Awards for the year 1992


A total of 62 Awards are listed.
Param Vishist Seva Medal : 5 | Kirti Chakra : 1 | Ati Vishist Seva Medal : 11 | Shaurya Chakra : 1 | Yudh Seva Medal : 1 | Vayu Sena Medal : 19 | Vishist Seva Medal : 24 |
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Abraham Mathews 4547 AELUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Air Marshal Abraham Mathews was commissioned in the erstwhile Technical/ Signals branch of the IAF on the 7th September, 1953. During his long and distinguished career, he held a variety of command and staff appointments with distinction which included the command of a key Maintenance Base, Dy Senior Maintenance Staff Officer of an Air Force Command, Director Signal (Air) at Air HQ and finally the Director General of Radar and Communications Project Office, Ministry of Defence.

Although he belonged to a technical branch of the IAF, the Air Officer was one of the very few Engineering Officers who also became a fully qualified pilot. The Air Officer went on to log 2200 active flying hours to his credit. Not content with that he also became a qualified Air Signaller of repute. For his performance during the 1965 Indo-Pakistan conflict, he was awarded “Mentioned-in-Despatches".

Appointed Dy SMSO of the Maintenance Command in 1985, the Air Officer brought about remarkable improvement in the functional efficiency of the base Repair Depots of the IAF through innovative procedural changes and management techniques.

The wide-ranging experience of the Air Officer coupled with his methodical reasoning was brought to full advantage when he was selected to be a member of the high-powered La Fontaine Committee on Flight Safety. The Air Officer made invaluable contribution to the identification of the weaknesses in the training and development of the technical personnel of the IAF. Also, an optimum model of training, development and placement of IAF engineering officers and airmen was evolved under his guidance.

The Air Officer was appointed as the Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Systems) in 1988. While holding this assignment, he introduced several measures to obtain greater operational readiness through more efficient use of resources.

The ultimate landmark in the career of the Air Officer was his appointment as the Director General of the vital Radar and Communication Project Office of the Ministry of Defence in the rank of Air Marshal. He provided the necessary vision and thrust in this capacity to rapidly upgrade the nation's air defence through completion of a large number of radar and communication projects in the given time frame.

Air Marshal Abraham Mathews, AVSM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

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

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Swaroop Krishna Kaul 4721 F(P)Unit : Central Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Air Marshal Swaroop Krishna Kaul was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the IAF on the 17th July, 1954. A graduate of Defence Services Staff College, the Air Officer has, during his long and distinguished career, held a number of command and staff appointments which include the command of a fighter squadron during war, Senior Air Staff Officer of two operational commands and Air Attaché in Moscow.

An outstanding fighter pilot of repute, he commanded a fighter squadron in the eastern sector during the Indo-Pak war in 1971. Displaying leadership of a high degree, he personally led several missions deep into enemy territory to obtain complete air superiority over the area of operations. For his gallant conduct throughout the period of war, he was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra in 1971.

The Air Officer holds the unique distinction of serving as the Senior Air Staff Officer of two operational commands viz South Western Air Command and the Central Air Command. In these appointments, he brought about a number of innovative improvements which significantly enhanced the IAF's operational potential without a substantial change in resources. On his appointment as AOC-in-C of Central Air Command, the Air Officer has brought to bear his vast operational and staff experience with the ultimate objective of building his command into a formidable fighting machine in the most cost effective manner.

Air Marshal Swaroop Krishna Kaul, MVC has, thus, rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

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

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Sukh Dev Mohan 4789 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Air Marshal Sukhdev Mohan was commissioned in the IAF on the 6th November, 1954. During his long and distinguished career he has held a number of important command and staff appointments which include command of a fighter squadron, a sensitive flying station, Air I of an operational command, Director of Systems Evaluation at the Air HQ and Senior Air Staff Officer of an operational command.

A graduate of the Long Defence Management Course, the Air Officer held several staff appointments with distinction. As the Air I of Central Air Command, he brought his varied experience to bear on the conduct of a large number of command level exercises successfully. His thorough direction led to significant improvement in the air space management of this sector. As the Director of Systems Evaluation at Air HQ, the Air Officer displayed remarkable clarity of thought and reasoning which invariably led to improved efficiency with existing resources. The Air Officer is not only a graduate of the National Defence College but also had a very distinguished tenure as the Directing Staff at the premier national institution. In this capacity he made a significant contribution to the higher direction of war through useful interaction at the highest level. He was awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 1987.

On promotion to the rank of Air Marshal he was appointed Senior Air Staff Officer at HQ Eastern Air Command. The Air Officer made remarkable contribution in this capacity in achieving laid down targets of air drops in forward areas as well as the operational preparedness of the front-line fighter squadrons in the command. The Air Officer brings to bear his vast operational and staff experience upon his present appointment as the AOC-in-C of the SAC, wherein he continues to guide the operations in his vital area of his responsibility.

Air Marshal Sukhdev Mohan, AVSM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

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

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Pinnapakkam Masilamani Sundaram 4857 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Air Marshal Pinnapakkam Masilamani Sundaram was commissioned in the Air Force Medical Services on the 1st March, 1955. The entire service career of this illustrious Air Officer has been marked with academic brilliance, excellent performance in field and staff appointments and total dedication to service.

Armed with wide-ranging qualifications in the field of General and Aviation Medicine, the Air Officer held various appointments wherein he successfully carried out projects requiring extensive medicine and aviation interface. One of these was a project on design and development of the universal cockpit at the Institute of Aviation Medicine at Bangalore. The project now serves as a versatile tool for human engineering problems relating to fitness of aircrew with disabilities. In addition, the Air Officer also served two distinguished tenures as Head of the Department of Acceleration Physiology at this prestigious institution.

Later, as Deputy Principal Medical Officer (Aviation Medicine) at HQ Western Air Command, the Air Officer brought about innovative changes in the aircrew survival pack and casualty air evacuation procedures. Further, during his tenure as the Officer-inCharge Aero-Bio Engineering unit in the R&D Organisation, the Air Officer was instrumental in the development and indigenisation of various items of flying clothing including oxygen masks which led to vital savings in foreign exchange.

Appointed Air Officer Commanding of Aviation Medicine in 1985, the Air Officer provided remarkable leadership in the growth of professional knowledge of the IAF's medical community as a whole, besides several aviation and human-engineering related projects.

Air Officer was appointed Commandant of the Air Force Hospital, Bangalore in 1987 in the rank of Air Vice Marshal. Here, he provided the much needed guidance in the treatment of a large number of OP “Pawan" casualties.

Before his retirement from service as the Director General of Medical Services, Air Force, Air Marshal Sundaram has effectively used his vast professional expertise and experience in successfully tackling aviationmedico problems.

Air Marshal Pirtnapakkam Masilamani Sundaram, AVSM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

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

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Indrakanty Gopala Krishna 5398 AEMUnit : Maintenance Command  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Air Marshal Indrakanty Gopala Krishna was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on the 2nd May, 1957. During his long and distinguished career he has held a wide variety of command and staff appointments which include command of a major Base Repair Depot, Chief Engineer of two key fighter bases and Senior Maintenance Staff Officer of two commands. A graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, the Air Officer held a wide variety of staff appointments with ease and aplomb. He held the challenging appointments of Director Engineering 'B' in 1985 and Director Engineering 'A' in 1988 with distinction at Air Headquarters. The Air Officer brought about several innovative changes in these appointments which directly contributed to the operational preparedness of the IAF. An alumnus of the National Defence College, the Air Officer also had a very distinguished tenure as the Deputy Air Attaché at Paris. In this tenure, the technical reports of the Air Officer were always exceptionally helpful in evaluating spare parts requirements of French origin.

Having undergone Senior Defence Management Course, the Air Officer was first appointed as Senior Maintenance Staff Officer at HQ Western Air Command and later at Maintenance Command. While holding these key appointments, the Air Officer vigorously pursued the IAF's short and long term maintenance targets. On being appointed as AOCin-C Maintenance Command in April 1991 Air Marshal Krishna has brought to bear his wide-ranging field and staff experience upon providing fresh impetus to the on-going process of technological update of maintenance practices of the IAF.

