Vishist Seva Medal Awardee List


A total of 1451 Awards are listed.
Vishist Seva Medal : 1451 |
Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Soumitra Kumar Dey 17030 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 13 Announced 26 Jan 13
Details : Air Commodore Soumitra Kumar Dey (17030) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in the administrative branch on 29 Dec 82. In his 29 years of distinguished service, he has held many important appointments including Chief Administrative Officer (CAdm 0) of a flying station, Assistant Provost Marshal, Deputy Provost Marshal (Air), SO to the VCAS and JD Works at Air HQ etc. At present the officer is posted as Principal Director Org (Ceremonials) at Air HQ An alumnus of DSSC, Air Cmde SK Dey has been commended by the CAS, AOC-in-C and GOC-in-C. The officer with his strive for excellence and ability to conceptualize out of box solutions has contributed immensely towards organizational objective. Inception of Air Force Dog Training School at 56 ASP as Dy PM (Air), meticulous planning, coordination and timely completion of works services of HQ WAC as JD Works, completion of many projects to improve the quality of life of air warriors as C Adm 0 are indications of his professional acumen. The officer as the leader of the Indian Project Management Team for resurfacing of runway at Jaffna, continued to persist with the pace of work despite severe adverse conditions and artillery attacks on the airfield on regular basis. In his present appointment he has ensured setting up of very high standards for ceremonial events, Air Force Band, Air Warrior Drill Team, Ceremonial Contingent, successful conduct of National, Service and Air Force level ceremonies including six President's standard presentation ceremony in last three years is testimony of his perseverance and indefatigable drive. His foresight, hard work and dedication greatly contributed in Air Force winning the Best Marching Contingent award in RD Parade consecutively for two years in 2011 and 2012, a feat never achieved before by any of the Armed Forces contingents. Cases of appointment of Commodore Commandants, regulating expenditure on ceremonial parades from Public Fund to save welfare fund, work related to new lAF on dresses have been pursued with due diligence and in short despite various constraints. The Air Officer also discharged the additional responsibility of PD Org (Adm) for almost a year, as PD Org (Adm) his main contribution has been towards ensuring 100% modernization of office equipment at all AF Stns/Units, providing vision to the planning and execution of the VRF air conditioning work, upgradation of electrical infrastructure and complete renovation of main foyer at Vayu Bhavan. For his distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Air Commodore Soumitra Kumar Dey.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Gp Capt Neeraj Srivastava 17787 LGSUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 13 Announced 26 Jan 13
Details : Gp Capt Neeraj Srivastava (17787) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in logistics branch on 21 Dec 84. He is a mix of a Logistician and an IT professional and has held appointments of Asst Dir (Comp Cat) at Logistics Information System at Air HQ, Systems Manager at 25 EO, Deputy Chief Logistics Officer at 26 EO, Director Management Information System at Air HQ and Senior Logistics Officer ( S Lgs 0 ) at a premier flying station. He has also been on deputation to Govt of Botswana as Air Logistics Advisor to Botswana Defence Force. He has an illustrious career and has always displayed high professional competence during each of his assignments. At 25 EO Devlali he was a key developer of Depot Logistics Management System where he migrated from Mainframe COBOL environment to Unix/Oracle System. During the Y2K crisis his ingenious solution saved the system from becoming nonfunctional, besides saving huge amount of time and resources. He is the creator of AOM Net Web site at Air HQ where he provided Web based access to Logistics Information System data and successfully digitised the voluminous regulations viz lAP 1501, lAP 1542 and Logistics Air Force Orders which are now very widely used in the IAF His performance as S Lgs 0 at AF Stn Adampur was exceptional and he provided an efficient Logistics Support to the operations and users and created self-service clothing store which was later emulated in many stations. As Director Integrated Materials Management Online Systems he undertook the development of now widely used Dashboards and also provided global stock visibility using innovative technique avoiding voluminous replication of data. He also implemented system and code optimisation that resulted in achieving drastic reduction in application response time. He has been awarded CAS Commendation in the years 1997 and 2000 for his distinguished service. Gp Capt Neeraj Srivastava is presently commanding 27 EO. He has undertaken the assigned tasks with great zeal and enthusiasm. During his short stay he has flawlessly handled the commitment of providing trailers for tableaux for RO Parade 2012. He has also achieved good progress in receiving, accounting and distribution of items repatriated from UN Missions. With no clear guidelines available for disbursement of the items, he undertook disbursement by displaying the items on the Web. This resulted in high movement of items and within eight months 60 percent items have been disbursed. Five aircraft loads and 4 container loads were also dispatched for IAF contingent in Raipur. In case of UN repatriated common user and specialist vehicles 76 out of 105 have already been distributed in this short span. He has displayed high degree of commitment and leadership in undertaking and achieving assigned tasks while maintaining high morale of the personnel of the depot. For his distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Neeraj Srivastava.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Air Cmde Prashant Mukund Vithalkar 17855 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 13 Announced 26 Jan 13
Details : Air Commodore Prashant Mukund Vithalkar, VM (17855) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in the flying branch on 14 Jun 85. During the past 27 years of his distinguished service, he has held several important appointments including Commanding Officer of a Mi-8 helicopter unit, Team Leader of a Helicopter Project Monitoring Team and Station Commander of a frontline flying base. He has over 5300 h of flying to his credit on various helicopters in the lAF He was appointed as Air-Il at HQ Western Air Command on 01 Feb 11. He has ensured achievement of air maintenance task for two consecutive years despite of constraints pertaining to reduced availability of aircraft resources. Due to his proactive approach, the helicopter and transport fleet operations have been accident free. This was made possible by maintaining continuous channel of communication with Commanders in the field and passing on of Aviation Safety advisories on regular basis. Air Cmde Vithalkar has consistently worked towards enhancing operational status of the squadrons! units in the Area of Responsibility (AOR) despite reduced availability of flying effort for training. Special Heli Borne Operations and armament camps were organised by pooling-in of scarce resources in a realistic Air Defence! Attack Helicopter threat environment. The successful participation by the lAF aircraft in the Air Force Day, Republic Day Flypasts has been appreciated by all dignitaries and audience alike. The setting up of helicopter patrol for Delhi Integrated Air Defence Centre (DlADC) during many of the National occasions has contributed towards the Air Defence of national capital. As Air ll, his ability to plan, organise and conduct smooth operations has been on display in many of the bi-annual Command level Exercises and Indian Army Commands Exercise with Troops (EWTs). He has been responsible for induction of C-130 J aircraft (ac) and Mi-17 V5 helicopters in the AOR which involved overseeing readiness of infrastructure for induction as well as training programme for safe and early operationalisation of the new raisings. A close monitoring of projects by him has paved way for future inductions of ac in the. AOR like WIP helicopter and C-17 Globemaster ac. In addition, smooth merger of IL-76 Sqns and operationalisation of IL-78 ac from two different bases in the AOR has been noteworthy. The transport and helicopter assets have been effectively utilised for the move of fighter squadrons, air armament, Air Defence assets as well as maintenance support for operations. A fortnightly maintenance courier services to Base Repair! Equipment Depots have been instituted which shall help in upgrading the serviceability status of all the fleets in the AOR. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Air Cmde Prashant Mukund Vithalkar, VM.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Gp Capt Nrip Kumar Mehta 17886 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 13 Announced 26 Jan 13
Details : Group Captain Nrip Kumar Mehta (17886) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in the Administration branch on 14 Jun 85. Gp Capt NK Mehta has been Adjutant, Security Officer and Works Officer at various major operational bases. He has also been Instructor at Air Force Academy and Chief Admin Officer at premier operational Air Force Station. He has the unique distinction of being Command Works Officer to two frontline operational commands. He has been posted as Command Works Officer at HQ South Western Air Command (SWAC) since 14 Nov 2011. He has been commended twice by AOC-in-C in 1993 & 1997 and twice by the CAS in 2000 & 2002. As manager of Air Force Aquatic Team, the only time the team won the overall Services Championship and he represented Services in National Games in 1997. During 27 years’ service Group Captain Mehta has executed works services at five major bases and two of the largest operational commands with far reaching and enabling impact on the operational preparedness and quality of life in IAF Working from grass root levels to conceptual level of compiling lAP 2501, the bible for Works Services and Married Accommodation in the IAF This was mammoth task of combining 13 Air Force Orders and tempering it with practical project management principles with stress on maximising time, quality and cost in works services. Using innovative ways in energy saving, he has substantially saved electricity tariff in a number of bases. He has painstakingly consolidated land records where none existed and evicted encroachments. Keeping in with the pace of expansion of lAF,23 land acquisition cases are progressed with efficient liaison with civil authorities. Synchronising operational infrastructure with new induction in his forte without neglecting married accommodation, messes, billets, sports and medical infrastructure. At a premier air force base, he successfully inducted a frontline transport aircraft and conducted two Air Force Parades in 2010 & 2011. As Command Works Officer at HQ SWAC, Gp Capt NK Mehta is constantly in touch with the field units and Military Engineering Services to ensure meticulous planning, expeditious processing, efficient execution, close supervision and timely maintenance. Works Services worth Rs. 280 crores have been released and Rs. 600 crores is ongoing towards expeditious completion. His proactive approach backed by deep knowledge of works procedures has ensured no delays in induction of new weapon systems and timely completion of Runway Resurfacing. He is instrumental in completion of major projects of Chiloda and Phalodi with quality and cost consciousness. In the years to come, the operational and infrastructural robustness of SWAC would bear testimony to the meticulous planning, astute fund management and efficient project management of Gp Capt NK Mehta. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Nrip Kumar Mehta.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Air Cmde Savinder Pal Singh 18116 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 13 Announced 26 Jan 13
Details : Air Commodore Savinder Pal Singh (18116) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in flying branch on 06 Dec 85. He has commanded a fighter squadron and has served as Chief Operational Officer of two premier fighter bases of Western Air Command. During all these tenures, there were no incidents! accidents. He has also functioned as Director Strategic Intelligence in Strategic Force Command. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor, Fighter Combat Leader and Instrument Rating Instructor and Examiner. He is an alumnus of Defence Services Staff College. He has undergone Higher Command Course at MHOW, where he was awarded the Commander's medal for research work on nuclear capabilities in the region. He has attained first division in both MPhil and MSc (Defence studies) degrees. He has been commended twice by the Chief of Air Staff and awarded three stars of flight safety. In his previous appointment as Commanding Officer, of one of the Tactical Air Centre (TAC), he earned the admiration from commanders at all levels of South Western Command (Army), for his initiative in conducting training seminars and joint operational exercises up to Brigade level in the concerned Corps zone. The unit also conducted the highest number of Counter Surface Force missions in Exercise Gauntlet- III and IV Under his leadership, the unit was adjudged as the 'Best TAC' for the year 2011. He is presently Air Officer Commanding of a frontline Air Force base since 04 Jul 11. During his command he has made number of value additions in the base on all fronts. The base has always performed exceptionally well in all exercises including Gauntlet V and VI. Under his guidance, the base undertook seamless induction and sustained operations of Remotely Piloted Aircraft unit for five months that culminated in their successful operational employment in Ex-Gauntlet VI. He, with his extraordinary acumen, clarity of thought and perseverance, was able to get the work services for initial induction of Su-30 released in the record shortest possible time. Professionalism with involvement and commitment has been the core values with which he has completed every task assigned to him. He not only focussed on operational orientation but also ensured welfare and created opportunities for overall development of his subordinates and their families, with special emphasis on education for children. He, with his extraordinary leadership qualities and compassion has created a highly motivated team which is regarded with professional admiration in Western Air Command. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Air Commodore Savinder Pal Singh ,
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Gp Capt Sadhana Saxena Nair 18197 MEDUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 13 Announced 26 Jan 13
Details : Group Captain Sadhana Saxena Nair (18197) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in the medical branch on 03 Dec 85. The officer has been Senior Medical Officer (SMO) of three different stations including AF Sin Pune. In all her tenures the officer has distinguished herself with her professionalism and commitment to task. The officer was commended by AOC·in·C, WAC in 2001 whilst she was SMO at Air Force Station Arjangarh and by CAS in 2006 while serving as SMO, 13 Base Repair Depot. The SMCs that she headed have been adjudged 'Best SMC' of Command on several occasions. All through her service, she has placed a premium on staying updated with the latest in her profession. Towards this, she completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Maternal & Child Health in 2001 and a two year course in Medical Informatics from AIIMS, New Delhi in 2008. She has authored two studies, one on 'Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity in School Going Children in an Air Force Camp in New Delhi' in 2005 and the other on 'Response of Patients and OPD Registration Staff of a Multispecialty Government Hospital to computerisation of OPD Registration' in 2007. The officer also submitted a project on 'Software Requirement Specifications for Computerisation of Station Medicare Centres of the IAF' to Air HQ in 2008. On assuming charge as Deputy Principal Medical Officer (DPMO) in Mar 10, the officer leveraged her considerable experience and newly acquired computer skills to improve efficiency at Command level bringing about significant improvements in spheres such as Patient Care, Local Purchase Procedures and Medical Boards. The officer single handedly designed and developed the Southern Air Command (SAC) Medical Web Site which contains the latest and extremely useful information for all the medical officers in the periphery. She has excelled on the professional front too. Despite having no hospital under this command, she organised a Continuing Medical Education seminar on 'Medicare in Field Units' at HQ SAC - the first of its kind since the inception of SAC. Camps for 'Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening and Awareness', 'Bone Density Screening and Awareness' and Diabetic Biothesiometry Screening and Awareness' were organised by her during her present appointment and received excellent response. In keeping with the operational role of Southern Air Command, she organised a seminar on 'Aeromedical Aspects of Maritime Air Ops and Long duration fighter flying· another first of its kind. The seminar won all round accolades. The officer shouldered additional responsibility of being an executive committee member of AFWWA (R) at HQ SAC and has displayed commendable work towards smooth conduct of welfare activities without at any stage compromising performance of her primary duty. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Sadhana Saxena Nair.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Gp Capt Vijay Kumar Garg 18493 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 13 Announced 26 Jan 13
