Awards for the year 2003


A total of 58 Awards are listed.
Param Vishist Seva Medal : 6 | Ati Vishist Seva Medal : 12 | Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) : 15 | Vishist Seva Medal : 25 |
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Adi Rustom Ghandhi 7722 F(P)Unit : Western Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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Air Marshal Adi Rustomji Ghandhi AVSM VrC (7722) F (P) was commissioned in Air Force on 28 Oct 63. During his 39 years of service, he has held many Important and challenging field and staff appointments which include Command of a fighter squadron, Command of a prestigious Air Force Station, Assistant Chief of Air Staff (PO), Commandant of College of Air Warfare, Senior Air Staff Officer (SASO) of South Western Air Command and Western Air Command. Presently he holds the appointment of Air Officer Commanding-inChief, Western Air Command. He has taken part in both the lndo-Pak wars of 1965 and 1971. He was awarded Vir Chakra on 06 Sep 65 for acts of gallantry.

As Air Officer Commanding of an important fighter base, where both the Mirage of the IAF along with a Squadron each of Pechora and OSA-AK-M missiles are located, he displayed total dedication to service and absolute involvement in all activities of the base. As a result, the base and its lodger units acquitted themselves admirably during all Command and Air Headquarter exercises. For his exceptional service and devotion to duty, he was awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 1994.

As Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Personnel Officers) he took keen interest in evolving personnel policies for the Officer cadre of the IAF. As SASO of two operational Commands, he provided the impetus towards greater operational thinking as well as rationalization of infrastructure required within the Command.

On taking over as AOC-in-C of Western Air Command, he set into motion a variety of measures aimed at sharpening the fighting edge of the most important Command of the IAF. He also strived relentlessly to improve the work culture, morale and motivation level of the personnel at all levels. As a result, the Command was able to mobilise resources and move units to their Op locations in the shortest possible time during of Op Parakram.

Air Mshl Ghandhi has been instrumental in initiating a series of major drives to reduce accidents due to bird strikes, beautification of technical and domestic areas improving the quality of output by the MES and most important of all, improving the quality of life of Air Force Personnel specially at remote and difficult Stations.

Air Marshal Adi Rustomji Ghandhi AVSM VrC has thus rendered distinguished service of most exceptional order.

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

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Dinesh Chandra Nigam 7938 AEMUnit : Maintenance Command  Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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Air Marshal Dinesh Chandra Nigam AVSM VSM (7938) AE (L) was commissioned on 07 Oct 63 in IAF and is presently holding the appointment of SMSO at HQ Maintenance Command, IAF. During his career in IAF, he has held various important field and staff appointments like CEO of a fighter base, Chief Production Officer of BRD, DG RCPO, JDEW and GC IMMOLS, all with distinction. From the outset, Air Marshal Nigam has been regarded as an officer with vision and determination and is considered amongst the pioneers in the field of electronic warfare and information technology. As GC IMMOLS & ACAS (IT) at Air HQ, he ushered in the era of distributed data processing and satellite communication wide area network, which have provided significant impetus to computerisation.

Air Mshl Nigam took over as SMSO Maintenance Command on 01 Aug 2000 and immediately gave a massive thrust to the indigenisation of overhaul spares, life extension studies and modernisation of BRDs. By his sustained encouragement, BRDs have achieved almost 90% indigenisation of mandatory overhaul spares. On life extension studies, he mustered the support of a number of competent Government agencies like JGCAR, CEMILAC, HAL and DRDO laboratories. By associating them with BRDs, a number of life extension studies on aircraft and aeroengines could be completed at a fraction of the cost demanded by OEMs. With his penchant for futuristic planning, Air Marshal Nigam has initiated a number of steps towards modernisation of repair depots to bring them at par with international standards. Under his guidance, all the repair depots have already obtained ISO 9002 certification.

Air Mshl Nigam also has an in-depth knowledge and analytical mind to manage techno-logistics issues. With his sharp vision, he has embarked upon the task of liquidation of non-moving stores. He took up this challenge and issued various policies/orders on rationalisation of stores and purification of data. This exercise has started bearing fruits and a large number of non-moving lines have been converted to moving ones

Air Marshal Dinesh Chandra Nigam AVSM VSM has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Satish Kumar Ramlal Dham 8097 MEDUnit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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Air Marshal Satish Kumar Ramlal Dham was commissioned in the medical branch of IAF on 29 Dec 1963. An astute physician he has held coveted appointments as the Senior advisor in medicine, Head and Professor of medicine at AFMC, PMO at the operational SWAC, Consultant medicine to the armed forces at the apex tertiary care Army hospital, Research & Referral (AHRR) and commandant of the prestigious Command hospital Air Force, Bangalore (CHAFB). He was appointed Commandant of AFMC, the premier teaching establishment of the armed forces in the country in Jan 2002. Presently he is holding the appointment of DGMS (Air).

Earlier in his formative years he served with distinction as a specialist in medicine at the Institute of Aviation Medicine (IAM). For his professional contribution to the vexing problem of ECG abnormalities in aircrew he was commended by the AOC-in-C TC in 1975. Later serving as a Staff Surgeon to Chief of Air Staff in 1978 he was commended by the CAS for his professional excellence. As Reader in medicine at AFMC, he distinguished himself as an excellent medical teacher and guided many research projects and PG students. He was awarded Vishisht Seva Medal by the President for distinguished services of high order in 1987. He has been a medical member UN fact-finding mission at Cambodia in 1989. Professionally acclaimed nationally he was awarded Fellowship of Indian College of Physician in 1993. He was instrumental in conceptualizing the functioning of medical departments at the newly formed AHRR during his tenure as consultant in medicine. He displayed excellent administrative skills as PMO, SWAC and later as Commandant CHAF(B). He modernised the command hospital and set up a nationally acclaimed hospital waste management system. For distinguished services of exceptional order he was awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal by the President in Jan 2001.

At AFMC, with his professionalism and vast experience in teaching and training, he brought out significant improvement in the academic environment and established a much needed department of medical education and information technology. As DGMS (Air), he has rationalized the entire medical board and categorization process in the IAF and revised the important medical IAP 4303 which guides the medical officers at the field level. A major fillip has been given to acquire much needed flight safety simulators (Human Centrifuge & Spatial Disorientation simulator) at IAM during his short span as President Indian Society of Aerospace Medicine. He has thus excelled as a Professional, teacher, research worker & displayed excellent organizational skills as an able administrator; during his career spanning over 39 years, and contributed to the growth of medical services of armed forces.

Air Marshal SKR Dham AVSM VSM has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

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

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Shashindra Pal Tyagi 8130 F(P)Unit : Central Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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Air Marshal Shashindra Pal Tyagi AVSM VM (8130) F (P) was commissioned in the IAF on 31 Dec 63. He is a fighter pilot who has excelled himself during his career. He underwent the Pilot Attack Instructor (PAI) course at an 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 in the first batch of trainees who went abroad for conversion onto Jaguar Aircraft. He is an alumnus of Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) and National Defence College (NDC). He was posted in a diplomatic assignment as Air Attaché in Embassy of India at Saudi Arabia. He was awarded VM in 1986 and AVSM in 1994. Presently, he holds the appointment of AOCin-C, Central Air Command since 01 May 02.

During his tenure as Air Officer Commanding (AOC) Air Force Station Jamnagar, more than 26, 270 h were flown and nearly 80 detachments of different flying units were handled by the Station. In May 1992, the IAF specially selected Jamnagar to put up the Night Fire Power Demonstration which was the first of its kind in the history of IAF and required a high degree of 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 guidance. During his command, Air Force Station Jamnagar was adjudged the Best Station of South Western Air Command for three consecutive years from 1991 to 1993.

