Vishist Seva Medal Awardee List


A total of 1451 Awards are listed.
Vishist Seva Medal : 1451 |
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WO Govind Singh Rana 265157 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 00 Announced 26 Jan 00
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265157 Warrant officer Govind Singh Rana Weapon Fitter was enrolled on 19 Jan 65 as a Weapon Fitter in the IAF. He is presently WO I/c Squadron workshop. As a worker he is thoroughly devoted to his task and has excelled in his profession, consistently producing output of the highest quality.

With his creative ideas, talent and excellent improvisation skills he has made many innovations in the unit. He, on his own initiative, has foraged in the salvage and fabricated from junk various trolleys, servicing equipment, tools, a mechanical floor scrubber for the hangar, bombing pod spigots, recce POD loading trolley and a stereoscope, thus saving valuable financial resources. He has set a full-fledged workshop in the Squadron and being an excellent painter, he has designed the Squadron crest besides numerous painting jobs. During Vayu Shakti 99, he was instrumental in making the target area model in front of the grand stand. On numerous occasions Warrant Officer Rana has been called upon to take up jobs at odd hours. He has accepted these assignments as challenges and completed them to perfection in record time.

For his distinguished service, of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Warrant Officer GS Rana.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2000 Number: 

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WO Gurdev Singh Parhar 271228 ORUnit : AFS Hakimpet  Award Date 26 Jan 00 Announced 26 Jan 00
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271228 Warrant Officer Gurdev Singh Parhar Weapon Fitter is on the posted strength of Air Force Station Hakimpet wef 01 Jul 96 and has been deployed as Warrant Officer incharge Station Armament Section. He is also WO i/c for Armament Exercises for pilots' courses at Sarmat Range.

Warrant Officer Parhar possess excellent knowledge of his job and related functions and is an exceptional performer who translates his knowledge into practice. During air armament exercise of 160 PC in Mar 98, when aircraft No. W-1765 developed a defect of inadvertent release of rockets from MARS-4 rocket pod, making the Armament Exercise futile, WO Parhar with analytical mind involved himself in defect rectification and found that the rocket pod had developed residual voltage due to the fault in the Junction Box. He associated himself with the Polish team and incorporated a modification in PUS cases of all the aircraft, by which the residual voltage was eliminated, resulting in smooth and proper release of rockets from rocket pods.

Warrant Officer Parhar displays tremendous foresight in anticipating work needs and ability to marshal available resources. Due to this quality he was able to make quantity 44 Light Series Bomb Carriers (LSBC) serviceable from the total of 64 unserviceable vintage LSBC, which were made available for bombing practice of 161 PC. This shows his tremendous ability to ensure optimum utilisation of resources and achieve high productivity.

During the last Armament Exercise, due to his meticulous planning and continuous monitoring of the progress, he could ensure that the down time of aircraft was kept at minimum, which resulted in smooth and efficient conduct of Air Armament Exercise without any incident/accident.

For the total dedication to duty, superb professionalism and exemplary work in marshalling the available resources for optimum utilisation, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Warrant Officer GS Parhar.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2000 Number: 

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WO Gopal Krishnan Nair 287698 ORUnit : 1 Air Force Band  Award Date 26 Jan 00 Announced 26 Jan 00
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WO GK Nair was trained on 'Bass' and subsequently gained proficiency in almost all the Band instruments. With his innovative ideas, he has composed innumerable tunes, which are currently being played by all Air Force Bands and even Bands of other Services. Meticulous planning, effective guidance and close monitoring abilities shown by WO GK Nair has brought laurels to the No. 1 Air Force Band. WO GK Nair has been a great source of inspiration and guidance to all the Bands in and around Bangalore. This includes the MEG Band, BSF Band and Police Band etc. Under the able guidance of WO GK Nair, No. 1 AF band has played a leading role in the Graduation Parades of officers and Passing Out parades of Airmen of all training establishments. Apart from this he has led the No. 1 Air Force Band in Republic Day, Beating Retreat and other ceremonial functions of National importance. On all the occasions, the No. 1 AF Band has proved a cut above the other Bands and has been appreciated by various dignitaries.

He has participated in all the Inter-Services Band competitions held at Delhi and earned appreciation from all. The very fact that he was selected to participate in the Royal Tournament Music Fete held at London (UK) in July 95 speaks volumes of his capabilities. He has successfully blended Indian music with Western classical. His approach to his subordinates has been very humane and has motivated them to perform with total enthusiasm at all times.

For his unwavering devotion to duty, supreme loyalty, unflinching determination and sound professionalism, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to WO GK Nair.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2000 Number: 

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Cpl Sanwar Mal 765828 ORUnit : No.114 Helicopter Unit  Award Date 26 Jan 00 Announced 26 Jan 00
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765828 Corporal SANWAR MAL Engine Fitter

765828 Corporal Sanwar Mal Eng/Fit is on the posted strength of a Helicopter Unit in the Northern Sector with effect from 26 Jul 97.

On 26 Mar 98, one helicopter experienced engine flame out at Sonam helipad. Cpl Sanwar Mal was in the team of gritty technicians who carried out the daunting and herculean task of the first ever engine change at the highest helipad in the world. Subsequently, the unit was tasked by Air HQ to retrieve the engine and Cpl Sanwar Mal was detailed as the leader of the two-member team with the imposing task of dismantling the engine for it to be flown back.

The mission required him to undergo the strenuous Siachen Battle School Course, which he did with a lot of zeal and enthusiasm. After the successful completion of the Course, he duly took on the challenge of reaching the destination by the land route which required night halt at various glacier posts for acclimatisation. During his stay at the shell prone Khanda post Cpl Sarwar Mal maintained his composure and exhibited a high level of maturity which boosted the morale of his junior partner.

At Sonam, braving the inclement weather, problems due to insufficient oxygen and disregarding the threat to his life due to heavy enemy fire, Cpl Sanwar Mal displaying the qualities of a great soldier accomplished the task assigned to him in record time. The first Indian Air Force personnel to spend four nights at the highest helipad in the world, Cpl Sanwar Mal was evacuated after the initial symptoms of HAPO.

For his unflinching devotion to duty and for rendering distinguished service of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Cpl Sanwar Mal.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2000 Number: 

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Cpl Sarvesh Kumar 766642 ORUnit : No.114 Helicopter Unit  Award Date 26 Jan 00 Announced 26 Jan 00
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766642 Corporal Sarvesh Kumar Eng/Fit is on the posted strength of a Helicopter Unit, in the Northern Sector since 22 Jan 98.

Helicopters of the unit are operating continuously on the extremes of their flight envelope resulting in heavy structural loads to frequent aero engine snags. Cpl Sarvesh with his sound professional knowledge and keen sense of involvement has contributed immensely in maintaining a high aircraft serviceability in the unit.

On 26 Mar 98, a helicopter experienced engine flame out at Sonam helipad and successful engine change was carried out subsequently. The unit was tasked by Air HQ to retrieve the engine for further investigation. Cpl Sarvesh was detailed as a member of the two man team with the gigantic task of dismantling the engine at Sonam for it to be flown back.

Showing keen interest, Cpl Sarvesh successfully completed the tough Siachen Battle School Course before he could be inducted into the Glacier via the land route which involved night halts at several posts including the shell prone Khanda post.

Displaying nerves of steel and maintaining his composure at all times, Cpl Sarvesh is one of the two first IAF personnel to spend four nights at Sonam, the highest operational helipad in the world. His untiring efforts and valuable assistance to his senior partner enabled them to complete the imposing task despite sub-zero temperature, lack of oxygen and threat to life due to enemy fire.

For his unflinching devotion to duty and for having rendered distinguished service of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Cpl Sarvesh Kumar.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2000 Number: 

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Air Cmde Romesh Chander Kakar 11481 AE(L)Unit : RCPO  Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Air Commodore Romesh Chander Kakar (11481) AE (L) was commissioned on 01 Jan 1968 in the Engineering branch of the IAF. He has since held several important Staff and Command appointments including those of the Commanding Officer of a Tropo Communication Station and Deputy Director in an Inter Service Organisation Defence Image Processing and Analysis Centre (DIPAC). He has also undergone Tropo Communication Course from USA, Post-graduation (M Tech) in Electronics & Electrical Communication Engineering from IIT, Kharagpur, Air Staff Course from Defence Service Staff College and Senior Defence Management Course from College of Defence Management, Secunderabad.

While the task of setting up an Air Defence Ground Environment System (ADGES) for the IAF was first initiated by RCPO in the early 1970s, the officer, as a young Flight Lieutenant, played a significant role in establishing and testing the communication links of Stage I & II of the ADGES plan. While at DIPAC, the officer was the Chief Coordinator in drawing up comprehensive details of the facilities to be established and in obtaining the CCS sanction for the same. In his current tenure at RCPO, as the Chief Systems Engineer, he has successfully managed to speed up the implementation of a series of important projects. An Automatic Control and Reporting Centre (Auto CRC), under development for a number of years, has been put to operational use, overcoming some of the long-persisting problems. Five new digital Line-of-Sight (LOS) links have been set up in the Northern Sector. A two KW digital tropo link has been integrated in the overall ADGES communication network using DIGITAL Cross Connect (DCC) and Trans Mux. As a result of his clear vision and a highly focussed approach, orders for an inter-services project of a high level of complexity have been placed in record time of just five months from the start of the project.

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

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2001 Number: 

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Air Cmde Mohan Lal Verma 11708 ACCTUnit : Air Force Group Insurance Society  Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Air Commodore Mohan Lal Verma (11708) Accts was commissioned on 23 Jun 1968 and is presently working as Director, Air Force Group Insurance Society since 29 Jun 1998. During his service career the Air Officer has held many important appointments like Command Accounts Officer, Deputy Director Financial Planning, Senior Accounts Officer of Major flying Bases. He has also served as Chief Instructor in Nigeria in Accounts Faculty. He is law graduate and graduate of College of Defence Management. For his devotion to duty and distinguished service he has been commended twice by AOC-in-C and once by Chief of Air Staff.

