Vishist Seva Medal Awardee List


A total of 1451 Awards are listed.
Vishist Seva Medal : 1451 |
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Gp Capt Gurwinder Jeet Singh Cheema 14292 F(P)Unit : AFS Thoise  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Group Captain Gurwinder Jeet Singh Cheema (14292) F (P) has been Base Commander of the forward most Air Base of the Air Force since Sep 99.

Gp Capt Cheema has been one of the pioneers of Mi-8/Mi-17 operations in "Op Meghdoot" Sector. He has the unique distinction of carrying out the first night landing at Thoise in order to evacuate casualties from Nubra Valley during 1984. He has wide experience in counter insurgency operations in Northeast, J&K, Light Intensity Conflict in Op Meghdoot and Op Pawan (Sri Lanka). He has been the author of Offensive Armament Action Utilising Mi-17s during Op Pawan.

On assuming the command of the this important base which is directly supporting Air Maintenance of the troops in Siachen Glacier, critically and systematically analysed the various aspects that needed enhanced performance. He led by example through exhibition of professional competence and flying Mi-17s, both by day and night, to improve the operational status of aircrew. Despite numerous constraints he ensured that night landing facilities for fixed wing aircraft of the category of IL-76 was provided at Thoise during moon phase. He worked with zeal and enthusiasm to ensure no stone is left unturned to provide requisite facilities for air operations.

Gp Capt Cheema not only has a distinction of having logged more than 500 hrs of accident free flying but also the distinction of providing a safe environment at the airfield. Living conditions provided under extreme weather conditions to the personnel of the Station is note-worthy. The morale of personnel remained very high during his tenure in this difficult Sector.

For professionalism, dedication and leadership qualities of the highest order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Bar to 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Gurwinder Jeet Singh Cheema.

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

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Gp Capt Sibaram Mahapatra 14304 MEDUnit : 92 Base Hospital  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2002 Number: 

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Gp Capt Mohit Kumar 14674 F(P)Unit : 27 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Group Captain Mohit Kumar VM (14674) F (P) was commissioned into the fighter stream of the IAF on 29 Dec 76. Since then, he has flown a variety of fighter aircraft, including the MiG-21 M and the Mirage- 2000. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor, Pilot Attack Instructor and a graduate of the Royal Air Force Staff College at Bracknel (UK). He has held many important appointments, has commanded a Mirage 2000 squadron, and is presently Station Commander of Air Force Station Bhuj. He was awarded Vayu Sena Medal for exemplary performance during his command of No 7 Sqn Air Force prior to operation Safed Sagar.

During the devastating earthquake that rocked Gujarat and Kutch region on 26 January 2001, Air Force Station itself was badly affected, with heavy loss to life and property. Taking over command barely one week after the earthquake, Gp Capt Mohit Kumar displayed immense courage, deter mination and initiative by spearheading the rehabilitation of Air Force Station Bhuj and surrounding areas of Kutch. As the Station Commander, Gp Capt Mohit Kumar relentlessly pursued all rescue and relief activities on a war footing, and ensured that the airbase was quickly made continuously 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 and displayed a high degree of inter-service jointness. Due to his untiring efforts, planning and positive attitude in the face of such a devastating natural calamity, the effects were made fairly manageable. The attitude of service before self followed by Air Force Station Bhuj under these adverse circumstances was the result of his leadership and brought accolades to the Indian Air Force.

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

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

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Wg Cdr Jitendra Singh 13667 ADMUnit : AFSEC  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Wing Commander Jitender Singh (13667) Adm was commissioned in the IAF 13 Jul 74. During the service career of almost 27 years, he has performed in an exemplary manner. He has held several key appointments such as Station Adjutant, Chief Administration Officer (C Adm 0) in the field and staff appointments at various HQs/Ministry of Defence.

While he was functioning as C Adm O, his station achieved the distinction of winning HQ Western Air Command's trophy in Best in administration for three consecutive years. This was a reflection on Wg Cdr Jitender Singh's administrative acumen and devotion to duty. Subsequently he was posted to Directorate of Personal Planning, Air HQ as DDPP-I, looking after all the Establishment cases of the Indian Air Force. The officer displayed an astute sense to grasp the intricate problems related to manpower. With his dogged perseverance, many of the Establishment cases were sorted out and settled. He was instrumental in obtaining Ministry of Defence approval for establishment cases of many important units.

As C Adm O of an Equipment Depot, he involved himself in all-important spheres of administration, including complex matters related to 800 civilian employees. With his firm and diplomatic approach, he managed to bring the Union activities under absolute control of the authorities. The officer also exhibited high quality of professionalism in handling the work services and maintenance of Depot infrastructure.

Wg Cdr Jitender Singh was attached to Air Force Standing Establishment Committee (AFSEC) Secretariat for formation of IAF Reserve Pool. The Officer, with his professional wisdom and persuasive interaction with MoD Officials/Army HQ, was successful in formation of IAF Reserve Pool in Nov 99. The Officer developed perfect co-ordination with MoD/Air HQ, and very systematically pursued the review of IAF Units, which had become stagnant. Due to his initiative and efforts, 125 IAF Units had been reviewed between Jan 2000 to Mar 2001. This was a landmark not only in terms of the number of Units reviewed, but also because several operational flying squadrons, were reviewed for the first time, something that had not been done for last four decades.

For his sustained hard work and distinguished service of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Jitender Singh.

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

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Wg Cdr Gopal Dass Sharma 14047 ADM/FCUnit : South Western Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Wing Commander Gopal Dass Sharma (14047) Adm/FC has nearly 25 years of commissioned service. During this period, he has worked on all types of air defence radars in a variety of units. As a young officer, he earned an 'AYE' category as a Fighter Controller and today he enjoys an enviable reputation as a professional amongst the pilot/controller community. Before assuming his present assignment as AD-I at HQ South Western Air Command (SWAC) IAF, he has been an inspector with the Directorate of Air Staff Inspection at Air HQ for five years, and has also commanded a Signals Unit in the sensitive J&K sector.

Besides discharging day to day management responsibilities, his tasks have included planning and co-ordination of major exercises, reviewing of orders and instructions and formulating Standard Operating Procedures for smooth conduct of Air Defence operations. In acquitting himself of these responsibilities, he has been found to be very mature, knowledgeable and industrious. He has taken his responsibilities seriously and applied his vast experience well in management of forces in the field. Some noteworthy aspects of his outlook are that despite years of experience and considerable expertise in matters related to Air Defence, he is always receptive to new ideas. Related to this quality is also his habit of expressing his professional opinion forthrightly and unambiguously. Consequently, not only does the section enjoy the benefit of his sound professional advice but also new ideas can be generated.

During the past 18 months, SWAC has handled many operational tasks and conducted a number of exercises. Each of them has been handled most competently by Wg Cdr GD Sharma. This is also reflected in his day to day work.

For a distinguished service of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Gopal Dass Sharma.

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

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Wg Cdr Prabhat Kumar Sinha 14380 ADM/FCUnit : 47 Signal Unit  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Wing Commander Prabhat Kumar Sinha (14380) Adm/FC was commissioned on 23 Jan 76 as an Admin Fighter Controller. He has held many important appointments such as, directing staff in the Air Defence College, commanding officer of an ST-68 Transportable Radar Unit and TRS 2215 Signal unit at Air Force Suratgarh, Chief Operations Officer at Air Force Station, Ayanagar and Air Force Station Vadsar. As directing staff at Air Defence College, he was awarded a commendation by Chief of Air Staff in Aug 87. As, commanding officer of the TRU he was instrumental in Controlling and Reporting Centre (CRC) development under HQ Western Air Command, and in designing the mobile twin cabin ops room for the CRC. He has topped in the 01 Master Fighter Controllers course, has completed Defence Services Staff Course with first class and his performance in chief administrative course was praiseworthy.

Since Wg Cdr Sinha's arrival, the ops section and unit has undergone a sea change in terms of operational regular liaison with Flying Squadrons. Unit has done 414 Practice Interceptions (PIs) in the year 2000 while in the years 97, 98 and 99 total PIs done were 25, 87 and 126 respectively. Wg Cdr Sinha has ensured that 47 SU, AF is brought in the list of Units from where fighter controllers have upgraded their category. Since 1997 no fighter controller had upgraded professional category at this unit. Wg Cdr Sinha's untiring effort and training, motivation of young fighter controllers has ensured that four fighter controllers of this unit have upgraded their professional category from 'Cee' to 'Bee' in the year 2000-01. He ensures that theoretical and practical training along with on the job training continues without any break. This in turn ensures a high operational preparedness.

During the earthquake in Gujarat, where Bhuj was badly affected, Wg Cdr Sinha as Officiating Commanding Officer of Air Force Station Vadsar, ensured that all possible help was rendered to the people affected by the natural calamity. He ensured that food and clothing items were made available to the needy in record time. He got all the men and ladies together in order to prepare food and donate clothes for victims, and sent it to Bhuj. Every day, 3000 to 4000 food packets were sent to Bhuj under his personal supervision from this station.

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

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

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Wg Cdr Narendra Kumar Kalra 14397 ADM/FCUnit : 33 Signal Unit  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Wing Commander Narendra Kumar Kalra (14397) Adm/FC, commissioned in 1976 as an Administrative Officer in the IAF, has been a Fighter Controller ever since. He has held the appointments of Training Director, Chief Operations Officer, Commanding Officer and Deputy Director Air Defence. He achieved excellence during his field tenures and achieved Category 'AYE' in 1986. He graduated from Defence Services Staff College in 1992 and has achieved exceptional grading in Advance Intelligence and Chief Administ rative Officer courses. He, a thinking soldier, has completed MBA in First division recently. As Commanding Officer of a newly raised unit, he transformed it into the best Ground Control Intercept unit in SWAC and won the trophy twice during his tenure. As Deputy Director at Air HQ, he obtained government sanctions in record time to procure equipment for field units, for which Chief of Air Staff commended him in 1995.

Wg Cdr Kalra, with his excellent professional knowledge, high initiative and expertise, imparted quality training to the Ops crew of Rajasthan sector, resulting in its enhanced operational preparedness. He provided operational and administrative guidance to the newly formed Transportable Radar Units, equipped with first four IndraII radars of IAF and operationalised them in record time. The unit was assessed 'Average plus' by DASI and adjudged the best 'Air Defence Direction Centre' in SWAC for the last two consecutive years mainly due to his involvement, guidance and leadership.

Wg Cdr Kalra volunteered to beautify the station, and exhibited qualities of innovation, planning and execution in various fields. He led from the front in conducting regular shramdaans, tree plantation and fixing illuminated road signs etc, thus giving it an aesthetic look. He keeps the welfare of his subordinates and service interest - a paramount principle, which has earned him a distinct mark of respect from all quarters. His dedication, zeal and enthusiasm serve as a great motivational factor to others.

