Vishist Seva Medal Awardee List for the 25 Sqn

A total of 2 Awards are listed.
Vishist Seva Medal : 2 |
Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Dhiraj Kukreja 13130 F(P)Unit : No.25 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 98 Announced 26 Jan 98
Details :

Group Captain Dhiraj Kukreja (13130) F (P) assumed command of 25 Sqn, AF on 05Jun95.

Group Captain Dhiraj Kukreja has over 3000 hrs of accident free flying on the AN-32 ac. He is fully qualified in all roles of the ac and has actively participated in all para drop exercises in the past year and a half. He was the WAC dett commander at 4 Wing, for the AB assault exercise "GRAND SLAM" in Mar 96, wherein he successfully led 06 ac for a night drop. He was also the Task Force Commander for "EXERCISE SNOWLION", a high altitude drop at DZ Stakna, involving 24 x AN-32 ac and 01xlL-76 ac. The drop was successful with no injuries attributable to the IAF. He has also undertaken the first night sortie from Chandigarh to Leh and back with the AOC-in-C, WAC, IAF in Oct 96. The sortie was appreciated by the AOC-in-C for being conducted in a very professional manner. He is also qualified on the IL-76 ac and has participated in the "BIG BOY" formation on the Air Force Day and Republic Day earning accolades for the IAF from the viewing dignitaries.

An enthusiastic leader, his zeal and enthusiasm is infectious. Under his guidance and encouragement the Unit achieved 100% serviceability on both fleets in Nov 96 and flew all 10 ac (06xAN-32 & 04xIL-76 ac) simulta neously. The Unit has, in the past one year, also airlifted more than the allotted task in air maintenance operations. This is an achievement considering the low availability of ac since the Unit also under takes other tasks as detailed by HQ WAC, IAF and Air HQ.

Under his command, the Unit has grown from strength to strength and earned appreciations from all, for safe and efficient operations, maintenance and administration. The Unit was declared the "Best Tpt Sqn" in WAC for the year 1995-96.

For his high degree of sincerity and loyalty to serv ice aims, lively enthusiasm and dynamic leader ship, the President is pleased to award "Vishisht Seva Medal" to Group Captain D Kukreja.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1998 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
MWO Jagdish Chander 643557 ORUnit : No.25 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 08 Announced 26 Jan 08
Details :

643557 Master Warrant Officer Jagdish Chander Flt Engr was enrolled in the IAF on 04 Mar 74 in the Eng Fit trade. He remustered to the Flight Engineer trade on 12 Apr 83.

Since then he has flown various aircrafts which include C-119L Packet, AN-32 and IL76 MD and has to his credit a total of 8700 h of flying. He has flown extensively on the IL76 aircraft and has clocked over 5500 h of operational flying on this strategic aircraft of the IAF.

MWO Jagdish Chander achieved Cat 'A' with a supervisory endorsement on the IL-76 aircraft with a short period of time. During his long tenure as an aircrew instructor the MWO has been instrumental in training a large number of trainee Flight Engineers on both AN-32 and IL-76 aircraft and has thereby helped the organization to improve its operational capability. The professional skills and expertise of the MWO have been aptly recognized by inspecting agencies such as the Aircrew Examination Board who have co-opted him as an aircrew examiner on numerous occasions.

His professional skills, depth of knowledge and sense of responsibility were put to a real test during the planning and execution of the exercise GOLDEN EAGLE in 2004. The exercise involved staging of the Mirage-2000 aircraft of the IAF to South Africa and back which required meticulous planning and flawless transport support. The Master Warrant Officer has also participated in various other exercises such as, Op PAWAN, BRASS TRACK, Op MEGHDOOT, Op VIJAY and SAFED SAGAR. He has also flown extensively for the induction and de-induction of T-72 MAIN BATTLE TANK to Jaffna. His dedication and efforts were appreciated during the Bhuj Earthquake operations, Tsunami relief operations to Carnicobar, Chennai and during heavy snowfall relief operations in Jammu & Kashmir. The sincere and whole hearted involvement of the Master Warrant Officer went beyond the professional requirements from a Flight Engineer. His leadership capabilities were evident in his handling of all the responsibilities entrusted to him. The MWO through his thorough professionalism and utmost dedica tion has ensured success of all exercise he has participated in.

For his distinguished service of high order, exemplary dedication to duty and leadership qualities spanning over a long service career of 33 years, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Master Warrant Officer Jagdish Chander.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2008 Number: 

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