Vishist Seva Medal Awardee List


A total of 1451 Awards are listed.
Vishist Seva Medal : 1451 |
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Wg Cdr Santhanagopalan Chandra Kumar 11801 F(N)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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Wg Cdr SC Kumar was commissioned in the Navigator Branch of the Indian Air Force on 29 Dec 68. Over the years, he has carried out 4640 hours of flying on a variety of aircraft; excelling in each. He has been holding the exceptional flying category 'A' for nearly a decade on Avro and modern B-737 aircraft. He is also a Qualified Navigation Instructor.

Wg Cdr Kumar was appointed Commanding Officer of the Navigation & Signal School on 16 Nov 86. He took over this Command at a crucial juncture, as the training of ab-initio navigators had remained suspended for the preceding four years. Through professionalism and sheer hard work, WG Cdr Kumar not only achieved the desired task but also set high standards of training.

After the successful command of Navigation & Signal School, Wg Cdr SC Kumar was given his present challenging appointment of Deputy Director (VIP) in the Directorate of Operations (T&M) at Air HQ on 03 Oct 88. The officer displayed flawless planning when he had to face the mammoth task of providing VVIP airlifts during the Lok Sabha elections in Nov 89.

For his devotion to duty, sincerity of purpose and capacity for sustained hark work, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wg Cdr SC Kumar.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1991 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Pawan Seth 12705 LGSUnit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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Sqn Ldr Pawan Seth was commissioned in the IAF in Jun 71 and has since held varied important field and staff appointments.

Sqn Ldr Seth took over as the Mess Secretary, Air Force Officers' Mess, Air Headquarters on 01 Dec 88. Through his dedication and hard work, he has brought about perceivable changes in the Mess premises within a short span. His methodical approach and systematic handling of financial activities of the Mess has brought about significant procedural changes resulting into growth of funds.

He has won appreciation on all occasions of traditional functions of the IAF like BiAnnual Commanders' Conference; CAS's 'At Home' during Air Force Day; Promotion Boards, etc. He has particularly excelled in providing excellent services to a very large number of retired Senior Officers who are members of the Mess.

Sqn Ldr Seth, single handedly has brought about remarkable improvements in living accommodation for senior officers, permanent and transit officers; style and quality of messservices, comforts and amenities; discipline in the Mess staff. For his exceptional managerial skill, courteous and tactful behaviour, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr Pawan Seth.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1991 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Satyabir Singh Bist 12865 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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Sqn Ldr Satyabir Singh Bist was on the posted strength of one of the Squadrons in Air Force since 30 Sep 87. Sqn Ldr Bist was posted to the Squadron as the Senior Technical Officer and the Sqn was in the process of converting to a new type without any other technical officer or trained technical manpower on its strength.

Within 10 days of his arrival in the Sqn, the officer put all his energies and attention to the complex process of receiving the aircraft and allied equipment without ignoring the minutest detail. Such attention to detail was absolutely essential for the smooth induction of a new type so that flying training and operational build-up of the Squadron could commence without the slightest delay and in an organised and orderly fashion to avoid any mishaps. Due to his best efforts, within one week the seven allotted aircraft were collected and within three days of collection, the Squadron could commence operations. Due to the untiring efforts and drive of Sqn Ldr Bist, the Squadron maintained high average effort of sorties per month till date despite the constraints of resources.

For his exemplary devotion to duty, organising and planning abilities and leadership qualities, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr SS Bist.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1991 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Smarajit Munsi 14357 AE(M)Unit : 4 Base Repair Depot  Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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Sqn Ldr Smarajit Munshi was on the posted strength of a Base Repair Depot, Air Force. He was entrusted with the initial setting up of R-29 project. Later the officer was entrusted with the setting up and commissioning of R-29 Test Bed, the key result area identified for the achievement of task of R-29 engine. The overhaul line has so far produced a large number of engines, thus accruing a foreign exchange saving of Rs. 33 crores.

The Soviets did not supply the spacer to test 47M engine. Also the gas dynamic device for checking anti-surge and dynamic stability of R-29 engine was not supplied by the Soviets. The officer took the responsibility of designing and subsequently getting the item manufactured indigenously. This effort of the officer has saved more than Rs. 1 lakh in foreign exchange.

This officer has taken an initiative in testing R-29 engines with improved antisurge system. This improved system has an impact on better flight safety on the engines of Bahadur fleet.

For his exceptional professional competence, managerial and leadership qualities of highest order, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr S Munshi.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1991 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Vaidyalingam Ramalingam 14628 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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Sqn Ldr Vaidyalingam Ramalingam was on the posted strength of one of the Air Force Base Repair Depots and was working as Officer Incharge Production in the Mi-8 overhaul line.

Sqn Ldr Ramalingam was assigned the responsibility of completing the assigned task of overhauls of Mi-8 helicopters during 198788, with an increase of almost 50% over the previous year's task. The officer took up this challenge, infused in his men a sense of purpose and espirit-de-corps to motivate them and made attainment of the task personal goal. He streamlined the production process and introduced maintenance information system which assured availability of the right spares at the right place and time. During the year 1988-89, Sqn Ldr Ramalingam was once again entrusted with the task of attaining the overhaul target. To meet the target, he put in consistently, extended hours, unmindful of personal requirements and exceeded the overhaul target.

For his unflinching devotion to duty, astute leadership and exceptional professional ability, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr Ramalingam.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1991 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Ajoy Kumar Jha 14924 ADMUnit : Air Force Intelligence School  Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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Squadron Leader Ajoy Kumar Jha was posted to Air Force Intelligence School as a directing staff in the faculty of Photo Interpretation.

A devoted Photo Interpretation instructor, he set up total photo processing facilities at IPKF HQ at Madras within 48 hours for handling all type of reconnaissance films, without any airman support. Inspite of nonavailability of VICON-80 system, he interpreted 6000 photographs from Jaffna to Vavuniya in a record time of 15 days.

He planned helicopter reconnaissance sorties along with Para Commando. Based on his observation and recommendations, a number of probable hideouts of LTTE and suitable helipads were marked for the Vavuniya Sector. He prepared a master Mosaic superimposed with intelligence, which were extensively used by the Para Commando and Div HQ at Vavuniya. This is the first time, Signatures of LTTE hideouts were given to IPKF by the Air Force and Sqn Ldr Jha was the man behind this contribution.

For his contribution as a Photo Interpreter of very high order in the success of IPKF Operations, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr AK Jha.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1991 Number: 

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Flt Lt Ram Chander Chhabra 17089 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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Flight Lieutenant Ram Chander Chhabra is posted to Air Force Squadron since 19 Jun 89 and has been functioning as the Detachment Commander of one of the flights.

The most outstanding achievement of the officer is in bringing up the servicing facilities of CR&SS (Control Repair and Servicing Section). The erstwhile CR&SS hangar was declared unsafe for use by the MES. A make shift arrangement was to be made to house the CR&SS and its servicing bays. Flt Lt Chhabra took upon himself the task, converted an old unused hangarette for use by the CR&SS. He set up the servicing bays once again in make shift rooms. Without awaiting for the support of MES, he with the drive and initiative repaired the rooms using the aircraft technicians available with him.

Inspite of the fact that almost fortnight was lost in shifting the hangar and its bays, the officer planned and controlled the aircraft production commendably by motivating his men into long hours of work. The Flight has completed 100/200 hours servicing of a large number of aircraft and carried out major rectification on many aircraft in the last 6 months.

For his outstanding technical skill, administrative ability, innovative ideas and hard work, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Flt Lt RC Chhabra.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1991 Number: 

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MWO Patit Paban Kundu 212677 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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Hony Flying Officer Patit Paban Kundu, Ground Training Instructor, was MWO i/c of the Air Force Station Physical Fitness Section, Sports Section and Air Headquarters Sports Command. He was responsible for the training of Air Force Contingent for Republic Day Parade, Independence Day Parade, InterServices Guards of Honour, and all Guards of Honour presented at Air HQ (VB) to Foreign Chiefs of Air Staff and other dignitaries on their visit to India.

In the year 1989, Air Force marching contingent was adjudged the second best contingent in Republic Day Parade. This was clearly due to the hard work and excellent planned training schedule prepared by Hony Fg Offr P Kundu. He motivated his team of Instructors and the airmen of the contingent for Republic Day 1990 to greater effort and harder work in a manner that they attained their peak efficiency for the Republic Day Parade and the Air Force marching Contingent was adjudged the best. This was the first time in the history of the IAF that its Republic Day Contingent was given the highest placing.