While holding the appointments of ACAS (Int) and ACAS (Ops), he made meaningful contributions in Operations and Flight Safety, and also evolved new concepts in the area of Intelligence gathering. With his analytical mind he contributed toward evolving new operational and strategic doctrines of the IAF.

As Senior Air Staff Officer at Central Air Command, he brought his varied experience to bear upon the conduct of large number of Command level exercises and seminars successfully. As AOC-in-C, Central Air Command, he has ensured high standards from not only the Command staff but also the field units in all spheres of operational activity. He has taken personal interest in reviewing and optimising training schedules and facilities at the operational bases so as to ensure safety, efficiency and optimal utilisation of resources.

Air Marshal Shashindra Pal Tyagi AVSM VM has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

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

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Ashok Kumar Goel 8151 F(P)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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Air Marshal Ashok Kumar Goel AVSM VM (8151) F (P) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 31 Dec 63, as a transport pilot. He has over 9000 h of flying and has held the highest category of instrument rating on most of the transport aircraft of the IAF fleet. During his 39 years of service, he has held various key Staff and field appointments. Notable amongst these are Officer Commanding of two frontline transport squadrons, Air Officer Commanding of two Wings of the IAF, Director Training at Air HQs and Chief Instructor (Air) at DSSC. He is an alumnus of College of Defence Management (CDM) and National Defence College (NDC). He was awarded VM in 1988 and AVSM in 1994. Presently he is the Senior Air Staff Officer at HQ Eastern Air Command.

He was specially selected in 1984 to lead a team of officers and airmen for training on IL-76 aircraft in USSR and thereafter he was appointed the Commanding Officer of the first IL-76 Sqn of the IAF. With his extraordinary understanding of transport operations, he acted as a think tank behind the meticulous planning and successful execution of Op Cactus, a milestone in the Maldives Operations.

The Air Officer has the distinction of being the Air Officer Commanding of two major transport bases of the IAF. As SASO HQ EAC, he took keen interest in improving the overall operational, Flight Safety and Air Defence environment of the area. All air maintenance tasks, flood relief, casualty evacuation, counter insurgency operations and tasks given by Air HQ were achieved in the most professional manner. His varied field experience, broad knowledge base and outstanding resolve to use resources efficiently led to an optimum utilisation of the transport fleet in EAC. His efforts and close monitoring of all Command policies has greatly helped in the achievement of a high state of operational preparedness and also a lower accident rate. All targets laid down, in fighter operations, in maintenance support by the Transport fleet and in the field of Flight Safety have been achieved well within the stipulated time frames.

Air Marshal Ashok Kumar Goel AVSM VM has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

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

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Vijay Achyut Patkar 8632 AEMUnit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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Air Marshal Vijay Achyut Patkar AVSM VSM (8632) AE (L) was commissioned on 23 Jul 64 in the Engineering branch of the IAF. During his career spanning 38 years, he has held many challenging appointments which include Joint Director (EW) at Air HQs, Chief Engineering Officer at AF Stn Agra, Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Engineering) and Senior Maintenance Staff Officer at HQ Western Air Command (WAC). Presently he is holding the appointment of Air Officer-in-Charge Maintenance (AOM) at Air HQ.

He gained a post graduate degree in Electronic Communication and Radar Systems from IIT Kharagpur. He was associated with installation of first THD-1995 radar and also with induction of IL-76 aircraft in the IAF. For his distinguished service he was awarded VSM in 1988 and AVSM in 2001.

During his tenure at HQ WAC as Senior Maintenance Staff Officer, he strove hard for improving the maintenance standards and practices, modernisation of engineering facilities at the Air Force Stations and improved reliability of power supply systems in the Air Defence Radar and Communication units. His efforts, not only yielded positive results, but also brought about a greater sense of job satisfaction and achievement amongst the engineering personnel of the Air Force Stations under WAC. During this tenure, a new type of helicopter, Mi-17 IV was inducted in the service; and the helicopter squadrons under WAC gradually changed from the old helicopter to the new type. As the Senior Maintenance Staff Officer, he took measures for smooth and flawless induction of the new type of helicopter. He also arranged quick and effective training of the Aircrew and the engineering personnel for systematising the operation of the new helicopters in IAF.

As the AOM at Air HQ, he concentrated his efforts in reduction in the number of aircraft on ground (AOG). Towards this end he successfully concluded the spares provisioning contracts which had been pending for some years due to serious difficulties. This has yielded positive results. During the past one year aircraft fleets such as Jaguar and Mi17 have shown substantial reduction in AOG figures. The Air Officer has also been instrumental in getting a totally damaged Mi-26 helicopter re-constructed at a nominal cost of overhaul, thereby saving the nation to the tune of Rs. Forty crore.

During Op Parakram, the Air Officer was responsible for making available the required number of aircraft and ground radar systems for operations, which could be achieved through meticulous planning of maintenance activities under his directions. The relocation of unit detachments during the operations and their logistic support was executed efficiently under his guidance.

Air Marshal VA Patkar AVSM VSM has thus rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

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

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Ranjeet Kumar Gupta 8899 AELUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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Air Marshal Ranjeet Kumar Gupta (8899) AE (L) was commissioned on 05 Oct 1964 in the Engineering Branch of the IAF. During his 38 years of distinguished service, he has held several important command and staff appointments which include Command of a Tropo communication unit, JDASR (EW) at Air HQ, AOC of a BRD, ACAS (Systems) at Air HQ, Senior Maintenance Staff Officer of an operational command and Director General Radar and Communication Project Officer. During his flying tenure of 7 years as a flight signaller, he has flown approximately 1800 hours on Dakota aircraft on air maintenance missions in remote areas of North Eastern Sector of the country and 600 hours on TU-124 ac on VVIP/VIP communication duties in the Air HQ Communication Squadron.

Air Mshl RK Gupta was trained in USA on a EW Systems and earned the credit of operationalising the first vehicle mounted ESM system in the IAF. He underwent an IL76 maintenance course in erstwhile USSR and was appointed as Squadron Technical Officer of the first IL-76 squadron, where he was involved in the initial setting up of the maintenance and training infrastructure for this pure jet transport aircraft of IAF. As AOC of a BRD, he was instrumental in setting up hi-tech precision labs, which could undertake repair and overhaul of most modern electronic system. Under his inspiring leadership, the BRD won the Best Electronics BRD trophy for the year 1996-97. During Kargil operations, while functioning as ACAS (Systems) at Air HQ utilizing his interactive style of management with various PSUs, Op Commands and field units, he ensured high and sustained serviceability of radar, nav aids and auxiliary systems during the crucial phase of this operation.

Air Mshl Gupta held the appointment of SMSO, EAC from Mar 2000 to Sep 01. As SMSO, with his close liaison and skillful management of resources, he brought about considerable improvement in the operational availability of aircraft, radars, support vehicles and auxiliary equipment to meet all training and op requirement of EAC. During his tenure, EAC maintained high serviceability of MiG-27, MiG21 and AN-32 ac fleet inspite of shortage of spares for these erstwhile USSR origin ac.

In his present tenure at RCPO as Director General, Air Mshl RK Gupta is actively involved in system engineering and installation of various Radar and Communication equipment/projects for the IAF. He has successfully managed to implement a series of important AD projects. Notable among them is the successful completion of the long outstanding project of the Futuristic Automatic Data Handling System (FADHS), the stage 1 Digitization and installation of media secro units. The IMMOLS project of the IAF has recently been put to functional use under his direction after having overcome some of the long persisting problems.