As Director AFGIS, the officer has the onerous responsibility of providing insurance cover for the entire personnel of the Indian Air Force. After taking over as Director AFGIS, he introduced proactive managerial strategies to ensure recovery of dues from Non-Performing Assets. Vigorous, innovative and multi pronged strategies adopted by the Air Officer resulted in recovery of a sum of Rs. 30 crore, which has not only reduced the non-performing assets but also enhanced the earnings of the Society. To intensify efforts in this direction, he constituted a recovery team, which has further improved the results in this Key Result Area. Simultaneously, necessary shift in the investment strategy was carried out in keeping with the times.

Introduction of schemes for Computer loans, conveyance loans and liberalisation of House Building Advance by the society under his direction not only ensured safety of funds but also enriched the quality of life and satisfaction level of all Air Force personnel. With exemplary professionalism, foresight and commitment, he not only revised various ongoing welfare schemes but also successfully devised and launched Post Retirement Insurance Scheme-99 for retired personnel. He also undertook the task of revising the IAFP 3601-Administration and Management of Air Force Group Insurance Society for the benefit of all the serving as well as retired personnel.

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

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2001 Number: 

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Gp Capt Jayanta Kumar De 12250 MEDUnit : CHAF  Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Group Captain Jayanta Kumar De (12250) Med was commissioned on 21 Nov 1969. After serving in various Air Force units, he was selected to undergo specialisation in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, which he completed with Flying colours in 1977. He has served in almost all Air Force Hospitals as a Gynaecologist of repute. Recognising his professional competence, he was handpicked to become a reader in the Deptt. of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the prestigious Armed Forces Medical College, Pune from 1989 to 1994. For his devotion to duty and professional commitment, he was awarded Commendation by the CAS in 1980 and by AOC-in-C, TC IAF in l996.

Group Captain De was posted to CHAFB in Oct 94, where as Head of Deptt. of Gynaecology, he spearheaded modernisation of antenatal gynaecological care by incorporating new equipments and technique. With single-minded determination he persued the setting up of fertility clinic and was responsible for bringing joy into the life of many hitherto childless parents. This achievement was attained with the available resources, which is creditable considering the cost involved in starting and running fertility clinics. Being a dedicated teacher he headed the Academic and Training Deptt of CHAFB, Bangalore and due to his relentless persuasion of the Karnataka University authorities, recognition for post-graduate training to CHAFB was restored. This effort has had far reaching benefits and has paid rich dividends by the way of training many specialists of all discipline for the Armed Forces. Despite many odds he has succeeded in delivering excellent professional gynaecological care to his patients, which has made him as one of the most sought-after gynecologists in the Armed Force today.

For his various meritorious achievements that have resulted in far reaching benefits to many defence personnel and their families and for distinguished service of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Jayanta Kumar De.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2001 Number: 

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Gp Capt Narayanan Vijayakumar 12725 ACCTUnit : Training Command  Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Group Captain Narayanan Vijayakumar (12725) Accts was commissioned in IAF on 26 Jun 71 and on that occasion was awarded CAS Medal, Best All-rounder Trophy and the President's Plaque for Best Officer trainee. Since then the officer held several important and varied appointments in his career. He has been commended earlier by the CAS and AOC-in-C. He has authored many papers and has developed a number of softwares on Public Fund and Non-public Fund subjects for the benefit of officers posted to field Units. The officer was additionally tasked by Air HQ on the Revision of AF Officers Appraisal System, where he was the team leader during 95-98. His revised designs of the Appraisal System were implemented in IAF with effect from Jan 98. The officer is highly qualified academically and professionally and is sought regularly as a guest speaker in many AF Training Institutions.

Since his posting as C Accts O to HQ TC with effect from 17 Jun 98, Gp Capt N Vijayakumar has been excelling in each area of his function. He took a large number of measures to closely monitor the state of management accounting of Non-Public Funds. As a result, there has been significant improvement in this generally weak area of administration. He streamlined the budgetary control system on locally controlled heads and ensured availability of sufficient funds to all Stations/Units. He was instrumental in introducing an effective monitoring system for the AOC-in-C on the delegation of financial powers exercised by the Staff officers at HQ TC. A noteworthy achievement is his compilation of all accounting rules, regulations and procedures on ATG, which have been issued to all Training Institutions for guidance and adherence.

Gp Capt N Vijayakumar personally designed and implemented the LAN for admin branch at HQ TC. Another significant performance by the officer is the achievement of a record lowest figure of outstanding audit objections for Training Command for AAC 9899 which was possible due to his close interaction with all audit agencies and relentless pursuit of a number of cases with the audit and Air HQ. In the management of Command Welfare Fund, he devised newer methods of budgeting, processing of applications for grants, control of expenditure and made available more funds of welfare measures to stations. As PMC of the Command Officers' Mess during the past one year, he has supervised the renovation of various facilities and has successfully planned and organised major parties, important functions and VVIPvisits in the Mess.

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

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2001 Number: 

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Gp Capt Narendra Kumar Upadhyay 12779 F(P)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Group Captain Narendra Kumar Upadhya YSM (12779) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the IAF on 12 Jun 1971. A graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, the officer has successfully commanded a Helicopter Unit and an Air Force Station. He has led an IAF Peace Keeping contingent to Somalia in 199394 for which he was awarded the 'Yudh Seva Medal'.

He was appointed Joint Director Operations (Helicopters) on 13 Sep 99. The officer's tenure has been marked by meticulous attention to his work requirements. In the post Kargil scenario, the air logistic task of the helicopter fleet in Siachen and Kargil sectors had increased exponentially. By skilful marshalling and optimisation of resources he was instru mental in smooth execution of an all time high tonnage of 8545 tons during 1999-2000, which ensured that our tactical posture in these sectors was not compromised for want of rations, stores and ammunition. He has competitively handled the procurement of a new helicopter variant from inception to the signing of the contract. The officer has also been responsible for initiating several cases like night upgrade of Mi-35s and extreme cold weather clothing, which have led to overall effectiveness of the helicopter fleet. His efforts towards induction of ALH, additional Cheetahs and upgradation of the existing Mi-17 fleet have also been praiseworthy. Through proper planning, initiative and foresight, the officer was able to ensure timely induction of IAF peace keeping contingent to Sierra Leone.

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

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2001 Number: 

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Gp Capt Ajit Singh 13147 F(P)Unit : 16 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Group Captain Ajit Singh (13147) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned as a pilot on 24 Jun 1972 in the Flying branch of the IAF. While serving with a front-line fighter squadron he was commended by the Chief of Air Staff in 1991 for adept handling of an in-flight emergency at night and again in 1993. He has held the appointments of Commanding Officer of a fighter squadron, Command Flight Safety and Inspection Officer and Deputy Director Intelligence (Liaison) at Air Headquarters. He is a qualified Cat A-2 Flying Instructor, Instrument Rating Instructor and Examiner and a graduate of the Defence Services' Staff College and College of Combat.

Gp Capt Ajit Singh was appointed Chief Operations Officer of a fighter air base in the Eastern Sector on 30 Mar 1998. With his vast experience in the Eastern Region, he was able to appreciate various nuances of flying operations in this area very quickly. He undertook the task of improving the flying environment and support services at the base and achieved commendable results. He put his innovative skills to good use and suggested a modification to the Mechanical Runway Sweeper to quick dry the Arrester Barrier net during monsoons. With this modification, the time taken for resumption of flying operations after heavy rains has reduced drastically. Additionally, he undertook a review of all orders/instructions pertaining to operations. His suggestions have helped streamline procedures and in creation of a healthy and safe flying environment.

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

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2001 Number: 

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Gp Capt Raghbir Singh Sandhu 13174 AE(M)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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During his tenure as JD Eng B, with systematic planning, close supervision and extraordinary foresight, Gp Capt Sandhu ensured a high serviceability state of the IAF Chetak/Cheetah helicopters, Avro HS-748, Dornier fleets. The Chetak/ Cheetah fleet, in particular, has had an average serviceability figure of more than 80% during the last two years. During the same period, a number of prolonged AOG in respect of Avro and Dornier aircraft have also been recovered, mainly through personal monitoring and timely provisioning and AOG clearances. Also, with a view to improve the availability of Dornier aircraft in Squadrons, the challenging task of setting up Dornier aircraft servicing facilities at a BRD was actively pursued by him, and the requisite TTGE/spares were expeditiously made available to this BRD. Servicing of the first Dornier aircraft was thus successfully completed by the BRD in May 2000. In his previous tenure as the Chief Engineering Officer at a fighter base from Jun 1996 to May 1998, he ensured a high state of serviceability availability of MiG-27 aircraft in the squadrons. As a result Squadron could achieve an enhanced flying task. During the tenure, the Base was awarded the "Best Maintenance Wing Trophy" by the Command Headquarters for both the years, 1997 and 1998.

Gp Capt Sandhu has been a dynamic AE officer throughout his carrier in the IAF. His outstanding performance has been a way of life with him from the beginning, as shown by his previous achievements. He has been earlier commended by the AOC-in-C HQ WAC, IAF in 1993 and by the CAS in 1994.

For his unflinching devotion to duty, professional competence and distinguished service of an exceptional order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Raghbir Singh Sandhu.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2001 Number: 

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Gp Capt Naresh Verma 13235 ADMUnit : AFS Yelahanka  Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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As Chief Administrative Officer of Air Force Station Yelahanka, Gp Capt N Verma was extensively involved in the conduct of the prestigious international aerospace exposition Aero India-98. He was entrusted with various challenging responsibilities including planning, construction and maintenance of infrastructural facilities, security and crowd management, Fire Fighting and safety arrangements and beautification of the exhibition area. He was also involved in extensive co-ordination with various State Government agencies, MOD and PSUs. Despite the enormous responsibilities associated with providing admin support to this premier training base, Gp Capt N Verma, by his exceptional professional competence, indefatigable enthusiasm, conceptual skill and untiring efforts achieved all tasks assigned to him to perfection. His contribution proved to be one of the decisive factors in the resounding success of this much acclaimed air show.

