Awardee List for the AFS Hakimpet

A total of 3 Awards are listed.
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty) : 1 | Vishist Seva Medal : 2 |
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Sqn Ldr Jasbir Singh 22702 F(P)Unit : AFS Hakimpet  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 07
Details :

Squadron Leader Jasbir Singh (22702) F (P) is on the posted strength of AF Station Hakimpet since 06 Dec 04 and is the Senior Flight Commander of Kiran MK I Flt.

On 23 Aug 05, he was authorised as chase for a trainee's syllabus sortie, which was uneventful till peel off for a landing. While Sqn Ldr Jasbir was turning cross at a height of approximately 1800' to 2000' AGL, he had a bird hit followed by rpm stagnation at 20-25%, which is below the idle value. He appreciated the situation in its entirety and announced his intention to force land the ac on reciprocal to the runway in use. He held his throttle in the idle position, continued his left turn maintaining glide parameters, managed the R/T with ATC and ensured landing configuration before reversing the turn in time to align and force land the ac safely. A reconstruction of the whole profile confirms the fact that the pilot barely had 10 seconds to appreciate the emergency inside his aircraft, correlate his relative to the runway and monitor the traffic situation before arriving at his decision. If that window of time was lost either due to delayed appreciation or error of judgment, such a recovery would have been impossible. Post flight inspection revealed a near intact full-grown dead eagle lodged before first stage of compressor, confirming no possibility of relight. The pilot was within his rights to eject as per all existing SOPs. But since he successfully seized the timely opportunity to factor in all relevant aspects to arrive at the decision that he did, it saved an invaluable asset for the Service.

The extreme professionalism shown by the officer in face of deteriorated air situation ensured safe recovery of the aircraft. For his professionalism and exceptional devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Squadron Leader Jasbir Singh.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 17th March 2007. No.90-Pres/2007 dated 26th January 2007 

Bar to Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Partap Singh 8897 AE(L)Unit : AFS Hakimpet  Award Date 26 Jan 92 Announced 26 Jan 92
Details :

Group Captain Pratap Singh, VSM is on the posted strength of an Air Force Station, as Chief Engineering Officer since 21 Aug 89.

Gp Capt Singh quickly assessed that various flying incidents and repetitive snags occurring on Iskra aircraft were synonymous with ageing of the fleet. He undertook the challenge of arresting this trend and was successful. The unresolved hydraulic system malfunctioning since very inception was traced to fouling of the rotary valve in hydraulic reservoir with the dip stick, thus allowing air to be sucked in the system during certain manoeuvres. He ordered for cutting off the dip-stick in Nov 90 and ever since, no hydraulic incident has occurred for the last 4500 hrs of flying. These measures have raised confidence level amongst pilots.

There was a breakdown of supply of critical spares and rotable from abroad. This officer initiated repairs of critical rotables at base by development of repair schemes. Thus local repairs has helped the station to sustain Iskara flying for the last 1½ years and the last four pilot's courses on Iskara could be completed before time. The officer is presently engaged in modification for cooling of R/T set and aircraft battery in Iskra aircraft to reduce time due to persistent snags.

Along with sustaining a fleet of varied types of ac, the officer undertook the task of resource optimisation. The station Workshop was extensively utilised and gave enormous support to MT and other services. A quantum jump in quality, specially for MT in which expenditure on local purchase was reduced to one fourth after a modernisation drive by this officer.

For his unflinching loyalty to service, perseverance of economy and resource optimisation, the President is pleased to award Bar to Vishisht Seva Medal to Gp Capt P Singh.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1992 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Naseem Akhtar 14279 F(P)Unit : AFS Hakimpet  Award Date 26 Jan 09 Announced 26 Jan 09
Details : Air Commodore Naseem Akhtar, SC (14279) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned on 23 Jan 1976 in the Flying Branch of the IAF In a career spanning over 32 years, the officer has held several important command and staff appointments that include Chief Flying Instructor at a Flying Training Establishment, Chief Operations Officer of a frontline Fighter Base, Commanding Officer of a Fighter Squadron and Station Commander of an Air Defence base providing Air Defence cover to the National capital and area around. The officer was also on deputation abroad as the Team Leader of a strategic and prestigious project of international importance in Tajikistan, besides serving as the Deputy Assistant Chief in the Defence Intelligence Agency. For his act of gallantry in flying, he was awarded the Shaurya Chakra by the President of India in 1987. Air Cmde Akhtar was appointed the Air Officer Commanding of Air Force Station, Hakimpet on 02 Apr 2007. Immediately on taking over, he was nominated as the Chairman of the Parachuting Event, a part of the Military World Games, which was to be held at Air Force Station Hakimpet from 14 to 21 Oct 2007. He studied the scope of the task and comprehended the requirements exceptionally well. He conceived and meticulously planned a host of activities, which would form the basis of creation of the necessary infrastructure for the Mega event being held in India for the first time. Using the tenets of financial propriety, he ensured judicious expenditure of Public and Non-Public funds to the tune of Rs 1.84 crores towards the preparations and the conduct in a flawless manner. Despite the constraints of a busy flying station, he enthusiastically rallied all the available, albeit meagre resources, and synergised them for an extremely effective output. The professionalism and the qualitative fervour with which this grand event was conducted was not only appreciated but also commented upon as unprecedented in the history of the Military World Games by the officials. The same was highlighted in the media and by other visiting dignitaries as well. The task, in all its splendor, was achieved within the station resources and without any additional manpower or other resources. With his leadership, foresight, accurate planning and drive, Air Cmde Akhtar was able to provide the necessary direction to the personnel of his Station, who rose to the occasion in achieving the daunting and challenging task of conducting such an event of international significance in an exemplary fashion, thus providing a boost to the image of the service and the country. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Naseem Akhtar SC.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

The Awards Database presented here was made possible by the kind generosity of Air Marshal Bharat Kumar, author of Courage & Devotion to Duty : A Chronicle of IAF's Honours and Awards (1932-2008). Air Marshal Bharat Kumar had very graciously given permission to reproduce the citations from the book on this website.
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