In recognition of his outstanding services of exceptional order and extra-ordinary professional competence, dedication and total involvement, sustained hard work and distinguished service, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Hony Fg Offr Patit Paban Kundu.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1991 Number: 

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MWO Suraj Parkash Mishra 219129 ORUnit : 4 Base Repair Depot  Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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MWO Suraj Parkash Mishra was on the posted strength of a Base Repair Depot and was employed at MWO i/c Machine Shop of the General Engineering Wing.

Keeping his capabilities in view, MWO Mishra was assigned the difficult task of manufacturing of more than 1200 complex tooling items like jigs, fixtures and special appliances. These were not supplied by USSR and were critically required by the new R-29 engine overhaul line.

RD-33 aero-engine was to be sent to the USSR for overhaul. Thirty cases were to be manufactured urgently. It involved manufacture of a very large number of assorted machine parts totaling about 200 by reverse engineering. Working round the clock with the technicians, guiding them at every step, MWO Mishra completed the manufacture of the items ahead of schedule.

AOG for Kiran Cooling Air Pack (CAP) started mounting for want of costly breakdown spares. MWO Mishra obtained samples of rotor shafts, end-cover and oil slingers required for overhaul of CAP. The assembled CAP passed the laid down standards.

For his outstanding contribution in fulfillment of production commitments, extra-ordinary professional competence, cost consciousness, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to MWO SP Mishra.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1991 Number: 

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MWO Amarjeet Singh 222747 ORUnit : 40 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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Master Warrant Officer Amarjeet Singh has worked in front line fighter squadrons and operational wings in various capacities both as a worker and as an effective supervisor during his 33 years of service.

In 1985, MWO Amarjeet Singh was selected to go abroad and he was trained in electrical system of the Mirage-2000 aircraft. Since his return in Jul 85, he has been on the posted strength of one of the operational Wings. To conserve the life of the imported Ground Power Units (GPU), and to ensure its availability during detachments, a project was undertaken to fabricate a starting system utilising a converter driven by commercial supply. MWO Amarjeet Singh was assigned this task which involved wiring of control circuits and laying underground cables in the aircraft dispersal area. Being of an experimental nature money was not available. He prepared the circuit diagram and went onto complete the project in a record period of two weeks.

For his devotion to duty, professional knowledge innovative ideas, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to MWO Amarjeet Singh.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1991 Number: 

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WO Didar Singh Bains 240124 ORUnit : ADR & DE  Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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Warrant Officer Didar Singh Bains is held on the posted strength of ADR & DE since July, 1988. He has to his credit 1253 parachute descents inclusive of 475 free fall descents which is amongst the highest carried out by an individual in the country. He also has 3000 hours despatching sorties/flying experience. Ram Air Parachute was developed successfully and WO Bains was selected for carrying out the first live jump. He undertook this daring task and performed the live jumps successfully. He was selected once again for assessing performance of Ram Air Reserve Parachute which was a most challenging and risky task. Such an uphill task was done successfully by him for the first time in the history of the nation. So far, he has completed forty odd jumps with Ram Air Parachute.

He is the first Indian to undergo Advanced Free Fall Course during 1979-80 wherein he qualified in free fall descents from high altitude, including one night jump. WO Bains is the first Indian who para jumped from low level (100 metre) by means of special parachutes designed by France & UK.

In recognition of his outstanding ability, significant contribution in the field of free fall parachuting, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to WO Didar Singh Bains.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1991 Number: 

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WO Gaur Babu Sharma 243608 ORUnit : 74 Radio Maintenance Unit  Award Date 26 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 91
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Warrant Officer Gour Babu Sharma was on the posted strength of a Repair Maintenance Unit since 01 Apr 86.

WO Sharma while carrying out all routine on-site repairs and laboratory tasks involved himself with setting up repair facilities for repairing PCBs of HF R/T sets and other ground based communication and navigation equipment. So far facilities have been set up for repairing about 25 types of PCBs and a large number have been repaired using these facilities during the preceding one year.

DRDF of a flying Wing experienced most unusual interference phenomena which could neither be explained nor rectified by concerned technical personnel using conventional diagnostic techniques. Air HQ entrusted this task to the RMU and WO Sharma took up the challenge. He meticulously studied all other electronic emissions in the area and analysed their impact on the DRDF. This was a major feat requiring original thinking and thorough knowledge of modern electronics and earned appreciation for the RMU from Air HQ and HQ SWAC.

For his exceptional professional skills, contribution towards improving the operational efficiency of our airfield facilities, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to WO Gour Babu Sharma.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1991 Number: 

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Gp Capt Virender Singh 6054 MEDUnit : Western Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Group Captain Virender Singh was commissioned in AMC and directly seconded to Air Force in Feb 61. The officer has a thoroughly professional outlook and has shown extreme compassion and concern for the patient placed under his care. He acquired Post Graduation in Aviation Medicine from Bangalore University in 1971 and General Medicine from PGI, Chandigarh in 1974.

While on the posted strength of a Command as Dy Principal Medical Officer, he contributed tremendously towards medical administration of all the stations and units under that

Command. He had been responsible to create working relationship with all the stations which was based on mutual trust and understanding. With his vast knowledge, the officer rendered invaluable professional guidance, advice and support to all wings and stations. He cheerfully accepted additional load of work and applied himself whole heartedly whenever the situation demanded.

On 08 Oct 89, when an Mirage crash took place, Gp Capt Singh on his own dashed to the crash site and was the first MO to reach there. After ascertaining that the accident was fatal, he, with the help of the concerned SMO and his staff skillfully organised on the spot first aid for casualties and helped in prompt transfer of emergency surgery cases to hospitals thus saving many valuable lives.

During his tenure in the command as DPMO, one Complex consisting of approximately 10,000 men and families did not have an authorised MI Room. Gp Capt Singh took it as a personal challenge to ensure that better medical facilities are provided to these personnel. He was instrumental in getting a Govt sanction for a 10 bed-SSQ and a medium SHO for the complex. His total dedication to his profession and compassion towards the patients are praiseworthy. He is worthy of emulation by other medical officers.

For his professionalism, hard work, initiative and total dedication to medical profession, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt Virender Singh.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Gp Capt Omkar Nath Sharma 6573 AE(L)Unit : DDSI Army HQ  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Gp Capt ON Sharma was commissioned on 01 Jun 62. He took over the appointment of Deputy Director Signal Intelligence on 04 Jul 88.

In his twenty nine years of dedicated and unblemished service, Gp Capt Sharma has held various staff and unit appointments with distinction. This includes command of a Radar Unit during 1971 War, a Wireless Experimental Unit in Western Sector and staff appointments with RCPO and as CSO (Air), Western Air Command.

He was also instrumental in finalising a number of long outstanding work services projects of units under his operational and administrative control.

On the operational side, Gp Capt Sharma carried out map studies and organised ground reconnaissance. He affected liaison and arranged air lifting of equipment from different Air Force units and Army units and used his imagination and expertise to direct trials on the ground. He evolved a system design based on interfacing of mobile tropo 15 feet dish antenna having capability of changing the tilt and azimuth, with versatile receivers and spectrum analysers.

This has been solely possible due to relentless effort hard work and motivation of Gp Capt Sharma.

For his sustained and selfless hard work with utmost devotion and dedication, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt ON Sharma.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Gp Capt Atma Singh 7094 AE(L)Unit : AFS Bidar  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Group Captain Atma Singh is on the posted strength of an Air Force Station since 14 Oct 89 as Chief Engineering Officer.

He was posted to this Station after the induction of a new Jet trainer HJT-16 MK II at this Flying Training Establishment. The teething problems in the newly inducted jet and the availability of critical spares was unsatisfactory and the experience of the technicians/supervisors was just adequate. With his vast system and managerial experience, sheer grit and determination, he analysed the problems in the shortest time and initiated remedial measures.

Kiran MK IA aircraft were re-inducted in Jan 91. He motivated the officers and technicians to meet the additional task of running two DSS and R&SS for Kiran MK IA and Kiran MK II without any additional manpower. He was the main driving force behind the Station achieving nil accident on Kiran MK II since its induction and after 30,000 hrs of flying. As a result the Station was awarded Flight Safety Trophy of Training Command, for the year 1989-90 and Air Force Flight Safety Trophy for the year 1990-91.

Gp Capt Atma Singh analysed and improved MT holding in a phased manner. His thrust, on safe driving amongst the MTDs has resulted in nil, MT accident during last 2 years and the Station obtained Best MT Trophy of Training Command, during 198990. He planned and vigorously followed up replacement of old and obsolete Radio and Navigational equipment by the State of art systems. The Station attained and sustained almost 100% serviceability of all the RANAD equipment. This Station has been awarded Best Maintenance Trophy of Training Command for 1990-91. Gp Capt Atma Singh was deeply involved in planning all the maintenance facilities for successful conduct of trial firing at a newly selected Air to Ground Range. When operational, this range would accrue annual saving of about Rs.6 Crores for the Air Force.