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

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

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Wg Cdr Shyamal Kumar Chakrabarty 15910 ADM/FCUnit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Wing Commander Shaymal Kumar Chakrabarty (15910) Adm/FC was commissioned in the Administrative branch of the 1AF on 15 Dec 79, and got inducted into the Air Defence stream as Fighter Controller. During his service, he has held various operational appointments, such as Chief Operations Officer of Air Defence Direction Centre (ADDC), Commanding Officer (CO) of Transportable Radar Unit (TRU), CO of Automated Control and Reporting Centre (CRC), including a tenure as Deputy Director in the CRC Development Group (CRCDG) at Ambala. Presently, he is posted as Joint Director, Directorate of Air Staff Inspection (Control & Reporting) at Air HQ. He, attained highest professional category 'AYE', and as an accomplished Fighter Controller, completed Joint Air Warfare Course with 'A' grading, Advanced Fighter Controllers course with Directing Staff (DS) grading, and qualified as a Master Fighter Controller (MFC) from Tactics and Combat Development Establishment (TACDE), again with DS grading. In May 2000, he was actively involved in carrying out the trials of the Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS), and in Sep 2000, he represented IAF, to visit France under the Indo-French Co-operation programme.

As the CO of a TRU, he initiated a number of innovations. Notable amongst these were the replacement of the Russian Cooling radiator of ST-68 radar with a Shaktiman 3 Ton truck radiator to over come the problems of clogged radiator, for cooling of ST-68 radar equipment, and also the successful installation of Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Mk-X on ST-68 radar, which was subsequently incorporated in similar radar units of IAF. Under his leadership, the TRU was declared as the best radar unit, in South Western Air Command, IAF, twice in succession. While at CRCDG, he made significant contribution towards developing practical evaluation methods, which culminated in the formation of the first Automated CRC. As the first CO of this unique unit he not only operationalised the system, but also extended the air picture display and aircraft control capability to Air Defence Operations Room at HQ Western Air Command, IAF. This was made feasible by innovative use of a combination of the integral Satellite Communication (SATCOM) system of Automated CRC, the Air Defence Ground Environment System SATCOM network and Tropo communication systems of the IAF.

While remaining fully involved in such onerous task entrusted to him he did not lose sight of his responsibility of providing conducive work environment to his personnel, thereby binding them as a well-motivated and dedicated lot.

For exceptional devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Shyamal Kumar Chakrabarty.

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

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Wg Cdr Devendra Singh Rawat 16242 F(P)Unit : 27 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Wing Commander Devendra Singh Rawat (16242) F (P) is on the posted strength of a Missile squadron from 27 Mar 2000 as the Commanding Officer.

On 26 Jan 2001 a devastating earthquake rocked the entire region of Kutch at 0846 hrs. Many houses and buildings collapsed at Air Force Station Bhuj, causing loss of life and property. Wg Cdr Rawat's house also suffered severe damage. Unmindful of his personal losses and welfare of his family, he immediately commenced action and worked restlessly for days and nights together.

He and his squadron teams took on the rescue operations for the first 48 hours. He was instrumental in organisation and management of the Admin Control Centre (ACC). Right from providing for the initial accommodation in the form of tents to the personnel, management and distribution of the relief material to the evacuation of causalities and families, he successfully led every body around him in the ACC. Being second in command, he shouldered all his responsibilities with a sense of devotion and selfless attitude. His experience and leadership motivated the entire team and he proved to be an inspiration to everyone around him. His vision, ability to plan in future, infectious positive attitude is praiseworthy.

For his exemplary service, selfless attitude and inspiring leadership, and distinguished service of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Devendra Singh Rawat.

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

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Wg Cdr Gurpreet Singh Sandhu 16767 MEDUnit : MH Bhuj  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Wg Cdr Venkat Ramana Mantha 17284 AE(M)Unit : Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Wing Commander Venkata Ramana Mantha (17284) AE (M) was commissioned on 01 Sep 83 in the Engineering Branch of the IAF. He has served in three MiG-21 squadrons, twice as Senior Technical Officer. While serving at Air Force Station Bhuj, he was commended by AOC-in-C South Western Air Command (SWAC) for service of a high order. He is a Master of Technology in Material Science. He was trained as a Flight Test Engineer (FTE) at the Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE) in 93-94 and has since been an FTE at ASTE. He has been involved in flight testing in an extremely wide range of aircraft and systems; he specialises in Electrooptics. He was responsible for flight-testing that resulted in the induction of laser-guided bombs (LGBs) and their air borne laser designation systems into the IAF. He was also responsible for integration of laser designator systems into the IAF. He was also responsible for the integration of laser designator and navigation pod on the Mirage 2000 and Jaguar aircraft.

During the Kargil conflict, a crisis loomed large due to the non-availability of suitable fuses for LGBs. Happening to be at the concerned base, Wg Cdr Mantha used his innovativeness to modify and adapt a fusing scheme to make the LGBs functional. The LGBs were used with telling effect on enemy bunkers. But for Wg Cdr Mantha's initiative, the LGBs could not have been used. At present, Wg Cdr Mantha is the principal FTE in a programme to integrate a sophisticated helmet mounted display and updating device with a state of the art air-to-air missile on the Mirage2000. The programme involves aerodynamics, structures, Electro-optics, avionics, ergonomics, fighter tactics and pilot safety. He has been coordinating this complex project in a highly professional manner.

For distinguished service of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Venkata Ramana Mantha.

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

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Sqn Ldr Deepak Kumar Lahiry 18001 AE(M)Unit : 3 Base Repair Depot  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Squadron Leader Dipak Kumar Lahiry (18001) AE (M) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 19 Aug 85. He has held many important assignments in the last 15 years. He has performed as the Senior Technical Officer of Air Headquarters Communication Squadron of Mi-8 helicopter flight, technical team leader for Mi-8 helicopters in the 11th Antarctica Expedition and technical officer-in-charge of Mi-8 helicopter operations in 'Op-Pawan'. Presently he is working as the Senior Production Engineer of TV-2 aeroengine overhaul line.

The officer's professionalism was translated into a record overhauling of 25 engines during 2000-2001 in the TV-2 line. He has the distinction of overhauling the first AG series engine and chrome build up on costly components. His dedicated efforts to identify the source of defect and eliminate the same have reduced premature withdrawal of TV-2 aeroengines due to static oil leak. His personal involvement in assembling the TV-2 aero-engines, where parts coated with indigenously developed VK-2 glue were used, has resulted in trouble free operation of the engine of the test bed till date.

Sqn Ldr Lahiry's initiative to design and develop a trolley to convey the main gearboxes of Mi-8/Mi-17 helicopter in the horizontal position, facilitated its shipment by AN-32 aircraft instead of IL-76. Further fabrication of 269 special tools and testers for VR-14 gearbox has helped enhance the production. This was a cost of mere Rs. 1.09 crores compared to Rs. 7.40 crores of import. This has resulted in considerable savings on account of foreign exchange, while reduced IL-76 flying effort helped saving exchequer's money.

He is highly professional, creative and highly service oriented. He exudes zeal for innovation and modernisation. For his distinguished service of a high order, exceptional professional knowledge and devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Squadron Leader Dipak Kumar Lahiry.

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

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Sqn Ldr Devindra Kumar Sharma 18659 ACCTUnit : Central Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Squadron Leader Devinder Kumar Sharma (18659) Accts was commissioned as an Accounts Officer in the IAF on 06 Dec 1986. During his initial service as Accounts Officer at Air Force Station Chandigarh, and Senior Accounts Officer at Air Force Station, Leh, he displayed a unique penchant for planning and organising and was instrumental in clearing long outstanding Audit objections. His tireless efforts, systematic professional approach and quest for excellence enabled Air Force Station, Leh to tighten budgetary control and streamline procedures for planned expenditure.

In recognition of his outstanding abilities, he was appointed Staff Officer to Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Personnel Officers). He was later chosen to be Staff Officer to Air Officer-in-charge Personnel, Senior Air Staff Officer, Central Air Command and finally Staff Officer to Air Officer Commanding-inChief, Central Air Command. All through, the officer has discharged his duties in the most outstanding manner using well-honed managerial skills to support the functions of the Secretariat.

The officer has displayed remarkable maturity in prioritisation of tasks as well as coordination among various agencies so as to achieve the desired results quickly. He has instilled a high degree of motivation in his subordinates to achieve results much beyond the accepted norms. Polite but yet firm in dealings, he has, with great sensitivity, conveyed the directions of Air Officer Commanding-inChief to all and ensured their appropriate follow up. He possesses a great deal of professional ability, self-discipline, and capacity to understand and analyse human relations, and deals appropriately and firmly with his superiors and subordinates alike.

For distinguished service of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Squadron Leader Devinder Kumar Sharma.

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

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Sqn Ldr Davesh Singh 20255 AE(L)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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Squadron Leader Davesh Singh (20255) AE (L) was commissioned as an engineer in the AE (L) branch on 04 Sep 1988. He has served as Assistant Director (Maintenance) in Air HQ Computer Centre, where he was responsible for maintaining ICL-2958 Mainframe Computer System. He is presently posted to Air HQ (VB). His educational qualifications include M Tech in Computer Science.

The officer is a self-motivated officer whose contribution to the Information Technology (IT) and Information Warfare (IW) in IAF has been enormous. He has brought in a high standard of proficiency in every field of computers. He is the main brain behind the VCAS OpNet project. He has designed the complete network and has also led the OpNet team to develop customised application software for each directorate under Vice Chief of Air Staff. OpNet is the only fully functional operational network in IAF. The project was developed completely in-house and has resulted in saving of at least Rs 50 lakhs to the exchequer. He has single handedly developed an encryption software 'OpSecure', which is being used for encrypting the data for transfer between Command Headquarters and Air HQs over ICS channels. Usage of this software also permits keeping classified data on a computer in encrypted form. This project being developed in-house has resulted in saving of Rs 10 lakhs to the exchequer. In spite of the fact that he did not receive any formal training in IW, he was instrumental in setting up the IW cell at Air HQ. He was also instrumental in designing the IW syllabus and imparting IW training to various IAF personnel. Similar course imparted by any civilian agency would have cost more than Rs. 2 lakhs per course to the exchequer.

The officer is omnipresent and always ready to take on additional duties. In fact, his professional competence is of such a high order that the officer is consulted prior to any policy decision in the field of IT and IW for the IAF. The officer takes pains to train his subordinates and share his knowledge. His vast knowledge in the field of IT and IW is an example to follow.

For his distinguished service of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Squadron Leader Davesh Singh.