Air Marshal Indrakanty Gopala Krishna, AVSM, VSM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

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

Kirti Chakra
Flt Lt Mysore Krishnaswamy Ramaprasad 18440 AEMUnit : No.9 Squadron  Award Date 01 Jul 91 Announced 26 Jan 92
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On the 15th Jul 1991, the fighter Squadron of Flight Lieutenant Mysore Krishnaswamy Rama Prasad moved to 41 Wing, Air Force for Live Armament Practice. On the 17th July 91, a MiG-27 ML aircraft No. TS 539 was armed with one 250 Kg Bomb on the rear fuselage station, and 100 rds of 30 mm Front Gun ammunition had lined up on the runway for a pair take-off. As the throttle was opened, the pilot in the other aircraft noticed sparks and fire emanating from the rear of aircraft TS 539. The pilot of aircraft TS 539 was informed about the fire and asked to vacate his aircraft immediately. The rear of the aircraft was engulfed in fire by the time the crash tender arrived.

While the efforts to extinguish the fire were going on, there was a grave danger of the 250 Kg Bomb exploding at any instant. Flt Lt Prasad jumped and pulled himself up to the cockpit, and put the battery master and all armament switches off. He slipped while jumping down due to foam/water on the runway and injured his leg. Without bothering about the injury, he proceeded to open the panel that housed the fuel shut off cock. The fuel shut off cock was required to be closed to prevent further spread of fire. This panel was red hot as there was fire in its proximity at the time. He persevered and succeeded in opening the panel, and closed the fuel shut off cock manually. Fully aware of the grave danger of the bomb exploding at any moment due to intense heat, Flt Lt Prasad now moved to the 250 Kg Bomb to remove its fuse and make it safe. The electrical release unit cartridge could have operated, due to intense heat, thereby causing the bomb to release and possible explode. Flt Lt Prasad, therefore, removed the electrical release unit cartridge, thereby eliminating the danger of accidental release of the bomb. He then removed the electrical connection to make the 30 mm gun safe. The timely actions taken by Flt Lt Prasad prevented further damage to a costly aircraft and possible loss of several human lives. Flt Lt Mysore Krishnaswamy Rama Prasad, thus displayed conspicuous courage and exemplary presence of mind in tackling a potentially dangerous situation.

Reference: Gazette of India , 11th April 1992 - No.?? - Pres/92 dated 26th January 1992 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Manjit Singh Boparai MEDUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Air Marshal Manjit Singh Boparai was commissioned in the Army Medical Corps in January 1957. A post graduate in Surgery (Ophthalmology), he holds fellowships of a number of medical institutions of repute and is a recognised post graduate teacher and examiner for various universities. During his 34 years of service, he has served with distinction in various capacities in India and abroad.

On promotion to the rank of Brigadier, he was appointed Commandant of the Base Hospital at Delhi Cantonment. Here, he was associated with a major research programme with the Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences on Magnetic Resonance Imagery studies in orthopaedic and ophthaimolic patients. In the rank of Major General, he was initially Director of Medical Research with the Directorate General Armed Forces Medical Services and was thereafter posted as Deputy Director Medical Services with Northern Command where he often visited various hospitals and medical units in the theatre and brought about significant improvement in medical culture, resulting in the well being of troops and consequently raising their morale. He identified the areas requiring attention and thereafter planned and organised the evacuation and treat­ ment of casualties particularly of Operation AVSM 1991-92 “Meghdoot." He actively interacted with many agencies on treatment of High Altitude Pulmonary Oedema patients. His contribution in this regard helped in subsequent publication of research papers on the subject. He played active role in civic action programme in the forward areas. Under his guidance and direction, out­break of cholera in Kargil district in 1990 was effectively brought under control. He planned and organized many medical camps in the remote areas. These included an eye camp where over 700 operations were accomplished successfully. In addition, he has contributed a large number of articles and publications on specialization in medicine including research work. He has pioneered 'Orbital Surgery' at the Armed Forces Medical College and brought the College on the national scene in this field. He has recently taken over as Director General Medical Services (Air) in the rank of Air Marshal.

Air Marshal Manjit Singh Boparai has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Sindhaghatta Subbaramu 5371 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Air Vice Marshal Sindhaghatta Subbaramu was commissioned in the Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force as a fighter pilot on the 29th May, 1957. He has held during his service, important assignments of Flight Commander, Squadron Commander and Air Force Examiner in different types of Fighter Squadrons. He was Flight Commander in an Operational Squadron during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan Conflict when he distinguished himself and was awarded the Vir Chakra for gallantry. Amongst his other flying assignments, he has been a Test Pilot at a Base Repair Depot and at the Aircraft and Armament Testing Unit as also Leader of a formation aerobatic team. In all, he has accumulated over 5700 hours of accident free flying on over 30 types of aircraft of which single engine fighters are predominant. Amongst his other field assignments he has been Chief Operations Officer and subsequently Commander of a major Operational Base and Director of the Air Force Inspection Team where he was responsible for inspecting the operational readiness of all Air Force combat formations.

In addition to his very distinguished career in the various operational field assignments, he has contributed in an equal measure to important and varied and Operational Branches of the Air also on the Defence Planning Staff in the Ministry of Defence. Throughout his career AVSM 1992 which has involved varied and challenging facets of flying from operations on the one hand to flight testing and inspection on the other and equally varied and challenging staff assignments, Air Vice Marshal Subbaramu has always produced exceptional performance and standards by sheer dedication, devotion and unstinted hard work.

Air Vice Marshal Sindhaghatta Subbaramu, VrC has, thus, rendered service of an exceptional order.

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

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Sabnavis Tirumal Rao 5530 ACCTUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Air Vice Marshal Sabnavis Tirumala Rao was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in June 1958. Since then he has been employed on a number of important assignments where he achieved spectacular results, displaying exceptional application of professional knowledge, skilful management of resources and government as well as non government funds. For his remarkable achievements, he has been commended twice by the Chief of the Air Staff.

Air Vice Marshal Rao was appointed as Director of Accounts on the 1st November, 1989. Within a short span of four months, he took upon himself the onerous challenge to remodel the entire accounting system for the airmen and Group 'D' civilians in the IAF. Showing rare ingenuity, dedication and personal involvement, he was instrumental in effecting a recurring saving of Rs. 13 lakhs per annum in foreign exchange by introducing monthly pay slips to airmen in lieu of costly photo­copies. With his keen understanding of various spheres of financial management, AVM Rao launched a drive to clear outstanding air­lift recoveries running into crores of rupees, which had earlier attracted adverse comments from the audit. With positive determination and perseverance, he achieved a recovery of over Rs. 21 crore during the year 1989-90 within a few months of the launching of the clearance drive and over Rs. 32 crore during 1990-91. He has been responsible for computerisation of airlift recovery system and also for other modules like POR, Acquittance Roll, etc. at Air Force Central Accounts.

With a creative bent of mind and capability to optimise and innovate, AVM Rao also introduced a number of welfare measures like schemes for house building advance, motor car/scooter advance from the Air Force Group Insurance Society. Showing rare qualities of vision, he conceived a Group Savings Linked Insurance Plan for the employees, of the AFGIS and Air Headquarters Non Public Funds, wherein the LIC provides insurance cover to the personnel at no cost basis to the employer. With a keen insight into the needs of the lowest paid employees in the service, he was instrumental in getting scholarship schemes for the wards of NC(E) introduced.

Air Vice Marshal Sabnavis Tirumala Rao has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Sudarshan Kumar Nijhawan 6223 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Air Commodore Sudarshan Kumar Nijhawan started his career as Senior Technical Officer of a newly formed Helicopter Training Unit in 1962. Notwithstanding shortage of trained man power and lack of proper tools, he erected two newly received helicopters from USA within a week. When posted as STO of a Heavy Transport Squadron during 1971, he mobilised all resources and brought up serviceability of the fleet to 100%. He was awarded Commendation by the Chief of the Air Staff in January 1973. As the first C Eng O of Forward Base Support Unit, he expeditiously established technical and other associated facilities to enable operation of fighter aircraft from the base. As Dy Dir Flt Safety at Air HQ, he ensured induction of various remedial measures to minimise accidents/incidents. In recognition of his achievement he was once again awarded Commendation of the CAS in January 1983.

On assuming charge as C Eng O at a major Transport Wing, he found that half of the fleet was awaiting inspection and there was also “Aircraft on Ground" build up. With his dedicated effort he not only cleared servicing of all these aircraft, but also ensured that no aircraft remained on prolonged “Aircraft on Ground". In recognition of his achievement as C Eng O, he was awarded VSM in 1989.