Gp Capt N Verma was the first Director of Air Force Auditorium, New Delhi. Starting from a scratch and with sustained efforts he not only made it a sound financial venture but also a pride of IAF.

During his tenure as C Adm O of a fighter Base the officer was responsible for the acquisition of land for Diu airfield. With his untiring concerted efforts, the Herculean tasks connected with the acquisition of land, liaison with State Administration officials, tactful dealings with the private land owners of Diu, approx. 450 Kms away from the parent Base resulted in the completion of the proceedings in a record time. He also significantly contributed in the completion of various projects such as ACMI and resurfacing of Runways systems. His dedicated efforts resulted in improving the operations and flight safety of this premier fighter Base.

For his consistent high performance, relentless spirit of achievement and distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Naresh Verma.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2001 Number: 

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Gp Capt Rajiv Sharma 13299 AE(L)Unit : 4 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Group Captain Rajiv Sharma (13299) AE (L) was commission in the Aeronautical Branch on 01 Jan 73. He has held the appointments of Assistant Director Signals (Air) and Assistant Director Plan ADGES at Air Headquarters, Senior Engineer (Electronics) at two premier air bases and Head of Faculty (Electronics) at Air Force Technical College. An outstanding officer, he has done post graduation from IIT, Kanpur and Staff Course at Defence Services Staff College Wellington. In 1987, he was selected to undergo a course abroad on LUCH74 Flight Data Recorder (FDR) system. Presently, he is working as Chief Engineering Officer at a flying Base since 22 Oct 98. At this Base the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) analysis system was unserviceable since installation, which could not be rectified by specialists also. In 1994, Gp Capt R Sharma was entrusted the repair of FDR system. Using his innovative ideas and experience, he successfully repaired the equipment by using Indian components. This resulted in a saving of Rs. 27 lakhs.

The officer, with his wide outstanding planning ability and close monitoring of aircraft servicing activities, has reduced aircraft servicing time to the minimum, increasing the availability of aircraft for operations. During the recent operation 'Safed Sagar' the serviceability of both IL-76 and AN-32 aircraft fleet was maintained consistently over eighty per cent. During 1999, he success fully got two armament modifications completed on AN-32 and IL-76 aircraft. These modifications have made the practice bombing from AN-32 and IL-76 fleets most cost effective. Gp Capt R Sharma, with his innovative brain, has successfully developed Indian substitute of Russian aircraft washing machine and aircraft toilet cleaner by undertaking local design and fabrication work. His indigenisation drive and innovative ideas have resulted in saving of approximately Rs. 54 lakhs during last one year. He is an extremely meticulous and highly cost conscious officer. The high maintenance stands set by him as CEO are commendable which have been brought the 'Best in Maintenance' trophy to his Station.

For devotion to duty and distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Rajiv Sharma.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2001 Number: 

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Gp Capt Arabind Mohanty 13414 LGSUnit : South Western Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Group Captain Arabind Mohanty (13414) Lgs was commissioned in the IAF in the Logistics Branch on 14 Jul 1973. He has had varied experience in logistics functioning, having two tenures as SLO of major Air Force flying bases. He also had tenure in the personnel branch tasked to look after Logistics, Education and Medical Officers. He is a graduate from the Defence Services Staff College. Presently, he is Chief Logistics and Maintenance Officer (CLMO) at a Command HQ. Prior to taking over the present assign ment, he successfully commanded 31 MCU, which looks after the bulk of Air Force imports and exports.

As CLMO of this operational Command, the first task beset was to make smooth arrangements for shifting of all the Air Force equipment to a new location as well as to establish the logistics infrastructure at this location from a scratch. This task was accomplished in a smooth and meticulous manner.

The Command HQ organised the biggest Air Show and defence Exhibition as a part of Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the nation in Mumbai in 1998. Gp Capt A Mohanty was coordinator for the Air Show and the Exhibition and responsible for movement of stores and allied arrangements from distant Air Force bases in the country. The Mumbai Air Show was accepted as one of the grand shows in recent memory. Air Force Displays were completed in exemplary manner and all the logistics activities connected with these two events were accomplished in a time bound and professional manner under his guidance. His innovations in providing logistics cover ensured availability of the items at the doorsteps of the users and this was possible by close pro-active logistics activities carried out at the Command HQ. During the period Jan 99 to Dec 99, 69 cases of regularisation of losses, outstanding for great lengths of time were completed with his initiative.

Displaying leadership qualities of a high order, Gp Capt A Mohanty has led by setting a high standard of personal example for his subordinates to emulate. He has a sense of pride in the profession and camaraderie amongst personnel in and around him, resulting in battling against all odds to achieve professional competence of the highest order.

For his dedicated work, sound leadership and exceptional professional competence, the Hon'ble President is pleased to Award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Arabind Mohanty.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2001 Number: 

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Gp Capt Jasvinder Chauhan 14079 F(P)Unit : 33 Signal Unit  Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Group Captain Jasvinder Singh Chauhan (14079) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Flying Branch in 11 July 75. In 25 years of distinguished service he has flown 3400 hrs on various fighter aircraft. He has commanded a fighter squadron and has been an Air Force examiner. He has also done Staff College in USA. Presently he has been posted as Station Commander at an Air Defence Director Centre (ADDC) in the Western Sector.

While Gp Capt Chauhan was in Command of the Unit, the ADDC was engaged in Op Safed Sagar as well as in several major exercises. It is to the officer's credit that in each occasion the Unit acquitted itself extremely well. His total grip on events was always obvious.

Gp Capt Chauhan's leadership and commitment have been responsible for excellent results. Some of his noteworthy achievements merit mention. This ADDC was adjudged the best ADDC in 1999. In Nov 99, DASI assessed it as "average plus" in all three disciplines i.e. Operations, Maintenance and Administration. The Unit has been fielded again for the best ADDC in the Air Force competition. In Mar 2000, Gp Capt Chauhan was tasked to establish a model camp for mobile units and prepare a SOP for the same. He did commendable job and consequently the SOP has been circulated all over the IAF for adoption as a standard. The ADDC has a number of lodger units. Each of the them, including the new INDRA-II unit, has received his full attention and support. As a result, all of them have excelled in their respective areas.

For his result oriented approach, organising ability and distinguished service of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Jasvinder Singh Chauhan.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2001 Number: 

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Gp Capt Prakul Kumar 14093 F(P)Unit : 7 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Group Captain Prakul Kumar (14093) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in flying branch on 11 July 75. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor, Pilot Armament Instructor and has over 2700 hrs of flying on fighter aircraft. He has commanded a premier strike squadron and has also been a DS at Staff College. Presently he is the Chief Operations Officer (COO) at a fighter Base in the Western Sector.

During his tenure as COO he ensured that operations continue unhindered from the Base without any compromise on standards. Due to his personal involvement to provide a conducive flying environment, during the last year and a half, the squadrons flew a total of 10544:00 hrs. During March 1999 alone, squadrons operating at the base carried out a record flying of 1170:10 hrs. His operational commitment was amply demonstrated when he ensured that all the forces were inducted smoothly for "Op Safed Sagar" and were ready to launch missions in the shortest possible frame. In a flawless manner a total of 303 sorties comprising FR, ELINT & AD Escort Missions were launched from the Base towards this operation. As Chief of Operations, not only did he co-ordinate the missions with other launch bases but also ensured mission effectiveness. He demonstrated fine judgment and decisiveness in launch and recovery of missions in marginal weather conditions, with total safety.

For his exceptional dedication to service, professionalism and distinguished service, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Prakul Kumar.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2001 Number: 

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Gp Capt Sumer Chand Gaur 14118 AE(M)Unit : AFS Bidar  Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Group Captain Sumer Chand Gaur SC (14118) AE (L) was commissioned in the IAF on 07 Jul 75. During his 25 years of distinguished career he has served in a number of operational transport and helicopter squadrons. He has also been Senior Technical Officer (STO) at the Basic Flying Training School (BFTS) and Commanding Officer of a Repair and Salvage Unit. As STO, BFTS, he was commended by the Chief of the Air Staff for ensuring high serviceability of HPT-32 aircraft. He was awarded Sharuya Chakra in 1984, for display of a high order of professionalism and courage during an in-flight emergency. Gp Capt Gaur has been the Chief Engineering Officer at Air Force Station, Bidar since 01 Sep 97. As C Eng O of this very important and very busy flying establishment, he has displayed a high degree of maturity, tact and technical expertise. His skilful handling of both men and material resulted in a steady improvement of aircraft serviceability, which rose from 40-50% in 1997 to 80-90% by end of 1998. This trend has continued to date. By personal example he established a culture of hard work and professionalism. On many occasions he was called upon to ensure servicing or rectification of unusually large number of Kiran aircraft in a limited time frame. By sheer hard work, close supervision and meticulous planning he successfully met such challenges. By innovation and perseverance he successfully modified the smoke emission system of the Surya Kiran Aerobatics Team Kiran MK-II aircraft to greatly enhance the visual effect. He also ensured a qualitative improvement in the Ground and Test Equipment of the aircraft. He was also instrumental in bringing about substantial savings by ensuring skilful retrieval or rectification of many expensive aircraft components.

For this dynamic leadership, professionalism and distinguish service of a high order, the Hon'ble President is please to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Sumer Chand Gaur SC.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2001 Number: 

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Gp Capt Tarun Kumar Varma 14273 F(P)Unit : EWR  Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Soon after taking over the range he reviewed the training syllabi, rationalised the various courses, drafted the Range Standard Operating Procedures and specified the QRs for staff and participants. These elaborate tasks required a great amount of in depth study, staff work and diligence. The officer persevered single handedly and completed various papers, which to his credit, were approved and implemented by Air HQs. During the last two and a half years the officer has conducted 15 EW Workshops, numerous EW trials and many other courses of training. He has included a number of innovative ideas to enhance EW awareness in the IAF. The officer coordinated and conducted the Air Force EW Exercise in 1999. During the exercise he proved the concepts and documented in details the lessons for future analysis.