For the intellectual and professional acumen of a very high order, excellence in management, devotion to duty and dedication to the service, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt Atma Singh.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Gp Capt Madhukar Krishna Marathe 7328 AE(L)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Gp Capt Madhukar Krishna Marathe was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in April 1963. He has been on the posted strength of Air Headquarters since Sep 87 as Joint Director Eng 'A'. During the span of 28 years of service Gp Capt Marathe has held various appointments such as OI/C Type 96 overhaul line, CEO of a major base, Project Engineer at Air HQs and has acquitted himself with credit.

During past three years, with timely planning and foresight, overhaul of MiG-25 aircraft and its engines in USSR was completed in a short span of 28 months. Number of AN-32 trips were reduced by proper planning of deliveries and despatches and he pursued the manufacturers to accept MiG-29 engines in last return trip.

During induction of a MiG-29 Sqn, with his meticulous planning of erection of aircraft, receipt and air lift of equipment and spares, the squadron commenced flying on the scheduled date.

During 1989, sensing poor product support from manufacturers, he played an important role in setting up of interim repair facilities for critical MiG-29 components. Further, he initiated number of indigenisation projects like flight data analyser, Ikran film, Nav bulbs, Cassette film etc, and provided development grants to operating units.

During past two years he brought out anomalies in pricing of certain costly and critical items which were accepted by GED. All these measures have resulted in saving of at least rupees four crores in FE.

For his exceptional devotion to service, excellence in the field of engineering planning, harnessing of resources and outstanding contribution, the President is pleased to award Bar to Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt MK Marathe.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Gp Capt Pirthi Pal Singh Kahlon 7979 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Gp Capt Prithi Pal Singh Kahlon was posted to one of the Wings of Air Force as Chief Engineering Officer with effect from 31 Oct 88.

Towards the end of year 1988, a large number of AN-32 were due for 1800 hrs servicing. The agency for 1800 hrs servicing expressed its inability to take up this task. Gp Capt Kahlon set up a parallel line for 1800 hrs servicing at the Wing and serviced five AN32, thus reducing the downtime of the fleet.

Task of integrating nose wheel steering system of AN-32 with CWS was allotted to his Wing. Gp Capt Kahlon guided a group of technicians and developed a modification which has completed more than 100 landing on AN-32 aircraft. To facilitate fast retrieval of AN-32 aircraft stranded at ALGs due to unserviceable APU, he motivated another group of technicians to develop an SOP of starting u/s aircraft from APU of another aircraft.

Commutated Axial Direction Finder (CADF) was installed at his wing in Aug 88 by M/S GCEL Ltd. The firm could commission only the first channel of the equipment. Gp Capt Kahlon took up the task and motivated a team of technicians to commission the second channel of CADF in Dec 89.

Constant Current Regulators (CCRS) of airfield lighting system were partially serviceable due to un-serviceability of over voltage/over current relays. Remote switching panel of this system was also unserviceable due to non-availability of spare parts. Gp Capt Kahlon organised a special task force which repaired all the CCRs and remote switching panel by using indigenous spares.

For his unstinted devotion to duty and professionalism of the highest order, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt PPS Kahlon.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Gp Capt Anil Kumar Trikha 8436 F(P)Unit : Western Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Gp Capt Anil Kumar Trikha has been posted to HQ Western Air Command as Ops 1A since 15 Nov 89.

On assumption of duties, he quickly came to grips with the varied operational and training requirement of the forces under Western Air Command. His first major assignment was to revise the operational plans of WAC. However, the rapidly deteriorating situation in J&K necessitated immediate formulation of interim contingency plans. This involved intensive planning as regards redeployment of forces and updating of strike plans. Close co-ordination with the other branches was imperative to ensure prompt positioning of various armament stores and ground support equipment. Gp Capt Trikha worked tirelessly to accomplish these complex tasks with the utmost speed and efficiency within the prescribed time frame.

Consequent to the issue of revised Op Instructions by Air Headquarters, WAC plans were again recast. Gp Capt Trikha again applied himself to the enormous staff work involved and finished the task in time.

Apart from revision of operational plans, Gp Capt Trikha managed the routine tasks connected with the operational training of forces under WAC in a most methodical manner. He delegated responsibility wherever possible but never compromised on the high standard of staff work he set for himself. He invariably worked untiringly well beyond the usual working hours, sometimes without a break for months.

For his extreme devotion to duty, extraordinary capacity for hard work and total dedication to service the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt AK Trikha.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Gp Capt Karamjit Singh Sohanpal 8808 AE(L)Unit : 40 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Gp Capt KS Sohanpal is on the posted strength of one of the Air Force Wings with effect from 01 Dec 89 as Chief Engineering Officer.

Due to his professional skill, involvement and dedication, a very high percentage of serviceability has been sustained at this Wing for Mirage aircraft and MT. He has not only led the technical personnel by personal example but was deeply involved in the development of expertise and skill of his subordinates. It is mainly due to his efforts that a very high level of expertise is available at this particular Wing.

Some of the major and important projects developed and operationalised by him are, design and fabrication of mains operated starting aggregates for Mirage and Avro aircraft, hardware modification of Mirage-2000 to permit carriage of assymetrical loads, circuit design given to Western Air Command facilitating conversion of normal 3 phase 50 Hz supply system into 400 Hz system in the blast pens for Mirage & Jaguar ops, configuring power supply system of P-18 radar for its operation from main power supply etc. All these projects were undertaken and completed at almost negligible cost. In majority of the cases, discarded and disused equipment were modified and put into operation. He was instrumental in design and fabrication of Mirage Engine Trolley which could be transported in AN-32 aircraft; the French supplied trolley could be carried only in AN-12/IL-76 aircraft and constraints in getting these type of aircraft posed a serious problem in supporting the Mirage detts. On Mirage-2000 aircraft itself and its various systems/testers, a number of innovations have been carried out which were well beyond the facilities available in India. He has thus not only helped save valuable foreign exchange but also contributed significantly in enhancing the operational capability of the Indian Air Force.

For his imaginative and innovative skill, devotion to duty, inspiring leadership in the best tradition of the Indian Air Force, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt KS Sohanpal.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Gp Capt Partap Singh 8897 AE(L)Unit : AFS Hakimpet  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Group Captain Pratap Singh, VSM is on the posted strength of an Air Force Station, as Chief Engineering Officer since 21 Aug 89.

Gp Capt Singh quickly assessed that various flying incidents and repetitive snags occurring on Iskra aircraft were synonymous with ageing of the fleet. He undertook the challenge of arresting this trend and was successful. The unresolved hydraulic system malfunctioning since very inception was traced to fouling of the rotary valve in hydraulic reservoir with the dip stick, thus allowing air to be sucked in the system during certain manoeuvres. He ordered for cutting off the dip-stick in Nov 90 and ever since, no hydraulic incident has occurred for the last 4500 hrs of flying. These measures have raised confidence level amongst pilots.

There was a breakdown of supply of critical spares and rotable from abroad. This officer initiated repairs of critical rotables at base by development of repair schemes. Thus local repairs has helped the station to sustain Iskara flying for the last 1½ years and the last four pilot's courses on Iskara could be completed before time. The officer is presently engaged in modification for cooling of R/T set and aircraft battery in Iskra aircraft to reduce time due to persistent snags.

Along with sustaining a fleet of varied types of ac, the officer undertook the task of resource optimisation. The station Workshop was extensively utilised and gave enormous support to MT and other services. A quantum jump in quality, specially for MT in which expenditure on local purchase was reduced to one fourth after a modernisation drive by this officer.

For his unflinching loyalty to service, perseverance of economy and resource optimisation, the President is pleased to award Bar to Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt P Singh.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Gp Capt Satyendra Pal Singh 10699 AE(L)Unit : 2 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Gp Capt Satyendra Pal .Singh has been the Chief Engineering Officer of an Air Force Station for about 13 months which operates different types of aircraft, besides mix of advanced weapons, ground based navi gational approach aids, modern arrester barrier systems, specialist vehicles, common user vehicles and Surface to Air Missiles. In maintaining these systems and equipment to the desired standards, major hurdles came up due to lack of adequate resources in terms of spares and technical support facilities. Each of the hurdles was crossed through his dedicated leadership, technical skill, mana gerial ability and professionalism.