As the Commanding Officer of 11 Base Repair Depot, Air Cmde Nijhawan effectively mobilized resources of men and material and achieved the assigned task of medium repair of 9 aircraft for 1990­91 well in time.

Under his guidance, the Depot has produced a compendium of approved modifications for MiG-23 BN aircraft and dispatched to all concerned in November, 1990 as a ready reckoner. He has not only ensured completion of allotted modification tasks, but also undertaken development of modification to improve reliability of the weapon system. The Depot has produced a large number of indigenous tools, ground and test equipment and air borne items which have resulted in savings of lakhs of rupees in foreign exchange.

Air Commodore Sudarshan Kumar Nijhawan, VSM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Kuldip Raj Lamba 6242 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Air Commodore Kuldip Raj Lamba was commissioned in the IAF on the 1st June, 1961. He has since then held with distinction various assignments at Fighter Squadrons, Operational Wings, Base Repair Depots and Air Headquarters.

As Joint Director of Engineering (Jaguar) at Air HQrs, the Air Officer was mainly responsible for the smooth re­equipment of additional Jaguar Squadrons. His review of old indents led to cancellation of a large number of orders for obsolete items and saved crores of rupees in FFE. His re­examination of the invoices received from BAe revealed many cases of premium having being paid although the firm had not met its contractual obligation of making supplies against indents within the stipulated period. Recovery of these excess payments saved lakhs of rupees in FFE.

As Air Officer Commanding of one of our prestigious Base Repair Depots during 1988-90, his effective leadership and close monitoring of production activities not only reduced the per unit cost of production but also raised the output to far exceed the planned targets. Another noteworthy achievement during this period was the change of task of this Depot, from Kiran overhaul to AVRO Check II. This demanded transfer of spares numbering 1300014000 lines while simultaneously avoiding disruption in AVRO production. As Director of Engineering 'A' at Air HQrs, the Air Officer is responsible for the maintenance management of all combat fleets of Soviet origin. He took over these duties at a very crucial juncture. While new Sqns were being re­equipped with the air superiority fighters and strike aircraft, product support had become inadequate and uncertain due to upheavals in the Soviet Union. He has ensured smooth re­equipment of these Squadrons, at the same time, systematic review of existing spares backing viz, immediate and future requirements has resulted in high fleet serviceability to meet operational commitments.

There was total absence of repair facilities for aggregates of MiG-27 and MiG-29 fleets when he took over as D Eng 'A'. While MiG-27 repair facilities would be set up by HAL in 1993-94 only, for MiG-29 these are not available even in the Soviet Union. He scrutinised the existing repair facilities of BRDs and adopted these for a large number of aggregates of MiG-27 and MiG-29. Soviets were also persuaded to depute specialists to India for field repair of critical items of MiG­29 aircraft. This has ensured adequate and uninterrupted supply of the required aggregates and enhanced the operational preparedness of the Air Force considerably.

Air Commodore Kuldip Raj Lamba, VSM has, thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Vinod Kumar Bhatia 6497 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Air Commodore Vinod Kumar Bhatia has been Air Officer Commanding of one of the Air Force Wings since the 5th March, 1990. Since the officer assumed command of the station, the internal security situation in J&K has been precarious and a cause for grave national concern. Consequently, the station has been functioning constantly under threat of subversion to the extent of direct attack by the numerous militant cadres operating in the State of J&K. Under the circumstances, security of personnel, equipment and other assets of the station has been vitally important. Air Cmde Bhatia husbanded all his resources, established a close liaison with civil and military authorities in the State and succeeded in creating a secure environment for conduct of air operations from his base. Often internal/external compulsions have necessitated air bases under HQ WAC, to maintain a very high state of operational alert. Srinagar, being one of the forward most bases, has to be specially vigilant. Air Cmde Bhatia has kept his base at peak operational preparedness to meet any contingency.

The Air Officer has also provided inspired leadership to the flying and other units based at his wing. Due to geographical location, the fighter squadron at Srinagar cannot utilise the air to ground range facilities as frequently as most fighter squadrons of WAC. Despite this handicap, No. 51 Sqn, located at his base succeeded in winning 'Inter­Squadron Weapons Meet' for 1990­91.

Due to extremely trying circumstances of virtual isolation from the civil amenities of Srinagar, personnel of the base have had to undergo considerable amount of hardship. Despite the difficulties, Air Cmde Bhatia has organised the Wing's administrative resources skillfully to provide all possible amenities to the personnel. The high morale of the station is a testimony to the officer's concern for the welfare of all personnel placed under him.

Air Commodore Vinod Kumar Bhatia VrC* has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Darshan Singh Basra 6519 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Air Commodore Darshan Singh Basra is a Fighter Pilot of outstanding merit with over 3600 hrs of flying to his credit. During his 28 years of service, he has held many important and prestigious field and staff appointments with distinction.

Air Cmde Basra has been AOC of a Fighter Wing since the 1st October, 1989. Through out his period of command, he has shown tremendous dedication and total involvement in every activity at his base. His personal leadership has inspired the Station personnel to new heights of motivation and efficiency. Because of his drive, dynamism and initiative, his Station was adjudged the Best Wing in Central Air Command including the best in Administration. It also had the distinction of being the best in propagation and use of Hindi in official work. His is a Station located on the fringes of the Terai region of U.P. The growth of vegetation on the airfield caused many problems for the Station administration including fire risk. Air Cmde Basra with initiative and untiring drive took up the task of clearing the heavy under­growth in the Station with self help on 'Shramdan' basis. He galvanised the entire Station personnel and led them personally in this massive clearing operation with great success.

Air Commodore Darshan Singh Basra, VM has, thus, has rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Ashok K Mehra 6631 LGSUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Group Captain Ashok Kumar Mehta has held with distinction various assignments at AVSM 1992 Operational Wings, BRDs, Trg Units, Command HQ, Air HQ and Mirage-2000 Project Team (Abroad). He is the only Logistics Officer in the Air Force who has managed an aircraft weapon system. He assumed the Command of one of the EDs in May, 1989 and has brought about a sea-change in Logistics/ technico-logistic support for major production organization, numerous operational wings and HAL. This is reflected in 100% completion of tasks consecutively for the last two years in production of front line state of art Aeroengines, A/C, Rotables, Avionics, ASVs and Armt Systems. His support to front line, fighter, bomber, trg units can be gauged from the fact that over nine times during 1989-91 nil AOG state was achieved.

The officer contributed significantly in maintaining harmonious industrial relations and peace at the Station. He turned AFWWA into a viable financial source and thereby contributed significantly towards welfare activity of station to bag the best trophy for the year 1990. His Depot also got the runnerup trophy in the same year.

Group Captain Ashok Kumar Mehta, VSM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Dhanwant Singh Guram 10916 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Group Captain Dhanwant Singh Guram was commissioned in the IAF in 1967 as a fighter pilot. On the 10th July, 1989 he took over command of one of the AF Wings. Since assumption of command, Gp. Capt Guram with his varied experience, high sense of professionalism and courageous attitude to flying, has applied himself whole­heartedly to honing the station to the highest achievable operational status. His drive, coupled with dynamic leadership and constant endeavour to enhance the operational preparedness of the station, was the single most important factor in the station being assessed average plus overall in the inspection carried out by the DASI in March 91. The station scored 71 % marks in all the three disciplines, i.e. operations, maintenance and administration. This is a rare distinction and a remarkable feat considering the meagre resources available at his command. His leadership and total involvement was specifically mentioned in the DASI report. A MiG-23 squadron under his dynamic command was adjudged the best fighter squadron in Western Air Command.

At AF Station Sirsa, one of the main problems was the bird menace; a cause of AVSM 1992-93 great concern to the Command HQs. Gp. Capt. Guram soon got to the root of the problem and today Sirsa enjoys an enviable record of having a very safe flying environment with the bird strike incidents/accidents taking a steep decline during his tenure. This is entirely due to his persistent efforts to fight this menace.

Group Captain Dhanwant Singh Guram has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Padamjit Singh Ahluwalia 11631 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Group Captain Padamjit Singh Ahluwalia was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the IAF on the 2nd June, 1968. Throughout his career, the officer has displayed rare professionalism in both command and staff appointments. A graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, he is also an A2 Qualified Flying Instructor.