The EW Range today has grown to great heights under the leadership of this officer. He oversaw from concept to completion the construction and operationalisation of the new Range Headquarters. It is an example of total user commitment and involvement which has resulted in the completion of a modern hi-tech Range. Thanks to his persistent involvement with the MES, the service accrued a large financial saving which was ploughed back to provide more facilities. This dynamic officer involved himself in station activity inspite of his very busy schedule. During this period he was the PMC of the Officers' Mess over seeing a major mess upgrade plan. Today the officer's mess also stands out as a symbol of his hard work.

For his great contribution to a vital yet invisible fighting arm of the Air Force and his total commitment to the service, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Tarun Kumar Varma.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2001 Number: 

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Gp Capt Mathappan Jose 14278 F(P)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Group Captain Jose Mathappan (14278) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the flying branch on 13 Dec 75. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor and a test pilot. He has commanded a Fighter Squadron and has over 3000 hrs of service flying in the fighter stream. Presently, he is Joint Director Aircraft Upgrade and has been working on the MiG-21 Bis Upgrade Programme at Air Headquarter since Jul 97.

The MiG-21 Bis Upgrade Programme involves the integration of a large number of modern avionics of Russian, Western and indigenous origin. Such a major upgrade of a combat aircraft has been attempted for the first time by the IAF. Management of this 626 million-Dollar programme had been far from smooth due to the complex interplay of numerous factors. Gp. Capt. Mathappan, through complete involvement and commitment, was able to familiarise himself with the intricate requirements of the programme in a short period of time. Even though there was no precedence or model to learn from, the officer was quick in grasping the managerial essential of the programme and identify the bottlenecks. Ever since his appointment, considerable progress has been made towards successful completion of many milestones through relentless effort and clear focus. The management task required interaction with foreign vendors and development agencies in Russia and India, to meet the time-bound requirements of the development work in Russia and for setting up the upgrade facilities at HAL (ND), concurrently. This complex task, involving a large number of varied inputs, was executed with a very small group consisting of only two officers and few airmen. All this has been possible only because of the single minded dedication and involvement of Gp Capt Mathappan, above and beyond the call of normal duty.

In recognition of his distinguished service and dedication of the highest order in the management of the MiG-21 Bis Upgrade Programme, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Jose Mathappan.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2001 Number: 

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Gp Capt Rajan Bhasin 15006 F(P)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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While commanding a front line fighter squadron, Group Capt Bhasin displayed exemplary leadership. His professional approach and direct involvement resulted in enhanced and cost effective utilisation of air effort, maintenance and administrative functions. This was evident from the AEB and DASI reports, where the Squadron was consistently assessed above the average.

Gp Capt Rajan Bhasin has been posted to Dte of Plans, Air HQ as Deputy Director from 10 May 1999. As Deputy Director he has been assigned the specific responsibility of processing the acquisition of additional Mirage and Jaguar aircraft, among other duties. In addition, he has been responsible for drawing up the IAF Capital Budget priority lists and to monitor their implementation. In the Mirage 2000 and Jaguar induction programme, despite intricacies resulting in protracted negotiations, he patiently maintained a singular focus on the prime objective. He was able to steer both the programmes to their fructification. It is because of his professional knowledge, dedicated work and deep involvement that the IAF has now been assured of the induction of these aircraft in the near future.

Although, the officer had only rudimentary knowledge of financial planning and budgeting when he joined the directorate, he worked hard to assimilate the essentials of this new discipline. To help achieve better results and use the computer as an effective monitoring tool, self-educated himself to be able to effectively exploit the computer. As a result of his dedicated and systematic approach, he was able to co-ordinate various diverse requirements of the entire spectrum of modernisation schemes.

For his hard work and distinguished service of a high order, the President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Rajan Bhasin.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2001 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Gajendra Singh 14582 AE(L)Unit : Jaguar TETTRA  Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Wing Commander Gajendra Singh (14582) AE (L) was commissioned in the Engineering branch of IAF on 05 Jul 76. He held the appointments of Senior Technical Officer of Gnat and Jaguar Squadrons and was on Staff Duties at Western Air Command Headquarters. He has been commended by AOC-in-C, Eastern Air Command in 1983 and Chief of Air Staff in 1990.

Wg Cdr G Singh was appointed as Commanding Officer of Jaguar Technical Type Training (TETTRA) School on 03 Nov 97. He has displayed exceptional managerial and organisational skills in this appointment.

A crucial Aerial Photography pod became unserviceable during OP Vijay in Jun 99. A team headed by Wg Cdr G Singh successfully repaired this pod with local resources using innovative methods. The pod has been operational since then. The repair of the pod assumes special significance in view of the recent Kargil conflict. In the event of nonrecovery of the pod, the only option before IAF would have been to approach its manufacturer in for rectification, which would have resulted in an outgo of approximately Rs. 50 lakhs in foreign exchange and would have denied the IAF its use at a crucial time.

Under his stewardship, the Jaguar TETTRA school has achieved a unique distinction in computer based training techniques. Large number of packages have been developed based upon interactive multimedia software which have made the training process very effective, absorbing and interesting, even for the lessons involving intricate and complex systems. The efforts of the Unit towards self-reliance through indegendisation of some of the testers like Rocket Pod set is also noteworthy.

For his exceptional devotion to duty and distinguished service, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Gajendra Singh.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2001 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Prabhu Dayal Gill 14739 ADMUnit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Wing Commander Prabhu Dayal Gill was commissioned In the Administrative branch on 29 Dec 76. He has held varied important appointments such as Security Officer at an Operational Base and Works officer at Command HQ. He was appointed as Camp Commandant Air Headquarters on 08 Jul 96.

As the Security Officer of Air Force Station, Ambala, he devised innovative measures for Camp Security and developed an effective liaison with the civil officials, thereby improving the overall security scenario of the flying station. With his vast experience, analytical approach and perseverance, he reviewed the entire procedure of works services in HQ Maintenance Command and ensured that field units were afforded the best Admin Services.

Soon after taking over as Camp Commandant Wg Cdr Gill undertook completion of pending tasks and quickly appreciated the quantum and nature of works requiring immediate attention. He also undertook many new schemes to improve the existing infrastructures with extreme economy and exceptional speed. Under his supervision and astute guidance, works for fire safety measures, improvement of water supply and enhancing captive power supply were completed. His personal drive and dedication has been of a very high order and have resulted in quantum improvement in the working environment and quality of life at Air HQ.

Wg Cdr Gill, with exceptional professionalism and teamwork ensured high standards in upkeep and maintenance of Vayu Bhavan complex. He was accomplished these tasks using the existing resources and an effective liaison with CPWD, without causing additional expenditure to the Government. Working well beyond the specified working hours, Wg Cdr Gill displayed exemplary devotion to duty.

For distinguished service of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Prabhu Dayal Gill.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2001 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Kiran Prabhakar Palsule 15593 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Wing Commander Kiran Prabhakar Palsule (15593) Adm/FC was commissioned in the Adm/FC branch of the IAF in Dec 1978. From the beginning of his career, Wg Cdr Palsule has displayed a high degree of professional excellence. He is Cat A Controller and a graduate of Staff College. He has been an Instructor at TACDE as well as an Inspector Air HQ ASI Team. Presently, he is commanding a Radar Unit in the Western sector.

During his tenure as the Commanding Officer, Wg Cdr KP Palsule displayed qualities of an excellent commander by leading his team during the AD exercises Chakra Vyuh and Trishul, achieving maximum number of confirmed kills as the Mini DC. During Op Safed Sagar, his Unit maintained exceptionally high serviceability of radar for operations. He ensured effective surveillance and detection of PAF UAVs in his area of responsibility so as to prevent any intrusion by the enemy. Being an experienced fighter controller he supervised the controlling of own UAVs at Jammu sector ensuring timely warnings against the enemy reactions.

Under his command the security of the Base was enhanced considerably. The Unit adopted self-help approach and carried out a large number of technical innovations and modifications, bringing about an overall improvement in the efficiency of the radar and the supporting systems. As a result, the recurring problem of power management at his Unit was solved.

For his performance and single-minded devotion, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Kiran Prabhakar Palsule.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2001 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Amit Kumar Mathur 15754 LGSUnit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Wing Commander Amit Kumar Mathur (15754) Lgs was commissioned on 15 Jun 79. A Staff College Graduate, the officer has held with distinction important and challenging assignments including SLO of a flying Base, an ED and a Signal Unit.

The officer assumed the responsibilities of DDGWM in Sep 97. His immediate concern and focus of attention was the poor spares support of Pechora system. The problem was compounded due to dwindling sources of supply ex-abroad. Having identified critical spares, the officer steadily pursued early finalisation of contracts with various inter and intra-organisational agencies. His untiring efforts have already fructified contracts for about 1250 critical spares from abroad and additional 400 lines from indigenous sources, against approximately 3800 lines of LOT indents. The procurement of these spares has made the Pechora system sustainable under present conditions. Procurement of additional Pechora missiles against life expiry in very short time is a major land mark achieved by Wg Cdr AK Mathur.

The officer is sincere, service minded and tactful. An oxidiser vehicle worth Rs. 12.7 lakhs was under C&AG audit objection for non-utilisation. The officer found out that the vehicle was still in use with a sister service. He discussed the matter with Navy at various levels and after full technical inspections Navy accepted the same. Thus a large amount was saved from being written-off by IAF and a sister service was benefited by not incurring similar expenditure on purchase of new one. The officer also meticulously planned induction of a new SAGW system. The task involved coordinating smooth handling and movement of sensitive stores from various supply agencies. Two flights of this new system are now fully operational.