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

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MWO Satya Prakash Dwivedi 257365 ORUnit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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257365-B Master Warrant Officer (Honorary Flight Lieutenant) Satya Prakash Dwivedi, Radar Fitter was enrolled in the IAF on 17 Jun 63. After successful training, he was posted in various operational squadrons. He has undergone variety of service courses on different equipments and aircraft being used in the Indian Air Force including the Mirage2000 aircraft, for which he was sent abroad. For his exceptional devotion to duty, the AOC-in-C and the CAS commended the MWO in 1986 and 1998 respectively. He was selected to serve as the JCO ADC to the President of India for three years from Aug 96 to Sep 99 and was nominated to represent the Indian Air Force in the Asian Contingent for Royal Legend function held at London in 1999. In recognition of his professional ability and devotion to duty he has been granted honorary rank of Flying Officer on 15 Aug 01.

The MWO (Hony Flt Lt) has been working as Air Force Master Warrant Officer since Sep 99. The charter of duties of the AFMWO requires him to feel the pulse of airmen and NCs(E) with a view to gaining an insight into their problems, their hopes and aspirations. This involves close interaction with personnel at all levels; this requires tact and maturity of a high order. As an individual, the AFMWO is required to be a model for other airmen to follow.

MWO Dwivedi carried out his duties diligently. His reports after field visits were well researched, adequately reasoned out and recommendations made by him were implementable. His feedback to the CAS were thus meaningful and greatly helped in introduction of policies for the overall improvement in the administration, with a resultant improvement in morale of personnel. Of special mention was his feedback in the field of pay and pensionary benefits; he went out of his way by personally involving himself in getting long pending cases cleared and getting relief to pensioners.

MWO Dwivedi lived up to the expectations and trust reposed in him by the IAF. As the first AFMWO of the IAF, he worked hard to lay down a standard for others to follow. For his outstanding performance and unstinted dedication to duty, the Hon'ble President is

pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Master Warrant Officer (Honorary Flight Lieutenant) Satya Prakash Dwivedi.

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

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WO Kalathil Pushpakan 607784 ORUnit : 11 Base Repair Depot  Award Date 26 Jan 02 Announced 26 Jan 02
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607784-K Warrant Officer Kalathil Pushpakan, Electrical Fitter, was enrolled in the Indian Air Force, in the year 1971 in Electrical Fitter Trade. In 30 years service he has worked in a number of fighter aircraft units at all levels of servicing both as a worker and a supervisor. He is a highly skilled and dedicated professional who has contributed to efficient running of all the units he was posted in. He was commended by the CAS in 1997 and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, South Western Air Command in 1985. WO Pushpakan was posted to Base Repair Depot (BRD) engaged in overhaul of modern fighter aircraft, in June 1996. At that time overhaul line for a new fighter aircraft was being set up without the availability of Russian specialist. In spite a numerous difficulties like incomplete documentation, shortage of spares, delay in supply of equipment, he motivated and guided the team placed under him to achieve commendable results.

WO Pushpakan has also been instrumental in developing a number of modifications on the aircraft. The aircraft engine was de-rated for peacetime operation. Up-rating the engine power for operational role normally required two to three days. He introduced a modification, by incorporating a three-way switch, whereby the up rating could be carried out in a matter of few hours thus ensuring faster availability of aircraft for operational role.

WO Pushpakan was also instrumental in developing some other modifications like closing of air intake below certain speed to avoid foreign object damage and switching ON or OFF landing lights with landing gear extension. All the above modifications have resulted in a saving of approximately Rs 10 crores in foreign exchange.

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

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

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Air Cmde Pradeep Vasant Naik 12005 F(P)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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Air Commodore Pradeep Vasant Naik (12005) F (P) was commissioned in the fighter stream of the IAF on 21 Jun 69. He has flown more than 3000 hours on all MiG-21 variants and MiG-23 BNs. In his distinguished service of 33 years he has held many important Command and Staff appointments. These include command of a MiG-21 Bis squadron, Chief Operations Officer (COO) of AF Station, Bareilly and Directing Staff at Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE) and Defence Services Staff College. He has commanded two bases, AF Station Srinagar, an operational base in the Kashmir valley and AF Station, Bidar. He is an alumnus of the National Defence College.

As COO, AF Station, Bareilly he streamlined operational procedures for the base flying five different types of aircraft leading to "Average Plus" grading by Director Air Staff Inspection (DASI). During his tenure as AOC at Srinagar and Bidar not only the operational effectiveness improved but also he effected major improvements in works services and quality of life. At Bidar, he was responsible for Suryakiran Aerobatics Team. The standard of their displays bears testimony to his involvement and hard work.

He was posted as Air I, Western Air Command (WAC) from 16 Dec 01. At the time of taking over this challenging assignment, WAC was in a state of high alert. With his vast experience he not only blended with the plans but also took up the reins of operational activity in WAC and was instrumental in raising it to new heights of combat preparedness. With his deep insight into activity at field level, he was able to inject enough operational challenges into day-to-day training of the combat units to ensure that the state of preparedness was sustained over the prolonged period of alert.

His active involvement in both macro and micro aspects of operations ensured optimization of resources and expeditious translation of concepts into actionable ideas. His clarity of thought and directions enabled his subordinates to work for clearly defined objectives, thus maximizing their output.

For distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Pradeep Vasant Naik.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2003 Number: 

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Gp Capt Srinivasa Rao Chinni 12344 LGSUnit : 29 Equipment Depot  Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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Group Captain Srinivasa Rao Chinni (12344) Lgs was commissioned on 27 Jun 1970 in the Logistics Branch of the IAF. He is currently commanding an Equipment Depot.

As an Inspector in Directorate of Maintenance Inspection (DMI), his study on Inventory Management of MiG-21 fleet resulted in reduced holding at operational units without affecting serviceability. It also generated utilisation of non-moving inventory, bringing savings in procurements and inventory carrying costs. At College of Defence Management (CDM), he excelled in teaching Operational Research and Project Management to Senior Defence Officers. His efforts in getting a memorandum signed with All India Management Association (AIMA) and Osmania University granting recognition and award of Postgraduate Degree is noteworthy and commendable. During Kargil operations, his meticulous planning and distribution management ensured smooth and effective logistics support to all dependent bases, which enabled the IAF to achieve its operational targets.

On taking over Command of 29 Equipment Depot, Gp Capt Chinni faced the challenge to support overhaul of 12 AN-32 aircraft (ac) as against 06 ac in the previous years' task. By foresight and timely procurement, he ensured achievement of 100% task. His co-ordinated procurement of indigenous spares worth Rs seven crores from vendors all over India resulted in saving of valuable foreign exchange. He also designed a software programme to monitor critical spares, which was effectively used to meet the unforeseen increase in overhaul of R-29 engines.

In 32 years of service Gp Capt Chinni with his deep commitment, leadership quality and professional knowledge, has been able to develop an enthusiastic work force capable of achieving results even in adverse circumstances.

For distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Gp Capt Srinivasa Rao Chinni.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2003 Number: 

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Air Cmde Gautam Sengupta 12743 ACCTUnit : Air Force Central Accounts Office  Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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Air Commodore Gautam Sengupta (12743) Accts was commissioned on 26 Jun 1971. For his high professional competence, he was commended by AOC-in-C, Western Air Command, IAF in 1978, by AOC-in-C, Maintenance Command, IAF in 1989 and by the Chief of Air Staff in 1993.

On taking over as Command Accounts officer on 20 Oct 1997 this officer identified vital areas which could enhance the quality of life for not only serving personnel but retired personnel too. With his zeal and drive he was able to computerise the Accounts Section in HQ Central Air Command (CAC) and all other Station Accounts Sections of this Command. This effect was not restricted only to Public Fund. The Non Public Funds also benefited immensely. The CSD Canteen of HQ CAC has been completely computerised which has resulted in accurate provisioning, sales and accounting and has reduced the customers waiting at the counter considerably. This had led to enormous improvement in customer satisfaction. With his innovative ideas, and constant persuasion he was able to convince HQ State Bank of India to open a Model Bank of UP area at this HQ. The Bank underwent a total transformation at a record time of six months with modern building, online computer services with Automated Teller Machine (ATM) facilities. All service personnel and civilian employees have been benefited by this modernisation. With the implementation of Fifth Pay Commission the pension orders issued by Controller of Defence Accounts (CDA) were required to be revised for all pensioners. With his personal involvement, keen interest and a good rapport with CDA, Air Cmde Sengupta was able to complete this Herculean task in time bound manner. He was made the nodal point by Air HQ to settle numerous outstanding pension cases for retired officers, airmen and family pension for widows.

His excellent knowledge, thoroughness and foresight in Public Fund Operation, Non Public Fund management and growth, Budgetary Control, Settlement of Audit Objections and judicious utilisation of funds ensured maximum benefit to all the Stations. Because of his personal involvement, constant monitoring and check, there was no case of loss or misappropriation in any of the Non Public Funds in CAC in the last three years.

For his sincere and single-minded devotion to service interest, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Gautam Sengupta.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2003 Number: 

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Gp Capt Madan Mohan Gupta 12881 AE(M)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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Group Captain Madan Mohan Gupta (12881) AE (M) was commissioned on 05 Jul 1971. During 31 years of service, he has held varied field and staff assignments, which include CEO of one of the largest operational bases of the IAF and CO of an independent Air Defence Ground Environment System (ADGES) unit. He is also a recipient of the General LENTAIGNE Medal during 47th course at DSSC, Wellington. Presently, he is on the posted strength of Air HQ since 18 Dec 2000 and has been functioning as Joint Director Engineering (Jaguar). After his training in British Aerospace (BAe), United Kingdom (UK) on Jaguar aircraft maintenance during 1979, he set up the mechanical and armament bays including Jaguar MCC in one of the operational bases of the IAF. Later, as Senior Technical Officer (STO) he single-handedly established full range of I/II line maintenance facilities during re-equipping of a Jaguar Sqn. As CO, Regional ADGES Maintenance Establishment (Wadsar) [RAME(W)] he directed the entire unit with dedication and determination and achieved near 100% serviceability of DG sets, in addition to the unit receiving awards for Best Runner Up, Best MI Room and Best MT Section.

On taking over as JD Eng (Jaguar), he evolved a system to scientifically analyse each and every AOG and initiate measures to liquidate the same on a permanent basis. This has resulted in sharp decline in the number of AOGs in Jaguar fleet from 1284 in Mar 2001 to just 600 as on 31 May 2002. Regular meetings with BAe representatives resulted in smooth receipt of Navigation Weapon Aiming Sub System (Nav WASS) repairables from BAe, UK. This resulted in achieving 100% serviceability by a Jaguar Sqn on 01 Apr 2002. He also accomplished the task of transfer/sale of non-moving spares valued at Rs. 16.82 crores from 24 Equipment Depot to HAL for utilisation against manufacture of 17 twin seater Jaguar aircraft. As a demonstration of flair for innovation, 15 Lox converters (costing 2.3 crores) have been recently recovered at Jaguar bases after HAL had declared them beyond economical repair. His deep involvement with Jaguar inventory analysis modified the requirement of drop tanks against War Reserve (WWR) resulting in reduction by 144 drop tanks thereby saving Rs. 32 crores (approx) to the exchequer.

