| Wing Commander Prakash Angadi (24126) Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) was commissioned in the IAF in the Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical) branch on 27 May 96. During his 14 years of service, the officer held various appointments at Wings, Helicopter Units, BRD and also served in UN mission at Congo. He was awarded AOC-in-C's commendation in 2004. On 06 Dec 09, Mi- 17 IV hepter 2-3352 while on a routine air maintenance sortie over Siachen Glacier, crash landed at Chungtash at an altitude of 15,786 feet. With in a week a team was launched headed by the officer to assess the damage and make the ac safe to withstand the harsh winters. The officer and his team went about the task using all available improvised material not conventionally used and made the ac safe. The officer was subsequently nominated to head the recovery team. He went about the task meticulously and in a professional manner. The damaged ac was beyond repair capability of 3 BRD, hence an ingenious repair scheme had to be worked out. The repair scheme was first tried and tested out on a rejected structure. Having fully equipped the team was launched in Apr 10 for acclimatization and induction. Meticulous planning of nearly 32 sorties of load was undertaken while the weather continued to be unpredictive. On 20 May 10, the team was finally able to reach the site and in 12 days carried out the repairs. During the entire period Wg Cdr Prakash exhibited excellent leadership by keeping the team cohesive and boosting their morale. He worked shoulder to shoulder with his men and carried out the repairs with no compromise to flight safety. The exemplary physical strength, mental toughness, dedication and professionalism exhibited by the officer coupled with his leadership qualities resulted in a near impossible feat of lifting off a crashed hepter at the altitude of 15,786 feet a possibility. The hepter has since then flown 5 sorties and inducted for detailed examination. For his dedicated effort, distinguished service of high order, very high degree of professionalism and sprit-de-corps displayed, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Prakash Angadi.