Awards for the year 1994


A total of 65 Awards are listed.
Param Vishist Seva Medal : 4 | Ati Vishist Seva Medal : 12 | Shaurya Chakra : 6 | Vayu Sena Medal : 20 | Vishist Seva Medal : 23 |
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Prabhat Kumar Verma 4822 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 94 Announced 26 Jan 94
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Air Marshal Prabhat Kumar Varma was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the IAF on 06 Nov 54. Throughout his long and distinguished career he has held a variety of key Command and Staff appointments with distinction. These include command of a Combat Squadron, the only VVIP base, a major fighter base, Director of Personnel (Officers), Director General of Defence Planning Staff and Air Officer-in-Charge Personnel at Air HQ . He was awarded Vayu Sena Medal in 1975 for exceptional devotion to duty while commanding a combat squadron. Later, he was appointed the Chief Operations Officer of the first ever Jaguar base of the IAF. Subsequently the officer commanded the prestigious VVIP base, Air Force Station Palam in an exemplary manner. A graduate and Directing Staff of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, the Air Officer commanded a frontline fighter base in 1985. The Air Officer also held a very distinguished tenure as Senior Air Staff Officer of Southern Air Command during the induction phase of OP PAWAN. On promotion to the rank of Air Marshal, the Air Officer was appointed Director General Defence Planning Staff in MOD. The Air Officer held the crucial appointment of Air Officerin-Charge Personnel at Air Headquarters. Here, the Air Officer showed a remarkable ability to produce man-machine interface, which is so vital to a military service. For the distinguished service of exceptional order, he was awarded AVSM in 1993.

On assuming duties after major bypass surgery during Jan 93, not only he took over his own duties of the Air Officer-in-Charge Personnel, but was also entrusted with the arduous responsibilities of the Deputy Chief of the Air Staff. Without showing any concern for his health, he rose to the occasion and discharged the dual responsibility in an exemplary manner wherein he displayed an extraordinary capacity to withstand the implicit stress and strain of the twin portfolios.

The Air Officer assumed the responsibilities of the DCAS at a time when the Nation was passing through the phase of ever mounting economic crunch. Despite the tight budgetary controls, he ensured that the expenditure was kept within the funds allotted without compromising the operational preparedness. He retailored the Air Force plans in conformity with the expected allocation and the changed strategic continental perceptions.

He has left an indelible imprint in the appointments that he has held during his chequered career spanning nearly four decades of dedicated service.

Air Marshal Prabhat Kumar Varma AVSM, VM has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1994 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Naresh Kumar 5057 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 94 Announced 26 Jan 94
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Air Marshal Naresh Kumar, AVSM, VM, ADC was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 14 January 1956. In his distinguished career spread over 37 years, he has held various important command and staff appointments. A graduate of National Defence College, he has an outstanding accident free flying record of more than 3000 hours on various aircraft like Vampires, Chetak, Mi-4, Mi-8 and Mi17 aircraft. While commanding one of the helicopter units he was assigned the task of flood relief in North Bengal and in recognition of his services, act of courage, initiative and devotion to duty, he was awarded 'Vayu Sena Medal' in 1970. After a successful tenure as Air Attaché in Afghanistan, he was appointed Air II in one of our premier Command Headquarters, followed by a command of an operational base located at high altitude. Under his inspiring leadership, meticulous approach and guidance, this base was brought to the level of operational excellence. For rendering distinguished service of an exceptional order, he was awarded 'Ati Vishisht Seva Medal' in 1988. On his a promotion to the rank of Air Vice Marshal, he took over as Senior Officer-inCharge Administration at HQ CAC, before taking over yet another important appointment of AOC Jammu and Kashmir. His performance in both these appointments of totally diverse fields of administration and operation, was commendable.

On promotion to the rank of Air Marshal in April 1991, he was appointed Air Officerin-Charge Administration at Air Headquarters. With his sound professional competence and dedicated hard work, brought about all round improvement in all areas of activities, viz. work services, general administration, management of public and welfare funds. A particular mention need to be made of introduction of “Medical Care Scheme" for retired Air Force personnel during this tenure of his. He was also entrusted the responsibility of Air Officer-in-Charge Personnel along with AOA, which he discharged with unmatched excellence.

In Apri1, 1992, Air Marshal took over the appointment of Senior Air Staff Officer at Headquarters Central Air Command. In this appointment, using his professional expertise in the field of operations, he effected considerable improvements in the Ops preparedness. He, with his meticulous planning and analytical approach, carried out rationalisation of resources and manpower in various spheres of activities and brought about significant savings to the tune of a few crores without any compromise on operational capability. In Mar 93 he was appointed Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of a major operational Command.

Air Marshal Naresh Kumar, AVSM, VM, ADC has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1994 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Keith David Kingsley Lewis 5109 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 94 Announced 26 Jan 94
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Air Marshal Keith David Kingsley Lewis, AVSM, VM Flying (Pilot) was commissioned as a fighter pilot on 01 Apr 56. Out of a service of more than thirty seven years, he spent twenty eight years in the field. He has flown over 4500 hours accident free on single engined aircraft, mostly jets. He successfully held all important field appointments including command of the legendary No.1 Squadron and of two major Air Force Stations. For his professional competence and devotion to duties, he was awarded Vayu Sena Medal in 1971. He actively participated in both the Indo-Pak wars. During 1971 Operation, the detachment of MiG-21 under his able leadership at a Northern airfield, proved crucial to the results of the war. On staff, he has held the most prestigious and demanding air staff appointments, viz, SASO of an Operational Command, Director Operations (Offensive), Director Intelligence, Addl ACAS (Ops) and Inspector General of the IAF at Air Headquarters. He has also been a Senior Directing Staff at the National Defence College. For his distinguished service as Air Officer Commanding of an Operational Wing, he was awarded AVSM in 1988.

Over and above his arduous responsibilities as IG he was appointed in 1991 as Chairman of the IAF's Diamond Jubilee Celebration Committee. He executed this task in an extremely professional manner. The celebration received favourable press coverage, thus brining the IAF closer to the people. Briefly stated, the IAF Diamond Jubilee 1992 was celebrated with the highest standards and in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

As SASO, he displayed an uncompromising commitment to the attainment of operational status of clearly evident deterrence to any potential enemy. Through relentless pursuit of this aim, the Command maintained a very potent war fighting capability of guaranteed pre-emptive and reactive capability. Furthermore, as Inspector General of the IAF, it was his perceptive vision of the compelling necessity to institute flight safety measures guaranteed to produce long term and lasting gains that a holistic appraisal was made and the present target for the entire decade of 1992 t0 2001 was set. This raised the IAF horizon from concerns about immediate gains to that of accident reduction of a more lasting nature over the long term. Likewise, in the field of inspections, the level has been elevated from single unit assessment to ascertaining the war fighting abilities of operational of operational commands in the use of air power in the Asian sub-continental scenario.

Air Marshal Keith David Kingsley Lewis, AVSM, VM has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1994 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Amal Kumar Mukhopadhyay 5237 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 94 Announced 26 Jan 94
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Having been commissioned in the Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) (AE (M) ) Branch of the Indian Air Force on 03 Sep 56, Air Marshal Amal Kumar Mukhopadhyaya (5337) rose to the present appointment of the Air Officer Incharge Maintenance (AOM) at Air Headquarters. During his long and distinguished service career, the Air Officer had held various key and staff appointments such as Air Officer Commanding (AOC) 402 Station, Director Maintenance Plans and Inspection at Air Headquarters, Senior Maintenance Staff Officer of an operational Command and that of Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Engineering A) for which he was awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in January 1991.

On taking over as Air Officer Incharqe Maintenance, Air Marshal Mukhopadhyaya had to face a spate of critical problems confronting the maintenance management which were to be tackled judiciously and promptly in the interest of operational preparedness. There were two major constraints, namely, depleted funds available owing to the financial crunch on the on hand and declining product support for the combat as well as transport aircraft and helicopters forming the bulk of the Air Force, from the erstwhile Soviet Union, on the other hand. These problems were to be effectively handled to keep the operational preparedness of the Air Force. Air Marshal Mukhopdhyaya with his technical acumen and administrative ability braved the challenges to ensure that operational requirements are not unduly impaired or adversely affected. Inadequate product support from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited was another problem to be solved. With his personal involvement and incessant efforts, he has been able to extract more, satisfying product support from that agency. To keep pace with the fast changing times, computerisation of logistics management systems in the Indian Air Force was a long awaited need. On his personal initiative, a final shape was given to this aspect, a measure which would accelerate speedier supplies to the units. Another thrust area is indigenisation of aircraft spares and equipment. A number of projects aimed at expediting indigenisation efforts have been initiated under his watchful eyes, the successful implementation of which could greatly help tide over the crisis situation created by shortage in many of the imported items.

Air Marshal Ama1 Kumar Mukhopadhyaya, AVSM has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1994 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Bhagwan Singh Bedi 5947 AELUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 94 Announced 26 Jan 94
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Air Vice Marshal Bhagwant Singh Bedi (5947) Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) was commissioned on 01 Jun 60. The AVSM 1993-94 Air Officer has varied and rich experience of controlling and organizing maintenance activities as Chief Engineering Officer of fighter base, Command Engineering Officer and Command of a Base Repair Depot. His achievements as Chief Engineering Officer at Air Force Station (AF Stn) Ambala were indeed commendable. Under his able guidance, the station has won the “Best Maintenance Wing" trophy achieving “zero maintenance lapse" in practice.

