Group Captain Muttatu George Mathew was commissioned in April, 1963 and has held various field appointments. He was on the posted strength of Air Force Station Bidar from 24 Jan 83 to 06 Oct 86. His arrival coincided with a change in the role of the Station. Jet Training on Kiran aircraft was introduced to improve the service ability of airborne electronic equipment, navigation and communication aids. To install a newly acquired radar, he worked round the clock and was able to make it operational within four days and maintained a high degree of serviceability. He was also instrumental in the installation of DRDF/DF and arrester barrier, well ahead of the schedule to meet the jet operations.
In Sep 85, on promotion to the rank of Gp Capt, he assumed the duties of Chief Engineering Officer. This officer, through hard work keen application and ingenuity grasped the essential of his new assignment and improved the serviceability of the of the Kiran fleet. By his sustained effort, he generated sense of confidence and esprit-de-corps among his colleague and subordinates He was primarily instrumental in maintaining a high state of MT serviceability. It was because of the firm foundation laid by him that the station was able to present 100% vehicles in a serviceable condition during the Directorate of Air Staff Inspection in 1986.
Through his excellent man-management and high professional skill, he was able to elicit effective performance from his officers and men. The credit for the station being adjudged the Best Maintenance Station of the Air Force for 86-87 goes to him.
For his excellent performance, high professional skill and deep devotion to duty, the president is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Muttatu George Mathew.