| Group Captain Jagadeesh Bhikaji Rane (19928) Administration/Fighter Controller was commissioned in the Administrative Branch on 14 Jun 89. The officer has held diverse appointments which include command of an Air Defence (AD) radar unit, Chief Operations Officer (COO) of operational Air Defence Direction Centre (ADDC), Deputy Command Air Defence Officer (Dy CADO) at Headquarters of an operational command and COO of the Indian Air Force (lAF) contingent in Sri Lanka. Presently the officer is the Commanding Officer (CO) of Air Defence College (ADC). A fighter controller of a very high caliber, the officer has held the highest category for professional competence i.e. Category 'AYE' for the past 14 years. As the Dy CADO at Command Headquarters, the officer effectively harmonised various facets of radar and surface to air weapon operations during 'Operation Safed Sagar' and ensured their smooth deployment. As the CO of a radar unit he moved his unit to an operational location in the Kashmir valley during 'Operation Parakram', at a very short notice. Leading from the front he motivated his men to undertake the mobility through tough mountainous terrain and terrorist prone area and ensured timely deployment. As COO of the IAF contingent and a specialist advisor to the Sri Lankan Air Force, he assisted in setting up their AD infrastructure. For his professional excellence, he was selected to undergo prestigious courses like Master Fighter Controller's course at Tactics and Combat Development Establishment and Air Battle Planning and Management course at France. The officer is also a Command Examiner and has been co-opted member of the Directorate of Air Staff Inspection on several occasions. For his dedicated service, he has been commended both by Chief of the Air Staff and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief. Group Captain Rane, immediately on assuming command of ADC, embarked upon improving the organisation and training infrastructure at ADC. Keeping in times with the current and futuristic air battle environment, he infused innovative teaching techniques to enhance the quality of training. Under his guidance new training syllabus, precis and training curriculum were formulated along with introduction of modern training aids. Being resource conscious he redrew the scope of practical intercept training by introducing enhanced and better utilisation of the simulator. This resulted in reduction in number of fighter sorties required for practical interception training, thus saving huge sum of money for the exchequer. Under his stewardship, more than a dozen courses constituting officers from Air Force, Army, . navy and friendly foreign countries passed out from the portals of ADC. The officer also hosted several delegations from friendly foreign countries at ADC admirably. His organisational skills were in the forefront when he organised a mega event like the Centre for Air Power Studies Seminar, despite being limited on resources. For distinguished service of high order, Hon 'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Jagadeesh Bhikaji Rane.