The Air Officer also held the appointments of Command Engineering Officer at Western Air Command (WAC) and Air Officer Commanding of a Base Repair Depot (BRD).

In his present tenure as Senior Maintenance Staff Officer (SMSO) at WAC, he has shown considerable conceptual abilities and has used the skills and experience very effectively in enhancing the quality of maintenance support to field units. A number of workshops were arranged under his guidance with a view to inculcated maintenance safety tenets at tarmac and shop floor levels and to build up a healthy maintenance environment. He has been able to effectively introduce computerization of snag rectification data in all fighter fleets. This has made it possible for aircraft snags analysis to be more scientific and meaningful, thereby improving the qualities of rectification work and initiating preventing actions.

The Air Officer's high innovative abilities and professionalism were optimally utilized in indigenizing, designing and fabricating the cabins which are being utilized as mobile operation rooms for ST-68 radar and Control and Reporting Centre, thus dispensing with the import and effecting savings. Due to his personal guidance and interaction at appropriate levels, the down time of aircraft and weapon systems have been appreciably reduced in the field units.

Air Vice Marshal Bhagwant Singh Bedi has, thus. rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1994 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Shishir Kumar Chaturvedi 5814 LGSUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 94 Announced 26 Jan 94
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Air Vice Marshal Shishir Kumar Chaturvedi has displayed a singular drive and professional acumen in improving administrative and functional efficiency while he was commanding an Equipment Depot during its formative stage. As CLMO Headquarters Central Air Command, the Air Officer guided and coordinated activities in all the dependent bases contributing to the highest operational preparedness of the Air Force as a whole. He evolved effective guidelines and methodologies to improve the supply effectively from mother depots to the far flung bases. By compartmentalizing the various specializations he streamlined the working to ensure better control and coordination.

The Air Officer, during his tenure as Director of Stores during 1991­92, planned, processed and progressed all the provisioning activities in the most professional manner, thereby achieving optimum supply effectiveness for all ranges of clothing stores, ration items, petrol, oil and lubricants. With his expertise on fuel and knowledge on various items of petrol AVSM 1994 and lubricant he found out the corresponding western substitutes for Russian oils, resulting in colossal saving of foreign exchange in procuring the POL from sources abroad.

On assuming charge as Member (Air) Surplus Stores Disposal Committee, AVM SK Chaturvedi immersed himself in organizing global sales towards speedy disposal of inactive Air Force inventory. The sale was a resounding success wherein 30 tenders were sold at cost of US$ 0.6 million.

AVM SK Chaturvedi, VSM rose to the apex of logistics officer's career as Air Staff (Logistics) and in a short span, he underlined the needs of logistics discipline wherein he had set an example for other officers to emulate.

Air Vice Marshal Shishir Kumar Chaturvedi VSM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1994 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Krishna Bihari Singh 5865 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 94 Announced 26 Jan 94
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Air Vice Marshal Krishna Bihari Singh (5865) was commissioned in the Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force on 26 May 1960.

He made a mark in the history of NCC wherein in April 1973, he successfully attempted cross country in glider for a distance of more than 300 kms. He was awarded VSM in 1973 for this unique achievement. He was AVSM 1994 awarded 'Vayu Seva Medal' in 1974 for distinguished service.

An A-2 Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI), he was specially selected to form part of Indian Contingent for training pilots in Iraq. After this tenure, he was posted as Chief Instructor at Elementary Flying School at Bidar. He has held the appointments of Chief Operations Officer of a Fighter Wing, Air Officer Commanding a forward base in Eastern Sector and JD Training at Air HQ.

As Air Officer Commanding of a Fighter Base, he was responsible for air maintenance, communications and the fighter flying training including that of famous 'Thunderbolts Formation Aerobatic Team'. The Air Officer Commanding of such a base has to perform the onerous task of ensuring safe, smooth and efficient conduct of varied operations, each characterized by its associated problems. That the “Thunderbolts Aerobatic Team" succeeded in increasing the number of aircraft from six to nine, is an indication of his managerial skill.

On his promotion as Air Vice Marshal, he took over his present appointment of Director General, Air Force and Naval Housing Board (AFNHB) in April 1992. The Board, at that time, was facing many legal suits filed by allottees, societies and contractors. AVM KB Singh by his personal efforts, leadership and determination, resolved most of the disputes of intricate nature. He effected strict economy in all spheres of activities thus bringing down the per unit cost of housing. He also ensured completion of long overdue final costing of completed projects in the minimum time which has resulted in substantial refunds to the allottees. These measures have not only benefited the allottees financially but also enhanced the prestige and creditably of AFNHB.

Air Vice Marshal Krishna Bihari Singh VM VSM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1994 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Sudhanshu Kumar Dayal 6486 MEDUnit : Air Force Central Medical Establishment  Award Date 26 Jan 94 Announced 26 Jan 94
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Air Vice Marshal Sudhanshu Kumar Adaval VSM (6486) Medical was commissioned on 20 April 1982 with a post graduate degree in Pathology. In 1981 by virtue of his outstanding work in the field of laboratory services, he was awarded Fellowship in Laboratory Quality Control by World Health Organisation. A fellow of WHO he worked in prestigious laboratories in United Kingdom and United States of America. On promotion to the rank of Group Captain, he was appointed Senior Advisor (Pathology), he remained professor of Pathology in the Faculty of Pathology of Bangalore University between 1980 and 1989. His pioneering work in Aviation Accident Pathology has made aircraft accident investigation easier and has contributed to flight safety. He was awarded Vishisht Seva Medal in 1985 for his contribution to “Project Pawan" involving Indian Cosmonauts.

On promotion to the rank of Air Commodore he held the appointment of Officer Commanding of an Air Force Hospital in Eastern Sector.

He was posted to the key appointment of Air Officer Commanding of Air Force Central Medical Establishment (AFCME) on 10 Feb 92. AFCME is a prestigious institution in the field of aeromedical evolution of aircrew, both service and civil. During his Command he has brought about commendable changes worthy of recognition. By streamlining the evaluation system, open communication, positive health education, quick documentation and disposal, he has achieved a remarkable goal of aircrew friendly atmosphere. The institution, originally designed for only medical evaluation, has under his command, developed into a most sought after medical consultation and diagnostic center. He has generated an academic atmosphere and professional excellence amongst his staff by projecting and launching important research programmes under the aegis of Armed Forces Medical Research Committee and Defence Research and Development Organisation. With the goodwill developed through interaction at various levels, he has built up and constantly endeavoured to modernize the medical facilities.

Air Vice Marshal Sudhanshu Kumar Adaval VSM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1994 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Kapil Kak 6784 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 94 Announced 26 Jan 94
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Air Commodore Kapil Kak VSM (6784) F (N) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in November, 1962. He served with distinction as a Navigator in Transport, Bomber and Air Headquarters Communication Squadron. He has flown over 5000 hours and has held the highest transport category. He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) and National Defence College (NDC). The Air Officer has held a number of important and sensitive Staff and Command appointments wherein he always displayed rare professionalism and dedication. He was awarded VSM for distinguished service in 1981.

The Air Officer was specially chosen as a Directing Staff at DSSC in 1981, where he served for three years. In 1984 he was appointed as the Commanding Officer of a Missile Combat Wing in Central Sector. It was due to his relentless hard work and sense of motivation that he was able to effectively integrate the Wing into the total Air Defence network. During his Command of the wing, one of the 'Combat' Squadrons and a 'Technical' Sqn were adjudged the best in the Air Force.

In recognition of his outstanding service profile, the officer was selected as Military, Naval and Air Attaché (MN&AA) in Indian Embassy at Bangkok in 1986. The officer lost no time in coming to the grips with the realties of his new assignment and with his extraordinary abilities he performed superbly in the field of diplomatic domain. This is evident from the fact that the Thai Govt proposed the award of “Most Exalted Order of White Elephant" (Third Class - Commander) to Air Cmde Kapil Kak but this award could not be received by the officer as Service rules do not permit the same.

For his proven professional capabilities and remarkable mental stamina, the officer was chosen as Air Assistant to Chief of the Air Staff in Dec 90. His natural ability to interact most effectively with bureaucracy and interservices at the highest level has been the hallmark of his professional excellence. He has now worked as Air Assistant with two Chiefs of the Air Staff and has displayed unusual capacity to withstand the implicit stress of this assignment.

Air Commodore Kapil Kak, VSM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1994 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Sanjeev Sahay 6139 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 94 Announced 26 Jan 94
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Air Commodore Sanjiv Sahay VM & Bar (6139) Flying (Pilot) was Air Officer Commanding Air Force Station from 21 Apr 92 till his untimely demise in a fatal flying accident on 18 Apr 93. He was very distinguished and highly decorated fighter pilot with over 4000 hours of flying experience of which more than 2500 hrs were on the MiG 21 aircraft alone.

Jodhpur is the largest operational Wing in the Indian Air Force. There are six flying units at this base and on the average more than 800 hours are flown per month. There are at least two to three movements of outstation transport aircraft every day. In addition, there are other units like a radar unit, missile squadron, tropo unit, etc., for which the Station has to provide maintenance and administrative support to all these units is a colossal task and necessarily warrants close coordination to ensure smooth functioning of the organization. Air Cmde Sahay had deeply involved himself in not only meeting these requirements but also in the attaining the highest operational status of the Wing at all times.