Details : Group Captain Vijay Kumar Garg (18493) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) branch on 19 Aug 86, He has been on the posted strength of the Directorate of Engineering Transport (Western) since 30 May 11 and has been functioning as the Director. Gp Capt VK Garg has professional approach and positive attitude and has experience on various fleets viz Jaguar, IL-76 and C-130, He excelled as a Cat 'Pi Flight Engineer on IL-76 aircraft and was instrumental in finalisation of a number of SOPs for operations from high altitude and short runways, As the Commanding Officer of No 2 Balloon Barrage Unit, he ensured effective deployment of unit during 'Op Safed Sagar' on a forward base, During his tenure at one of the fighter air base, the officer single handedly and successfully extended maintenance support to two Jaguar squadrons deployed at their Op locations during 'Op Parakram'. Gp Capt Garg was also responsible for successful implementation of 'Just in Time Training' concept while posted at Directorate of Training at Air HQ. Gp Capt VK Garg was the Chief Engineering Officer of Air Force Station, Yelahanka, a premier flying training establishment. He successfully steered the limited resources at his disposal, to ensure time bound completion of enhanced training task, amounting to annual flying task of approximately 20000 hours on five different types of aircraft and helicopters, as well as all maintenance requirements during Aero India -2011. Through his active involvement, hard work, and effective and close supervision, the officer ensured completion of such enormous task without a single incident attributable to Human Error (Servicing). In his present appointment as Director Engineering Transport (Western), the officer is responsible for seven different types of aircraft, from oldest operating transport aircraft, Avro to latest inductions C-130J-30 (Super Hercules), C-17 (Globe Master-lII) and the WIPNIP fleet BBJ, Embraer and Dornier. Monitoring and controlling maintenance of such large varied inventory of aircraft pose multitude of challenges and call for involvement, dedication, detailed planning and multitasking, which Gp Capt VK Garg has successfully achieved. His active interaction with HAL ensured high availability of ageing Avro fleet. By regular interaction with various national and international agencies and meticulous planning the officer ensured successful induction of C-130J-30 aircraft in the IAF His professional approach, resolved many maintenance issues with the manufacturers to ensure trouble free operation of aircraft in the long term. The officer is effectively utilising his professional acumen in planning and designing the maintenance system for C-17 aircraft, to ensure successful induction of this fleet. His active follow up has ensured progress of modification and repair task by M's Boeing on BBJ aircraft well ahead of schedule. For distinguished service of a high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Vijay Kumar Garg.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Gp Capt Devarajan Balamurali 18520 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 13 Announced 26 Jan 13
Details : Group Captain Devarajan Balamurali (18520) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) branch on 29 Aug 86. He is on deputation to Regional Center for Military Airworthiness (RCMA) (Engines), Koraput, CEMILAC, DRDO since 07 Apr 11 and is holding appointment of Joint Director in charge of design development, defect investigations, manufacturing and overhaul issues of AL 31 FP aeroengine of Su-30 MKl aircraft. He has a wide and varied experience on fighter, helicopter and transport aircraft systems ranging from first to fourth line servicing and is also a Cat '1 qualified Flight Engineer on IL-76 MD aircraft with instructor qualification. In his current role within a year, he has addressed several design and reliability issues plaguing Su-30 MKl aircraft effectively with manufacturer through in-depth studies. This has also given him a vast exposure on continued air-worthiness of aero-engine and certification. As Squadron Commander of Aircraft Tech Squadron of three MiG-23 BN squadrons at a forward air base, he ensured highest serviceability in Western Air Command during 'Op Parakram' and also in subsequent years. During his 26 years of service, he was commended twice by CAS and once by AOC-in-C, HQ TC for his laudable all-round performance, pro-active roles and innovative ideas. At 11 BRD, he has carried out a large number of structural modifications and aircraft recovery through innovative and RCMA approved repair schemes on MiG-23 aircraft. Now, at RCMA Koraput, he has conducted extensive aeroengine recovery studies and is deeply involved in lifing studies in liaison with various DRDO agencies. Noteworthy, among these achievements are recovery of a MiG-23 UB MS 315 declared Cat 'E' by RCMA (Nasik) through a newly developed metal-composite patch repair scheme with NAL, Bangalore and recovery of Low Pressure Spools declared Cat 'E' by Mls UMPO, Russia of two AL31 FP aero-engines with DMRL, Hyderabad. Both these efforts paved way for new in-house technology development in military aviation sector and has led to huge foreign exchange savings of Rs 17 crores. He has also ably contributed at HQ Training Command in addressing problem areas in HPT-32 aircraft and the initial technical design deficiencies of Hawk Mk 132 aircraft with HAL and British Aerospace. He is trained abroad in United States Air Force on all NDI techniques in 2006-07 and has also presented Hawk Mk 132 related environmental design issues during Hawk User Group conference at Muscat, Oman in 2009. His vast experience, exposure has inculcated a creative approach in him for finding time bound solutions, instituting remedial measures and foresight in identifying intricate problems. This enabled him to achieve 100 % serviceability of MiG-23 UB aircraft during his tenure at 11 BRD, sustain high serviceability of Hawk Mk 132 aircraft at Bidar and also effectively address critical maintenance issues of HPT-32 aircraft. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble president is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Devarajan Balamurali.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Gp Capt Jeetendra Mishra 18575 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 13 Announced 26 Jan 13
Details : Group Captain Jeetendra Mishra (18575) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in the flying branch on 06 Dec 86. He is a Fighter Combat Leader, a Test Pilot and an alumnus of Air Command and Staff College, Air University, United States of America. He has held the appointments of Senior Test Flying Instructor at the Air Force Test Pilots' School, Commanding Officer of a MiG 21 squadron, Chief Test Pilot of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Director (Projects) for Aircraft Upgrades, Chief Operatioris Officer of a Su 30 MKI operating airbase and is presently the Director, Operational Planning and Assessment Group at Air Headquarters. As the Commanding Officer, his insightful planning and leadership ensured an extremely high serviceability of the MiG 21 aircraft resulting in a very high operational readiness of the unit despite the fleets' vintage. As the Chief Test Pilot his dedicated efforts and professionalism resulted in extremely high standards of newly produced Su 30 MKI aircraft and timely completion of the production targets despite numerous roadblocks and obstructions. As Director (Projects) his personal involvement, planning and commitment resulted in timely fructification of many prestigious projects, including the Su 30 MKI Block IV and BrahMos integration projects to name a few. As the Chief Operations Officer his untiring efforts resulted in a marked improvement in the operational environment of the base in addition to increment in safety and quantum of flying. In Jun 10 the officer was also selected to lead the Indian Air Force contingent for multinational air exercise Garuda IV in France. It was entirely due to his meticulous planning, foresight and leadership that the exercise was conducted smoothly, without any shortcomings whatsoever. This exceptionally conducted multinational exercise not only raised the bar in the defence cooperation among the participating nations but also left an indelible imprint of Indian Air Force's professionalism on the other two air forces. In his present appointment the officer has displayed exceptional operational acumen both in single and interservice scenarios. His professionalism, sense of purpose and dedication has resulted in revision of many operational philosophies and strategies, streamlining of operational procedures and updation of operational directives of the Air Force. His relentless and focused efforts, single minded dedication and result oriented approach to his responsibilities have resulted in successful conduct of many national and international exercises, finalisation of some critical and sensitive inter-services operational plans and successful resolution of many inter-services issues in the two years of his current tenure. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Jeetendra Mishra.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Gp Capt Brij Mohan Tyagi 18795 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 13 Announced 26 Jan 13
Details : Group Captain Brij Mohan Tyagi (18795) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in the flying branch on 13 Jun 87. He has since acquired around 3000 hrs of flying experience. Awarded with a commendation by AOC-in-C EAC in 1998, the officer has commanded prestigious units such as Aircraft Combat Simulator Unit and MiG Operational flying Training Unit 'B' before serving as Director Projects at Air HQ (VB) during 2009-10. Gp Capt BrijMohan Tyagi took over as Station Commander of one of the flying bases in the Central India on 31 May 10. The officer has displayed exemplary leadership qualities in achieving the operational objectives of the station, worked through an efficient maintenance strategy and effective administrative control. The fact that the station was adjudged the 'most improved station' of Central Air Command (CAC) during 2011-12 stands testimony to officer's vision, initiative and professionalism. The MiG-21 squadron, a lodger unit of the station was adjudged the best fighter squadron and the Air Force School at the station was adjudged as the best pre-primary school during 2011-12 are reflective of the officer's extraordinary penchant for overall development of the station and high morale of its personnel. Performing the role of a full-fledged station though established as a Care & Maintenance Unit in terms of its resources, the officer organised Centre for Air Power Studies seminar in 2011 and Chief Engineering Officer/Chief Technical Officer / Senior Logistics Officer conference of CAC in Feb 2012 in a manner which invited a high degree of appreciation and accolades from the higher formations and the participants. His personal involvement in modernization of station logistics section, issues of land management, development of infrastructure, monitoring of health and sanitation besides an optimum emphasis on welfare activities have yielded tangible results immensely contributing to overall growth of the station. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Brij Mohan Tyagi.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Gp Capt Puneet Surindernath Sarin 19073 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 13 Announced 26 Jan 13
Details : Group Captain Puneet Surindernath Sarin (19073) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an engineer in Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) branch on 07 Sep 87. During his 25 years in service, he has been posted to various fighter bases, Operational Command Headquarters, Base Repair Depots and has served as Team Leader of Indian Air force Training Team Botswana. He is on the posted strength of 11 BRD, AF since29 Mar 10 and has been functioning as Chief of Aircraft. Early in his career, the officer's efforts in streamlining second line activities helped reduce ac down time by as much as 30 %. He was part of the Team trained abroad to set up overhaul facilities for MiG-29 ac at 11 BRD in 1996. During this tenure he was involved in tasks like technology generation for TBO extension of MiG-29 ac and repairs on wing rib cracks, for which he was commended by the Chief of Air Staff in Oct 97. As Senior Engineer General Engineering Division at 11 BRD he was instrumental in indigenous manufacture of vitally required spares for overhaul of MiG-23 and MiG-29 ac. In 2002 he was deputed as Team Leader of IAF Training Team at Botswana, the efforts made in initiating maintenance ERP and implementation of QAS were appreciated by the Indian High Commissioner. His service papers on Analysis of failures of RD-33 Aero-engines in the MiG-29 Fleet and on Life extension and upgradation issues of MiG-29 ac have helped highlight issues for improvement of the fleet. The setting up of MiG-29 series upgrade line at the depot has been delayed by more than two years. To overcome these constraints the Production Division has carried out numerous life extension studies, indigenisation of spares, refurbishment of aggregates etc. The entire 1986 batch of MiG-29 ac comprising 30 ac would have been grounded but for timely completion of life extension on Ejection Seats and Landing Gears. These studies along with indigenisation of ejection seat spares have resulted in savings of foreign exchange in excess of rupees 200 crores. The focused approach to sustain production of ac and aggregates has helped both operating bases to maintain highest levels of serviceability in the IAF, even reaching 100% on more than two occasions in the past two years. As Chief of Aircraft, detailed planning has been undertaken to prepare human resource, technology and infrastructure for setting up MiG-29 Upgrade series line at the Depot. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Puneet Surindernath Sarin.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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Gp Capt Shovit Jain 19078 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 13 Announced 26 Jan 13
Details : Group Captain Shovit Jain (19078) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) branch on 05 Sep 87. He is posted to Air Headquarters as Director Air Staff Requirement (Simulators). Gp Capt Shovit Jain is a Category 'Pi Flight Engineer and a Right Test Engineer with over 3500 hours of flying on helicopters. He has been an Air Force Examiner for Flight Engineers in the Aircrew Examining Board. He has held numerous important field and staff appointments. He has contributed immensely as a Flight Test Engineer in enhancing operational capability of the helicopter fleet of Indian Air Force by his contribution in many important projects including single engine trials on the Mi-17 and Mi-17 IV, performance validation of the Mi-17 IV and weight reduction on Mi-26 while posted to Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment. While on deputation to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Group Captain Jain was the Flight Test Engineer for the Cheetal helicopter project and he was part of the flight crew that set the world record for landing at the highest altitude. As the Chief Engineering Officer of Air Force Station, Jammu his efforts and leadership ensured consistent achievement of 100% serviceability of the helicopters. He was posted to the Directorate of Air Staff Requirement in August 2008 and since then he has been involved in a number of major capital procurement cases of the Indian Air Force. His significant achievements include the case for procurement of the urgently required Basic Trainer Aircraft. The case was progressed in an extremely methodical, professional and efficient manner resulting in the successful culmination of the first contract based on Life Cycle Costing model. He was also responsible for finalising the case for procurement of C-17 aircraft following the Foreign Military Sale procedures. The officer with his ingenuity and foresight offered solutions for complex issues which were easily accepted by both officials of Ministry of Defence and officials of the Government of United States of America enabling expeditious completion of the contract. His balanced views, sound professional knowledge and capability to present the case in a logical manner contributed immensely to capability building of the Indian Air Force. The officer is recognised as an authority on Defence Procurement Procedures, Defence Offset Policy and Foreign Military Sale Procedures and is often asked for advice even from Ministry of Defence. His sound knowledge and professionalism has positively impacted modernisation drive of Indian Air Force and has showcased the professionalism of the Indian Air Force at various forums in Ministry of Defence and with other sister services. For distinguished service of a high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Shovit Jain.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Rajiv Mittal 19109 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 13 Announced 26 Jan 13
