| Group Captain Ashish Dureha (19074) Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) was commissioned as Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) on 05 Sep 86. The Officer is posted as Chief Engineering Officer (CEO) at Air Force Station, Bareilly with effect from 08 Jun 09. He commanded Su-30 TETTRA School and was a member of Indian Air Force Training Team at Botswana. The officer was posted to Su-30 TETTRA School during the induction phase of the Su-30MKI. He set up of the training facilities for Su-30 MKI ,compiled Training Notes and Servicing Schedules. He was the Senior Engineering Officer of the first night strike Squadron and was involved in number of successful modifications on MiG-27 aircraft. 11 recommendations made by him as a member of Study Group for Preventing Fire Hazards on MiG-23/27 were successfully implemented. As CEO, he supervised resurrection of a new Su-30MKI squadron and operationalised the avionics laboratory, mechanical and role equipment laboratories at the station. His proactive approach, managerial skills and ability to synergise resources has contributed immensely in creating an ideal flying environment at the station. Under his guidance and supervision the station achieved and maintained an excellent serviceability of both Su-30 MKI and helicopters and over 96% serviceability of common user and specialist vehicles. He arranged for training of personnel to undertake structural repair, fuel tank repair and cable loom repair thereby reducing the down time of Su-30 MKI from four weeks to one week at the station. Under his leadership the station successfully inducted the Reconnaissance systems for Su-30MKI, installed and operationalised the first 40 ton Arrester Barrier, Surveillance Radar Element and Precision Approach Radar. His ingenuity helped the station recover an aircraft air-conditioning trolley declared 'Beyond Economical Repair' by the manufacturer, which saved Rs 33 lakhs to the exchequer. He was instrumental in implementing numerous innovative measures to improve efficiency and safety of various equipments held at the station. A proof of his excellent leadership was displayed when the station personnel re-exploded 68 x 1000 pound bombs in a single day. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Ashish Dureha.