| Wing Commander Sundaramani Krishnan (22933) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in the flying branch on 18 Jun 94. The Officer is a Category 'Pi Qualified Flying Instructor. He is an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College with "Directing Staff" grading and an Instrument Rating Instructor and Examiner. He has held important assignments which include Directing Staff at the prestigious Flying Instructor School and Flight Commander of a fighter squadron. He is fully operational on MiG-21 BIS, Su-30 K and Su-30 MKI aircraft with over 3800 hours of accident free flying to his credit. The officer is presently commanding a SU-30 MKI squadron. Wg Cdr Sundaramani Krishnan, on assuming command, was tasked to resurrect the squadron with Su-30 MKI aircraft. He, with all honesty of purpose and sincerity of effort, operationalised the Su-30 MKI Squadron and formulated the concepts towards exploiting the operational potential of the aircraft. His timely intervention on critical issues ensured that the serviceability state was maintained as per operational requirement. The effective planning in flying effort resulted in all the under training aircrew posted to the squadron achieving 'fully operational' status. The squadron was also ready to undertake any operational commitment within a short period of resurrection. The first successful armament detachment was conducted within a period of six months of induction of the aircraft. The working ethos and a conducive atmosphere in the unit has enabled exceptional performance by the squadron in all exercises it had been tasked during the period. The squadron performed with flying colours during the recently concluded Directorate of Air Staff Inspection (DASI) and Aircrew Examination Board visits. The overall squadron performance was adjudged as "Average Plus" during the DASI visit and his effort in setting up of a model Su-30 MKI squadron was appreciated by all. He took active interest in ensuring that a large number of new technicians posted in squadron after Just-in-Time' training pattern, were effectively brought up to acceptable standards in a short period of time. The various welfare measures adopted by the officer ensured cohesiveness and a sense of belongingness among the personnel in the squadron. The initiative, involvement, meticulous planning, coordination and the successful execution of all tasks assigned can singularly be attributed to the dynamism, foresight and leadership of the officer. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty) to Wing Commander Sundaramani Krishnan.