| Wing Commander Ashish Kumar (23529) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned into fighter stream on 17 Jun 95. He has been the flight commander of a Su 30 MKI Squadron and is presently posted as the Commanding Officer of a Su 30 MKI Squadron since 03 Dec 12. He has close to 3000 hours of flying experience on MiG 21, MiG 29, Su 30K, Su 30 MKI, Hawk 132 and HPT 32 aircraft. The officer is a Category A Qualified Flying Instructor and a graduate of Defence Services Staff College (Wellington). He was part of Hawk Induction Team and was trained at British Aerospace Systems, United Kingdom. He was also part of-the initial nucleus of Hawk instructors responsible for setting up an impeccable flying training culture catering to the modernisation of Indian Air Force which has been responsible for improving the aerospace safety records of the IAF As the flight commander of the Su 30 MK[Squadron, he handled the arduous task of relocating the squadron to a frontline base for strategic considerations. It was his ability to effectively manage the operational risks that the squadron became operational at the new base within a week. In the past he has been awarded commendation by Chief of the Air Staff and Air Officer Commanding -ln- Chief, Western Air Command for his professional acumen and contribution to aerospace safety. Wing Commander Ashish Kumar on assuming the command of a frontline fighter squadron in the east faced the challenge of preparing the squadron for Exercise Redflag and Exercise Livewire. It was the first time in the history of IAF that ten aircraft carried out simultaneous Air to Air refuelling during direct ferry from an IAF airfield in Assam to a fighter aircraft base in Punjab covering a distance of more than 3000 Kms. He meticulously planned and led this complex and challenging mission and successfully valillated IAF's capability of inter theatre operational deployment. It was due to his meticulous planning, dynamic leadership and eye for details that the squadron maintained more than 75 percent aircraft serviceability and flew close to 400 hours in 17 days of Ex Livewire in Mar 2013. His untiring efforts have led to a measurable increase in squadron's quantum of flying, an impeccable record of accident free flying, high quality of training and maintaining a very high level of operational readiness of the squadron. The major achievements included sustained highest aircraft serviceability amongst all the SU 30 Squadrons of IAE undertaking 11 flying detachments in an extremely professional manner and successful accomplishment of all Air Force/ Command Level tasking. Wing Commander Ashish Kumar has nurtured a feeling of pride and utmost professionalism in all the air warriors of the squadron. His efforts vis-a-vis team building and task accomplishment were par excellence which ensured smooth conduct of all the squadron operations. The dynamic leadership and undeterred resilience of Wing Commander Ashish Kumar was responsible for his squadron performing extremely well in all the spheres and the squadron was adjudged as Average Plus by the Directorate of Airstaff Inspection team. For his exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty) to Wing Commander Ashish Kumar.