| Group Captain Tarun Chaudhry (20452) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned into the fighter stream of the IAF on 16 Dec 89. He is on the posted strength of Dte of Personnel Officers at Air HQ (VB) wef 22 Jun 09. As DPO-l(F), the officer is responsible for the HR and career planning issues for nearly 1400 officers from the Fighter stream, upto the rank of Gp Capt. During his tenure, the officer has worked hard towards increasing transparency and improving efficiency. Among the significant issues addressed by the officer and which benefited the organisation as a whole was the management of U/T aircrew in the Fighter Stream. He has recommended practical and result-oriented steps including review of ex-HOTS OST syllabus so as to cut down on the conversion period and establishment of an additional Type Training squadron for the SU-30 and Jaguar fleet on the OCCUR concept. Similarly, the constraints of QFI manning and its long term HR implications were brought to the notice of senior commanders and an interim solution identified and implemented, so as to ensure that there was no disruption in training output. The anomaly between the QRs for the Sqn Cdrs Board and Promotion Board-Il was identified by the officer through exhaustive analysis and a time bound comprehensive plan has been implemented. The timely identification of the problem was appreciated by the CAS. The officer's regular interaction with the field personnel in the placement process has vastly improved satisfaction levels amongst all officers due to his meticulous approach. The satisfaction percentage for the placements after the Higher Command and Air Staff Course has been close to hundred percent. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Tarun Chaudhry.