Awards for the year 2016


A total of 71 Awards are listed.
Param Vishist Seva Medal : 6 | Kirti Chakra : 1 | Ati Vishist Seva Medal : 13 | Shaurya Chakra : 1 | Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) : 21 | Vishist Seva Medal : 29 |
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Jagjeet Singh 14814 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Herikudru Babu Rajaram 14939 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Pochana Prasad Reddy 15008 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Kulwant Singh Gill 15220 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Birendra Singh Dhanoa 15405 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Shirish Baban Deo 15681 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
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Kirti Chakra
Sep Jagdish Chand 3986807 ORUnit : 546 DSC Platoon  Award Date 02 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
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Sepoy Jagdish Chand was posted with 546 Defence Security Platoon attached with 18 Wing Air Force. On the night of 01/02 Jan 2016 at 0330 hr while the individual was working on bonafide military duty at Defence Service Corps lines, five to six heavily armed terrorists entered the lines and opened indiscriminate fire on the troops working the said location. The heavy firing resulted in two of his colleagues being fatally wounded. Showing presence of mind and conspicuous bravery Sepoy Jagdish Chand unmindful of his own safety ran after the closest terrorist, chased and overpowered him. Sepoy Jagdish Chand snatched the terrorist’s weapon to shoot him dead. In the process two more terrorists in vicinity opened fire on Sepoy Jagdish Chand killing him on the spot.

Sepoy Jagdish Chand displayed great presence of mind, valour and conspicuous gallantry and made supreme sacrifice in fighting with the terrorists

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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Anil Khosla 15871 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Chandrasekharan Hari Kumar 15881 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Praveen Kumar 15970 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Archan Kumar Bhattacharya 16322 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Jitendra Kumar Singh 16545 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Rajeev Sachdeva 16582 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Shaik Mahaboob Subhani 16865 ACCTSUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Tejinder Singh Sareen 17138 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Sunil Padegaonkar 17279 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Kallappa Hollannavar Suresh 18124 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Manish Khanna 18554 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Sunil Kashinath Vidhate 18825 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Harpreet Singh Basra 19174 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
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Shaurya Chakra
Cpl Gursevek Singh 924787 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 15 Aug 16 Announced 15 Aug 16
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Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg Cdr Bhupender Singh Sehrawat 24203 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
Details : Wing Commander Bhupender Singh Sehrawat, VM (24203) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in the flying branch on 21 Dec 96. Since 22 Jul 13, he is commanding a Cheetal and Cheetah helicopter unit, located at high altitude. The Unit has the distinction of operating at helipads between 19000 ft to 23000 ft in the Siachen Glacier. He has more than 6000 hrs of accident and incident free flying. Undertaking tasks in treacherous terrain and unpredictable weather, the Unit has flown more than 6550 hrs in 14350 sorties under his command. Under his command the unit participated in Op Meghdoot, Op Rakshak, Op Megh Rahat, Op Chumar, Op Phutkal, besides undertaking numerous casualty evacuations and extending valuable support for the conduct of elections in the region. In Op Meghdoot, while operating over the most hostile and treacherous terrain in the world, Wg Cdr Sehrawat has executed more than 4100 landings at the world's highest helipads. He has displayed exceptional courage and exemplary flying skills while operating under constant threat of hostile fire and at the extremes of helicopter flight envelope in his single engine helicopter. Leading the unit from the front and setting an example under the most adverse and challenging situations in Op Meghdoot, the unit under his command has flown more than 8800 sorties in the Siachen Glacier alone. Contributing most significantly to the nation's efforts in the Op Meghdoot, he propelled his Unit towards maximization of its operational potential in the most threatening and challenging of environments. Under his Command the unit was bestowed with five gallantry awards that include one Shaurya Chakra and four Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry). These stand testimony to his leadership under extremely difficult operating conditions. In Sep 14, while dealing with incursions in the Chumar sector, Wg Cdr Sehrawat, again lead from the front and flew 55 successful missions towards air logistics, casualty evacuation, photo recce and troop induction, under constant threat of hostile fire, inclement weather, and treacherous terrain. His exceptional professionalism, incisive analysis and positive approach made it possible for many time critical operations, which involved landing over untried and unprepared sites on the steep slopes above 16000 ft. to be accomplished. Flying extensively in these arduous conditions, he evacuated four critical casualties from the forward posts besides airlifting 11520 kgs of life sustaining material. For his acts of courage, professionalism, leadership and distinguished service of a high order in hostile situations, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Yudh Seva Medal to Wing Commander Bhupender Singh Sehrawat, VM.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg Cdr Rajiv Dobhal 24022 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
Details : Wing Commander Rajiv Dobhal (24022) Flying (Pilot) is commanding a front line Mi-17 VS Unit since 12 May 14. On 25 Apr 15, the Unit was tasked to participate in Op Maitri in Nepal. Within a few hours, Wg Cdr R Dobhal got airborne and positioned at Gorakhpur in difficult weather conditions. He thereafter proceeded to Kathmandu at first light and as the officer in charge of operations; he immediately took up the challenge and assisted the IAF Task Force Commander in formulating operating procedures. Thus, within hours of induction on foreign soil, IAF helicopters were able to commence relief operations. In the following three weeks, he flew 176 sorties, undertaking several demanding missions and rescuing numerous survivors. The most noteworthy was the rescue of 95 stranded Indian mountaineers from Lukla- one of the most dangerous airfields in the world. On 05 May 15, the IAF contingent was tasked for an urgent evacuation of a Spanish rescue team from Langthang village at an altitude of 12,500 feet. Due to the criticality of the mission, the Spanish Ambassador and Defence Attache personally briefed the pilots and stressed the fact that their team was ill equipped to survive the night. Mindful of the high risk involved and the team's survival, Wg Cdr R Dobhal got airborne after carrying out meticulous mission planning. On landing at Langthang, he found that the rescue team had moved away. The situation started becoming critical due to onset of a hailstorm and deteriorating light conditions. After thoroughly assessing the risks involved, he decided to search for the team. With the weather close at heels, he flew along the valley bottom and finally spotted the team 10km away. Displaying utmost professionalism, he skillfully maneuvered his helicopter to land on a restricted field and rescued the Spanish team. As the helicopter exited the valley, the entire area was engulfed by hailstorm. Thus, in the face of adverse conditions, he gallantly executed an extremely demanding mission and earned accolades for IAF from the international community. For this act of exceptional courage, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Wing Commander Rajiv Dobhal.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg Cdr Ninnal Kumar Bakshi 24531 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
