Vishist Seva Medal Awardee List for the 20 Sqn


A total of 2 Awards are listed.
Vishist Seva Medal : 2 |
Vishist Seva Medal
Fg Offr Gautam Kumar Dasgupta 15497 AE(L)Unit : No.20 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Flying Officer Gautam Kumar Dasgupta was commissioned in June 1978. Though young, he has made name for himself as a competent and dedicated Engineering Officer. Flying Officer Dasgupta was specially selected to provide Engineering support to the Air Force Aerobatic Team 'Thunder Bolts' and he amply proved himself worthy of the faith shown in him.

He has organised the technical activity of the Squadron personnel very efficiently, resulting in enhanced Squadron output. He possesses the natural quality of leadership; leading by example, where men follow him cheerfully through long hours of hard work for best possible results. Notwithstanding the perennial problems associated with the ageing aircraft and limited availability of spares, he has achieved an increase in aircraft and equipment serviceability and sustained it. During the recently concluded twelve aircraft detachment he showed exemplary farsightedness in organising first line and second line servicing while on the move. Never was any aircraft left behind at any place, though the unit gave displays over fifteen different towns all over the country, during a period of two and half months. He worked round the clock on various occasions. On one such occasion he had an engine change done overnight thus enabling ferry out of all twelve aircraft together. He achieved those outputs with selfless devotion, personal involvement and long hours and hard work beyond the call of duty in the highest traditions of the Indian Air Force. In recognition of these accomplishments at such a young age and service, the President is pleased to award VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL to Flying Officer Gautam Kumar Dasgupta.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Nirmal Singh Jamwal 17156 F(P)Unit : No.20 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 05 Announced 26 Jan 05
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Wing Commander Nirmal Singh Jamwal VM (17156) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned on 28 May 1983 in the Flying branch of the IAF. In 21 years of distinguished service, he has held several key appointments, which include Commanding Officer of Fighter Squadron, the first Su-30 MKI unit. He has been awarded Vayu Sena Medal in 1999 for his distinguished service. Presently, he is Commanding Officer of a Su-30 MKI unit since 20 May 2002.

As a team leader for Su-30 MKI theoretical training in Russia, Wg Cdr Jamwal ensured effective training by close liaison with AA at Embassy of India, Moscow and Comdt of Trg Academy, whenever there were lacunae. As a result, additional training team was sent later by Russians to India to cover the shortfalls.

He identified the key qualities of the Su-30 MKI and recommended improvements for implementation on subsequent phases of the aircraft which have resulted in key modifications in Phase-2 aircraft and many more will be implemented in Phase-3 aircraft. He identified the problem of windshield and canopy distortion on Su-30 MKI and as a result, the Russians have been forced to change some existing windshield and canopies as well as exercise better quality control in future. His overall contribution towards improvements to the final aircraft version and operational use of the aircraft is noteworthy.

As designated 'Display Pilot', Wg Cdr Jamwal exploited the super-manoeuvre capability of the Su-30 MKI Aircraft and carried out aerobatic displays at various air shows. He formulated type SOPs for Air to Air Refueling (AAR) and the Squadron achieved AAR operational status in short time validating he entire AAR envelope. Under his command the Squadron partici pated in various exercises including Gauntlet 2003 and 2004, the first operational exercise of the Squadron, putting up professional displays in spite of constraints of manpower and tech personnel.

For his distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Nirmal Singh Jamwal VM.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2005 Number: 

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