As a military pilot, Gp. Capt Ahluwalia showed early promise. While posted to a MiG21 FL Squadron, he was awarded the “Best Pilot Trophy" in the Command Gunnery Meet of Western Air Command. Later, on executing a forced landing in an L­29 aircraft of the Iraqi Air Force, the officer was specially commended by the C­in­C of the Iraqi Air Force.

After undergoing training in France on Mirage 2000 aircraft, the officer was placed in command of a fighter squadron equipped with the state of art Mirage 2000 aircraft. From the beginning of the new induction, he was able to nurture the Squadron into an operational unit.

Before being posted as the Military Attaché in our Embassy in Japan in 1990, the officer had distinguished himself as Staff Officer to the Chief of the Air Staff. The Japanese Self Defence Agency, in its annual paper of 1990 and the Foreign Ministry's Diplomatic Blue Book of 1990 had made certain adverse comments with regard to Indian Navy. Gp Capt Ahluwalia undertook the task of correcting these aberrations and projecting the correct image of our defence forces. As a result, the Japanese defence papers for 1991 completely deleted the adverse reference to Indian armed forces. He thus, removed a potential irritant in helping to build a friendlier relationship with that country.

Group Captain Padamjit Singh Ahluwalia, VM, VSM has, thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Dalbir Singh Yadav 4241 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Group Captain Dalbir Singh Yadav was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in March, 1952 in the Fighter stream. Since then, he has been employed on a number of important assignments where he achieved spectacular results displaying exceptional flying abilities, effective conduct of operations and skilful management of men and material. The officer has so far logged a total of 2600 hrs of flying on various fighter aircraft.

Group Captain Yadav, while commanding Air Force Station Gorakhpur, suffered a serious set back in his health, severely restricting a very promising profile. Despite the handicap, the officer on being re-employed, took upon himself the onerous challenge to set up Air Adventure Cell in 1984 at Air HQ and was single handedly responsible in its registration under the Societies Act. In a very short span of time, Group Captain Yadav, showing rare ingenuity, dedication and personal involvement enlarged the scope of Adventure Cell activities from trekking and mountaineering to ski diving, micro light flying and para sailing.

With his keen understanding of the spirit behind the adventure activities, Group Captain Yadav is also responsible for the Air Force teams participation in various car rallies of repute and the Himalayan Car Rally in particular in which the Air Force Team earned the unique distinction of winning the coveted Team Trophy twice. The Water Sports Complex in HQ South Western Air Command owes its initiation to the creative bent of mind of Group Captain Yadav.

Group Captain Dalbir Singh, VM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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

Shaurya Chakra
Sgt Neeranjan Mishra 667412 ORUnit : No.221 Squadron  Award Date 17 May 91 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Sergeant Niranjan Mishra was detailed as takeoff inspector along with another airframe flitter on the 17th May. They both carried out the tyre checks on a MiG-23 BN aircraft and cleared it for take off. The aircraft lined up normally but as soon as reheat was engaged it swung viciously to the left going off the runway. The aircraft finally impacted a blast pen wall, sustained intensive damage and caught fire. Sgt Mishra ran across the runway to the damaged aircraft saw that the pilot was trapped inside the burning aircraft. The nose of the aircraft was smashed , the canopy jammed and the pilot was in an awkward position in a dazed condition. Using great presence of mind Sgt Mishra broke the shattered canopy with a brick and removed the pieces thus making an exit for the pilot. The flames by now had risen to the cockpit and Sgt Mishra unmindful of the danger to himself and with great courage assisted Plt Offr MS Nival to get out of the burning wreckage with minor injuries. Within minutes of the pilot getting out of the cockpit the ejection seat fired, a hazard which Sgt Mishra knew could have fatal consequences for both the pilot and himself carrying out the rescue.

Sgt Mishra, true to the tradition of the Air Force, showed great presence of mind, loyalty and even at the risk of his own life displayed courage and fortitude of the highest order. His timely act of valour and courage beyond the call of the duty saved the life of a young pilot.

Reference: Gazette of India , 11th April 1992 - No.?? - Pres/92 dated 26th January 1992 

Yudh Seva Medal
Flt Lt Pradeep Gupta 17349 F(P)Unit : No.152 Helicopter Unit  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Flight Lieutenant Pradeep Gupta has been on the posted strength of one of the Air Force Helicopter Units since 02 Jun 90.

The operational task of the unit is to primarily to fly sorties in support of ground forces to Siachen Glacier where helipads are located at the height of 16,000 ft and above.

ON 05 Jul 90, Flt Lt Gupta carried out ten sorties in the Siachen Glacier area. Undaunted by the fatigue due to previous sorties as well as the natural hardship of operating in oxygenthin high altitude, the officer willingly took off for the eleventh sortie of the day. The destination this time was the Chandan helipad located at 16500 ft above MSL and is a serious challenge to the professional skill and courage of a pilot.

While approaching the helipad, the enemy fired a missile which missed his helicopter. Considering the advantageous position of the enemy, he was most vulnerable target. It required exceptional courage and years of motivation to retrieve the ac from a dangerous situation. Already at low altitude, the office initiated a descending turn to manoeuvre the helicopter in a direction away from the range of enemy missiles. Descending to ultra low level, he effectively avoided enemy missiles. Amidst the enemy shelling of Chandan helipad and missiles fired at his helicopter, Flt Lt Gupta intelligently pulled the helicopter out of the range of enemy fire.

For his distinguished service of a high order under most trying conditions in a warlike situation, the President is pleased to award Yuddh Seva Medal to Flt Lt Pradeep Gupta.

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

Vayu Sena Medal
Gp Capt Arun Dattatreya Karandikar 10865 F(P)Unit : AirHQ Communications Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 92
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Gp Capt Arun Dattatraya Karandikar had been on the posted strength of one of the Transport Squadrons of the IAF since 23 Oct 89. He has flown a staggering 10850 hours without a single accident or incident. The first 10,000 hours were flown in the first twenty years, at a rate of almost 500 hours a year, continuously. This achievement, probably not duplicated by any one in the Air Force, assumes greater significance considering that a large portion of flying was undertaken on air maintenance missions over the rugged terrain of Ladakh, J&K, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizo Hills on AN-12, Dakota and now AN-32 aircraft and most of the remaining on VVIP flights.

In addition to the full times duties to coordinate the entire spectrum of flying tasks including daily air maintenance missions for two transport Squadrons and supervising the administration of two Advance Landing Grounds all by himself, he took on the major task of bringing up the base Air Defence Centre, the Intelligence room and Nav Briefing room from a practically non functional level to a fully operational level. These have since been commented on appreciatively by visiting dignitaries and DASI.

In 1973, he was commended by the CAS for successful handling a critical engine failure on a fully loaded Dakota, immediately after take off from a forward airfield in Assam. He qualified on AN-32 achieving exceptional category in just four months. He has been assessed as exceptional on all the types of aircraft he has flown. His exceptional skill in the conduct of VIP flights earned him and the Air Force praise from a number of Indian and foreign dignitaries.

For display of leadership, exceptional professional standard for more than two decades, dedication to duty and unstinted hard work towards the operational efficiency of a squadron, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Gp Capt AD Karandikar.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 11th April 1992 - No.29-Pres/92 dated 26th January 1992 

Vayu Sena Medal
Gp Capt Fali Homi Major 11442 F(P)Unit : No.127 Helicopter Unit  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 92
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Gp Capt Fali Homi Major, a helicopter pilot, raised and commanded the first Mi-17 Helicopter Unit in the IAF in 1985. He now commands one of the Helicopter Units in the Air Force.

Immediately after taking over command of his present unit, he proceeded to Sri Lanka, where his unit was operating in the offensive and logistic support role in support of "OP Pawan". He personally flew a number of operational sorties and supervised the functioning of the detachment there. It was largely due to his personal example and leadership qualities that the unit won many laurels including the appreciation of AOCin-C, WAC, AOC-in-C, SAC and the award of the prestigious IPKF standard.

In Feb 1990, the unit was inducted directly from Sri Lanka to Srinagar in support of "OP Rakshak". Gp Capt Major ensured that his aircrew were trained on the armament role of the aircraft in the shortest possible time to meet the requirement for armed "Internal Security" duties. He flew extensively in the area of operation and closely supervised the conduct of various operations.

Besides "OP Rakshak", his unit also operates in support of "OP Meghdoot". Gp Capt Major was instrumental in evaluating the Mi-17 helicopter in high altitudes and formulating SOPs and tactics in 1985. Today, with his sound knowledge and extensive flying in the area, his unit is doing yeoman service in support of "OP Meghdoot".

