| Wing Commander Vinod Negi (24938) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of Sarang Helicopter Display Team at Air Force Station Sulur with effect from 19 Jul 10 and performing the duty of Unit Flight Commander. On 21 Jun 2013, Wg Cdr Vinod Negi was tasked to evacuate stranded pilgrims from Kedarnath valley. Having flown several rescue missions over the previous day, he realized that thousands of people were stranded at Jungle Chatti which is at an elevation of 7500 feet and their only hope of survival was through air evacuation. He assessed that unlike other makeshift helipads. Jungle Chatti was extremely restricted owing to presence of trees, wires and other vertical obstructions such as cliff face. He volunteered for the mission and was one of the first pilots to identify and land on a ledge which was extremely tricky and challenging. even for an Alouette class of helicopter. This landing served as a reference for others and based on his invaluable inputs, subsequent landings were carried out by other operators. During entire Op Rahat. he displayed exceptional courage, flew 102 sorties, rescued 584 personnel and inducted eight tons of relief material. He was a positive influence on the unit personnel and guided relatively inexperienced crew in extracting performance beyond expectations. As the Flt Cdr. he ensured effective Crew Resources Management and displayed effective Operational Resources Management towards safe accomplishment of critical missions in challenging environment. Under his guidance. the unit flew a total of 177 sorties, evacuated 917 personnel and inducted twelve tons of load during 'Op Rahat'. With his meticulous planning and leadership, Wg Cdr Vinod Negi ensured time critical mission accomplishment against all odds and proved to be a role model for both his peers and juniors to emulate. For his act of exceptional courage in evacuating stranded personnel from Jungle Chatti during 'Op Rahat', Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Wing Commander Vinod Negi.