Air Cmde Sahay was an exceptional leader who led from the front. The dynamism and organizational skills displayed by him were a source of inspiration to the entire station. As AOC, his interaction with the civilian functionaries was exceptional. It was mainly due to his untiring efforts that the environment committee at Jodhpur was able to make the civil administration agree to carry out work services worth nearly Rs. 25 lakhs for reducing bird hazard around the airfield area.

Air Commodore Sanjiv Sahay VM & Bar had, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1994 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Ashok Kumar Goel 8151 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 94 Announced 26 Jan 94
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Air Commodore Ashok Kumar Goel VM (8151) F (P) was commissioned in the IAF on 31 Dec 63 as a transport pilot. Due to his exceptional performance he was selected to lead a tem of officers and airmen to the erstwhile USSR in 1984 for training on IL-76 aircraft before their induction into the IAF. On his return he was appointed the Commanding Officer (CO) of the first Il-76 Sqn of the IAF. He was awarded Vayu Seva Medal (VM) in recognition of his achievements as CO. He is presently the Commodore Commandant of the sqn he commanded.

Air Cmde Goel has over 7500 hrs of flying and has held the highest category and instrument rating on most of the transport aircraft. His extra ordinary understanding of transport operations led to his appointment as Joint Director Operations (Transport and Maritime) at Air HQ. He was the think tank behind the meticulous planning and successful execution of Ops Cactus - a milestone in the Maldives Operations.

On promotion to Air Cmde, he was posted as Air Officer Commanding at AF Station Agra. Subsequently he was posted as Air Officer Commanding at Air Force Station Chandigarh on 22 Jun 92. He was specially selected to take over his present command when the station was recovering from the effects of a fatal mid­air collision involving two transport aircraft. Exhibiting rare qualities of leadership he ensured that the station was back on rails and fully operational within the shortest period. In doing so, he fully justified the confidence that the Air HQ had reposed in him. Under his able leadership the wing has performed exceptionally well. It has met all the commitments, including the air maintenance tasks. This has been done without any additional resources being provided to the wing. The Air Officer has the unique distinction of being the Air Officer Commanding of two major transport bases of the IAF. Besides his outstanding contributions in the field of aviation, Air Cmde Goel has organized many Air Force Day parades and a number of Air Force Sports Championships highly successfully.

Air Commodore Ashok Kumar Goel VM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1994 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Yadavendra Singh 6394 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 94 Announced 26 Jan 94
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Air Commodore Yadavendra Singh VSM (6394) AE (M) was commissioned on 01 Dec 61 in the Engineering Branch of the IAF. Whilst being the Chief Engineering Officer at Air Force Station Halwara, he performed creditably and for the distinguished services rendered, he was awarded VSM in 1978. He has held the appointments of Command Engineering Officer at Western Air Command, Deputy Air Attaché to Embassy of India at Paris (France) and Command of No. 8 Base Repair Depot (BRD). He is a graduate of National Defence College. Air Cmde Y Singh was appointed the Air Officer Commanding of 11 BRD (Ozar) on 01 Mar 92. On taking over, he faced the challenge of overhauling 18 aircraft as against 12 overhauled during the previous year, in the face of uncertainty of availability of spares from the erstwhile USSR. He studied the task thoroughly and restructured the organization. With his managerial and organizational skills, he indigenized many spares and surpassed the target of overhauling task. This effort resulted in a large saving of precious foreign exchange.

In addition to overhauling of aircraft, he also undertook significant additional tasks of repairs and modifications to the aircraft and aircraft spares which resulted in improved operational and training capabilities.

All these tasks were achieved without any addition in manpower or other resources. Air Cmde Y Singh displayed ingenuity in administrative field and resolved the problem of acute shortage of married accommodation to a very large extent. In addition, he created hostel facilities for eight students, studying in professional colleges at Nasik. Under Air Cmde Y Singh's leadership, 11 BRD won the best BRD trophy for the year 92-93. He, with his foresight, accurate planning and perseverance, was able to provide a new purpose and direction to the personnel of 11 BRD, who rose to achieve the tasks which were difficult and challenging. Indigenisation, innovation and additional tasks undertaken under his guidance saved millions of rupees in foreign exchange.

Air Commodore Yadavendra Singh VSM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1994 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Shasindra Pal Tyagi 8130 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 94 Announced 26 Jan 94
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Air Commodore Shashindra Pal Tyagi VM (8130) was commissioned in the IAF on 31 Dec 63 as a fighter pilot. He has over 3020 hours of accident free flying experience on various types of fighter aircraft like the MiG 21 and Jaguar. He is a fighter pilot par excellence who underwent the Pilot Attack Instructor (PAI) course at early stage in his career and later completed the Fighter Combat Leader (FCL) course and was adjudged first in the overall order of merit. He was the first batch of trainees who went abroad for conversion onto Jaguar aircraft. He very ably commanded the Jaguar Squadron and was awarded VM in 1986 for exceptional devotion to duty. A graduate of Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), he later served as Senior Instructor at DSSC for two years. He was specially chosen for the diplomatic assignment as Air Attaché in Embassy of India in Saudi Arabia.

Air Cmde SP Tyagi was appointed Air Officer Commanding of Air Force Station Jamnagar in Dec 90. During his tenure of two and half years, more than 26,270 hrs were flown and nearly 80 detachments of different flying units were handled by the station. It was mainly due to his personal involvement that all the detachments which operated from Jamnagar could achieve their task within the stipulated time frame. In May, 1992, the IAF specially selected Jamnagar to put the Night Fire Power Demonstration which was presided over by then Defence Minister, at Sarmat Range. The Night Fire Power Demonstration was the first of its kind in the history of IAF which required tremendous coordination both on the ground and in the air to ensure its success. This demonstration was conducted safely in the most professional manner due to his personal involvement.

Air Cmde Tyagi is a dynamic leader who, with his meticulous approach and analytical mind, produced excellent results in every aspect of operational preparedness. During inspection by the Directorate of Air Staff Inspection team, the station performed creditably in all three disciplines of Operations, Maintenance and Administration. This by itself is a unique achievement. During his command, the Air Force Station Jamnagar was adjudged the Best Wing of South Western Air Command for three consecutive years from 1991 to 1993.

Air Commodore Shashindra Pal Tyagi VM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1994 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Adi Rustom Ghandhi 7722 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 94 Announced 26 Jan 94
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Air Commodore Adi Rustomji Ghandhi, VrC (7722) F (P) was commissioned as a fighter pilot on 28 Oct 63. He has over 3600 of single engine jet flying to his credit. During his 30 years of commissioned service, he has held many important and prestigious field and staff appointments which include Command of a fighter squadron and staff pilot at 'Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment'. He has taken part in both the Indo-Pak war of 1965 and 1971. He was awarded Vir Chakra on 06 Sep 65.

Air Cmde Gandhi has been Air Officer Commanding (AOC) of a Fighter Base at Gawalior since 02 Dec 91. Throughout the period of Command he displayed total dedication to service and absolute involvement in all activities of the Base. His dynamic leadership has inspired the personnel to new heights of motivation and efficiency.

Both the Mirage Squadrons of the IAF along with a squadron each of Pechora and OSA-AK-M missiles are located at this base. The Electronic Warfare Range of the IAF conducts numerous trials and exercises with a view to evolve ECM and ECCM tactics. This Base and its lodger units have acquitted themselves admirably during all Command and Air Headquarters Exercises and also while undertaking specific tasks allocated to the Base. Visiting Inspection teams have adjudged the performance as of high caliber, which bespeaks of the high standards.

Under his able guidance the Base has created a Fourth Line Repair Model based on data generated for the last eight years to ensure better snag rectification. This Base has also developed user friendly software for Trouble Shooting Charts for various maintenance problems. Such technical innovations are a continuous activity at this Base.

Perforce, a large number of personnel have to live in civil areas at a considerable distance from the place of duty. Air Cmde Ghandhi has been able to galvanize local resources to run a number of general welfare activities and provide necessary amenities ease out the problems faced by the personnel and to improve the overall quality of life of all personnel.

Air Commodore Adi Rustomji Ghandhi, VrC has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1994 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Anil Yeshwant Tipnis 5859 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 27 Jan 94 Announced 27 Jan 94
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Air Vice Marshal Anil Yashwant Tipnis VM (5859) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned as fighter pilot on 28 May 60. He was first in his course and maintained this position on completion of the Pilot Attack Instructor and Fighter Combat Leader Courses. He is an alumnus of both the Defence Services Staff College and National Defence College. He commanded a fighter squadron (Sqn) during 1977-79 and was awarded Vayu Seva Medal for distinguished service in 1980.

The air Officer has held the important and sensitive appointments of Ops 1 A at HQ Western Air Command and Joint Director Air Defence at Air HQ. Because of his proven professional knowledge and capabilities, he was selected for a deputation to a friendly country to train their pilots. He was specially chosen to lead the Indian team on deputation to France for Mirage 2000 project during 1983-86.

On promotion to the rank of Air Commodore, he was appointed Air Officer Commanding of a major base in central sector. After completion of his command tenure, the Air Officer was appointed as Joint Director Personnel (Officers). On his promotion to the rank of Air Vice Marshal, he was appointed as Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Inspection). The Air Officer, with his vast experience and large bank of professional knowledge, set about revising the procedures and assessment criteria for the inspection of field units by the Directorate of Air Staff Inspection. He successfully completed the monumental task in a record time so that these could be implemented to ensure a more realistic assessment of the IAF's combat potential.

