| Wing Commander Rahul Bhasin (20745) Flying (Pilot)has been on the posted strength of 223 Squadron with effect from 03 Mar 08. Since then, he has been performing the duties of Commanding Officer of the Squadron. Shortly after taking over command, Wg Cdr R Bhasin was tasked with shifting of the Squadron due to planned runway repairs. The move, although ordered at extremely short notice, was planned and executed meticulously. The Sqn undertook trouble-free operations from the relocated station for a period of fifteen months, before moving back to the parent Air Force Station. The move back was equally well planned and executed, without losing out on even a single flying day. Under the command of Wg Cdr R Bhasin, the Sqn went from strength to strength, taking on all operational commitments assigned with distinction. These included numerous Command-level exercises, outstation detachments and commitments like the Air Force Flypasts in 2008 and 2009, both of which were personally led by Wg Cdr R Bhasin as leader of the Baaz formation. Wg Cdr R Bhasin ensured that the flying task undertaken by the Sqn was enhanced significantly. This enabled the Sqn to achieve by Jun 09 the enviable distinction of having achieved operational status for all its aircrew. With diligent application of safety norms, the officer ensured that the increased flying effort was achieved with a clean safety record as well. Under his command, the Sqn has maintained an accident/ incident free record since Aug 08. The Sqn also maintained a high serviceability state consistently and even achieved hundred per cent serviceability on three occasions. The performance of the Sqn was duly acknowledged, with the Sqn being adjudged as the 'Best Fighter Squadron' of WAC for the year 2008-09. Wg Cdr R Bhasin ensured that the Sqn lived up to its reputation by performing with distinction in all traits, in the DAS[ inspection in Mar 10. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Rahul Bhasin.