Air Marshal Ranjeet Kumar Gupta has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Ramyar Keke Batha 9588 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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Air Vice Marshal Ramyar Keke Batha VSM (9588) AE (L) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 30 Oct 1964. In his 37 years of distinguished service, he has held many important appointments ranging from Senior Technical Officer (STO) of a fighter squadron, Chief Engineering Officer of a fighter base, Commandant Software Development Institute (SDI), Command Engineering Officer Western Air Command, Jt Dir Engineering Jaguar & ACAS Signals (Air) at Air HQ.

In recognition of his contribution he was commended by AOC-in-C Western Air Command in the year 1971 and by the Chief of the Air Staff in 1982. With his experience on western aircraft, he was given the responsibility of the Mirage induction programme, from 1983 to 1985, as a member of CMPT at Air HQ.

As Commandant SDI AVM Batha was responsible for setting up the Institute and taking over the tasks of this vital organization by grooming the human resources for this high-end intellectual engineering discipline. Also during this tenure as JD Eng 'Jaguar', the officer was responsible for a remarkable improvement of Jaguar fleet performance. For this contribution, the officer was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal in 1996. AVM Batha took over as Command Engineering Officer at HQ WAC soon after the Kargil conflict. With his foresight, accurate planning and hardwork, he ensured high serviceability and maintenance standards in the entire WAC in respect of aircraft vehicles, ground support equipment etc.

As ACAS Sigs (Air), the officer was closely associated with Commanders and Op Staff, specially for planning and execution of communications and IT, impacting command and control requirements. A number of projects were planned and implemented including upgrades to communication network and installation of new network in coordination with OP and Maint Staff, MOD, RCPO, DOT and the Army. The high point in this tenure was responding to the Op Parakaram activation requirements of Commanders whereby all communications, signals and IT resources were mustered and mobilized for WAC and SWAC sectors to facilitate Air-Defence and Offensive operations.

Air Vice Marshal Ramyar Keke Batha VSM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Babu Ajit Kumar Shetty 10110 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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Air Vice Marshal Babu Ajit Kumar Shetty (10110) F (P) was commissioned as a fighter pilot on 13 Mar 66. He has held the appointments of CO of a fighter squadron, Station Commander of a helicopter base during 'OP PAWAN' and AOC of an active Fighter Base. An Alumni of Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) at Wellington, he has held the most important appointments at Command and Air HQ. Presently he is Air Defence Commander of Western Air Command (WAC) since 01 Sep 2000.

Immediately after taking over in WAC, he was tasked to operationlise the Tactical Air Defence Integrated Display System (TADIDS) on priority. The TADIDS software was upgraded and operationlised in WAC within six months. Numerous modifications to the software were undertaken to make it user friendly and acceptable to field units. It is now possible to obtain real time air picture of WAC area at medium levels at any location using WACNET. Assistance to operationlise TADIDS in SWAC area was also provided. Similarly duplication of auto Control and Reporting Center (CRC) using Semi Automated Base Air Defence Complex (SABDC) computers has also been activated by the TADIDS cell under his guidance. This is a significant breakthrough which would prolong the employability of auto CRC developed at a cost of Rs. 85 crores. Efforts to completely automate AD set up are also underway in house at WAC.

During the recent deployment of AD assets, which has been the largest exercise undertaken so far, the AD set up was reviewed and deployed optimally without a single incident during the last eight months.

Air Vice Marshal Babu Ajit Kumar Shetty has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Subhanka Sekhar Lahiri 11568 AELUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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AVM SS Lahiri took over as AOC of a BRD on 13 Sep 99 with a specific task of streamlining the test equipment management which was hitherto in total disarray. He started with the massive task of census of test equipment in the IAF, followed by identification of deficiencies and making them good through import or indigenization. His interaction with indigenous entrepreneurs has resulted in an indigenization of a number of complex testers with improved technology and reliability. By his sustained efforts, BRD could commission and streamline the functioning of mobile air transportable test equipment calibration set up. Beside the mobile set up, AVM SS Lahiri has also established stat of art echelon III test equipment repair facilities at the base depot. For all these efforts, the Bureau of Indian Standards has awarded ISO 9002 accreditation to his depot in recognition of the quality prod uction lines. Outstanding contribution by AVM SS Lahiri has enhanced the availability of testers at the field unit's manifold.

In addition to the repair and calibration of testers, Avro Check II servicing and Dornier 2400/3600 servicing is also done at a BRD. Under the watchful eyes of AVM SS Lahiri, both these lines have performed exceptionally well. Especially on Dornier the servicing time has been cut down to 50% as compared to the time taken by HAL and that too with the small work force of 40 technicians.

Air Vice Marshal Subhanka Sekhar Lahiri, VSM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Ambrish Kumar 11547 AELUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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Air Vice Marshal Ambrish Kumar VSM (11547) AE (L) was commissioned on 01 Apr 68 in the Engineering Branch of the IAF. Throughout his distinguished service, he has held several important Command And Staff appointments including Senior Engineering Officer of a flying base, Dy Command Engineering Officer, Commanding Officer of Air Force Signals Center, Director at Air HQ, and Air Officer Commanding of a Base Repair Depot. He is a graduate of National Defence College. He was commended by the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Chief of the Air Staff and awarded Vishisht Seva Medal in 1996.

Whilst being the Senior Engineering Officer of AF Station Johrat, he performed with zeal and ensured sustained high serviceability of aircraft. As Commanding Officer of Air Force Signals Centre, he lost no time in addressing to the important issues, which included safe Air to Ground communication for VVIP ac. As Deputy Command Maintenance Officer, HQ CAC, he analysed the long- and short-term serviceability trends and identified weak areas for different types of ac, which included Mirage, Jaguar, Canberra, MiG, AN-32, IL-76 and helicopters. Through regular involvement and direct liaison with Air HQ, HQ Maintenance Command & HAL, he improved the serviceability of ac, support vehicles and auxiliary equipment.

AVM A Kumar was appointed Air Officer Commanding of a BRD on 04 Jan 01. On taking over, he faced the challenge of completing overhaul task of 31 helicopters as against 28 overhauled during the last year and that too within a short period of three months. The Air Officer realized that the task could be achieved only through his personal involvement sustained interaction with the working personnel and constant use of his professional acumen. With his foresight, meticulous planning and perseverance, he was able to motivate and direct personnel of the BRD, not only to complete the task of 31 helicopters but exceed it to 32. Realizing the uncertainty of product support from Russia/Ukraine, he also got indigenized a large number of mandatory spares and ground equipment. Indigenization/ innovation and additional overhaul task of engines, propellers, ac rotables undertaken in his guidance resulted in saving approximately 10 million rupees in foreign exchange. Under his leadership, his BRD won the “Best BRD Trophy: for the year 2001-2002.

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

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

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Suryakant Nijanand Bal 10940 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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Air Commodore Suryakant Nijanand Bal (10940) F (P) was commissioned in the Flying Branch in Jun 67. During his career spanning 35 years, he acquitted himself commendably in diverse appointments including the post of AOC of the largest transport base, Air II WAC, and CAC, IAF respectively. He has served as Staff Pilot at Air HQ Comn Sqn for seven years.