Details : Wing Commander Nirmal Kumar Bakshi (2,IS31) Flying (Pilot) is commanding a frontline Mi-l7 V-5 unit since 27 Jan 15. Wg Cdr Bakshi was part of the relief operations in Nepal. On 12 May 15, after a second powerful earthquake hit the country, Nepalese officials rushed to him with information of different locations where grievously injured casualties were reported. Wg Cdr NK Bakshi got airborne immediately, followed up with a precise plan in air, addressing the criticality and reached the respective areas. The casualties were not in a position to be moved at all and thus could not be relocated to an alternate location where the aircraft could land. The sites were located on sloping soft ground surrounded by a high density of obstructions, especially tall trees and dangling cables. The collapsed buildings and debris all around posed a serious threat to the aircraft and the probability of the aircraft downwash causing landslides posed even more serious threat to the people on ground. Undeterred by the setting sun and low visibility conditions, Wg Cdr Bakshi courageously pressed on with the rescue and skillfully brought down the helicopter amongst obstructions. He maintained the helicopter rock steady and light on wheels to avoid a possible land slide. The evacuation spots provided little or no margin for error that called for courage and professionalism of the highest order. Displaying both, Wg Cdr Bakshi evacuated nine serious casualties, including four children from different locations in the shortest possible time. Flying back to Kathmandu under extremely poor visibility conditions, Wg Cdr NK Bakshi coordinated for a specialist paramedic team to be available for immediate medical care. The mission was well appreciated and boosted the morale of the rescue teams to a new high. Apart from this courageous mission, he flew 55 hrs in 78 sorties in the region. For his act of exceptional courage, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Wing Commander Nirmal Kumar Bakshi.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Nikhilesh Gautam 21210 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
Details : Group Captain Nikhilesh Gautam (21210) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a Pilot in the flying branch on 15 Jun 91. He is a Cat 'A' Qualified Flying Instructor, Fighter Combat Leader, Instrument Rating Instructor and Examiner with over 3870 hours experience. He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College and has undergone the Higher Air Command Course. He took over command of the prestigious Flying Instructors' School (FIS) on 22 Apr 13. The officer served as Chief Instructor of the prestigious IAF Training Team on deputation to Botswana Defence Forces from Jan 05 to Dec 07. As Station Flight Safety and Inspection Officer he was adjudged as the 'Best Flight Safety Manager' for South Western Air Command in the year 2010. As Commanding Officer of a Bison squadron in SWAC, he made significant contributions to improve the operational capability of the unit. As CO FIS, Gp Capt N Gautam was entrusted with re-induction of Kiran Mk I aircraft for the course flying training and re-commencement of night flying at base after extensive runway repairs. With his personal involvement, SOPs for conduct of training flying on two types of aircraft were generated and night flying undertaken safely at base. Under his guidance, the School undertook revision of syllabus for pilot training in the IAF which was subsequently implemented. The School revised all the training publications for the conduct of the Flying Instructors' Course which has resulted in visible improvement in the quality of training imparted. His planning, strict adherence to flight safety and utilisation of resources is evident from the fact that the School flew an average of 7200 hours per year without any accident during his tenure and the Station bagged the best flying unit 2014-15 trophy in Training Command. He has personally led from the front flying approx. 400 hours as Commanding Officer. He follows an interactive style of leadership and encourages people to find solutions to issues through innovative thinking and improvisation. Gp Capt N Gautam has always placed Service-before-self and relentlessly strived for organisational growth. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty) to Group Captain Nikhilesh Gautam.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Sandeep Khan 21581 F(N)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
Details : Group Captain Sandeep Khan (21581) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a Navigator in the flying branch on 14 Dec 91. He is a Qualified Navigation Instructor (QNI) with over 5000 hrs of flying experience and is the Commanding Officer of Navigation Training School (NTS) since 13 May 13. An accomplished professional and QNI, he has held Inst/RTR Cat 'Pl on Avro, AN-32 and IL-76 ac. An AF Examiner he was instrumental in formulating and streamlining the training and aircrew examining procedures. As Chief Navigation Instructor at the Fixed Wing Training faculty at Yelahanka, he introduced unconventional methods for making the training more effective; the highlight being conceptualisation and design of the Radio Telephony (IVI')simulator. He later commanded a Pechora Squadron where he contributed significantly towards finding effective solutions for siting of missile systems. As CO NTS, he has consistently worked towards enhancing the training standards by creating new training infrastructure and raising the instructional ability of QNIs through sustained skill development plans. He conceptualised and trained the QNIs in creating video tutorial modules that can be accessed by trainees as well as aircrew across IAF. Under his guidance, use of digital maps and Geographic Information System (GIS) for sortie planning has enabled better op orientation and optimal exploitation of training resources. The unit has handled all training and operational tasks with utmost professionalism while maintaining the highest safety standards notwithstanding the ageing Avro fleet being operated by the unit. He motivates personnel and manages available resources for achieving organizational goals and is informal yet firm in maintaining a synergetic environment. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty) to Group Captain Sandeep Khan.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Kanwaljit Singh 23175 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
Details : Group Captain Kanwaljit Singh (23175) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in the flying branch on 17 Dec 1994 and has been the Commanding Officer of a MiG-27 ML Squadron since 31 Mar 2014. The officer has over 3500 hrs of accident free flying of which nearly 2500 hrs are on operational aircraft. Within two weeks of his taking over the reins of the squadron, the squadron had to be relocated to another base due to operational requirements. He not only motivated the men and officers to complete the move well within the stipulated time, but also took the move as an opportunity to expose the aircrew to various kinds of missions in difficult terrain. He liaised with units from neighbouring airfields for integrated flying, thereby sharpening the skills of the pilots in their operational role. Leading by personal example, he instilled a sense of belonging and professional pride in the personnel thus binding the unit into a potent force even in this challenging situation. Despite various constraints, he has shown immense courage and exceptional determination to undertake pioneering missions which include re-commencement of Valley Flying, CSFa missions and banner target towing from different bases. He took it upon himself to revive the art of valley flying and operated a detachment from two different locations to undertake valley flying. During the detachment he refined the SOPs and revived the expertise for valley flying in the aircrew. The level of motivation instilled by him was evident when within five months of his taking over, the squadron was fully operational and prepared to undertake the revised operational role despite relocation to a new base. He also took the initiative and sent a detachment of two aircraft to another base recommence air-to-air firing and maintain continuity of training. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to duty) to Group Captain Kanwaljit Singh.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Amardeep Singh Pannu 23178 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
