Awards for the year 2017


A total of 66 Awards are listed.
Param Vishist Seva Medal : 6 | Ati Vishist Seva Medal : 12 | Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) : 20 | Vishist Seva Medal : 28 |
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Virender Mohan Khanna 15071 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Sunderraman Neelakantan 15184 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Ravinder Kumar Dhir 15678 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Jasbir Walia 15684 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Bipin Bihari Prasad Sinha 15748 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Sreedhara Panicker Radha Krishnan Nair 16040 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Prashant Purushottam Khandekar 15095 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Sanjay Sharma 15839 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Jasjit Singh Kler 16225 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Hemant Narayan Bhagwat 16423 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Rajiv Gandotra 16748 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Shiv Shanker Sharma 17073 EDNUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Balbhadra Radha Krishna 17326 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Deepak Gaur 17404 MEDUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Balakrishnan Manikantan 18291 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Man Singh Awana 19153 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Praveen Keshav Vohra 19162 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Shivkumar Srinivasan 19520 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Sukhwinder Singh Multani 27002 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 18 May 16 Announced 26 Jan 17
Details : In the wee hours of 18 May 16, Indian Air Force received a frantic call from Sri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board informing a forest fire raging on Trikuta hill which was fast approaching the shrine. Squadron Leader SS Multani (Now Wing Commander) was immediately tasked for dousing the fire by the use of Bambi bucket. He immediately swung into action and got airborne for the site. By then, the fire had turned into an inferno and was only 100m from the main walkway to the shrine, endangering the lives of thousands of pilgrims. The fire was spotted on a steep slope surrounded by tall trees making it inaccessible to the fire fighters on ground. Realising the time criticality, with his experience and awareness of the area, he identified the reservoir of Salal Dam at Riasi as a potential source for filling up water. Reduced visibility due to smoke, excessive turbulence and limited turn radius reduced any margin of error as the aircraft had to be operated at its maximum capacity. The alignment of the fire line required the water drop to be carried out in a direction facing into the hill, making it dangerously difficult unlike other fire fighting operations. With the Bambi bucket under slung at 30 m below the aircraft, the terrain clearance was marginal. The complexity of the mission required courage and skillful handling of the helicopter maintaining a high degree of situational awareness. During the process of dousing the fire the bunch cable holding the Bambi bucket had entangled, thereby making it impossible to fill up the water. Returning to base for rectification would have caused loss of precious time thereby, allowing the fire to spread putting in danger lives of thousands of pilgrims. Sqn Ldr Multani located a restricted but clear patch next to the reservoir and with no assistance available on ground to secure the Bambi, he deftly manoeuvered the aircraft to land safely. Having removed the entanglement personally, he resumed the fire fighting operations with courage and commitment. Accurate and relentless operations were able to douse the fire, preventing a major catastrophe in the Trikuta hills. For this act of exceptional courage in saving precious lives, Wing Commander Sukhwinder Singh Multani has been awarded Vayu Sena Medal for Gallantry.
Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 01 Jan 1970 Number:ase 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Vikas Puri 27716 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 12 Mar 16 Announced 26 Jan 17
Details : On 12 Mar 2016, Sqn Ldr Vikas Puri was detailed to fly a Mi-17 helicopter from Shillong to Tezpur with AOC-in-C, HQ EAC and other senior officials of his entourage on board. After an uneventful flight of 30 minutes, his aircraft experienced fuel booster pump failure which immediately leads to "rarest of the rare" emergency of "both engine failure" in Mi-17 helicopter. Being at a height of only 4000 feet above in a difficult terrain and with very limited time in hand, he promptly analysed the situation and quickly initiated correct recovery actions. Unaware of the actual cause of failure, displaying exceptional courage, astute technical knowledge, exceptional crew coordination, timely ingenious actions and adept handling of the toughest emergency in a helicopter, he recovered the aircraft safely by force landing the aircraft. Even while losing height critically, he maintained his composure and dexterously manoeuvred the helicopter to safety barely 250 meter above ground level thereby averting a certain catastrophe. In this fearless and courageous effort, he not only saved sixteen invaluable lives but also a precious war waging asset. He showed exemplary valour, bravery, maturity, exceptional professionalism and situational awareness in tackling one of the gravest emergency in a Mi-17 helicopter. Squadron Leader Vikas Puri has been awarded Vayu Sena Medal for Gallantry.
Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 01 Jan 1970 Number:ase 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Rijul Sharma 29911 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 01 Jun 16 Announced 26 Jan 17
Details : On 01 Jun 16, Squadron Leader Rijul Sharma was authorised to fly an Air Test sortie on MiG 29 aircraft which involved testing of aircraft at Supersonic Speeds at a height of 10 Km. While conducting this test in Supersonic Flying corridor; 110 km away from base at a speed of 1.1 Mach which corresponds to 1200-1300 Kmph of true air speed, the canopy perspex of the aircraft shattered. This resulted in explosive decompression and perspex pieces hitting the officer on his right shoulder. In the absence of canopy; he was exposed to extremely low temperatures of minus 28 deg C and very severe wind blast owing to very high speed. Human exposure to such low temperatures, aero-medical problems of decompression sickness and few seconds to useful consciousness due to Hypoxia required prompt actions on the part of the pilot. Weighing against the option of ejecting and displaying courage of an exceptional order, Sqn Ldr Sharma decided to recover the aircraft. In the process, he totally disregarded his critical shoulder injury and the discomfort posed by high speed, high altitude and low temperatures. To avoid the effects of aero-medical problems he quickly descended to 3 Km and simultaneously reduced speed for effective control of the aircraft. Displaying concern to other lives and national assets he avoided flying close to oil installations which were enroute and populated areas. Notwithstanding the reduced frontal visibility, very high cockpit noise level and heavy aircraft weight, he skillfully handled the damaged aircraft and executed a safe emergency landing, without any further damage to the aircraft. His actions in handling such a critical emergency, not only saved his own life and the aircraft, but also prevented possible catastrophic damage to en-route strategically important and vital petro­chemical installations and populated areas. Squadron Leader Rijul Sharma has been awarded Vayu Sena Medal for Gallantry.
Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 01 Jan 1970 Number:ase 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Ramesh Verma 31160 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 11 Jul 16 Announced 26 Jan 17
Details : On 11 Jul 16, Sqn Ldr Ramesh Verma was authorised for a battle inoculation mission, by Dark Night. While carrying out the attack profile, the front canopy of the aircraft burst with a loud bang. Sqn Ldr Verma was hit by large pieces of canopy Perspex with great force on his neck, resulting in deep wounds and injury to his right shoulder. The severe wind blast also caused his head to hit the canopy combing, almost rendering him unconscious. Sqn Ldr Verma was quick to regain control of the aircraft using his instincts. His vision had become hazy due to the strong blast of wind and possible fine powder from the bursting canopy fragments, in his eye. There was also no communication possible either with his rear seat WSO (who was not a pilot), or with any ground agency. The aircraft was very close to Bareilly town and an ejection would have resulted in catastrophic damage on ground. Despite a bleeding wound, pain and stiffness in his right shoulder, he lowered his seat, selected the dark visor down and initiated recovery keeping clear of populated area. Lowering of the dark visor was essential to protect his eyes, though it considerably reduced visibility on a dark night. Large pieces of the canopy had also fallen inside the cockpit and could have interfered with the flying controls and the ejection seat. Abandoning the crippled aircraft would have resulted in extensive damage on ground and the loss of a very expensive aircraft. He displayed courage of an exceptional order in deciding to brave the strong air blast inside the cockpit, very hazy vision and grave injuries to his shoulder and arm while recovering the aircraft in a dark night. The courage, resolve, and professional skill displayed by the officer were of the highest order. Squadron Leader Ramesh Verma has been awarded Vayu Sena Medal for Gallantry.
Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 01 Jan 1970 Number:ase 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Partho Pratim Modak 21866 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Jaspreet Singh 22547 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Sanjay Aswal 22918 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Vivek Vichitra Gupta 22927 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Sadasivam Ramaswami 22973 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Ajay Kumar Chaudhary 23214 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Vishal Malhotra 23518 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Manoj Nair 23725 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Mandeep Singh Sehrawat 23756 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Sandeep Singh 24011 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Navjot Singh Bhinder 24484 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Kanwal Preet Singh Dham 24514 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Nishant Singh 24887 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Satbir Singh 24894 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg Cdr Subhash Singh Rao 25827 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 15 Aug 17 Announced 15 Aug 17
Details : Wing Commander Subhash Singh Rao (25827) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of a Mig-21 (Bis) Squadron with effect from 18 Apr 2015 and has been performing the duties of Squadron Flight Commander. On 10 Oct 2016, Wing Commander Subhash Singh Rao was detailed for an air test sortie. After an uneventful sortie, when he came in for landing, he was informed that the starboard main wheel of his aircraft was misaligned. This abnormality, a serious defect, would have resulted in pilot abandoning the aircraft through ejection. This potentially hazardous situation would have resulted in total loss of the aircraft, decapitating injuries to pilot as well as loss of property on ground. The situation was averted due to the timely decision taken by Wing Commander Subhash Singh Rao. In a very short time he was able to correctly assess the situation at hand and correlate the emergency with a similar incident. He exercised extreme caution and displayed precision flying of the highest degree and took a courageous decision to execute the landing of the aircraft under stress. On landing, the wheel of the aircraft failed and the aircraft started going off the runway. Wing Commander Subhash Singh Rao displayed superior skills in maintaining control of the aircraft and stopped the aircraft on the runway, thereby saving the aircraft. Even under a situation of considerable duress, Wing Commander Rao maintained a cool and calm composure. He was able to communicate his chain of thoughts to the personnel on ground which further aided in the safe recovery of the aircraft without creating panic. Displaying exceptional courage, Wg Cdr Rao was able to make an extremely well executed landing of the aircraft. He was able to prevent the loss of one valuable fighter aircraft while at the same time ensuring that there was no loss of life and property on ground to any civil or military infrastructure. For this act of exceptional courage, tenacity and valour beyond the call of duty shown for safely recovering a stricken aircraft, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Wing Commander Subhash Singh Rao.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg Cdr Ravinder Ahlawat 26300 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 15 Aug 17 Announced 15 Aug 17
Details : Wg Cdr Ravinder Ahlawat (26300-T) Flying (Pilot) has been on the posted strength of a front line Indian Air Force Establishment since 20 April 2013. On 26 Ju116, he was authorized to carry out a 'Range Instructional Technique' (RIT) sortie over Pokharan Range in Mirage 2000 Trainer aircraft as the captain of the aircraft, occupying the front cockpit. While carrying out "Pull Up Attack" circuit, at 500 ft above ground level at high speeds and in a tum, the aircraft experienced a Bird Hit. The severity of the impact shattered the canopy perspex completely and the bird hit Wg Cdr Ahlawat, damaging his helmet, breaking his visor and injuring his face, neck, arms and chest resulting in profuse bleeding and nearly incapacitating him. The bird also broke the glass separator between the front and the rear cockpit as well. The impact also damaged the front pilot ejection system. Due to the injuries, blood streaming down his face and bird remains, Wg Cdr Ahlawat had limited vision available from his left eye only. Despite the nature of his injuries, shock of impact, high wind blast and minimal reaction time since the aircraft was flying at low level, he took all the emergency actions correctly to save the aircraft and people of a village in close vicinity of the Pokharan range. During recovery, the rear pilot could not see the runway due to the perspex being obscured. Without the front pilot taking over and landing, the aircraft would have to be abandoned. There were significant chances of ejection system failure due to damage to the same. Displaying gallantry and upholding the virtues of "service-before-self", Wg Cdr Ahlawat used his one hand to open his left eye, took over the controls with the other hand and 'despite incapacitating injuries, limited binocular vision and with the canopy perspex blown off, he executed a safe landing on the nearest runway of an Air Force Base which resulted in saving of an expensive national asset and lives on ground. For this act of gallantry, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Wing Commander Ravinder Ahlawat.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Kantipudi Suresh Babu 17588 METUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Vibhas Pande 17647 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Pothureddi Subhash Babu 17908 ACCTUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Arvind Menon 17034 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Alok Singh 17622 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Shrirang Chaoji 17673 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Vinod Kumar Singh Yadav 17734 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Pradeep Kumar Choudhary 17828 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Akhilesh Kumar Verma 18063 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Seethepalli Shrinivas 18787 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Vishwajit Vasudev Dedgaonkar 18813 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Debashish Vedajna 19539 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 17 Announced 26 Jan 17
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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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