As AOC, Air Force Station, Agra since Apr 99, Air Cmde Bal made significant improvements in all facets of Operations, Maintenance and Administration. Important achievements include inculcating high standards of professionalism and orientation towards service goals among officers and men through leadership, excellent standard of all Air Mobility operations, provision of transport support for Op Prakaram in an exceptional manner, organization of relief operations for victims of earthquake in Gujarat and floods in Orissa, planning Indo-US joint Air Mobility Exercises ESBALANCE IRIQUOIS and EX COPE IN- DIA. Air Cmde Bal has improved the state of Operational and Maintenance infrastructure which include improving serviceability state of ac, smooth introduction of 1800h servicing of AN-32 ac by HAL and establishing Canberra Overhaul Project for extension of life. Through his dedication and effective liaison with Aeronautical Design Research & Development Establishment (ADRDE), he gave an impetus to manufacture of CMK-8 parachute for Canberra ac and lashing straps for AN-32 ac, resulting in saving of considerable foreign exchange to the exchequer. His untiring efforts have contributed AF Station Agra being adjudged as the Most Improved Station, Best in Administration in HQ CAC, IAF and Runner Up Trophy of 'pride of CAC' successively for the year 2000-01 and 2001-01 and Best in Maintenance for the year 2001-2202.

Air Commodore Suryakant Nijanand Bal has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Packiam Paul Rajkumar 12018 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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Air Commodore Packiam Paul Rajkumar (12018) Flying (Pilot) F (P) was commissioned in the IAF on 21 Jun 69.

An A-2 Qualified Instructor (QFI), graduate of National Defence College and the Defence Services Staff College, he has commanded an operational helicopter unit, which actively participated in Op Pawan in Sri Lanka. He has also been at the helm of the Helicopter Training School, a premium training institution of the Indian Air Force and successfully commanded an Air Force Station. He has also served eminently as Air Force Examiner in the AEB during 1985-88. He has over 6500 accident free flying hours to his credit.

The officer took charge as the Director of Operations (Transport and Helicopters) on 24 Dec 01, at the peak of the recent Air Force activation. This called for intense personal involvement and meticulous planning to ensure that the IAF firepower was positioned on the western border well within the stipulated time. He has been able to successfully achieve this enormous task in smooth and efficient manner. The officer ensured continued serviceability and high availability of the helicopter fleet which is the lifeline for sustenance of troops in the forward areas, especially high altitudes.

It is to the credit of the air officer that during this period of enhanced activity, equal attention was paid to the revision and standardization of various orders, instructions and operating procedures pertaining to transport and helicopter operations. The cases for replenishment of spares and equipment for the fleet are also being expeditiously progressed by the officer with acumen and vision.

Air Commodore Packiam Paul Rajkumar has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Pradeep Kumar 12029 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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Air Commodore Pradeep Kumar was commissioned in the IAF, as a helicopter pilot on 21 Jun 1969. During 33 years of distinguished service, his important Command and Staff appointments include, Commands of two flying bases and Air II of an Operational Command. He is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, has instructed at the Flying Instructors' School and has over 6700 hours to his credit.

As Station Commander Kumbhigram, he was awarded Vishisht Seva Medal for overall improvements on the base. As Air II of HQ SWAC, he planned and executed a night SHBO involving 48 helicopters, in a Battalion Group drop. As DDG of Air Force Naval housing Board, he recovered Rs. six crore of bad debt, which was the hard earned money of the uniformed personnel. As AOC Yelahanka, he successfully planned and conducted the mega international Aero India show during Feb 01, involving 45 countries, thus winning laurels for the country.

He was appointed Air Officer Commanding of Air Force Record officer on 23 Jul 01. The first challenge he faced was to get Pension Payment Orders released for approx. 6000 ex airmen, who even six months to a year after their discharge had not received their pension. By working long hours, he ensured that arrears were cleared immediately; as well the system was streamlined, so as to enable each airman proceeding on discharge to get his pensionary benefits on his last day in uniform. Under his leadership the personnel of AFRO were able to pin point a serious mismatch between the induction and discharge rates of airmen and initiating suitable measures to set this anomaly right. A new promotion policy for airmen has been worked out and implemented to overcome the time frame disparities between ranks and trades. These measures have contributed immensely to the upliftment of morale of personnel.

During 'OP PRAKRAM', once in Dec 01 and again in May 02, he was entrusted with the responsibility of positioning the right personnel with right training, at right places in right numbers, along our Western Borders. This, inspite of below par manning of the Air Force, was achieved in record time, with optimal utilization of available resources, so as to ensure that Air Force was fully capable to face any challenge from across the borders.

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

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

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Rishi Pal Singh 10601 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
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Air Commodore Rishi Pal Singh VSM (12639) AE (M) was commissioned on 12 Jun 71 in the Technical Engineering Branch of the IAF. Whilst as Deputy Director at Air Headquarters, he performed creditably and for his distinguished service he was awarded VSM in 1996. He has held the appointment of Chief Engineering Officer of a fighter base, command of a Base Repair Depot and Director of Engineering 'A' at Air Headquarters. He is an alumni of National Defence College.

As Director Engineering 'A', he is now responsible for all maintenance and logistics activities for the entire Russian fighter fleet. He participated in many price negotiation meetings with foreign vendors, leading to considerable reductions in price and speedy conclusions of contracts for supply of urgently needed spares and setting up of SU-30 service support center. Enhanced availability of aircraft for operational task and creation of floats for major items like engines for MiG-21 variants are the visible results of the same.

As Chief Engineering Officer he was able to set a new record of average serviceability of 84% for two years for the oldest version of MiG-21 aircraft. The base was also declared 'Best Maintained Station' within Eastern Air Command. He also directed a project while at Air Headquarters, which culminated in life extension of R-11 aeroengines from 1200 to 1700 hrs., this effort alone has saved more than Rs. 100 crores to the exchequer in foreign exchange. Procurement of R-13 engine from abroad against all odds and subsequent modification of MiG-21 Type 96 fleet with R-13 in record time during 2001, speaks very high of his enviable capabilities, foresight and professionalism.

While commanding a Base Repair Depot he ensured stabilizing AN-32 series production line in record time. As a result, dispatch of AN-32 aircraft for repair/overhaul abroad in succeeding years has stooped.

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

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

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Nirdosh Vatsyayan Tyagi 12765 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
Details :

Air Commodore Nirdosh Vatsyayan Tyagi VM VSM (12765) F (P) was commissioned in the Flying branch on 12 Jun 1971. In 31 years of distinguished service, he has held several important command and staff appointments. He commanded two fighter units for over five years. He was a Directing Staff at the Defence Services Staff College. He was awarded VSM in 1987, and VM in 1988. He was Deputy Director Electronic Warfare (Operations) at Air Headquarters and Ops 1A at a Command Headquarters. He has been commanding a large fighter station since 04 January 2001.

In his present assignment, using a judicious mix of delegation and supervision, he has ensured that conducive atmosphere is created for professional growth. The dormant talent, thus unleashed, has resulted in progressive improvement in the performance of the Station. Flying effort, operational status, role specific training, aircraft serviceability and flight safety environment, are some of the areas where noteworthy improvements have taken place. A combined effect of these was evident when the squadrons of the base were able to deploy the requisite number of 24 MiG-27 fighters for OP PARAKRAM in December 2001, despite a deficiency of four fighters against the establishment.

He has taken initiative on several other counts to safeguard interests of the Service. Pollution created by unloading of cement clinker at railway siding near the camp area was adversely affecting the Base. This issue was resolved and unloading operation was suspended. PWD authorities have been persuaded to widen and resurface approach road to the camp. Unplanned growth of shanties on State Govt land near the main gate of the Station was posing a security hazard. A socio-politically-viable solution to the problem has been worked out.

For the year 2001, the Station was adjudged the best in Landline Communications in the IAF. Later, during the year, one of the MiG-27 squadrons of the Stations participated in Exercise VAYU SPARDHA, emerging first overall, to be designated the Best Combat Squadron of the IAF. For the year 2002, the Station was selected to participate in the Best Flying Station in the IAF competition, which was later cancelled due to operational deployment. However, the Station was adjudged best Op and overall the best in EAC.