As the Task Force Commander of Exercise "Sky Hawk" in Nov 1990, he created some kind of a record by launching 302 night SHBO missions involving 900 combat troops with a force-level of 21 helicopters. His profes sionalism and direction ensured 100% mission accomplishment without an accident/incident and with a clock-work precision.

For his dynamic leadership, exceptional devotion to duty, professionalism and undaunted efforts to enhance the image of the IAF Helicopter Fleet, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Gp Capt FH Major.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 11th April 1992 - No.29-Pres/92 dated 26th January 1992 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Sanjay Bose 12757 F(P)Unit : No.31 Squadron  Award Date 19 Sep 91 Announced 26 Jan 92
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Late Wing Commander Sanjoy Bose was the Commanding Officer of one of the Squadrons of Air force, from 13 Aug 90 to 19 Sep 91. He has undergone the Staff Course in UK.

On 19 Sep 91, Late Wing Commander Bose was airborne for a live RP strike over a Range. While pulling out from the dive, he experienced a severe engine surge followed by engine overheat and thermo-regulator warning indications. While dealing with this multiple emergency, with very little height at his disposal, Wg Cdr Bose realized the gravity of the situation and informed the ground control of his intention to eject. At this stage there was enough height for him to abandon the aircraft successfully, but his aircraft was pointing towards a village. He piloted his stricken aircraft away from this populated area and in doing so delayed his ejection to a critically low altitude. The aircraft crashed in an open field near the village but Wing Commander Bose was fatally injured. Late Wing Commander Bose, thus averted a major catastrophe by sacrificing his own life in keeping with the best traditions of the IAF.

Late Wg Cdr Bose was an extremely dedicated and capable officer. With his rare acumen and sound leadership, he ensured that the Squadron was operationally geared up to meet any eventuality. He was frank and forthright officer, whose humane behavior towards his men made him an outstanding commander.

For the supreme sacrifice made by him in saving invaluable lives and for his selfless devotion to duty, spanning more than twenty years in the Indian Air Force, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal (POSTHUMOUSLY) to Wg Cdr Sanjoy Bose.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 11th April 1992 - No.29-Pres/92 dated 26th January 1992 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Jithendra Paul Singh 13594 F(P)Unit : 1 Base Repair Depot  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 92
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Wing Commander Jatinder Paul Singh is on the posted strength of a Base Repair Depot of the IAF since 29 Jul 90 and employed as Officer i/c Aircraft Test & Ferry Flight. He is engaged in air testing of Hunter and MiG-21 variants.

On 30 Aug 90, Wg Cdr Singh was on an air test sortie of an aircraft after an engine change. On completion of the supersonic run, while descending through 8.4 kms at a speed of 650 kms IAS he brought the throttle back initially to BLC catch and subsequently to idle. On bringing the throttle to idle he heard a bang and experienced engine surge with rise in JPT. He promptly switched off the engine. He had a successful relight at 6 kms but on opening throttle experienced vibrations and unusual engine sound above 90% N1 RPM. He gave an RT call, restricted RPM to 85% and landed the aircraft off a descending circuit making a straight approach for the nearest runway. Post flight inspection revealed extensive damage to the compressor between 2nd and 8th stage. Wg Cdr Singh by his correct and prompt actions landed back a badly crippled aircraft. He displayed confidence and professional skill of a high order.

On a subsequent occasion on 21 Nov 90, Wg Cdr Singh was flying an air test sortie on another aircraft. Towards the end of the sortie, on engaging reheat, he experienced main hydraulic failure. He promptly switched off the reheat and the jet nozzle closed. He then experienced total main hydraulic failure with the pressure dropping to zero. The cone was struck between 80 to 85% and the undercarriage was lowered on emergency. While taking corrective action the pilot had already turned downwind and positioned for a flapless landing. He landed off a descending circuit keeping throttle use to minimum. The aircraft was switched off on touch down. Post flight inspection revealed a profuse leak at the outlet connection of hydraulic electric selector valve to jet nozzle actuator. Any further delay in taking corrective action would have caused fire in the tail section leading to loss of control. Wg Cdr Singh with his prompt actions handled the emergency in a professional manner.

For his self confidence, presence of mind, professional skill of a high order and devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Wg Cdr JP Singh.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 11th April 1992 - No.29-Pres/92 dated 26th January 1992 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Mohammad Raza Shirazi 7705 F(P)Unit : No.2228 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 92
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Wg Cdr MR Shirazi has been commanding one of the 'Pechora' squadrons since 28 Jan 90. Even before the Squadron could receive its full complements of personnel, common user vehicles, communication equipment etc and stabilize as a fighting unit, operational conditions necessitated the move of one of its combat flights to an operational location. At the time this move was ordered, the Squadron had only a few officers and about half the total strength of technicians and other support staff on posted strength. Wg Cdr Shirazi moved combat flight 'Alpha' with its complete combat equipment, all specialist vehicles and communication equipment from a wing to its ops location by a special train. When the flight arrived at the ops site, it had only 4 officers, 50 airmen and 7 NCs(E) as the remaining personnel of the Squadron had been kept behind for manning combat flight 'Bravo', Tech Flight and Sqn HQs.

The 'Alpha' flight was tasked to provide air defence of a port and the oil jetties/tanks in the area. The most suitable site for deployment of the combat flight was located in scrub jungle with no approach roads. By personal liaison with various civil authorities, Wg Cdr Shirazi had the area cleared and approach road built. This enabled the flight to be deployed at the ops site in just 27 days. The flight continues to be deployed at this site till date.

In spite of acute shortage of manpower, with almost half of the available personnel being new and inexperienced, Wg Cdr Shirazi has managed to keep his combat flight at a high state of readiness and maintained the combat equipment at a very high serviceability state. The detachment has been operating from tented accommodation, under very difficult working and living conditions. In spite of these adverse conditions Wg Cdr Shirazi has managed to keep the morale of his men very high. In the past five months Wg Cdr Shirazi has relentlessly perused his efforts to make the living and working conditions of his detachment more comfortable.

For his outstanding qualities of leadership, unbound initiative, unflinching dedication to duty and exceptional hard work to achieve operational preparedness, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Wg Cdr MR Shirazi.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 11th April 1992 - No.29-Pres/92 dated 26th January 1992 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Mandhir Singh 9806 F(P)Unit : Para Training School  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 92
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Wing Commander Mandhir Singh, a transport pilot, is posted as Flight Commander of Paratroopers Training School since 27 Aug 90.

Wing Commander Mandhir Singh has to his credit well over 9200 hrs of incident free flying, out of which 3300 hrs has been dedicated to AN-32 aircraft alone. He holds the signal credit of individual average of almost 730 hrs per year, in all types of terrain and adverse weather conditions. He holds the prestigious RHCP qualification on three different types viz. HS-748, C-46 and AN-32. His record of flying for 1300 hrs as Captain of AN-32 in perilous and treacherous terrain of Siachen proves his professional skill and constant pursuit to achieve perfection.

On 30 Jul 87, he commanded the first aeroplane to land at Jaffna airfield in a hostile environment and set up an indigenous Air Traffic Control. Only after this the subsequent fleet of transport aircraft carrying IPKF landed. His matchless skill made him an automatic choice on 9 Feb 90 to be the first pilot to carry out circuits and landings by night on the high altitude Leh airfield on an emergency flare path only. Amongst the numerous firsts to his credit, is also the distinction of being the Captain of the first AN-32 to land in Male airfield in Operation Cactus.

He was posted as Flight Commander at PTS at a time when the unit was bedeviled by unfortunate and avoidable flying incidents, he rose manfully to the onerous task of reorienting, motivating and reco-ordinating the aircrew to the challenging tasks ahead. By personal example, constant and persisted hard work, he resurrected the unit almostsphinx like from ashes and trained a total of 14 new, raw and non-ops pilots on type to be fully qualified on all roles operational and routine within an astonishingly short period of only eight months. Under his meticulous supervision, careful planning and smooth execution the aircrew of the unit achieved maturity and confidence.

As recognition of his stupendous personal flying record, unparalleled achievements and ability to lead and supervise by example in a period of crisis, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Wg Cdr Mandhir Singh.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 11th April 1992 - No.29-Pres/92 dated 26th January 1992 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Ronald Banerjee 11398 F(P)Unit : No.152 Helicopter Unit  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 92
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Wg Cdr R Banerjee was the Commanding Officer one of the Air Force Helicopter units from 27 Jun 88 to 19 Apr 91.

