| Group Captain Joseph Xavier Israel (17167) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a transport pilot in the Flying Branch on 28 May 1983. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI) on IL-76, AN-32 , HS-748 and HPT-32 aircraft with more than 8000 hrs of flying which includes 2600 instructional hours. He holds 'Master Green' on IL-76 and AN-32 aircraft and is fully operational on all roles of both the types. An alumnus of Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), he took over Command of one of the most important airlift Squadron on 16 Jul 2007. As Flight Commander of a strategic airlift squadron, he was directly involved in moving the squadron to a new location. With adverse conditions and limited resources, he inspired his subordinates to deliver exceptional results, winning the "Best Transport Squadron" of IAF in 2003-04. His contribution to the safe conduct of the ferry of six fighter aircraft across the globe and back, as the captain of the lead aircraft during Exercise Cooperative Cope Thunder, was exemplary. Subsequently, as Ops IIA at Headquarter Western Air Command he supervised and ensured efficient and smooth operations of transport aircraft in that Command. As Commanding Officer of a Squadron equipped with IL-76 and AN-32 aircraft, and over 400 personnel, he has ensured a cordial atmosphere with high level of motivation and professional standards. The squadron was awarded the "Best Transport Squadron" in WAC 'in 2007-08. Under his command, the squadron has set impeccable standards in achievement of allotted task, be it air maintenance or short notice launch of aircraft during national/ international crisis, in a timely and efficient manner. Gp Capt JX Israel has a humane approach which has won him the confidence and respect of his peers and subordinates. As Commanding Officer, he has streamlined all administrative, operational, maintenance and welfare activities of the unit, thereby increasing productivity and efficiency. Leading by example, he has set high standards and goals for his subordinates to follow. For his exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Group Captain Joseph Xavier Israel.