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

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2001 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Sauri Kant Parhi 16111 ADMUnit : 316 Transportable Radar Unit  Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Wing Commander Sauri Kant Parhi (16111) Adm/FC has been serving in the Fighter controlling stream since 15 Jun 1980. He has been the Commanding Officer of a Transportable Radar Unit since 21 Sep 98. While commanding this highly mobile AD Radar unit, he has shown a very high degree of professionalism and leadership to marshal his limited men and material to enhance efficiency and operational status.

From May 99 to Sep 99 his unit was activated in Saurashtra and Kutch Sector for Op Rakshak and Op Punja, during which he ensured incident free long distance mobilities and uninterrupted operation from standalone sites. Numerous support equipment, vehicles etc were smoothly inducted and optimally utilised during this phase.

During his tenure the number of combat interceptions undertaken and the number of fighter controllers trained in the Unit has been increasing steadily This has perhaps made this mobile AD unit into the most active hub centre of training for outstation fighter controllers. With his high decree of professional interaction with fighter controllers and with the fighter pilots of locally based ASF squadrons, he has contributed a great deal in the evolution of various interception tactics at this base.

Leading by example, Wg Cdr SK Parhi has been able to motivate his Unit personnel, instill confidence and enthusiasm and thus formed a potent team of professionals who have continuously strived and kept a very high standard of serviceability of equipment and very high standards of operational work in the newly formed AD unit. This Unit being adjudged as the Best GCI in the command for 1999-2000 bears testimony to this fact.

For devotion to duty, professionalism, caliber and personal example of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Sauri Kant Parhi.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2001 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Madusoodanan Nair Jayakumaran Thampi 16632 F(P)Unit : Southern Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Wing Commander Madusoodanan Nair Jayakumaran Thampi (16632) was commissioned in the Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force on 11 Dec 1981. He has rendered active service in a number of front line air support transport squadrons and has flown over 4500 hours on various aircraft. He is also a Qualified Flying Instructor. Through out his service career, Wg Cdr MJK Thampi has shown exemplary devotion to duty and has been twice awarded commendation by the Chief of Air Staff in 1993 and 1995.

Since 12 May 1998 Wg Cdr MJK Thampi has been performing of the duties of Commanding Officer Southern Air Command (Unit). During his tenure as the OC (Unit), he under took the challenging task of shifting the Command Headquarters from its temporary location in Trivandrum City. He painstakingly supervised various work services and ensured their timely completion within the budgetary constraints, thus facilitating smooth relocation. This ensured that a Command became functional and operational within the shortest possible period.

While at the temporary location all Air Force personnel were being accommodated at hired/reimbursed houses in civil area. Due to Wg Cdr Thampi's tireless drive and close supervision, construction of married quarters for officers and airmen were completed in record time. Not just that but a number of other amenities were created for the welfare of the personnel and their families, which perceptibility improved the quality of life for the personnel of Southern Air command. Due to his excellent liaison work with civil administrative authorities Wg Cdr Thampi ensured timely completion of the laying of new water pipe-lines and power-lines, thereby facilitating uninterrupted power and water supply to HQ Southern Air Command and its lodger units.

Wg Cdr MJK Thampi, by his ingenuity and administrative acumen, has contributed significantly to relocation of the Command Headquarters as well as the overall improvements in the quality of life for all personnel.

For his dedication and distinguished service, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander MJK Thampi.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2001 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Naval Sabharwal 17515 LGSUnit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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On taking over this assignment, he reorganised the functioning of the cell and took care of all aspects of provisioning and procurement in the most competent and dexterous manner. He computerised all the activities and vast data of MiG-29 cell and made excellent use of the data for improvement of MiG-29 fleet. His timely initiation of procurement actions culminated in finanl isation of several important contracts. It not only resulted in reduction of number of aircraft on ground (AOG) in field units but also enabled the concerned Base Repair Depot (BRD) to achieve the target production task of overhaul of MiG-29 aircraft in year 99-2000. AOGs, which were about 1400 lines at the time of his joining the maintenance cell, were brought down to 70 lines in a span of about one and half years and the production of MiG-29 aircraft reached to 12 aircraft in 1999-2000.

On taking over the responsibility of Su-30 cell, he got on the complex job of setting up of Service Support, centre in India for repair of Su-30 items and initiated many cases, which are in advance stages of culmination. Besides his exceptional involvement in his job, he has made significant contribution in streamlining many procurement procedures for the overall improvement of the Russian aircraft fleet

For his exceptional devotion to duty, dedication, selfless service and exemplary professionalism, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Squadron Leader Naval Sabharwal.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2001 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Rajendra Kumar Yadav 17816 AE(L)Unit : 1 Base Repair Depot  Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Squadron Leader Rajendra Kumar Yadav (17816) AE (L) is on posted strength of a Base Repair Depot (BRD) since 01 Feb 95. Earler the officer has worked for nearly 14 years in AN-32 Squadrons and technical flights in various capacities and was selected in Sep 94 for training abroad in major overhaul of AN32 aircraft and its rotables.

On his reporting to the BRD, the officer along with his team of foreign-trained technicians commenced work in setting up Rotables overhaul line. This task was indeed difficult and challenging since the test rigs and machines received from Russia were in dismantled condition, without any assembly, wiring, installation drawings or technical literature. Undaunted by the enormity of the task, Sqn Ldr Yadav, with his professional approach, guided his men in commissioning a large number of these rigs/machines. The effort was all the more significant as it was done without any foreign technical assistance. In a span of two years Sqn Ldr Yadav along with his team set up facilities of overhaul of over four hundered AN-32 Rotables.

In Oct 98, Sqn Ldr Yadav was assigned the duties of Chief of Aircraft responsible ofr the life extenstionn and major overhaul of AN-32 aircraft. He undertook detailed defect trend analysis and evaluation of life extension of the aircraft. He was instrumental in formulation of various life extension checks and their implementation. The officer has inspired, guided and motivated his men by his professionalism and total involvement whereby the AN-32 overhaul line overhauled a record number of aircraft during 1999-2000. By his innovative engineering approach, the officer has developed and implemented a number of critical modification on AN-32 aircraft such as spurious Signal Suppresser mod, Formation Light mod, Infra Red Passive Protection mod etc., which have contributed to enhancing the safety and reliability of the aircraft. His efforts and contributions in AN32 IVth line maintenance have resulted in savings substantial foreign exchange for the Nation.

For his exceptional professionalism, dedication to duty, hard work and distinguished service, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Squadron Leader Rajendra Kumar Yadav.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2001 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Sanjay Seth 18162 ACCTUnit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Squadron Leader Sanajy Seth (18162) Accts was commissioned in IAF on 06 Dec 1985. In 15 years of service he has served with distinction not only as a professional accounts officer but also as an administrator, particularly in the field of security. He has served at a number of field Units including Leh, Thoise, Udhampur, and Equipment Depot (ED) and an Air Stores Park (ASP). Presently he is posted at Air HQs as Staff Officer to the Chief of Air Staff.

As a young officer on his first posting to Leh, Sqn Ldr Seth was called upon to undertake additional task of managing the logistics and security operations during Exercise Brass Tacks, which included joint operation with Army. Despite being relatively inexperienced he successfully completed all the given tasks with extra ordinary organisational ability, tenacity and hard work. While posted at HQ AOC J&K, he once again proved his worth as a member of the security review board for the entire J&K Sector. As a professional accounts officer he was instrumental in streamlining the procedures leading to considerable financial savings to the IAF during his tenure at an Equipment Depot.

At the CAS secretariat, Sqn Ldr Sanjay Seth kept service requirements above his own and executed the task assigned to him in an extremely professional manner. The challenge of heavy pressure of work and the rigid time frames necessary to meet them was willingly accepted by the officer who put in long working hours to ensure their successful completion. His work output has been of the highest quality and has met the stringent demand of excellence and finesse expected of the officer by the CAS.

For his professional competence, unswerving dedication to duty and distinguis hed service, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Squadron Leader Sanjay Seth.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2001 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Ramanarayanan Ramesh 18735 AE(M)Unit : UNAMSIL  Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Squadron Leader Ramanarayanan Ramesh (18735) AE (M) is posted to PHS with effect from 18 Mar 2000 on deputation to UN Peace Keeping Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) as the Chief Engineering Officer and the Senior Technical Officer (Mi-8) of the IAF Contingent Sierra Leone-2000.

On 14 Jun 2000, Mi-8 helicopter Z-2356 developed Main Gear Box (MGB) abnormality during flight and force landed on a road near Rogberi. Post flight inspection revealed internal damage to the MGB and its change was the only option available to recover the helicopter. Rogberi was the last of the positions held by UNAMSIL, forces and remained under continuous rebel threat. Sqn Ldr RN Ramesh, along with the technical team moved by road to Rogberi on 15 Jun 2000 to undertake this daunting and challenging task. The MGB change was carried out in area where continuous exchange of gunfire between UNAMSIL troops and rebels was taking place. The task was made even more challenging by the incessant rain. Under the able guidance of Sqn Ldr RN Ramesh, the job was completed in less than two days enabling the helicopter to be recovered on 16 Jun 2000.

During 'Op Khukri' Sqn Ldr Ramesh undertook all the tasks assigned to him with great zeal and ardour. He set up a make shift DSS at Kenema within a couple of hours of his arrival there, thus facilitating the quick turn around of the aircraft between missions. He played a vital role in the success of the mission by ensuring 100% serviceability at all time. With his dedicated effort the Mi-8s flew 116 missions during the operation and all Mi-8 helicopters were readily available for any operational requirement.

For distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Squadron Leader Ramanarayana Ramesh.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2001 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Sanjay Kumar Singh 20119 F(P)Unit : No.2252 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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Squadron Leader Sanjay Kumar Singh (20119) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned on 21 Jul 89 in Flying branch of the IAF. He is currently on the posted strength of OSA-AKMissile Squadron and working as Ops Officer and Adjutant.