For his high professional competence, unflinching devotion to duty, exemplary zeal and capacity to put in sustained hard work far beyond the call of duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Capt Madan Mohan Gupta.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2003 Number: 

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Gp Capt Lalit Kumar Malhotra 13373 F(P)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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Group Captain Lalit Kumar Malhotra (13373) F (P) is on the posted strength of Air HQ (VB) with effect from 03 Apr 2001. He is currently working as Joint Director Personnel Officers. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor and a graduate of the Staff Course from Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) Wellington. He has commanded a Jaguar Sqn and has been the Chief Operations Officers (COO) of a major operational airbase. In his present appointment, Gp Capt Malhotra was responsible for processing and documentation of appraisal reports in respect of nearly 10,000 officers and promotion of officers upto the rank of Gp Capt. During this period, a major change of policy came into effect which entailed, for the first time, a very large number of officers being empanelled for promotion to the rank of Gp Capt. Due to his meticulous planning, attention to detail and deep sense of commitment the Promotion Board was conducted in a flawless manner. He also displayed extraordinary initiative and dedication in exploring avenues for additional vacancies so as to improve the adversity in promotion ratios. This has borne the desired results.

As Commanding Officer of a front line Jaguar Squadron, he made the unit perform exceedingly well. During his tenure as COO, the Station won the coveted 'Best Station' trophy. His meticulous planning of flying activity led to successful conduct of the first ever 'Air-to-Air Refueling Capsule' held at AF Station, Ambala during Apr 1997. The same traits of professionalism and leadership have been evident in his present appointment where he has been a source of constant inspiration to his colleagues and subordinates.

For his high sense of professionalism, exemplary dedication and selfless devotion beyond the call of duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Lalit Kumar Malhotra.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2003 Number: 

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Gp Capt Rakesh Kumar Jolly 14083 F(P)Unit : 41 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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Group Captain Rakesh Kumar Jolly VM (14083) F (P) was commissioned in the IAF on 11 Jul 1975. He had commanded a Sqn. He has also been a Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI) at Flying Instructors' School (FIS) and Directing Staff at College of Air Warfare (CAW) and presently Stn Cdr at an AF Station. He has 3900 h accident free flying. His squadron won the 'Best Fighter Sqn' trophy in 1996 and stood second in Ex 'Eklavya' the same year. He was awarded the Majithia Trophy at FIS for standing first in overall order of merit and the Vayu Sena Medal for his successful Sqn Cdr's tenure.

As Stn Cdr, the officer was responsible for orchestrating Millennium Vayu Shakti (MVS) to be witnessed by Chiefs of Air Staff from all over the world. Though postponed once and cancelled the second time, the major portion of work was actually completed on each occasion. Planning for MVS was a challenging assignment. Gp Capt Jolly displayed equanimity, sense of purpose and excellent management skills in directing work towards this major function.

A good motivator, the officer was able to mould his team on the station to efficiently support a large number of weapon system trials. The station won a variety of awards during major and minor Command exercises and was runner up in 2001 for the 'Pride of SWAC' award. Undoubtedly, this was adequate testimony to his successful stewardship.

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

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2003 Number: 

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Gp Capt Satvir Singh Rana 14383 ADMUnit : 501 Signal Unit  Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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Group Captain Satvir Singh Rana (14383) Adm/FC was commissioned on 23 Jan 1976 in the Administrative Branch of the IAF. He is a graduate from Defence Services Staff College and Category 'AYE' Controller. The Officer has held important assignments of Commanding Officer of Air Defence College for three years and Dy Director in Dte of Ops (AD) Air HQ for four years. For his contribution in Air HQ he was commended by the CAS in Jan 1998. He is currently posted as Chief Operations Officer of Air Force Station, Barnala since 15 May 2000.

Air Force Station, Barnala occupies a pivotal role in Air Defence of Punjab sector. Gp Capt Rana has, through his supervision, close coordination of activities and personal involvement ensured incident/accident free Air Defence and radar surveillance operations involving flying from various fighter bases affiliated to his Station. Under his guidance, the Station has successfully completed every task assigned to it. His thorough planning has ensured a smooth induction of new Fully Automated Data Handling System (FADHS) project. By maintaining a parallel operation of the FADHS and Automated Data Handling System (ADHS) during the induction phase of FADHS he has provided requisite radar cover in his area of responsibility and saved the costly operational hours for other radars in the sector.

Through his leadership style, dedication and a regular mutual interaction he has achieved synergy amongst all personnel under his command. His personal involvement and emphasis on use of Simulator for training purposes has not only resulted in considerable saving in costly flying effort but has also made operating crew more proficient. The Station carried out close to 1388 interceptions on simulator during last one year. His regular interaction with aircrew of affiliated flying bases has been appreciated by all. His innovative thinking, sound planning and foresight have facilitated smooth conduct of air defence operations and kept the Station in high state of preparedness.

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

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2003 Number: 

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Gp Capt Sumesh Kumar Saigal 14594 AE(L)Unit : 1 Radio Maintenance Unit  Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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Group Captain Sumesh Kumar Saigal (14594) AE (L) was commissioned in the Engineering Branch of 1AF on 05 Jul 1976. He has been Commanding Officer of a Radio Maintenance Unit since Mar 1997.

The officer has dedicated himself to transform the maintenance culture of radio equipment. He has been responsible for transformation of a Radio Maintenance Unit (RMU) from a second line maintenance outfit to a major repair center of electronic equipment in the northern sector. Though entrusted with the task of radio equipment repair, he diversified the range of his unit into field of radar electronics and electrical power electronics especially in areas where facilities for such repair were not existing within the IAF. Facilities to repair peripherals for display console of P-40 Radars and to carry out fourth line IRAN Servicing on these consoles were successfully developed. Under his guidance the unit also conceived a personal computer repair laboratory whose support has been of great assistance to units especially those located in far-flung areas. Over 300 peripherals of computers were repaired in the year of inception of this facility and made available to field units.

With his technical acumen, the officer has repeatedly provided engineering solutions to recover equipment held unserviceable at various stations. Development of OEN panel for DG Sets, Reworking of AMF panel for power houses, repair of peripherals for aircraft starting aggregates were some of the land mark tasks successfully undertaken by the officer.

The Officer displayed sound professional and innovative approach in developmental tasks also. He has successfully designed and developed prototypes for Remote controlled Arrestor Barrier and Loud Hailer system for helicopters.

For distinguished services of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Sumesh Kumar Saigal.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2003 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Gopal Krishna Patnaik 14735 ADMUnit : AFS Hakimpet  Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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Wing Commander Gopal Krishna Patnaik (14735) Adm/FC was Commissioned on 29 Dec 1976 in the Administrative Branch of the IAF. As a Fighter Controller he commanded a Squadron from 1991 to 1996 and subsequently posted to Air HQ as Deputy Director Personal Service (DDPS) from 1996 to 1998. He successfully recovered a MIG-29 aircraft which was uncertain of its ground position for which he was commended by the CAS on 26 Jan 1996. As DDPS, he revised the policy pertaining to discipline in the Air Force and critically examined all the Court of Inquiry proceedings relating to agitation in respect of Pay Commission recommendations for which he was commended by the VCAS on 26 Jan 1998.

In his present appointment as Chief Administrative Officer, he has been responsible for providing effective administrative support to create safe flying environment, enhanced security measures and improved quality of life. On 30 May 2000 at about 1935 h, the Station was struck with heavy storm disrupting electric and water supply. Despite total darkness and heavy rains he motivated the Military Engineering Service (MES) personnel and took immediate steps in restoring electric and water supply in a least possible time. He successfully conducted the survey of Air Force land, which had been pending for the last 134 years, identified the encroachments and initiated actions to remove the same. With his close liaison with the Hyderabad Urban Development Authorities he organised mass scale tree plantations on Air Force land outside the camp to prevent any further encroachments. To improve the quality of life he refurbished the Airmen Institute, provided music at Hangars, TVs in every Section, locally fabricated Bus Shelters, 24 split Air Condition ers at various places, Curtains in Airmen Billets and developed Parks with fountain. He gave a new impetus to various Non Public Funds and achieved a record growth.

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

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2003 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Amrit Lal Patel 15069 AE(M)Unit : 27 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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Wing Commander Amrit Lal Patel (15069) AE (M) was commissioned on 25 Jul 1977 in the Engineering Branch of the Indian Air Force. In 25 years of distinguished service he has held several important command and staff assignments that include Chief Engineering Officer (CEO) of a Base Repair Deport (BRD), Commanding Officer of Tech nical Type Training School, Senior Technical Officer (STO) at Helicopter Training School (HTS) and Chief Engineering Officer of a Fighter Base. He is a graduate of the Institute of Armament Technology, Pune. He was commended by the Chief of the Air Staff in 1992.

Whilst being the STO of HTS he performed creditably and ensured high serviceability of 28 helicopters. He achieved this challenging task with great foresight and meticulous planning. As CEO of a BRD he formulated the master process sheets for a wide range of specialist aircraft support vehicles. He also successfully overhauled these vehicles despite the uncertain availability of spares. He was instrumental in obtaining of ISO certification to the BRD.

Wg Cdr Patel took over duties of CEO, Air Force Station, Bhuj on 27 Mar 2000. During the earthquake, which struck the region of Kutch on 26 Jan 2001, Wg Cdr Patel suffered great personal loss. His house was completely destroyed, his aged mother was seriously injured and he lost all his personal belongings. Despite this personal loss, he earnestly went about the task of restoring the Station Engineering activities to normalcy. His active involvement in salvage operations resulted in the successful retrieval of technical equipment. He then set up alternate servicing facilities in tented accommodation and ensured that aircraft servicing commenced without any delay. His close supervision of the mechanical transport fleet ensured that all relief operations were carried out without a single untoward incident or accident. His efforts in quickly restoring communication and airfield lighting facilities ensured the safe and expeditious conduct of air relief operations. By his exemplary leadership, foresight and perseverance, Wg Cdr Patel was able to motivate his team to perform and achieve all tasks even under such adverse and trying conditions.

