| Group Captain Mehtab Singh Deswal (20131) Flying (Pilot)was commissioned on 14 Jun 89. The officer is a Pilot Attack Instructor and an alumnus of Defence Services Staff Collage. He is fully operational on Hunter, Jaguar, Su-30K and Su- 30MKI aircraft with over 3200 hours of flying experience. The officer commanded a Su-30MKI Squadron from 01 Nov 07 to 08 Nov 09. Group Captain Deswal was part of the core team to be inducted on Su-30K aircraft in the IAF in 1997. On assuming command, he was tasked to re-equip the squadron with Su-30MKI aircraft. He went through the reequipping process in a methodical manner and besides exploiting the entire warranty on swap aircraft he ensured a serviceability of more than 75%. Under his command his squadron became the first Su-30MKI squadron to achieve 100% fully operational aircrew and ready to undertake any operational commitment within four months of resurrection. Group Captain Deswal created an excellent working environment that enabled his Squadron to perform outstandingly in all endeavors. Under his leadership the Squadron won the 'Team Event' Bombing Trophy during Exercise 'Eklavya' of Central Air Command in 2009-10. The squadron performed extremely well during inspections by Aircrew Examining Board and Directorate of Air Staff Inspection. Under his dynamic leadership and guidance, the squadron accomplished all tasks exceptionally well. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Group Captain Mehtab Singh Deswal.