Sqn Ldr Sanjay Kumar Singh joined the Squadron at a critical time when the Unit was moving to a new location. He took over the reins of Senior Ops Officer and spearheaded the activity therein. The Sqn move entailed a host of activities including operational planning, setting up of infrastructure and tackling of administrative problems. He displayed a keen sense of commitment and diligence as he systematically analyzed the Op requirements and totally involved himself in every sphere of squadron activity regardless of its being operational, admin or technical. His single-minded devotion played a major part in rehabilitating the Squadron at the new location and enhancing the Op ability.

Sqn Ldr Sanjay Kumar Singh has never declined any additional workload and is always available and ready to assist anyone in any sphere of activity. This dedication to duty was highlighted when he, as a single Op Offr, maintained 24 hours vigil for three months continuously during Op Rakshak from MayAug 99. The Flight maintained a high level of Op ability throughout this period.

He has proved to be more than capable professionally, having been awarded a Cat 'B' in his first Cat-Board. His abilities were reorganized by DASI in that he was appointed Command Examiner for OSA-AK-M system in Oct 99.

In recognition of his selfless approach, devotion to duty, professional competence and outstanding performance, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Squadron Leader Sanjay Kumar Singh.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2001 Number: 

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MWO Ganpat Ram 285568 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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In order to sustain aircraft operations, maintenance of the ASV inventory of the IAF is vital and hence has been identified as a Key Result Area (KRA). Multifarious inventory is a major constraint, which has been hampering the maintenance of this fleet. In 1996, only 68% of ASVs at this Base were serviceable. The MWO was entrusted with the responsibility of enhancing the ASV Serviceability. As MWO in charge of the ASV Repair and Servicing Section, he systematically went about reorganising the Section. Despite difficulties like nonavailability of publications and trained manpower, the MWO gradually brought about creditable results.

One such occasion was the repair of a Nitrogen Charger Vehicle. In the month of Aug 1999, the vehicle had to be inducted for repair due to water mixing with engine oil. A team from the IAF Repair Depot could not succeed repairing the vehicle. The MWO, with his in-depth knowledge of internal combustion engine volunteered to overhaul the engine and could successfully complete the tasks with in the resources available at Base.

Due to MWO Ganpat Ram's ingenuity and involvement, laudable results could be achieved in the repair of an Aircraft Airconditioning Trolley (AKS 8 M). The MWO, with his professionalism, perseverance and managerial capabilities was able to guide his team to achieve 93% ASV and 100% Ground Power Unit (GPU) serviceability by Feb 2000.

For distinguished service of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Master Warrant Officer Ganpat Ram.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2001 Number: 

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WO Soosiah Terence 248554 ORUnit : 4 Base Repair Depot  Award Date 26 Jan 01 Announced 26 Jan 01
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248554 Warrant Officer Soosiah Terence, WF (B) is on the posted strength of a BRD since 11 Mar 92 where he is working as WO i/c Special Process Bay of Industrial Facilities Division of the Depot.

The alitizing process on aero engine turbine and guide vane blades was taking a lot of time as the components were required to be sent for dealitizing and vapour degreasing to a different section. WO Terence single-handedly took interest and initiative to locally manufacture the vapour degreasing plant & cleaning bath and installation of dealitizing bath at SP bay. This significantly reduced the repair time and ensured better quality of work. Further, with his enthusiasm and dedicated effort, he utilized his expertise on metallurgical process to repair the head treatment fixture of R-29 engine After Burner Diffuser. The fixture supplied by Russia had become unusable due to repeated heating and cooling cycles over a period. Fresh procurement action from Russia or from within the country did not materalise due to the material constraints, which caused production hold ups. The effort of WO Terence averted a serious production hold up.

WO Terence constantly strives to attain new heights by performing challenging tasks. Repair of Russian Vacuum Furnace and installation, commissioning and subsequent repairs to state of the art Vacuum Furnace for M-53 engine repairs at the BRD, repair of fuel tanks of a MiG-25 aircraft after the Russians expressed inability to do the same and development and manufacturing of form fuselage trolley for MiG-23 aircraft are few examples of his initiative, professionalism and motivation.

For his untiring efforts, professional excellence and distinguished service, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Warrant Officer Soosiah Terence.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2001 Number: 

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Air Cmde Arun Kumar Khanna 10401 AE(L)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Air Commodore Arun Kumar Khanna (10401) AE (L) is on the posted strength of Air HQs (Vayu Bhavan) since 01 Aug 2000. Though posted against the vacancy of Joint Director (Radar), he was assigned the additional responsibility of Joint Director (Communication) from the day of his arrival, in the absence of the permanent incumbent of this appointment.

With his positive attitude and unflinching sincerity coupled with vast experience of thirty three years of service, Air Cmde Khanna has served with distinction in various staff and field appointments. Particularly notable appointments have been as Command Systems Officer of South Western Air Command and Station Commander of 815 SU AF, where he successfully undertook and resolved many vital maintenance issues of the Air Defence Ground Environment Systems.

One of his main achievements has been the efficient and timely completion of major overhaul of one of the most important Air Defence radar of the IAF. But for his close monitoring and continuous guidance to the overhaul team, the successful completion of the job, despite many difficulties, would have been an uphill task. The policy initiative for storage of the non-ops TRS radar of Suratgarh and PSM radar of Bareilly and subsequent follow up for procurement of the receiver and antenna for these radars was efficiently executed. Through his constant and effective liaison, the long outstanding issue of handing over of Indra II radars to the IAF, picked up momentum, and all but two radars have already been received after proper ATP checks.

In the field of communication also, he resolved the problem of deficiency of Satellite communication (SATCOM) spares. The maintenance philosophy of all new induction of communication systems was extremely well drafted and issued by him. His involvement in resolving day to day maintenance issues of radar, communication, power and air conditioning systems has ensured a high state of serviceability in the entire Air Force. His close liaison with BE (GAD), ECIL and other vendors has resulted in better product support from these organisations.

For a distinguished service of high order, sincerity and positive attitude, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Arun Kumar Khanna.

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

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Air Cmde Shankarayya Gurupadayya Alimatti 11912 AE(L)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Air Commodore Shankaryya Gurupadayya Allimati (11912) AE (L) is on the posted strength of Air HQ (Vayu Bhavan) from 26 Apr 1999 and has been functioning as Joint Director Signals (Air) under the Vice Chief of the Air Staff branch.

In his career of over 30 years he has held various important assignments connected with aircraft maintenance, missiles and communication at the field, Command and Air Headquarters level. With keen perception, insight and application, the officer has been effective and successful at both execution of projects and task at unit and command level and also in formulating futuristic macro level communication policies and infrastructure for strategic/tactical command and control.

During the present tenure at Air Headquarters, the officer has been one of the main team members and architect in planning/approval for following: a. Communicaiton needs of the IAF for next 15-20 years, inclusive of requirement for Integrated Air Command and Control System (IACCS) and revised Air Defence Ground Environment System plan. b. Planning and progressing the implementa-tion of DoT network upgrade. c. Formulating the Inter Services framework of Air Defence communication (JSSG 2000). d. Disaster Management Communication, during natural calamities for aid to civil power.

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

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

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Air Cmde Vipin Kumar 11950 LGSUnit : Maintenance Command  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Air Commodore Vipin Kumar (11950) Lgs was commissioned on 28 Jun 69 in the logistics branch of the Indian Air Force. In 32 years of distinguished service, he has held important command and staff appointments that include Chief Logistic Officer and Officer Commanding of an Air Stores Park. He is a graduate of College of Defence Management. For work of a very high order Chief of Air Staff in 1987 and Air Officer Commandingin-Chief Maintenance Command commended him in 1977 and 1979.

Air Cmde Vipin Kumar was posted to Headquarters Maintenance Command since 22 Mar 1999. As Senior Logistics Management Officer, he showed deep application and involvement in the continuous availability of all clothing items and streamlined provisioning methods to achieve it. This not only resulted in greater user satisfaction but also heavy savings in procurements. He was also closely associated in the formulation and implementation of plans for faster movement of all specialist vehicles by road trailers from/to operational units, which resulted in cutting down of transportation time and increased availability of these vehicles at repair depots and operating units. Similarly, he immensely contributed in streamlining procedures for budgetary booking and management of funds, ensuring near zero unserviceabilities for want of specialist vehicle spares, quick disposal of unwanted surplus stores etc.

Air Cmde Vipin Kumar is highly committed, dedicated and positive looking officer. He carries out the tasks in a systematic and methodical manner with clear foresight and correct planning in anticipating work needs and utilisation of resources coupled with exceptional professional and managerial capabilities.

For his professional excellence, dedication, leadership and distinguished service of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Vipin Kumar.

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

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Air Cmde Arvind Jeet Singh Walia 12155 ADMUnit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Air Commodore Arvind Jeet Singh Walia (12155) Adm has been on the posted strength of Air Headquarters since 04 Jan 2000 and is functioning as Director of Organisation. During his chequered career of more than 31 years he has held various important appointments like Commanding Officer of a Mobile Radar unit, Chief Administrative Officer of three major Air Force Stations, performing sensitive charter of duties.

He is a versatile and innovative Administrative Officer who has constantly exhibited a very high degree of professionalism and administrative acumen throughout his career. During his tenure as Chief Administrative Officer at Tezpur and Guwahati, the Stations were adjudged as "Best in Administration" under HQ Eastern Air Command. He was adjudged as the "Best Chief Administrative Officer" of the Eastern Air Command in 199495. For his professional ability and distinguished services as Administrative Officer par excellence, twice the Chief of the Air Staff has commended him, in 1980 and 1990.