Details : Group Captain Amardeep Singh Pannu (23178) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in the flying branch on 17 Dec 94. He ispresently undergoing the Higher Command Course at College of Air Warfare. The officer had earlier held the appointments of CO & Flight Commander of a Mirage 2000 Squadron and Station Aerospace Safety and Inspection Officer (SASIO) at a large base. He is an alumnus of DSSC and did his Qualified Flying Instructor's course in USA followed by instructional tenure abroad. The officer has 2900 hours of flying experience of which 1700 hrs are on Mirage 2000 ac. As Commanding Officer, his primary focus was on improving the operational capability of the Squadron. He laid emphasis on effective training and better understanding of both Aircrew and Engineering Officers. The unit participated and performed exceptionally in various Air Force and Command level exercises. The Squadron's performance in Central Air Command ExEklavya in May 13 was exceptional with the Squadron being the best in Conventional bombing in the team event and was also adjudged Overall Best in Ex Eklavya in 2013-14 with the Squadron receiving 05 trophies out of 07. The Squadron also carried out Annual armament detachment and Ex Eklavya detachment 2014-15 with exceptional results. The Squadron was inspected by Directorate of Air Staff Inspection in Sep 13 and the overall performance was 'Average Plus'. He has also taken keen initiative to enhance the Op potential of M-2000 fleet by formulating various SOPs. He has been closely involved in welfare activities for all personnel in the station. He has organised various activities like Air Adventure Camp for motivating all personnel and their families and creating Aerospace Safety awareness. The Squadron also celebrated its 80th anniversary during his tenure. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty) to Group Captain Amardeep Singh Pannu.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Ajay Pal Singh 23538 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
Details : Group Captain Ajay Pal Singh (23538) war commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in the flying branch on 17 Jun 95 and is Commanding a Su-30 MKI Squadron since 10 Jun 13. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor, Instrument Rating Instructor and Examiner and a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College. He has flown variants of the MiG-21 and Su-30 MKI aircraft and has over 3975 hours of accident free flying to his credit. He had actively participated in the Kargil Conflict undertaking Live Missions and also in Op Parakram. The officer has been Flight Commander of a SU-30MKI Sqn and has done staff tenure at Head Quarter Eastern Air Command where he was entrusted with looking after Su-30 MKI fleet and two major Fighter Bases of EAC. Since joining the squadron he has displayed very high sense of responsibility, exemplary initiative and thorough professionalism. His noteworthy managerial skills meticulousness and diligent planning ensured quantum increase in flying hours per month. He has ensured maximum operational upgradation of aircrew towards special roles and specialist weapons thus enhancing the war fighting capability. He showed exemplary leadership skills during the bilateral International Exercise Garuda V with France during which the qualitative preparation and planning lead to high success rate in all missions. His unflinching involvement in fulfilling demanding task and leading the Squadron from the front was displayed during Ex Eklavaya and Air to Air Missile firing camp. He also led the Republic day flypast 2015 and was instrumental in planning and execution of various tasks given to his unit in President Standard Presentation in Mar 15. He has actively promoted 'espirit de corps' amongst air warriors in his unit. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty) to Group Captain Ajay Pal Singh.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Hrushikesh Jagannatb Page 23566 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
Details : Group Captain Hrushikesh Jagannath Page (23566) was commissioned to in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in the flying branch on 17 JU.195. The officer is posted as Commanding Officer of a RPA Squadron since 22 Apr 13. Gp Capt Page is a qualified flying instructor with vast experience on the Mig-21 aircraft. His instructional ability and mentoring of young fighter pilots was appreciated and he was commended by the AOC-in- C. He was instrumental in the planning and execution of the permanent relocation of a training unit in EAC. The officer underwent the Defence Services Staff Course where he was adjudged the Best in Campaign Planning and also awarded the OS Grading. As SAS&IO of a large fighter base, he was, on multiple occasions, adjudged the Best Aerospace Safety Manager in WAC. During this tenure the Officer encountered a critical aircraft emergency which he handled exceptionally and was awarded the Commendation by the CAS. He converted to the RPA fleet and in a short time got categorized as internal pilot and achieved the qualification of Mission Commander. As Commanding Officer of the RPA Sqn the officer has ensured that his unit has performed admirably and competently in all aspects of Operations, Maintenance and Administration. The unit flew a total of 1314 h during his tenure without any human error accident or incident. The unit was adjudged the Best RPA Squadron in the Command and also won all the Ex Eklavya trophies for the year 20I3 - 14.The Directorate of Air staff Inspection too judged the operational capability of the unit as average plus. Under his effective leadership the moral of the unit remained high and the unit achieved many operational milestones. He has submitted various operational oriented papers to enhance the op capability of IAF. He was instrumental in planning and validating the RPA Op Philosophy during the AF Level EW Exercise. For exceptional devotion to duty. Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty) to Group Captain Hrushikesh Jagannath Page.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Puneet Vig 23733 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
