Awardee List for the 737 SU

A total of 1 Awards are listed.
Vishist Seva Medal : 1 |
Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr Vishwajit Madhukar Akre 19041 AE(L)Unit : 737 Signal Unit  Award Date 26 Jan 97 Announced 26 Jan 97
Details :

Squadron Leader VM Akre was commissioned as an Electronics Engineer on 05 Sep 88. He was appointed Commanding Officer of a Signal Unit (SU) in Nov 93. The SU is an isolated lodger unit situated at a distance of about 5 Kms in a civil area. The officer chose to live in the unit area so as to be available at very short notice in case of any emergency. He was responsible for enhancing the security of the unit and security consciousness amongst the unit personnel. On 14 Aug 94, at about 2130 hours, the unit came under heavy fire from the militants. In the ensuing battle which lasted for about 40 minutes, the officer rallied and led his personnel from the front and successfully repulsed the attack. There was no casualty or any significant damage to the unit assets. On various other occasions, the officer has shown his presence of mind in adapting to the situation and exercising restraint, which is of utmost importance.

The officer ensured availability of the tropo link at all times realising fully that the communications are virtually the lifeline for the AF Stations in the Valley. The officer strived hard to keep the link available at all times, the availability being 100% for the past twelve months.

For distinguished services of a high order, the President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Sqn Ldr VM Akre.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1997 Number: 

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