Air Cmde Walia, with his in-depth knowledge and ingenuity ensured that service functions, particularly Colour Presentations/ Standards by Rashtrapati and Air Force Day cum Investiture Parade were conducted in a most befitting manner. He displayed all-round involvement in Air Force activities related to national functions like Independence Day, Republic Day and Vijay Diwas. His exceptional organisational abilities were exhibited when he handled inter services ceremonial commitments reflecting his tremendous capability to respond to very difficult situations with no room for error.

For his sustained hard work, unflinching devotion to duty, and distinguished service of very high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Arvind Jeet Singh Walia.

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

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Air Cmde Ujagar Singh 12476 AE(L)Unit : 7 Base Repair Depot  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Air Commodore Ujagar Singh (12476) AE (L) was commissioned on 05 Dec 70 in the Engineering Branch of IAF. In his 30 years of distinguished service he was given several important appointments and commands viz. Senior Technical Officer of Pechora Missile Squadron, Command Guided Weapon Maintenance Officer, Commanding Officer of Guided Weapon Training Institute, Senior Engineer (Aircraft) of a Fighter Station, Chief Instructor (Technical) at College of Air Warfare and Commanding Officer of Ground Crew Examination Board. He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College.

As the Senior Technical Officer of Missile Squadron, he incorporated certain modifications in Missile Guidance Radar, which enhanced its operational capability. During his appointment as Command Guided Weapons Maintenance Officer he very thoughtfully worked out several new procedures that improved the Serviceability State of operational units. For his distinguished service, the Chief of the Air Staff commended him in 1990.

In Sep 99, Air Commodore Ujagar Singh took over the command of a Base Repair Depot. He quickly identified the areas needing impetus, and with his foresight and intelligent planning, guided the Depot in the desired direction. In the years 1999-2000 and 2000-2001, the Base Repair Depot not only met the deadlines and completed the allotted task but well surpassed it.

He successfully indigenised the power unit (AD-20) of ST-68 Air Defence Radar. With his perseverance it was possible to indigenise a host of components of Russian origin. Thus, not only Serviceability State of operational units is maintained but valuable foreign exchange is also saved.

He boosted the morale of the Station personnel and kept them well motivated. Various welfare ventures of the Station were considerably improved upon. His Station won the awards for the best Station Medicare Centre of Maintenance Command, IAF in the year 1999 and again as the best in IAF in 2000.

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

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

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Gp Capt Sajjad Rahim 13031 AE(M)Unit : Air Force Academy  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Group Captain Sajjad Rahim (13031) AE (M) was commissioned as an Engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) Branch on 17 Jan 72. He has held the appointments of Flight Engineer Leader, Officer Commanding, Director at Air HQ and Chief Engineering Officer, Air Force Academy. He is a graduate from Defence Services Staff College, a postgraduate in Aerospace Engineering from IIT, and holds Master Degree in Business Administration. During his tenure as JD/Director, Armament & Safety Equipment, he evolved a concept and methodology to rejuvenate life expired bombs by opening up the bomb body, removing the life expired charge and replacing it with advanced High Explosive charge. The recycling of the 3200 old bombs held the potential of saving of Rs 30 crore initially at the rate of Rs 95,000 per bomb. This has now become a regular practice. As Chief Engineering Officer at Air Force Academy, since 09 Nov 98, by dedication, hard work and professionalism he changed the work culture and made the organisation more focussed. His skillful management resulted in improvement of Kiran fleet average serviceability from 59% in 1998 to 83% in 2000. The corresponding figures for HPT-32 aircraft were 69% and 85%. 100% serviceability was achieved on Kiran and HPT-32 fleets on 39 and 59 occasions respectively. The sustenance of high serviceability resulted in smooth conduct of annual flying training task of 5,500 hours for Kiran and 11,500 hours for HPT-32. During his stewardship 48 Kiran and 56 HPT-32 aircraft were recovered from prolonged non-availability. The non- availability of critical components like cooling Air pack and Artificial Horizon for Kiran was overcome by putting in place a system for transferring the components between flying aircraft, thus improving aircraft availability. In addition, the serviceability of systems such as Radiotelephony, Arrester barrier, Telephone exchange, etc was maintained over 99%. By tactful liaison with DoT, the Ultra High Frequency linked telephone circuit was changed over to optical fibre cable, without any breakdown of communication links, leading to a saving of Rs Two lakhs annually.

For his dynamic leadership, professional dedication and distinguished services of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Sajjad Rahim.

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

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Gp Capt Jagjit Singh Gandyok 13216 ADMUnit : 5 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Group Captain Jagjit Singh Gandyok (13216) Adm was commissioned as an Administrative Officer on 30 Dec 72. An air traffic controller of high calibre, he achieved the highest category for professional competence, Category 'A', as a young Flight Lieutenant. Thereafter, he held various prestigious appointments with distinction, including Senior Air Traffic Control Officer, Commanding Officer of an Air Traffic Radar Unit and Joint Director Personnel (Airmen) at Air HQ.

As Joint Director, Gp Capt Gandyok rationalised the manning level of Airmen and Non Combatants (Enrolled), and undertook the revision of all key Air Force Orders and Instructions pertaining to airmen. He also streamlined the selection procedure for enrolling airmen in the Air Force, which resulted in better quality of the individuals joining the service.

Gp Capt Gandyok has been on the posted strength of Air Force Station Kalaikunda as Chief Administrative Officer with effect from 10 Apr 2000. This station has peculiar problems that include maintenance of old buildings, vigorous monsoons, extensive growth of wild vegetation and shortage of electricity, thereby causing considerable hardship to the service personnel. Gp Capt Gandyok, by his personal involvement, dedication and hard work was instrumental in initiating concrete steps for solution of these problems. Besides, his personal liaison with Defence Estate Officer and District Forest Officer ensured that the Board of Officers for creating a Flight Safety Zone by removal of wild vegetation within the Air Force station was completed quickly. This would go a long way in enhancing Flight Safety by providing a bird free environment for reducing aircraft accidents. In addition, his excellent managerial skills ensured optimum utilisation of the funds allocated for maintenance activities, which directly contributed in enhancing quality of life for the personnel of the base.

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

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

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Gp Capt Gudipudi Rajendra Prasad 13236 ADMUnit : 4 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Group Captain Gudipudi Rajendra Prasad (13236) Adm was commissioned in the Administrative branch in 1972. During his career spanning 28 years, he held diverse appointments which included the posts of Senior/Chief Administrative Officer at Missile, Fighter and Transport bases, instructional assignment at the Air Force Academy, National Defence Academy and security related assignments as Assistant Provost Marshal at Srinagar and Jamnagar respectively. He has also been posted on staff assignments at Air Headquarters, Air Force Record Office and Headquarters Air Officer Commanding J & K Area. An alumni of National Defence Academy and Defence Services Staff College Wellington, Gp Capt Prasad was commended by the Chief of Air Staff and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Air Command, in 1990 and 1989 respectively, for devotion to duty.

As Chief Administrative Officer at Air Force Station Agra he has worked with dedication and perseverance in bringing about significant improvement in all facets of administration. His untiring efforts resulted in significant improvement in the state of electricity and water supply, condition of buildings, roads, streetlights, Electrical and Mechanical services and infrastructure have also shown a marked qualitative improvement. He succeeded in clearance of the flight safety zone to the extent of 500 acres, in a very short span of time. His other achievements include the introduction of steam cooking in cook -houses, renovation of Airmen's Messes and toilets, optimum management of non-public funds and beautification of the camp area. Through his perseverance, he succeeded in ensuring approval of major projects by Air Headquarters to bring about qualitative improvement in the infrastructures at the Station. This indefatigable officer has demonstrated an exceptional capacity to work methodically under conditions of severe crises and stress and produced a high quality of output. His managerial and inter-personal skills are of a very high order. His untiring efforts have contributed towards Air Force Station Agra being adjudged the best administered and most improved Station of Central Air Command during the year 2000.

For his sincerity, firm allegiance to service objective and distinguished service of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Gudipudi Rajendra Prasad.

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

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Gp Capt Abhay Gupta 13241 F(P)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Group Captain Abhay Gupta (13241) F (P) was commissioned in the flying branch of the IAF on 22 Dec 72. During his thirty years of distinguished service, he has held several key command and staff appointments and has excelled himself as a professional. He has over 3,600 hrs of accident-free fighter flying to his credit. He is a graduate of College of Air Warfare, a Fighter Combat Leader and a Qualified Flying Instructor. He was one of the founder members of the premier Formation Aerobatics Team of the IAF, the Thunderbolts. He also has the unique distinction of having commanded two fighter squadrons. The Jaguar Squadron he commanded did exceedingly well in all aspects of operations, maintenance and administration and was awarded the Presidents' Colours.

Gp Capt Gupta possesses exceptional managerial skills, sagacity and zest - qualities that he applied to his work as Chief Operations Officer (COO) of a major fighter base. He was instrumental in the activation of the long disused airfield at Dharbanga, where fighter operations were conducted for the first time ever. During his tenure as COO, Eastern UP region witnessed unprecedented and devastating floods. Gp Capt Gupta set up a very efficient Flood Control Cell and coordinated the two month long relief operations, which brought timely succour and relief to lakhs of hapless and marooned people. This humanitarian effort brought laurels and appreciation to the Air Force from one and all, including the Prime Minister of India himself.

Gp Capt Gupta has been posted to Air HQ as Joint Director Personnel Planning (JDPP) since Jul 2000. As JDPP, once again Gp Capt Gupta has shown a high degree of commitment, and has brought out a substantial improvement in the work culture and output of Directorate. He took initiative to restructure the Directorate so as to achieve optimum manning level. As a result the Directorate was able to shed 10% of its manpower, including officers and other ranks. With his initiative, all the induction plans have been revised, manpower rationalisation cases have been updated and pursued vigorously with MoD for approval. Gp Capt Gupta has demonstrated exceptional skills in staff work, and has made a major contribution towards finalising the recommendations of the Task Force on Manpower Management.

Throughout his career, Gp Capt Gupta has shown a very high level of commitment, zeal and professionalism. For a distinguished service of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Abhay Gupta.

