Vayu Sena Medal Awardee List


A total of 1329 Awards are listed.
Vayu Sena Medal : 1329 |
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Devashish Kukreti 24519 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 18 Announced 26 Jan 18
Details : Group Captain Devashish Kukreti (24519-N) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the Flying branch of IAF on 21 Jun 97. He is commanding a frontline Jaguar Squadron since 13 Apr 15.The officer is a Fighter Strike Leader (FSL) as well as an Instrument Rating Instructor and Examiner (IRIE). He stood first in overall order of merit in the 56 FSL course at TACDE and in Air Wing at DSCSC, Sri Lanka. Prior to this tenure, he was Flight Commander of a frontline Jaguar Sqn and later Command Staff at HQ WAC. The officer also achieved the distinction of completing 3000 hours of accident! incident free flying on Jaguar aircraft. A highly motivated and dynamic officer, he possesses excellent professional acumen and is an inspiring leader. Under his able stewardship, the Squadron has flown extensively and ensured that all aircrew upgrade their qualifications as per seniority and experience. For his meticulous planning, foresight and eye for detail, the officer was selected to lead Jaguar contingent in 'Ex Red Flag' at Alaska from 03 Apr to 24 May 16. As Detachment Commander for the exercise, his immaculate leadership and personal involvement in training and administrative issues, ensured successful execution of the detachment with 100 percent serviceability, exceptional weapon scores and nil accident! incident. The effort of the Sqn was well appreciated in Indian as well as abroad. His tremendous ability and leadership skills are evident as the squadron extensively flew Operational Recce lite missions post Uri attack, participated in Exercise Livewire and Operational Capability Demonstration Exercise 4-8-9, bagged Overall Runner Up in Spot Eklavya, performed exceptionally well in AEB and DASI inspections, indicating sound operational preparedness and relentless training. The officer led the Jaguar formation in Republic Day Fly Past in a most professional manner, inspite of extremely adverse weather. Under his constant guidance, there has been a consistent improvement in discipline, decorum and turnout standards in the Sqn. He has also made rapid strides towards sustained improvement in the quality of life of his work force by creating a congenial and healthy working atmosphere in the unit. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to duty) to Group Captain Devashish Kukreti.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Manish Sharma 25040 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 18 Announced 26 Jan 18
Details : Group Captain Manish Sharma (25040-K) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the flying branch of the Indian Air Force on 27 Dec 97. He is a FCL with over 2100 hrs of flying experience. He has been a Flight Commander of a Bison Squadron, Directing Staff at Tactics and Combat Development & Establishment (TACDE) and is an alumnus of Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington. He has also served as Sector Air Operations Officer on deputation to United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) for one year. He successfully commanded a Mirage squadron and is presently selected to undergo Air War course USA. He shouldered the responsibility as Commanding Officer with dedication and ensured highest level of operational status of the Squadron (Sqn). Under his effective supervision, the Sqn participated in 19 flying detachments, 35 exercises and achieved 2900 hours of accident free fighter operations. He ensured 56 aircrew role upgradations, 32 IR upgradations with special emphasis on night missions amounting to 34% of task. His leadership has resulted in Sqn being awarded Exercise (Ex) Eklavya trophy for two years in a row. The Sqn was adjudged as the Best Fighter Squadron of Central Air Command (CAC) for the year 2016. The major achievements of the Sqn during his command included first highway landing by fighter aircraft (ac), first time operations from civil airfields of Saifai and Varanasi, cold weather high altitude Leh trials of upgrade ac, first time live firing of Spice-2000 PGM and first live firing of Mica missile. The officer himself undertook the responsibility and challenge of dropping the first field level live drop of the Spice-2000 weapon by night. His focused approach towards operations resulted in redrafting of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and briefing guides for Spice-2000 along with submission of paper on Operational utilization of Spice-2000. He was chosen to conduct the very first and only Real Time Kill Removal (RTKR) Workshop for CAC which involved formulation and drafting of detailed SOPs. During his tenure, he ensured smooth and seamless induction of the upgrade aircraft in the Sqn and ensured quick and effective up gradation of aircrew and ground crew so as to build up the operational capability of the unit and IAF. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to duty) to Group Captain Manish Sharma.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Vikassheel Singh Saini 25060 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 18 Announced 26 Jan 18