Air Vice Marshal Anil Yashwant Tipnis VM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 07 May 1994 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Sitaramaiah Pingali 7674 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 27 Jan 94 Announced 27 Jan 94
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Air Commodore S Pingali was commissioned as a fighter pilot on 28 Oct 83. He displayed exceptional talent for air combat and was selected to undergo fighter combat leader course at a very early stage. Subsequently he served on the staff of the prestigious 'Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment' (TACDE). In recognition of his exceptional professional abilities, he was deputed to a friendly country to train their pilots. He has been the Flight Commander and Commanding Officer of elite frontline fighter squadron. He has also commanded a major Air Defence Direction Centre responsible for the defence of a very vital area on the Western Front. He has been the Chief Operations Officer of a premier frontline fighter base and was specifically selected to fill the sensitive appointment of Air-1 at Western Air Command. On 09 Mar 92 he was appointed Air Officer Commanding of an important base in western sector.

The area around the base was affected by high militant activity and personnel and the facility at the base were potential targets. Air Cmde Pingali mustered the resources at his command and ensured the personnel, their families and the base facilities were well protected. Under his command the Air Force Station and its lodger units met all their operational tasks in the most professional and commendable fashion, and stood out amongst the very best. The station won the 'best fighter base' trophy of Western Air Command for two consecutive years 1992 and 1993. Additionally, the units based on the station won the 'best fighter squadron' and the 'best missile squadron' trophies of AVSM 1994 Western Air Command for the year 1992-93.

In Oct 92, WAC held a major exercise after a gap of four years. Air Cmde Pingali was assigned the task of planning and implementing the build up phase of the exercise. He undertook this Herculean task very systematically without any compromise on flight safety. He endeavoured and ensured the improvement in combat skills of the crew. It was largely due to this planning that the overall objectives of the main exercise were achieved most convincingly.

Air Commodore Sitaramaiah Pingali has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 07 May 1994 Number: 

Shaurya Chakra
Wg Cdr Rajendra Krishna Khanna F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 19 Jan 88 Announced 26 Jan 94
Details :
Citation Not Available
Reference: Gazette of India , 9th April 1994 - No.25 - Pres/94 dated 26th January 1994 

Shaurya Chakra
Wg Cdr Vimankumar Arora 12954 F(P)Unit : No.121 Helicopter Flight  Award Date 11 Nov 92 Announced 26 Jan 94
Details :

On 11th November, 1992, Wing Commander Viman Kumar Arora, the Commanding Officer (CO), Squadron Leader Anil Kumar Gupta and Sergeant Ramesh Chand, Flight Gunner were on a helicopter flight entrusted with the task of providing logistics support to ONGC at Bombay High.

On the return flight, due to a serious emergency while the helicopter was still over the sea, Wing Commander Arora decided to land the helicopter in the nearest available platform. Suddenly the helicopter experienced a total loss of power and it crashed into the sea. The cockpit was immediately flooded. Wing Commander Arora managed to make good his escape from the rapid sinking helicopter. He was soon followed by Squadron Leader Gupta. In the mean while Sergeant Ramesh Chand had prepared the passengers for a quick exit on impact. He threw out the dingy as soon as the helicopter hit the water but it was pushed back. Sergeant Ramesh Chand, with total disregard to personal safety, assisted seven to eight passengers in getting out the sinking helicopter.

In the meanwhile, Wg Cdr Arora, saw a passenger struggling for his life. He swam across to help him. In the state of panic, the passenger struggled and tried to push Wing Commander Arora, in the process causing injuries to him. Despite this, Wing Commander Arora persisted with his efforts and was able to save the passenger from drowning. Thereafter he saw another passenger struggling for survival. He swam to the passenger and helped the passenger to hold on to him till the help arrived.

On emerging from the cockpit, Squadron Leader Gupta had noticed a passenger shouting for help. He swam across and provided the needed help, thus ensuring the passenger's survival. He then observed the Flight Engineer, the fourth crew member, was injured and in danger. Unmindful of his own safety, Squadron leader Gupta swam across to the Flight Engineer and assisted him to stay afloat.

Wing Commander Viman Kumar Arora, the Commanding Officer (CO), Squadron Leader Anil Kumar Gupta and Sergeant Ramesh Chand, thus, displayed exemplary courage and presence of mind, in saving valuable lives.

Reference: Gazette of India , 9th April 1994 - No.25 - Pres/94 dated 26th January 1994 

Shaurya Chakra
Sqn Ldr Anil Kumar Gupta 17007 F(P)Unit : No.121 Helicopter Flight  Award Date 11 Nov 92 Announced 26 Jan 94
Details :

On 11th November, 1992, Wing Commander Viman Kumar Arora, the Commanding Officer (CO), Squadron Leader Anil Kumar Gupta and Sergeant Ramesh Chand, Flight Gunner were on a helicopter flight entrusted with the task of providing logistics support to ONGC at Bombay High.

On the return flight, due to a serious emergency while the helicopter was still over the sea, Wing Commander Arora decided to land the helicopter in the nearest available platform. Suddenly the helicopter experienced a total loss of power and it crashed into the sea. The cockpit was immediately flooded. Wing Commander Arora managed to make good his escape from the rapid sinking helicopter. He was soon followed by Squadron Leader Gupta. In the mean while Sergeant Ramesh Chand had prepared the passengers for a quick exit on impact. He threw out the dingy as soon as the helicopter hit the water but it was pushed back. Sergeant Ramesh Chand, with total disregard to personal safety, assisted seven to eight passengers in getting out the sinking helicopter.

In the meanwhile, Wg Cdr Arora, saw a passenger struggling for his life. He swam across to help him. In the state of panic, the passenger struggled and tried to push Wing Commander Arora, in the process causing injuries to him. Despite this, Wing Commander Arora persisted with his efforts and was able to save the passenger from drowning. Thereafter he saw another passenger struggling for survival. He swam to the passenger and helped the passenger to hold on to him till the help arrived.

On emerging from the cockpit, Squadron Leader Gupta had noticed a passenger shouting for help. He swam across and provided the needed help, thus ensuring the passenger's survival. He then observed the Flight Engineer, the fourth crew member, was injured and in danger. Unmindful of his own safety, Squadron leader Gupta swam across to the Flight Engineer and assisted him to stay afloat.

Wing Commander Viman Kumar Arora, the Commanding Officer (CO), Squadron Leader Anil Kumar Gupta and Sergeant Ramesh Chand, thus, displayed exemplary courage and presence of mind, in saving valuable lives.

Reference: Gazette of India , 9th April 1994 - No.25 - Pres/94 dated 26th January 1994 

Shaurya Chakra
Sgt Ramesh Chand 661178 ORUnit : No.121 Helicopter Flight  Award Date 11 Nov 92 Announced 26 Jan 94
Details :

On 11th November, 1992, Wing Commander Viman Kumar Arora, the Commanding Officer (CO), Squadron Leader Anil Kumar Gupta and Sergeant Ramesh Chand, Flight Gunner were on a helicopter flight entrusted with the task of providing logistics support to ONGC at Bombay High.

On the return flight, due to a serious emergency while the helicopter was still over the sea, Wing Commander Arora decided to land the helicopter in the nearest available platform. Suddenly the helicopter experienced a total loss of power and it crashed into the sea. The cockpit was immediately flooded. Wing Commander Arora managed to make good his escape from the rapid sinking helicopter. He was soon followed by Squadron Leader Gupta. In the mean while Sergeant Ramesh Chand had prepared the passengers for a quick exit on impact. He threw out the dingy as soon as the helicopter hit the water but it was pushed back. Sergeant Ramesh Chand, with total disregard to personal safety, assisted seven to eight passengers in getting out the sinking helicopter.

In the meanwhile, Wg Cdr Arora, saw a passenger struggling for his life. He swam across to help him. In the state of panic, the passenger struggled and tried to push Wing Commander Arora, in the process causing injuries to him. Despite this, Wing Commander Arora persisted with his efforts and was able to save the passenger from drowning. Thereafter he saw another passenger struggling for survival. He swam to the passenger and helped the passenger to hold on to him till the help arrived.

On emerging from the cockpit, Squadron Leader Gupta had noticed a passenger shouting for help. He swam across and provided the needed help, thus ensuring the passenger's survival. He then observed the Flight Engineer, the fourth crew member, was injured and in danger. Unmindful of his own safety, Squadron leader Gupta swam across to the Flight Engineer and assisted him to stay afloat.

Wing Commander Viman Kumar Arora, the Commanding Officer (CO), Squadron Leader Anil Kumar Gupta and Sergeant Ramesh Chand, thus, displayed exemplary courage and presence of mind, in saving valuable lives.