Details : Group Captain Puneet Vig (23733) was commissioned to in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in the flying branch on 16 Dec 95 and is commanding a premier fighter squadron of Jaguar aircraft since 29 Apr 13. The Officer is a Qualified Flying Instructor and a OS graded alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College (DSSC).He was a member of the elite Suryakiran Formation Aerobatic Team and has also served as the Flight Commander of a leading maritime strike squadron. He is a highly qualified pilot with over 3900 hrs of accident/incident free fighter flying with over 1900 hrs on Jaguars. Under his command the squadron excelled in all possible fields and peaked in its operational capability. As the commanding officer, he led from the front and ensured fulfillment of all assigned unit operational tasks across a varied spectrum. He flawlessly led the Republic Day fly past in January 2015 and the Air Force Day flypast in October 2013 earning all round plaudits. The squadron, with its impeccable weaponry performance, was adjudged overall Ex-Eklavya champion in 2014. Further, the squadron was also inspected by DASI during May 2014 with good results. His impetus towards operationally oriented training resulted in maximum aircrew being upgraded in their qualifications and proficiency. As a pioneering initiative after a long break, the unit successfully undertook heavy weight operations under his supervision. Under his command the unit has flown more than 4900 hours with a good aerospace safety record. Group Captain Puneet Vig keeps himself current in all the flying roles and always leads from the front with zeal and enthusiasm. He has flown more than 660 hours during his command tenure and is not only current in all flying roles assigned to the squadron. He takes keen interest in subordinate development and acts as a role model to constantly motivate his team to achieve higher standards. Under him, the unit remained highly cohesive and performed exceptionally well in sports, cultural and welfare activities. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty) to Group Captain Puneet Vig.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Yesh Pal Singh Negi 23735 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
Details : Group Captain Yesh Pal Singh Negi (23735) was commissioned to in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in the flying branch on 16 Dec 95 and is presently Commanding a Bison Squadron at Air Force station Srinagar. He is a Fighter Combat Leader with 2685 hrs of service flying to his credit. The unit, under his leadership flew extensively in a year with a large percentage of it being at night. He professionally steered the Sqn towards winning many operational trophies including "Best in individual bombing", "Best in two ac role specific BAI mission", "Best in individual RIP firing" , "Best in RIP team firing" during the gunnery meets under his command. His impetus was to provide maximum flying experience to the younger pilots resulting in 133 up gradations in the last two years. He successfully completed the challenging task of selecting High Altitude ranges after extensive ground, helicopter and fighter trials. Currently the unit is regularly carrying out operations over these high altitude ranges. He was also chosen to supervise a training camp on Air to Air Gunnery and Missile firing for Bison fleet. The Camp under him provided an opportunity for the young Bison pilots to get exposed to the art of aerial warfare. He always ensured that Flight safety and Mission accomplishment were the two pillars on which the achievements of the unit rested. He is a role model for all the officers in planning and execution of the assigned task. His consistent leadership and enthusiasm ensured complete unison of the Unit towards achieving a dose overall second in the year 2013-14 and "Best Fighter Sqn of WAC" in the year 2014-15. During the recent calamity of rapid floods at Srinagar he went beyond the call of duty for voluntary support to the relief operations. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty) to Group Captain Yesh Pal Singh Negi.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Kuldeep Singh 23747 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
Details : Group Captain Kuldeep Singh (23747) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in flying branch on 16Dec 1995. He is a Fighter Combat Leader (FCL) with over 2900 Hrs of flying on M-2000, SU30 MKI, Mig 21 T-96 and Bison aircraft. He is presently commanding a front line Mig 21 Bison squadron. In the 19 years of his distinguished service, he has held several field and staff appointments that include Squadron FCL Officer in Charge Training at Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE)and Deputy Commandant of TACDE. He stood first in the overall merit in 56 FCL course at TACDE. During his tenure as Squadron FCL in Mig 21 Squadron, where he was responsible for operational training, the squadron did very well in all operational activities and was adjudged the best fighter squadron of the command. As the Deputy Commandant at TACDE, he was responsible for planning and conduct of the Composite Graduate Courses involving all the combat elements of the IAF. During his tenure at TACDE he had been involved in planning and conduct of a number of bilateral Air Force exercises without any incident/accident. He took over the command of fighter squadron on 17 Feb 14.He used his vast operational and instructional experience to improve the professional standards of the pilots of the squadron. His in-depth analysis of the situation and remedial actions resulted in safe and enhanced operational flying, improved aircraft serviceability, faster upgradations and exemplary performance of the officers of his Squadron. As a result of his focused training and leadership, the squadron achieved the distinction of being the first Bison squadron of the IAF to be judged best in the annual gunnery meet (Exercise Eklavya) of the command. His innovative initiative resulted in resolving the long persisting problem of recording of head up display of Bison aircraft and enhancing operational efficiency of the squadron. He did an exceptional job of planning and conducting 'Joint Military Training exercise' with Singapore Air Force. His tireless zeal, composed attitude, eye for details and meticulous planning has resulted in an envious flight safety record. He has never allowed personal discomforts to impede his work and has willingly contributed beyond the call of duty. He is a good Squash player and was the captain of the medal winning command squash team at Air Force championship. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty) to Group Captain Kuldeep Singh.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Raman Goel 23757 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
Details : Group Captain Raman Goel (23757) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in the flying branch on 16 Dec 95 and is presently Commanding a MiG-27 Upgrade Squadron. The officer is a Fighter Strike Leader and has been posted to various units including prestigious Tactics and Air Combat Training Establishment (TACDE).He has a varied and vast experience on MiG-21 T-96, Bison, Su-30 MKI,MiG-27 ML and MiG-27 Upgrade aircraft. As in charge of training at TACDE, the officer’s involvement in meticulous planning, coordination and conduct of first ever Composite Graduate Course of the IAF, is worth a mention. Immediately after assuming Command of the Upgrade Sqn, he took the initiative and challenge of increasing the flying task considerably. During execution, he ensured strict supervision and very high professional standards in the aircrew as well as ground crew which contributed in an impeccable aerospace safety record of the Squadron. Since his taking over, the squadron has been inspected by DASI wherein the squadron was assessed as Average Plus in peace time operations. The performance of the Sqn aircrew during AEB inspection has also been Above Average. With personal involvement, he ensured timely and quality upgradation of aircrew status which resulted in the Sqn aircrew getting empaneled for professional courses on time and also performing well. In view of his Operational orientation, the officer was made team leader to study vulnerability, redeployment and offensive plans during a high level table top exercise. The officer actively involves himself in all station activities. During recently conducted Presidential Standards Presentation, the officer flawlessly commanded the Presidential parade and also ensured conduct of various social events in a befitting manner. His efforts vis-à-vis team building and task accomplishment were par' excellence and this ensured smooth conduct of all the Squadron operations. His positive approach and helpful attitude served as an example for others to emulate. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty) to Group Captain Raman Goel.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Jayashankar Sreeram 23980 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