Details : Group Captain Vikassheel Singh Saini (25060-A) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the Flying branch of Indian Air Force on 20 Jun 98. He has successfully completed his tenure as the Commanding Officer of a MiG-29 Upgrade squadron on 29 May 17. The officer is qualified on Mig-29 Upgrade, MiG-29 and MiG-21 (T-77). He has more than 2100 hours of flying experience and is a Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI). The officer has been a part of the prestigious Suryakiran Aerobatic team of the Indian Air Force. He was the Flight Commander of a MiG-29 Upgrade Squadron before tenanting his current appointment. As Flight Commander the officer showed professional acumen and leadership of a high order, and ensured that all aircrew gained their operational qualifications in the shortest possible timeframe. As Commanding Officer the officer has displayed exemplary professionalism, leadership, foresight and risk taking ability. Under his command, despite limitations of weapon testers not being available, the Squadron successfully carried out first time firing of aircraft guns and all classes of Beyond Visual Range missiles on the MiG-29 Upgrade. The Squadron completed the second phase of training with the Russian aircrew and carried out Air to Air refueling on the MiG-29 Upgrade for the first time in the Indian Air Force (IAF), thereby achieving full operationalization of the newly inducted aircraft. The Squadron carried out night flying from Udhampur airfield, becoming the first fighter unit of the IAF to do so. The squadron also carried out successful operations from Leh for the first time since upgrade. The Squadron successfully participated in Exercise 'Iron Fist' and achieved a direct hit on target on all days. It also participated in the Republic Day in 2017, and carried out an immaculate flypast despite extremely inclement weather on the final day. Under his guidance the Squadron actively participated in various trials with Russian specialists, and ensured achievement of upgrade tasks. He is an Aerospace Safety conscious officer, with an operational attitude. Under his command, the squadron also participated in various exercises, maintained high availability of aircraft, and achieved all operational tasks allotted to it in an extremely professional manner. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to duty) to Group Captain Vikassheel Singh Saini.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Brijesh Paul 25078 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 18 Announced 26 Jan 18
Details : Group Captain Brijesh Paul (25078-R) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned on 20 Jun 98 as a fighter pilot in the Flying Branch of IAF. Since 08 Jun 15, he has been Commanding a front line Fighter Squadron of IAF flying the Air Superiority Fighter. The officer is a Qualified Flying Instructor and was chosen to induct PC-7 MK 11 aircraft as Flight Commander. He has been part of the prestigious Suryakiran Aerobatic Team which took part in 2008 Zuhair Air China Show and 2011 Aero India Show, Recently, as Exercise Director he was instrumental in successful conduct of Indo- Oman Air Exercise Easter Bridge IV. After assuming Command of MiG 29 Squadron, Gp Capt Paul set out to achieve the targets set by Air Force. He build up an effective liaison with Technical Flight and other support services of the Station which resulted in efficient planning, execution of flying and maintenance activities which resulted in overall increase in aircraft serviceability and the flying hours available for the Squadron. During his tenure there was an increase of 20% in total flying and an increase of 80% in night flying content. This resulted in reducing the training period and hence contributed in enhancing the combat potential of Squadron. His impetus on role oriented training ensured enhanced Ops capability in Sea Flying, Low Level and Supersonic intercepts. Through his effective supervision and involvement, he ensured very high standards of operational readiness and training with exceptional Flight Safety record. Under his leadership Squadron performed exceptionally well during inspection visits by Air Crew Examination Board and all the exercises conducted by IAF which included activation of Mumbai International Airfield on two occasions. The confidence and professional work culture infused by him led to achievement of 18 commendations/ awards by his Squadron air-warriors. While demanding professional excellence Group Captain Paul always took out time to solve problems affecting people below him. His personal touch made him approachable and motivated air-warriors to work harder to achieve Air Force tasks. In Jan 2017, Indian Air Force planned an Air Exercise with Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) for which Group Captain Paul was appointed as the Exercise Director. Through his diligent planning, eye for detail, professional acumen and ability to form a effective team, he successfully conducted the Air Exercise. The efforts put in by Group Captain Paul in providing facilities to RAFO contingent and professional approach for the conduct of Exercise were specially praised by the Commander of RAFO during his visit. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to duty) to Group Captain Brijesh Paul.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Rohit Kapil 25081 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 18 Announced 26 Jan 18