Air Commodore Nirdosh Vatsyayan Tyagi VM VSM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Normal Anil Kumar Browne 13129 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
Details :

Air Commodore Norman Anil Kumar Browne VM (13129) F (P) was commissioned in the IAF on 24 Jul 72. He has held several important command and staff appointments that include Directing Staff at Tactical Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE), command of a Jaguar fighter squadron, Defence Attaché at Embassy of India at Tel Aviv, Israel and Chief Operations Officer of a premium fighter base. He is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, USA and also served as a Directing Staff at Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington. He was awarded VM in 1994 for distinguished service.

Air Cmde Browne was entrusted with the task of establishing for the first time the Indian Defence Wing at Tel Aviv, Israel in 1997. As the Defence Attaché, he carried out excellent pioneering work and laid the foundation for coordinating various projects of the three services, in addition to the requirements of Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and MoD. His close liaison with the Israeli MoD and their Defence forces proved highly beneficial during Kargil crisis. His detailed planning and close involvement saw the induction of a number of new avionics and weapon systems, which are now operational with the three Services.

Air Cmde Browne was appointed Air Officer Commanding Air Force Station Pune on 29 Jun 2001. On taking over the command he faced the challenges of improving SU-30 aircraft serviceability in the face of uncertainty of availability of spares from Russia. With thorough planning and personal involvement the Serviceability State has improved to 85%. This afforded an optimum deployment of aircraft in support of Op 'Parakaram'. He has meticulously guided the squadron in evolving tactics and employment philosophy of the ac. He has also laid the foundation and planned the build up of infrastructure for the induction of the new variant SU-30 MK I. The officer has inspired confidence amongst all his station personnel. He has been innovative and cost conscious. Under his able guidance, the station has achieved high standards, which showed during the visit of Director of Air Staff Inspection (DASI) in Dec 01 when the station was assessed as 'Average Plus' in all fields and earned 'Above Average' grading in flight safety.

Air Commodore Norman Anil Kumar Browne VM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Nirbhay Kumar Jain 13576 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
Details :

Group Captain Nirbhay Kumar Jain (13576) F (P) was commissioned on 09 Feb 74. A Qualified Flying Instructor and a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, he has 2843 hrs of flying to his credit. His appointments include command of Air Defence Flight, instructional tenure at Air Force Academy and staff appointment at Air HQs. Gp Capt Jain took over the command of Air Force Station, Dinjon on 10 May 99. The Station is located in Assam and is a hard tenure area. On taking over, he assessed the situation and embarked on a plan to improve the station in all respects. With his positive attitude, unfettered zeal and dedication, he adopted a systematic approach to improve the professional environment and work ethos in this difficult and remotely located unit. During his tenure as a Commanding Officer, Gp Capt NK Jain displayed qualities of an excellent commander and brought all round development in the Station be it opera tional, administrative or welfare of the personnel. He ensured effective training wherein the unit personnel improved their professional categories and the maintenance and administration improved to a high standard.

Under his able command, the station was awarded “Best Progress Made Trophy", bronze “Rajbhash Shield" for the year 19992000 and the “Best Signals Unit Trophy" of EAC for the year 2001-2002. Under his dynamic leadership, the unit was assessed as 'Above the Average' during the DASI inspection held in the year 2001.

Group Captain Nirbhay Kumar Jain has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg Cdr Rajesh Kumar 15187 F(P)Unit : No.7 Squadron  Award Date 02 Aug 02 Announced 26 Jan 03
Details :

Wing Commander Rajesh Kumar (16770) F (P) is the Commanding Officer on a Mirage-2000 Sqn since 26 Mar 2001. he was commissioned on 04 Jun 1982 and has over 3500 hrs of accident free flying including 1000 hrs on the Mirage2000. He is an A-2 Qualified Flying Instructor who has been on staff of Flying Instructors School as well as Aircrew Examining Board.

During 'Ops Parakaram' on 02 Aug 2002, the Sqn under Wg Cdr Rajesh Kumar was tasked with destroying enemy position on the Line of Control. Intelligence had reported infiltration of enemy troops across the LOC taking up positions overlooking own ground forces. There was very limited time available for planning and real time intelligence was lacking. The target was located at high altitude very close to our own troops and was defended by enemy Surface to Air Missiles. A very precise attack was needed to prevent fratricide. When the mission was flown the target area was partially obscured due to clouds and smoke from enemy fire.

Despite the constraints of time, intelligence, difficult terrain and target being partially obscured Wg Cdr Rajesh Kumar successfully led and executed the attack on the LOC. He acquired the target and effectively carried out a LGB attack, while under enemy fire, destroying the enemy bunkers on the LOC. Accurate weapon delivery by him also greatly assisted the other members in formation to acquire the target. Success of the mission facilitated recapture of territory by own ground forces without any friendly casualties. His attack also demonstrated to the enemy the capability of the IAF and will act as a deterrent against any such intrusion in the future.

For exceptional courage under fire and leadership shown, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)' to Wing Commander Rajesh Kumar.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd March 2003 - No.43-Pres/2003 dated 26th January 2003 

Bar to Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Raghunath Nambiar 16378 F(P)Unit : No.1 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 03
Details :

Wing Commander Raghunath Nambiar (16378) F (P) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 11 June 1981 and is presently held on the posted strength of ASTE, AF wef 24 Dec 2001. Prior to this, he was on deputation to NFTC, ADA from 23 Aug 1999 to 24 Dec 2001 as a Test Pilot. He participated in "Ops Vijay" and was awarded VM (G) for exceptional bravery, skill and courage.

He was standby pilot to undertake the first flight of the Light Combat Aircraft Technology Demonstrater-1 (LCA TD1). He carried out a number of engine ground runs, low and high speed taxi runs as preparation to fly the prototype. He along with the main pilot completed extensive simulator flying on the Real Time Simulator (RTS) and evaluated the control laws of the Quadruplex Digital Fly-by-Wire system. He followed this phase with in-depth evaluation of the redundancy management algorithms and avionics interface at the hardware­in­loop simulation facility known as the "Iron Bird". By the time the pilot in loop simulation ended on the Iron Bird Wg Cdr Nambiar and his teammates had uncovered 11 software deficiencies. These were rectified and fly-by-wire system was cleared for flight. He flew six flights on LCA TD1 from flight Nos. 6-12. Prior to the engine ground run phase Wg Cdr Nambiar played a leading role in the evolution and evaluation of the cockpit warning philosophy. Man machine interface aspects received the benefit of his vast flying experience on the Mirage 2000.

He flew the chase Mirage 2000 for the first six flights of LCA TD1. His presence in chase aircraft considerably boosted the confidence of the test pilot flying the LCA and enhanced flight safety.

From the fourth prototype onwards a new avionics standard cockpit is planned to be flown. Wg Cdr Nambiar has contributed in large measure to the evolution of this avionics standard. Cockpit Display symbologies, Up Front Control Panel (UFCP) for the HUD and ergonomics were the areas in which he worked assiduously for two years.

For this remarkable dedication, sincerity and enormous professional contribution to the crucial early phase of the flight test programme of the LCA, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Bar to Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Raghunath Nambiar, VM.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd March 2003 - No.43-Pres/2003 dated 26th January 2003 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Madhusudan Banerjee 13400 F(P)Unit : 12 Forward Base Support Unit  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 03
Details :

Air Commodore Madhusudan Banerjee VSM (13400) F (P) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 02 June 1973. He has held several important command and staff appointments that include Directing Staff at TACDE, command of a MiG-27 fighter squadron and command of an ADDC. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor, a graduate of DSSC and an electronic warfare expert. He was awarded VSM in 1999 for distinguished service. Air Cmde Banerjee has been the Station Commander of a front line flying Station since 26 Dec 2000. In this period, the officer has exhibited top leadership qualities, and with personal motivation and dedication he has ensured a very high state of operational preparedness of the Station. Serviceability state of the aircraft and other technical assets of the Station has perpetually remained high. A striking feature of the officer's achievement has been his ability to achieve results at minimal cost and through ingenious methods and innovative ideas. The Station security, which has always remained threatened due to proximity to Rann of Kutch, has been ensured through well thought out security measures, constant vigil and with the availability of an agile and ready counter force.