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

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Gp Capt Bidanda Chengapa Nanjappa 13246 F(P)Unit : Training Command  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Air Commodore Bidanda Chengapa Nanjapa (13246) F (P) is on the posted strength of HQ Training Command (TC) Air Force from 07 May 99, as Senior Flying Training Officer -II (SFTO II) in the Flying Training Section. From 03 Jan 2001 to 09 Mar 2001 he functioned as the Chief Flying Training Officer (CFTO). Air Cmde Nanjapa has been a Directing Staff in Tactics and Combat Development Establishment, Commanding Officer of a MiG-21 Bis Squadron, and the Chief Operations Officer at Air Force Station, Pathankot. He is an M.Sc. and M.Phil. in Defence Studies, besides being a graduate of Defence Services Staff College and the College of Combat.

In his capacity as SFTO-II, has initiated and directed the revision of flying training syllabi and the change of training schedule at Flying Instructors School, the revision of flying and ground training syllabus of all Flying Training Establishments (FTE) under TC. He was instrumental in making the case for Stage-III training and the Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) to be placed under HQ TC, and in working out the manner in which, training would be re-organised in TC during phased induction of the AJT.

He was involved in planning and finalising the increased display schedules and work-up of the Suryakiran team into a nine aircraft team with synchronous pair manoeuvres. During the final run-up to Aero India 2001, as officiating CFTO Air Cmde Nanjapa was involved in planning and overseeing the Static and flying display and Flight Safety of all aircraft taking part, planning and monitoring the movement of all participating aircraft, planning and orchestrating all VVP/VIP moves and supervising the large movement of visiting aircraft. The impeccable conduct of the show with complete safety testifies to the efficient supervision by Air Cmde Nanjapa. As Officiating CFTO, he has initiated measures to ensure that there is no compromise in quality from the FTEs. He has motivated the key supervisors in the FTEs to implement the values enshrined in the directions of the Chief of Air Staff and Air Officer Commanding-inChief, in improving the quality of flying training, and is constantly suggesting ways and means of improving flying and ground training as well as the working of HQ TC. He has been able to motivate all officers and staff in the Flying training section towards a higher quality of work, turnout and dedication by using a judicious mix of reward and example. His influence towards ensuring higher efficiency extends beyond the flying training section to other allied and support sections.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gp Capt Anjan Kumar Gogoi 13382 F(P)Unit : AFS Suratgarh  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Group Captain Anjan Kumar Gogoi (13382) F (P) was commissioned on 02 Jun 73 in the fighter stream of the IAF. With over 3000 hours of flying, he is a Qualified Flying Instructor and a Fighter Combat Leader. He has been the Commanding Officer of a MiG- 21 MF Squadron, Commanding Officer of 1 Air Combat Simulator unit, Chief Operations Officer at Air Force Station Tezpur and Command Air Defence Officer of a Eastern Air Command. He is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College and has undergone the Senior Defence Management and Higher Command courses.

He took over command of Air Force Station Suratgarh on 21 Jun 99 during Operation Safed Sagar. With his professional acumen he took stock of the situation and quickly fine-tuned the station to full operational readiness. His dynamic leadership infused confidence and enthusiasm among all personnel to undertake any commitment. In Feb 2000 during the joint Army/Air Force exercise 'Vijay Chakra' he successfully executed every commitment with precision. Over 1200 Air Force and Army personnel inducted for the exercise from various units were provided every possible support in achieving their objectives. 350 sorties were successfully flown both by day and night by fighters, transport and helicopters from the base. Through the period of his tenure the two units of 35 Wing flew more than 10,000 sorties with an accident free record.

With his motivational skills he inspired the station personnel to achieve excellence. 2209 Squadron was adjudged the best Pechora Squadron of the IAF in 1999. 23 Squadron achieved 100% serviceability between 6-8 Jul 99 and 104(H) Squadron achieved 100% serviceability between 11 Feb and 22 Feb 2000. The serviceability and flying hours achieved by both the squadrons is one of the highest in Western Air Command. During the Directorate of Air Staff Inspection of Air Force Station Suratgarh, in Feb-Mar 2001 produced excellent results in all disciplines.

For his professional competence, exemplary leadership qualities and distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Anjan Kumar Gogoi.

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

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Gp Capt Anil Kumar Khosla 13534 AE(L)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Group Captain Anil Kumar Khosla (13534) AE (L) was commissioned on 07 Jan 74 in the Engineering Branch of the IAF. In 27 years of his distinguished service, he has held several important appointments that include Senior Engineer (Electronic) of a Fighter Base, Chief Technical Officer of Air Defence Radar, Command System Officer at Command HQ. He is a graduate of College of Defence Management and has obtained MMS (Defence Studies) degree in first class with distinction.

He is the pioneer of Mirage-2000 Laser Designation Pod (LDP) infrastructure, having set up state-of-the-art serving bays of LDP and other Electronic Warfare assets in an exemplary manner in the IAF. His engineering acumen has resulted in savings of 0.36 million French Francs during repair of LDP in India. As Chief Technical Officer of a Radar Unit, he had carried out a number of cost-effective innovations resulting in optimal performance of the ageing Air Defence Radar. A professionally sound officer, he has consistently displayed extraordinary zeal and technical potential for ensuring a high level of maintenance of all Electronics/Electrical based ground installation, by adopting inn ovative and cost saving methods.

As Command Systems Officers at HQ Central Air Command, he brought about a high state of serviceability of all Electronics/ Electrical bases ground installations, by devising a drill for meticulous checks of the power supply systems, earthing and RF plumbing of various installations during non-watch hours. By infusing concept of selfreliance and successfully adopting "Just in Time" (JIT) concept and almost real time monitoring of snags he brought about a low level of inventory build up of spares and high Mean Time Between Failures of Air Defence Radars.

In his present staff appointment as Officiating Director Training (Ground), the officer has shown his mettle for staff work too. He has focused thrust on the modernisation of the Training Institutes right from the beginning of his tenure. He has raised the level of personal liaison with the Ministry of Defence. Revision of the syllabi of technical and nontechnical trades within one year of his tenure in the Directorate of Training has been another singular achievement of the officer. He has successfully built up a supporting team of officers under him and raised the level of performance of his charge to a high level. He has also brought in transparency in the working of his team.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gp Capt Vijay Kumar Bali 13787 F(P)Unit : 507 Signal Unit  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Group Captain Vijay Kumar Bali (13787) F (P) was commissioned in the flying branch of the Indian Air Force on 01 Jun 71. A Qualified Flying Instructor and a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, he has 2727 hours of flying to his credit. His appointments include command of a fighter squadron, Chief Operations officer of a fighter base and a staff appointment in Air Headquarters. He was awarded the Vayu Sena Medal in 1996.

Gp Capt Bali took over the command of Air Force Station Singarsi on 21 Aug 2000. Singarsi received an unprecedented 1091mm of rainfall from 17 Sep to 23 Sep 2000. Most of the roads were badly damaged by massive landslides and subsidence. The radar and the domestic area were cut off from the rest of the world for nearly twenty days. Gp Capt Bali with his dedicated team assured that the radar was not damaged and made it operational in record time on 23 Sep 2000. His close supervision, guidance and motivation ensured that all communications systems were restored and remained serviceable and available throughout the period of the rainstorm. Leading by personal example, he conducted station-wide shramdan in the rain, thus minimising the nature and extent of damage.

In the recent past, thanks mostly to his sustained efforts and close supervision, the Automatic Data Handling System Retro fitment was completed on 19 Jul 01, well before the PDC of 31 Jul 01. His personal monitoring has yielded a very high serviceability of the radar, its accessories and MT vehicles, inspite of the remote location of the stn and difficulties in procurement of spares.

Through his interactive style of management, Gp Capt Bali has successfully infused an uncommon sense of belonging and enthusiasm in this one of the most remotely located and difficult to access Stations in the IAF. By introducing thoughtful welfare measure, he has brought about a marked improvement in the quality of life. Singarsi is extremely prone to malaria. Due to Gp Capt Bali's persistent and concerted effort, there has been a marked reduction in the incidence of malaria in the Station. Medical and other help to the local tribals by his station drew a lot of praise for the services from all the associated civilian agencies.

For distinguished service of an exceptional order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Vijay Kumar Bali.

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

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Gp Capt Satvir Singh Dhanda 13926 F(P)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Group Captain Satvir Singh Dhanda (13926) F (P) was commissioned into the fighter stream of the IAF on 15 Feb 75. Since then, he has flown a variety of fighter aircraft, including the MiG-21M and the Mirage-2000. He is a Fighter Combat Leader (FCL), and a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College (DSSC). He has also undergone an Electronic Warfare Range course in France. He has held many important appointments, has commanded a Mirage 2000 squadron, and Air Force Station Bhuj. Presently, he is posted as the Member of the Nuclear Biological and Chemical warfare in Directorate of Ops (Offensive) at Air HQ (VB).

Gp Capt Dhanda, as the Station Commander of Air Force Station Bhuj motivated his station personnel towards achieving an accident free environment by instituting a good work culture, a clean environment and a self-driven urge to work well. During the devastating earthquake that rocked the Gujarat and Kutch region on 26 January 2001. The Air Force Station itself was badly affected, with heavy loss to life and property. As the Station Commander, Gp Capt Dhanda took stock of the situation, conducting all rescue and relief operations. He relentlessly pursued all rescue and relief activities on a war footing, and ensured that the airbase was quickly made available and capable of receiving aircraft with relief supplies, and for sending out casualties to other bases. These activities were effectively coordinated with the civil agencies, and with the Army. This helped in synergising the relief and rescue operations, which drew praise from all quarters. Due to his untiring efforts, planning and positive attitude in the face of such a devastating natural calamity, the effects were made fairly manageable.

For a high degree of professionalism, positive attitude and distinguished service of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Satvir Singh Dhanda.

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

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