Details : Group Captain Rajiv Mittal (19109) was commissioned in Indian Air Force as an engineer in the Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics) branch on 14 Sep 87. He is presently commanding Groundcrew Examining Board (GEB), Chandigarh. He has held various key appointments, which include Senior Engineer (Electronics) at two flying bases, Chief Engineering Officer at a Training Establishment, Commanding Officer of a Tropo Unit and Base Commander of the Main Command and Control Hub Centre of DRDO. During his tenure as CO of a Tropo unit, he carried out modifications on the exhaust system of 1 KW Power Amplifier Module, which eliminated frequent link loss. While on deputation to DRDO in 2009, he successfully established a multi-layered Secure Communication Network (SCN) spread over 150 locations, encompassing Army, Navy, Air Force and DRDO. This network enables foolproof and security communication for Defence Strategic requirements. On assuming the command of GEB, AF, the unit responsible for conducting Airmen Promotion Examination (AIRPEXl, Gp Capt Rajiv Mittal was entrusted with the responsibility of replacing the conventional method of conducting the written part of AIRPEX to Online Testing and Evaluation System (OTES). The officer collected and collated data on the facilities available at different IAF bases, worked out the detailed system requirement, network architecture and prepared a comprehensive Project Plan. To make this vision a reality, the officer conducted presentations at all Commands HQ. Owing to his sheer commitment, in-depth planning and unwavering focus, the first phase of OTES is expected to functional by the end of this year. The completion of the project will pave way to tremendous saving in man-hours, reduction of movement of personnel, enhanced availability of manpower for operational commitments and quick declaration of results. With an aim to minimise the rate of failure in AIRPEX, Gp Capt Rajiv Mittal researched deep into the various reasons of failure of airmen in promotion examinations and attached each cause at its root by taking up the specific cases with various Bases, Commands, Weapon Cells, Directorates and Training Centres, He wrote individually to each air warrior appearing in his last chance of AIRPEX. His proactive approach and involvement has started reaping rich dividends with the failure rate already showing a downward trend. He has introduced novel concepts like the Instructional Ability Test, which identifies deserving air warriors capable of instructional duties by screening the air warriors who perform exceptionally well in AIRPEX. This will prove to be a valuable input for Air Force Record Office in posting instructors to Training Institutes. For the distinguished service of a high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Rajiv Mittal.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Achutan Jayanthan 19497 LGSUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 13 Announced 26 Jan 13
Details : Group Captain Achuthan Jayanthan (19497) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in the Logistics branch on 17 Dec 88. The officer is posted as Command Logistics Management Officer (CLMO) at Eastern Air Command wef 02 May 11. In his 23 years of distinguished service, he has held important field and staff appointments that include Lgs Officer of Fighter and Transport bases, Deputy Chief Logistics Officer of two Equipment Depots, Senior Logistics Officer of prestigious Aircraft System Testing Establishment (ASTE) and a front line Fighter base. He has also performed staff appointments at Air HQ and Western Air Command. He graduated from Defence Services Staff College, Wellington in the year 2005. During the devastating earthquake at Bhuj in 2001, he coordinated relief work from the nodal cell at Air HQ. He was commended by the Chief of Air Staff in the year 2002. He also planned and carried out work services for construction of aero engines and drop tanks hangar in the desert terrain. He designed construction of a new Logistics Section which was housed in a temporary building. He was again commended by the Chief of Air Staff in the year 2008 and by the Vice chief of Air Staff in the year 2010. At Eastern Air Command, the officer, with his professional knowledge, foresight, meticulous planning, involvement and never say die attitude has many firsts to his credit. He, with critical Aircraft on Ground (AOG) analysis and excellent liaison with HAL and supply agencies, was able to achieve nil AOGs in Chetek/ Cheetah fleet. The officer, through his hard work and positive attitude, was instrumental in clearing all the critical AOGs of Su-30 fleet and achieving 79% of serviceability. As Captain, he has brought up the Vajra Sports Complex at HQ EAC to truly one of the best. He has demonstrated exceptional organising capability and managed various sports events like Field Commanders' Cup, Air Force Cup and CAS Cup single headedly. During the visit of CAS to EAC, the officer shouldered both, the responsibilities of PMC, Officers' mess and Captain Vajra Sports Complex in an exemplary manner. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Achuthan Jayanthan.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Vikram Rajasekhar 19714 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 13 Announced 26 Jan 13
Details : Group Captain Vikram Rajasekhar (19714) was commissioned in Indian Air Force as an engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) branch on 12 Sep 88. He has held the appointments of Senior Technical Officer of Mi-26 helicopter unit, CO, Mi-26 Tettra School, CO, 41 Repair and Salvage Unit (R&SU), Command Engineering B at HQ EAC, Directing Staff at Air Force Technical College and Chief Engineering Officer(CEO) of Air Force Station, Hindan. As CO, 41 R&SU, in Dec 2009 he has conceived and formulated a temporary structural repair scheme for recovery of a crash landed Mi-17 1V heptr 2-3352 at Chungtash helipad that helped in retrieval of the heptr by a joint team of R&SU and Mi-17 trained personnel. The recovery of the heptr was significant due to extensive damage to main frames as nose landing gear had pierced into cockpit and distortion of tail boom skin. The officer took keen initiative in studying various Battle Damage Repair schemes of HAL and cut open various structural elements on a Cat 'E' Mi-8 heptr at No. 3 BRD and formulated a viable and safe structural repair scheme. During his tenure in R & SU, he has also conceived a repair scheme for recovery of lL-76 ac that sustained extensive damage to all leading edges of aerodynamic surfaces and nose radome in May 2010 as the ac entered into bad weather while returning from Leh. The officer has done his M Tech at IIT Mumbai and Air Staff Course at DSSC, Wellington. As CEO, Air Force Station, Hindan the officer displayed exceptional professional acumen, resource management skills, positive approach and quick in arriving at solutions in extremely challenging situations. His adept handling of C- 130J Induction and numerous maintenance and training issues that came up has ensured smooth induction and operation of the fleet without major glitches. The numerous maintenance issues that were overlooked in the Letter of Acceptance and Infrastructure of the project raised by the officer has been a source of lessons learnt and were quickly addressed during the definitisation stage of the C-17 Project planned ai Hindan. His involvement in both the Projects, attention to details, forecasting and timely projection of issues is of exceptional order. His involvement and commitment in a number of highly significant events & issues such as conduct of two Air Force Day Parades, recovery of Mi-35 belly landed heptr, recovery of Chetak heptr that landed in field due to engine failure, refurbishment of WIP Mi-17 heptrs that was pending for three years, expansion plan of AFNIT Communication network, offloading of armament trains, commissioning and acceptance of SREATC R-33 radar, erection of WCDMA equipment, Centre of Excellence Workshop, conduct of various training workshops assigned by Air HQ I HQ WAC, Exercise Gauntlet etc. is extremely praiseworthy. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Vikram Rajasekhar.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Saneel Ohri 19731 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 13 Announced 26 Jan 13
Details : Group Captain Saneel Ohri (19731) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as engineer in Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) branch on 12 Sep 88. During his service career, Gp Capt Ohri has held various key appointments such as Senior Engineering Officer of two Russian aircraft squadrons, Senior Engineer (Aircraft) of the premier Transport fleet base of Air Force Station Agra, Senior Production Engineer at the An- 32 aircraft Base Repair Depot as well as Director Engineering Russian Transport Fleet at Air HQ. With his unique distinction of having been OEM trained on An-32 ac at Ukraine and IL-78 ac Refuelling Pod at Israel, Gp Capt Ohri has been particularly instrumental in setting up their overhaul lines at 1 BRD and 4 Wing, respectively. He is also trained on both IL-76 and IL-78 aircraft. For his dedication and devotion to duty, the officer was commended by Chief of the Air Staff in 2008 and by Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief WAC in 2005. As Chief Engineering Officer (CEO), AF Station Yelahanka, Gp Capt Ohri has been pivotally involved in enhancing the maintenance culture and ethos of this crucial Transport Pilot training base of IAF. Backed with the exclusive combination of in-depth training and diverse experience, at all levels, together with deft hands-on approach, the officer has conspicuously led his maintenance teams to deliver much higher aircraft serviceability figures than the respective IAF average. This endeavour of the officer, notwithstanding severe techno logistical limitations in these ageing fleets, has further helped the base in attaining remarkable highest-flying efforts in the IAF, well within the demanding schedule of the various pilot courses. During his tenure, Air Force Station Yelahanka has accomplished key milestones like setting-up of Inspection-level facility for upgraded Avionics of Dornier aircraft, which is not even available with HAL, fabricating stand for Main Rotor Hub and engine trolley of Mi-8 helicopter, utilising life-expired aircraft batteries for MT vehicles and setting up of qualitative testing labs for Engine Oil of Dornier aircraft, all of which have positively impacted equipment performance and maintenance costs. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Saneel Ohri.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Chandrasekhar Sreenivas 20196 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 13 Announced 26 Jan 13
Details : Wing Commander Chandrashekar Sreenivas (20196) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an air traffic controller in administrative branch on 16 Jun 90. He is on the posted strength of Air HQ (VB) since 05 Jan 09 and working as Joint Director Operations (Air Traffic Services). He is a high calibre professional who displays exceptional confidence in any job, however difficult or challenging it may be. His dynamism, drive, initiative and enthusiasm in conduct of field and staff duties have been commendable. In his appointment as Senior Air Traffic Control Officer (SATCO) of a strategic base, runway maintenance was a challenging task due to its vintage. With operational orientation and close interaction with Military Engineering Services, he exploited laid down policies to use innovative maintenance practices ensuring runway availability for uninterrupted day/ night regular IAF operations as well as prestigious international and national exercises like 'Indradhanush', 'Akraman' etc. The officer conceptualised and designed an instrument approach procedure simulator along with a software expert, and has been a driving force in procurement of 41 abridged radar simulators, thus fulfilling a long pending requirement of additional training aids for Air Traffic Control Officers. This has resulted in overall improvement in standards of controlling and also saved few lakhs of rupees to the exchequer for software development. In 2007, Indian Air Force embarked on an ambitious turnkey project of Modernisation of Airfield Infrastructure (MAFI) at 30 bases to upgrade its op capability to include 24x7 all weather operations. The officer was appointed as the secretary of Project Management Group in the Rs. 1200 crore phase-I of the project. During contract negotiations, he was responsible for inclusion of certain equipment not in the scope of project such as inset approach lights in the over run area. The inclusion not only enhanced op capability by rendering the overrun area usable by flight refuelling aircraft, but also benefitted the organization by at least Rs. 15 crore. He has been the main driving force behind the project, optimizing and maximizing each facility and thereby, deriving the maximum benefit for the expenditure incurred by the state. His unflinching commitment and proactive handling of the technically intensive project is praiseworthy. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wing Commander Chandrashekar Sreenivas.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Pradip Kumar Routa 20565 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 13 Announced 26 Jan 13
Details : Group Captain Pradip Kumar Routa (20565) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) branch on 05 Mar 89. He has held various appointments like Senior Engineer in three helicopter units and UN Mission in Congo, Production Engineer at a helicopter overhaul depot and Joint Director of Inspection at Air HQ. The officer developed Russian testers of Mi-8 helicopter to enhance quality of servicing. He was cash awarded by The President of India. Russian helicopters had emergency landings for spurious fire warnings in the cockpit. He designed antispurious circuit, which was subsequently modified into all Mi-17 helicopters of IAF. Non availability of long endurance oxygen system in helicopters restricted flying mission in Siachen sector. He designed and developed an integrated high/low pressure oxygen system which was subsequently developed by Russians. Infrastructure for the only self sustained first Indian contingent at UN Mission Congo was set up by the officer in inhospitable weather conditions. Gp Capt Pradip Kumar Routa is a graduate from Air Force Technical College, Bangalore and post graduate in engineering from TIT, Patiala. The officer is trained on all Mi series helicopters in India and engine overhaul at MotoSich (Ukraine). He was commended by the Chief of Air Staff in 1993. Reliability of MT vehicles was a point of concern at the largest transit base, Guwahati. Segregation of vehicles based on type specific, independent team to take care, centralised preventive maintenance planning and roadworthiness certification was implemented by the officer. This improved the reliability. Poor quality of compressed gas has resulted in an aircraft incident. The officer created a test lab of its kind to ensure high quality. Induction of Dornier aircraft to station resulted large dependency on HAL. The officer created maintenance set up/ test labs and achieved very high serviceability. With personal involvement and expertise, he ensured nil servicing errors and managed incidents/accidents free flying. The contribution of the officer in providing helicopters for earth quake relief operation at Manipur was noteworthy. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Pradip Kumar Routa.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Ichettira Iyappa Kuttappa 20758 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 13 Announced 26 Jan 13
Details : Group Captain Ichettira Iyappa Kuttappa (20758) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in the flying branch on 16 Jun 90. He is on the posted strength of Directorate of Intelligence since 09 Aug 10. He has approx. 1800 hrs of flying to his credit. He has been commended by AOC-in-C for devotion to duty and contribution to flight safety in Aug 1990 and by CISC for his valued contribution as an instructor of the prestigious DSSC in Jan 2008. Additionally, he is recipient of Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) in Jan 2002. In 1990, he safely recovered an Iskara aircraft after experiencing a total electric failure, despite his limited experience as ab-initio pilot and displayed utmost professionalism. In 2002, he carried out an unprecedented safe recovery of a MiG-21 Type 75 aircraft in an emergency which required skillful handling of the situation. He stayed calm and composed and displayed a sharp acumen in an adverse situation to bring the aircraft back safely. His outstanding leadership and selfless work was again tested during the Bhuj earthquake. His work in providing relief set an example for others to emulate. During his tenure as Directing Staff at DSSC, he was appreciated at all levels for inculcating synergy among students from all three services. An avid reader and a keen thinker, his background of having done Staff course in Germany provided him with the tools to make valuable contribution as a member of Training Team. In his current assignment as Director Operational Intelligence, he has led from the front. Despite intelligence being an entirely new field for him, he has quickly adapted to the nuances of collation, analysis and timely dissemination of intelligence and has brought about remarkable qualitative improvement in the functioning of his staff. His enthusiasm at work percolates down to his team and is displayed in the form of improved Monthly Intelligence Summary, new SIRs being issued, making new folders for easy access to information and enhanced interaction with other intelligence agencies. He has been instrumental in tapping and nurturing new sources for Air Force specific intelligence which have paid rich dividends. His contribution to analysis has led to assessment of Concept of Operations of our potential adversaries. His work has been appreciated at all levels. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Ichettira Iyappa Kuttappa.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Gorantla Kasi Jalandhar Reddy 20990 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 13 Announced 26 Jan 13