The Station had to bear the extra squadron for over an year, post 26 Jan 2001 earthquake, which rendered the neighbouring airfield of Bhuj in a despicable state, necessitating shift of fighter squadron. The Station managed the extra task admirably and sustained the morale of all its personnel at a height level through practical welfare measures and team spirit. The flight safety record of the Station has been noteworthy with all around attention being paid to safe operation through aircrew indoctrination, better time management and sound supervision. On declaration of 'Op Parakraman' the Station ensured smooth induction of additional forces and through proper handling and proactive approach the Station reached the requisite preparedness within the shortest possible time.

For exceptional devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Air Commodore Madhusudan Banerjee VSM.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd March 2003 - No.43-Pres/2003 dated 26th January 2003 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Subramanya Sukumar 14672 F(P)Unit : Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 03
Details : Group Captain Subramanya Sukumar (14672) F (P) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 29 Dec 1976 and is presently held on the posted strength of Aircraft and System Testing Establishment, Bangalore Air Force since 01 Jun 2000. He is an Experimental Test Pilot and a QFI with over 3800 hours on 25 different types of aircraft including all the fighter aircrafts in the IAF. He functioned as the Chief Project Manager till 04 Nov 2000 and since the, he ahs been the Chief Test Pilot.

As the Chief Flying Instructor at Bidar from Jun 1977 to May 2000, he flew 990 h. For his untiring efforts and ensuring high quality of training achieved in a time bound manner, he was commended by the Chief of the Air Staff.

He was the Flying Display Director during Aero India 2001. His deep involvement in the meticulous planning and skilful coordination of over twenty types of aircraft from all over the world resulted in flying display of international standard. The quality and clockwork precision with which the flying display was conducted were highly appreciated by all the dignitaries who visited the Air Show, including the Chief of the Air Staff, AOC-in-C Training Command and the foreign participants.

During 2001, ASTE conducted a record number of 48 trials, highest in its history. This included some of the most complex trials conducted at ASTE till date. This was made possible by his hands-on style of management and leadership by personal example. He personally led most of the complex trials such as the ASPJ and CMD trials on different fighter aircraft and ensured very high quality of professionalism and supervision. He inspired and motivated his subordinates to very high levels of commitment and performance. He worked tirelessly, well beyond the commitments of ASTE were conducted in a safe, efficient and timely manner, while maintaining the highest standards of professionalism. ASTE maintained an accident free record during this period.

For exceptional devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is please to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Group Captain Subramanya Sukumar.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd March 2003 - No.43-Pres/2003 dated 26th January 2003 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Rana Biswas 15009 F(P)Unit : No.11 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 03
Details :

Group Captain Rana Biswas (15009) F (P) was commissioned on 10 Jun 1977 in the Flying Branch of the IAF. In 25 years of distinguished service, he has served in frontline transport squadrons of the IAF as a Flying Instructor in various Flying Training Establishments, as the Chief Operations Officer of a flying base and in a staff appointment in an operational Command. Presently, he is the Commanding Officer of one of premier transport squadrons of the IAF.

Gp Capt Biswas's exceptional in flying and airborne instructions were recognized at an early stage in his career. He was instrumental in formulation of Standard Operating Procedures for the HS-748 aircraft. His superlative professional acumen and flying skills have served as a template for his successor. He has served in flying training establishments as a Flight Commander and as a Chief Flying Instructor. The exacting standards that he demanded and extracted from the trainees have stood them in good stead in their professional lives.

The squadron presently commanded by Gp Capt Biswas undertakes the onerous task of maintaining lifeline between the Indian mainland and Andaman and Nicobar islands, with the aircraft operating close to the limits of their endurance and performance. Under close supervision of Gp Capt Biswas, the allotted task has been achieved and, more often than not, surpassed, with all commitments being flown safely, smoothly and with enviable efficiency. The Officer has displayed sterling qualities of leadership, initiative and motivational abilities of an exceptionally high order. Under his stewardship, the squadron was adjudged the "Best Transport Combat Squadron" for the year 2000-2001.

For exceptional devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Group Captain Rana Biswas.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd March 2003 - No.43-Pres/2003 dated 26th January 2003 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Neeraj Yadav 16399 F(P)Unit : No.1 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 03
Details :

Wing Commander Neeraj Yadav (16399) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 11 Jun 1981 and presently posted to a Sqn of AF as a Commanding Officer since 06 Mar 2000.

Wg Cdr Yadav is an outstanding professional who has proved his mettle in various challenging assignments time and again. This was manifested in him being selected to command the premier Sqn of the IAF which had a specialist role of EW apart from AD role. It was recently given the additional role of Ground Attack including highly demanding Laser Guided Bomb (LGB) role. On assuming command, Wg Cdr Yadav deeply involved himself in the task and soon the Sqn achieved the high level of proficiency in Ground Attack (GA), which has come to be associated with this fleet. Under his command, the Sqn can proudly claim to have achieved the unique distinction of being Ops in three varied specialist roles.

An able administrator and keen sportsman, the leadership abilities of Wg Cdr Yadav were amply tested when Sqn was nominated to compete the Best Fighter Sqn Trophy during Vayuspardha 2000-2001. Leading from the front and inspiring his men at all levels, the Sqn outperformed all competitors in a wide array of activities to bag this prestigious award.

Administratively, he has displayed simple yet effective techniques of management to motivate the people. Empathizing with those in need and being firm when the situation warranted has resulted in his deriving the best from the men under his command at all times. His leadership vision has made the Sqn an epitome of hard work and harmony. His emphasis on clean environment has instilled a sense of belonging in the men and voluntary involvement in upkeep of the Sqn environment. This has led to the creation of healthy atmosphere and drastic reduction in acts of indiscipline.

For his dedication and devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Neeraj Yadav.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd March 2003 - No.43-Pres/2003 dated 26th January 2003 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Sanjeev Narayan Deshpande 16559 F(P)Unit : No.108 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 03
Details :

Wing Commander Sanjeev Narayan Deshpande (16559) was commissioned in the Flying Branch of the IAF on 11 Dec 1981. He has been the commanding officer of a fighter squadron, AF since 10 Jan 2000. Prior to taking over command of the Sqn, he has been the Chief Operations Officer of a frontline fighter base. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor. While he was the Flight Commander, his Sqn had the distinction of being adjudged the best fighter Sqn in WAC, IAF.

Wg Cdr Deshpande has been one of the first in his batch to command a fighter squadron. When he took over the command of the squadron there were 11 U/T ops and or U/T con pilots. Without complaining, he undertook the challenge of upgrading the squadron operational state. With his exemplary leadership, exceptional initiative and dedication in a short span of one and half years, the squadron achieved 100% ops status and ratings in May 2001. With is untiring efforts the squadron had the distinction of making 27 pilots operational by day of which 16 have become operational by night too.