During early part of his tenure, serviceability of the MiG-29 dropped severely due to inadequate servicing, repair, acute shortage of spares. He displayed exceptional engineering sense and managerial ability in fabricating repair stations and exploiting indigenously available options to repair literally hundreds of components which otherwise had to be sent abroad for repair. He developed modifications of the radar test facility, set up testing facility for over half a dozen systems. Delicate fuel components and electronic control system of the high tech engine were opened and successfully repaired under his able guidance at the Wing level.

When he took over as the CEO, the Jaguars were being sent to a Base over a thousand miles away for routine servicing and repair because of lack of facilities at the Base. Gp Capt Singh set nearly the entire range of servicing facilities at this Base fabricated by his manpower alone and using mostly indigenous components. He created a valuable second line facility for the Jaguars. He also set up the AGAVE radar testing facility with available resources. His effort helped the Air Force to save valuable flying hours and effort in ferrying Jaguars for routine servicing, repair etc. His effort helped in setting up the test facility of missiles in a record time. But for his efforts, valuable foreign exchange would have been lost on expiry of warranty period.

For his meticulous approach, managerial skill, professionalism of a high order and dedicated hard work, the President is pleased to award Bar to Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt SP Singh.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Gp Capt Gurnam Singh Choudhary 11870 F(P)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Gp Capt Gurnam Singh Chaudhry was posted to the Directorate of Air Staff Requirement, Air Headquarters on 10 Oct 88. He was allotted a number of major projects involving fighter aircraft, the most important of which was the LCA project.

Gp Capt Chaudhry displayed wisdom and maturity in his handling of the LCA project from the moment he was called upon to study, analyse in depth and provide professional comments on the 90 odd design documents while undertaking a review of the project. The officer researched the programme from its inception; sifting meticulously through volumes of wind tunnel results and performance predictions before he was able to highlight the anomalies and contradictions that were emerging. His clear perceptions became the focus for a high level review which culminated in an eventual Govt decision to alter the course of the project.

The programme encompasses a number of facets on which the Indian Aviation Industry lacks expertise. Some of the major topics that Gp Capt Chaudhry has had to regularly interact with ADA have been the complex issues relating to design of a Fly-by-Wire system, Multi Mode Radar, Mission Computer and choice of material for the Light Combat Aircraft wing. The very understanding of the fundamental issue of these topics calls for a high level of knowledge. To discuss and comment on them with the designers, Gp Capt Chaudhry was required to carry out an in-depth appraisal of each subject. That he was able to do so is an indication of the officer's professionalism and perseverance.

For his consistent dedication and distinguished service of a high order, perseverance and logical presentation, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt GS Chaudhry.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Ramesh Kumar Sharma 11496 AE(L)Unit : AFWEU  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Wg Cdr Ramesh Kumar Sharma has been on the posted strength of one of the Air Force Wireless Experimental Units since 14 Nov 88 as Commanding Officer.

Soon after taking over the Command, Wg Cdr Sharma identified a number of weak areas resulting in low morale of operating personnel.

Keeping in view the operational significance of the role of his unit, Wg Cdr Sharma modernised the data collection centre to improve the operating environment and renovated the installation for better system reliability. The operators were provided scientifically designed work stations to enhance their productivity. He also developed software driven microprocessor based system for data analysis. The interfacing of this system made it possible to compute data faster for real time assessment of vital information.

Wg Cdr Sharma also improved the communication links for quicker dissemination of vital information to enable virtually real time reaction at higher echelon. Average time for data transfer to Base was reduced considerably. He also identified and located a detachment at a highly productive site which significantly added to the data inputs. He also designed and developed a training system, using ingenious ideas and technical knowledge which is capable of giving training automatically to six personnel simultaneously. He was also responsible for developing a modern electronic laboratory for repair of various electronic equipment locally in the unit.

For his dedicated and sustained hard work and rare achievements the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wg Cdr RK Sharma.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Balasubramaniam Shivakumar 12253 AE(M)Unit : 11 Base Repair Depot  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Wg Cdr Balasubramaniam Shivakumar is on the posted strength of one of the Base Repair Depots of the IAF since 10 Oct 86. The officer has undergone training twice in USSR on MiG-23 variants.

On posting to BRD, Wg Cdr B Shivakumar was given the task of setting up of facilities for medium repair/overhaul of MiG-23 aircraft. During the construction stages, he suggested many changes to meet the requirements. As a result of his involvement, the aircraft production task could commence well in time.

On his return from USSR, the officer plunged into the task of medium and structural repair of damaged aircraft, he did not await the setting up of repair facilities or arrival of the Soviet specialists. His noteworthy achievements are retrieval of damaged aircraft, repair of jet nozzle contours, repair of MiG-29 drop tanks and development of a structural modification for the ventral fin of an aircraft.

Wg Cdr B Shivakumar was also involved in indigenisation/manufacturing of tools, testers and ground support equipment for which only drawings were provided by the manufacturers. In a short time he formulated syllabus and training aids for overhaul Training Flight. He trained maximum number of airmen to cope up with production task of the depot and set up repair facility in a record time. He also succeeded in achieving the completion of medium repair task during last three years despite non availability of works services and critical spares. This achievement is significant, because the first aircraft was produced one year ahead of schedule. He also completed the assigned task during 1988-90 and during 1990-91. He also completed cat 'B' repair on four aircraft during 1990-91.

For his professional skill, hard work and devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wg Cdr B Shivakumar.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Atul Chandra Barua 12283 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Wg Cdr Atul Chandra Barua was on the posted strength of one of the Wings of Air Force from 13 Jun 88 to 13 Dec 90 in the appointment of Senior Engineer (Mechanical).

Wg Cdr Barua designed and manufactured an import substitute for the transportation of Bombs from Bomb Dump to Squadron dispersal. He also designed transportation cum handling trolley for the R-60 Missile which is extensively used by the MiG Squadron of that base. The officer is also responsible for designing and fabrication of a lifting tackle and indigenisation of belting tool for MiG aircraft. He has also designed and fabricated the cocking tool for the newly introduced Retarder Tail Unit and a torque spanner for R-60 Missile loading. The other innovative achievements of Wg Cdr Barua are repair and overhaul of imported ground power unit (Houchin) of Jaguar aircraft through indigenous sources and rebuilding of the perished wooden KRAZ cabin with an all metal structure in the Station Workshop.

The single most notable achievement of Wg Cdr Barua has been the planning and execution of demolition of an unsafe Bomb on 13 Jan 90, inside the airfield. The unsafe Bomb was lying with the Wing for over two years, the solution for which was not easily forthcoming from the manufacturers. The Bomb had become dangerously unsafe. It was therefore essential to demolish the Bomb at its location as there was a very high risk of its exploding in case it was moved. Wg Cdr Barua studied the bomb detonation mechanism, the pros and cons of demolition at site, the risks and precautions involved for transferring the bomb outside the Bomb Dump and demolishing the same at a suitable site inside the airfield. Through the officer's excellent professionalism, planning, guidance and attention to the minute details, the demolition task was successfully accomplished.

For selfless dedication to work, professional competence and astute planning, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wg Cdr AC Barua.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Om Krishan Dogra 12815 AE(M)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Wg Cdr Om Krishan Dogra is on the posted strength of Air Headquarters (VB) since April 1987 and is presently working as Deputy Director in the Directorate of Maintenance Plans and Quality Assurance. Pursuant to the recommendations of Special Committee on Flight Safety in 1982, Government accepted the need for upgrading and restructuring the technical type-training in IAF and the Directorate of Maintenance Plans and Quality Assurance at Air Headquarters was made responsible for this special task.

With virtually no resources at his disposal, Wg Cdr Dogra set about the task of establishing these Schools/Units with great enthusiasm and perseverence. With his ability of planning, execution and rich experience, he compiled a detailed Project Report encompassing the entire activities ranging from site formulation of syllabi for each course, procurement of training aids and provision of requisite facilities.

The first TETTRA School for providing training on MiG-23 and MiG-27 aircraft commenced functioning with full infra-structure from Jul 87, within four months after taking up this task by Wg Cdr Dogra. Eight more TETTRA Schools and seven TTCs were also established well within the stipulated period.

There was no type training facility in the IAF for Mi-35/Mi-26 helicopters and Dornier aircraft and some highly sophisticated Air Armament Stores. To meet the type training needs of the aircraft, AE officers and technicians were sent abroad periodically. Wg Cdr Dogra, realising the resource constraints, especially in foreign exchange, succeeded in getting Government Sanction for opening of training units for these weapon systems. With the opening of these Type Training Schools, not only the precious FFE have been saved but also the availability of type trained personnel has considerably increased.

