He was selected as part of the IAF team for two successive expeditions to Antarctica, and also commanded a helicopter unit as part of MONUC - the UN peacekeeping force in Congo. He is presently the Head of the Faculty of Behavioral Sciences at the College of Defence Management, Secunderabad. As Head of Faculty, the officer has played a key role in facilitating the implementation of wide reaching changes which the College has undertaken to bring it on par with its illustrious counterparts in the civil sector, viz., the HMs and Business Schools. His contribution as part of the core team in charge of rationalising the syllabus, re-structuring the content & conduct of sessions, and as an initiator of a revamped instructional pedagogy with greater focus on interactive skills, have been critical to the success of the change process. Under his able guidance, the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences has been able to transform itself into a team of competent professionals, widely respected both by the participants within the College, as also by the large number of external clientele who have been benefited by frequent capsules conducted by the Faculty for civil and military establishments around the country, in the fields of Strategic Management and Organisational Behaviour. As Head of the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, the officer has spearheaded efforts to organise panel discussions on a variety of subjects pertaining to Strategic Management and Organisational Behaviour. His stewardship of the panel discussions on Leadership, Human Resource Development and Strategic Management conducted at the College under the aegis of the Faculty with speakers of great eminence and repute, were noteworthy for the level of success achieved, resulting in wide acclaim to the College and bringing it to the forefront of the management environment in the country. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Nicodemus Manohar Samuel, VrC.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Ranjan Mukherjee 17528 LGSUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Ranjan Mukherjee (17528) Logistics was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in the Logistics Branch on 08 Jun 84. A thorough professional logistician with vast and varied experience, he has held various important appointments which include Senior Logistics Officer of a Radar Station, Joint Director Logistics Regulations at Air HQ and staff at an operational command HQ. Since June 2007 he is posted as the Officer on Special Duty to the Hon'ble Lt. Governor, Delhi in the Govt. of NCT, Delhi. He was commended by the Chief of the Air Staff twice, in 1988 and 2009 and by the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief in 2000. Over the years Group Captain Ranjan Mukherjee has adopted himself extremely well to functioning in the set up of the civil administration in the Govt. of NCT of Delhi and has been able to establish very good rapport with various wings of the Government. He has demonstrated excellent administrative keenness and skill in handling several complex issues. His past vast experience is a strength to assist in many activities of Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Disaster Preparedness, Grievance redressed, Traffic Management, Press and to oversee many special projects. He has proved to be a valuable asset to the office of Lt. Governor, Delhi. His initiative, zeal, effective leadership and managerial abilities, commitment to accomplish the assigned tasks with highest professional ethics, and complete reliability are exemplary. His rich experience, vast knowledge of Materials Management, timely follow-up action and negotiating skills have been contributing positively to the follow up of several important and time bound projects. He is an intelligent, extremely hardworking, innovative, highly informed and enterprising individual who combines ingenuity and professionalism. Gp Capt Mukherjee possesses abundant enthusiasm, high level of energy and goes all out to contribute to the resolution of ground-level problems. Gp Capt Mukherjee has proved himself to think and steer, out of the box solutions. He is the nodal officer who interacted with some of the Govt. of NCT agencies to introduce ex-servicemen. The organisations have gained in a good measure to proactively address the complaints of the general public. For his distinguished service of high order and devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Ranjan Mukherjee.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Nikhil Ramesh Chitnis 17826 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Nikhil Ramesh Chitnis (17826) Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) was commissioned in the IAF in the Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) Branch on 25 Feb 85. Since his induction, he has held various field appointments for 15 yrs and staff appointment for nine yrs on the MiG-21 fleet. He was initiated into the squadron as the Senior Engineering Officer (SEO) at the rank of Flying Officer. For his achievement during this tenure, he was commended by the AOC-in-C SWAC. Since then he has assumed responsibilities of SEO, OIC Tech Flight, Senior Engineer (aircraft) [SE(ac)]and Chief Engineering Officer(CEO) of a Base. He was the OIC Tech Flight at one of the largest tech flight in the IAF, during which, he ushered in the concepts of Quality Assurance team and Material Management group at the field level. He also held appointment of Senior Instructor T-75 and Training Co-ord Officer at the MiG-21 TETIRA School where, he conceptualised the modular system approach of training. He also made video films of aircraft servicing activities for the first time in the IAF, for which, he was commended by the Chief of Air Staff. As the SE (ac) of the largest base in IAF, he ensured a maintenance culture and ethos of the highest standard which resulted in accident free flying during his tenure. As the CEO of a training base, he overhauled the maintenance setup to facilitate increase of flight line availability from 06-07 aircraft to 20-21 aircraft. This put an end to the accidents, due to reduction in pilot and engineer/ technician fatigue. During his staff appointment at Air HQ, he was instrumental in re-engaging and procurement of R-13 engines for the entire T-96 fleet, because of which, this fleet maintains the highest serviceability amongst the MiG-2l fleet till date. In his current tenure as the C Eng A, he has ably and effectively managed affairs of the MiG-21 fleet in the Western Air Command AOR. As the OIC CMCC (Command Maintenance Control Center) he has exercised all units in the WAC AOR for the various Contingencies expected in real time Ops. He has undergone Quality Assurance Course with DGQA, and Technical Staff Course, and was awarded DS grading for his excellent performance. For distinguished service of high order, Hon 'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Nikhil Ramesh Chitnis.