Details : Group Captain Gorantla Kasi Jalandhar Reddy (20990) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in flying branch on 15 Dec 90. In his 21 years of service, he has held several important appointments including Flight Commander of a MiG-29 squadron and Flight Commander at Flying Instructors' School. He has also to his credit the distinction of forming a new squadron of the Advance Jet Trainer (AJT) Hawk aircraft and become its first Chief Flying Instructor (CFI). An alumni of Defence Services Staff College and a Category '(1; Qualified Flying Instructor, he has over 4500 hours of accident free flying. As the pioneer CFI of a Hawk squadron, he was instrumental in meticulously planning, formulating and conducting Semester - 2 training of Stage-Ill fighter pilots on the newly inducted Hawk aircraft. Under his proactive leadership, the squadron flew over 8000 hours. This entailed providing a high level of dynamism and motivation to all squadron personnel. It was due to his personal involvement that 'Flying Training Pattern' of the Hawk Operational Training Squadron was formulated and which has now become the model for all flying squadrons of the IAF The consistently high standards maintained by the squadron have been appreciated by both Aircrew Examining Board and Directorate of Air Staff Inspection teams. In addition, he was involved in the creation of state of the art infrastructure at Bidar that is conducive to the hi-tech flying training on the AJT. This is now being emulated by other squadrons of the IAF In his present appointment as Senior Flying Training Officer, he is currently instrumental in planning and implementation of all Hawk training curriculum of Stage-Ill (Fighter). With his keen initiative, he explored the local resources and indigenised the Video Debrief System of Hawk ac at just over 1% of the total cost quoted by the OEM. His brilliant foresight, planning and problem solving capabilities have resulted in the smooth progress of training of Hawk aircraft, despite numerous resources constraints. For his distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Gorantla Kasi Jalandhar Reddy.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Vikram Gaur 21008 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 13 Announced 26 Jan 13
Details : Group Captain Vikram Gaur (21008) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in the flying branch on 15 Dec 90. A graduate of the National Defence Academy, the officer has over 3200 hrs of total service flying and holds the distinction of being fully ops on four different types of fighter aircraft. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor (QH) and Instrument Rating Instructor and Examiner (IRlE) who is also cleared for Low Level Aerobatics on Su-30MKI aircraft. An alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College, he has held many important Command and Staff appointments including 'Commanding Officer of a frontline Su-30 MKI squadron and Joint Director Personnel Officers at Air HQ (VB). The officer was awarded commendation by Chief of the Air Staff in 2003. The officer has taken part in 'Op Safed Sagar'. He is presently the Ops 1B and Leader of the Command Air Tasking and Strike Planning for Aerial Warfare (CATSPAW) at Headquarters Western Air Command. Group Captain Vikram Gaur commanded a Su-30 MKI fighter squadron in 2008-10, during which period the squadron was made into the first type training Su-30 MKI squadron. During this period the squadron achieved highest training and operational standards and passed out more than hundred aircrew with impeccable flight safety record. Under his able command, the squadron undertook the herculean task of formulating the SOPS, conducted the first Weapons Camp and field tested the entire spectrum of Air to Ground Weaponry of the Su-30 MKI aircraft for the first time in the IAF The officer was appointed as CATSPAW Leader in Head Quarter Western Air Command in Mar 2011. During his tenure, a Table-Top Exercise: Indian Checkers, was conceptualised, planned and conducted for the first time in HQ WAC. As CATSPAW Leader, the officer efficiently planned and conducted the Gauntlet-V and Gauntlet-VI Exercises. He displayed an outstanding grasp of the intricate task of modern aerial warfare planning, essential for Command Air Ops. As Ops 1B, he has ensured an all-encompassing quantum improvement in the overall Op preparedness of the Command forces by synergising meaningful routine training with realistic implementation and thus developed combat potential during Command Level exercises. His focused effort has resulted in closer liaison with the three affiliated Army Commands, improved targeting philosophy and synergising the Air Land War concept in this Command, which was effectively displayed during numerous Army exercises. A Command Air tasking Tool- 'Air Operations System' and its integration with Integrated Command Air Tasking System (ICATS) was actively pursued by him to fruition. His unconditional involvement, devotion to duty, leadership qualities and the highest norms of interpersonal relations has ensured a positive and professional work environment. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Vikram Gaur.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Updesh Sharma 21653 ACCTUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 13 Announced 26 Jan 13
Details : Wing Commander Updesh Sharma (21653) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in the Accounts branch on 14 Dec 9l. He is serving as the Member, Air Force Pay Implementation Cell (AFPIC). His ability to carry out in depth analysis with clarity of thought enabled the organisation to employ him on identifying 5th CPC anomalies while having rendered only six years of service. His active participation and contribution and skillful handling of the issues enabled IAF to resolve satisfactorily majority of the anomalies. The officer despite being junior in service, as Senior Accountant Officer and Senior Administrative Officer of two Air Force Stations, displayed exceptional leadership qualities to provide best admin support to the unit thereby keeping moral of personnel high at remote and isolated locations. The officer while posted to Naval Plans was involved in the perspective planning of Navy. A task for which he was recognised and commended by the Navy. The enormous knowledge and experience gained by the Officer during his previous tenure enabled the Air Force Pay Commission Cell (AFPCC) to formulate rational proposal on Pay, Pension, Allowances and Condition of services, which passed muster with other two services for consideration of 6th CPC in a time bound manner. His hard work and rational application of rules and regulations has contributed immensely in achieving the goals of AFPCC. The vexing issues of parity and level playing field with civilians were analysed by him. A major share of credit for achieving some important goals like higher Military Service Pay and MACP for Personnel Below Officer Rank, PBA to Wing Commanders does go to him. His advice is keenly sought by the other two Services, DIPAC/PPOC forums, because of his vast experience and expertise. The officer with his professional acumen ensured that no recoveries were affected from the pay of AVM and above. With his extraordinary inter-personal skills, Wg Cdr Updesh Sharma has developed an excellent rapport with the officials of Ministry of Defence, which helped immensely in issues of various Government orders without delay. The positive attitude in execution of his duties, humane and fair relationship with colleagues and subordinates is worth emulating. The officer's capacity to undertake sustained research and produce quality analysis speaks volume of his calibre and professionalism. For the distinguished service of a high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wing Commander Updesh Sharma.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Ramasamudra Ananthamurthy Ranjan Ram 21755 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 13 Announced 26 Jan 13
Details : Wing Commander Ramasamudra Ananthamurthy Ranjan Ram (21755) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) branch on 09 Mar 92. He has held various appointments as Technical Right Commander, Senior Engineering Officer of a Wing, Production Engineer at Base Repair Depot and an Instructor at Technical Type Training School. He is trained on MiG-23 BN and MiG-27 aircraft apart from training on Electronic Warfare systems. He is also trained on state-of-art avionic systems fitted on MiG-27 upgrade and overhaul of MiG-29 rotables. The officer has impeccable credentials on MiG-23/27 fleet since 1998. He has achieved extraordinary productivity and quality in various maintenance set-ups. By virtue of his training abroad on upgraded systems the officer was specially chosen to work as Technical Right Commander of MiG-27 upgrade(UPG) aircraft. He planned and executed build-up of seven MiG-27 ML prolonged aircraft on ground in record time. His analytical mind, undaunted efforts and perseverance not only helped in identifying critical issues affecting the reliability and maintain ability of MiG-27 UPG aircraft but also resulted in resolving them through repeated discussions with design agencies and suggesting remedial measures. By virtue of his knowledge, he redeemed himself as a single point contact on all MiG-27 UPG related issues and has been a key member of core group involving agencies like Defence Avionics Research Establishment, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). He has also been instrumental in setting up of various test facilities related to MiG 27 UPG avionics. The officer over the last ten years has contributed exceptionally to the Organisation through his steadfast perseverance, devotion to profession, sincerity of purpose and quest for professional excellence. His contribution towards skill enhancement of young air warriors has been commendable and worth emulating by one and all. Being a 'Senior Engineer (Aircraft), of an Air Force Station dealing with more than one hundred aircraft of six different fleets, he has proved his mettle and excelled in each and every area. He made elaborate plans and executed them with precision for smooth induction of Su-30 MKI squadron at one of the premier Air Force Station. He has studies various aspects related to Su-30 MKI aircraft servicing in details and worked out plan of action for setting up of all facilities. He has identified various testers, which are interoperable with MiG-27 UPG thus enhancing efficiency. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wing Commander Ramasamudra Ananthamurthy Ranjan Ram.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Paramjeet Singh 21929 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 13 Announced 26 Jan 13
Details : Wing Commander Paramjeet Singh (21929) was commissioned in Indian Air Force in Administration/ Fighter Controller branch on 10 Jun 92. He is on the posted strength of one of the Pill Force Movement Liaison Unit (AFMLU) since 06 Apr 09 as Commanding Officer. Wg Cdr Paramjeet Singh, as a young fighter controller bagged his first AOC-in-C commendation by building a helipad at 260 SU and contributed towards the unit securing 'Best Air Defence' unit title in 2000. In 2006 as CO of a sensitive, isolated and Cl affected mobile radar unit in the Northern Sector, he altered the temporary setup to a permanent setup. He was instrumental in acquiring of defence land from Govt of J&K and creation of a 1.7 Km long road from the radar location to the highway for ensuring logistics support to the earlier estranged radar location. During this tenure he voluntarily took over as Dett Cdr of an lAF adopted village 'Ursa' during earthquake and was commended by the CAS. In 2008 at newly established Joint Control and Analysis Centre (JCAC) within AAI complex, his efforts resulted in acquiring additional space for this new unit collocated with a civilian organisation. He made sure that all auxiliary ops systems were incorporated with AAI and put into use, including complete air-conditioning of the unit setup. His efforts were once again commended by the CAS. In 2009 he took over as CO of a AFMLU, a highly operational and sensitive unit. He extraordinarily changed the setup of this former diminutive setup within the AAI complex. In addition to acquiring the added space, complete restructuring of the available plinth by creating perpendicular double-tier mezzanine floor, setting up of customised furniture with latest workstations and modular bunk beds to provide for a better quality of working environment in 24 x 7 ops. He ensured installation of systems like IACCS, VCCS, FPDS, TADIDS, Raytheon Radar Picture and their display on LCD screens in the ops room for the greatest situational awareness of the ops crew. For his exceptional contribution towards the unit improvements, he was once again commended by the CAS. The ops room and liaison of the unit were declared 'Exceptional' during Dte of Air Staff Inspection visit in 2011. His innovative and self-initiative attitude led to the setting up of Airport Facilitation Cell (AFC), lAF Publicity Pavilion and space for mounting of two fighter aircraft (MiG-23 BN) at Terminal-3 in IGI Airport. This cell has been recently been inaugurated by the CAS. The AFC is presently serving all defence personnel and their families transiting through IGI Airport. The other publicity projects are aimed at inspiring and attracting the younger generation to join IAF. His persistent efforts bagged a space for these three projects 'free of cost' from Mls GMR Ltd, making a total savings for the IAF to the tune of approximately Rs. two crores per annum on a permanent basis. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wing Commander Paramjeet Singh. 111
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Ajay Kumar Singh 21985 F(N)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 13 Announced 26 Jan 13
Details : Group Captain Ajay Kumar Singh (21985) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a navigator in the flying branch on 13 Jun 92. He has been in command of Pechora Missile Squadron since 05 Jul10. He is a Cat 'A officer and is a qualified Senior Sector Controller. His vast experience in Air Defence operations include important milestones like Command Examiner, Air Force Examiner, Directing Staff in Exercise Akraman and Instructor in Guided Weapon Training Institute. He holds the distinction of supervising live firings of Pechora, OSA-AK-M and IGlJ missiles and inspecting these systems in the capacity of Joint Director Air Staff Inspection. A case study of projecting SRE radar picture in Base Operations Control Centre was carried out by the officer which was later implemented throughout the Air Force. On assuming command of the squadron, he set about enhancing operational preparedness and combat potential of the squadron. Through his zeal and sustained hard work, he ensured that the squadron achieved highest ever upgradation in category state in any given year. The officer also took on the mantle of improving the combat potential of the combatants of South Western Air Command by conducting pre-cat board training capsule of Pechora, OSA-AK-M and IGLA operations and Terminal Weapon Control Center seminar for Base Air Defence Officer and BMC. The officer was specially co-opted for Command Air Staff Inspection and Dte of Air Staff Inspection in Western Air Command. A service paper written by the officer on optimum utilisation of specialist vehicles is under consideration and will eventually result in huge saving to the exchanger. In Nov 11, his squadron was detailed as Range Duty Squadron for undertaking live firing of Pechora Missiles for the year 2011-12. His foresight and meticulous operational planning ensured that squadron mobilized with about 90 vehicles and trailers, fired the allotted missiles and returned back in March this year without any accident / incident. The squadron under his leadership pushed the performance envelope to achieve a record success rate and serviceability state with no failure being attributed to the vintage equipment. His dynamic leadership and ingenuity ensured radar antenna being brought by train for the first time ever thus saving substantial amount for the exchequer. Henceforth this would become a template and save about Rs. 30 lakhs every alternate year. The officer's dedication towards the fleet and initiative resulted in live streaming of the Pechora firing for the first time to the entire IAF He has also taken on the mantle of archiving the fleet history for the first time in the form of a movie and coffee table book. His sustained efforts have received praise and adulation from higher echelons. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Ajay Kumar Singh.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Bar to Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Tarun Kumar Singha 17857 F(P)Unit : PRO  Award Date 26 Jan 14 Announced 26 Jan 14
Details : Group Captain Tarun Kumar Singha, VSM is the Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) at Kolkata and has established cordial media relations in the region and has been at the forefront of all media events in enhancing the image of the armed forces. Always alert to various events in the region, his understanding and prbjection of the various initiatives undertaken by the Indian Army in a deft and timely manner helps the vast ESM, veterans and their families to know of the same. Although an IAF officer, his understanding and propagation of Army's Sadbhavana endeavours encouraged various NGOs to come forward and assist the Army by undertaking free-of-cost heart surgeries for Blue-Baby Syndrome-afflicted children from J&K and North East. His initiatives and zeal go beyond the normal call of duty in integrating the civil society with the Indian Army. He has been actively involved in projection of the image of the Army in correct perspective, through insightful and factual reporting of events. He has kept an astute eye on matters that could potentially harm the image of the Army by misrepresentation. His other initiatives include creating awareness of the armed forces and career options amongst school children in the region. Even as Cyclone Phailin was expected to strike Odisha on 12 October 2013, Group Captain Singha was amongst the first Public Relations Officer to reach and cover the aid provided by Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard in a positive and timely manner. For his dedicated efforts in highlighting the positive image of the Indian Army in the region, Gp Capt Tarun Kumar Singha, VSM is recommended for 'Bar to Vishisht Seva Medal'.
Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 01 Jan 1970 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Radhey Mohan Tiwari 15453 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 14 Announced 26 Jan 14
Details : Air Vice Marshal Radhey Mohan Tiwari (15453) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) branch on 26 Jun 78. He is a post graduate in Electrical Engineering & Management Studies and has successfully completed Technical Staff Officers Course and Higher Defence Management Course. For his good work he was commended by CAS in 1997. He has held appointments of Command Systems and Engineering Officer at two Command Headquarters, Principal Director Signal Intelligence and Deputy Asst Chief of network enable operations and joint communication electronics staff at HQ Integrated Defence Service. Some of his significant achievements are relocation of communication network facilities for HQ SWAC. smooth induction of Hawk aircraft fleet at Bidar, successful implementation of programme `Divya Drishti' for signal intelligence, commendable work in the field of communication secrecy & network enabled operations in joint services and identification and management of frequency spectrum for defence services. During his present tenure as Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Systems), he has fully involved himself in successful completion of many important projects / tasks related to ground support systems. With his superior professional knowledge and innovative ideas he has streamlined the functioning of directorate of systems. His good liaison with M/s BEL & HAL has resulted in timely induction and high serviceability of Ground Control Approach (GCA) radars in IAF. With his close interaction and liaison with ADRDE, CEMILAC and the OEM (M/s ESCO, USA), he has been successful in obtaining clearance for plinth design for re-installation of vintage arrester barriers indigenously which resulted in saving of foreign exchange. He was given the additional task of streamlining the functioning of Directorate of Electronic Warfare (EW) systems to enhance the serviceability of vital EW systems. With his perseverance and good liaison with BEL and the foreign vendors he has been successful in enhancing the serviceability of EW systems. His tactful negotiations with vendors has resulted in finalisation of many outstanding contracts, which will substantially enhance the serviceability and availability of vital mission support systems. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Air Vice Marshal Radhey Mohan Tiwari. 91
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Dilip Chandra Agarwal 32386 MEDUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 14 Announced 26 Jan 14
Details : Air Vice Marshal Dilip Chandra Agarwal was commissioned in the Army Medical Corps on 11 Apr 78. He is currently posted as Principal Medical Officer, Eastern Air Command, with effect from 01 Nov 2012. He is a Master in General Surgery and Master in Orthopedics, a rare distinction for any medical professional. A highly acclaimed, skilled and experienced surgeon of repute with great versatility and expertise in many surgical fields including General Surgery, Arthroscopy and Joint Replacement Surgery, he has been Commended by the COAS twice and by the Army Commanders four times. During peak insurgency period from 1993 to 1996 at Base Hospital Srinagar and from 2000 to 2004 at Military Hospital Jammu, he achieved the unique and unparalleled distinction of having treated more than three thousand battle causalities and saving number of lives and limbs. He pioneered the technique of primary internal fixation of bones in battle causalities, a revolutionary initiative, which helped in reducing morbidity, mortality, complications, hospital stay, convalescence period and achieving better functional outcome. Because of his laudable clinical acumen and outstanding surgical skills, he has been assigned to various premier Orthopedic Centers of Armed Forces. A recognised post graduate teacher, examiner and Professor of Orthopedics at the prestigious Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, he has had the singular distinction of starting two Orthopedic Centers of the Armed Forces at Jammu and Srinagar. As a Senior Advisor Orthopedics at Base Hospital Lucknow, he provided orthopedic cover to eight States and performed more than 4500 surgeries. He also headed the prestigious Joint Replacement Center at Army Hospital R&R, where he performed more than 1500 joint replacement surgeries using state of the art technology. In his present appointment, displaying foresight and initiative, he has been singularly instrumental in setting high standards of Medical Care. Leading from the front, on 03 Dec 12, he took upon himself to travel to Bagdogra to operate upon a young pilot who had ejected from Jaguar aircraft and had sustained critical fractures. His clinical expertise helped the young pilot to recover uneventfully without any disability. His incisive analysis, assiduity and philosophy has resulted in modernisation of Station Medicare Centres and Hospitals in a meaningful manner and has brought about an affirmative perceptible change in the soft skill of health care providers. He diligently achieved KRAs like Patient Safety, Training of Medical and Paramedical Staff, Disease Prevention and Detection Camps which has resulted in commendable reduction in morbidity and mortality, and enhanced clientele satisfaction. He is a highly dedicated, devoted and committed professional par-excellence and an administrator with vision, fortitude, perseverance, conviction and determination. An achiever of high standards and goals, a great leader and a team member, he has always led from the front and set a sterling example for others to emulate. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Air Vice Marshal Dilip Chandra Agarwal. 93
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Naresh Kumar Sharma 17038 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 14 Announced 26 Jan 14
Details : Air Commodore Naresh Kumar Sharma (17038) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in the administrative branch on 29 Dec 82. He has held the appointments of Command Judge Advocate in four different Commands before being appointed as Judge Advocate General (Air) on 01 Aug 10. Since 15 Apr 13, he is functioning as Principal Director (Legal). He was commended by the Vice Chief of Air Staff on 08 Oct 96 and the Chief of Air Staff on 08 Oct 04. The Air Officer has displayed an extremely high degree of professionalism, uprightness, contribution and devotion to service. He has established an excellent rapport with the Solicitor General, Legal Advisors and Additional Solicitor Generals, Ministry of Law to ensure that no case is decided ex-parte and no contempt case is decided against the Indian Air Force. The Air Officer, with his extensive legal knowledge and analytical proclivity, conceived and implemented the ways and means to curtail avoidable delays at the investigative stage of disciplinary cases. He made a tremendous contribution towards providing essential legal policies, procedures and guidelines as ready reckoners on the IAF Intranet for commanders and administrators to ensure due compliance and transparency in all legal matters. The Air Officer provided constant guidance to the CJAs and course corrections provided by him in the complicated cases helped them to safeguard service interests in an effective manner. After setting up of the Armed Forces Tribunals, there was a sudden influx of a substantial number of cases in the AFTs, especially the long outstanding ones, which posed an insurmountable challenge. The paucity of Govt. Counsels, who were yet to be appointed for AFTs, further aggravated the situation. The Air Officer, with his perseverance and vast experience gleaned through research of over a decade old cases, provided all legal and tactical support to the Officers-in-Charge of Legal Cells concerned. With his relentless efforts, round-the-clock monitoring and personal involvement, more than 1200 cases have been decided by the AFTs, out of which about 85% cases have gone in favour of Uol/IAF. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Air Commodore Naresh Kumar Sharma.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Pradeep Kumar Bapat 17227 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 14 Announced 26 Jan 14
Details : Air Commodore Pradeep Kumar Bapat (17227) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a fighter controller in the administrative branch on 28 May 83 and served for ten years as a fighter controller. During his service, he has held the appointments of Senior Administrative Officer, Camp Commandant at Air HQ, Chief Administrative Officer at two Air Force Stations and Command Works Officer of an operational command. Presently, he is commanding an Equipment Depot. His administrative acumen has earned him CAS commendation in 1999. He had exhibited his professional competence in providing excellent administrative support for Exercise COPE-INDIA and SYNDEX. He has also participated in joint Air Exercise GOLDEN EAGLE at South Africa. During his tenure at Air HQ, he was singularly responsible for installation of the rain water harvesting system apart from being instrumental in planning the installation of the centralised air conditioning and access control system. He also modernised the conference halls, foyers and planned works services for Paryavaran Bhavan. As Chief Administrative Officer, he paid special attention to the improvement of quality of life. He has displayed a very high order of professionalism in making all the ceremonial, administrative and security arrangements during Honourable President's visit to AF Station Pune to undertake her maiden flight in Sukhoi-30 aircraft. As Command Works Officer, he ensured timely completion of operational projects like land acquisition at Ozhar and Works Services at Phalodi. As Air Officer Commanding of the Equipment Depot, he has effectively worked towards liquidation of non moving stores, cooking of ammunition and clearing of surplus arms occupying large storage. It was because of his good liaison and persistent efforts that the Station has been able evict the encroachers from Cholavaram and secure the IAF land. He has worked towards use of solar power and conservation of rain water to make the green station. His efforts have resulted in the station receiving the trophies for 'Best environmental station' and Best family welfare centre. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Suva Medal to Air Commodore Pradeep Kumar Bapat.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Anirban Bhattacharyya 17287 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 14 Announced 26 Jan 14
Details : Air Commodore Anirban Bhattacharyya (17287) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) branch on 22 Aug 83 and has held important appointments in premium aircraft bases, friendly foreign governments, Comd HQ and Air HQ. In his first posting itself at 2204 Sqn the officer was adjudged exceptional by DASI. While he was the STO of 2212 Sqn, the squadron was awarded the best Pechora Sqn and the best combat team. As a Squadron Leader, the officer was posted to 40 Wg as officer in - charge II Line RDM Bay. The Officer was instrumental in the recovery of two test benches in short time which resulted in increased availability of LRUs and reduction of expenditure. During his tenure in 7 Sqn as EO and STO, the Officer formulated maintenance SOPs for flight line maintenance that are in vogue till date. The Officer went on deputation to the Botswana Defence Force where his adaptation, ingenuity and creativity in drafting SOPs and maintenance philosophy was greatly appreciated. On his return to IAF, the Officer was posted to M-2000 Directorate at Air HQ. Here the officer played a stellar role in regularizing of PR/SR and availability of critical spares in the M-2000 fleet. His personal involvement ensured that all outstanding issues regarding M-2000 were promptly cleared. For the exceptional job done at Air HQ the Officer was commended by the CAS during this tenure. The Officer was next posted to 40 Wg as SE(L) where the Ilnd Line bays were facing problems of obsolescence. The Officer carried out an audit of the test benches and suggested remedial measures to combat obsolescence. His exceptional knowledge and involvement resulted in indigenization of a large number of testers. On his promotion to Gp Capt the Officer was posted as CEO to AFA which operated the HPT-32 aircraft. These aircraft were highly prone to snags and engine cuts. With his innovative approach and commitment, engine cuts were significantly reduced. AFA during his tenure enjoyed the maximum availability of FIPT-32 aircraft. The Officer was posted as Sr Member (Tech) to DAS (Air HQ RKP) thereafter where he carried out a study on Human Error in Aircraft Maintenance which has now become a template for analysis of HE(S). Air Cmde A Bhattacharyya is now posted to HQ CAC as C Eng 0. The Officer has been key to increasing aircraft availability in CAC AOR. With his foresight and planning the Officer was instrumental in recovering 29 AOG aircraft within one year. Air Cmde A Bhattacharyya played significant role in planning of the maintenance aspects in Phase-II of Ex Live wire which saw an exceptional number of successful missions in CAC AOR. With such involvement and commitment, it is natural that he has a remarkable command and control of over the Air warriors placed under him. The Officer leads by example and is a role model for many. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Air Commodore Anirban Bhattacharyya. 99
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Navayath Santosh 17720 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 14 Announced 26 Jan 14
Details : Air Commodore Navayath Santosh (17720) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a helicopter pilot in the flying branch on 21 Dec 84. He is a Helicopter Combat Leader with 5072 hours of accident free flying. The officer is an alumnus of the Defence Service Staff College and College of Defence Management. His previous appointments include Flight Commander of a helicopter unit, Commanding Officer of two Helicopter Units, one of which was under the United Nations in Congo. Chief Operations Officer of a base under the United Nations in Congo. Commander of a Tactical Air Centre in the Western Sector and a member of the faculty in the Defence Service Staff College at Wellington. Prior to the present appointment, he was Air I at Advance Headquarter South Western Air Command. With his foresight and involvement. the officer ironed out long standing contentious issues relating to joint operations and drafted the Joint Operations Directive. He was also instrumental in creating Joint Digital Target Folders of the sector. He worked in conjunction with the sister services and demonstrated maturity and understanding of the needs of the other services. In the present appointment as the Air Officer Commanding of an operational base. the officer has displayed unflinching loyalty, dedication, eye for detail. excellent ability to motivate his team. perseverance and the will to prevail under all odds. The base was entrusted the onerous task of conducting the President's Standard Presentation to two operational squadrons for the first time under Southern Air Command. The foresight, planning and execution under his command were exceptional. wherein. the complete event was executed with clockwork precision and impeccable military standards, thereby winning accolades from one and all. Under his command. the Base has also seen a multitude of infrastructural developments as a result of his holistic planning and initiative. The Sarang Display Team that was non-operational for over a year was resurrected smoothly largely due to his guidance and supervision. For distinguished service of high order. Honlle President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Air Commodore Navayath Santosh.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Subramaniam Ravi Vridhachalem 18101 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 14 Announced 26 Jan 14