Details : Group Captain Jayashankar Sreeram (23980) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in the flying branch on 29 Jun 96 and is Commanding a frontline Jaguar Squadron since 06 May 13. The officer is a Fighter Combat Leader, an Experimental Test Pilot and a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College. He has held instructional tenures at Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment and the Air Force Test Pilots School. Despite having limited experience on type, he achieved all operational qualifications within a few months of taking over. Under his command the Squadron has flown over 5100 hours. The highlights of his command include, conduct of the first ever fighter detachment at a non-fighter base, three heavy armament detachments, exceptional performances in Exercise Eklavya and flawless execution of the Republic Day and Air Force Day Flypasts. The Squadron performed extremely well in all three spheres during inspection by the Directorate of Air Staff Inspection in the year 2014. In this pursuit for operational excellence, the officer led his Squadron from the front wherein he himself flew 740 hours and performed we1in Eklavya 2013. Being a Test Pilot, the officer was called upon to undertake several important trials during his Command tenure. The Squadron has indigenously fabricated Weapon Loading Trolleys, spacer frames for outboard pylons, pylon loading adaptors and Cable No. 45 for Rocket Pod testing. These innovations will aid the entire Jaguar fleet in overcoming some of the operational constraints. A number of work services and welfare activities were also undertaken. These include alteration of aircrew cafeteria and work stations, construction of parking sheds and provision of sports equipment and bicycles for airmen at the work place. For exceptional devotion to duty and professional competence, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty) to Group Captain Jayashankar Sreeram
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Sanjay Chopra 23786 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
Details : Wing Commander Sanjay Chopra (23786) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in the flying branch on 16 Dec 95 and has been the first Commanding Officer of a premiere MI- 17VSHelicopter Unit since I I Feb 13. Wg Cdr Chopra is a Qualified Flying Instructor and Helicopter Combat Leader with vast experience on the Mi-17 fleet. On assuming Command of the Unit, he took on the challenge of moving the new unit barely four months after' its raising, to another location to undertake a unique task in difficult conditions. His remarkable planning acumen and incredible leadership qualities can be gauged from the fact that the unit commenced flying within a week after relocation. Under his able guidance, the unit was able to undertake all its op tasks in a short time. This feat was achieved with immaculate planning in terms of maintenance, an exceptional training routine and dedication to the cause. Despite the initial shortages in manpower and a large number of maintenance related hurdles he pushed to maintain a steady four aircraft permanent detachment while ensuring flight safety and high levels of morale of the men under him to achieve the unique task entrusted to the unit. During the Assembly Elections of Chhattisgarh and the Lok Sabha Elections 2014, Wg Cdr Chopra controlled ad coordinated the helicopter operations in support of the Election Commission and Govt of Chhattisgarh. Operations in the difficult conditions would not have been possible without his tremendous initiative and leadership qualities. Under his able guidance, multiple missions were flown safely and successfully in spite of the increased threat emanating from the anti-national elements in the region. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty) to Wing Commander Sanjay Chopra.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Nikhil Shrikant Purandare 23792 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
Details : Wing Commander Nikhil Shrikant Purandare (23792) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in the flying branch on 16 Dec 95 and is commanding a frontline Mi-17 VS helicopter unit since 31 Mar 14. He is a Helicopter Combat Leader and has over 5900 hrs of flying to his credit on all types of helicopters. The Officer has flown in all the terrains of the country and seen numerous operations. He has more than 1000 hrs to his credit in the Siachen Glacier. During Op Rahat in 2013, as Flight Commander, he rejoined from leave and stepped forward to take charge in the aftermath of the ill fated crash of a helicopter of his unit. He led from the front amidst the gloom and low morale and paved the way ahead by resuming landing operations within hours of giving shoulder to his deceased comrades. Since taking over the unit, it has been his endeavour to consolidate op potential of the unit and accomplish all tasks assigned in most professional manner. He has carried out trials on all helipads for NVG operations and was also selected to be a part of Indo- Russian joint exercise. During Op Megh Rahat, the Unit under the leadership of Wg Cdr PS Nikhil undertook one of the largest Rescue Relief Operation ever carried out in an urban area. A staggering 340 missions were flown in a matter of five days to rescue thousands of people and drop relief material. What made the operation unique and challenging was the fact that 1283 people had to be evacuated essentially through winching from precarious roof tops in a dense urban environment amid obstructions. The fact that Unit could achieve this feat incident free with limited aircrew and no established procedures! precedence speaks volumes of his leadership. His innovativeness and tenacity in devising Air Operation Procedures, entry exit points, advising the ATC on procedural control specific to the rotary wing in midst of heavy density of traffic, inclement weather, hostile elements on ground and limited time window ensured incident free flying. Amidst this operation, he was tasked as Task Force Commander for all Mi-17 operations in the Ladakh region to tackle certain intrusions. An officer who believes in 'Ductus Exemplo' he has the unique persona and ability to motivate and more importantly lead his men to achieve the extraordinary. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty) to Wing Commander Nikhil Shrikant Purandare.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Suraj Shankar 24037 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
Details : Wing Commander Suraj Shankar (24037) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in the flying branch on 29 Jun 96. He is on the posted strength of a Mi-17 Vs helicopter unit as Commanding Officer since 02 Jun 2014. On 28 April 2015, Wg Cdr Suraj was carrying out earthquake relief operations in the aftermath of the earthquake that devastated Nepal on 25 Apr 15. Operating from Pokhra in Nepal, he received information that 09 people at Abrik village in the ravaged zone were critically injured, and their immediate evacuation was a question of life and death. He immediately got airborne to evacuate the injured to Pokhra. Having reached the area he observed that there was no suitable ground available to land the helicopter in the village. He quickly assessed the nearby areas and identified a 'step farming' area which could accommodate the wheels of the helicopter and was accessible from the village. In spite of the fast deteriorating weather and battling heavy odds in the terrain, he remained unfazed and skillfully landed the aircraft on a very restricted area. This professional act of the officer resulted in saving the nine lives. During the entire operations at Nepal, he displayed sterling leadership qualities and exceptional professionalism and grit. He spearheaded many such successful rescue / relief missions despite weather hazards and challenging conditions: He personally flew 63 sorties that resulted in saving 248 lives including 38 critical casualties. He also airlifted 28000 kg of relief material into the affected area. Under his guidance as the Commanding Officer, his unit rescued a total of 373 people, evacuated 53 casualties and supplied 36000 kg of relief material which helped immensely in providing succor to the affected people of Nepal. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty) to Wing Commander Suraj Shankar,