Although the unit was equipped with aircraft only on 27 June 88, with his tremendous enthusiasm, initiative and unparalleled organizing capacity, he not only declared the unit operational within six days but had also moved to Punjab for massive flood relief operations. His sterling qualities of intense patriotism, supreme leadership and excellent flying skills ensured very successful induction of Mi-17 ac in Op Pawan, especially in offensive role. He fully exploited the aircraft to ensure tremendous success during the operations, exhibiting a very high sense of professionalism and dedication to the cause. His unit remained inducted in OP Pawan for almost one year and flew more than 4000 hrs in extremely hostile environment without any accident/incident once again reflecting his qualities of leadership and professionalism.

Under his command, the unit undertook various tasks. Working prodigious hours, he cheerfully undertook all operations ranging from 'Op Meghdoot' to 'Op Falcon', Aid to civil power in Punjab, Srinagar and Patna, Air Maintenance in Himachal Pradesh and Special Heliborne Operations in the deserts of Rajasthan.

As a pilot, he has to his credit 8700 hrs of rotary Wing flying experience. His performance in the last five years has been really incredible in which he has flown 4603 hrs. Such outstanding feat in operational service flying is worthy of emulation.

For his leadership, professionalism par excellence and outstanding contribution to service whilst in command of an Air Force Helicopter Unit, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Wg Cdr R Banerjee.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 11th April 1992 - No.29-Pres/92 dated 26th January 1992 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Guriqbal Singh Nijjar 12020 F(P)Unit : No.29 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 92
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Wing Commander Guriqbal Singh Nijjar took over command of one of the MiG-21 operational Squadrons on 22 May 90, with dual role i.e. Stage-III training of pilots in peace time and full operational role in war. Undaunted by this difficult task of diverse requirements and under severe constraints of adverse factors like weather, limited ac serviceability, shortage of staff pilots and restrictions, Wg Cdr Nijjar set about with drive, initiative and single minded determination.

During his command, the unit logged over 7800 sorties, of which over 5300 sorties were flown in 1990, an all time record for this 21 year old Squadron, all without accident/ serious incidents. Wg Cdr Nijjar's personal contribution has been 850 sorties at an average of 55 per month. Wg Cdr Nijjar led the Squadron from the front and accepted the challenges of Command, head-on.

On the operational front also, the Squadron under his professional leadership, excelled itself, bagging the R/P and Bombing events during the last gunner meet and emerging overall a close second.

Wg Cdr Nijjar is a highly experienced A-2 QFI, with over 5000 hrs of flying to his credit, out of which well over 2000 hrs are on MiG21. His personal and professional example, his great enthusiasm for flying and his untiring capacity for hard work have been a continuous source of inspiration not only to Staff Pilots but also for the impressionable young trainees in his Squadron. His outstanding leadership in the air and ground is worthy of emulation by one and all.

For his dynamic leadership, unflinching and exceptional devotion to duty, meticulous planning and execution of MOFT tasks and very high professional standards, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Wg Cdr Nijjar.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 11th April 1992 - No.29-Pres/92 dated 26th January 1992 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Ram Mohan Shridharan 12033 F(P)Unit : No.153 Helicopter Unit  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 92
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Wg Cdr RM Sridharan took over as Commanding Officer of one of the AF Helicopter Units in Nov 88.

He was entrusted with the task of raising the unit with new aircraft and making it operational in the shortest possible time. This task, which he set about most diligently and displayed outstanding eagerness to serve and an exemplary enthusiasm in fulfilling his responsibilities. He set up the unit in the shortest possible time, imparted training to aircrew to operate in Siachen glacier.

Over the last two years, under his command, the unit has flown over 5500 hrs accident-free, out of which 3500 hrs have been flown in Siachen glacier. About 3500 Tons of load has been air dropped at various posts over the glacier. Under his able leadership and deft guidance his unit has airlifted armament, troops and essential supplies in aid to civil power during Oct/Nov 90 over inhospitable terrain and climate of J&K area.

Wg Cdr Shridharan was given the task of selecting DZs and carrying out trial, based on which the complete airlift was executed. On another occasion, the heavy equipment of Border Roads Organisation was carried across river in Arthal Area under slung. It was once again Wg Cdr Shridharan's guidance and leadership that such an extra-ordinary task was successfully completed.

For his exemplary sense of duty, leadership, able guidance and exemplary enthusiasm, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Wg Cdr RM Sridharan.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 11th April 1992 - No.29-Pres/92 dated 26th January 1992 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Suresh Chandra Mukul 12930 F(P)Unit : No.223 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 92
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Wg Cdr SC Mukul was posted as Commanding Officer of one of the squadrons of the Air Force on 27 Nov 89. He is an A-2 QFI, who has also done FCL and Staff College Courses. The task of this assignment was reequipping the squadron with MiG-29 aircraft and getting the squadron operational in the shortest possible time.

Disposal of earlier aircraft and associated equipment, setting up flight and technical complex in a new location were all done with a great sense of urgency. Newly acquired ac and ground equipment was inspected and taken over from (Soviet) Erection Team with limited man power available in a smooth manner.

Squadron commenced flying on MiG-29 ac in Apr 90 with a nucleus of only a few MiG-29 qualified pilots. New pilots with different backgrounds were progressed speedily through conversion and OST syllabus. It goes to his credit that the Sqn achieved Ops status by August 1990 with sufficient pilots fully ops to take on operational commitments without a single incident/accident.

His Squadron was also given the task of imparting Dissimilar Air Combat Training to the MiG-21 Sqns in the western sector. This training was imparted with all the seriousness and professional thoroughness to pilots of a number of Sqns one after the other. It is to the credit of Wg Cdr Mukul that these DACT camps were always completed on schedule. An interesting development was the regular weekly continuation of DACT missions on completion of DACT camps with the MiG21 Sqns of the neighboring bases; the TRS of the MiG-21s landing at this AF base was looked after by his Sqn technicians. These DACT Camps and the procedure of weekly DACT/Buddy missions has enhanced the Ops preparedness of fighter squadrons tremendously.

For the high standard of professionalism and dedication shown in safe and speedy induction of MiG-29 ac at Wing as well as for achieving Ops Status of the Sqn and efficient running of DACT Camps with MiG-21 squadrons, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Wg Cdr SC Mukul.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 11th April 1992 - No.29-Pres/92 dated 26th January 1992 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Noel Amiyakumar Moitra 12931 F(P)Unit : No.1 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 92
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Wing Commander Noel Amiyakumar Moitra has been in command of a fighter squadron since 22 Apr 90. He has over 3100 hours of accident-free flying to his credit. He was one of the three pilots to cross 1000 hours on T-75 and also the first in all courses he has undergone. He has also attended the Air Staff Course at RAF Staff College, UK.

He was trained abroad on Mirage-2000. He took over as Flight Commander of the first Mirage-2000 Squadron on return. He was required to tackle monumental task of inducting the aircraft into Indian Air Force. With his vast knowledge of the aircraft, he developed cockpit interfaces and displays in the air and spelled out pilot's requirements for various missions. His efforts were commended by the Director ADA.

In April 1990, Wg Cdr Moitra took over the command of a Mirage-2000 Squadron. On assuming command, he set about integrating all the systems for optimal utilization. Realising that future conflicts would depend heavily on electronics, he converted the approach to EW laying great emphasis on increased EW awareness and its dissemination.

The only IAF pilot to have fired S-530D BVR Missile, he pioneered a series of trials on the optimum integration of this potent weapon with the improved aircraft radar. The operational status of the Squadron was brought upto 100% of fully Ops pilots. It was no surprise that the Squadron was nominated the best Squadron of the Air Force for 1990-91.

For his exceptional devotion to duty, dedicated hard work and consistent outstanding achievements, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Wg Cdr NA Moitra.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 11th April 1992 - No.29-Pres/92 dated 26th January 1992 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Paranjit Singh Bhangu 12932 F(P)Unit : No.220 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 92
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Wing Commander Paramjit Singh Bhangu has been commanding one of Air force Squadrons since 26 Jun 89.

