Awardee List for the 44 Sqn


A total of 56 Awards are listed.
Maha Vir Chakra : 1 | Vir Chakra : 4 | Shaurya Chakra : 1 | Yudh Seva Medal : 1 | Vayu Sena Medal : 45 | Vishist Seva Medal : 4 |
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Sridhara Panicker Radha Krishnan Nair 16040 F(P)Unit : No.44 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 05
Details : Group Captain Sridhara Panicker Radhakrishnan Nair (16040) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned on 15 Jun 1980. He is commanding the only strategic airlift squadron of the IAF since Mar 03. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor. His past appointments include Flight Commander of one of a premier transport squadron and Chief Operations Officer of an active base. He has over 6700 hours of accident free flying.As FIt Cdr, he has been in the forefront of path breaking landing trials to high altitude forward area airfields in Ladakh sector by night. This new found capability to mobilise men and material to mifitady sensitive and inhospitable terrain by night has added to the combat potential of our forces. During Ex-Safed Sagar, his meticulous planning and personal flying effort found him worthy of being 'Mentioned in Despatches'. He was instrumental in the Squadron being adjudged the 'Best Transport Combat Squadron' for two years in succession.On taking over command, he was given the onerous task of relocating the squadron. Due to his farsightedness, methodical approach and immaculate planning, the move was completed ahead of schedule, whilst continuing to remain operational and undertaking all commitments during the entire move. Despite manpower constraints, he maintained a sharp focus on training and steadily built up the training team. He converted 37 aircrew on type and also achieved high operational status in a relatively short period.As team leader and captain of the first aircraft which took part in Ex Cope Thunder in USA in the year 2003, he displayed sterling qualities of leadership and thorough professionalism which brought accolades to the IAF. It was his brainchild to pioneer a flight to the North Pole, set an endurance record by IL-76 aircraft and circumnavigate the globe. These three records and the exceptional performance during the exercise have found a place in the glorious history of the IAF. Also, the transpolar capability he established, has added a new dimension to the strategic reach of the IAF. On his return from Alaska, he once again spurred his team to achieve exceptional standards and win the 'best Transport Combat Squadron' trophy of the IAF.For his exceptional devotion to duty and leadership, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Group Captain Sridhara Panicker Radhakrishnan Nair.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 9th April 2005 - No.28-Pres/2005 dated 26th January 2005 & AFD2005 Investiture  

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Rajat Sharma 17008 F(P)Unit : No.44 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 08
Details :

Group Captain Rajat Sharma (17008) F (P) was commissioned in the Flying Branch on 29 Dec 82. During his 25 years of distinguished service he has held the challenging appointments of Flight Commander (Flt Cdr) of a premier Transport Sqn and Chief Operations Officer (COO) of two major airbases. He is presently commanding a Strategic Airlift Sqn and has 7400 h of accident free flying.

An accomplished professional, the officer was commended by the CAS in 1999 for professional competence. In 2001, as Flt Cdr, he carried out the path breaking night landings at high altitude airfields in Leh and Thoise on IL-76 thereby upgrading operational potential. As COO at Nagpur, despite manpower/infrastructure constraints, he displayed immense resourcefulness and ensured timely and safe induction of an IL-76 Sqn. At Agra, he was instrumental in enhancing operational effectiveness by resurrecting operations from blast pens and the Station was adjudged the "Pride of CAC".

On assuming command of an IL-76 Sqn, he resolved to improve the operational status of aircrew and aircraft serviceability, which had suffered after relocation of the Sqn and achieved laudable success on both fronts. The operational and categorization status of Sqn aircrew improved substantially in a short span of time as also the availability of aircraft facilitating achievement of all assigned tasks. A believer in leading from the front, he flawlessly executed the post hurricane relief operation to USA ordered at very short notice. During exercise 'Gagan Shakti' he ensured timely execution of all assigned missions despite resource constraints. With his innovative ideas and untiring effort, he started the Station Officers Mess and rapidly brought it up. It is his motivation, leadership and faith in subordinates that makes such demanding achievements possible. He has served the Air Force with dedication and outstanding professional integrity.

For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Group Captain Rajat Sharma.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 10th November 2008. No. 34-Pres/2008 dated 26th January 2008 

Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr Jagdish Prasad Baduni 6853 AE(M)Unit : No.44 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 74 Announced 26 Jan 74
Details :

Squadron Leader Jagdish Prasad Baduni (6853) was commissioned in the Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) Branch of the Indian Air Force in November, 1962. Since May, 1971, he has been serving as the Officer in-charge Central Repair & Servicing Section.

Squadron Leader Baduni fully qualified himself on the aircraft under his care for all types of servicing, fault finding and rectification within a short span of six months. When he took over the duties as officer-in-charge Central Repair & Servicing Section, the serviceability state of the aircraft was extremely poor. There were a number of aircraft which had been unserviceable for a considerable period. Squadron Leader Baduni by hard work, a systematic approach and outstanding management made all these aircraft airworthy.

Throughout the December 1971 conflict, Squadron maintained a high rate of aircraft serviceability.

On those occasions when his aircraft became unserviceable at out-stations he retrieved them in shortest time.

During the middle of 1972 there was a considerable back-log of engine changes due to non-availability of engines and modification kits. When the consignments of engines arrived, they were without complete modification kits. Squadron Leader Baduni arranged indigenous manufacture of some of the kit parts and thus was able to clear the back-log.

