Awardee List for the AFS BKT

A total of 1 Awards are listed.
Vishist Seva Medal : 1 |
Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Satish Sharma 13835 AE(M)Unit : AFS Bakshi Ka Talab  Award Date 26 Jan 97 Announced 26 Jan 97
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Wing Commander Satish Sharma was commissioned as a Fighter Pilot on 2nd June, 1968. He has been Commanding Officer of a Tactical Radar Unit and has held the appointment of Senior Air Staff Officer of a Tactical Air Center. A graduate of Defence Services Staff College, he was appointed Commanding Officer of an airbase in CAC, IAF.

On assuming command Wg Cdr Sharma found the airfield unsuitable for fighter operations. He initiated immediate measures to strengthen base infrastructure and restore the station to operational status. The airfield environment together with Navigation aids and safety services were brought on line within six months and the station declared fit as a diversionary airfield for fighter aircraft.

In Jan 96, it was decided to activate the base for full fighter operations for an Air Force Exercise. Fighter operations were to be conducted after a lapse of nearly three years. The navigational aids, arrester barrier, Air Traffic Control, technical and other support services had to be upgraded. Wg Cdr Sharma carried out a quick appreciation of the extensive nature of works which had to be executed within a strict time frame. He marshalled the limited resources of the small station and with total dedication and concerted efforts of all personnel under his direct supervision, the required infrastructure was fully upgraded for fighter operation within the stipulated time frame. Wg Cdr Sharma utilised his superior leadership qualities and organising abilities to ensure smooth induction of Fighter Detachments and their safe operations from his Base. His tireless efforts culminated in accident/incident free opera tions by fighters and all tasks were undertaken and completed successfully.

For distinguished services of a high order, the President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wg Cdr S Sharma.

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

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