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Group Captain Rajan Puri

Service No & Branch 21846 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 13 Jun 1992 Course: 149 Course
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Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 13 Jun 1997Wg Cdr : 13 Jun 2005Gp Capt : 01 Apr 2015
Training and Other Courses Attended
80 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 1991
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg CdrRajan Puri21846 F(P)Award Date 31 Aug 2008Announced 15 Aug 2009
Details : Wing Commander Rajan Puri (21846) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of a Helicopter Unit, since 01 May 2006. On 31 Aug 2008 an SOS call was received from Government of Assam, that river Puthimari had breached its embankment causing flash floods, a few villagers were stranded on rooftops and the deteriorating situation demanded a swift rescue operation. Wg Cdr Puri was tasked for the mission. Wg Cdr Puri along with his team got airborne within shortest possible time for the rescue. In spite of adverse weather coupled with low clouds and strong winds, he quickly identified one isolated building that had four survivors, including a 10 year old child, stranded on the wooden support structure of a rooftop under construction. The current flow was strong and the water levels were rising very rapidly and any further delay would have resulted in the people getting washed away. Realising the gravity of the situation, Wg Cdr Puri established hover over the restricted area and winched down his experienced Flight Gunner for helping the survivors get into the helicopter. Inspite of limited visual references, adverse weather conditions and high obstructions, the whole operation was accomplished with precise accuracy; the officer very gallantly, rescued all four survivors. Wg Cdr Puri displayed exceptional courage and acted in keeping with the best traditions of the Indian Air Force. The accomplishment of the mission won accolades from the State Government as well as from the media for the Indian Air Force. For this act of exceptional courage, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)' to Wing Commander Rajan Puri.
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