Details : Air Commodore Subramaniam Ravi Vridhachalem, VM (18101) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a helicopter pilot in the flying branch on 06 Dec 85. A Qualified Flying Instructor and Instrument Rating Instructor and Examiner, the officer has more than 6000 h of flying on six types of helicopters of the IAF. The officer has commanded a Mi-17 helicopter Unit in the Eastern sector, has been the team leader of the IAF training team at Mauritius and Station Commander of an operational base. He is presently Principal Director Operations (Helicopters) at Air Headquarters since 18 Dec 12. Air Commodore Vridhachalem was the first Flight Commander of a Mi-17 1V Unit deployed in the Siachen glacier. During his tenure he was instrumental in operationalising landings of Mi-17 1V helicopters at helipads at an elevation of 5100 m in the main Siachen glacier. During his tenure as the Commanding Officer of a Mi-17 Unit in the Eastern sector, his Unit was awarded the coveted `Best Helicopter Unit of the IAF' trophy for the year 2004. The officer was also responsible for enhancing operational NVG capability of his Unit and commencing NVG flying in the hills of Eastern Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. During his staff tenure as Joint Director Personnel at Air Headquarters in 2006, the officer was responsible for manning of Helicopter pilots as well as UAV and SAGW Sqns. As team leader in a friendly foreign country he was instrumental in enhancing military cooperation and facilitating induction of an ALH into the Mauritius Police Force. As Principal Director Operations (Helicopter), he has been instrumental in streamlining Operating Procedures and policies pertaining to helicopter operations. The Air officer has also been involved in enhancing the operational exploitation of newly inducted Mi-17 V5 and ALH Mk-III helicopters. He has effectively monitored the utilisation of helicopters in IAF support to Op Triveni and has involved himself in great detail in compiling a comprehensive Joint SOP which will help IAF showcase its core competence while operating with Central Police Forces in anti-naxal operations. The Air Officer has also been closely involved in progressing cases for scaling of role equipment for all types of helicopters, which will enhance the operational capability of the Units further. When the devastating landslide and floods affected Uttarakhand, Air Commodore Vridhachalem was at the fore front of coordinating operations from Air Headquarters. The Air officer ensured availability of adequate air assets to cope with the magnitude of the disaster. The fact that induction of 45 helicopter of the IAF were coordinated and ferried from diverse locations within four days of the commencement of operations bears testimony to his professionalism. He also successfully coordinated all the requirements of the helicopter detachments that were operating from seven different locations. high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to For distinguished service of Air Commodore Subramaniam Ravi Vridhachalem, VM. 103
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Surendra Pal Singh 18260 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 14 Announced 26 Jan 14
Details : Air Commodore Surendra Pal Singh (18260) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a Transport Pilot in the flying branch on 07 Jun 86. Presently, he is the Air Officer Commanding of Air Force Station Yelahanka since 24 Sep 12. The officer has rich experience of operational flying as well as Training and Staff assignments. He is a Cat A Qualified Flying Instructor, a graduate of Defence Services Staff College and an Air Force Examiner. He served as a Flight Commander of a Boeing Squadron from 2006-08. As Chief Operations Officer , he achieved flawless execution of VVIPNIP operations. Also, he envisioned the construction of a suitable tarmac capable of accommodating large ac like AN-124 and C-17 and widening of taxi track which now has given the base tremendous operational flexibility. As Squadron Commander of a Squadron equipped with IL-76 and AN-32 aircraft, he brought about a sea change in operational and infrastructural readiness of the Squadron. Air Cmde SP Singh was appointed AOC of AF Station Yelahanka on 24 Sep 2012 and was entrusted the responsibility to conduct of Aero India-13. He effectively supervised each aspect associated with the event and also achieved a very high degree of co-ordination amongst a large number of agencies including Ministry of Defence and the State Government. His relentless efforts resulted on the providing of a safe and secure environment for the participating aircraft and foreign delegates and there was no untoward incident. The methodical conduct of the event under the able leadership of the officer won him appreciations from all quarters both within the country and abroad. His meticulous planning and flawless execution of the event led to considerable reduction of manpower and optimum use of resources thereby saving exchequer hundreds of lakhs of Rupees. While the preparations for the event continued relentlessly, his focus on training flying also continued concurrently and this resulted in the station flying over 20,000 hours of accident free flying in the last financial year which is the highest by any flying base in the IAF. This was possible because of the meticulous planning and sterling qualities of leadership displayed by Air Cmde SP Singh. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Air Commodore Surendra Pal Singh.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Ashish Vohra 18801 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 14 Announced 26 Jan 14
Details : Group Captain Ashish Vohra (18801) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a fighter pilot in the flying branch on 13 Jun 87. He has been posted as the Station Commander of Air Force Station Bakshi-Ka-Talab since 23 Apr 2012. The officer is a Fighter Strike Leader, graduate of the Defence Services Staff College and College of Air Warfare. He has more than 2700 hours of fighter flying experience. During his service career, the officer has served as a Directing Staff at MiG Operational Flying Training Unit and Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment, CO of 22 Squadron, Chief Operations Officer of a fighter base and Director Personnel Officers-4 at Air HQ. As a Station Commander, he has displayed exemplary leadership and exceptional professionalism in achieving an extremely high degree of Operational Preparedness and significantly enhancing the Combat Potential of the station. Under his tutelage, the station's operational, administrative and maintenance standards have received a tremendous fillip. His regular flying, constant guidance and timely advice helped 35 Sqn achieve exceptional standards in its operational and maintenance tasks, inspite of operating a legacy aircraft. His supervision and support resulted in all aircrew of 35 Sqn being declared Day Ops and rated as per their experience. Under his supervision 2232 Sqn, another lodger unit of the station achieved the exceptional standard of two 'Direct Hits' during the live firing of P-Ill RPAs, inspite of the system being life expired and awaiting refurbishment by the OEM. The 'Best in Aerospace Safety', 2nd best 'Play School', 2nd best AFWWA Venture' trophies in CAC during 2012-13 are reflective of the officer's extraordinary penchant for work. The in-principle approval by Air HQ for the station's upgradation to a Wing (38 Wing), the speedy movement of the station Comprehensive Proposal to MoD for acquisition of additional 300 acres of land, the near successful endeavour to acquire additional 6.5 acres of land at Asthi road inspite of absence of revenue maps are testimony to the officer's involvement and initiative. Facelift to the Station Canteen and Shopping Complex, speedy construction of the Air Warriors' Institute and Station Briefing Cum Examination Hall reflect the officer's focus on morale enhancement of air warriors. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Ashish Vohra.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Vivek Rajhans 17620 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 14 Announced 26 Jan 14
Details : Group Captain Vivek Rajhans (17620) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) branch on 20 Aug 84. Presently, he is working as Director at Directorate of Maintenance Inspection (DMI) since 10 May 10. Prior to the present appointment, Gp Capt Rajhans has worked at various Fighter Squadrons/Bases, Base Repair Depot (BRD), Mig-27/29 TETTRA, Command HQ and Air HQ. While serving at 4 BRD, the officer used his initiative and ingenuity to recover R-29 engine test bed within one month, which was completely burnt in an accident, and initiated automation process to reduce testing duration. As Chief Engineering officer (CEO) of a Flying Station, he initiated and executed underground communication cable project and improvement of Communication/ Navigational Aids. He was commended by the Chief of Air Staff in Oct 1998 for his contribution towards this project. In his second tenure as CEO, this time of a major Flying station, he took effective measures and exercised close supervision to ensure nil accidents/ incidents due to Human Error (Servicing). In his present appointment as Director in DMI, he has played a decisive role in successful planning and conduct of Maintenance Inspections and Quality Audits of various aircraft fleets. Quality Audits of R-29 Aero-engines, Mig-27, Hawk, Jaguar, Mirage, SU-30 aircraft fleets and Mi Series helicopters conducted by DMI under his supervision brought forward many critical Aerospace Safety as well as maintenance quality related issues. He effectively utilized his professional knowledge to resolve critical issues like sluggish brakes, wing fence cracks, lateral displacement of tail plane, fuel leaks and engine casing modification for air transportation of Hawk aircraft. Jaguar audit carried out under his supervision helped in addressing crucial issues like pin-hole inspections on first stage compressor blades, flexane coating peeling-off, implementation of modification for reducing stress concentration on main planes and fuel leaks. His flagging of issues like gap in provisioning, improper environmental conditions, large number of concessions lack of updates on publication, etc during Mirage Maintenance Audit resulted in series of corrective measures. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Vivek Rajhans.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Vijay Pal Singh Rana 17736 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 14 Announced 26 Jan 14
Details : Group Captain Vijay Pal Singh Rana (17736) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a fighter controller in Administrative branch on 21 Dec 84. He has held various important appointments including Commanding Officer of a Radar Unit, Directing Staff at Defence Services Staff College and Electronic Warfare Range, Joint Director at Directorate of Air Staff Inspection, and Director Operations Integrated Air Command and Control System {D(Ops) IACCS}. He has also been on deputation to Lusaka, Zambia as Air Advisor. During his command of a radar unit, the unit undertook large number of mobilities including five month long operational deployment during 'Operational Vijay'. During 'Operations Parakram' he contributed immensely in formulation and implementation of Joint Services Standard Operating Procedures on Air Defence of J&K Area. He has also been key member of Joint Services Study Groups on Air Defence of Tactical Battle Area. As Director (Ops) IACCS, his professional acumen and dedication was key factor in successful development of IACCS and fielding of first IACCS node in 2010. He has performed exceptionally, with instructor grading in all his services courses. His academic qualifications include M.Sc. M Phil, Master Diploma in Business Administration and Masters Diploma in Public Administration. He was commended by Chief of the Air Staff on 26 January 1995. Gp Capt Rana is presently posted as Chief Administrative Officer (C Adm 0) of a fighter base since 29 April 2011. His vast operational and administrative experience has contributed immensely in channelizing and enhancing the overall administrative capability of the station. His planning, execution and supervision of large number of major capital works including indoor swimming pool, auditorium, security wall and weapon storage areas has been of very high order. He was the chairman of project Management of Group of 'Runway Resurfacing' work since August 2011 and through his dedicated involvement, detailed planning and constant monitoring of the project, he has ensured timely execution and smooth co-ordination of the work. He has also been instrumental in initiating large number of works services for general improvement in quality of life at station level. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Vijay Pal Singh Rana.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Palvinder Singh 17892 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 14 Announced 26 Jan 14
Details : Group Captain Palvinder Singh (17892) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an Air Traffic Controller in Administrative branch on 14 June 85. In over 27 years service, he has held several key appointments at operational bases, Staff in Services Selection Boards and staff appointments at Air HQ. Presently, he is the Chief Administrative Officer at Air Force Station Jamnagar since 04 Aug 11. He is a highly motivated Administrative Officer, who has constantly exhibited a very high degree of professionalism. Through judicious use of Non Public Funds, Work Services and Public Funds, he has renovated and created various facilities at Air Force Station Jamnagar that have enhanced the quality of life of all Air Warriors. Numerous administrative measures introduced by him have helped save precious man-hours. While improving quality of life and providing good administration he has been very cost conscious and maintained a healthy growth of Non Public Funds. Through implementation of various administrative measures and installations of electricity saving devices, he has ensured savings on the electricity tariff. The officer developed a method of 'packing' the soil and has used it to good use for laying of concrete interconnecting paths to all the vital locations of airfield. His personal guidance and involvement have manifested in bringing up a model Air Traffic Control Tower and ideal squadron complex for Jaguar and MiG-29 units. Jamnagar is classified as an arid zone with high sodium silicate content in soil and has been perpetually affected by water scarcity. Gp Capt P Singh took it up as mission and planned and came up with an unique sewage treatment plant (STP). This STP water is extensively piped to huge patches of arboricultural lands, again developed under his guidance. His contributions were appreciated and the overall excellence of general administration of the station was recognized when AF Stn Jamnagar was adjudged 'Best in Administration in SWAC. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Palvinder Singh.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Abhijit Roy 18219 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 14 Announced 26 Jan 14