While being the last to rest on his laurels he took upon himself to bring up the ops status of the Sqn in the ops role of valley attacks and high altitude weapon delivery. With his methodical approach, planning, professionalism and perseverance 27 pilots have become qualified in valley attacks and high altitude weapon delivery, which has been appreciated by the AOC-in-C, WAC and CAS. His extraordinary efforts and commendable enthusiasm was evident from the fact that he always led from the front and flew close to 90 sorties in the last two years. These results are noteworthy for they have been achieved without a single pilot error accident and the Sqn averaging over 300 sorites/180 hours per month inspite of poor serviceability before the R-11 engines were replaced by R-13 engines on the aircraft.

Although the effort was on bringing the ops status of the squadron, other fields were not left unattended and the Sqn under his able leadership also won the inter unit sports championship for the year 2000-01.

For his distinguished service and exceptional devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Sanjeev Narayan Deshpande.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd March 2003 - No.43-Pres/2003 dated 26th January 2003 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Tarun Banerjee 16776 F(P)Unit : National Flight Test Center, ADA  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 03
Details :

Wing Commander Tarun Banerjee (16776) F (P) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 04 Jun 1982 and presently on deputation to NFTC, ADA since 23 June 1999 as a Test Pilot.

On 06 Jun 2002, he successfully undertook the first flight of the Light Combat Aircraft Technology Demonstrator-2 (LCA TD-2). In a prototype programme, the first flight of the subsequent prototypes is normally done by a Test Pilot who has already flown the previous prototype. However, due to the programme compulsions, the first flight of LCA TD-2 had to be undertaken by Wg Cdr Banerjee, without the experience of flying LCA TD-1.

The LCA TD-2 incorporated several new features, the most notable being the unproven ingeniously developed Head Up Display (HUD). He willingly accepted this programme decision and meticulously planned and executed various prepatory tests on the test rings and the prototype aircraft, facilitating identification and satisfactory resolution of a number of inadequacies. During the prepatory ground runs and taxi tests, the prototype type was repeatedly dogged by profuse hydraulic, lubricating oil and fuel leaks.

Wg Cdr Banerjee did not allow himself to be distracted by these high risk failures. In an unperturbed and most professional manner, he continued to conduct various tests and provided very useful inputs to resolve numerous design inadequacies. Braving all technological risks, he carried out the first flight in flawless manner and all the test objectives were achieved successfully. Thus, by putting his life at risk, well beyond the call of peace time duties, Wg Cdr Banerjee helped in achieving another major milestone in the LCA programme.

For exhibiting exemplary professionalism and devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Tarun Banerjee.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd March 2003 - No.43-Pres/2003 dated 26th January 2003 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Amit Tiwari 16806 F(P)Unit : Suryakiran  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 03
Details :

Wing Commander Amit Tiwari (16806) F (P) was commissioned in the Flying Branch of IAF on 04 Jan 1982. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor and also an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College. The officer was posted to Air Force Station, Bidar on 29 April, 1997 as the Suryakiran Aerobatic Team (SKAT) Deputy Leader. Even without any experience in the erstwhile 'Thunderbolts', he quickly completed his syllabus and started performing public displays. He took over the mantle of Suryakiran Aerobatic Team Leader from 17 May 1999. He has led the team members with a keen sense of initiative to develop new manoeuvre for display. Towards this end, synchronous manoeuuvres were just the beginning. This was first display to the general public in Jun 2000 during the Combined Graduation Parade at Air Force Academy. He had successfully led the Team in 53 displays till date. With characteristic drive and administrative skill, he harnessed the limited resources under him to successfully put up a public display every time the team was tasked to perform. This was most evident during the team's display at Aero India 2001, International Fleet Review and their visit to Sri Lanka, where the Team operated overseas for the first time, bringing laurels and honour to the nation and Indian Air Force. Recently the team carried out the display at Hyderabad and kept a crowd of four lakhs enthralled with their immaculate and professional display.

Displaying total commitment and a very high degree of professionalism, Wg Cdr Tiwari believes in leading by personal example and displaying unique determination, steadiness, physical and mental endurance. Despite the very high risk involved in operating from different airfields, Wg Cdr Tiwari has led the tem gallantly without any accidents till date.

For distinguished service and exemplary professionalism, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Amit Tiwari.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd March 2003 - No.43-Pres/2003 dated 26th January 2003 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Vipin Indira Padmanabhan 16829 F(P)Unit : No.41 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 03
Details :

Wing Commander Vipin Indira Padmanabhan Nayar (16829) F (P) was commissioned on 04 Jun 1982 in the Flying Branch of the IAF. In his distinguished career, he has held several important appointments, including instructional appointments at the NDA and FTEs, Flight Commander, Command Examiner and Air Force Examiner at the Aircrew Examination Board.

Wing Commander Vipin has epitomized professionalism and leadership on many occasions. While in an AN-32 Squadron, he recovered an aircraft and its occupant to safe landing by his remarkable professionalism when it suffered the failure of a critical engine in the Siachen Glacier. For this he was awarded Commendation by the CAS.

The quality of training to his Sqn pilots was instrumental in the Sqn winning the 'Best Transport Sqn' Trophy. In recognition of his commitment, utmost dedication and devotion he was awarded the Commendation by the CAS again in 1999. Wg Cdr Vipin assumed command of a Tpt Sqn in May 2001. Under the able steward ship, the Sqn won the trophy for the 'Best Tpt Sqn' in Western Air Command. With his professionalism, and skilful guidance, he provided exemplary leadership and motiva tion to the Sqn personnel to bring out their best despite manning constraints. The achievements in maintenance practices, innovations in technical eqpt and resources management stand testimony to his commitment to the IAF. Wg Cdr Vipin not only practices 'Service before Self', but also inculcates the same in men he commands.

For distinguished service of exceptional order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Vipin Indira Padmanabhan Nayar.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd March 2003 - No.43-Pres/2003 dated 26th January 2003 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Thazhathu Pulikunnel Devasia Joseph 16964 F(P)Unit : No.18 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 03
Details :

Wing Commander Thazhathu Pulikunnel Devasia Joseph (169464) F (P) was commissioned in the Flying Branch on 29 December 1982. He has maintained an excellent flight safety record throughout his career. He has held the appointment of Air Force Examiner in Aircrew Examination Board. He is presently commanding a MiG-27 Squadron.

Wg Cdr Joseph was assigned the onerous task of commanding one of the only two night strike squadrons of the IAF. During the first year of his commanded, the share of nigh flying done by the squadron rose to 37% as against 30-31% prior to that. This was achieved inspite of long duration detachments for Millennium Vayu Shakti 2001 (MVS 2001) during fair weather period, long adverse weather period from Apr to Sep and recommencement flying for the inexperienced pilots in the squadron. Under his able guidance and supervision, eight pilots upgraded their operational status to Advanced Night Strike (ANS) qualified by Feb 2002. Through his active interaction with technical personnel and through meticulous planning, Wg Cdr Joseph was instrumental in raising and sustaining the serviceability of the fighters in the squadron by approx 20% during Sep 2001 to March 2002. As recognition of its continued superior performance over a prolonged period, the Squadron was selected as the only unit from Eastern Air Command to participate in the MVS 2001 in Jan-Feb 2001 and later in Sep 2001. The performance of the Sqn during the build up to MVS 2001 in Jan 2001 was particularly appreciated in writing by South Western Air Command, which was coordinating the show.

The officer, with his multidimensional initiatives and technological orientation, has effected several innovations. Many of these resulted in technical method simplification and quality enhancement. Some examples being, a wheel spinning device and modification for milking FDR data during super-structure engine ground runs. These innovative technical initiatives brought about higher aircraft availability with lesser man hours cost. In all these, he led from the front, setting personal examples of the highest standards, always keeping the interests of the service foremost. Thus, Wg Cdr Joseph has displayed excellent leadership, professionalism, and personal qualities, which have enabled the Sqn and its personal to achieve all the challenging tasks assigned to them with utmost efficiency and competence.