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Devam Vats 25631 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
Details : Wing Commander Devam Vats (25631) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in the helicopter stream on 19 Jun 99. He has held important appointments and presently is the Flight Commander of a Mi-17VS unit. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI) and a Unit Instrument Rating Instructor and Examiner (IRIE). He has over 3800 hrs of accident / incident free flying to his credit. He has been commended by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, SWAC and Commander-in-Chief, Andaman & Nicobar Command for his operational achievements. In his distinguished flying career, he has flown a variety of helicopters in the IAF inventory and has participated in various humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions. He has undertaken HADR missions in the Sikkim earthquake relief ops in 2011 and flood relief missions in Assam in 2012 and Gujarat in 2003. In the aftermath of the Tsunami in 2005, he was actively involved in the successful rescue of many affected people in Sri Lanka. He carried out extensive inter island patrolling towards anti-poaching Ops and rescued the crew of a damaged ship south of Car Nicobar in 2006. He was also actively involved in the Anti-Naxal ops in Andhra Pradesh 2004 and was instrumental in fire fighting operations of a forest fire near Vishakhapattanam on 09 Oct 2014. From 2012 to 2013 he has been actively involved in raising a new Mi-17 VS unit. As a flying supervisor, he has been instrumental in achieving the training of aircrew and ensuring accident/incident free operations in the unit. He has been at the helm of all operations carried out by the unit in its area of responsibility. His unflinching devotion to duty and willingness to keep service interest paramount even at the cost of personal time bears testimony to his exceptional leadership qualities. The Officer has successfully executed the pioneering underslung ops of field guns in hilly terrain. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to duty) to Wing Commander Devam Vats.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Shiv Shankaram 26561 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
Details : Wing Commander Shiv Shankaram (26561) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in the flying branch on 16 Jun 01. He is on the posted strength of a premiere Mi-I7 Unit since 30 Jun 2014. On 25 Apr IS, the Unit was tasked to participate in Op Maitri. Wg Cdr Shiv Shankaram was the captain of one of the two unit Mi-17helicopters launched at first light on 26 Apr IS from Gorakhpur. On landing at Kathmandu, he took the initiative and interacted with the Nepalese Army Ops Room, the Airport Manager and got the IAF helicopter operating area earmarked and ground procedures established and assisted the Task Force Commander in quick launch of rescue and relief operations. He undertook missions to numerous locations in a very intense and challenging flying environment in an unfamiliar terrain where there were no established landing grounds, no wind indications and missions were extremely time critical. The trauma and scale of devastation further enhanced the difficulty level. Utilising men and machine to their optimum to achieve the extraordinary, Wg Cdr Shiv Shankaram flew 86 sorties evacuating 34 medical casualties, airlifting 350 personnel and airdropping 36 Tons of relief supplies. On 12 May IS, a Huey UH-l Helicopter of the US Marine was declared missing at 2100 hrs and a combined SAR operation was launched. Wg Cdr Shiv Shankaram carried out an intense search along the valley bottom and his initiative to interact with the locals, the police and army troops resulted in providing vital leads on the wreckage. Using inputs obtained from a local lad the wreckage could be located under difficult weather and terrain conditions. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty) to Wing Commander Shiv Shankaram.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Abhishek Singh Tanwar 28211 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 15 Aug 16 Announced 15 Aug 16
Details : Squadron Leader Abhishek Singh Tanwar (28211) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of a Sukhoi-30 MKI Squadron since 14 Jul 14 as Sqn Pilot. On 06 Jan 16, Sqn Ldr AS Tanwar was authorised to fly a valley flying sortie as No. 2. During the sortie, the pilot experienced multiple failures in quick succession while in the valley with difficult terrain all around. At first he experienced oil system failure after approximately 20 mins of flying. He took correct actions and set course towards base for a priority recovery. Subsequently he experienced "Fire on Left Hand (LH) Engine". The pilot immediately switched off the left engine and operated the fire extinguisher. This was followed by all four channels of the Fly By Wire (FBW) system failing accompanied with vicious oscillation due to autonomous movement of the rudder. This coupled with Fire on LH engine presented the pilot with an emergency of the most critical nature. Despite experiencing multiple emergencies of dire nature, displaying exceptionalcourage, Sqn Ldr AS Tanwar calmly assessed the situation and reacted in a controlled manner while remaining with the aircraft. His prompt and correct actions prevented a Category-I accident and saved the valuable aircraft. In having piloted theaircraft under such odds and executed correct emergency actions, Sqn Ldr AS Tanwar displayed courage and presence of mind of a high order. For this act of exceptional courage, Squadron Leader Abhishek Singh Tanwar is awarded of Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry).
Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 01 Jan 1970 Number:ase 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Bhavesh Kumar Dubey 29775 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 15 Aug 16 Announced 15 Aug 16
Details : Squadron Leader Bhavesh Kumar Dubey Administration/Air Traffic Controller is the Commanding Officer of an Indian Air Force Special Forces Unit since 06 May 2013. On 02 Jan 2016, he was leading a Squad of IAF Special Forces for a search operation at Air Force Station, Pathankot. UAV Contact with four suspects was reported to him at about 0245 hrs inside MES Yard. Squadron Leader Bhavesh Kumar Dubey showed keen situational awareness in estimating that the terrorists were in close proximity to the residential area. He immediately deployed his forces to lay a cordon. While searching the area, his team came under intense hostile fire from the terrorists, in which one of his team members was grievously injured. Maintaining his composure, he effectively marshalled his troops, spreading them out in the area to contain the terroristswithin a designated area. Despite a gunshot wound on the right thigh, he led from the front and along with his buddies, continued to fight with four terrorists at extremely close range. He was able to contain them at the same spot for 25 minutes till arrival of reinforcements, thereby preventing them from entering residential area and creating a possible hostage situation. He was singularly responsible for wrenching the initiative from the terrorists, thwarting their plan and forcing them on the defensive. He evacuated his injured buddy and returned to action immediately. He continued to lead his troops till the conclusion of the operation on 07 Jan 16. The steadfast leadership and raw courage displayed by the officer was inspirational. His decision to aggressively engage the terrorists at the outset and confine them to a specific area proved to be the game changer in the containing the terrorists to a very limited area. For this act of exceptional courage, Squadron Leader Bhavesh Kumar Dubey is awarded of Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry).
Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 01 Jan 1970 Number:ase 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Mothlampet Sabari Gireesa Menon 17035 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
Details : Air Commodore Mothlampet Sabari Gireesa Menon (17035) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an Air Traffic Controller in the administrative branch on 29 Dec 1982. During his service, he has held the appointments of Senior Air Traffic Controller, Directing Staff at Air Traffic Control Officer's Training Establishment, CO of a Ground Controlled Approach Squadron, Chief Administrative Officer (C Adm 0) of a Station and Commandant Air Force Administrative College (AFAC).Presently, he is working as Principal Director Operations Air Traffic Services. He is an alumnus of Defence Services Staff College and National Defence College. As C Adm 0 of the first UN contingent to Sudan, he displayed great administrative acumen in setting up the IAF camp in the face of adverse and trying conditions, for which he was commended by the Vice Chief of Air Staff in 2007. During his tenure as C Adm 0, his foresight in planning and keen monitoring of the execution of works services resulted in significant improvement of infrastructure and in the quality of life. Measures initiated by him towards economy in consumption of electricity resulted in large savings in payment of tariff to the tune of Rs lilacs per month. As Commandant AFAC, he ensured smooth relocation of Centre for Leadership and Behavioral Science (CLASS) from College of Air Warfare (CAW) to AFAC in spite of severe infrastructure shortages. Numerous technical and administrative infrastructures were created to accommodate the ever-increasing strength of trainee officers. During his tenure as Commandant AFAC,the college won the trophies for "Best in Administration" and "Best Secondary AF School of IAF" consecutively for three years. As PO Ops (ATS), with his professional acumen and good liaison, he ensured that implementation of FUA was in the best interests of the IAF. All airspace issues with AAI were deftly handled, resulting in release of airspaces for a large number of IAF bases where earlier none existed. As Chairman of the Project Management Group for the MAFI project, the officer made every effect to ensure that project implementation did not get unduly delayed and that bottlenecks and impediments were addressed expeditiously. His consistent endeavour towards realization of the case for accretion of additional manpower to man joint User Airfields is soon to bear fruit the likelihood of its approval. For distinguished service of a high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Air Commodore Mothlampet Sabari Gireesa Menon.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Pranay Kumar Hridayesb Sinha 17118 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
Details : Air Commodore Pranay Kumar Hridayesh Sinha (17118) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) branch on 14 Feb 83 and presently serving as AOC of a BRD. During his 32 years of distinguished career he has held important field and staff appointments like STO of fighter sqns, CO AFLE (Korwa) and AFLE (Nasik), CEO of an Operational Wing and CA of a premier ac BRD. As Air Cmde he held the important appointments of CSO (Air) and C Eng 0 of HQ WAC He is a post graduate from lIT, Kanpur and also an alumni of DSSC, Wellington. As STO of MIC 23 BN Sqn he got CAS commendation in 1993 and as CO AFLE, Korwa received best AFLE award for 2000-01 from HQ MC Ae CEO he ensured the desired levels of maintenance support during the conduct of two exercises i.e. Ex-SINDEX at Singapore in Dec 06 and Ex-INDRA-DHANUSH in Jul 07 at Waddington, UK. At BRD, as Chief of Aircraft, his meticulous planning and optimum spare management he ensured MiC-23 and MiC-29 ac production task and successful implementation of 'Lean Engineering Practices' in consultation with lIT, Kharagpur. Under his effective leadership, AFLE (ND) bagged the coveted best AFLE award for 2009-10 of HQ MC. Detailed planning and seamless execution of assigned task as CSO (Air) and C Eng 0 won the appreciation of HQ WAC As AOC, with his innovative ideas he has brought total transformation in the working environment of the BRD. This is now evident from the increased availability of BRD supported systems in the field units. His inspiring management skill motivated the Depot to develop many test and repair facilities with in-house resources and expertise. This innovation, improvement and indigenisation drive not only enhanced the repair capability of the Depot but also saved precious Forex. His sincere efforts have also resulted in overall improvement of quality of life and morale of Air warriors of the Depot For distinguished service of a high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Air Commodore Pranay Kumar Hridayesh Sinha.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Annada Kanta Misra 17201 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
Details : Air Commodore Armada Kanta Misra (17201) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an Air Traffic Controller in the administrative branch on 28 May 1983. In his 31 years of distinguished service, he has held many important appointments including that of a DASl Inspector, Director at Air HQ and CATCO at Command HQ. He was the Chief Administrative Officer (C Adm 0) of a very active premier fighter base. As C Adm 0, the officer initiated and accomplished work services that contributed significantly in enhancing the security environment of aircraft operating areas which has positively affected the operational preparedness of the fighter Squadrons based in the Station. He has also displayed tremendous acumen to handle mega pilot project pertaining to the work of 'Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation (ACMI)' System that not only effectively houses the modern technology and advanced equipment related to the Project but has also won accolades by Builders Association of India as a "Well Built Structure". The officer can be duly credited for spearheading the drive from the Station for segregation of commercial tariffs being universally charged to the Station by Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Corporation Limited (MSEDCL)to domestic rates, thereby achieving savings to the tune of approximately Rs. 17 lakhs per month to the exchequer. In his relentless pursuit of the issues in respect of encroached IAF Land, he strongly projected the case to the Maharashtra State Government and achieved an 'In Principle' agreement by the Chief Secretary, Maharashtra to order the Pune Municipal Corporation to study the case for giving land adjoining the AF Station in lieu of encroached land. The Officer has been extremely proactive in directing efforts of administration towards improving the quality of life of air warriors and their families and achieving accolades in Sports. His administrative acumen was clearly visible in seamless handling of the visits of VIPs including Prime Minister of India during 2014 & 2015. Previously, while being at Air Headquarters, the officer contributed significantly toward the formulation of policy and guidelines in respect of Runway Resurfacing Projects for the lAF. For distinguished services of a high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Air Commodore Annada Kanta Misra.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Sanjay Kumar 17637 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
Details : Air Commodore Sanjay Kumar (17637) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) branch on 20 Aug 84. In 31 years of his career he has achieved a number of milestones as Station Commander of a Base Repair Depot (BRD), Project Director at Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE) and Air Officer Commanding of a BRD. As Station Commander of a BRD, he revamped the entire station and introduced innovative repair and calibration technology for radars and Aerostats. As a Project Director in DARE, he designed and developed Test Rig for United Receiver Exciter Processor, Solid State Trans Receive Unit and Vivaldi Antenna Array. He also validated the Test Rig for the first time in Anechoic Chamber. He could demonstrate the live detection of multiple threats through Radar Warning Receiver and simultaneous multimode jamming to threats with desired level of Effective Isotropic Radiated Power and Direction Finding accuracy. His pioneering job has resulted in integration of EW suit in aircraft upgrades. In the present assignment, as an Air Officer Commanding of the BRD he has undertaken the daunting task of Test Programme Suit (TPS) development for SU-30 fuel system, Gyrosystem of MiG-29, Deicing System of AN-32 through Reverse Engineering without any publication and external help. With his R&D expertise, he has led by example by developing the repair technology for various fleets and trained two officers and dozens of airmen to develop TPS for many densely populated multilayer Cards of Air Combat Manoeuvring Instrumentation system, M-7 and TR- 2400 radio sets for quick fault diagnosis and repair in record time. It has not only resulted in savings of Forex, but also boosted the 'Make in India' programme through Reverse Engineering where neither Original Equipment Manufacturer nor Indian Industries support was forthcoming. He has also revamped the entire logistics stores, disposed off the salvage worth Rs 1.8 Cr. He has been able to complete various complex indigenisation tasks on various aircraft systems For distinguished service of a high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Air Commodore Sanjay Kumar (Retd).
