| Flight Lieutenant Gandikota Jagan Mohan (30835) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of a Cheetah/Cheetal Helicopter Unit based at Leh wef 08 Apr 13. Operating at the extremes of helicopter flight envelope, over treacherous terrain and constant threat of enemy fire, he has executed more than 600 landings at the world's highest helipads in the Siachen Glacier. He is a 'Glacier Qualified Captain' who has flown more than 300 hrs in the Siachen Glacier and Ladakh region. He has been a part of many casualty evacuation missions. He has contributed most significantly towards the operational effort in 'Op Meghdoot'. On 19 Sep 14 and 20 Sep 14, Fit Lt Jagan was detailed for providing air logistics to our troops to tackle certain intrusions in Chumar Valley. The situation in the area at Point 4991 was very volatile and an escalation was not ruled out. Point 4991 is of great tactical importance, to the extent that possession actually controls the 480 Sq Km area of Chumar valley. The tension in the area was now in to the fourth day and consequently the Indian troops were low on essential supplies including water. FIt Lt Jagan realized that in absence of water and other daily necessities the Indian troops might have to retreat thereby losing vital posturing in the Chumar Valley. He decided to start lifting water in any available vessel like jerry cans, plastic bottles and various other means. The initiative and resolve shown by him ensured that the troops received water and food thereby making it possible for them to hold their position. The supply point was along a steep slope of a hill feature with marginal space to carry out any landing. The approach and take off had to be carried out in an unconventional manner requiring both skill and courage from the pilot. Undeterred and unfazed by the difficult ground conditions, Fit Lt Jagan remained resolute in his mission and flew 32 sorties relentlessly in two days to supply two tonnes of water and essential supplies. The mission demanded exceptional courage, flying skills of a high order, and an undying commitment towards the cause. For his act of exceptional courage, dedication and professionalism in the face of heavy odds, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Flight Lieutenant Gandikota Jagan Mohan.