Vishist Seva Medal Awardee List for the 15 Sqn


A total of 2 Awards are listed.
Vishist Seva Medal : 2 |
Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr Venkataraman Arunchala Eshwar 8246 AE(M)Unit : No.15 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 82 Announced 26 Jan 82
Details :

Squadron Leader Venkataraman Arunchala Eshwar (8246) AE (M) has been on the posted strength of one of the operational fighter Squadrons of the Air Force as Senior Technical Officer since 10 Jan 78.

He has been the STO of the Squadron from its conversion onto MiG Bis aircraft. Sqn Ldr Eshwar has put in long hours of work well beyond the call of duty and has shown total dedication to his job which is indeed worthy of emulation. He has been responsible for maintaining an extremely high serviceability rate of over 80% for the last 3 years continuously. It is because of his guidance and leadership in the field of maintenance that the Squadron has been able to fly 7500 sorties/5500 hours of accident-free flying.

Sqn Ldr Eshwar apart from setting up the Squadron has been guiding spirit behind the spare maintenance facilities set up in the Central Repair and Servicing Section during his tenure as Senior Engineer (Bis). The maintenance scheduling and management of resources have been of such a high order that the section set up by him has become a shining example for all Air Force Station. It is this ability to manage resources and his dedicated hard work which has kept the whole wing serviceability of aircraft above 80%.

Despite all these achievements Sqn Ldr Eshwar has found time for deeper thought and has been able to produce a FLAP trolley (Flying Lances All Purpose) which has been accepted as standard Air Force equipment for all Fighter Squadrons. This trolley has been made possible much greater accountability of tools, nearly 40% savings in time and obviously an ultimate gain in operational availability of the aircraft permitting for more sorties per aircraft.

In the Central Repair and Servicing Section he has been instrumental in setting up a fully automated Maintenance Control Centre where constant upto date information on all maintenance activities can be monitored thereby saving man hours and making servicing allotment far easier.

Sqn Ldr Eshwar is an exceptional officer who has proven his ability, dedication and qualities of leadership without a doubt. He has worked far beyond the call of duty and to the great benefit of the service. For his significant contribution to the servicing, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Squadron Leader Venkataraman Arunchala Eshwar.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1982 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Rajiv Dayal Mathur 16772 F(P)Unit : No.15 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 03 Announced 26 Jan 03
Details :

Wing Commander Rajiv Dayal Mathur (16772) F (P) was commissioned on 04 Jun 1982 as a fighter pilot in the Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor and has held several important command and staff appointments including Commanding Officer of a MiG-21 Bis Squadron. He is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College.

Wg Cdr Mathur assumed command of a fighter squadron on 10 Jun 2000. Under his command the squadron has had an unblemished record, having so far flown over 4500 hours and trained 18 young pilots without any loss of precious aircrew or aircraft. During the Command level Air-to-Ground Armament meet "Ekalavya 2001", Wg Cdr Mathur displayed very high professionalism by himself leading three missions. His squadron won four out of the seven coveted trophies. The squadron was also adjudged the Best Fighter Squadron in South Western Air Command.

Following the earthquake, which rocked the region of Kutch on 26 Jan 2001, Wg Cdr Mathur was tasked with rescue operations outside the Air Force camp. Even as the aftershocks continued to occur, he and his squadron personnel worked round the clock for over three days and in the process rescued 53 people trapped in the debris. Barely ten days later, his squadron was required to recommence operations from another base. Despite the upheaval caused by the eart hquake and the consequent hardships. Wg Cdr Mathur succeeded in motivating his squadron personnel to remain focused on organisational goals. Leading by personal example, he was able to provide renewed purpose and direction to the personnel of the squadron, who rose to the occasion by achieving the allotted tasks even under such difficult conditions.

For his distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Rajiv Dayal Mathur.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2003 Number: 

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