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

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2003 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Arvind Varma 15410 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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Wing Commander Arvind Verma (15410) F (P) was commissioned on 07 Jul 1978 in the Flying Branch of the IAF as a fighter pilot. He has flown the S-22 and all variants of MiG-21 aircraft besides the HJT-16 Mk I and Mk II trainer aircraft. He has 3918 hrs of flying to his credit with over 1100 hrs of instructional flying. He is a Fighter Combat Leader, a Qualified Flying Instructor, a graduate of Defence Service Staffs College (DSSC) Wellington and a Cat 'B'Group 101 Officer of Surface to Air Guided Weapons (SAGW) stream. He has been the Flight Commander of a fighter Squadron, a Squadron Commander in MiG Operational Flying Training Unit (MOFTU) and a Flight Commander at AF Station, Bidar. For his devotion to duty he was commended by the Chief of the Air Staff in 1992. He is presently commanding a fighter Sqn, since 19 Jul 1999.

During his present command tenure combat flights were kept in high state both at base and at Op locations. The Unit has moved thrice for various operations/exercises to as far as 450 Kms from base, without any accident or untoward incident. Combat flights performed creditably well during all the exercises. The unit has consistently maintained a serviceability state of over 90% and 95% of combat flights and specialist vehicles respectively. The unit was adjudged the best SAGW squadron of the IAF for the year 1999-2000 and was again re-nominated for the year 2000-2001.

Wg Cdr Verma is commanding the unit in an exemplary manner. He has maintained the high morale of his personnel through motivation and personal example of hard work, dedication and exemplary leadership.

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

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2003 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Chintaman Sadashiv Sohoni 15472 AE(M)Unit : 44 Repair and Salvage Unit  Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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Wing Commander Chintaman Sadashiv Sohoni (15472) AE (M) was commissioned in the IAF on 06 Jun 1978. During his initial tenures as Squadron Engineering Officer of MiG-21 and MiG-23 Sqns, he was commended by the CAS in Aug 1981 and by AOC-in-C, South Western Air Command (SWAC) in Jan 1986. After training abroad on overhaul of MiG-23 aircraft (ac), he was instrumental in establishing the overhaul facilities. He was also involved in successful overhaul of over 100 MiG-23 ac. Using his expertise and innovative approach, he established a rejuvenation technology to increase the life of MiG-23 undercarriage, which enabled a net saving of over 15 crores in foreign exchange. He was actively involved in projects to increase the Total Technical Life of MiG-23, MiG-27 and MiG-29 ac. In his next tenure as CO of Air Force Liaison Establishment (Koraput), his unit was adjudged as the best Maintenance Command unit. Later as Senior Engineer (Aircraft) of a forward base operating MiG23 ac, his contributions enabled the base to successfully drop more than 30% of the total bomb load during Kargil operations.

Now, as the Commanding Officer of a Repair & Salvage Unit, he has developed a process for in-house repair of doors of Chetak Helicopters, thus enhancing fleet availability and saving more than Rs. 10 lakhs. During May 2001, Iskra ac fitted with newly inducted NR-23 guns were observed to be unsuitable for utilisation. An in-house modification of the gun link collector was undertaken by the officer to enable successful conduct of the armament training. During a recent critical shortage of friction brake pads of Iskra ac, he established a process for the replacement of the brake pads resulting in immense FE savings and averting large number of ac AOGs. Above noteworthy contributions have enabled this station to successfully accomplish the training of ab initio pilots as per schedule. He recently designed and fabricated crates for packing Kiran ac to enable immediate dispatch of an ac involved in accident. This has resulted in saving of over Rs. three lakhs, besides averting hold up on an important investigation.

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

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2003 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Rajiv Battish 16038 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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Wing Commander Rajiv Battish (16038) F (P) was commissioned as a Fighter Pilot on 15 June 1980. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor with over 3250 hours of flying, of which nearly 1150 hours are on Jaguar aircraft. An alumnus of Defence Services Staff College he has held various important appointments like Flight Commander of a Jaguar Squadron, Senior Flight Safety & Inspection Officer of an AF Station and Directing Staff at the Defence Services Staff College.

Wg Cdr Battish was appointed Commanding Officer of an Air Defence Guided Weapon Squadron on 14 Feb 2000. Immediately on assuming command, the officer has gone methodically and with great zeal in moulding his unit into a viable operational Squadron capable of meeting its assigned air defence task. He organised all available resources to ensure that his Squadron became an efficient Combat Squadron capable of inflicting serious damage to the enemy war capability. The officer is well versed with management of Pechora assets. Due to his diligent efforts, an appreciable positive change was achieved in the work culture of the engineering branch of the Squadron. Many innovative welfare measures were instituted which helped greatly in raising the morale of the Unit.

During his tenure as Commanding Officer, the Squadron has consistently completed the Command task. The Squadron participated in "Op Poorna Vijay" in May 2001 where the unit's Air Defence assets were successfully tried in the Mobile Controlling and Reporting Center role and 100 percent serviceability of the Air Defence Radar in the "Leapfrog" mode was achieved under extreme climate conditions. To cap all the achievements, the squadron is one of the rare Air Defence Squadron in the IAF to be declared fully operational by the Director of Air Staff Inspections Team in Sep 2000.

By his sound administration, professional competence, personal example and excellent leadership, Wg Cdr Battish has moulded the Squadron into an efficient Combat Unit.

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

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2003 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Harish Tiagi 16099 ADMUnit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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Wing Commander Harish Tiagi (16099) Adm was commissioned on 15 Jun 80 in the Administration Branch of the IAF. He has held appointments of Adjutant, Divisional Officer at National Defence Academy (NDA), Commanding Officer of an Airmen Selection Centre, Assistant Provost Marshal, Honorary Treasurer of Air Force Wives Welfare Association at Air HQ, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Administrative Officer. He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College. He has been commended by the CAS in 1994 and by AOC-in-C in 1998. Presently, he is Camp Commandant at Air HQ.

As Camp Commandant of Air HQ, he has creditably discharged the mammoth responsibilities of maintenance of the build ings, provision of stores for office man agement and equipment account services. He has utilised his experience to execute a number of works to improve the infrastructure and ambience of offices, specially the refreshing and wellmaintained lawns and foliage. He was instrumental in replacement of three lifts of 1960 vintage by modern elevators in a record time. Due to his foresight he also revised the scope of work to install a silent generator of 380 KVA to provide standby supply for lights and fans at Vayu Bhavan. The installation of Compactors on rails was an innovative plan to create additional space for records. During the economy drive he critically reviewed the annual electric tariff of Rs. 1.36 crore during 2000-01. The repair of electronic water management system, re-utilisation of over flow of water and water saving measures provided additional water and reduced the running of pumping sets. The energy saving measures initiated by him have resulted in saving of Rs. 52 lakh on electric tariff during 2001-02. He has consistently evolved innovative procedures to maintain the build ings, landscape and facilities neat and tidy at all the times.

Due to his inventory management and standardisation the best quality of stores were provided at very competitive rates. The excellent quality and prompt delivery has led to high degree of user satisfaction. His strict procedural control resulted in exemplary financial and inventory management at Air HQ. During the period he also initiated disposal of salvage stores which resulted in decongestion of offices and creation of storage space.

Due to his professional managerial skills and eye for detail, the Air HQ has successfully organised a number of formal receptions of visiting dignitaries, Commander's Conferences and Guards of Honour in a befitting manner even at very short notice.

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

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2003 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Anil Kumar 16119 LGSUnit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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Wing Commander Anil Kumar (16119) Lgs was commissioned on 15 Jun 1980 in the Logistics Branch of the IAF. He has varied experience of serving in Base Repair Depot (BRD), Equipment Depot (ED) and operational Command. Currently he is Staff Officer to the Chief of the Air Staff.

While serving as Senior Logistics Officer, Wg Cdr Anil Kumar displayed exceptional professional acumen in improving the system of maintenance and providing logistics cover to ensure availability of the items at door step of the users. This led to marked reduction in the number of aircraft on ground (AOG). In the year 1992, while serving as Mess Secretary of the Air Force Officer Mess he improved the systems and motivated the staff to such an extent that the Air Force functions, which were earlier entrusted to be handled by hotels, were arranged in the Mess itself. This led to considerable savings. He was commended by the Chief of the Air Staff for his initiative and devotion to duty.

As a Staff Officer to the CAS, he has used his professional acumen and experience in rendering sound advice towards improving logistics functions and management of Air Force inventory. This has resulted in cost savings and putting inventory items to effective use. He has given an excellent account of his ability in not only co-ordinating the activities at the CAS's secretariat but also helped in better interaction with other directorates at Air HQ. Wg Cdr Anil Kumar has an unmatched capability in tracking action points and ensuring the directions are moved in time in the right direction.

In addition to his normal duties, Wg Cdr Anil Kumar has performed in an exemplary manner in implementation of various measures initiated by the CAS. Due to his enthusiasm and zeal, many a difficult and tricky case, coming up to CAS for mediation, have been resolved in least possible time.

For his sincerity, commitment and total dedication to work, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Anil Kumar.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2003 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Kameshwar Jha 16169 AE(M)Unit : AFS New Delhi  Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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Wing Commander Kameshwar Jha (16169) AE (M) was commissioned on 07 Jul 1980 in the Engineering Branch of the IAF. In 22 years of distinguished service, he has held several important appointments that include Chief Engineering Officer of a Helicopter Base and Officer in Charge of Aircraft Specialist Vehicle Depot. He has been Chief Engineering Officer of Air Force Station, New Delhi (AFND) since 03 Jul 2000.

As the Chief Engineering Officer of a Mi-17 Helicopter Unit in Eastern Sector in 1994, he overcame all odds to achieve 100% aircraft serviceability from 45% within one year, for which he was awarded Commendation by the Chief of the Air Staff. During 1996-98, as head of the overhaul line of Aircraft Specialist Vehicles at a Base Repair Depot, due to nonavailability of spares from Russia, he embarked upon indigenisation of critical spares by tapping the expertise in the civil sector. As a result, for the first time the Base Repair Depot was able to surpass its allotted task. During 1999-2000, as Deputy Director Mechanical Transport at Air Headquarters, he successfully carried out indigenisation of hydraulic trolleys for Mirage 2000 and Su-30 aircraft, air-conditioning trolleys for Su-30 aircraft, mobile airfield compressors and Russian Ural engines.

With his foresight, perseverance and able guidance to his subordinates, he has given an impetus to technical activities in every field and established high standards of maintenance discipline at AFND. He has been able to improve mechanical Transport (MT) Serviceability state from 90% to near 100% on sustained basis. This is a very laudable feat, considering the fact that the Station has the largest MT fleet of nearly 500 vehicles in the IAF. With close monitoring and reduced dependency on local market repairs, he was able to carry out substantial reduction in MT expenditure. In the last two years, the MT expenditure has been brought down from Rs. 120 lakhs to Rs. 76 lakhs; a reduction of 37%. Further, despite the fact that the total mileage done by the vehicles was enormous, there were no accidents. Under the able leadership of Wg Cdr Jha, the Station MT Section has been adjudged the best MT Section for the year 2001-02.

