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Flight Lieutenant Sandeep Krishnakumar Soti

Service No & Branch 22343 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 20 Feb 1993 Course: 3 HSSC Course
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Flt LtSandeep Krishnakumar Soti22343 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 2000
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Flight Lieutenant Sandeep Soti (22343) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of a Helicopter Unit from 03 Mar 97. He has flown a total of 967 hrs during his tenure in this Unit of which 632 hrs were flown in the Siachen.

Flt Lt Soti has been an extremely hard working Pilot. He has flown on many occasions in the face of enemy firing to the shell prone posts of Amar and Sonam. He has had close shaves with enemy shells on numerous occasions. Displaying nerves of steel he kept flying to the threatened posts relentlessly. Composed and determined, Flt Lt Soti continued giving his best with added enthusiasm and dedication. His courage in the face of the enemy and professional approach were source for inspiration for others.

In May 98, he carried out a spectacular evacuation of pilots, off a hover, from Amar (at an altitude of 20,000 ft) under heavy enemy firing. He was also a part of the recovery team which was inducted to Amar in Oct 97 to retrieve a battle damaged Helicopter. His contribution towards the war effort in the Siachen has been significant.

For this exemplary devotion to duty and professionalism of a very high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Flight Lieutenant Sandeep Soti.

Unit : 114 HU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 1st July 2000 - No.85-Pres/2000 dated 26th January 2000
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