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Rajesh Prabhakar Phadtare 18022 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Rajesh Prabhakar Phadtare (18022) Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics) was commissioned in the IAF as an engineer in the AE (L)branch on 19 Aug 85. He has a rich experience on both Mirage-2000 and MiG-21 fleet and has held important appointments of Engineering Officer and Senior Technical Officer in both the Mirage and Mig-21 squadrons. He has also held important staff appointments at Air HQ and Command HQ. He is a Qualified Aeronautical Instructor and has served as an instructor in the Mig-21 Tettra School and commanded the Mirage 2000 Tettra School. He has been associated with the Mirage fleet for the past eleven years and has contributed immensely in the field of maintenance and training. As a Senior Engineering Officer in the Mirage Squadron, due to his keen initiative he had undertaken many measures to improve upon the maintenance standards. He took keen initiative in recovery of the long unserviceable Ground Support Equipment, activation of the centralised power supply in the hangar for aircraft and developed the software for maintaining the snag history of the Mirage fleet, which is extremely useful for snag rectifications. During his tenure at the Mirage Tettra School the officer put in concerted efforts for up-gradation of the three major simulators, which were unserviceable since long, through indigenous vendors. Today all the three simulators are fully serviceable and are proving to be of immense training value. As Director Mirage at Air HQ he was instrumental in signing of the Door-to-Door repair contracts with the French OEMs. This has contributed significantly towards improvement of the Mirage 2000 fleet serviceability. The officer is presently posted as Chief Engineering Officer at Air Force Station, Gwalior. His focus on the operational preparedness has ensured good serviceability of Mirage and the MiG fleets at the base. He has also taken keen initiative in improvement of the standards of the support services, rectification and reliability improvement of the long unserviceable test benches. He was instrumental in successfully integrating the GIMI(Mirage Computerized Maintenance System) with AFNET, which has now enabled the Squadrons to document all maintenance activities from any detachment location. He also initiated the project for development of the Solid State Memory based Video recorder for the Laser Designation Pod (LDP). The prototype recorder was flight tested successfully and is now under production for fitment on all the LDPs. For distinguished service of high order, Hon 'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Rajesh Prabhakar Phadtare.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Kallappa Hollannavar Suresh 18124 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Kallappa Hollannavar Suresh (18124) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned as a helicopter pilot in the IAF on 06 Dec 85. In 26 years of distinguished service he has held several important appointments as Fit Cdr and Commanding Officer of the only heavy lift helicopter unit of the IAF, Fit Cdr of a Medium Lift Helicopter unit in IAF UN Peace Keeping Contingent at Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) , Station Commander of a flying base and Director of Operations at Air HQ (VB). He is a flying supervisor and a graduate of Higher Air Command Course .. As Fit Cdr and CO of Mi-26 unit, he contributed immensely towards the successful trials of SSM Agni by airlifting the boosters & associated equipment to wheeler island with outmost safety & professionalism. During the tenure he flew various live under slung missions to retrieve accidental aircrafts & heptrs. As the Fit Cdr of an operational unit at UN peace keeping mission in DRC, he ensured that all the tasks were met with utmost professionalism. The unit flew more than 1500 hours without any accident/incident in an environment that was fraught with rebels who did not want return of normalcy in the country. During the terrorist attack in Mumbai in Nov 08, the officer was the Station Commander of AF Stn Mumbai. He was instrumental in planning and execution of air operations during 26/11 attack which brought laurels to the IAF and the nation. The officer has been working as the Director of Operations (Helicopters) and is directly responsible for all the operations including air logistics, Search and Rescue, Joint training with other services and other friendly foreign countries, HA/DR operations across the country, operationalisation of new types of helicopters and training of all air crew. Upon the Govt of India's decision to launch operations against LWE elements, the IAF was called in for support of these ground operations. Gp Capt Suresh very meticulously planned all the air operations and set up the Air Force contingent to undertake the operations. He has ensured relentless operations towards Op Triveni in support of CPMF. He has put in his best in revamping various orders that govern helicopter operations of the IAF throughout his stint as director. He has been an active part of the team at Air HQ which has allowed helicopter operations to reach a new level. His dynamic leadership, personal example and lively enthusiasm have always ensured a well-knit fighting team that goes beyond the call of duty to achieve desired output. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Kallappa Hollannavar Suresh.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Rajendra Pratap Singh 18224 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Rajendra Pratap Singh (18224) Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) was commissioned in the Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) Branch of IAF on 17 Feb 86. During his service career, he has held various important appointments including Senior Engineering Officer IL-76 Squadron, SE (M)Air Force Station Agra, Joint Director Engineering at Air HQ (VB), Command Engineering Officer (B-5) at HQ MC, Chief Engineering Officer (CEO) Air Force Station Thoise, Flight Engineer Leader of Air Force Station Chandigarh and a deputation tenure at Aviation Research Centre (ARC) as Senior Engineer. He holds the credit of establishing the first Tech Flight for the servicing of IL-76 ac at Air Force Station Chandigarh and setting up of servicing facilities at ARC. Besides being trained on IL-76 / IL-78 aircraft, Gp Capt RP Singh has also been a Cat 'A' Flight Engineer on the IL-76 aircraft with more than 1500 Hours of Flying. In civil qualification, the officer holds the DGCA license of Aircraft Maintenance Engineer and a MBA degree in HRM. For his dedication and devotion to duty, he was commended by the CAS in Oct 2000, Vice Chief of Air Staff in Oct 2003 and twice by the Special Secretary, ARC in the year 2005 and 2007. The reduced serviceability of ageing Russian origin fleet of IL-76 ac, undergoing a phase blemished by short spare supply from OEM and indigenous spares issues demanded a solution. Supported with rich and diverse experience of 25 years in the fleet and having understood the problem, Gp Capt RP Singh, after taking over as the CEO of one of the major transport base of the IAF initiated a drive to "Retrieve and Produce". The successful drive which was the result of his exceptional technical acumen, in-depth knowledge and a strong will to deliver produced tangible results. In that, three PS-90 aeroengines of AWACS were retrieved and repaired within a record time frame of 12 days. Four D-30 KP-2 aeroengines of IL-76 /IL- 78 aircraft, two Auxiliary Power Units and hundreds of fleet critical avionics aggregates too were retrieved. The task saved precious foreign exchange to the tune of Rs Eighty Crores to the exchequer. The IL-76 fleet serviceability was doubled in a period of six months. Three IL-76 ac which were on prolonged AOG were positioned at the OEM as per the contract. Due to his initiative, he undertook the task of "Purification of IMMOLS database". 100% census, digital photography, segregation and finally the correct database of 9000 aggregates common to IL-76, IL-78 and AWACS aircraft was created. As the CEO of AF Station Agra, Gp Capt RP Singh has been instrumental in giving new dimensions to the capabilities of human and technical resources of the base. Seventy tons of ATF, which was approved to be downgraded by Air HQ was retrieved and successfully consumed under his leadership. The successful retrieval of three Russian origin Aircraft Support Vehicles, 45 KL refueller and a storm affected Avro ac are a part of the results of officer's initiative. The leadership qualities and motivation exhibited by the officer by being present himself on the tarmac during the execution of such tasks is more noteworthy. Despite constraints, all transport ac operating from this base have achieved higher serviceability percentage. Much of the credit for this base having achieved the distinction of winning the 'Inter Command Land Line Competition' Trophy for the year 2010-11 goes to Gp Capt RP Singh. The outstanding efforts and achievements of the officer have been well appreciated at the highest levels by HQ CAC. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Rajendra Pratap Singh.