For his high sense of commitment, personal involvement, professional excellence, result oriented approach and outstanding ability, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wg Cdr OK Dogra.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Onkar Bhattacharya 12823 AE(M)Unit : 3 Base Repair Depot  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Wg Cdr Onkar Bhattacharya is on the posted strength of one of the Base Repair Depots of Air Force since Oct 88 and has been working as officer incharge production of Main Hanga Line since Jan 89. He took over as Senior Production Engineer (Mi-8) with effect from 26 Jun 90.

In the task year 1989-90, Wg Cdr Bhattacharya was responsible for completing overhaul of Mi-8 helicopters. Despite posting out of a large number of trained technicians and all round shortage of spares, he took up the challenge and infused in his men the required sense of purpose and motivated them to successfully complete the task for the year on time. In the year 1990-91, the officer had to contend with the task of modifying five Mi-8 helicopters to the executive/VIP version in addition to the annual task. By streamlining production process and introducing a large number of innovations, the officer reduced the time for overhaul from 142 days to 119 days. To overcome the almost non-existent supply of hoses from abroad, he arranged for production of hoses at HAL (ND) by arranging for use of end fitting retrieved from old hoses and testing for serviceability on the free length available at the HAL Division.

He also was instrumental in getting the Durite hoses developed through indigenous source. For completing the task, he worked for extended hours almost throughout the year unmindful of personal commitments. For four months of the task year, aeroengines and Main Gear Box were not available for fitment on the helicopter. The officer overcame this hurdle by cannibalising these items from the produced helicopters to the next in line. His ingenuity and exceptional professional ability enabled the Depot to complete the task of overhaul and modification of helicopters in time.

For his unflinching devotion to duty, exceptional professional ability and astute leadership, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wg Cdr Onkar Bhattacharya.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Inderjit Singh Lamba 13128 LGSUnit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Sqn Ldr IS Lamba has been discharging the duties of the Asst Director Adventure in the Dte of Adventure of Air Headquarters.

Sqn Ldr Lamba learnt equestrian sports in NDA and excelled in the field. In 1991, he became second best rider in the country. He has been participating in all the National Horse Shows and has always been in the first three positions. At Bareilly NEC in 1990, he was adjudged the second best rider of the championship. In the 1991, Bareilly Horse Show, Sqn Ldr Lamba was first in 'ONE DAY EVENT', first in 'OPEN SHOW JUMPING' and was adjudged the 'BEST RIDER OF THE EVENT'. He has been the back bone of the Air Force Equestrian Team since 1985 and with his personal devotion and hard work, Air Force has been doing well at the national level in this field. He has trained 10 Air Force personnel in Endurance Riding and 3 Air Force personnel in Show Jumping, as a result of which 5 fully qualified Air Force personnel are available to participate in any national competition.

In addition, Sqn Ldr Lamba was also assigned with the responsibilities of Para Sailing. In this sport the officer was one of the three officers initially qualified to conduct parasailing. Due to his devotion and hard work in this field Air Force has been able to conduct this adventure sport locally in Air Force units.

For his sustained hard work and exceptional devotion and excellent performance in Equestrian Sports, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr IS Lamba.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Tushar Kanti Rath 13220 ADMUnit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Sqn Ldr Tushar Kanti Rath was commissioned in December 1972. He commenced his service career as an Air Traffic Control Officer. In October 1975 he completed Para jump Instructors Course at PTS, with distinction. Thereafter, he was an instructor at PTS for over seven years. During the tenure he logged more than 700 jumps including about 100 at night. He is among the very few who have recorded more than 200 free falls.

Sqn Ldr Rath has held numerous Instructional appointments. Notable amongst these are appointments viz. the Chief Instructor at Air Force School of Physical Fitness and Directing Staff at the Ground Duties Officer Training Faculty at Air Force Academy.

His administrative acumen and conceptual vision were high lighted during his tenure as the Senior Administrative Officer at No. 1 Staging Post, Car Nicobar in 1986-87 when he was instrumental in initiating work services of approximately 2 crores for Fighter Base Support Units in Car Nicobar and Great Nicobar.

Sqn Ldr Rath has also undergone the Basic Mountaineering Course at Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttar Kashi, the advance Mountaineering Course at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling and the Basic Winter Warfare Course at High Altitude Warfare School, Gulmarg. He was a member of the successful Air Force Mountaineering Expedition to BHARTE KUNTE and Skiing Expedition to KEDAR DOME in 1978 and earned commendation from the Chief of the Air Staff on 15 Aug 78. He was also a member of the successful Japanese Expedition to NUN in 1983 and was nominated leader of the Air Force Expedition planned in 1985.

For his determination, professionalism and distinguished service the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr TK Rath.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Satish Kumar Midha 13643 ADMUnit : Tactics and Combat Development Establishment  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Sqn Ldr Satish Kumar Midha is on the posted strength of one of the Signal Units of Air Force and is attached to TACDE since May 89. During his tenure at TACDE, Sqn Ldr Midha worked as the staff in charge of training of Master Fighter Controllers (MFC). New concept of operational combat training for fighter controllers of the IAF was initiated in Aug 89 and the task assigned to TACDE. The officer performed his task with the highest degree of dedication and professionalism.

The task called for formalising training patterns and SOPs for operational control of interceptor aircraft. Trials were conducted to arrive at the optimum format of operational training. The curriculum was finalised after extensive deliberations. The sincerity of purpose, meticulous planning and determined approach, displayed by Squadron Leader Midha, led to the successful completion of the task.

He was also instrumental in disseminating operational solutions to the operators in the field through the conduct of capsules and orientation courses. This task was carried out with the highest degree of zeal and enthusiasm.

For having worked with selfless devotion and dedication during his stay at TACDE, and for displaying professional skill of the highest order, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr SK Midha.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Janmejay Jaywant Deshmukh 14046 ADMUnit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Sqn Ldr Janmejay Jaywant Deshmukh was commissioned in Admin Branch of the Air Force on 11 Jul 75. Throughout his service the officer has made remarkable contribution in the various staff appointments he held at different levels. In recognition of his outstanding abilities, the officer was appointed as Staff Officer to an Air Officer. He served as Staff Officer to Senior Air Staff Officer Central Air Command, Air Officer-in-Charge Personnel at Air Headquarters, AOC-in-C, Central Air Command and finally the Vice Chief of Air Staff at Air Headquarters.

During his various assignments as Staff Officer, the officer has undoubtedly proved himself as an outstanding manager of the Secretariat supporting the functions of the vital office. He has displayed an uncanny ability to undertake tasks which were of utmost importance and of crucial consequences.

The officer has displayed remarkable maturity in the correct prioritisation of tasks before the Air Officer as well as coordination among various agencies in completion of the desired task. In addition, the officer has displayed excellent qualities of manmanagement and inter-personnel relationship. During the course of his duties, the officer had to interact with a large number of senior officers wherein with his courteous and tactful approach he was able to establish a rapport with the ultimate objective of task accomplishment. As the officer-in-charge of the VCAS Secretariat, the officer meticulously organised information which facilitated smooth decision making.

For his professional ability, unflinching loyalty and devotion to duty of an exceptional order, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr JJ Deshmukh.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Radhakrishnan Ayilliath 14345 AE(M)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Sqn Ldr Radha Krishnan Ayilliath was commissioned in the Air Force in Jan 76 and is presently posted at Dte of Trg at Air Headquarters.

During the last two years the major aim of training has been the improvement in quality within optimum costs and time-frame. Sqn Ldr Ayilliath's specific responsibilities in this area pertain to technical training of airmen of all trades together with the demand to increase numbers under training within existing resources.

He co-ordinated inputs from Hq Training Command, Specialist Directorates and prepared effective practical plan to meet the requirement of the Air Force. Training flowcharts for the next five years were prepared, including training wastages, projected requirements/deficiencies in specific trades.

Dove-tailing with the above, were plans to expand and rationalise the All Through Technical Training (ATT) Scheme for the seven aircraft trades without break of trained manpower to operational units. Sqn Ldr Ayilliath's analysis and knowledge of the training needs resulted in the saving of 24 weeks of training and a saving of Rs 2.6 crores per year in the All Through Technical Training.

Setting up an economic plan for future technical training of Airmen, and its modernisation, demanded changes in syllabus and scales of training aids to support it. This was achieved by Sqn Ldr Ayilliath and 12 training aid scales successfully processed with the Government.