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Shashiker Choudhary 17645 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
Details : Air Commodore Shashiker Choudhary (17645) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as an engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) branch on 29 Aug 84. He has held the appointments of Senior Technical Officer, Senior Engineer (Aircraft),Chief Engineer, Deputy Air Attache, Director Engineering, Chief Engineering Officer at Air Force Academy, Air Officer Commanding of a Base Repair Depot and Principal Director at Air Headquarters. The officer has undergone post graduation from lIT Kharagpur, DSSC and National Defence College. In the initial stage of the service the officer remained posted to front line MiG-23MF and MiG-27MLunits and maintained high operational readiness of the unit. He was instrumental in re-equipment of a Sqn with MiG-29 ac. He was involved in successful modification of Banner target towing operations on both MiG-23MF and MiG-27ML aircraft. During tenure as Chief Engineer (R-29 engine), assigned task was surpassed, despite numerous challenges. As Deputy Air Attache, Moscow, the officer addressed numerous critical issues likereliabilityofR-29Bengines, reliability of Kopyo radars, repair of damaged SU-30MKIaircraft etc. As Air Officer Commanding of the Base Repair Depot, apart from achieving the assigned tasks, the officer was involved in flawless conduct of the Presidential Standards Presentation held at Air Force Station Sulur. In the present assignment, the officer has strived to ensure availability of all technologistics resources for un-interrupted conduct of flying training as well as maintenance of Remotely Piloted Aircraft in operationally readiness state. Maintenance of high serviceability and timely completion of flying training courses in time are testimony of his perseverance and hard work. The officer's involvement towards successful induction and subsequent completion of three Stage-I flying training courses on Pilatus PC-7 deserve a special mention. For distinguished service of a high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vtshisht Seva Medal to Air Commodore Shashiker Choudhary.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Narinder Taneja 18187 MEDUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
Details : Air Commodore Narinder Taneja (18187) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in medical branch on 26 Dec 85 and is presently the Principal Director Medical Services (Specialist). He has been a path-breaking aerospace medicine specialist and an Advisor to whom juniors and colleagues look up to for a balanced opinion. He has received the Joseph Haley Award in 2.003for his published research on injuries in aircraft accidents, the DGAFMS & Colonel Commandant Award twice for his research on musculoskeletal disabilities and ejection experiences of aircrew and the Om Satya Mehra Award for analysis of injuries during para-trooping. He is trained on Human Factors in the US and is now widely recognized as the Human Factors expert in the IAF. He introduced the tenets of Human Factors Analysis and Classification System in the IAF, which now forms the mainstay of aircraft accident investigation. He implemented the Air Force Patient Safety Programme in 2012 and developed the Air Force Patient Safety Reporting System. He has been key to retrieval of personnel in low medical category and recovered aircrew with diseases like Diabetes, Alpha Thalassemia, Leukemia, Hip replacement, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Hypertension in fighter aircrew back to the cockpit. He also developed the hugely successful policy of upgrading aircrew in the field with significant financial savings to the exchequer. The Family Sick Report by Appointment and Single Day Single Visit Annual Medical Examination, conceptualized and implemented by him are saving thousands of man-hours for the organization every day. The lAF Family Health Program, Swasth Sangini, has enabled early detection and treatment of disease among the Sanginis. For distinguished service of a high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Air Commodore Narinder Taneja.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Ranjan Kumar Choudhury 18384 MEDUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
Details : Air Commodore Ranjan Kumar Choudhury (18384) was commissioned as a doctor in the Army Medical Corps and seconded to Air Force on 05 May 1986.He has held important field and staff appointments at various stations including command of No. 3 and 11Air Force Hospitals. He has also held the appointment of Senior Medical Officer at AF Station, New Delhi from 2008 to 2011. He is presently the Principal Medical Officer from 30 Dec 14. While serving at Air Force Station, New Delhi his well coordinated efforts resulted in successful conversion of the adhoc dental detachment to a full-fledged No. 21 Air Force Dental Centre. He has displayed dynamic leadership and commendable zeal in dealing with patient welfare issues like outsourcing of specialist medical services through public fund for the first time in Air Force. His efforts in rationalizing the medical stores procurement process for various United Nation missions and improving the medical infrastructure while at Air Force Station, New Delhi is highly praiseworthy. During his command tenure at 11 Air Force Hospital he proactively involved himself in improving the infrastructure of the hospital and the patient services. He was instrumental in preparing the load tables and streamlining the inventory of the No. 3 Rapid Action Medical Team ensuring its operational readiness for disaster relief operations. His total involvement and relentless pursuit for systematic improvement of the hospital & ECHS polyclinic at Hindan is commendable and merits recognition. During his tenure at this Command Headquarters he has been able to transform the medical units under CAC into Centre's of Excellence by providing clear guidelines and directives. He has successfully transformed the health care delivery at the units by launching various preventive health campaigns like Fit CAC, Swasth Ayodhi & Obesity Prevention Camps. His relentless efforts have yielded the desired effect in arresting the rising trend in lifestyle diseases. particularly obesity incidence. For distinguished service of a high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Air Commodore Ranjan Kumar Choudhury.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Sanjay Shukla 17379 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 16 Announced 26 Jan 16
Details : Group Captain Sanjay Shukla (17379) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in Administrative branch on 22 Dec 83. Group Captain Shukla has served as Chief Administrative Officer (C Adm 0) of four major Air Force Stations. He led the administrative team admirably in each of these assignments creating numerous new facilities thereby improving infrastructure, operational facilities and quality of life. He was instrumental in initiatives like Railway Passenger Reservation System at a IAF base, an Airmen's Institute, Living-In Airmen's Club, Digital Cinema, an ISO certified state of art bakery and smart class rooms in the AF School. During his tenure as C Adm 0 at one of the bases he undertook the administrative challenges related to the C-17 induction in a very effective manner. The officer also planned and executed many prestigious projects including 'Runway Resurfacing'. He directed the administration towards improving the quality of life at the station by upgrading facilities and creating systems such as maintenance Meals and home collection and delivery of furniture. He also undertook the task of reclaiming encroached AF land at Tilpat. Similarly,32 small pockets of IAF land near Hindan airfield lying abandoned for decades were also reclaimed. The officer was instrumental in establishing and operating a nodal centre for Uttarakhand flood relief operations at Hindan in 2013. Another important task performed by Group Captain Shukla as C Adm 0 was the conduct of Air Force Day Parades 2012 and 2013 in an exemplary manner resulting in all round accolades for IAF. . In his present assignment at HQ SAC, he has streamlined the functioning of the AR cell which has resulted in timely and error free submission of all ARs of HQ SAC. He displayed a proactive approach in enhancing expenditure in procurement of security equipment. He ensured a significant reduction in number of outstanding movements and ARs. He was also instrumental in streamlining the activities of Polyclinics under HQ SAC. One of his major contributions was operationalisation of ECHS Erode which was long pending. For distinguished service of a high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Sanjay Shukla.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

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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