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

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2003 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Deepak Rautray 16194 MEDUnit : CHAF  Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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Wing Commander Deepak Rautray (16194) Med was commissioned in the Medical Branch in Aug 1980. He is presently posted to Air Force Command Hospital, Bangalore with effect from 20 Dec 1996, as the Oncosurgeon.

In these five years, he has successfully established the Malignant Diseases Treatment Centre at this Hospital. He has raised the Centre to its present state of excellence single handedly, without the services of any medical or Radiation Oncologist, wherein it is rendering quality multimode Cancer care to hundreds of patients every year. All the cancer patients reporting to his centre are managed here itself, with commendable results and excellent clientele satisfaction. In recognition of his professional standing, he has been nominated to the executive council of the Bangalore Surgical Society and the Bangalore Oncology Group.

In Dec 2001, like a devoted soldier he responded to the needs of his country and the Armed Forces, by offering his services to the Govt of India, as a member of the Indian medical mission to Afghanistan (Mazar-e-Sharif) during the war (Op Enduring Freedom) in that country. There, as a Team leader of the only Indian presence at the strategically important Mazar, he was required to function under most trying and adverse circumstances not only at a professional level but also at a diplomatic and social level, to fulfill the aims of the Govt of India. With total disregard to the threat to his own life and limbs, he led his pioneering team with tremendously admirable professional skill, diplomatic maturity and social propriety, to do his country and the Armed Forces proud. This awesome task mandated the highest degree of dedication, devotion and professional excellence. His work has been greatly appreciated by the Governor of Balkh Provinces.

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

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2003 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Pradeep Wellesly Karvinkop 16537 AE(M)Unit : AirHQ Communications Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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Wing Commander Pradeep Wellesly Karvinkop (16537) AE (M) was commissioned in the IAF on 10 Aug 1981. He is posted as Senior Engineering Officer (SEO) of Air HQ Communication Squadron since 30 Aug 1999.

Wg Cdr Karvinkop has been dynamic AE officer throughout his career in the IAF. His outstanding performance has been his way of life from the beginning as shown by his previous achievements of Commendation by AOC-in-C, WAC in 1991 and by CAS in 1995.

During his tenure as SEO, with systematic planning, close supervision and extraordinary foresight, Wg Cdr Karvinkop ensured a high serviceability state of B-737-200, HS-748 and Mi-8 aircraft held with this squadron. He has ensured close monitoring of spares and training requirements of each trade. The professional skills of Wg Cdr Karvinkop are regularly put to test in the demanding environment of VVIP flights undertaken by this squadron. Under his leadership, the squadron has contributed towards projecting the Indian Air Force as a professional and highly competent force amongst Indian and Foreign dignitaries. His dedicated efforts resulted in improving flight and maintenance safety at this premier squadron. Wg Cdr Karvinkop is an able and effective instructor who constantly updates and trains his subordinates in latest maintenance practices. He is regularly invited for guest lectures at the Institute of Flight Safety and various Technical Type Training (TETTRA) Schools.

The squadron was tasked to convey the Vice President of India to Indonesia and Cambodia. At D'Jalota due to incorrect handling by the ground handling agency the tow bar got jammed in the nose wheel assembly. Using his professional acumen and depth of knowledge, Wg Cdr Karrvinkop got the nose wheel untangled and thus avoided an embarrassment to the IAF and nation.

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

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2003 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Rajiv Dayal Mathur 16772 F(P)Unit : No.15 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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Wing Commander Rajiv Dayal Mathur (16772) F (P) was commissioned on 04 Jun 1982 as a fighter pilot in the Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor and has held several important command and staff appointments including Commanding Officer of a MiG-21 Bis Squadron. He is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College.

Wg Cdr Mathur assumed command of a fighter squadron on 10 Jun 2000. Under his command the squadron has had an unblemished record, having so far flown over 4500 hours and trained 18 young pilots without any loss of precious aircrew or aircraft. During the Command level Air-to-Ground Armament meet "Ekalavya 2001", Wg Cdr Mathur displayed very high professionalism by himself leading three missions. His squadron won four out of the seven coveted trophies. The squadron was also adjudged the Best Fighter Squadron in South Western Air Command.

Following the earthquake, which rocked the region of Kutch on 26 Jan 2001, Wg Cdr Mathur was tasked with rescue operations outside the Air Force camp. Even as the aftershocks continued to occur, he and his squadron personnel worked round the clock for over three days and in the process rescued 53 people trapped in the debris. Barely ten days later, his squadron was required to recommence operations from another base. Despite the upheaval caused by the eart hquake and the consequent hardships. Wg Cdr Mathur succeeded in motivating his squadron personnel to remain focused on organisational goals. Leading by personal example, he was able to provide renewed purpose and direction to the personnel of the squadron, who rose to the occasion by achieving the allotted tasks even under such difficult conditions.

For his distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Rajiv Dayal Mathur.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2003 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Mrigendra Singh 17324 F(P)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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Wing Commander Mrigender Singh (17324) F (P) was commissioned on 22 Dec 1983 in the IAF. He has been working in the Additional Directorate of Signal Intelligence, Air Headquarter since 08 May 2001. Since his posting to this Dte, the officer's dynamism and professional dedication to achieve excellence has left an indelible mark on the Signal Intelligence Organisation.

As a General Staff Officer, Wg Cdr Singh has a clear thinking with definite organisational goals in sight. Even though working in a highly technical environment, Wg Cdr Singh, with his zeal to learn and untiring zest to achieve the goals, soon acquired all the skills required to guide the Organisation. Soon after his posting he visited various field units and carried out an in-depth study of their working. His deep involvement resulted in recognition of potential weak links in the intelligence gathering apparatus. Bearing in mind the delays and difficulties in immediate revamping of the Organisation, he devised indigenous methods and formulated new Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for optimal utilisation of operational equipments and resources. With his vast operational experience Wg Cdr Singh ensured trem endous improvement in the analysis of day-to-day Sig Int inputs.

With his high leadership qualities, he motivated his subordinates working in this Dte. He streamlined the working of various sections to improve the quality of output. During his tenure, apart from performing his job as GSO-1/ SI-7A, he also actively partic ipated in 'Op Prakaram' with one of the front line fighter Sqns. With his relentless and untiring hard work he produced many Special Reports on various aspects of Pakistan Air Force which have immensely contributed in building up a comprehensive picture about the Op preparedness of the PAF at Air Headquarter.

For his relentless hard work, unwavering loyalty to service, devotion to duty and Operational skills of the high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Mrigender Singh.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2003 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Tarique Jamil Ahmad Khan 18072 F(P)Unit : MiG Operational Flying Training Unit  Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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Squadron Leader Tarique Jamil Ahmed Khan (18072) F (P) was commissioned as a Fighter Pilot in the IAF in 1985. A highly accomplished flier with over 3000 hours of flying experience, he is a Fighter Combat Leader, Qualified Flying Instructor and a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. He holds 'Three Stars' for accident free flying and 'Master Green' instrument rating. He has served as a flying instructor in a flying training establishment and as flight commander in a Fighter Squadron in earlier assignments.

Sqn Ldr Khan had been on the posted strength of MiG Operational Flying Training Unit (MOFTU), wef 29 April 2001. MOFTU is the largest fighter unit of IAF and it undertakes Stage-III fighter-flying training. In the absence of a Wing Commander due to service exigencies, Sqn Ldr Khan had officiated as the Squadron Commander of MOFTU 'Alpha' Squadron from his first day in the unit.

Despite being thrust into a job with a higher work content and increased responsibility, he had performed his duties with admirable efficiency. He flew extensively and worked for long hours with sincerity and dedication, among other things, to help pass out 164 and 165 Pilots' courses in time. He had worked beyond the call of duty on many occasions to meet all tasks. During this period, trainee and staff pilots in MOFTU had performed well in all professional spheres and for this Sqn Ldr Khan had a significant part to play.

Besides his primary job, he had performed all additional responsibilities in a befitting manner. His administrative ability was stood out and he had made significant contributions in many areas of activity in the unit including construction of the MOFTU museum.

For distinguished service of a high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Squadron Leader Tarique Jamil Ahmed Khan, posthumously.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2003 Number: 

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Flt Lt Krishnan Sendhil Kumar 24413 AE(L)Unit : ADGES Maintenance and Standards Establishment  Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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Flight Lieutenant Krishnan Sendhil Kumar (24413) AE (L) was commissioned in the IAF on 26 Nov 1996. He has held the appointment of Officer-in-Charge Daily Servicing State (DSS) in a MiG-29 Sqn.

Presently the MiG-29 fleet of IAF utilises the AGASTI equipment for flight data acquisition and analysis. This system has outdated hardware and does not have automated analysis of aware resulting in time consuming manual analysis using graphical print out. Flt Lt Kumar recognised the shortcomings of the existing system and conceived the preliminary design of a novel Flight Data Acquisition and Analysis System (FDAAS) during his training at MiG-29 Technical Type Training (TETTRA) School at Pune. Based on the success of this preliminary design, Air HQ decided to develop a prototype. While on the posted strength of AMSE, AF he developed the prototype using the latest hardware technology and with advanced software features like automated GO-NO-GO feature and 3D aircraft simula tion to help the maintenance and operational staff in better utilisation of the aircraft. The prototype developed by him consists of four equipment and costs only Rs. 4.5 lacs as against the earlier system with three equip ment costing Rs. 12 lacs. Thus the system developed by the officer has resulted in a saving of about 70%. The prototype has successfully completed all initial development trials and bulk order for entire MIG-29 fleet is shortly expected.

During the same period, Flt Lt Kumar also took on the additional task of developing the software for Total Technical Life Extension Data Base Management system of the MiG29 as required at a BRD of AF. He also completed software development of Header Editor and computerised SARPP film analysis software, both of which involved extremely complex coding.

For distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Flight Lieutenant Krishnan Sendhil Kumar.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2003 Number: 

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WO Sawari Muthu Antony 287381 ORUnit : 6 Air Force Band  Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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287381 Warrant Officer Sawari Muthu Antony Musn was enrolled in the IAF on 21 Feb 1970. In 32 years of distinguished service, WO Antony has held the post of Course Supervisor at CTI from Jan to Dec 1996, instructor for musician tradesmen and Band Master for the last five years. He was awarded commendation by the CAS, in the year 1998 and by the AOC-in C, WAC on 26 Jan 2000.

WO Antony is an outstanding Warrant Officer with an innovative bent of mind. He is an extremely talented WO who works with zeal and enthusiasm. He has undergone the methods of instruction course at ETI in Nov 1980 and continued as an instructor for Musician trade at ETI & ATI upto May 1987. In 1996, he was specially selected as the course supervisor of Musician trade by Air HQ.