Reference: Gazette of India , 9th April 1994 - No.25 - Pres/94 dated 26th January 1994 

Shaurya Chakra
Flt Lt Anurana Saluja 19152 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Nov 92 Announced 26 Jan 94
Details :

On 26 Nov 92, Flight Lieutenant Anurana Saluja was authorized to fly in a two aircraft parallel quarter attack sortie. During the sortie, he noticed warning lights for both hydraulic systems coming “ON”. Though the pressures indicated normal, he experienced severe longitudinal oscillations which were violent enough to warrant abandoning of aircraft by resorting to an ejection. Instead, he controlled the aircraft promptly in an exceptionally professional and cool manner. He then experienced temporary radio failures, trim failure, abnormal position of the cone system resulting in loss of engine thrust and tachogenerator malfunction giving inaccurate engine power settings. Soon after, he noticed the main pneumatic failure which meant that maximum rate braking, directional control and tail chute operation, on landing, would not be available.

With all these emergencies, the aircraft could have gone out of control, or exploded and crashed at any moment. The situation warranted an ejection by the pilot. Flight Lieutenant Saluja, however, did not eject and handle all the emergencies in a most competent manner. He very gallantly, recovered the aircraft and landed it safely, at the risk to his own life. Flight Lieutenant Saluja not only saved a valuable aircraft but was able to provide vital evidence during investigations which could go a long way in instituting remedial measures for future.

Flight Lieutenant Anurana Saluja, demonstrated technical skill, professional competence and great valour in dealing with emergencies.

Reference: Gazette of India , 9th April 1994 - No.25 - Pres/94 dated 26th January 1994 

Shaurya Chakra
Sqn Ldr Devender Singh Jain 15016 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 17 Feb 93 Announced 15 Aug 94
Details :

Wing Commander Devender Singh Jain was on posted strength of a Jaguar Squadron.

During Squadron detachment at Air Force Station Jodhpur on 17 February 1993, while at take off point, he saw a MiG-21 BIS aircraft crash just outside the perimeter fence; but did not see the pilot eject. He at once transmitted the details to the air traffic control on the radio. He then switched off his aircraft, jumped out and rushed to the crash site after negotiating the double barbed wire airfield fencing and the brimming sewerage drain outside it. He was the first Air Force personnel to reach the crash site. Despite an imminent fire hazard due to a large amount of fuel that had spilled around the crashed aircraft, near its smouldering tail portion, Squadron Leader Jain, along with a civilian, managed to extricate the incapacitated pilot from under the wreckage and provided initial first-aid. He then selected and cleared a site for the rescue helicopter to land, marshalled the crew to a safe landing, and then assisted in putting the injured pilot into the helicopter.

Wing Commander Devender Singh Jain showed outstanding presence of mind, situational awareness and firm resolve in rescuing a fellow officer from crashed aircraft.

Reference: Gazette of India , 17th Sept 1994 - No.143 - Pres/94 dated 15th August 1994 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Baljeet Singh 9557 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 94
Details :

Gp Capt Baljeet Singh was commissioned on 16 May 65 and has been the Commanding Officer of an operational Helicopter Unit (HU) since 26 Aug 91.

Gp Capt Baljeet Singh has achieved a unique distinction of being the only helicopter pilot to exceed 10,000 hrs of flying in the Indian Air Force. This marvelous feat was achieved by him over a span of 28 years of accident free flying which speaks volumes of his professional competence. He has flown various types of helicopters viz. Mi-4, Mi-8, Mi17, Chetak and Cheetah over terrains like the desert, the high reaches of the Siachen Glacier, the uncertain weather zones of the North East and over the vast expanse of the Sea. He has undertaken missions covering flood relief, counter-insurgency, Air Maintenance to VVIP communication duties. He had been commended by the Chief of the Air Staff twice i.e., in Jan 77 and Aug 83 for qualities of airmanship and devotion to duty.

For exceptional devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Gp Capt Baljeet Singh.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 19th March 1994. - No.20-Pres/94 dated 26th January 1994 

Vayu Sena Medal
Gp Capt Ashok Shivsangappa Umbarje 12760 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 94
Details :

Wg Cdr Ashok Shivasangappa Umbarje was commissioned on 12 Jun 71 and has been in Command of a combat squadron since 13 May 91. He has to his credit over 3600 hours of flying and is at the threshold of the exclusive club of aviators with 5000 sorties on MiG-21.

During his Command, eleven ab-initio pilots were declared fully operational and 10 pilots were declared day Ops. The squadron carried out this high level of training while maintaining a zero accident rate.

During Wg Cdr AS Umbarje's tenure, the squadron was inspected twice by Air Crew Examiner Board and once by the Directorate of Air Staff Inspection team. On these occasions, the squadron achieved a very high rating in all disciplines viz. Operations, Maintenance and Administration.

Under his dynamic leadership, the squadron won overall first position. It was also adjudged 'Best Combat Squadron' in South Western Air Command for 1992.

For exceptional devotion to duty and dynamic leadership, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Wg Cdr AS Umbarje.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 19th March 1994. - No.20-Pres/94 dated 26th January 1994 

Vayu Sena Medal
Gp Capt Satish Kumar Gahlaut 12764 F(P)Unit : No.17 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 94
Details :

Wg Cdr Satish Kumar Gahlaut was commissioned on 12 Jun 71 as a fighter pilot. He commanded a fighter Squadron during 199092. The officer has over 2500 hours of accident -free fighter flying to his credit which includes over 3000 sorties on MiG -21 aircraft.

During his tenure as Commanding Officer, the Sqn was inspected twice by Aircrew Examining Board (AEB) and once by Directorate of Air Staff Inspection. In all these inspections the unit was rated very high each time. The unit won the prestigious overall trophy during the Western Air Command Gunnery Meet, 199192. The consistency in performance was mainly due to the outstanding leadership provided by Wg Cdr Gahlaut.

Wg Cdr Gahlaut was given the task of reequipping the Squadron for dedicated Photo Reconnaissance (PR) role. He handled this task in a highly professional manner and ensured that the transition was most expeditious and smooth.

For exceptional devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Wg Cdr SK Gahlaut.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 19th March 1994. - No.20-Pres/94 dated 26th January 1994 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Harjinder Singh Rehney 8367 F(P)Unit : No.25 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 94
Details :

Wg Cdr Harjinder Singh Rehncy was commissioned on 18 Apr 64 and has been on the posted strength of AN-12 Squadron since May 88. He is extremely capable and experienced transport pilot having flown over 8500 hrs on various aircraft, of which 5500 hrs are on the AN-12.

On 19 Nov 92, Wg Cdr Rehncy successfully handled a dangerous situation involving multiple emergencies on the AN-12 and landed the aircraft safely at a forward airfield. The aircraft took off from Jaisalmer with passengers and cargo. About 50 miles from Halwara, the aircraft encountered bad weather resulting in drop of oil contents from No. 4 engine. Wg Cdr Rehncy very rightly assessed the situation and feathered the No. 4 engine. In the meantime the oil contents of No. 1 engine started dropping. He maintained his cool and carried out a safe 3 engine landing at Halwara. He switched off No. 1 engine immediately after landing to prevent any damage to the engine due to low pressure/contents. He thus averted a major disaster, saving not only 60 human lives but also a valuable aircraft, in keeping with the highest traditions of the IAF.

For exceptional devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Wg Cdr RS Rehncy.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 19th March 1994. - No.20-Pres/94 dated 26th January 1994 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Sharad Uddhavrao Apte 12380 F(P)Unit : No.1 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 94
Details :

Wg Cdr Sharad Uddhavrao Apte was commissioned on 13 Jan 70 and has been on the posted strength of Directorate of Operations (Air Defence), Air Headquarters since 23 Apr 90.

Wg Cdr Apte is a highly qualified and experienced Mirage-2000 pilot. He commanded one of the premier fighter squadrons for two years and both the years, the squadron was adjudged the 'Best Fighter Squadron of IAF'. It was also awarded the Best Flight Safety (CAC), Best Squadron on CAC (1990) and the IAF Instrument Rating Trophies.

During May 89, eight fully serviceable aircraft were damaged in a hangar collapse. Within a matter of three months all these aircrafts were repaired and flown, with Wg Cdr Apte flying the first air test sortie on each of these aircraft. He, thus, displayed high professional competence and extraordinary airmanship.

As Deputy Director Air Defence at Air Headquarters, Wg Cdr Apte, with his professional knowledge and planning abilities was able to resolve the long outstanding problems of War Wastage Reserve of Mirage fleet including specialist weapons in relatively short period.

For exceptional devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Wg Cdr SU Apte.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 19th March 1994. - No.20-Pres/94 dated 26th January 1994 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Normon Anil Kumar Browne 13129 F(P)Unit : No.16 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 94
Details :

Wg Cdr Norman Anil Kumar Browne was commissioned on 24 Jun 72 and has been in command of a Squadron, equipped with the frontline Deep Penetration Strike Aircraft since Dec 90. Wg Cdr Browne is a graduate of Staff College in USA. He has over 3000 hours of accident-free flying.

Immediately after assuming command of the Squadron, he set about enhancing the operational preparedness and potential of the unit. Wg Cdr Browne's personal contribution in development of tactics has been very significant. Recommendations made by him and his team have been accepted by Air HQ and these form a part of the standard tactics for strike squadrons.

During a low level night strike mission in a Jaguar aircraft, he experienced serious controls malfunction followed by controls restriction in the rudders. As worthy professional, he remained cool and analyzed the emergency correctly. He nursed the stricken aircraft to a safe altitude. He had to fly the aircraft extremely close to the limits of the performance envelope. He displayed extraordinary qualities of airmanship in landing the crippled aircraft thus saving invaluable aircraft.