For his professional competence, foresight and exceptional devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr R K Ayilliath.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Dharam Vir Verma 14502 ADMUnit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Sqn Ldr Dharma Vir Verma was commissioned on 16 Jun 76. He was posted to Dte. of Edn, Air HQ on 08 Dec 86 as Project Officer of the Air Force Golden Jubilee Auditorium.

Right from the start, he applied himself wholeheartedly and energetically to the task and has worked relentlessly till the completion of the project. With the help of only one Cpl Ach/GD, he has handled the entire range of tasks of the project involving coordination with various construction agencies monitoring the actual construction tasks, arranging procurement of materials, scrutinising the bills, maintaining correspondence etc. During occasions when the project bogged down due to lack of availability of material or other reasons, he used his resourcefulness in getting around the problems and through persistent follow up he was able to get the project moving. He has given accurate and timely advice regarding decisions to be taken to speed up the project. He has shown tremendous initiative, drive and imagination in anticipating problems and getting ready with possible solutions so that the project could progress without hold up. It is because of his single minded devotion, organising capacity, ability to innovate and unrelenting hard work that the project could be completed successfully. Throughout his tenure, he worked much beyond the call of duty regardless of personal comfort with the sole objective of completion of the tasks entrusted to him.

For his exceptional devotion to duty, organising capacity and relentless hard work towards successful completion of the Air Force Auditorium, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr DV Verma.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Rabindra Nath Gaur 14614 AE(L)Unit : 4 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Sqn Ldr RN Gaur is on the posted strength of an AF Station since May 1988. He is employed as Oi/c CR&SS of AN-32 and AVRO aircraft and as Oi/c Radio, Radar and Inst Labs for Avro and AN-32 aircraft. Sqn Ldr Gaur, though being an officer of the AE (L) branch has evinced keen interest in the activities of the AE (M) branch.

Sqn Ldr Gaur apart from achieving fine standards in I and II line servicing on AN-32 aircraft has also applied his technical knowledge in tackling certain problem areas in AN-32 aircraft systems, like flight data recording. Sqn Ldr Gaur indigenised the entire decoding process based on personnel Computer system with an inter-face unit to extract data from storage unit at any desired data segment, a "Commercial TV" for display and a magnetic tape cartridge for storing data of system storage unit. This system is particularly useful in a training institution for aircrew, where the pupil pilots can be debriefed and shown the vital parameters immediately after the sortie. The indigenised system resulted in a saving of Rs. two crores in foreign exchange.

Sqn Ldr Gaur modified the Attitude Interface Unit by doing away with the unreliable VG 208 and used the AGB-3K, stand by artificial horizon of Russian origin which is never used in the aircraft in its place. To match the nature of input required by the American equipment with that of the output of AGB-3K of Russian origin, an interface unit with necessary integrated circuit was developed by Sqn Ldr Gaur with the help of HAL Flight Test Centre. This interface Unit has been successfully tried on two AN-32 ac and is found to be reliable. This modification has resulted in tremendous saving in Foreign Exchange and has provided a reliable aid to negotiate weather.

For his exceptional enthusiasm, dedication to duty and positive contribution in development work resulting in considerable saving in foreign exchange, import substitution and indigenisation of technical system, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr RN Gaur.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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MWO Gnana Narayana Tammalapalli 223302 ORUnit : AFS Hyderabad  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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MWO Gnana Narayana Tammalapalli has been on the posted strength of a Helicopter Squadron since 01 Dec 85.

His vast knowledge and technical skill has been the bed rock and sheet anchor of the Squadron's maintenance activities. His personal involvement in every facet of technical activity, from formulating servicing schedules of the newly inducted aircraft and rectifying snags, has enhanced the operational efficiency of the Squadron. However, he is a strict disciplinarian in the execution of the task and does not compromise on standards and laid down procedures.

In 1986 when this Squadron was still in its infancy and was be-set with innumerable teething problems, he, drawing from his skill, experience and knowledge, was instrumental in providing able guidance in overcoming these problems and formulating safe procedures. His very presence in the Daily Servicing Section and Repair and Servicing Section itself was a motivating factor.

In the years that followed, this Squadron was involved in a number of exercises and operations that posed a multitude of technical problems. But his innovation, zest, drive and attention to details has helped the Squadron in a good stead and maintain an accident/ incident free record while maintaining its operational efficiency. The erection and deerection schedules of Mi-25 at Bombay brought out his unflagging zeal, initiative and exemplary professional skill. The erection and induction of Mi-35 to the AF Inventory at Bombay in April 1990, was yet another feather in his cap.

MWO Narayana has excelled not only in his professional duties but has also proved indispensable whenever the need to organise various functions has arisen.

For his professional excellence, exemplary sense of devotion to duty and single minded purpose of task accomplishment, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to MWO TG Narayana.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Sgt Pappula Vijaya Chandra Sekhar Reddy 651410 ORUnit : Navigation and Signals School  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Sgt Reddy PVCS is on the posted strength of an AF Station wef 03 Dec 84 and presently working at Navigation and Signals School.

In order to modernise the training aids, the station decided to modernise the DR Navigation Trainer at Navigation and Signals School. Development of an electrically operated Navigation Synthetic Trainer was considered. At this juncture, Sgt Reddy suggested the design of a microprocessor based Navigation Simulator with automated instrument operation. He developed and successfully demonstrated automated operation of Flight Instruments using borrowed microprocessor and other necessary components. The Station Commander, considering his extraordinary professional skills appointed him as Project Engineer.

Inspite of the tight schedule and very limited finance, Sgt Reddy with his undeterred will-power and hard work completed the first phase on schedule. On many occasions he worked for 18 to 20 hours a day. The progress made in the project was demonstrated to AOC-in-C, TC, and Air Officer-in-Charge Personnel, Air HQ, Sgt Reddy's personal contribution towards the success of the project was highly appreciated by them.

Subsequently, stepper motors were introduced, as driving elements for all instruments of the Simulator. This, being a new technology, involved major changes in hardware. Inspite of the lack of know how and technical infrastructure for this purpose, Sgt Reddy never lost his enthusiasm. By effectively utilising his technical skills, he successfully accomplished the task. His acumen and technical innovativeness resulted in several advantages to the service in terms of saving of money and time in this project.

Sgt Reddy through diligence, determination and ability to grasp complex technical requirements and then providing solutions has made outstanding contributions towards the rapid and satisfactory progress of this project.

For his professional competence, unique capability for innovativeness, sustained hard work and selfless devotion to the service, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Sgt Reddy PVCS.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

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Air Cmde Ashok Kumar 6042 LGSUnit : 25 Equipment Depot  Award Date 26 Jan 93 Announced 26 Jan 93
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Air Cmde Ashok Kumar, commissioned in 1960, has been an outstanding Logistics Officer. He has held important appointments in the field as well as on staff during his 32 years of service.

Air Cmde Ashok Kumar as CLMO, WAC, by his foresight and meticulous planning greatly enhanced Operational capability of the front line units which remained on alert most of the time during 1988-90. This, he achieved by timely positioning of needed spares, materials and aviation fuel at the bases, some of which were located in difficult terrain.

During Jan 90, at Srinagar, militants attacked Air Force personnel on way to their duty and killed one officer and few airmen. To provide security, 1000 DSC jawans were withdrawn from various peace stations, kitted fully with winter clothing and positioned at Srinagar at a short notice. This enormous task of kitting was completed by Air Cmde Ashok Kumar in incredibly short period of twelve hours. This achievement speaks of quick reaction capability and positive outlook of the officer.

25 ED was the first Air Force Unit to be allotted a highly advanced computer system which uses a language and environment hitherto not used in the Air Force. With his persistent efforts, as well as by motivating his team of officers, Air Cmde Ashok Kumar managed to fully utilise the computer and also brought in certain modifications to make it compatible with the Air Headquarters computer system.

For his professionalism, dedication, devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Air Cmde Ashok Kumar.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1993 Number: 

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Air Cmde Srinivas Anand Bhaskar Naidu 7230 F(P)Unit : 5 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 93 Announced 26 Jan 93
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Air Cmde SAB Naidu, VM has been commanding one of the AF Stns since 19 Dec 90. He has led this people with zeal and enthusiasm. He has been an example of true leadership and hard work to all his officers and men.

On taking over the command, he reviewed the complete Hunter aircraft fleet and initiated necessary steps to boost the serviceability. The process of Number Plating of OCU, phasing out of Ajeet aircraft and re-equipping of 2 Sqn with MiG-27 ML aircraft was very smooth mainly due to his exceptional managerial abilities and qualities of leadership.

The Wing has been hosting outstation detachments of various types of fighter aircraft for air-to-air and air-to-ground firing. On an average, about 800 fighter sorties and 45 transport/helicopter sorties were flown from this base every month. These operations were carried out unhampered due to his personal involvement and meticulous planning.