WO Antony has led the combined contingent of bands for AF Day Parade from 1997 to 2001 and earned the appreciation not only of Air Force dignitaries but also of the other guests. He has been leading No. 6 Air Force Band during Beating Retreat continuously for five years from 1998 to 2000. He has also led Air Force Band during NCC National Camp and Prime Minister's Rally from 1998 to 2000.

As WO i/c No. 6 Band, he has been conducting all National and International Guards of Honour since Mar 1997. On 27 Mar 1997, during the Guards of Honour presented to His Excellency Dr. Nelson Mandela, the then President of South Africa, he was personally appreciated by the Hon'ble guest for conducting their National Anthem flawlessly.

WO Antony is not only a reputed musician in the three services, but also has a reputation in para-military and state police organizations. He was selected as Judge during All India Police Western Zone Band competition held at Gandhinagar from 26 Apr to 30 Apr 99 and his performance was highly appreciated by the DIG, CRPF, Gandhinagar.

For distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Warrant Officer Sawari Muthu Antony.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2003 Number: 

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WO Anand Ballabh Joshi 657301 ORUnit : No.127 Helicopter Unit  Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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657301 Warrant Officer Anand Ballabh Joshi Flt Gnr has been on the posted strength of a Helicopter Unit since 02 Apr 1998.

On 30 Jun 2001 ten civilian labourers in two trucks were marooned in a flash flood in Tawi River. The sudden surge in water flow and strong currents resulted in the trucks getting bogged down. Surface means of rescue, were attempted, had to be abandoned due to the fast current. No other means of rescue other than air evacuation was feasible in the time frame available before the trucks were totally submerged. The risk of the trucks getting washed away in the rising water and fast current appeared imminent endangering the lives of ten civilians.

WO Joshi was detailed as the Flight Gunner for the rescue mission. During the briefing conducted when a volunteer was sought to be winched down on to the marooned truck, Warrant Officer Joshi immediately volunteered for the task despite the inherent risk. After establishing a hover over the trucks, Warrant Officer Joshi was winched down from a height of more than 20 m. His presence on the truck was inescapable to brief the untrained civilians as well as to ensure an organised recovery. The strong current and resultant wobbling of the marooned truck coupled with the persistent light drizzle and rotor downwash made the job of Warrant Officer Joshi a professional challenge. WO Joshi maintained his cool even under such difficult circumstances. After briefing the civilians he ensured that they were winched up one at a time after being firmly secured to the rescue strap. Warrant Officer Joshi's contribution is no small measure to the completion of winching in the shortest possible time. Warrant Officer Joshi remained on the marooned truck and was the last person to be winched to safety.

The successful and timely completion of the daring rescue operation was possible due to the cool composure and professionalism displayed by WO, even when under personal danger. This operation which received wide publicity, kept the flag of the IAF flying in addition to raising the esteem of IAF in the eyes of the common man and saving valuable lives.

For this display of exemplary personal courage, cool composure and high standards

of professionalism, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Warrant Officer Anand Ballabh Joshi.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2003 Number: 

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JWO Purshotam Lal 293065 ORUnit : 1 Base Repair Depot  Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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293065 Junior Warrant Officer Purshotam Lal, Workshop Fitter, is on the posted strength of a BRD, AF wef 03 Apr 1996 as JWO i/c Structural Repair Section.

JWO Lal is an extra-ordinary person who has adroit hands and intelligent mind. He has been associated with intricate and complex structural repair on various ac for over fourteen years. These include major repair of fuselage and nose landing gear compartment of an aircraft extensively damaged due to belly landing, Centre fuselage area in K-2687 extensively damaged due to bird hit and the APU compartment and exhaust area of recently damaged K-2740 in the forward area. All these typical repairs needed preparation of special repair schemes and fabrication of structural parts. These repairs were carried out expeditiously by working for over 12 hours a day to meet the time schedules.

His invaluable experience has also been instrumental in repair of other ac of IAF. In 1997, he carried out repairs on VIP AVRO ac at Nagpur in mere two days for which HAL had demanded huge amount and at least fifteen days' time. He has also carried out repairs on six IL-76 ac, which were extensively damaged due to corrosion in last three years. For the repair of two of these IL-76 aircraft, Russians are known to have quoted Rs. one Crore per ac. Due to JWO Lal's dexterity and hard work, valuable foreign exchange has been saved.

JWO Lal has also been associated with complex structural modifications. His pains taking efforts resulted in successful completion of IR flare modification of AN-32 ac K-2701 during 'Operation Vijay'. He also carried out the aircrew seat retrain modification of AN-32 ac.

For his high professionalism, dedication to duty, hard work, total involvement and per sonal example of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Junior Warrant Officer Purshotam Lal.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2003 Number: 

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Air Cmde Deepak Kumar Sen 11915 AE(L)Unit : Western Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 04 Announced 26 Jan 04
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Air Vice Marshal Deepak Kumar Sen (11915) Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) was commissioned as an engineer in the erstwhile Tech Signals Branch of the 1AF on 05 Jan 1970. After having undergone the Intra Branch Conversion Course at Air Force Technical College, Bangalore in 1972-73, he was converted to the Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) Branch. In 33 years of distinguished service, he has held several important command and staff appointments which include Chief Engineering Officer of a Fighter Base, Command Engineering Officer at South Western Air Command, Command Systems Officer at Western Air Command and Commanding Officer of an Electronic Warfare (EW) Maintenance and Training Unit. He has undergone Anti Tank Guided Missile Simulator Course and Mirage 2000 course in France and Long Defence Management Course at College of Defence Management. In 1975, he led the Non Destructive Testing (NDT) Team in the retrieval of aircraft trapped in the hangars after the cyclone at Jamnagar, thus effecting a speedy retrieval of the vital strike force of the IAF. After undergoing training in France on maintenance and induction of the state-of-art Mirage-2000 aircraft, he made an outstanding contribution towards setting up of the required maintenance infrastructure for receiving and operating the Mirage-2000 fleet.

In 1995, while commanding a prestigious EW Maintenance and Training Unit, he designed, fabricated and operationalised DC control amplifiers for antenna rotation for one of the critically important ELINT airborne equipment, as vendor sources were nonexistent at that time. He also authored the IAF EW Maintenance Policy, and subsequently assisted in the evolution of the IAF Laser policy.

As Chief Engineering Officer during 19982000 at one of the premier air bases of the IAF, he designed a shock resistant trolley and had it fabricated in the base workshop for carrying sensitive photo-reconnaissance equipment thus drastically reducing damage to the sensitive gyro mechanisms during ground handling. His acute engineering sense and direction helped the station achieve the highest ever-sustained serviceability of the Jaguar fleet.

While Serving in Headquarters Western Air Command during 2003, he has been instrumental in realising the concept of online computerised management and monitoring of all armament stores to ensure currency and saving of time. Also, under his leadership and guidance, it has been possible to transport, install and operate indigenous radars successfully at high altitudes for the first time in Air Force history, greatly enhancing air surveillance capability of the IAF.

For his distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Vice Marshal Deepak Kumar Sen.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2004 Number: 

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Air Cmde Indu Bhaal Bhasin 12871 AE(M)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 04 Announced 26 Jan 04
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Air Commodore Indu Bhaal Bhasin (12871) Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) was commissioned on 05 Jul 1971 in the Technical Armament Branch of the IAF. In 32 years of distinguished service, he has held several important command and staff appointments that include Chief Engineering Officer of a prime fighter base, Commanding Officer (CO) of a Technical Training Institute, Production, Planning and Coordination Officer in a Base Repair Depot. He is an alumnus of Defence Services Staff College. Presently he is Principal Director Weapon Systems at Air Headquarters.

As Chief Engineering Officer of a fighter base, Air Cmde Bhasin was the guiding force behind several innovative maintenance activities which resulted in sustained high serviceability and maintenance support to operating squadrons during 'Op Parakram'. Recovery of eight AI-30F engines of Su-30K aircraft by undertaking compressor blade change in the R&S was the most noteworthy achievement which resulted in saving of several million dollars to the state.

As CO of a Technical Training Institute he adopted several innovative methods to produce 100% results for all the courses that passed during his tenure. Simultaneously, while improving the percentage of trainees achieving LAC grading to an all time high of 26% for the institute.

As Principal Director Engineering D, he is responsible for the maintenance of transport and helicopter fleets of the IAF. He has marshaled his resources well to ensure completion of important modifications on transport and helicopter fleets and preparation for UN mission abroad which required bringing up several helicopters to mission standard within a short span of time.

For his commitment and distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Indu Bhaal Bhasin.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2004 Number: 

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Gp Capt Rajeev Kumar 13116 ACCTUnit : South Western Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 04 Announced 26 Jan 04
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Group Captain Rajeev Kumar (13116) Accounts was commissioned in the Accounts Branch of the Indian Air Force on 17 Jun 1972. Presently he is Command Accounts Officer (C Accts O) at Headquarter South Western Air Command (HQ SWAC) since 01 May 2001. Through his relentless efforts Gp Capt Rajeev has ensured saving of 7.9% in locally controlled heads of HQ SWAC, IAF. By sheer perseverance, he achieved stringent Annual Audit Target fixed by Air HQ. Through his committed approach, he not only achieved the annual Audit Certificate (AAC) targets, but also surpassed it by more than 18%. He was also instrumental in implementing the newly introduced budgetary monitoring system at all units under SWAC in true letter and spirit.

Gp Capt Rajeev left no stone unturned to obtain sanction for grants from the Indian Air Force Central Welfare Fund for the welfare and hygiene of the personnel deployed in the field/op areas during 'Op Parakram' under extreme climatic conditions. This dynamic officer through his own initiative undertook periodic staff visits and by proactive approach streamlined/corrected accounting procedures in respect of all Non-Public Funds to obviate irregularities.

An excellent Accounts officer with impeccable integrity, he has always exhibited a positive attitude in extending a helping hand to all stations for any assistance, be it for accounting services or for improvement in quality of life. While maintaining vibrant relations with all personnel, he extended expeditious and spontaneous support whenever required by them.

As President Mess Committee of HQ SWAC Officers' Mess, Gp Capt Rajeev was instrumental in developing the infrastructure in spite of the peculiarity and constraints due to hired buildings at SWAC. He has efficiently organised all formal functions viz SWAC Commanders' Conference and AF Day celebrations by meticulous planning and keeping up the highest traditions of the IAF.

