| Wing Commander Gurpreet Singh Tung (23201) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a helicopter pilot in the flying branch on 17 Dec 94. He is commanding a Mi-26 Helicopter Flight at Air Force Station Chandigarh since 08 Apr 13. He has flown 3981 hours on various aircraft including more than 400 hours on Mi-26 helicopter. He is the only supervisor endorsed on Mi-26 helicopter. Large scale rescue operations in Uttarakhand (Op Rahat) commenced on 17 Jun 13 and shortly after the commencement of Op Rahat, it was realized that positioning of heavy equipment in the remote helipads would be critical for mission accomplishment. Since most of the roads and bridges had been damaged or washed away because of the flash floods, it was decided to airlift and position refuellers / fuel barrels at Dharasu and Gaucher to sustain the operations. On 18 Jun 13, Wg Cdr Tung was tasked to airlift and position 9 KL refuellers at Dharasu and aviation turbine fuel (ATF) barrels at Gaucher, a mission which could only be undertaken in the world's largest helicopter, Mi-26. He analysed that the helicopters did not have adequate flying hours to undertake the mission and hence after due deliberations with the technical staff at various levels, proposed a daring and realistic plan for granting a war time extension on the helicopter for execution of the task. Although this entailed him taking immense risks while flying, he took on the mission himself and thus ensured positioning of the equipment and sustenance of the relief operations. He executed the challenging task in a most professional manner wherein, 92000 kgs of special stores and heavy equipment were airlifted in a time bound manner and in demanding circumstances to remote and restricted areas. For exceptional devotion to duty and professional competence in the tremendous odds, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty) to Wing Commander Gurpreet Singh Tung.