Despite short notice, for presentation of Standards to 20 and 43 Sqns, Air Cmde Naidu prepared detailed plans and organised teams to carry out various duties and tasks related to the ceremony. His planning, personal involvement and organising capabilities of high order paved the way for successful completion of all the activities connected with the ceremony.

Air Cmde SAB Naidu has displayed exemplary leadership, initiative and planning. For his distinguished service of a very high order in the best tradition of Indian Air Force, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Air Cmde SAB Naidu, VM.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1993 Number: 

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Gp Capt Koyippillil Balagangadhara Kurup 8020 AE(M)Unit : 8 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 93 Announced 26 Jan 93
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Gp Capt KB Kurup has been Chief Engineering Officer of a Wing since Sep 88. He is an outstanding Tech Officer with a brilliant academic and professional record. With his rich and varied experience, he has been able to revamp the Maint Organisation at the base. As a result, the serviceability of MiG-21 and MiG-23 Sqns at the base showed significant improvement.

By setting personal example of dedication and hard work, Gp Capt Kurup could galvanise his subordinates into a motivated and result-oriented team. During his tenure as C Eng O, the Wing bagged WAC Trophy for Best MT in 1989 and Best Wing in Maintenance in 1990 and a Sqn was adjudged Best Fighter Sqn in WAC in 1991. His foresight and planning skills resulted in smooth induction of MiG-29 ac at the base in Apr 90.

Gp Capt Kurup, with his keen initiative, single-handedly designed, developed and installed a maintenance information package which processes data not only for the field managers but also generates periodic returns for higher formations.

For his outstanding achievements and total dedication to Air Force, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt KB Kurup.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1993 Number: 

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Gp Capt Vijay Madhav Alurkar 8098 MEDUnit : Air Force Central Medical Establishment  Award Date 26 Jan 93 Announced 26 Jan 93
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Gp Capt Vijay Madhav Alurkar was commissioned on 29 Dec 1963. He has held numerous important appointments in the field as well as on staff during 30 years of service.

A very competent Medical Specialist, he was awarded commendation by AOC-in-C Training Command in 1976 for his professional competence and devotion to duty. He has published/presented one hundred and twenty scientific papers in various medical journals and conferences. This bears testimony to his relentless pursuit of academic excellence. His contribution as a member of Medical Team for evaluation of prospective Indian Cosmonauts for project Pawan is noteworthy.

Gp Capt Alurkar served with 36 Inf Div (OP PAWAN) in SRI LANKA where his presence was a great morale booster to the troops. He treated and salvaged many cases of snake bites, Pneumonia and other serious medical conditions. He extended his expertise to Civil Hospital, Trincomalee also. His work was highly appreciated by GOC of 36 Inf Div.

Gp Capt Alurkar has managed Medical and Cardiac Evaluation Centre at AFCME with crisp efficiency. His high professional acumen, diligence and devotion to duty have moulded this centre into a model which is one of the best in Armed Forces. Due to his positive attitude towards aircrew health and conservation of trained manpower, a fair number of aircrew have returned to flying assignments even after undergoing by-pass surgery.

In recognition of his excellent professional acumen and its positive application in the interest of service, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt Vijay Madhav Alurkar.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1993 Number: 

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Gp Capt Madan Mohan Joshi 8505 AE(L)Unit : Electronics and Instrumentation Training Institute  Award Date 26 Jan 93 Announced 26 Jan 93
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Gp Capt Madan Mohan Joshi has been in Command of E & ITI since 08 Jan 90. A professionally competent officer, he was commended by the CAS for his innovative exploitation of the ECCM receiver through modification. He was again commended by the CAS in 1987 for maintaining and sustaining a very high state of serviceability of technical resources continuously for two years. Earlier in 1977, he was commended by the AOC-in-C Training Command for developing innovative training aids at AFTC.

As CO of E & ITI, Gp Capt MM Joshi has ceaselessly worked and achieved significant improvements in all spheres of training activities. It was due to his perseverance that the Institute was able to set-up a large number of training/teaching aids and facilities like flight safety complex and Computer Centre.

Gp Capt MM Joshi, with sustained efforts, not only improved the quality of training but also brought about an attitudinal change amongst the trainees and instructors. The result was evident in the Institute winning overall Inter-Institute Trophy.

For his professional competence of a very high order, devotion to duty and dedication to service, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt MM Joshi.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1993 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Krishna Balakrishna Menon 9028 F(P)Unit : 505 Signal Unit  Award Date 26 Jan 93 Announced 26 Jan 93
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Gp Capt KB Menon has been the Station Commander of one of the units since 01 Aug 90. During this period the unit has maintained an unblemished record of operational efficiency.

In 1991, the main Ops Room and Radar Head had to undergo major renovation requiring the radar to be shut down for six weeks and the Ops Room shifted to the standby location. By meticulous planning, applying management techniques and close monitoring of the repair work, he was able to ensure that the functioning of the ADDC was not disrupted at any stage and that the unit was once again made fully functional in less than half the time allotted for repair work. Under his dynamic leadership, the unit was awarded many trophies and was also adjudged the Best Signal Unit in Central Air Command.

Gp Capt KB Menon revised and upgraded the training syllabi for fighter controllers to bring them in consonance with the existing operational environment. The syllabi for courses conducted at the Air Defence College were modified under his guidance and supervision and a qualitative improvement in training was achieved. As team leader for the acceptance trials of the Indra-1 radar, by his perseverance and interaction with the production agencies, he ensured that the radar was inducted only after all the desired specifications had been met in full. This was done keeping in mind the long term interests of the Air Force.

In recognition of his professional competence, dynamic leadership and astute managerial skills, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt KB Menon.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1993 Number: 

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Gp Capt Belur Ramakrishna Srinivasa Moorthy 9247 ACCTUnit : Air Force Central Accounts Office  Award Date 26 Jan 93 Announced 26 Jan 93
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Gp Capt Belur Ramakrishna Srinivasa Moorthy was commissioned on 23 Dec 64 and has handled a variety of important assignments.

During his tenure at AFCAO from 198689, with sheer determination and foresight, he evolved a strategic plan to bring down the incidence of audit objections and speeded up the settlement of non-effective accounts of service personnel. With his untiring perseverance he brought down the audit objections significantly and reduced the outstanding non-effective cases of Airmen and NCs(E). In addition, he reviewed and got audited 1.3 lacs IRLA and remitted the credit balances.

In July 91, there were bills worth Rs. 60.80 crores for the period 1960-61 to 1991-92 pending for settlement by various agencies like Central Govt. Ministries, State Govts. etc., towards cost of airlift provided by IAF. A drive for collection of dues supported by MOD was initiated. For this, Gp Capt Moorthy identified the outstanding bills, against each of the 106 agencies within four days. He accomplished this task with single mindedness of purpose. He forwarded 4000 bills to the concerned agencies in shortest possible time. With his professional competence, organising ability and liaison with MOD, Dte of Ops (T&M) and audit, he could clear most of the doubts raised by the user agencies. This resulted in settlement of bills of over Rs. 51.08 crores.

For exceptional tenacity of purpose, resultoriented approach and professional acumen, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt BRS Moorthy.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1993 Number: 

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Gp Capt Subhash Bhojwani 9734 F(P)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 93 Announced 26 Jan 93
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Gp Capt Bhojwani, commissioned in IAF on 16 Oct 65, has held various responsible appointments including Chief Instructor at FIS, CO of two front line fighter squadrons, DS at College of Air Warfare and at DSSC and Chief Operations Officer.

The officer had the distinction of commanding two front line fighter squadrons, both operating MiG-21 aircraft in the operational training role in the Eastern Sector. He ensured a high standard of training and discipline and the squadrons displayed a perfect Flight Safety record. It was due to Gp Capt Bhojwani's leadership that, in Jan 87, when a sudden need arose, the squadron shifted smoothly to the operational role and deployed to a non-flying FBSU in the Western Sector and was declared battle-ready in a matter of 24 hours.

In Sep 88, Gp Capt Bhojwani was posted as COO at a premier IAF base. Displaying a rare combination of academic and practical insight, he helped further streamline the operational potential of the station, with particular emphasis on the integration of the two new SAGW systems introduced into service at that time. He carried out a fresh threat assessment for the Extended BADZ which led to the redeployment of MOFs. Subsequent exercises proved the efficacy of the new deployment.