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

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2004 Number: 

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Gp Capt Sant Prakash Singh Virk 13491 AE(L)Unit : 3 Base Repair Depot  Award Date 26 Jan 04 Announced 26 Jan 04
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Group Captain Sant Prakash Singh Virk (13491) Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) was commissioned in the Aeronautical En gineering Branch of the IAF on 09 Jul 1973. After serving as Engineering Officer in various capacities in different MiG-21 Sqns for over a decade, the officer was specially selected for training on Mirage-2000 Main tenance in France during 1984-85. His in-depth knowledge on "Fly by Wire" system has contributed significantly to the Mirage-2000 Maintenance/ Flight Safety. As Dy Director at Air HQ (Mirage Cell), his services to put the Mirage fleet on solid foundation were immense.

As Chief Engineering Officer of a premiere Mirage-2000 base, Gp Capt Virk has demonstrated his ability as a team leader and a hardcore professional. By optimising resources placed at his disposal, he sustained record high serviceability of Mirage-2000 fleet with exceptionally high mission success rate during "Kargil Operation". A document called "VISION-2000-MIRAGE MAINTENANCE" prepared by him has become the basis of projecting future requirements of Mirage Fleet. Due to his dynamism and professional approach, his Sqn was adjudged "Best Fighter Sqn" and the base "Best in Maintenance" in the IAF. He was also instrumental in numerous adaptations of new weapon systems like integration of Litening, Paveway, Griffin, CMOS and indigenous SYREE Data Processing System, which enhanced the operational capability of Mirage Fleet. As a result of foresight in planning, professional acumen and dynamic vision of Air Cmde Virk, Mirage2000 fleet is best-managed fleet in the IAF.

During his tenure at a BRD, Gp Capt Virk has held two most important portfolios as Chief of Aircraft and Chief of Planning. Due to his personal involvement, planning and guidance the depot has been successful in completing the task of producing 30 helicopters for second consecutive year against all odds. With his personal involve ment and commitment to quality, he secured ISO 9001:2000 certification for the Depot in a time bound manner. His proactive, positive and visionary approach has resulted in overall improvement in work culture, effic iency and generated professional work ethos at the depot, which provides a healthy place of work, thus improving overall pro ductivity and enhanced operational capability of helicopter fleet of the IAF.

For his distinguished services of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Sant Prakash Singh Virk.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2004 Number: 

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Gp Capt Ratan Bir Singh Kalra 13690 ACCTUnit : Air Force Central Accounts Office  Award Date 26 Jan 04 Announced 26 Jan 04
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Group Captain Ratan Bir Kalra (13690) Accounts was commissioned in the Accounts Branch of the IAF on 13 Jul 1974. During his 28 years of service, he has held several important and key appointments which include O i/c Electronic Data Processing (EDP) Wing at Air Force Central Accounts Office (AFCAO), Director Non-Public Fund (NPF), Directing Staff (DS) at College of Defence Management. For his outstanding achievements the officer was commended by the AOC-in-C in Jun 1992 and by the CAS in Oct 1995.

As Oi/c EDP Wing, AFCAO, the Officer has not only pioneered in overcoming the serious problems of Y2K bug well before the start of new millennium, but also played a key role in planning and coordinating the automation activities of EDP Wing. This included the development of software for creation of centralised digital Personnel Occurrence Report data bank and very informative-cum-user friendly Touch Screen giving valuable inputs to the IAF personnel and civilians on their pay and allowances, income tax planning and retirement benefits.

During his tenure as Director NPF, the Officer has ensured cent-percent conversion of entire EDP activity from Foxpro to Oracle and has also ensured integration cum auto mation of various manual activities, which have not only led to significant improvement in work culture, but also reduced human effort. He has successfully managed the conduct of Annual Managing Council And General Body Meetings of Indian Air Force Benevolent Association during 2001 and 2002.

The Officer's vision and timely advice have ensured longevity of the popular and unique rehabilitation scheme for widows of AF personnel. His dedicated and unstinted efforts in dealing with Non Performing Assets has not only helped in reducing the long outstanding bad debts of Indian Air Force Benevolent Association (IAFBA) by Rs. 14.00 Crores, but also reduced the bad debts of Air Force Group Insurance Scheme (AFGIS) and Air Force Naval Housing Board (AFNHB) by Rs. 3.50 Crores by ensuring recovery from defaulting private companies. In addition, the timely action on part of the Officer helped in saving the potential bad debts to the tune of Rs. 7.00 crores to IAFBA. These efforts helped in securing the precious welfare funds.

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

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2004 Number: 

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Gp Capt Man Mohan Dogra 13755 MEDUnit : Institution of Aviation Medicine  Award Date 26 Jan 04 Announced 26 Jan 04
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Group Captain Man Mohan Dogra (13755) Medical was commissioned in the Medical Branch of the IAF on 03 Nov 1974. For the past 25 years he has been practicing the art of Aerospace Medicine and has served as Sqn Medical Officer in a number of fighter Sqns and has also worked as an instructor in Aero Medical Training Centre (AMTC). Presently he is posted at the Institute of Aerospace Medicine since 11 Dec 2000.

Gp Capt Dogra is an officer with pleasant manners and firm disposition. He has indepth knowledge of the professional subject as well as the administrative aspects. He manages the unit well in the absence of the Commandant.

He has been intimately involved in the establishment of NVG Lab at this Institute. Under his leadership, a team of officers has been able to set up a facility, which is of state of the art and has futuristic expansion capability. During the past few years, he has led the team of specialists in evolving manmachine interface for TEJAS (Light Combat Aircraft). He has contributed immensely to the development of current cockpit design for TEJAS. He was instrumental in deciding various cockpit layouts of DHRUV (Advanced Light Helicopter). His keen and personal involvement in the display and sighting helmet for Mirage-2000 ac has resulted in ensuring early clearance of the trials by CHEMILAC. A team of officers under him has been working with Aviation Research and Development Centre (ARDC) of HAL on HJT36 and the cockpit configuration, the instrument layout has been finalised keeping in view the Indian pilot population anthropometry. His personal involvement in the canopy fragmentation system trials, ejection seat pull out trials and finalisation of the ejection seat for the Intermediate Jet Trainer for the IAF have paved the way for the rapid strides in its development.

He has single handedly managed to collate all the research projects carried out in the IAF under the aegis of AFMRC and Aviation Research and Development Board (AR&DB), Defence Institute of Psychological Research and task directions from Air HQ/Command HQ. This has helped in having a wealth of research related information for study and training. He has kept a firm vigil of finances allotted to Aero-medical research projects and avoided any wasteful expenditure. He has guided many post-graduate students to obtain M.D. degree in Aerospace Medicine. For his distinguished service of high order, The Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Man Mohan Dogra.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2004 Number: 

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Gp Capt Ashok Dhar 13940 F(P)Unit : 21 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 04 Announced 26 Jan 04
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Group Captain Ashok Dhar (13940) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Flying Branch of the IAF on 14 Dec 1974. He has held important appointments such as Commanding Officer of a MiG-21 Sqn, Command Air Defence Officer, Central Air Command and Director Operations (Joint Planning) at Air HQ. Presently, he is the Chief Operations Officer (COO), AF Station, Leh, since 19 Nov 2001.

The air maintenance activity at this station is the most important activity involving movement of supplies and personnel to and from the valley. These activities entail tarmac management, baggage and passenger security and passenger facilitation. On an average 600 personnel transit on any given day. The officer exuded professionalism by adopting innovative measures and simplifyi ng procedures for passenger manifest and security, passenger facilitation and overall tarmac management.

While taking over the Kargil airfield from the Airport Authority of India in Feb 2002, the officer was entrusted with the task of presiding over a Board of Officers and supervising taking over of all assets at the airfield both domestic, technical accommoda tion and the runway. By sheer hard work, foresight, keen involvement and dedication, he was able to operationalise the airfield and commence air operations by fixed wing ac in a short span of time.

The Air Defence of Ladakh is under the control of Air Defence Direction Center at Leh. He drafted a detailed SOP with a proactive posture in the 'Op Meghdoot' sector, which was approved and appreciated by Air HQ. Immense courage and valor displayed by the officer, as the COO in all activities in the station, detachments at Kargil and Base Camp is praiseworthy.

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

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2004 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Sanjiv Mishra 14094 F(P)Unit : 37 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 04 Announced 26 Jan 04
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Group Captain Sanjiv Misra SC (14094) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Flying Branch of the IAF on 11 Jul 1975. In 27 years of distinguished service with nearly 6000 h of accident/incident free flying, he has held several important command appointments that include Commanding Officer of Helicopter Unit, Helicopter Training School, AF Station Carnicobar and Team Leader of the IAF detachment, Namibia. He is a flying instructor and an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College. He was awarded Shaurya Chakra in 1988 and Chief of Air Staff Commendation in 1996. Group Captain Sanjiv Misra became Station Commander, AF Station Carnicobar on 01 Feb 2000. On taking over, he faced the challenge of recommencing fighter operations which had stopped since 1993 due to tall trees obstructing runway approaches. Displaying perseverance, tact and reasoning he convinced the tribal leaders, who were reluctant to get the trees cut. But with his personal example and outstanding leadership qualities, Gp Capt Misra mobilised all the personnel of the Air Force Station and led them in the daunting task of jungle clearance in the approach path. He drove his officers and men with tremendous enthusiasm, and with his exemplary zeal and diligence completed the task in a short time. 9000 trees were cut without any additional manpower and fighter operations recommenced from Nov 2001.

With foresight and planning, Gp Capt Misra identified the training and operational needs and established an air to ground armament training range for Mi-8, made runway lighting operational and carried out works services worth Rs. 32 crores for runway extension, dispersal, operational readiness platform etc. Under his leadership the Station did very well during the visit of Directorate of Air Staff Inspection (DASI) and the Station Medicare Centre was adjudged the best in the mini category in the IAF. During his tenure, the Station has met all its flying and other commitments in a commendable manner and the highest standards of flight safety have been maintained throughout.

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

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2004 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Ashok Kumar Sinha 14336 AE(L)Unit : IAT  Award Date 26 Jan 04 Announced 26 Jan 04
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Gp Capt Sinha has served as Chief Engineering Officer of an Operational base since 11 Dec 2000. The MiG-23 BN aircraft operating from the Base had suffered from very poor serviceability due to fuel leak/cracks from integral fuel tanks, spurious fire warning, premature engine withdrawals, landing gear beam cracks and hosts of other maintenance related problems. In a very short time, he coordinated all repair activities, moulded the Tech Flight and the technical personnel of the three Sqns as a team and produced remarkable results in ensuring enhanced serviceability and reliability of aircraft.

During 'Op Parakram' he ensured a serviceability of approximately 80% for the MiG-23 BN aircraft despite the large number of maintenance and sustainability problems. He also ensured smooth induction of a large number of aircraft and huge quantity of weapons positioned at the Station. The quality and extent of work carried out by the officer has been appreciated by higher formations. He has motivated officers and airmen to produce high quality work even under difficult conditions.

For his hard work, dedication to duty and distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Ashok Kumar Sinha.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2004 Number: 

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