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Rajamanickam Srinivasan 18327 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Rajamanickam Srinivasan (18327) Administration was commissioned on 07 Jun 86. He is on the posted strength of HQ Eastern Air Command (EAC)with effect from 08 Feb 10. Group Captain Srinivasan has an impeccable profile as an Administration officer with considerable professional exposure as Senior Administration Officer / Chief Administration Officer (C Adm 0), Examiner in GEB and TEB, Assistant Provost Marshal, Deputy Provost Marshal (DPM)and CO (U)EAC. As Deputy Provost Marshal (Vigilance),he was responsible for issue of AFO 09/05 on Vigilance. In addition to his contribution in raising the first Garud Flight, he had planned and conducted the first joint exercise of Garuds with PACOM at Honolulu. As C Adm 0, AFAC, Coimbatore, he had contributed to development of training infrastructure of a very high standard, for which he was commended by AOC-in-C, Training Command. His proactive and professional approach has contributed to surpassing of targets in his current assignment as Command Works Officer at HQ EAC. He is responsible for release of 271 Low Budget Works (LBW)for EAC AOR by 31 Dec 10. For units like Singharsi and Missamari, he undertook to release, as well as complete, projects that have significantly enhanced infrastructure and quality of life at these Stations. He was also responsible for timely completion of Annual Maintenance Works Plan (AMWP) 10-11 Boards due to which Eastern Air Command exceeded the allotted budget by Feb 11. His intense interaction with the MES hierarchy resulted in the commencement of over 100 LBW and 60 AMWP projects in the current fiscal itself. Through close monitoring and effective guidance, he has allocated the budget to all Units in an equitable manner, thereby giving fillip to development activities all across EAC AOR. Apart from projects, he has published a Handbook on Works for Commanders, to enhance their knowledge on Works matters. His contribution in having the works completed at Air Force Station Bagdogra in a short span of six months resulted in the successful conduct of President's Standard Presentation. His professionalism, innovative approach and absolute commitment to Service have been of exceptional standard. His analytical approach and close interaction with Stations have contributed to enhancement of quality of life in Stations across the EAC, AOR. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Rajamanickam Srinivasan.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Eshwar Subramaniam 18516 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Eshwar Subramaniam (18516) Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) was commissioned in the IAF in Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) branch on 28 Aug 86. This highly knowledgeable, experienced and disciplined professional has held various key appointments at field Units, Base Repair Depot (BRD), Chief Resident Inspector (CRI) in DGAQA, and a staff appointment at HQ WAC in the past. He presently is the Chief Engineering Officer of a premier flying base in the Western sector. At the Base Repair Depot, he was instrumental in the development of Work Packages and Work Records for various aero-engines overhauled/repaired at the depot. As a CRI at HAL, he took on the task of conceiving and designing a comprehensive booklet for Component Life Monitoring and Replacement Record for Jaguar aircraft which enabled unambiguous life monitoring of aircraft components. In his staff appointment at HQ WAC over a period of four years, this extremely hardworking and knowledgeable officer has been handling nine aircraft fleets of western origin including fighters, transport and helicopter aircraft. His meticulous staff work, foresight and planning had resulted in sustained high serviceability for the fleet under his charge. He was also deeply involved in many indigenisation efforts on the Jaguar aircraft that has not only resulted in reduction of repair cost by over 50% but also, more importantly significantly reduced the downtime. This effort has also considerably enhanced the sustainability of the Jaguar fleet. . As Chief Engineering Officer of a major Air Force Station, over the last ten months, the Officer has been instrumental in improving the serviceability of the five flying squadrons besides supporting more than 1000 hours of flying each month. The challenge of supporting four different fleets of aircraft which includes both Western and Russian origin aircraft along with a many radar and air defence systems was indeed formidable. His able guidance, leadership qualities and personal involvement in all the varied maintenance related issues has ensured an impeccable aviation safety record for the station. This coupled with his active involvement in logistic management has ensured the highest level of user satisfaction in maintenance and logistics matters in the station which has as many as 24 lodger units. The quality of work output of the officer in all tasks assigned to him, his foresight in anticipating impending situations and timely action taken in each of his appointments, have been appreciated on several occasions. He has also infused the same amount of enthusiasm and keenness in his subordinates who display a great deal of pride, and take prompt action to provide a high standard of output. For dedication, skill, knowledge, high professional ability and distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Eshwar Subramaniam.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Chakalayil Rajappa Mohan 18517 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Chakalayil Rajappa Mohan (18517) Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) Branch on 28 Aug 86. He has held important appointments as Senior Engineering Officer in a MiG 21 Sqn and Senior Engineer (Electrical) at Air Force Station Tezpur. He is a Flight Test Engineer and has also been an instructor at the IAF Test Pilots' School. He was the Engineering Team Leader and Officer In Charge of Design & Development of Avionics Systems as well as Maintenance Aspects with the IAF Hawk Project Team in the United Kingdom during the induction of the Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer aircraft. Group Captain Mohan has been the Chief Engineering Officer at Air Force Station Bidar since 27 Apr 09. Having been associated with the Hawk aircraft even prior to its induction in the IAF, he is exceptionally knowledgeable about the intricacies of maintenance and provisioning of the system. He has used this knowledge in an extremely meticulous, committed and determined manner to ensure that the aircraft, and its proper maintenance, have been correctly introduced into the IAF. He has been instrumental in ensuring that the maintenance practices and procedures put in place have been of the highest order, maximizing aircraft availability for training tasks, as well as enhancing flight safety. He has used his intricate knowledge of contractual terms and operating mechanisms of the foreign vendor of the Hawk platform to full measure in ensuring that the· vendor provides all relevant equipment and transfers maximum expertise to enable quicker self-sufficiency in routine operations of the Hawk fleet. He has utilised his own capabilities as a Flight Test Engineer to the hilt in finding maintenance solutions to critical issues that are commonly faced during the induction of new high-technology platforms It is largely due to his personal drive and commitment that the IAF Hawk fleet is achieving its training related milestones efficiently and safely. Group Captain Mohan has ensured that the technical documentation, maintenance infrastructure and ground operating procedures of the Hawk aircraft have been correctly adapted and tailored to suit IAF operating methodologies. He has ensured that the maximum techno-logistical expertise has been imbibed from the foreign vendor of the platform, which will go a long way in the successful exploitation of the fleet for training and operational roles for a long time. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Chakalayil Rajappa Mohan.