A significant contribution of Gp Capt Bhojwani has been in updating the existing personnel policies, and making them more comprehensive. The complete overhaul of the policy on operational augmentation of manpower in the event of hostilities, introduction of computerised leave returns for all officers of the service, so as to ensure prompt auditing and payment of retirement benefits and carrying out in-depth studies in the area of manpower planning and their training are examples of this officer's initiative and attention to details.

For distinguished service of a very high order and devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt S Bhojwani.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1993 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Ashok Vishwanath Bhagwat 12218 F(P)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 93 Announced 26 Jan 93
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Wg Cdr Ashok Bhagwat was posted to the Dte of ASR on 04 Jan 90. He was tasked with a number of major schemes involving fighter aircraft, the most important of which were the oft-publicised AJT Project and the lesser known, but equally important, BTT project.

Wg Cdr Bhagwat, charged with revitalising the stagnating AJT project, undertook his task in a pragmatic fashion. After meticulously researching the background, the officer was able to suggest novel methods on how the project should be handled. These required the officer's professional application, a clear understanding of the fundamental issues and an exhaustive preparation of the subjectmatter. When the RRM decided that a Secretary-level Committee suggest an optimal solution, the DCAS inputs for the Committee were provided by Wg Cdr Bhagwat. The officer once again carried out an indepth appraisal; a sheer testimony to his perseverance. That this major project now stands poised for a decision is primarily on account of the very considerable time and effort devoted to it by Wg Cdr Bhagwat.

The BTT project, on the other hand, was a completely different challenge for this conscientious officer. Unable to proceed on account of the critical economic situation, he suggested an innovative approach. The suggestion was accorded requisite approval and mainly as a result of Wg Cdr Bhagwat's initiative the project is to commence shortly.

The complex task of updating the MiG-21 engaged the attention of Wg Cdr Bhagwat to such an extent that he was singled out to represent the IAF at an important joint meeting in the Soviet Union. He has critically examined & large volume of soviet documents and has made a number of constructive suggestions.

Wg Cdr Bhagwat's keenness to advocate new concepts, his thoroughly professional approach, logical reasoning, analytical mind and imaginative ideas, have infused fresh life into projects which were making little headway.

For the afore-said attributes, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wg Cdr AV Bhagwat.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1993 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Krishanvir Singh Yadav 12444 AE(M)Unit : 3 Base Repair Depot  Award Date 26 Jan 93 Announced 26 Jan 93
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In addition to the task of overhaul of aerongines, Wg Cdr Yadav was actively involved in calendar life extension of AI-20 'M' Naval aero-engines, TBO life extension of AI-20 'D' aero engines and modification on AN-12 aero-engines for use on AN-32 aircraft. Recommendations given by the Depot based on the work carried out by Wg Cdr Yadav were instrumental in extension of calendar life and TBO of these aero-engines.

For the technical competence, innovativeness, ability to motivate and total devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wg Cdr KS Yadav.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1993 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Koshy Zachariah 12657 DENTUnit : 1 Air Force Dental Center  Award Date 26 Jan 93 Announced 26 Jan 93
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Gp Capt Koshy Zachariah has been in Command of 1 Air Force Dental Centre from 02 Apr 90 to 17 May 92 The last 30 years of Gp Capt Koshy Zachariah's service had been exemplified by his brilliant academic and professional achievements. He was especially selected as a Research Pool Officer under Director General Armed Forces Medical Services, the first Dental Officer to earn this distinction. He not only has a large number of research projects of high standard to his credit but was solely responsible for activating research activities in Army Dental Corps and Dental Branches of Navy and Air Force. As Commanding Officer, Air Force Dental Centre, Jalahalli, he planned and set up a new Dental Centre, which saw some outstanding and innovative ideas in concept of Dentistry and its delivery system and is cited as a model of modern day Dental Health Care. He was singularly instrumental in formulating and executing the training of para-dental staff which culminated in the award of recognition to AF Dental Establishment by Dental Council of India.

He has introduced the concept of multidisciplinary approach in patient management. Due to availability of highly advanced and latest professional expertise, Air Force Dental Centre, Palam has come to be recognised as one of the best in the Services and country as well as attained the distinction of being a referral centre.

Gp Capt Koshy Zachariah within a short period has initiated and successfully completed modernisation of three surgeries with latest state of the art equipment. The Dental laboratory has been up-dated and equipped to deliver bio-compatible metal castings latest in the world today. With his initiative, a computer facility has been added with development of soft ware for patient data, Dental Health Statistics, inventory control, patient appointment and recall system. All these have elevated the unit to a position of pre-eminence among the service Dental Centres in the country.

For his distinguished service of very exceptional order, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt Koshy Zachariah.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1993 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Kotha Hemachandra Babu 12883 AE(M)Unit : DRDO  Award Date 26 Jan 93 Announced 26 Jan 93
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Wg Cdr KH Babu, a post-graduate in Metallurgical Engineering was commissioned in IAF in Jul 71. He has held important appointments connected with the maintenance of aircraft as well as SAGW. For his contribution towards the improvement of maintenance and operational aspects of SAM-3 Technical Flight, he was awarded the Chief of the Air Staff Commendation in Aug 86.

Wg Cdr Babu has been working as Project Manager (Warheads) in Project Prithvi since Jan 89. He coordinated development, fabrication and testing of Pre-fragmented Monolithic Warhead for Prithvi. He contributed significantly in the design and development of Bomblet Submunition Warheads which are in advance stage.

The recovery of engine parts of Prithvi from Sea Bed was vital to carryout post flight review of PO8 Flight trial. This task of recovery was assigned to Wg Cdr Babu. The officer meticulously planned the recovery operation along with a team of divers from Eastern Naval Command. The officer went to SHAR centre and executed the recovery operation. The entire operation was successfully conducted in one week's time.

Contribution of Wg Cdr Babu to the training of Artillery Officers and Jawans in carrying out Prithvi Drills is outstanding. He wrote Combat Drill Manuals in consultation with the designers which helped the Artillery Team to carryout the Missile Preparation Drills smoothly and efficiently.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to the Project, the devotion and dedication shown, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wg Cdr KH Babu.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1993 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Gautam Nayyar 13024 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 93 Announced 26 Jan 93
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Wg Cdr G Nayyar is on the posted strength of a Wing wef 23 Oct 89 and is employed as SE (M).

Wg Cdr Nayyar has been instrumental in improving and sustaining the serviceability of MiG-21 Bis fleet at this base. This he could achieve with dedicated effort and technical insight. Further, five AOG aircraft which were on ground for over two years, were also recovered during this period. As the Station Maintenance Safety Officer, he carried out regular checks of maintenance activities and also implemented some innovative ideas. A larger percentage of MT vehicles at this base are of vintage models. The maintenance of these is extremely difficult due to poor supply of spares from FOD and limited resources in the local market. Inspite of these constraints, Wg Cdr G Nayyar, by his perseverance and innovative skill has been able to achieve a high standard of MT serviceability.

The officer is trained abroad on certain type of bombs. These bombs were acquired by the IAF in the early eighties, primarily for use on Ajeet ac. Due to phasing out of Ajeets from the service, these bombs have been rendered surplus to the inventory. A service paper was submitted by Wg Nayyar recommending the use of these bombs on the MiG Variants. On the basis of the service paper submitted by Wg Cdr G Nayyar, trials have successfully been conducted by ASTE and the stores cleared for use on the MiG Variants. This achievement is considered very significant.

For his technical insight, extraordinary performance and valuable contribution to the service, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wg Cdr Nayyar.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1993 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Raj Kamal Shrivastav 13352 MEDUnit : Armed Forces Medical Sciences  Award Date 26 Jan 93 Announced 26 Jan 93
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Wg Cdr Raj Kamal Shrivastav was commissioned in Army Medical Corps on 27 March 1973 and has been permanently seconded to the Air Force. Wg Cdr Shrivastav has been posted to the Office of the Director General Armed Forces Medical Services (DGAFMS) since 5th August 1989 and has been holding the crucial and sensitive appointment of DADG (P) primarily dealing with the personnel matters of all medical, dental and nursing officers of the three services including handling and processing of court cases and statutory complaints. He has carried out his duties with thoroughness and admirable dedication. While dealing with the statutory complaints or writ petitions, he has displayed maturity, rationality and objectivity of the highest order. It has been largely due to his diligent staff work that most of these complaints or writ petitions have been decided fairly and justly thereby enhancing the prestige and credibility of the Corps. Wg Cdr Shrivastav has through his conscious and meticulous approach been able to formulate the seniority list of the AMC Officers of the three services in the rank of Lt Col. & its equivalent in other two services.

For his distinguished service of an exceptional order, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wg Cdr Raj Kamal Shrivastav.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1993 Number: 

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