| Flight Lieutenant Amit Singh Gaharwar (22982) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength o( a helicopter unit operating in Op Meghdoot area since 05 Apr 1999. He has flown a total of 620 hrs during this tenure. On 03 Oct 2000, Fit Lt Gaharwar was the leader of a formation airborne for air maintenance in Op Meghdoot area. After taking off from Kumar post, he noticed that the No.2 helicopter was not in visual contact. He promptly turned left and started looking for his No.2. He descended down and scanned the expected route till the last known position of No.2. Due to formidable and disguising terrain, he could not locate the crash site but he left no stone unturned in search for his No.2. Because of low fuel he was compelled to return to Base Camp. However, displaying commendable presence of mind, he activated Army Aviation helicopters at Base Camp by relaying a message through an airborne helicopter. Within 15 minutes, he again got airborne from Base Camp in search of his No.2, taking a medical officer and his kit along. On reaching the crash site located by the Army Aviation helicopter, who were hovering nearby, Fit Lt Gaharwar quickly assessed the situation and realised that time was running out. Not finding suitable place to land the helicopter nearby, he hovered at the crash site and dropped his co-pilot directly at the crash site. Hovering there in strong wind with rotor tips only a little distance away from menacing boulders, Fit Lt Gaharwar displayed professional skill of the highest order as well as profound concern for his buddy helicopter crew. Later on Fit Lt Gahaiwar landed near the crash site and walked over 100 m with Inc medical officer in an attempt to retrieve Fit Lt VK Murthy. It was an extremely difficult task to walk 100 m, unacclimatised, at an altitude of 15000' without oxygen. Fit Lt Gahaiwar not only reached the crash site, but also broke through the helicopter structure to pull out Fit Lt VK Murthy. This Herculean effort by Fit Lt Gaharwar at the altitude left him hypoxic, but still disregarding his own physical condition, he put Fit Lt Murthy in the Army Aviation helicopter. Fit Lt Gaharwar co-ordinated with various agencies and mounted a search and rescue operation involving four helicopters and ground search party at a short notice under extreme conditions of sub-zero temperatures and inhospitable terrain. For his display of keen sense of responsibility, professionalism, espirit de corps and the courage, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry} to Flight Lieutenant Amit Singh Gahaiwar.