Wg Cdr PS Bhangu took over the command of the Sqn at a stage when its overall performance with special reference to air-to-ground armament was at a low ebb. He identified the Key Result Areas and reviewed planning of the Squadron training. His immediate priority was to motivate and train his subordinates to perform as wellknit professional team. He achieved this by his dedicated approach and putting in long hours of hard work in personally training his subordinates.

Positive signs of improvement were indicated when the Squadron was tasked to plan and launch 12 to 15 aircraft missions during 'Ex Gumrah'. His personal involvement and eye for the smallest detail ensured safe execution of the task. The Squadron performed exceedingly well during 'Eklavya 89'. The Squadron won the night bombing team event and Wg Cdr Bhangu personally won the individual day bombing event. There has been as sea change in the quality of flying carried out the unit. He was co-opted staff member for Supervisors Combat Orientation Course (SCOC) from 08 to 18 Aug 89.

Wg Cdr Bhangu has been very closely associated with the modification and trial of SPO-10 on MiG-23 BN aircraft. He is also involved in the modification of radio altimeter. He has followed up his suggested modification of cine camera fitment on MiG-23 aircraft which he initiated as Flt Cdr in Nov 87.

Under his custodianship, the squadron during the last DASI inspection of 08-12 Apr 91, managed an all time of high of 74.25% in operational capability. Backed by sound a soundly administered unit, a well disciplined body of Squadron personnel, Wg Cdr Bhangu has led his unit from strength to strength in the best traditions of the IAF.

For his inspiring leadership, professional competence and dedication to improve and maintain his Squadron's op efficiency, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Wg Cdr PS Bhangu.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 11th April 1992 - No.29-Pres/92 dated 26th January 1992 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Mohan John 13131 F(P)Unit : No.7 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 92
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Wing Commander Mohan John was commissioned in the IAF in Jun 72. He is fully ops on MiG-21 and Mirage-2000 aircraft and has a total of 3200 accident free flying hours, over 1000 sorties of these are on Mirage-2000 aircraft.

After his commissioning, he joined a front line operational squadron. At that stage when he was relatively inexperienced, he handled a serious aircraft emergency in a cool, calm and professional manner and for this he was commended by the Chief of the Air Staff. He has also been commended by the AOC-in-C, WAC in 1978 for his meritorious service. In 1979, Wg Cdr John underwent All Purpose Flying Instructors Course and stood first. He is also a Fighter Combat Leader and is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College.

In 1985, Wg Cdr John was posted to a Mirage-2000 Squadron and was the first pilot to be converted in India. He not only completed his training in a record time but as a supervisor contributed immensely in the build up of expertise and evolution of tactics on this aircraft. He did remarkably well as a Flight Commander.

In October 89, Wg Cdr John was appointed as the Squadron Commander of Mirage-2000 Sqn. The morale of the Squadron was low as his predecessor had been killed in an air crash. By sheer hard work, dedication, personal example and deep sense of involvement he guided the squadron through this difficult phase and ensured that the squadron once again became a viable fighting unit. During his tenure, the squadron had been given the task of perfecting the art of night strike and delivery of laser guided bombs. He undertook these challenges and ensured that adequate number of pilots were trained in a short time in this phase. He was also entrusted with the task of training pilots in low level aerobatics. This he did commendably well, again by personal example and deep sense of dedication.

For his professional skill, dedication and devotion to duty and for his qualities of leadership in the best traditions of the IAF, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Wg Cdr Mohan John.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 11th April 1992 - No.29-Pres/92 dated 26th January 1992 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Pradeep Kinra 13778 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 92
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Sqn Ldr P Kinra has been on the posted strength of one of the Air Force Squadrons since 08 May 88 and has been holding the appointment of Flight Commander from Jul 89.

During his tenure as Flight Commander, Sqn Ldr Kinra involved himself completely and whole heartedly in all the activities of the Squadron. He is solely responsible for keeping the Squadron as an extremely well knit team even during difficult time. His untiring efforts towards motivating the Squadron pilots and training them as keen professional culminated in the Squadron becoming the overall champion for two consecutive years in EKLAVYA 1991. By maintaining the best armament score for the last two years in the Squadron and winning the individual bombing trophy during 1990, he has set an example of professional competence worthy of emulation by all.

By virtue of its location at one of the wings, the Squadron has to undertake a minimum of six detachments during a year. Sqn Ldr Kinra accompanied each of them during the last two years and successfully achieved all the tasks allotted to the Squadron. Due to his foresight and meticulous planning, the Squadron maintained very high aircraft serviceability during May 91. Despite adverse circumstances at the parent location of the Squadron and frequent detachments, the fact that the Squadron was able to maintain an accident free record bears testimony to his absolute involvement in the Squadron and a keen sense for details.

He has demonstrated excellent administrative capabilities as a Flight Commander and when he was officiating Commanding Officer for about six months. In Jan 91, as officiating Commanding Officer, he was able to motivate the men for a massive snow clearance operation in extremely adverse weather conditions; worst in the last 30 years. It is mainly due to his affable nature, personal example and excellent social interaction that he has been able to keep the Squadron at its peak efficiency.

For his professional excellence, rare devotion to duty and leadership qualities of a very high order, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr P Kinra.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 11th April 1992 - No.29-Pres/92 dated 26th January 1992 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Kuldeep Malik 15181 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 92
Details :

Sqn Ldr K Malik has been on the posted strength of one of the Squadrons since 13 Feb 89. He is fully Ops Pilot, an A-2 QFI and FCL with 600 hrs on type and 2400 hrs of total service flying.

On 05 Mar 91, he got airborne for a combat sorties as a number four member in the formation. While climbing through 350 meters above the ground level, he heard a loud thud and the aircraft engine flamed out. He gave an R/T call indicating that he would be ejecting, and gently turned away from the populated city limits. Even he was preparing for ejection, he analysed and concluded that the height and speed combination was just sufficient for attempting a safe relight. The relight attempt was successful and he safely landed the aircraft. After landing checks revealed extensive damage to air intake, cone, lip and engine.

The whole process of engine flame out to the relight of the engine took place in a short span of 30 seconds. Even a delay of 3-4 Seconds in taking a decision or in carrying out the relight procedure would have cost the service a valuable aircraft worth crores of rupees and invaluable human lives. All through this critical and very dangerous situation, Sqn Ldr Malik remained calm. He quickly and correctly assessed the implications and handled the emergency in the most professional manner.

Sqn Ldr Malik displayed extremely high degree of professionalism and airmanship which is worthy of emulation by all aircrew. For excellent presence of mind, professional skill and devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr K Malik.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 11th April 1992 - No.29-Pres/92 dated 26th January 1992 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Vinod Kumar Singh 15192 F(P)Unit : No.44 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 92
Details :

Sqn Ldr Vinod Kumar Singh is on the posted strength of one of Air Force Squadron since 03 Apr 89. The officer has flown 4300 hrs including 850 hrs on IL-76. He has logged 600 hrs as Captain on IL-76 and he is holding a MG category.

On 01 Apr 91, Sqn Ldr Singh was detailed for an air maintenance sortie to convey 225 passengers to a high altitude. The weather was cloudy with low and medium clouds. About 150 km short of Leh while flying at FL 290 over mountainous terrain with peaks protruding above 21000 feet, a loud bang was heard with severe vibrations and fire warning on No. 1 engine. The engine had burst and its parts had hit the wing undersurface and APU bay. The engine had tilted upwards by a few degrees, the port side slat was damaged. The reverse thrust buckets of the failed engine had deployed and the ac was facing serious aerodynamic problems.

Showing exemplary cool, presence of mind and professional competence of the highest order Sqn Ldr Singh correctly analysed the situation and initiated prompt action without hesitation and with full confidence saved the ac from disaster.

After completing initial actions and initiat ing diversion to base, Sqn Ldr Singh displayed exceptional qualities of leadership to exhort all his crew members to take prompt and correct actions. Ably assisted by co-pilot with mere 75 hrs of experience on type, he monitored the subsequent crew actions. By his calm disposition, efficient handling of situation and dialogue, he inspired a very high degree of confidence amongst crew members and thus enabled the emergency to be handled in a competent manner enabling a safe landing at the base.

For his commendable calm, enviable self confidence, maturity and display of exceptional skill in flying a battered ac to save the lives of 230 personnel, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr VK Singh.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 11th April 1992 - No.29-Pres/92 dated 26th January 1992 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Ashish Ranjan 16230 F(P)Unit : No.20 Squadron  Award Date 18 Jan 91 Announced 26 Jan 92
Details :

On 18 Jan 91, Sqn Ldr A Ranjan was authorized to fly as a leader on a Hunter ac in a 2 ac sortie.