Squadron Leader Jagadish Prasad Baduni has made a significant contribution towards high serviceability state of aircraft of his unit and has rendered distinguished service of a high order. He is awarded Vishisht Seva Medal.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1974 Number:32 

Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr Ashok Kumar Singh 13529 AE(M)Unit : No.44 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 87 Announced 26 Jan 87
Details :

Squadron Leader Ashok Kumar Singh was commissioned in the IAF in Jan 74. He became a Flight Gunner in Jun 80 and was posted to an AN-12 Squadron as Gunnery Leader. In a short span of time, he achieved CAT 'A' standard and displayed great dedication to duty and loyalty to service in conducting four ab-initio Flight Gunners' Courses for which no separate establishment existed at the Station. He also conducted gunnery training and supervised several gunnery exercises in which gunners achieved very good results in firing.

While undergoing Gajraj conversion abroad along with his five SNCOs gunners, it became imperative that all the six gunners undergo training in both the independent streams of Flight Gunner and Aerial Delivery System Operations in the same allotted time.

With his characteristic devotion, zeal and enthusiasm, he put in dedicated effort in conducting extra coaching of his team of gunners in addition to his already extremely busy schedule of training. His diligence beyond the call of duty ensured timely completion of training of Flight Gunners in the dual role with exceptional results. Back in India, once again, he inspired his team of three sets of crew with personal example and leadership to accomplish the task requiring six sets of crew. At no stage a commitment was delayed due to shortage of gunners/ADSOs. In meeting commitments of heavy specialized loading/off loading for which no practical training and experience was available, he led his team with commendable competence to achieve a high degree of proficiency.

For his exceptional ability, professional competence, commendable qualities and devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Squadron Leader Ashok Kumar Singh.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1987 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
MWO Ramesh Chandra 637051 ORUnit : No.44 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 06 Announced 26 Jan 06
Details :

637051 Master Warrant Officer Ramesh Chandra Flight Signaller was enrolled in the Indian Air Force on 23 May 1979 in Radio Tech trade. He remustered to Flight Signallers trade in Jul 1989. Since then he has flown on AN-12 and IL-76 aircraft and has flown over 5200 hours till date. He has flown extensively on IL-76 aircraft since he converted on the type in Oct 1993 and has clocked over 4100 hrs of operational flying on this strategic aircraft of IAF.

MWO Ramesh Chandra attained Flight Signaler aircrew category A within a short time of remustering to Flight Signallers trade. The MWO has been selected as a supervisor in Flight Signaller trade. During his long tenure as an aircrew instructor MWO Ramesh Chandra has been instrumental in undertaking conversion training of several under-trainee Flight Signalers on various roles of IL-76 aircraft and thereby helped the organisation to improve its operational capability. The professional skill of the MWO has been aptly recognised by various inspecting agencies such as the Aircrew Examination Board and Directorate of Air Staff Inspections (from Air HQ) who have co-opted him several times for examination/inspection duties. His continued zest for knowledge has been a source of inspiration for his subordinates.

His professional skills, depth of knowledge and sense of responsibility were put to real test during the planning and execution of the first multinational exercise codename COOPERTATIVE COPE THUNDER in 2004 along with fighter aircraft of IAF. The Exercise, involved staging of Jaguar aircraft of Indian Air Force halfway across the globe to Alaska (USA) and back, which required meticulous planning and flawless transport support. The sincere and wholehearted involvement of the MWO went beyond the professional requirements from any Flight Signaler. His personal conduct and bearing was par excellence which motivated all other participating aircrew. His leadership capabilities were evident in his handling of all the responsibilities entrusted to him. The important thing here is that the MWO achieved all this with a cheerful countenance in his soft spoken way throughout the exercise.

For his professional excellence, dedication to duty, leadership qualities and distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Master Warrant Officer Ramesh Chandra.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2006 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
MWO Rajinder 293603 ORUnit : No.44 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 07 Announced 26 Jan 07
Details :

293603 Master Warrant Officer (MWO) Rajinder Flt Gnr was enrolled in the Indian Air Force on 06 Oct 71 in Weapon Tech trade. He remustered to Flight Gunner trade in Apr 1982, since then he flew on various types of aircraft: Mi-17, Mi-8, AN-12 and IL-76 MD aircraft and has flown over 7200 hrs till date. He has flown extensively on IL-76 ac since he converted on type in 1986 and has clocked over 3200 hrs of operational flying on this strategic aircraft of IAF.

The MWO achieved Cat 'A' and supervisor on IL-76 within a short time after conversion. During his long tenure as an aircrew instructor, he has been instrumental in undertaking conversion training of several under trainee flight gunners on various types of aircraft, such as Mi-8, AN-12 and IL-76MD and thereby helped the organisation to improve its operational capability. The professional skill of the Master Warrant officer has been aptly recognised by various inspecting agencies, such as Aircrew Examination Board, Directorate of Air Staff Inspection team.

His professional skill, depth of knowledge and sense of responsibility were put to real test during the planning and execution of the Exercise Golden Eagle in 2005 along with the Mirage-2000 aircraft of the IAF to South Africa and back, which required meticulous planning and flawless transport support.

The MWO participated in various other exercises such as, OP Pawan, Brass Tack, Meghdoot, Vijay and Safed Sagar. MWO also participated for induction and de-induction of T-72 Main Battle tank to Jaffna and Leh. His dedication and effort were appreciated during Bhuj earthquake operation, Tsunami relief operation to Carnicobar, Chennai and during heavy snowfall relief operation in J&K. The sincere and wholehearted involvement of MWO went beyond the professional requirements from any flight gunners. His personnel conduct and bearing was par excellence. He motivated all other participating aircrew. His leadership capabilities were evident in his handling of all the responsibilities entrusted to him. The most important thing to mention here is the Master Warrant Officer achieved all this with a cheerful countenance in his soft spoken way throughout all exercises and relief missions.

For his professional excellence and distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Master Warrant Officer Rajinder.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2007 Number: 

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