Details : Group Captain Abhijit Roy (18219) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) branch on 17 Feb 86. He has been the Senior Engineering Officer of a MiG-29 and Su-30K Squadron, Chief Quality Assurance Officer of a Base Repair Depot, Squadron Commander of Aircraft Technical Squadron of a MiG-29 flying base, Joint Director Engineering at Air HQ (VB) and Chief Engineering Officer of a Su-30MKI Operational Base. He was trained on Su-30K maintenance in Russia and was instrumental in setting up maintenance infrastructure of the first Su-30K Sqn in IAF. He is functioning as Director of Su-30MKI Maintenance Cell at Air HQ (VB) since 16 May 11. He was commended by the Chief of the Air Staff on 26 Jan 1993 and by the Air Officer Commanding in Chief, SWAC on 26 Jan 02. As Chief Engineering Officer of AF Station Pune, Gp Capt Roy, applying his professional acumen and sound management techniques, orchestrated the Su-30MKI fleet recovery plan. His incisive introspection led to implementation of innovative methodologies of increasing second line servicing capacity, quick recovery of unserviceable aircraft, effective utilization of critical spares and test equipment leading to increased aircraft availability. This resulted in enhanced tarmac availability of aircraft by approximately 20% in a span of one year. His creative approach coupled with good understanding of practical difficulties led to significant achievements across the gamut of maintenance activities. His thrust on result oriented approach and effective marshalling of available resources had culminated in better operational preparedness of the base. As the Director of Su-30MKI Maint Cell, Gp Capt Roy was responsible for smooth induction of Su-30MKI Sqn at Air Force Station, Jodhpur and Halwara. His co-ordination with OEM and repair agencies ensured faster recovery of aircraft on prolonged rectification. In the absence of repair and overhaul facilities in the country and long repair cycle of aggregates Ex-abroad, he was instrumental in entering into a contract for Long Term Repair Agreement (LTRA) with various OEMs. He has focused on strengthening critical maintenance aspects of quality of preventive maintenance, liquidation of concessions, improvement in modification status and effective follow up of defect investigation. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Abhijit Roy. 115
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Sukumaran Ramakrishnan 18466 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 14 Announced 26 Jan 14
Details : Group Captain Sukumaran Ramakrishnan (18466) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) branch on 18 Aug 86. He is the Chief Engineering Officer at Air Force Station, Ambala since 24 May 11. He is trained on Jaguar aircraft and Electronic Warfare systems and has vast experience in various field assignments, Equipment Depot assignment, staff assignment and diplomatic assignment. He is an extremely service oriented and hard working officer with an innovative mind. With his professional acumen and effective analytical approach, he has achieved the zenith of maintenance activities at this base. His wholehearted support and guidance to the maintenance fraternity has won accolades for successful completion of all assigned tasks. With his visionary foresight, he was instrumental setting up the Electronic Warfare (EW) bay as centre of excellence, revamping of Weapon Storage Areas, Installation of Taxi lights, installation of new ADRDE Arrester Barrier and setting up of new a Tech Library. He is a perfectionist and with his immaculate planning and execution, he has been able to build up all long standing Aircraft on Ground (AOC) of this base. As a result of his efforts, the station could produce 12 Bison aircraft and 28 Jaguar aircraft for the Exercise Livewire. His impetus towards EW systems serviceability is clearly visible from the fact that, all the aircraft participating in exercise Livewire have serviceable on-board EW systems. He has dedicated his focus towards efficient AOG and spares management and left no stone unturned in timely provisioning with effective liaison with the various supply agencies. SOP modification on the Jaguar was being undertaken at the base. His keen interest and follow up of the activities undertaken by the HAL team ensured that the aircraft rolled out for flying as per the required standards. He also guided his team towards organizing the EW Seminar, ADOUR engine workshop and Armament loading and fusing Workshop at this base, the successful conduct of which were highly appreciated at all levels. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Sukumaran Ramakrishnan.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Rashid Zafar Qureshi 18475 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 14 Announced 26 Jan 14
Details : Group Captain Rashid Zafar Qureshi (18475) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) branch on 18 Aug 86. He has been the Chief Engineering Officer (CEO) of fighter base. Deputy Commandant of Electronic Warfare Range Deputy Command Engineering Officer at HQ Eastern Air Command and directing staff at Technical Type Training School (TETTRA). He was commended by Chief of the Air Staff in 2003 and Air Officer Commanding in Chief in 2000. The MiG-27 fleet was grounded due to serious engine snag requiring extensive checks on all the engines. As CEO of Air Force Station Kalaikunda he undertook the challenge and with his meticulous planning and hard work ensured timely completion of checks which resulted in revival of MiG-27 aircraft fleet in a record time. He was directly involved in the recovery of Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and other vital components of a crashed Mig-21 aircraft from under water which helped in analysing the cause of accident. During his tenure he ensured hundred percent serviceability of ageing MiG-21 (Type-77) aircraft fleet on many occasions. He was posted to the Directorate of Avionics Modifications and Simulators (DAMS) at Air HQ at a time when the directorate was going through a lean phase due to large unserviceability’s on simulators and other ground support equipment mainly due to delay in finalisation of maintenance support contracts with the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). On assuming the charge as Director. he undertook the challenge and with his dedication and meticulous handling of cases with Ministry of Defence and the OEMs, he ensured finalisation of many long outstanding maintenance support contracts. Within a short span of six months. he revived many unserviceable systems and was instrumental in enhancing the serviceability and availability of vital systems. With his personal involvement. he has successfully resolved many long outstanding warranty claims with OEM. thereby saving a substantial amount of foreign exchange. One of his outstanding achievements has been the resolution of the long outstanding issue of Su-30 simulator maintenance contract with Russia. With his dedication and skillful handling he has brought up the serviceability of laser designated pods (LDPs). Aircraft combat maneuvering instrumentation (ACMI) system and simulators. Under his leadership there has been a substantial improvement in the overall serviceability of aircraft support systems. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Rashid Zafar Qureshi. 119
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Anjani Gopal Bandyopadhyay 18501 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 14 Announced 26 Jan 14
Details : Group Captain Anjani Gopal Bandyopadhyay (18501) was commissioned in Indian Air Force as an engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) branch on 25 Aug 86. He has held the appointment of Chief of Rotables, 1 Base Repair Depot (BRD) in 1995, wherein he was deeply involved in setting up of overhaul facilities of AN-32 aircraft and its aggregates. As Material Planning and Technology Officer at 3 BRD, he was directly associated in design, development and fabrication of test rigs of various aggregates, which were not supplied by OEM. As Command Maintenance and Aero Safety Officer at HQ Training Command, he was instrumental in overall improvement of Maintenance Safety, clearance of Defect Investigation and Courts of Inquiry of various aircraft accident incident. The officer is trained in Kiev (Ukraine) for overhaul of AN-32 aircraft and its aggregates. He has also successfully undergone Higher Defence Management Course at CDM. For his professionalism and selfless dedication to duty. he has been commended twice by the Chief of Air Staff. in Jan 1998 and Jan 2009. The Officer is a highly dedicated professional, who has a lot of experience and expertise on the AN-32 aircraft and Aero-Engine overhaul technology, which he continuously applies for the development and adoption of alternate improved technology. With his resilience, he has ensured the overhaul of five AN-32 aircraft and more than 12,000 rotables during production year 2012-13, leading to higher availability of aircraft at field units. He has meaningfully pursued reclamation of a large number of components and rotables. such as axle of Main Landing Gear of AN-32 aircraft, which would have otherwise been rendered beyond economical use. The Total Technical Life Extension (TILE) and Re-equipment project of AN-32 aircraft had encountered a roadblock due to non supply of spares. He has spearheaded the indigenous development of more than 500 spares to progress the project forward and reduce dependence on foreign OEM. He has also been instrumental in indigenisation of 23 Instrument Panels, for the first time in IAF, which were critically required for AN-32 RE aircraft. During the production year, two damaged AN-32 aircraft were repaired and recovered in record time. Under his able leadership, skid boards and cradles were designed, developed and produced in record time to enable bombing from AN-32 aircraft. These dedicated efforts have led to saving of more than Rs 80 Crore to the exchequer. His professional and effective leadership has earned 1 BRD the trophy of `Best Aircraft Depot of Maintenance Command for 2012. For distinguished service of high order. Ho nlle President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Anjani Gopal Bandyopadhyay. 121
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Rakesh Raturi 18642 LGSUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 14 Announced 26 Jan 14
Details : Group Captain Rakesh Raturi (18642) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in Logistics branch on 06 Dec 86. In 26 years of service, he has held varied appointments including Director Maintenance Inspection (Logistics) and Senior Logistics Officer at operational bases. In addition he has done two staff tenures at Air HQ which include Joint Director Procurement and Staff Officer (Coord) to ACAS Lgs. The officer was selected for the distinguished UN Peace Keeping Force to represent IAF on deputation to Democratic Republic of Congo during 2008-2009. The officer is presently Commanding 31 Movement Control Unit since 02 Apr 2012. During his tenure as JD Procurement, the officer single handedly successfully concluded a major project of procurement of 110 fully indigenized Crash Fire Tenders for the IAF amounting to Rs 112 Crores and was commended by the CAS on 08 Oct 08 for his contribution towards efficient functioning of Indigenous Purchase Wing. While on the posted strength of 12 Wing, the officer was commended by AOC-in-C WAC for rendering exemplary logistics support during the Presidential Fleet Review (2007) held at AF Stn Chandigarh. While in the DG (I&S) branch as Director Maintenance Inspections (Logistics), the officer was tasked to undertake 'Process Based Audit of the Stocking and Storage Practices in the IAF' and Joint Quality Review of SU-30. Mirage 2000 and other fighter fleets of the IAF. As Commanding Officer of 31 MCU, the officer dedicatedly worked towards multifarious improvements in the core activities of the unit, which involved extensive handling of stores. negotiating imports and exports. handling of IAF Foreign delegates and Courier operations. He incorporated an excellent distribution management system using multimodal transportation resulting in incident free handling of approximately 10.500 tons of inland cargo and 3,500 tons of Export-Import cargo. Under his guidance on Cargo Management, the MCU achieved a NIL load status at 31 MCU for the entire Air Force on 16 Jun 12, which is a rare but a land mark achievement for any MCU. He has successfully operationalised two Air Cooled Cargo Divisions the only of its kind in the IAF which will provide the much required controlled environment to the cargo divisions in addition to enhancing working culture. Towards Courier Operations, Gp Capt Raturi planned and created state-of-the-art facilities and total facelift in the existing infrastructure in a short span of time which has brought it at par with any civil terminal in terms of passenger amenities and comforts. His overall efforts as a Commanding Officer have been appreciated by a number of senior Army and Air Force officers from time to time. As a recognition of his personal involvement in Army Courier Operations. he was awarded Commendation by Vice Chief of Army Staff on the Army Day. For distinguished service of high order. Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Rakesh Raturi. 123
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Bindu Ahluwalia 18691 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 14 Announced 26 Jan 14
Details : Group Captain Bindu Ahluwalia (18691) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a helicopter pilot in the flying branch on 06 Dec 86. He has flown over 3250 hours of accident free flying mostly in North East and Siachen Glacier on Cheetah/Chetak participated in Op Rhino, Op Bajrang, Op Meghdoot and Op Parakram. His staff and field appointments include Senior Officer Operations (Air) at a Tactical Air Combat Centre, Commanding Officer of Pechora Missile Squadron, Command Examiner for Pechora Systems and presently he is the Station Commander of a forward airbase. He is an MBA. Defence Services Staff College graduate and holds the coveted 'AYE' category in Pechora. He has been commended by the Chief of Air Staff in Oct 2009. Gp Capt Ahluwalia's virtuosity on surface to air guided weapon (SAGW) systems has helped in the modification of training pattern to suit the present day requirement. During his command of the Pechora Squadron, not only was it adjudged the best SAGW unit of an operational Command but his overall contribution to the Air Defence (AD) Stream of the 1AF was also specifically praised by the Directorate of Air Staff Inspection (DASI). Moreover due to his indepth knowledge of AD system he was chosen for evaluation and user trials of the Akash Missile System and as a team leader for an International Defence Cooperation visit to Greece. Within one year of taking over command of the northernmost airfield of IAF, he has through his proactive and visionary approach, he has enhanced the ambit of the base in all three facets of Operations, Maintenance and Administration. As a result, the base is now ready to undertake all its assigned operational roles. His effective liaison and persistent efforts have resulted in improving communication facilities of this remote station, modernisation of techno-logistics aspects and finalisation of long pending land acquisition perceptible improvement in the ambience. working environment, living conditions and morale of the personnel, resulting in the station g ad being judged the best FBSU in WAC. aced to award Vishisht For distinguished service of high order. Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Bindu Ahluwalia.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Shivkumar Srinivasan 19520 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 14 Announced 26 Jan 14