For exceptional devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Wg Cdr NAK Browne.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 19th March 1994. - No.20-Pres/94 dated 26th January 1994 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Sanjay Kumar Jayaswal 13134 F(P)Unit : No.18 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 94
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Wg Cdr SK Jayaswal was commissioned as a fighter pilot in Jun 72. He has more than 3300 hours of accident free flying on fighter aircraft to his credit. He is in command of a MiG-27 Squadron since May 91.

As Commanding Officer, Wg Cdr Jayaswal has been leading the combat unit from the front. He devoted himself to the operational combat training of the pilots. His systematic approach to armament training resulted in excellent performance of the Sqn in the annual air to ground armament firing meet of the Western Air Command where the Sqn was adjudged the best.

His professional ability and conduct has been a source of inspiration to all his subordinates. He motivated his officers and men in the most competent manner to form a well-knit combat team. This showed results when the unit, under his leadership, attained the highest ever marks given by Directorate of Air Staff Inspection Team to any unit in the IAF.

For his professional competence and exceptional devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Wg Cdr SK Jayaswal.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 19th March 1994. - No.20-Pres/94 dated 26th January 1994 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Vijay Prakash Nandrajog 13136 F(P)Unit : No.7 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 94
Details : Citation Not Available
Reference: Gazette of India dated 19th March 1994. - No.20-Pres/94 dated 26th January 1994 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Ajay Shriniwas Karnik 13140 F(P)Unit : No.28 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 94
Details :

Wg Cdr Vijay Shriniwas Karnik was commissioned on 24 Jun 72. He has commanded a MiG-29 Squadron during 1991-93.

His single minded devotion and dedication to operations resulted in evolution of many new tactics including the first Anti Beyond Visual Range Missile tactics which was accepted by Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment for Trials.

Wg Cdr Karnik, a professionally competent officer, was specially selected represent the IAF at Belgium in the prestigious Fighter Weapons Instructors Training Symposium in which all the NATO countries participated.

A direct indicator of his dedication and devotion to duty is the book written by him called "Know your MiG-29". The effort was commended by the CAS and has been approved and published for the operations of MiG-29 aircraft. The book is of great value for the pilots as well as for the engineers of MiG-29.

For exceptional devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Wg Cdr Ajay Shriniwas Karnik.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 19th March 1994. - No.20-Pres/94 dated 26th January 1994 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Keshav Gopal Bewoor 13570 F(P)Unit : No.20 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 94
Details :

Wg Cdr KG Bewoor was commissioned on 09 Feb 74. He took over the command of a Hunter Squadron on Oct 91 at a critical juncture, when the previous Commanding Officer was seriously injured in an aircraft accident and hospitalized. The tasks at hand included revitalizing the squadron which was without its Commanding Officer for three months, preparation for a colour presentation by the President of India and the Hunter Operations Flying training which was behind schedule.

Wg Cdr Bewoor got down to the tasks at hand systematically worked to ensure that the training of 147 Pilots course finished on schedule. He set a very high standard for the colour presentation ceremony. By personal example and leadership, he motivated the officers and men in revitalizing the squadron and brought up the morale to the highest level.

During his command, the squadron was rated very high by the Directorate of Air Staff Inspection team. The squadron flew a total of 7230 sorties without any accident. The squadron was awarded the Best Fighter Squadron trophy in Eastern Air Command for the year 1992-93.

For exceptional devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Wg Cdr KG Bewoor.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 19th March 1994. - No.20-Pres/94 dated 26th January 1994 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Simhakutty Varthaman 13606 F(P)Unit : 11 Base Repair Depot  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 94
Details :

Wg Cdr Simhakutty Varthaman was commissioned on 09 Feb 74. He is a qualified Flying Instructor and a Test Pilot and has more than 3000 hours of accident-free fighter flying to his credit.

He is qualified on MiG-21, MiG-23, MiG-27 aircraft. At the BRD, his task included duties of COO and air testing of aircraft produced after manufacture/overhaul/medium repair/ storage by HAL and BRD. He flew 667 accident free sorties amounting to 470 hours. He rendered valuable help in finalizing five major trials and modifications. Ozar complex consisting of HAL and the BRD has been designated as vital area in the Maharashtra Air Defence Sector of South Western Air Command. Three major Air Defence exercises were conducted at this base. During one of the exercises, Guided Weapons Squadrons were inducted for the first time. Wg Cdr Varthaman, with the help of a few technicians and one technical officer, established a Base Air Defence Centre (BADC) from scratch. He also established Operational Readiness Platform and allied communication system for the exercise. Several successful interceptions were carried out during the exercise.

For exceptional devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Wg Cdr S Varthaman.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 19th March 1994. - No.20-Pres/94 dated 26th January 1994 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Pankaj Jaiswal 16232 F(P)Unit : No.111 Helicopter Unit  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 94
Details :

Sqn Ldr Pankaj Jaiswal is on the posted strength of a Helicopter unit since 11 May 92.

Late at night on 23 June 92, the unit was called upon to undertake an urgent causality air evacuation mission for Mr. Vincent Venable a member of Indo-British Mountaineering Expedition, who had suffered multiple fractures during the descent and lay immobile on the steep icy slopes at a height of over 18000 feet. Sqn Ldr P Jaiswal with Sqn Ldr PK Sharma as his co-pilot was detailed for this rescue mission. The weather was bad and locating the injured person became very difficult. By persistent effort despite bad weather, he spotted the mountaineers perched on a steep and treacherous slope. By that time, the wind had picked up and menacing dark clouds surrounded the area. The steep slope offered no suitable place to land. Considering the deteriorating weather condition and unpredictable cloud shifts, the pilots took a bold decision to touch down next to the injured man. While one pilot precariously held the machine in place with right ski touching the slope, the other opened the door and assisted Mr. Venable in boarding the helicopter safely.

By sheer dint of courage, professionalism and airmanship of very high order, the seemingly impossible task was made possible. It was a superb display of joint team work requiring extraordinary synchronous co-ordination on part of both the pilots.

For his professionalism and exceptional courage, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Sqn Ldr Pankaj Jaiswal.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 19th March 1994. - No.20-Pres/94 dated 26th January 1994 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Pravin Kumar Sharma 17465 F(P)Unit : No.111 Helicopter Unit  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 94
Details :

Sqn Ldr PK Sharma was commissioned in Jun 84. He is a senior staff pilot on the posted strength of a Helicopter Unit since 14 Feb 91.

Late at night on 23 Jun 92, the unit was called upon to undertake an urgent casualty air evacuation mission for Mr. Vincent Venable a member of Indo-British Mountaineering Expedition, who had suffered multiple fractures during the descent and lay immobile on the steep icy slopes at a height of over 18000 feet. Sqn Ldr PK Sharma with his co-pilot was detailed for this rescue mission. The weather was bad and locating the injured person became very difficult. By persistent effort despite bad weather, he spotted the mountaineers perched on a steep and treacherous slope. By that time the wind had picked up and menacing dark clouds surrounded the area. The steep slope offered no suitable place to land. Considering the deteriorating weather condition and unpredictable cloud shifts, he took a bold decision to touch down next to the injured man. While one pilot precariously held the machine in place with right ski touching the slope, the other opened the door and assisted Mr. Venable in boarding the helicopter safely.

By sheer dint of courage, professionalism and airmanship of very high order, the seemingly impossible task was made possible. It was a superb display of joint team work requiring extraordinary synchronous co-ordination on part of both the pilots.

For his professionalism of exceptional courage, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Sqn Ldr Pravin Kumar Sharma.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 19th March 1994. - No.20-Pres/94 dated 26th January 1994 

Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn Ldr Santosh Suresh Kothari 16788 F(P)Unit : Helicopter Training School  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 94
Details :

Sqn Ldr Santosh Suresh Kothari is on the posted strength of Helicopter Training School (HTS) as a Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI) since Jan 92.

On 11 Sep 92, Sqn Ldr Kothari was detailed for an instructional sortie on Chetak Helicopter with a Flight Cadet who was in his ab-initio training stage. The first exercise was a quick stop over the taxy track. The Flt Cdr executed the exercise with Sqn Ldr Kothari flowing on the controls. As the Helicopter was maneuvered to a hover after the exer cise, a sudden and vicious yaw to the left developed. Within a matter of a few seconds, the helicopter rotated on its vertical axis 3 to 4 times, indicating a tail rotor failure. Sqn Ldr Kothari, despite the sudden and vicious rotation, took over the controls and executed an immediate landing. The actions taken by him under these trying circumstances were prompt and correct. Tail rotor failure is a very critical emergency in a single rotor helicopter. In such an eventuality the helicopter rotates viciously without any control. If the pilot had not acted promptly in the correct manner, it would have culminated into total destruction of the helicopter and the loss of invaluable lives. The control of emergency in a most professional and cool manner by the pilot averted a major accident.

For his act of courage and airmanship of exceptional order, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Sqn Ldr SS Kothari.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 19th March 1994. - No.20-Pres/94 dated 26th January 1994 

Vayu Sena Medal
Flt Lt Katepalli Venkata Sesha Sai 18126 F(P)Unit : Para Training School  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 94
Details :

Flt Lt KVS Sai was commissioned on 06 Dec 85. Within a short span of service, he did more than 2600 hours of accident-free flying and attained the highest instrument rating status of Master Green on the twin engine Helicopter. He had flown more than 800 air maintenance sorties and other missions in the hazardous and inhospitable regions of Siachin Glacier.