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Anil Sabharwal 18553 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Anil Sabharwal (18553) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned into the Flying (Pilot) Branch on 06 Dec 86 with the overall best cadet trophy at Fighter Training Wing (FTW). He is a Category 'A' Qualified Flying Instructor, a Fighter Combat Leader and a Graduate from the Defence Services Command and Staff College at Bangladesh with the best overseas officer award. He is Commanding Air Force Station Sirsa since 21 Dec 09. The officer has previously held appointments of Chief Instructor (Cl) at FTW, Joint Director Staff Duties (JD SD) at Air Headquarters, Commanding Officer of a Fighter Squadron and Deputy Commandant at Tactics and Combat Development Establishment (TACDE). As Cl at FTW, he revamped the entire stage II Flying and Ground Training syllabi, making them more contemporary and relevant. As JD SD, he was instrumental in implementation of mandatory In-Service Training concept for the officer cadre of IAF. At TACDE, he supervised the first course conducted by the establishment at its new location, and also wrote the Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Combat manual which formed the basis of current BVR tactics. For his pioneering efforts, he was awarded the CAS commendation in 2003. As Station Commander at Sirsa, the officer has brought in vast enhancement in the op capability, especially with respect to maintenance and upkeep of the war-waging infrastructure. He has been instrumental in the operationalisation of the strategic assets placed at his disposal. With his fore-sight and planning skills, he has meticulously charted the road-map for station's expansion programme for the forthcoming decade. His clarity of thought, knowledge of accounting procedures and command of written language have helped the station to project works services in record times, and maintain an observation-free budget year in all code heads. He has laid special emphasis on improving the quality of life of air warriors and their families, thereby raising the station happiness quotient manifolds. Under his able leadership, the station has bagged the Best in Administration Trophy and the Best Primary School Trophies in IAF as well as in WAC. The award of such trophies bears testimony to his excellent organizational capability, dedication to duty and tenacity. For distinguished services of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Anil Sabharwal.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Samir Vishwanathrao Borade 18761 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Samir Vishwanathrao Borade (18761) Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) was commissioned in the Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) Branch on 16 Feb 87. During the past 24 years, Gp Capt Borade has contributed towards improving the Op capability and maintain ability of fighter fleets in general and MiG-29 in particular. He has worked in MiG-29 Squadrons, a MiG-29 Tech Flight and MiG-29 overhaul line. Besides this, the officer has been a Maint Inspector in DMI and also commanded Workshop Training Institute (WTI). Since 22 Jun 09, Gp Capt Borade is functioning as C Eng 0 A at HQ MC. As Senior Production Engineer at 11 BRD, the officer was instrumental in setting up the overhaul facilities for MiG-29 and undertook various studies including life extension of MiG-29 ac and its components. This endeavor contributed towards optimal operational exploitation of the MiG-29 fleet. As Joint Director (Maintenance Inspection), the officer initiated Joint Quality Audits of various and conceptualized a new inspection philosophy. The concept of 'Self Audit': suggesting three levels of inspection is now a well established system and has improved the functioning of units. As CO of WTI, Gp Capt Borade implemented major changes in training concepts and initiated "Battle Damage Repair" course to improve the war time repair capability of. R&SU teams. As C Eng 0 A at HQ MC, Gp Capt Borade has acted as a catalyst to resolve techno-logistics issues of all the fighter fleets. Due to his vast aircraft experience, the officer has provided necessary impetus towards improvement in fighter fleet serviceability, expeditious help to the Op Units, Infrastructure development and aircraft modifications at the BRDs. Modification of wing feed pipelines of MiG-29 ac, resolving criticality of MiG-29 ejection seats conceptualising replacement of obsolete Radio Altimeter system of MiG-23 trainer and initiating life extension for the landing gears of MiG-29 ac, are few examples of the vision and profession acumen of the officer. These initiatives would go a long way in sustaining the serviceability of the fleets and substantial financial savings. The officer is a post graduate in Aerospace Structure and is also a graduate of the Defence Service Staff College. Gp Capt Borade leads by example and inspires his subordinates to achieve the highest standards as a well knit team. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Samir Vishwanath Rao Borade.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Jagmeet Singh Dhamoon 19157 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Jagmeet Singh Dhamoon (19157) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned as a Pilot in the Flying Branch on 19 Dec 87. While serving in various MiG 21 & MiG 29 Sqns he has flown over 2800 accident free hours. He has held the appointments of CO of a Fighter Squadron, Joint Director Personnel Officers (JD PO)-l(F) & JDPO-1(Courses) at Air HQ and Base Commander of Air Force Station Awantipur. He has also served as instructor at NDA. He had under gone the first Type Qualified Flying Instructors' Course on MiG 21 and was awarded CAS Trophy for Best Overall Performance. He is a graduate of DSSC and has undergone Operational EW Course in France and Manpower Personnel Officers' Course in USA. He has won gunnery trophies in every MiG 21Sqn he has served in. On taking over as Base Commander, Gp Capt Dhamoon was tasked to ensure the operational availability of runway at Awantipur which was under renovation of AFLS for a prolonged duration. The availability was essential in view of the other airfield in J&K sector being not available due to runway resurfacing. With effective utilization of resources and efficient teamwork the runway was made available within duration of six months. Under his leadership the Base hosted a Bison Sqn for a period of eight months in addition to regular fighter detachments with limited support services and infrastructure. With his meticulous planning and proactive approach, operations by three fighter detachments were enabled during Ex Gauntlet IJI, which was a first for the Base. With his intense focus on safe operations and efficient utilization of available resources, 1821 accident free fighter sorties were flown during the year 2010 which has been maximum annual effort by the Base. Driven by his innovative and ingenious approach the Base also enabled more than 100 civil flights during which more than 10,000 passengers transited the Base. His insistence on immaculate administrative and stringent security arrangements were appreciated by State Govt officials also. When the base was severely affected by the civic unrest during the summer of 2010, Gp Capt Dhamoon, with his focused approach and effective liaison, ensured availability of all essential goods and services and movement of personnel and their families. His insistence on predicting consumption rates of essentials and alternative outstation sources ensured that no disruption of supplies procured either through Public Funds or Non Public Funds was experienced by the Base. His concerted efforts also resulted in installation of two ATMs and making the Base health services self sufficient with facilities of Gynecologist, Dentist, X-ray and automated pathological laboratory. With his inventive thinking Gp Capt Dhamoon has initiated certain ground-breaking projects for the Base like underground weapon storage areas, recessed aircraft parking shelters and integrated access facility with modern security devices and foot over bridge to link two campuses of the base. These projects will significantly enhance the operational capability, security and quality of life of the base. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Jagmeet Singh Dhamoon.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Hardeep Bains 19180 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Hardeep Bains (19180) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned into the fighter stream of the IAF on 19 Dec 87 He is presently posted as the Station Commander of a premier flying base of the Indian Air Force. Group Captain Hardeep Bains has over 5000 hrs of accident! incident free flying and has also been Commended by the CAS in 2001 and Commended twice by AOC-in-C on earlier occasions. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor with a Cat 'A rating and did his higher defence studies from the South Africa National War College in South Africa in 2002. He has flown various trainer and fighter aircraft including HPT-32. Kiran, MiG-21s, MiG-23 and Jaguar aircrafts. As the Station Commander of a premier flying base, Group Captain Hardeep Bains has been an epitome of a leader of men. He is a highly dedicated and sincere officer who takes all efforts to go into the details of any problem/ task and then find a solution for it. On taking over the station, he meticulously studied the shortcomings that affected the operational capabilities of the base and found long term and lasting solutions. Under his able leadership his Station undertook a number of innovations and modifications to ensure cost saving to the exchequer, optimum utilisation of the resources and enhancing operational life of the infrastructure and equipment. With his foresight and planning, repairs to bias pens were undertaken even within the meager station maintenance funds to expedite availability of these vital installations at all times. Under his leadership and guidance, the station has successfully carried out the difficult task of parking SU-30 aircraft in all the existing but comparatively small double entry pens and comprehensive procedures for the same were promulgated. The Station and all its lodger units have maintained. optimum operational readiness throughout his tenure. This would not have been possible without Group Captain Hardeep Bains focused approach towards operational readiness and goal oriented training with optimum emphasis on maintenance and administration. He has also made significant contribution towards improving the living standards of all personnel of the station which included renovation of most of the messes, establishment of a bar and an institute for all Air Warriors. 100% education for all children within the air force camp, developing comprehensive SOPs for various scenarios etc. He also takes regular classes for all Squadron Leaders and below to ensure their grooming into competent Aerospace leaders. Group Captain Hardeep Bains functioned as a team leader for a command level table top exercise involving a realistic scenario of crisis in Kutch sector and also represented SWAC on a seminar on leadership and provided valuable ideas to the challenges of building future aero space leadership. His deep involvement in these activities, thorough analysis and bringing up innovative ideas was commented favourably by both Command Air Staff and former Chiefs who attended these functions. For distinguished service of high order, Hon 'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Hardeep Bains.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Tanmoy Roy 19332 MEDUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Tanmoy Roy (19332) Medical was commissioned as a Medical Officer on 27 Jun 87. At present he holds the appointment of Senior Advisor in Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and is in charge of the Burns centre at Command Hospital Air Force Bangalore. The officer holds a degree of MCh, the highest degree in the field of surgery and has been training doctors of Army, Navy and Air Force to become surgeons since last 18 years. Over the last 21 years this gifted surgeon has conducted many complex, advanced and innovative surgeries which include treatment of debilitating trauma, complex birth defects of limbs, face and spine and saved the life of many burn victims with results at par with international standards. In the year 2001 he operated upon a large number of crush injury victims of the earthquake at Command Hospital Southern Command Pune. In 2002 during the demining operation (Op Parakram) he was deployed in Western Sector where he operated upon large number of soldiers. In recognition of his professional competence, ingenuity and conceptual abilities, he was tasked by Air Headquarters in the year 2005 to revise the establishment of all the hospital of the Indian Air Force, the first major revision since Independence, which he structured with distinction. He is also credited to have set up the first ever Burn Centre in the North East India in the year 2007 which has now become fully operational at Air Force Hospital Jorhat. In the year 2008, the officer was entrusted to plan the reorganisation of the three Rapid Action Medical Team (RAMT) of IAF, the first responders in national disasters to enable it to meet international commitment which he achieved with distinction. In the year 2009, this committed plastic surgeon evacuated a patient with 70% burn from Shillong to Bangalore on respiratory support, the longest trans-peninsular air evacuation and the life was saved. He has been earlier commended twice for his act in 2005 and 2007. The officer has made multiple contributions in different spheres of work, and has made the Air Force proud. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Tanmoy Roy.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Nagabhushana Rayudu Rao 19429 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain NBR Rayudu (19429) Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) was commissioned in the Aeronautical Engineering Branch on 07 Mar 88 and is on the posted strength of a premier unit at Eastern Sector since 22 Mar 10 as the Chief Engineering Officer. He has held various appointments like Flight Commander Combat Vehicle Group of OSA-AK Squadron, Officer-in-charge An-32 CR&SS, Senior Engineering Officer of An-32 Squadron, Senior Engineer (Aircraft), Squadron Commander Aircraft Production Squadron at one of the major Base Repair Depot as well as multiple portfolios of C Eng B, SO Co-ord Maintenance and ESO at WAC before his current assignment as Chief Engineering Officer. He has excelled in all the appointments he has held. For his professional acumen, dedication and accomplishments, he was awarded Commendations by AOC-in-C WAC in 1999 and CAS in 2003. Sound professionalism of Gp Capt Rayudu, together with excellent co-ordination with higher formations as well as supporting depots, has produced outstanding results during his tenures in the aviation sector. An-32 is a multi-role transport aircraft which poses various maintenance problems on account of frequent un-serviceability of systems, particularly the avionics. The issues have been multiplying due to ageing of the fleet and delayed upgrade of the aircraft. Having been in the thick of the grueling experiences associated with the said maintenance issues, both in the field and BRD, he has consistently led his formation from the front; both professionally and managerially. This has resulted in very high serviceability states, impressive number of awards in the units/formations resulting in the regular adjudgment of the base/BRD as best in respective Commands. The recommendations of the officer on anomalies in integration of ELT in An-32 aircraft. during ongoing avionics upgrade have been accepted in toto by IAF. Another set of recommendations pertaining to siting of runway controller huts during implementation of project Modernisation of Air Field Infrastructure is being projected for consideration by higher formations. Backed by his personal exposure to systems while in WAC as well as keenness in AFNET and IT services, he has guided the communication fraternity of Air Force Station Jorhat to the distinction of being the first base in EAC to have 100% IP connectivity, AD connectivity and the largest number of PCs in AFNET domain. This aspect drew special attention during Ex-Sanchar Kranti held recently. Gp Capt Rayudu possesses remarkable leadership qualities and has always maintained a perfect blend of harmony with superiors as well as those placed below him and is looked upon as an example. The morale of officers, air warriors and civilian staff placed below him has been exemplary which speaks volumes of his abilities as a leader and human being. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain NBR Rayudu.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Jagadeesh Bhikaji Rane 19928 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Jagadeesh Bhikaji Rane (19928) Administration/Fighter Controller was commissioned in the Administrative Branch on 14 Jun 89. The officer has held diverse appointments which include command of an Air Defence (AD) radar unit, Chief Operations Officer (COO) of operational Air Defence Direction Centre (ADDC), Deputy Command Air Defence Officer (Dy CADO) at Headquarters of an operational command and COO of the Indian Air Force (lAF) contingent in Sri Lanka. Presently the officer is the Commanding Officer (CO) of Air Defence College (ADC). A fighter controller of a very high caliber, the officer has held the highest category for professional competence i.e. Category 'AYE' for the past 14 years. As the Dy CADO at Command Headquarters, the officer effectively harmonised various facets of radar and surface to air weapon operations during 'Operation Safed Sagar' and ensured their smooth deployment. As the CO of a radar unit he moved his unit to an operational location in the Kashmir valley during 'Operation Parakram', at a very short notice. Leading from the front he motivated his men to undertake the mobility through tough mountainous terrain and terrorist prone area and ensured timely deployment. As COO of the IAF contingent and a specialist advisor to the Sri Lankan Air Force, he assisted in setting up their AD infrastructure. For his professional excellence, he was selected to undergo prestigious courses like Master Fighter Controller's course at Tactics and Combat Development Establishment and Air Battle Planning and Management course at France. The officer is also a Command Examiner and has been co-opted member of the Directorate of Air Staff Inspection on several occasions. For his dedicated service, he has been commended both by Chief of the Air Staff and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief. Group Captain Rane, immediately on assuming command of ADC, embarked upon improving the organisation and training infrastructure at ADC. Keeping in times with the current and futuristic air battle environment, he infused innovative teaching techniques to enhance the quality of training. Under his guidance new training syllabus, precis and training curriculum were formulated along with introduction of modern training aids. Being resource conscious he redrew the scope of practical intercept training by introducing enhanced and better utilisation of the simulator. This resulted in reduction in number of fighter sorties required for practical interception training, thus saving huge sum of money for the exchequer. Under his stewardship, more than a dozen courses constituting officers from Air Force, Army, . navy and friendly foreign countries passed out from the portals of ADC. The officer also hosted several delegations from friendly foreign countries at ADC admirably. His organisational skills were in the forefront when he organised a mega event like the Centre for Air Power Studies Seminar, despite being limited on resources. For distinguished service of high order, Hon 'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Jagadeesh Bhikaji Rane.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Sandeep Kishore Satpathy 20387 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Sandeep Kishore Satpathy (20387) Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) has been on the posted strength of Assistant Chief of the Air Staff [Signals (Air) and Information Technology] sub branch at air HQs since 05 Mar 07 and has been functioning as Joint Director (AFNET) [JD (AFNET)j. The officer after commissioning has earlier served with distinction in the ADGES Communication units, Base Repair Depot, TETTRA School, and as Senior Technical Officer of an Aerostat Unit. He is an alumnus of IIT Bombay and Defence Services Staff College His demonstrated ability to identify and troubleshoot critical issues coupled with his solutions oriented professionalism was manifest in several projects in the past. He has been commended by the CAS in 1996 and by AOC-in-C in 1996 and 2000. The officer has been a pivotal force in the conceptualization, planning, design and implementation of the prestigious AFNET project which was dedicated to the nation by Hon'ble RM in a glittering ceremony on 14 Sep 10. The time bound operationalisation of the extremely complex AFNET project in a record time at 160 locations of the IAF, while similar endeavors by other sister services are yet to even progress to the RFP stage is a testimony to the harmonious leadership, synergetic approach, intuition and visionary foresight. As JD AFNET the officer was deeply involved at various stages in formulation of policies on operation, maintenance and Management of AFNET. The enormous task also included migration of various existing network systems like IMMOLS, AWACS, IACCS, AHOC/ CHOC, TADIOS, ICATS, ACATS and design of interface for new weapon systems like MRSAM, AKASH. With implementation of AFNET project Air Defence Hotlines of all IAF Formations were successfully migrated to AFNET . Group Captain Sandeep Satpathy has also contributed towards formulation of SOPs on implementing the migration of PCs and Servers from Legacy Network to AFNET. During the implementation of AFNET project he has established the Telepresence system between Air HQ (VB) and HQ TC. Group Captain Sandeep Satpathy has efficiently handled the various tasks related to operationalistion of AFNET like planning the formation of Data Center Management Unit to manage all the Data Services across IAF, Integration of DMRR and planning their Op deployment in consultation with command HQs. He was closely associated with the planning, executing various activities during AFNET Dedication Ceremony to the nation jointly by Defence Minister and Min of Com & IT during Sep 10. Apart for contributing immensely to the AFNET Project he has been associated with the planning and successful execution of first Air Force Level Communication Exercise Sanchar Kranti - 2010. He was also the Member Secretary in the Study Team on the exhaustive 'Formation of IT Branch / Trade in lAF'. He has also initiated the revision of policy pages of all AFNET units centrally at Air HQs For his outstanding professional acumen, exemplary dynamism, distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Sandeep Kishore Satpathy.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Tarun Chaudhry 20452 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Group Captain Tarun Chaudhry (20452) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned into the fighter stream of the IAF on 16 Dec 89. He is on the posted strength of Dte of Personnel Officers at Air HQ (VB) wef 22 Jun 09. As DPO-l(F), the officer is responsible for the HR and career planning issues for nearly 1400 officers from the Fighter stream, upto the rank of Gp Capt. During his tenure, the officer has worked hard towards increasing transparency and improving efficiency. Among the significant issues addressed by the officer and which benefited the organisation as a whole was the management of U/T aircrew in the Fighter Stream. He has recommended practical and result-oriented steps including review of ex-HOTS OST syllabus so as to cut down on the conversion period and establishment of an additional Type Training squadron for the SU-30 and Jaguar fleet on the OCCUR concept. Similarly, the constraints of QFI manning and its long term HR implications were brought to the notice of senior commanders and an interim solution identified and implemented, so as to ensure that there was no disruption in training output. The anomaly between the QRs for the Sqn Cdrs Board and Promotion Board-Il was identified by the officer through exhaustive analysis and a time bound comprehensive plan has been implemented. The timely identification of the problem was appreciated by the CAS. The officer's regular interaction with the field personnel in the placement process has vastly improved satisfaction levels amongst all officers due to his meticulous approach. The satisfaction percentage for the placements after the Higher Command and Air Staff Course has been close to hundred percent. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Tarun Chaudhry.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Sandeep Kumar 21481 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Wing Commander Sandeep Kumar (21481) Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) was commissioned in as engineer in the technical branch on 30 Sep 91. He is performing the duties of Chief Engineering Officer (CEO) at Air Force Station Sarsawa, since 19 Apr 10. He has held appointment of Senior Engineer (Aircraft) of flying base and staff at Headquarter Western Air Command as fleet officer for Russian transport and heptr fleet. He has been commended by Chief of the Air Staff in 2005 and 2009 for displaying exceptional professionalism and devotion to duty. An alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, he is also a graduate of Defence Services Staff College and post graduate from The Defence Institute of Advanced Technology Pune. Wg Cdr Sandeep Kumar with his keen foresight, anticipation and meticulous planning, was instrumental in achieving and sustaining a very high serviceability in Mi-17 IV heptrs, enabling a four heptr detachment at Raipur and Jagdalpur for Op Triveni with minimum down time. The Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) fleet serviceability was substantially improved within a span of six months due to his untiring efforts and personal involvement. Due to his relentless pursuit, strong inclination for minute details and persistent liaison with supply agencies he was able to achieve Aircraft on Ground (AOG) buildup of seven ALH and three Mi-17 IV. To further improve the Op potential of the ALH and Mi-171V fleets, he proposed and successfully completed 750 hrs servicing on ALH within two months against the average time of nine months taken by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and in case of MI- 17 IV he undertook a study including ground trials, by which all the 'three series' helicopters can be converted to bombing role. Wg Cdr Sandeep Kumar is an outstanding officer and with his exceptional knowledge and skills achieved through continuous hard work he has ensured development of an excellent maintenance culture in the Station with emphasis on modernisation, innovation and self reliance. Some examples are fabrication of Mobile Lighting Trolley, recovery of a Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML)Tractor from a prolonged un-serviceability, defect analysis and repair of Modern Servicing Garage, unserviceable since 2002. These indigenous tasks and many more undertaken by the officer have resulted in savings of approx Rs 20,00,000/- to the government exchequer. Due to his innovative ideas and dedication to ensure immediate implementation, he has proved to be an asset to the station and the organisation as a whole. For distinguished service of high order, Hon 'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Sandeep Kumar.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Bhupender Singh Kanwar 21583 F(N)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : Wing Commander Bhupender Singh Kanwar (21583) flying (Navigator)was commissioned on 14 Dec 91 in the Indian Air Force as Navigator in Flying branch. He has held the appointments of Command Examiner, Aircrew Examination Board Examiner, Dte of Air Staff Inspection Inspector and Chief Navigation Instructor, Navigation Training School (NTS). He is commanding NTS since 11 May 09. He is a Qualified Navigational Instructor and holds the highest professional categories of RTR 'Adv/A' on HS-748, An-32 and IL -76 ac and also holds Instructional Cat 'A'. He has undergone the Air Staff Course at Defence Services Staff College Wellington. He has been commended by AOC-in-C WAC in 1996 and CAS in 2010. Wing Commander Kanwar has displayed exceptional vision, tremendous initiative and outstanding commitment in modernising the Navigation training at NTS. On his own initiative he has developed a website which hosts one of the best aviation related materials in the IAF. He has transformed the training at NTS into a web enabled network centric training. Under his guidance the training precis and syllabus of all the subjects taught at NTS have been revised. The operationalisation of the modern NTS building replete with state of the art training infrastructure is testimony to his outstanding dedication, phenomenal foresight and hands on leadership. This building is an ideal role model for other ITEs of the IAF. He has provided the inspiration and guidance for development of futuristic Nav Simulator as well. He has written many quality service papers for the introduction of the 'Combat System Officer Concept', 'Mission Commander Concept' and 'Creation of Centre of GIS Excellence at Begumpet' which when implemented would be instrumental in bringing extraordinary changes in the IAF. His outstanding management skills and infectious zeal have played a significant role in improving the quality of life of all the air warriors of NTS. This has been brought about through major infrastructure development projects like special repairs to NTS hangar, and improvements to the Airmen Mess. As PMC Officers' Mess he has provided a major facelift by creating sports infrastructure like lawn tennis court etc. and improved the quality of life of the living in officers. He has been extensively involved in the modernisation and extension of CSD complex at the station. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Bhupender Singh Kanwar.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
JWO Makhan Singh 627548 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 12 Announced 26 Jan 12
Details : 627548 Junior Warrant Officer Makhan Singh Mechanical Transport Driver (MTD) is posted to Air Force Station Memaura, Lucknow with effect from 31 Dec 2007 and is working as JWO IC MT Records since then. On 28 Jul 10, JWO M Singh reported sick at Command Military Dental Centre at Lucknow Cantt. At 1130 hrs after OPD, he was waiting on footpath to cross over to MH. He observed that a 12 yrs old girl child was crossing the road. All of sudden JWO M Singh noticed that an over speeding TATA Sumo was about to hit the child. In a split second decision he crossed the road and lifted the child out of danger. However, a scooter coming right behind TATA Sumo at a great speed, lost control and hit JWO M Singh on his right ankle. The JWO sustained fracture and was later operated on 05 Aug l0 in Base Hospital Lucknow for fracture medical malleous and malleous screw was fitted in his right ankle. JWO displayed extraordinary courage and promptitude in rescuing a child whose life was in danger though he himself was coming after reporting sick from CH Dental Centre at the time of the life saving act. His injury is attributed to the Military Service. The act performed by him is of humanitarian nature. His fearless approach saved a valuable human live. For displaying extraordinary courage and promptitude in rescuing a child whose life was in danger, Hon 'ble President is pleased to award 'Jeevan Raksha Padak' to Junior Warrant Officer Makhan Singh.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Kacheri Madathil Sivarama Menon Pradeep 15818 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 13 Announced 26 Jan 13