Details : Group Captain Shivkumar Srinivasan (19520) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a Transport pilot in the flying branch on 11 Jun 88. He is an AN-32 and IL-76 pilot with over 5700 flying hrs to credit. He is a Cat 'A Qualified Flying Instructor (QF1), alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College and Army War College. Other than operational and instructional assignments, he has served as Airport Manager of United Nations Airfield Services Unit. Joint Director (Personnel) at Air Headquarters and commanded a frontline AN-32 squadron. He is Director Operations (Transport) since 08 Apr 12. Gp Capt S Srinivasan operationalised IAF's first ever Airfield Services Unit at UN Mission DR Congo in Sep 04. Under his supervision, the unit efficiently handled 3600 air moves, 33.000 passengers and 13,000 tons of cargo during the one year deputation period. As Joint Director (Personnel) at Air Headquarters. he ushered in contemporary Human Resource endeavours. Significant to mention are HR initiatives for the Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) fleet and induction of young aircrew and lady pilots into advanced transport aircraft fleet. As Commanding Officer of an AN-32 Squadron, he was instrumental in effecting the first ever sustained summer landing operations to Daulet Beg Oldie Advanced Landing Ground (DBO ALG). Under his command, the Squadron air landed the highest ever load quantum at the ALG. He personally trained and operationalised seven sets of aircrew for operations to the ALG. AN-32 disaster relief operations in the aftermath of the 2010 mudslide at Leh were spearheaded by him. The unit was awarded the 'Best Transport Unit' and CAS Unit Citation for 2010 for exemplary all round performance. As Director Operations (Transport), the officer formulated Operational Air Mobilisation Plans (DAMP) for the Indian Army and 1AF IAF's plan was successfully validated during Ex Livewire in Mar 13. He implemented rationalization processes for the transport fleet which resulted in better utilization and availability of assets. He was involved in the operationalisation process of the newly inducted C-130J fleet. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Shivkumar Srinivasan.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Arun Malik 19532 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 14 Announced 26 Jan 14
Details : Group Captain Arun Malik (19532) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in the fighter stream on 11 Jun 88. In his 25 years of distinguished service, he has flown over 4.200 hrs of accident free flying on more than 25 different types of aircraft. The officer is a Cat A Qualified Flying Instructor and an Experimental Test Pilot. He has served as an instructor at Basic Flying Training School (BETS) and Flying Instructors School (FIS). He was Senior Test Pilot at Aircraft and systems Testing Establishment (ASTE) and is a graduate of Air Command and Staff College in USA. He is presently posted as Director Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) at Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhavan). As Senior Test Pilot at ASTE, the officer successfully conducted flight trials of the latest generation Avionics. Electronic Warfare and Weapon Systems on different fighters. facilitating their timely induction into service. As Prototype Test Pilot for SARAS Light Transport Aircraft. designed by National Aerospace Laboratory (NAL). he undertook the initial experimental flight trials on the aircraft. During his deputation to HAL (Bangalore), the officer executed flight trials to evaluate the new engine. control harmony and stall characteristics of the Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT). The officer was instrumental in fine tuning control laws and Human Machine Interface aspects for the IJT Simulator and upgrade of Mirage 2000 Simulator. As Director MMRCA. he successfully and expeditiously executed all aspects of MMRCA procurement. ensuring smooth progress of the case. As Member Secretary for MMRCA CNC and other associated committees, he ensured their efficient functioning. In the Offset committee. he oversaw the massive task of assessment of offsets of all six vendors. As Member Secretary CNC. he guided the team to carry out comprehensive benchmarking of this multifaceted proposal, wherein Life Cycle Calculations were carried out for the first time. In Ll Sub-Committee, he oversaw the extensive and complex calculations carried out to determine Ll vendor. In the Maintenance Sub Committee, his sound technical acumen was instrumental in the expeditious assessment of the technical documentation and confirming compliance of technical specifications and deliverables vis-a-vis the RFP. The officer has led the MMRCA team professionally with foresight. thereby ensuring smooth progress of the project. He has displayed sound planning and execution all through the procurement process, while ensuring strict adherence to the stringent security instructions associated with the project. The demeanour. conduct and professional competence displayed by him throughout the MMRCA procurement process has been of the highest standard. For distinguished service of high order. Horible President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Arun Malik. 129
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Navneet Singh Bindra 19632 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 14 Announced 26 Jan 14
Details : Group Captain Navneet Singh Bindra (19632) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) branch on 12 Sep 88. He has held the appointments of Senior Engineering Officer of a frontline MiG-21 Squadron, Senior Engineer (Aircraft) at two Air Force Stations, Instructor at MiG-21 TETTRA School and Director Maintenance Plans at Air Headquarters. Presently, he is the Chief Engineering Officer of Air Force Station Srinagar. Gp Capt NS Bindra is an outstanding engineer with an excellent track record. He is able to create synergy between operations and engineering domains leading to the highest serviceability amongst all units operating similar aircraft. As Senior Engineering Officer of a frontline MiG-21 fighter squadron, he maintained highest serviceability amongst all similar type operating units. As a result, during Kargil conflict. his squadron was able to operationally deploy all aircraft on its strength. Having been trained abroad on MiG-21 Bison aircraft, he was instrumental in smooth induction of the aircraft into the IAF Despite non-availability of technical documentation, he formulated the procedure for initial clearance of newly inducted aircraft for flying. He played a key role in setting up the training facilities and formulating the syllabus for training of pilots, engineers and technicians on the newly inducted aircraft. With his superior engineering and management skills, he has been able to consistently maintain a very high serviceability of Bison aircraft. During his tenure at AF Station Srinagar in 2008-09, due to his efforts, the Squadron achieved the highest ever serviceability of 72.88% since induction of Bison aircraft and was able to achieve the highest quantum of flying amongst all Bison squadrons in 2008. Owing to the key role played by Gp Capt Bindra, both AF Station Pathankot and AF Station Srinagar were awarded 'Best in Maintenance' trophy in 2007 and 2008 respectively. During his second tenure at AF Station Srinagar in 2011-12, he has been able to improve the average serviceability of Bison ac from 48.22% during 2009-11 to 64.74% in 2012 . Gp Capt Bindra, with in-depth knowledge of airborne radar, has been able to consistently maintain more than 11-12 radars serviceable, which is the highest amongst all Bison squadrons. With his engineering acumen, he has also been able to achieve operationally crucial integration of RVV-AE missile with Kopyo radar. He has also kept the vital Electronic Warfare suite of all aircraft in a fully serviceable condition. Despite numerous challenges. he facilitated expeditious operationalization of Mi-17V5 helicopters at AF Station Srinagar by optimising available resources. Under his able leadership. the Station has been able to undertake 28 servicing on the helicopters and fly more than 1400 hours, mostly towards vital air maintenance in Op Meghdoot sector. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Navneet Singh Bindra. 131
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Sanjay Khanna 19870 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 14 Announced 26 Jan 14
Details : Group Captain Sanjay Khanna (19870) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in the fighter stream on 17 Dec 88. He is presently posted as the Director Personnel Officers (DPO)-1 (Fighters). He has over 2500 hrs of accident/ incident free flying and has been commended twice by the CAS in 2000 and 2010. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor and a graduate of the Defence Service Staff Collage, Wellington. He has flown various trainer and fighter aircraft including HPT-32, Kiran, Iskara, MiG-21, and MiG-29 aircraft. He has held the appointments of CO of Fighter Squadron, Joint Director Personnel Officers (JDPO)-1 (Courses) at Air HQ and Station Commander of Air Force Station Naliya. He has also served as Head of Training Team at DSSC, Wellington. As the Station Commander of a flying base, Group Captain Sanjay Khanna has been the epitome of leader of men. Under his command, the projects for induction of a modern radar and Surface to Air Missile system, both of which are a first for the IAF. were handled with complete attention to detail and innovative solutions resulting in the IAF getting its value for money. Technology intensive systems at base such as the Aerostat Unit and Remotely Piloted Aircraft were kept mission effective through his sustained efforts. Due to his able leadership. the base hosted several fighter aircraft detachments where intense flying was managed in an exceptional manner through focus on safety and efficient utilisation of resources. Under his command. this remote station underwent significant improvements in quality of life of personnel and families. Group Captain Sanjay Khanna was the Director for two Electronic Warfare Camps conducted by South Western Air Command. He showcased his professional competence and man-management skills whereby he was able to achieve extreme synergy between the equipment manufacturers, the programmers of Electronic Warfare Range and the operators in the field to identify problem areas. He thereafter chalked out a road map defining tasking and accountability to bring about long term systemic improvement. The team work and methodical approach has paid good dividends in electronic warfare equipment achieving true air and mission worthiness. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Sanjay Khanna.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Sunil Kumar Jha 19888 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 14 Announced 26 Jan 14
Details : Group Captain Sunil Kumar Jha (19888) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in the helicopter stream on 17 Dec 88. He has held the appointments of Flight Commander of 107 Helicopter Unit (HU) & an Indian Aviation Contingent in DRC Congo. Commanding Officer of 129 HU and Director (Projects & Inductions) at Air HQ prior to assuming command of Air Force Station Chimney Hills, Bangalore on 28 May 2012. He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy Pune and a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College. Wellington. He has been commended by AOC-in-C CAC, in 2000 and the Chief of the Air Staff in 2003. As Director (Projects & Inductions). he successfully ensured the contract signatures for the additional 40 Hawk MK-132 Advance Jet Trainers (AJT) and the BrahMos Surface to Surface Missiles. Further, with his meticulous approach and foresight. he effectively supervised the post contract management and induction of 80 x Mi 17V5 Medium Lift Helicopters, 6 x C-130J30 aircraft for Special operations and 66 x Hawk AJTs, He has ably dealt with the contract clauses, training, spares support. infrastructure, offsets and inter-governmental issues pertaining to various procurement programmers. This was possible by virtue of his in-depth knowledge of the Defence Procurement Procedures and exceptional negotiating skills. His concept Paper on "Perspective of the Indian Air Force on Key Issues of Defence Acquisition and the Reform Measures Needed to Expedite Defence Procurements" has recently been published by Institute for Defence Studies & Analysis. New Delhi in their book titled "Defence Acquisitions: International Best Practices". Gp Capt Jha has the dual responsibility of Sector Commander and is responsible for providing Air Defence (AD) to Air Defence Identification Zone (South) which houses two nuclear sites protected by live AD weapons, apart from numerous other sensitive defence & civil establishments. His foresight, planning abilities and coordinating skills in providing effective AD cover during the prestigious Aero India conducted in February 2013 brought him wide acclaim. Further, with his unrelenting initiative, perseverance and leadership skills, he has ensured the completion of the long pending Boards of Officers for creation of infrastructure for Integrated Air Command and Control Systems (IACCS) standby node and for taking over of 21 acres & 25 guntas of land from Air force Station Jalahalli in consultation with the Defence Estate Officer & Karnataka Revenue Department, for construction of the node. Apart from enhancing the operational capability, through diligence and determination, he has also ensured the commencement of Cauvery water supply and the operationalisation of Independent Feeder Line for uninterrupted electricity supply to the Station. This has resulted in enhanced operational capability apart from a marked improvement in the quality of life of the Station personnel. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Sunil Kumar Jha. 135
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Eric Janiclass Anthony 19892 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 14 Announced 26 Jan 14
Details : Group Captain Eric Janiclass Anthony (19892) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in the fighter stream on 17 Dec 88 and has 2488 hours of flying experience on MiG-21, MiG-23 BN and MiG-27 aircraft. He is a Fighter Strike Leader, Pilot Attack Instructor. Instrument Rating Instructor & Examiner and a graduate of Defence Services Staff College. He has commanded a Pechora Squadron and has held the appointments Joint Director Weapons (JD Wpns) at Air HQ and Air-I of HQ AOC J & K. As JD Wpns at Air HQ. he carried out revision of Danger Areas. projected procurement of new weapons and modernization of ranges leading to an enhancement of the IAF's offensive capabilities. As Air-I of HQ AOC J&K. he ensured full spectrum of air operations at high altitudes giving tremendous exposure to both aircrew and ground forces. Also, his vision and foresight was visible from the Statement of case authored by him for creation of op infrastructure at airbases in J&K and a new base at Nyoma to enhance IAFs strategic posture. He commanded 10 TAC successfully and in a unique manner. wherein he achieved all the laid down tasks by higher formations of Air Force and Army in an innovative manner. His efforts towards strengthening the pillars of jointmanship with 10 Corps of Army resulted in his unit being assessed as Average Plus during the visit of Directorate of Air Staff Inspection. His in depth knowledge of operations made him the leading strategist in planning and coordinating joint operational discussions in the higher formations of the Army. The synergized Effect Based Air plan. projected by him was very well appreciated by the Army Chief and other senior officers. He planned and executed full spectrum of missions required for the surface operations in a typical campaign by IAF, including successful trials of new concepts based on his vast field experience. The officer's initiative and hard work was very well appreciated by 10 Corps Cdr and HQ WAC during all the joint exercises. Under his command the unit excelled not only in Operations but in Maintenance and Administration also. Under his guidance the AF Net communications became operational at the TAC including the latest Mobile Communication Terminals (MCT), which were used extensively during joint 7xercises. He also organized a cycle expedition successfully. With his effective liaison he was able to install a RO water plant at his TAC. Under his able leadership. HQ WAC declared this TAC for the second consecutive year as Best in overall performance for the period 2011-12. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva 4edal to Group Captain Eric Janiclass Anthony.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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