Flt Lt Sai evinced very keen interest in Sky Diving. The officer carried out 376 jumps. Air Devils' team participated in the first National Sky Diving Championship in 1991 and won both the coveted first position and the Chief of Air Staff Trophy. Flt Lt Sai participated in many prestigious Sky Diving demonstrations throughout the country during the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of IAF. The 'Air Devils' was placed overall second during the National Sky Diving Championship in 1993. On 18 Sep 93, Flt Lt Sai, while preparing the 'Air Devil s' for the National Championship, met with the tragic end during a para descent.

Flt Lt Sai always rose beyond the call of duty and actively participated in adventurous activities and brought laurels to IAF. He displayed courage and determination and was the sheet anchor of the 'Air Devils', wherein he set exceptional standards and was a great source of inspiration.

For exceptional devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Flt Lt KVS Sai.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 19th March 1994. - No.20-Pres/94 dated 26th January 1994 

Vayu Sena Medal
MWO Raghbir Singh Shan 253093 ORUnit : Para Training School  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 94
Details :

MWO Raghbir Singh Shan has been on the posted strength of Parachute Training School, AF since 1966.

During his Chequered tenure of 27 years as PJI, he has creditably trained an incredibly high number of 5800 Paratroopers, 130 NCC cadets and 75 PJIs. His exceptional professional acumen was amply demonstrated, when during OP Pawan, he carried out IL-76 conversion training of 250 Special Task Commando troops of a para battalion, in a single day, thus ensuring immediate readiness of the troops for participation in the Airborne Operations.

MWO has more than 600 incident-free para descents to his credit which he achieved during 1300 hours of flying experience. Highly motivated, the MWO has always been in the forefront for trial jumps of new parachutes. He has been instrumental in induction of various indigenously fabricated parachutes for training and operational roles. He voluntarily carried out trial descents of indigenous High Altitude Parachutes, with airborne container for carriage of heavy arms. He is the first PJI to undertake perilous low level trials of parachutes at High Altitude Dropping Zones and low level parachute trials 500 feet AGL. The MWO even at the age of 49 continues to be in the forefront to undertake trials which demand exceptionally quick reflexes.

For exceptional devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to MWO Raghbir Singh Shan.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 19th March 1994. - No.20-Pres/94 dated 26th January 1994 

Vayu Sena Medal
Cpl Subrata Bose 677436 ORUnit : Helicopter Training School  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 94
Details :

Cpl Subrata Bose is on the posted strength of Helicopter Training School since May 89.

On 19 Nov 92, Cpl Bose was detailed to proceed to Adoni on detachment for flood relief operations. Besides servicing Helicopter, Cpl Bose was asked by the Captain to assist the crew in winching operations. Cpl Bose readily agreed and was taken on board the helicopter for a winch operation involving the rescue of 44 marooned people, who were stranded on the roof of a kutcha structure.

As the helicopter was manoeuvered over the stranded people, Cpl Bose was winched down to the roof to assist the evacuees in securing themselves onto the winch cable. The villagers were reluctant to be winched up and away to safety, leaving behind their homes and belongings. Moreover, language proved to be the major communication barrier with the villagers. Cpl Bose through sheer perseverance convinced the villagers of the need for evacuation. Time was running out on the endurance of the helicopter besides the fact that the roof on which Cpl Bose and the villagers were standing could have caved in any time. Each of the 44 persons were strapped onto the winch cable securely and evacuated to safety. In true spirit of Air Force traditions, Cpl Bose chose to be the last for being winched up.

For this act of exceptional courage and sincerity, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Cpl S Bose.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 19th March 1994. - No.20-Pres/94 dated 26th January 1994 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg Cdr Mukesh Bhandari 13380 F(P)Unit : No.26 Squadron  Award Date Announced 15 Aug 94
Details :

Wg Cdr M Bhandari has been the Commanding Officer (CO) of a MiG-21 Bis fighter squadron (Sqn) since 26 Oct 92.

On 27 Dec 93, Wg Cdr Bhandari was authorised to fly a dual check sortie by night with a trainee pilot in a MiG-21 trainer aircraft (ac). The sortie involved practice circuits, approaches and overshoots from round off height. Round off height for MiG-21 ac is about one meter, at which the pilot reduces the approach angle so as to fly the ac parallel to the runway just before landing. In the third approach, the trainee pilot was asked to fly away after round off for practicing another circuit and approach. As the engine accelerated to 100% revolutions per minute (rpm) a shallow climb was initiated by the trainee pilot. However, after climbing to about 15 meter height, the engine flamed out. Wg Cdr Bhandari immediately took over the controls and handled the situation in a most professional, courageous and cool manner and landed the ac safely on the runway. Considering that it was night and at a height of 15 meters the runway lights are not visible thus denying any visual reference most essentially required for landing the ac, his handling of this grave emergency is laudatory. By his sheer courage and professionalism he was able to avert a catastrophe, which could have been fatal to the occupants and also resulted in the loss of an ac costing approximately three and a half crores. He not only managed to land the ac without any damage but also exercised proper control thereafter and cleared the ac off the runway in order to facilitate recovery of other ac airborne at that time. In keeping with the highest traditions of the Indian Air Force, Wg Cdr Bhandari displayed exceptional courage and airmanship in averting an almost certain fatal disaster.

For this exceptional courage the President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wg Cdr Mukesh Bhandari.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 17th Sept 1994 - No.146-Pres/94 dated 15th August 1994 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Kalyan Palit 15409 F(P)Unit : No.14 Squadron  Award Date 13 Dec 93 Announced 15 Aug 94
Details :

Sqn Ldr K Palit has been on the posted strength of a Jaguar Squadron since.13 May 91. He has been the Flight Commander of this Sqn since Jun 93.

On 13 Dec 93, Sqn Ldr K Palit was authorised to flight test one Jaguar aircraft (ac). While climbing he noticed hydraulic pressure of both systems dropping to zero. A few weeks back, another Jaguar ac on the station had encountered precisely the similar problem and the pilot had to eject because undercarriage could not be lowered to enable the ac to land. Court of Inquiry had been instituted but because of lack of evidence, no answers could be found. Sqn Ldr Palit tried all methods and procedures prescribed in the book, but without achieving any success in lowering the undercarriage. Under such circumstances ejection is mandatory. However, knowing that if he abandoned the ac not only another precious ac would be destroyed but also crucial evidence would be lost, Sqn Ldr Palit, knowing fully well the risk to his own life, very courageously offered to belly land the ac. This was, however, vetoed. Sqn Ldr Palit flew the virtually doomed ac for the next one hour or so trying various methods to lower the undercarriage. Eventually a desperate and nonstandard procedure of shutting off entire DC power supply was suggested from the ground. Sqn Ldr Palit, very courageously, took this action knowing fully well that it entailed the grave risk of failure of ac controls at low level - leaving no margin for a safe ejection. These actions resulted in main wheels of the ac coming down. With barely sufficient fuel for just 3 ­ 4 minutes of engine running time, he executed an excellent flapless landing.

These courageous actions on part of Sqn Ldr Palit saved a valuable ac which provided conclusive evidence and help resolve the affliction that had led to such occurrence on Jaguar ac.

For this act of exceptional courage the President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Sqn Ldr Kalyan Palit.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 17th Sept 1994 - No.146-Pres/94 dated 15th August 1994 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Fg Offr Sanjay Malik 20501 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 15 Aug 94
Details :

Flying Officer Sanjay Malik is on the posted strength of a MiG-21 Bis Squadron of Air Force since 01 Apr 91.

On 13 Oct 93 he was authorised to fly a practice interception sortie. During the sortie he observed that the fuel gauge was indicating a rapid loss of fuel. On looking in the rear view mirror he saw a dense white smoke trail. Displaying exceptional presence of mind and maintaining his calm, he recognised it as a massive fuel leak from his aircraft. He also realised that such a fuel leak could lead to his aircraft catching fire and exploding in the air with a possibility of losing his life. In any case his aircraft had soon run out of fuel necessitating an ejection resulting in a definite loss of a valuable aircraft.

Fg Offr S Malik, with utter disregard to his own safety and with great courage and fortitude remained with the aircraft. Assessing the situation that the nearest airfield Bhuj was not available, he imme diately turned towards base i.e. Naliya Airfield which was still 80 km. away. He made a quick calculation of available time (eight minutes) before his engine would flame out. This entailed returning to base which was approximately seven minutes away. He planned a straightin direct approach towards this, he promptly accelerated to 950 kmph speed, declared his emergency and coolly sought assistance of the local radar to position his ac directly on final approach. Despite risk to his life, he handled the emergency in an exceptionally professional manner­notwithstanding his limited total service flying experience of only 570 hours and carried out a successful landing. On landing, the fuel available in his aircraft was for one minute's flying only, indicative of the grave emergency he had handled. In handling the grave emergency, Fg Offr S Malik displayed exceptional courage in keeping with the best traditions of the Indian Air Force. Safe recovery of ac provided vital evidence during investigations, which would go a long way in instituting remedial measures for future.

For exceptional devotion to duty the President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Fg Offr Sanjay Malik.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 17th Sept 1994 - No.146-Pres/94 dated 15th August 1994 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Suresh Chandra Vohra 6713 LGSUnit : 24 Equipment Depot  Award Date 26 Jan 94 Announced 26 Jan 94
Details :

Air Cmde Suresh Chandra Vohra was commissioned on 10 Nov 62 in the Logistics Branch of the Air Force.