After 30 minutes of flying, at 16000' and 380 Kts, the pilot found his throttle non effective and RPM stuck at 7500. He assessed the situation and instructed his No. 2 to return individually.

Sqn Ldr Ranjan had a choice of carrying out a planned ejection or flaming out the engine and carrying out a dead stick landing. Despite fuel constraint, high speed and RPM stuck at a high power, Sqn Ldr Ranjan decided to bring back the aircraft. He also allowed adequate time for the ATC to recover other airborne ac. Displaying a very high degree of professional competence, he skillfully manoeuvred the aircraft so as to be able to make an approach with speed higher than permissible speed. He switched off the engine using LP cock when he was still on approach. Thereafter, using excess speed to reach the runway, he carried out a planned dead stick landing. The touchdown was well controlled albeit at a higher speed. By judicious use of brakes and tail parachute the aircraft was brought to a halt at the end of runway with no damage. On subsequent examination the throttle linkage to the engine was found disconnected.

The sound assessment of a very critical situation and subsequent safe and undamaged recovery of a valuable aircraft was undoubtedly an example of total professional approach, display of exceptional flying skill and sound airmanship with scan regard for personal safety, on the part of Sqn Ldr Ranjan.

For his courage, sound assessment of critical situation, flying skill and professional approach, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr A Ranjan.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 11th April 1992 - No.29-Pres/92 dated 26th January 1992 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Vyakaranam Venkata Surya Subbarao 16633 F(P)Unit : No.130 Helicopter Unit  Award Date 11 Jun 91 Announced 26 Jan 92
Details :

Sqn Ldr VVS Subba Rao has been on the posted strength of one of the Helicopter units with effect from 15 Feb 88. He has had the distinction of flying in "OP MEGHDOOT' sector for the past four years and has flown more than 1500 hours spread over 3500 sorties. On 11 Jun 91, Sqn Ldr Subba Rao was on air maintenance sortie for "OP MEGHDOOT' to a helipad which is at a height of 4650 mtrs AMSL. The sortie involved paradrop of 600 Kgs of load followed by a landing to offload 400 Kgs landing load. The helipad is bound by hills and has very rough and rugged terrain. After carrying out paradrop he landed and offloaded the aircraft as per the SOP. Thereafter he took off with 100 Kgs load and one passenger. When the ac had gained about 60 kmph speed and 60-70 ft height, Sqn Ldr Subba Rao suddenly heard a loud thud and experienced loss of height. He glanced at the engine instruments and noticed that the port engine RPM and TGT were rapidly going down. He displayed exceptional skill in handling the emergency and manoeruvred his aircraft even at that critical height and carried out a safe landing. The emergency had occurred at a very critical phase of flight and it was only because of Sqn Ldr Subba Rao's professionalism and competence as a pilot that helped him remain absolutely cool and react to the emergency in an exemplary manner which otherwise would have been a disaster. This successful single engine landing is perhaps, the first of its kind in Mi-17 aircraft which had been carried out at a height of 4650 mtrs (15500 ft) AMSL. This feat is all the more laudable because it occurred at the very extreme of the aircraft's flight envelope where the scope for error is absolutely negligible.

For his contribution to "ÓP MEGHDOOT", display of exceptional professional compe tence in handling a very critical emergency in an extremely hostile terrain, dedication to duty and courage, the President is pleased to award

Reference: Gazette of India dated 11th April 1992 - No.29-Pres/92 dated 26th January 1992 

Vayu Sena Medal
Flt Lt Pasupathy Venkataraman 18689 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 19 Aug 91 Announced 26 Jan 92
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Pasupathy Venkatraman is on the posted strength of one of the Air Force Squadron since 16 Oct 89. He has a total experience of 758:00 hours, of which 225:00 hours are on MiG-27 ML aircraft.

On 19 Aug 91, while carrying out a night practice level bombing sortie over a Range in MiG-27 ML aircraft, the detachable wingmounted gun pods got released accidentally, when the trigger for release for bombs was pressed. Flt Lt Venkataraman felt a very violent wing-rock, which he immediately countered and climbed to a safe height.

The gun­pod had caused extensive damage to the leading edge of the starboard wing and starboard flaps. Being a night sortie, he had no means of assessing the extent of damage visually. However, during the subsequent low speed handling check, when he selected flaps down, he noticed a marked "rolling" tendency. The "rolling" became progressively severe as the speed was reduced. He therefore decided to carry out a flapless landing.

Drawing upon the reserves of his limited flying skills, Flt Lt Venkataraman executed an extremely dangerous and critical flapless landing by night with no damage to the aircraft.

Flt Lt Venkataraman displayed outstanding presence of mind in a potentially dangerous situation. By his exceptionally cool and professional handling in a disastrous situation, he landed a crippled aircraft safely against all adversities.

For his exemplary courage in handling a potentially disastrous emergency by night and outstanding professionalism in landing a crippled aircraft, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Flt Lt P Venkataraman.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 11th April 1992 - No.29-Pres/92 dated 26th January 1992 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Virender Singh 6054 MEDUnit : Western Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
Details :

Group Captain Virender Singh was commissioned in AMC and directly seconded to Air Force in Feb 61. The officer has a thoroughly professional outlook and has shown extreme compassion and concern for the patient placed under his care. He acquired Post Graduation in Aviation Medicine from Bangalore University in 1971 and General Medicine from PGI, Chandigarh in 1974.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Omkar Nath Sharma 6573 AE(L)Unit : DDSI Army HQ  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
Details :

Gp Capt ON Sharma was commissioned on 01 Jun 62. He took over the appointment of Deputy Director Signal Intelligence on 04 Jul 88.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Atma Singh 7094 AE(L)Unit : AFS Bidar  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
Details :

Group Captain Atma Singh is on the posted strength of an Air Force Station since 14 Oct 89 as Chief Engineering Officer.

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

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

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

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

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

Bar to Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Madhukar Krishna Marathe 7328 AE(L)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
Details :

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Pirthi Pal Singh Kahlon 7979 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
Details :

Gp Capt Prithi Pal Singh Kahlon was posted to one of the Wings of Air Force as Chief Engineering Officer with effect from 31 Oct 88.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Anil Kumar Trikha 8436 F(P)Unit : Western Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
Details :

Gp Capt Anil Kumar Trikha has been posted to HQ Western Air Command as Ops 1A since 15 Nov 89.

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

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

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

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

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Karamjit Singh Sohanpal 8808 AE(L)Unit : 40 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
Details :

Gp Capt KS Sohanpal is on the posted strength of one of the Air Force Wings with effect from 01 Dec 89 as Chief Engineering Officer.

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

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

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

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

Bar to Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Partap Singh 8897 AE(L)Unit : AFS Hakimpet  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
Details :

Group Captain Pratap Singh, VSM is on the posted strength of an Air Force Station, as Chief Engineering Officer since 21 Aug 89.

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

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

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

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

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

Bar to Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Satyendra Pal Singh 10699 AE(L)Unit : 2 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
Details :

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

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

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

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

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Gurnam Singh Choudhary 11870 F(P)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
Details :

Gp Capt Gurnam Singh Chaudhry was posted to the Directorate of Air Staff Requirement, Air Headquarters on 10 Oct 88. He was allotted a number of major projects involving fighter aircraft, the most important of which was the LCA project.

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

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

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

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Ramesh Kumar Sharma 11496 AE(L)Unit : AFWEU  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
Details :

Wg Cdr Ramesh Kumar Sharma has been on the posted strength of one of the Air Force Wireless Experimental Units since 14 Nov 88 as Commanding Officer.

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

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

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

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

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

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Balasubramaniam Shivakumar 12253 AE(M)Unit : 11 Base Repair Depot  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
Details :

Wg Cdr Balasubramaniam Shivakumar is on the posted strength of one of the Base Repair Depots of the IAF since 10 Oct 86. The officer has undergone training twice in USSR on MiG-23 variants.

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

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

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

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

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

The Awards Database presented here was made possible by the kind generosity of Air Marshal Bharat Kumar, author of Courage & Devotion to Duty : A Chronicle of IAF's Honours and Awards (1932-2008). Air Marshal Bharat Kumar had very graciously given permission to reproduce the citations from the book on this website.
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