Details : Air Commodore Kacheri Madathil Sivarama Menon Pradeep (15818) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) Branch on 02 Jul 79. The officer has held several field and staff appointments during his service career. He has been a Specialist Radar Officer and Senior Technical Officer at various Guided Weapon squadrons, Commanding Officer of Electronics Standards Calibration Team (ESCT) and the Station Commander of a Signals Unit. He has also held staff appointments as Command Signal Officer (Air) at Southern Air Command and Director Radar (Non-ADGES) at Air Headquarters. In recognition of the highly challenging and responsible nature of duties performed by him as part of the Combat crew in Surface-to-Air Guided Weapons (SAGW) Squadron, he has been awarded the coveted SAGW badge. During his tenure as the Commanding Officer of ESCT, he was instrumental in revamping calibration procedures for SAGW test equipment, identification of indigenous substitutes to test equipment to counter their non-availability from OEMs and indigenisation of microwave devices that were resulting in unserviceability’s to test stations. It was during his tenure as the Commanding Officer of a Signals Unit that the first Network Operations Centre cum Data Centre of the IAF was set up. In recognition of his distinguished service and devotion to duty, he was awarded the Commendation by Chief of the Air Staff on 26 Jan 04. Air Cmde KMS Pradeep is presently the Principal Director Guided Weapons Maintenance at Air Headquarters. As part of the modernisation plan of AD weapon assets of IAF, a large number of SAGW systems are under various stages of induction. There is an in-depth involvement of the officer at every stage in each of these projects based on his first hand working experience on erstwhile SAGW systems. This is bound to ensure that the systems under induction would continue to meet the operational requirements of IAF with an appropriately tuned maintenance philosophy for years to come. His proactive approach in reviving the operational potential of the existing ageing GW fleet through overhaul of OSA Combat vehicles, revision of maintenance philosophy of Pechora system so as to conserve their operational life and refurbishment/life extension of Pechora, OSA and IGLA missiles are bound to pay rich dividends in ensuring that optimal op capability of SAGW systems is maintained until induction of new systems. His liaison with High Explosive Materials Research Laboratory for stretching the life of Pechora missiles beyond their extended life would result in 60% additional availability of missiles while refurbishment has been delayed due to production constraints at Ordnance Factory Board. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Air Commodore Kacheri Madathil Sivarama Menon Pradeep.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Sunil Jayant Nanodkar 16555 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 13 Announced 26 Jan 13
Details : Air Commodore Sunil Jayant Nanodkar VM was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in flying branch on 11 Dec 81. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor with over 3900 hrs of accident free flying. He is an a1umnus of the Defence Services Staff College, the College of Combat and the National Defence College. In his 30 years of distinguished service, he has held several field and staff appointments. These include Flight Commander and Commanding Officer of a Jaguar Squadron, a Directing Staff at two premier institutes of the IAF- the flying Instructors School and the Defence Services Staff College. He was Director Tactical Operations at Air HQ, during this tenure he planned and led the first overseas major Air Force Exercise Co-operative Cope Thunder-04 in Alaska. He has commanded two frontline major air bases of the IAF as a Station Commander and Air Officer Commanding. He is currently the Principal Director Aircraft (Operations Tactical) since 29 Nov 10. His professional expertise, dynamism and inspiring leadership have given the directorate a team that is efficient, motivated and thus highly productive. His initiative, foresight and intelligence has contributed immensely towards the meticulous analysis of the weak areas having direct implication on the overall offensive capability of the IAF. Many issues related to weapons and offensive platforms have been streamlined because of his personal involvement. His persistent endeavour, drive and insistent interaction with various agencies in the IAF, Ordnance Factory Board, DRDO and the academia have resulted in increased availability of weapons and more importantly a clarity in the way forward. Additionally due to his endeavour a comprehensive fuzing policy and weapon assessment criteria review have been done. The directorate has been able to boast of having reviewed all the Standard Operating Procedures as well as the Orders and Instructions related to all the platforms and weapon systems due to his initiative. For the distinguished service of a high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Air Commodore Sunil Jayant Nanodkar.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Mysore Ananthapadmanabhasharma Sridhar 17027 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 13 Announced 26 Jan 13
Details : Group Captain Mysore Ananthapadmanabhasharma Sridhar (17027) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an air traffic controller in the administrative branch on 29 Dec 82. During his service, he has held important appoints of Senior Air Traffic Control Officer at Air Force Station Agra, Air Force ATC Examiner and Joint Director Air Staff Inspection at Air HQ, Station Information Technology Officer & Senior Instructor (Adm) at Air Force Administrative College and Chief Administrative Officer of a major flying station. He is presently posted as Command Works Officer at Headquarters Training Command since 26 Apr 11. He has successfully completed the 52 Air Staff course at Defence Services Staff College, Wellington in 1997. Gp Capt MA Sridhar is an intelligent, sincere and diligent officer. He has the ability to conceptualize and plan improvements in his sphere of influence. With his experience during inspections, he has shown remarkable application in taking a holistic view of the tasks in identifying the limitations of existing systems. With his dedication, meticulous approach and concerted efforts he has been instrumental in laying the foundation of e-learning process of the Distance Education element for the courses conducted at Air Force Administrative College. During his tenure as the Chief Administrative Officer of Air Force Station Bidar, he has been responsible for the infrastructural development post induction of the Hawk Mk 132 aircraft. Due to his concerted efforts, a 28 aircraft hangar has been approved for the station. Due to his perseverance, he has also been successful in the release of 373 Prefabricated Dwelling Units for airmen married accommodation as a Special Project. Within one year post induction of Hawk aircraft, the revision of policy page for the Station as well as two Hawk Training squadrons and consequently the revised Establishments for these units were approved in 2011. As Command Works Officer, he has streamlined the functioning and introduced innovative methods for faster processing of Works Services. During the year 2011- 12, despite the delays in approval of list, the works services released for Training Command exceeded the designated ceiling. Additionally, planning and execution of Runway Resurfacing (Special Projects) at Bidar and Tambaram were diligently undertaken without disrupting the flying training. Further, the budgetary expenditure by stations under Training Command was very well managed as per the targets. Gp Capt MA Sridhar has demonstrated extraordinary ability to be team leader and produce results with speed and accuracy. Besides setting a personal example, he has an ability to muster unflinching support of his subordinates to form a highly motivated and dynamic team with a purpose to enhance effectiveness. He has displayed a deep sense of responsibility, unflinching devotion to duty and total dedication to the service. His eagerness to anticipate, innovate, and enthuse have been motivational factors for his subordinates. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Sew Medal to Group Captain Mysore Ananthapadmanabhasharma Sridhar.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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