Whilst being the Chief Logistics Officer at No 25 ED, a number of new weapon systems were inducted in IAF for which No 25 ED was designated as the stock-holding depot. Air Cmde Vohra, within existing resources of the ED created necessary storage space and infrastructure to absorb the additional inventory which accounted for a saving of Rs. 1.6 crores approximately. He retrieved 407 time barred loans valued at Rs. 24 crores. Thereafter he commanded 27 ED creditably.

Air Cmde Vohra after taking over Command of 24 ED, started the task of computerisation of inventory right from day one. Though hardware was yet to be received, one available PC XT and printer were utilised to start computerisation of Jaguar inventory, which constitutes 25% of the Depot holdings and is valued at over Rs. 700 crores. The task was completed in the short period of four months. This was achieved entirely within the existing resources.

For distinguished service of high order, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Air Cmdr SC Vohra.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1994 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Manyam Mohan 6838 AE(L)Unit : Western Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 94 Announced 26 Jan 94
Details :

Air Cmde Manyam Mohan was commissioned on 04 Nov 62 in the AE (E) branch of the IAF.

He assumed the duties of the Command Systems Officer at Western Air Command in Mar 91. Air Cmde M Mohan is specifically accredited with integration of IFF system with PSM-33 radar, relocation of 3937 tonnes of War Wastage Reserves stores and identification and installation of special lighting conductors at a hill top to prevent damage to the radar which are distinct and definitive achievements.

A disciplined officer with ingrained sense of responsibility and deep devotion to duty, his advice is sought by one and all on professional matters. A leader of men, Air Cmde Mohan has shown rare efficiency, utmost sincerity, single-minded devotion and absolute loyalty in enhancing reliability of performance of all systems under his purview.

For his distinguished service of high order and devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Air Cmde M Mohan.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1994 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Shyamal Kumar Lahiri 8355 MEDUnit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 94 Announced 26 Jan 94
Details :

Gp Capt Shyamal Kumar Lahiri was commissioned in the Medical Corps in Mar 64. His unlimited capacity for hard work made him an automatic choice to take over command of an Air Force Hospital (AFH) in 1981. This AFH, located in a politically sensitive state, was beset with a host of union instigated manmanagement problems. Through his involvement, he was able to turn the situation around in a very short time and transformed the AFH into one of the finest hospitals of the IAF. A fact which was repeatedly acknowledged by the sister services and by the Royal Bhutan Army. In 1981, he was specially selected to take up his present responsibility of Deputy Director General Medical Services (Personnel) (DDGMS-P) at Air Headquarters. It is to his credit that during his entire tenure as DDGMS (P), there has never been even a single representation by the entire medical fraternity.

For distinguished service of high order, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt Shyamal Kumar Lahiri.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1994 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Jaspal Singh Gujral 11300 F(P)Unit : Air Force Academy  Award Date 26 Jan 94 Announced 26 Jan 94
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Group Captain Jaspal Singh Gujral was commissioned on 31 Dec 67 as a fighter pilot. A graduate of Defence Services Staff College and Instiute of Defence Management, he commanded a MiG-21 fighter squadron during 1985-87. For exceptional devotion to duty, he was awarded Vayu Seva Medal in 1988. Gp Capt Gujral is an A-2 Qualified Flying Instructor and has flown more than 3800 accident free hours on single engine aircraft.

For his professional competence, Gp Capt Gujral was specially selected fro appointment of Chief Instructor (CI) Flying at Air Force Academy (AFA), the premier flying training institution of the IAF. In this appointment, he was overall incharge of ab-initio and advance flying training of pilots. Gp Capt Gujral produced excellent results while training 547 pilot trainees - the mainstay of the IAF during times to come. His personal involvement in all aspects of training culminated in consi derable improvement in flight safety. Flight safety record of zero landing accidents sine 30 Sep 91, and zero spin accident of trainees since 01 Dec 90 are visible indicators of his superb performance. Besides, Gp Capt Gujral has coordinated and led seven fly pasts during Graduation Parades, remodified Academy orders concerning local flying areas (LFA) management and fabricated a scale model of LFA. In addition he compiled and excellent précis on "service etiquettes" in the IAF. His services have contributed immensely in producing highly accomplished officer. While attaining this objective, he also ensured that no aircraft were lost during conduct of training.

For distinguished service of a high order, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt Jaspal Singh Gujral.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1994 Number: 

Bar to Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Suresh Chandra Malhan 11579 F(P)Unit : AFS Thoise  Award Date 26 Jan 94 Announced 26 Jan 94
Details :

Gp Capt SC Malhan, VM VSM was commissioned on 18 May 68. A helicopter pilot par-excellence, he was specially selected to go to erstwhile USSR for training on Mi-25 attack helicopters. As Commanding Officer of the Mi-25 Squadron, he participated in the Sri Lanka operations and was awarded Vayu Sena Medal for gallantry in the face of the enemy on 13 Apr 88. He was awarded Vishisht Seva Medal for distinguished service in 1991.

Gp Capt Malhan was appointed as base commander of a newly raised air base at 10060 ft AMSL near Siachen Glacier in Apr 91. He ensured that the air operations in the defence on Siachen Glacier went on flawlessly and simultaneously built an Air Force Base in the most pristine surroundings. Gp Capt Malhan displayed remarkable resourcefulness in construction of rooms, bunkers and MT sheds with material salvaged from con demned vehicles and unusable packing material through 'SHRAMDAN' to tide over the pressing requirements. He could make this possible by coordinating machinery and resources between the MES, GREF, Field Engineers and the contractors. He was able to set up various sections, including a well stocked logistic section in a very short period. No body could have delivered so much in such a short time against overwhelming odds.

For distinguished service of high order, the President is pleased to award Bar to Vishisht Seva Medal to GP Capt Malhan.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1994 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Anand Swarup Atri 11640 F(P)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 94 Announced 26 Jan 94
Details :

Gp Capt Anand Swarup Atri was commissioned as a Fighter Pilot in the Indian Air Force on 2nd June 1968. The Officer has commendably commanded an Air Defence Unit and a Flying unit in succession.

When he took over the command of flying unit, the aircraft serviceability was around 50-60%. He dedicated himself whole heartedly, towards improving the aircraft serviceability and reached the target of 100% serviceability within a very short period, which was maintained all through, thereafter, during his tenure. The unit executed the flood relief operations flawlessly which afflicted the State of Gujarat during 1988.

While commanding the Air Defence (AD) Unit in Central Sector, he achieved 100% categorisation state of controllers and 98% serviceability of the ageing radar and allied equipment of Russian Origin.

Gp Capt Atri was posted as Joint Director Personnel Planning at Air Headquarters. Soon after assuming charge of his new assignment, the officer displayed an uncanny sense to grasp the intricate problems related top manpower. With his dogged perseverance, most of the cases which were in the pipe-line with MOD could reach finality.

For distinguished service of high order, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt AS Atri.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1994 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Charanjit Singh Gill 11645 F(P)Unit : Western Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 94 Announced 26 Jan 94
Details :

Capt Charanjit Singh Gill is working as the Ops I (F) at Western Air Command (WAC). Earlier he commanded a front line MiG-23 BN squadron and later was Chief Operational Officer (COO) at a premier base.

As COO, Gp Capt Gill was charged with the care, maintenance and utilisation of Sidhwan Khas (SK) range. He applied himself to these tasks with diligence and the SK range utilisation was very appreciably enhanced from about 5000 sorties to over 8000 sorties a year without seeking any additional resources.

At HQ WAC, Gp Capt Gill was made responsible for planning and conducting the command armament meet for 1992-93. The exercise was accomplished in the most professional manner and it was completed to the entire satisfaction of all concerned.

Gp Capt Gill has been closely associated with the development of additional air to ground range facilities in the command. With the inauguration of Toshe Maidan range in Jul 93, the long felt need of the service turned a reality wherein Gp Capt Gill's contribution is creditable.

For distinguished service of high order, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt Charanjit Singh Gill.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1994 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Vinod Kumar Gandhi 12436 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 94 Announced 26 Jan 94
Details :

Wg Cdr VK Gandhi was commissioned as an aeronautical Engineer in the IAF in Jul 1970.

He has been entrusted with onerous responsibilities such as Officer-in-Charge AN-32 production at a Base Repair Depot and Air Force Inspector with Directorate of Air Staff Inspection. Wg Cdr Gandhi was justifiably selected as Chief Engineering Officer (CEO) of a wing to remedy its perpetual maintenance problems.

A thorough professional with in-depth knowledge of Aircraft systems, Wg Cdr Gandhi has been able to rectify various complicated snags, for which HAL help was necessitated during the past. By meticulous planning and effective leadership, the Central Repair and Servicing Section (CR&SS) at the Wing carried out 39 inspections and effected 11 engine changes. In addition, he brought five aircraft on line which were on long AOG (Aircraft Operationally Grounded) within six months. The aircraft serviceability rose from a low of 59% to 73%.

Wg Cdr Gandhi made valuable contribution by way of interacting with agencies like HAL and suggested improvements which were accepted and implemented by HAL.

For distinguished service of high order, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wg Cdr VK Gandhi.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1994 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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