For exceptional devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Wing Commander Thazhathu Pulikunnel Devasia Joseph.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd March 2003 - No.43-Pres/2003 dated 26th January 2003 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Shreesh Mohan 16966 F(P)Unit : No.24 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 03
Details :

Wing Commander Shreesh Mohan (16966) F (P) was commissioned in the Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force on 29 Dec 1982. He has over 3400 hours of flying experience to his credit. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor, a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, and an Instrument Rating Instructor cum Examiner. He was also part of the initial core group pilots who were trained in Russia on the Sukhoi-30 in 1997. He has been the Commanding Officer of the premier front line Sukhoi-30 Fighter Sqn since 15 May 2000. Having taken over this prestigious Su30 Squadron, Wg Cdr Mohan has led the Sqn from strength to strength with great enthusiasm, selfless motivation and a very professional approach. With his personal example, dedication, passion for excellence and concern for his men, he has consistently inspired the unit to perform exceptionally well. Under his dynamic leadership, the Sqn was adjudged the Best Fighter Sqn in SWAC for the year 2000 and participated in the Best Fighter Sqn competition for the Air Force in 2001. The Sqn has been involved in various operational trials, tactics development, equipment validation and was the forerunner for special missions during the period of 'Op Parakaram' activation in Dec 2001. Through his meticulous and professional approach he has endured that all the tasks assigned to the unit were performed in an unprecedented manner and in keeping with the finest traditions of the IAF.

With his expertise and previous experience, Wg Cdr Mohan has been instrumental in forming a three aircraft formation aerobatic team on the Su-30, leading once again from the front as the leader of the formation, it was for the first time that such a dedicated team was formed on a large and heavy aircraft of a frontline Sqn. He has also led the Sqn for numerous aerobatic and fly-past displays with clockwork precision, on events of national and international importance including Republic Day, International Fleet Review and Air Force Day. His able leadership, professional guidance and emphatic approach have created a very congenial environment, which has helped in instilling strong professional pride and a sense of belonging to the unit. He has ensured a very high standard of overall performance and the Sqn achieved an average plus grading in all fields from DASI in Dec 2001.

For his distinguished service and devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Shreesh Mohan

Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd March 2003 - No.43-Pres/2003 dated 26th January 2003 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Anil Tiwari 17160 F(P)Unit : No.130 Helicopter Unit  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 03
Details :

Wing Commander Anil Tiwari (17160) F(P) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 28 May 1983 and presently commanding a Helicopter Unit in operational area with effect from 01 Aug 2001.

On 20 Jun 2001 Wg Cdr Tiwari received an SOS message from the Divisional Commissioner that two trucks with ten civilians on board were marooned in middle of Tawi river due to flash floods. Incessant rains in the upper reaches had caused the water level in the river to rise suddenly and submerge half the trucks. The water level was rising continuously and no other surface means to rescue the marooned persons had been possible. The risk of the trucks getting washed away in swift current endangering the lives of the personnel was imminent.

In true traditions of the IAF, Wg Cdr Tiwari took the lead and took charge of the rescue operation. The rescue helicopter got airborne and promptly reached the spot to carry out aerial recce. Analyzing the gravity of the situation and seeing the men huddled over top of the truck, he decided to winch up the marooned. Taking care of the heavy down wash of the helicopter did not disturb the truck or the personnel huddled on top, the helicopter was brought to a high hover the truck cabin. Continuous light drizzle, overcast skies and non-availability of visual clues over the fast flowing river made steady hover a professional challenge. Displaying steady composure and high professional skill, Wg Cdr Tiwari maintained steady hover and lowered the Flight Gunner on to the truck cabin and with precision and composure, one by one, all the ten men were winched up. Finally the Flight Gunner was winched up to accomplish a rescue mission which required continuous winching for about an hour. This operation received wide publicity and kept the flag of the IAF flying high.

For this display of courage, perseverance and professional skill, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Anil Tiwari.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd March 2003 - No.43-Pres/2003 dated 26th January 2003 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Sqn Ldr Biswanath Kar 21831 F(P)Unit : TTF  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 03
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Squadron Leader Biswanath Kar (21831) F (P) was commissioned on 13 Jun 1992. He is on the posted strength of a Hunter Squadron since 01 Dec 1997. His total service flying is 987 hours. He is also dual trained on the Lakshya Pilotless Target Aircraft and is one of the few pilots who is fully operational in flying this aircraft.

On 24 Sep 2001, Sqn Ldr Kar was ferrying a Hunter aircraft from Kalaikunda to Ambala. On reaching overhead Ambala, during the process of burning fuel, his engine flamed out. He tried a hot and cold relight, which were unsuccessful. At the time of the flame out the altitude of the aircraft was 7000 feet and he was not very favourably positioned in relation to the runway. Poor visibility and an unfamiliar airfield were added constraints. Despite these, Sqn Ldr Kar kept his cool and manoeuvred his aircraft to position himself on finals. During the process his ailerons went into manual control. He landed his aircraft at the correct touch down point and at correct speeds.

An engine failure in a single engine fighter would have normally resulted in an ejection leading to the loss of an aircraft, a precious national asset. The exceptional courage and professionalism exhibited by Sqn Ldr Kar, led to the safe recovery of the aircraft.

For his professional skill of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Squadron Leader Biswanath Kar.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd March 2003 - No.43-Pres/2003 dated 26th January 2003 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Flt Lt Vishal Gupta. 24169 F(P)Unit : No.14 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 03
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Flight Lieutenant Vishal Gupta (24169) F (P) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 21 Dec 1996 and is presently held on the posted strength of a Squadron of AF wef 12 Jun 2000. He is Fully Ops on Jaguar with a total of 295 h by day and 20 h by night on type.

On the night of 21 Jan 2002, he was authorized to fly a Medium Level Navigation sortie by moon phase. After a normal take off, on retracting undercarriage, the aircraft started pitching up sharply. All efforts to arrest the pitch up by pushing the stick forward and use of main and standby trimmer failed. To retain control over the aircraft he critically analysed the uncommanded motion of the aircraft, switched off reheats, banked the aircraft adequately to restrict pitch up and managed to level out at 10000 feet. He subsequently remained in turn in order to maintain height. He then started dropping his speed to ensure that level flight could be maintained after lowering of flaps. With the reduction of speed, lowering the flaps and jettisoning of excess fuel, he was able to regain some positive control over the aircraft in level flight. Subsequently, he ascertained that he could fly the aircraft and maintain level flight in landing configuration, with large but manageable stick forces. When fuel was reduced to landing configuration, he was fed into a Ground Controlled Approach (GCA) wherein he aligned himself with the runway well in advance and executed a safe landing. During this process he had to use all his skills to regulate the amount of forward pressure to maintain the glide slope, round out and touchdown.

During investigation, it was revealed that a cross point screw driver was stuck in the tail plane control rods. This physical restriction resulted in the control column getting almost jammed in fore and aft axis, and could only be moved by the force of both hands of the pilot. Faced with a critical situation Flt Lt Gupta kept his cool and took prompt action to retain control over the aircraft that had developed control restriction due to presence of foreign object. Although he had very limited experience by night on type, he displayed exceptional flying skills in overcoming a very serious flying situation. He handled a complex malfunction in a calm, composed and professional manner and thus averted the loss of a valuable asset of the nation.

For an act of courage, exceptional flying ability and presence of mind, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Seva Medal' to Flight Lieutenant Vishal Gupta.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 22nd March 2003 - No.43-Pres/2003 dated 26th January 2003 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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