Details : Group Captain Rohit Kapil (25081-R) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the Flying branch of IAF on 20 Jun 98. He is presently posted as the Commanding Officer of an operational frontline Squadron since 14 Mar 16. He has 3500 hours of operational flying experience on a variety of aircraft on IAF's inventory. He has been Flight Commander of a premier operational squadron. He is a Cat 'A' Qualified Flying Instructor and has undergone Advance Command and Staff Course in UK. The officer on assuming the command of a premier fighter squadron, was faced with the challenge of completing the induction of eighteen aircraft and operationalizing a newly resurrected squadron. Notwithstanding the limited resources, he decided to form two separate teams to HAL for acceptance of aircraft. This decision resulted in speedier acceptance of aircraft and operationalization of the squadron. Owing to his foresight, dynamic leadership and eye for detail, the squadron has been able to maintain highest aircraft serviceability in the entire fleet. His operational orientation and focus has ensured high quality of training, a quantum increase in unit's war-fighting capability and operational readiness. The unit's exemplary performance during the various exercises is a testimony of his exceptional leadership skills. As the team leader for the joint Military Training with Republic of Singapore Air Force, he led the IAF contingent from the front to ensure professional conduct during this prestigious international exercise, wherein the prowess of the IAF was showcased at an international level bringing accolades to the nation. He has been instrumental in planning and execution of safe air operations from a remote civil airfield in the eastern theatre close to the lB. The officer has nurtured a feeling of pride and utmost professionalism in all personnel of the sqn. His efforts vis-a-vis team building has ensured smooth and efficient conduct of all tasks assigned to the unit. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to duty) to Group Captain Rohit Kapil.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Jitendra Dinkar Masurkar 25082 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 18 Announced 26 Jan 18
Details : Group Captain Jitendra Dinkar Masurkar (25082- T) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the Flying branch of Indian Air Force on 20 June 98. A category 'A' Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI), he has over 2600 hours of accident free flying on different types of Fighters. Group Captain Masurkar has been commanding a MiG-21 Squadron since 15 June 2015. The officer was not experienced on the aircraft when he took over Command, notwithstanding that, he not only has flown extensively during his command but has led the Squadron from the front on all aspects. Under his leadership, the Squadron won four trophies in the Command Air to Ground gunnery competition, which was the maximum by anyone squadron. Here also, the officer himself was part of two of the winning teams. Achieving this feat on a legacy platform, while competing with highly advanced aircraft, with state of art avionic and systems, is no mean achievement. The officer's active involvement, constant guidance and motivational leadership ensured that the squadron excelled in all its tasking and inspections, doing well in both Aircrew Examining Board (AEB) and Director of Air Staff Inspection (DASI) inspections. During his tenure, the fleet went through a major challenge due non-availability of aeroengines that resulted in a significant backlog of large number of engine and fuel pump changes. All this had an adverse effect on platform availability. However, the officer motivated his team and through exhaustive planning and dedicated effort, not only was the serviceability addressed in a sustainable way but during the entire period, the squadron met all its operational tasking including status upgradation of the aircrew. He is an ardent sportsman who was instrumental in the formation of a cycling club in the Station. The air warriors of the club, led by the officer undertook over 360 km cycling expedition. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to duty) to Group Captain Jitendra Dinkar Masurkar.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Chelikani Upendra Venkat Rao 25087 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 18 Announced 26 Jan 18
Details : Group Captain Chelikani Upendra Venkat Rao (25087) F(P) was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the Flying branch of Indian Air Force on 20 Jun 98. The officer is a Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI), and Instrument Rating Instructor and Examiner (IRIE) and an alumnus of the prestigious Defense Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington. He has successfully completed tenures as a Flight Commander and Commanding Officer of Su-30MKI fighter squadrons with over 3300 hours of flying experience. He is one of the few pilots in Indian Air Force who is qualified on all possible roles including the Low Level Aerobatics display on Su-30MKI aircraft, and has show cased his ability in two occasions of the prestigious air show - 'Aero India', in 2015 and 2017. Wing Commander Rao was tasked to take over the Command of a Su-30MKI squadron at a very short notice and under trying circumstances. Against many odds, the officer took over the task diligently and, with his dynamic leadership, changed the environment and brought up the morale of the unit to new heights. His foresight and pragmatic approach raised the squadron's performance to very high standards. The Unit was chosen to participate in Ex-Red Flag Alaska 16-1 in USA, and Ex-Desert Eagle" in UAE. The Sqn achieved 100% mission accomplishment in Ex-Red Flag and performed exceptionally well in both Within Visual Range (WVR) and Beyond Visual Range (BVR) combat. As Commanding officer he has ensured good work ethos and conducive atmosphere. This enabled the squadron to produce outstanding results. High Altitude Operations from Leh, trials to validate the feasibility of attacks over High Altitude Range at Pang, Low Visibility Operations and Single Cockpit Operations are a few notable examples. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to duty) to Group Captain Chelikani Upendra Venkat Rao.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Abhay Arun Phansalkar 25114 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 18 Announced 26 Jan 18
Details : Group Captain Abhay Arun Phansalkar (25114) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the Flying branch of Indian Air Force on 20 Jun 98. He has been the Commanding Officer of a frontline Su-30 MKI fighter squadron since 17 Aug 2015. He has over 3200 hours of flying experience with more than 2000 hours on type. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor and graduate of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. As CO, he has dedicated himself in achieving high operational status of the squadron and consistently displayed a penchant for leading from the front. The squadron has since flown more than 4300 hours of which 1250 hours have been flown by night which is the highest in the history of the squadron. The squadron's track record of zero HE(A) or HE(S) incident/accident is a testimony to his untiring efforts, zeal sheer hard work and enthusiasm. The squadron participated in numerous international and domestic flying exercises pan India which also involved the Indian Navy. With his professional efficiency, ability to handle men and above all dedicated sense of duty, he has been great inspiration to all around him. The squadron has undertaken numerous detachments at multiple locations and responded in an exemplary manner to any operational task keeping aerospace safety uppermost, under his command. The Squadron performed exceptionally well in the Indo-Oman bilateral exercise in January 2017 involving F-16 aircraft as well as exercise Tropex conducted in 2016 involving Indian Navy fighters. The squadron was decorated with the President's Standards recently and due to his exemplary leadership, the events were successfully undertaken at a distant base along with operations. His dedication and immaculate planning ensured that all the events were conducted in a befitting manner as per the traditions of IAF. The coordinated efforts were appreciated by all the veterans and serving officers alike. He greatly improved the working conditions for squadron personnel with several pioneering initiatives. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to duty) to Group Captain Abhay Arun Phansalkar.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Suseem Siwach 25323 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 18 Announced 26 Jan 18
Details : Wing Commander Suseem Siwach (25323-L) Flying (Pilot) was Commissioned as a helicopter pilot in the Flying branch of Indian Air Force (IAF) on 19 Dec 1998. The officer is a Qualified Flying Instructor as well as an Instrument Rating Instructor and Examiner. He is a graduate of the prestigious Defense Services Staff College. He has flown extensively in North Eastern sector bordering China and in Drass and Kargil sectors. He has also been an instructor at the Helicopter Training School and Chief Flying Instructor at twin engine helicopter training establishment. He was also on deputation to Congo where he actively participated in numerous flying operations in the war torn nation. In recognition of his devotion to duty and professional excellence he was awarded with Chief of Air Staff commendation in Oct 2007. The officer is currently commanding an operational MI-17 V5 helicopter unit. Under his command, the unit has successfully undertaken the conversion from vintage MI-8 Helicopters to the state of art MI-17 V5 helicopters, a task which demanded meticulous planning, careful execution and close monitoring. Dueto his exceptional leadership and professional approach the unit pilots were trained on the new helicopter, attaining Fully Operational status, in record time. He undertook Armament delivery trials in dark night on Night Vision Goggles, a first in the IAF, to exploit the operational capabilities of MI-17 V5 by carrying out bombing and GSH Gun firing. Due to his unflinching efforts to improve Air to Ground firing training, his unit was adjudged 'Best Helicopter unit in Armament delivery' during Exercise Eklavya. Under tiis able leadership the unit was also adjudged the 'Best Helicopter Unit' in SWAC forthe year2015-16. His unit was also awarded the prestigious 'President's Standard' in recognition of the exceptional service rendered to the Nation. He worked tirelessly and contributed immensely towards the successful conduct of the mega event. The officer's unflinching commitment to the Nation and the service has come to the fore on numerous occasions. He has actively taken part in number of operational missions like Op- Fort William which was a joint operation of Indian Army, Bhutan army and IAF against ULFA in Assam in 2003 and more recently, in March 2016, he was instrumental in inducting NSG commandos at Dwarka, Somnath and Akshardham at Ahmedabad after receiving Intelligence inputs about the sub conventional threat to the state of Gujarat. During his service career spanning 19 years he has been a part of number of HADR missions which include the Tsunami in 2004 and 'Flash floods in Madhya Pradesh (2007) and Kedarnath (June 2013). Recently, in Mar 2017, he was involved in fire fighting operations in Eklingarh Cantonment, Udaipur wherein 32000 liters of water was sprayed in record time from his helicopter to douse the fire thus saving National assets of strategic importance. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to duty) to Wing Commander Suseem Siwach.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Raj Kumar Sharma 25343 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 18 Announced 26 Jan 18
Details : Wg Cdr Raj Kumar Sharma (25343-B) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned as a helicopter pilot in the Flying branch of Indian Air Force on 19 Dec 98. He is Commanding Officer of 112 HU, AF wef 03 Aug 15. He is fully Ops on ChetaklCheetah, Mi-8/Mi-17 and has a total 4350 hrs of accident free flying. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor, IRIE and holds present Cat IR AMG on both Mi-8 and Mi-17 helicopters. In the recent past, Wg Cdr RK Sharma displayed exemplary courage in a Casevac mission post naxal attack Ex Jagdalpur at mid night and another Casevac Mission post mine blast Ex Tuensang for Indian Army troops in inclement weather. He also displayed exemplary situational awareness in handling of critical emergencies of engine failure during day and engine surge during night at critical stages of flight during his tenure at 128 HU. Wg Cdr Sharma took over the command of 112 HU at a stage when there was lack of flying efforts due to Mi-8 helicopters employed in completing TCl. Utilizing his professional acumen, he along with his team worked out the requirements and convincingly projected these requirements at various levels for induction of Mi-17s as alternate. He meticulously worked out the modalities and ensured induction and operationalisation of Mi-17s in a record time. He also ensured merger of Tech Fit and ensured efficient functioning of both Mi-8 & Mi-17 technical setups. With his close supervision and guidance, the unit has the rare distinction of flying 4000 hrs accident free flying every year, the highest by a Helicopter unit with simultaneous training on both Mi-8 & Mi-17s. With his extremely professional outlook, he ensured professional growth of unit officers, high training standards, 100% categorization of pilots and appreciable standards during AEB, CASI and DAS visits. He willingly volunteered for operations with NSGs, Ex Yojna for Army troops and even led Ensign Formation despite involvement as OIC Access Control during Aero India 2017. He displayed good resourcefulness in timely completion of training courses and conduct of valedictory ceremonies befitting to service customs. With his professional leadership, he ensured good working environment and high morale in unit personnel. With his personal involvement the units won inter unit sports championship in consecutive year and unit air warriors participated in inter/ intra command sports championship. For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to duty) to Wing Commander Raj Kumar Sharma.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sgt Shashidhar P Prasad ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 10 Oct 17 Announced 15 Aug 18
Details : Sergeant Shashidhar P Prasad Indian Air Force (Garud) was deployed in Op Rakshak. On receipt of specific intelligence at 1600 h on 10 Oct 17, about presence of terrorists hiding in a house, an operation was launched jointly by Garud team and Army Units in Boon Mohalla of village Rakh Hajin, district Bandipora in Jammu & Kashmir. Garud team was assigned the responsibility to establish innermost cordon around the target house to prevent escape of terrorists. Sgt Shashidhar demonstrated exceptional situational awareness and team work in establishing a cordon that blocked the likely escape route of terrorists. At 0440 h on 11 Oct 17, with the intention to break the cordon and escape, six to seven terrorists came out of the house firing Under Barrel Grenade Launcher, throwing hand grenades and firing bullets indiscriminately on the cordon laid by Garud team. Having sensed the intentions of fleeing terrorists, Sgt Shashidhar demonstrated indomitable courage and high degree of expertise in weapon skills by exercising effective and accurate fire on the terrorists thereby, resulting in shooting down of two category A terrorists. Sgt Shashidhar disregarded his personal safety, exhibited admirable team work and ensured speedy evacuation of the injured men in the intensely fought close quarter battle. For this act of exceptional courage, Sgt Shashidhar P Prasad is awarded Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry).
Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 01 Jan 1970 Number:ase 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Vernon Desmond Keane 31215 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 16 Nov 17 Announced 15 Aug 18
Details : On 16 Nov 17, Squadron Leader VD Keane was authorised to lead a 4 Vs 2 air combat mission. During route out towards the sector, "Engine 2 Reheat Zone Fire Warning Light" came ON. He took prompt and correct emergency actions and decided to switch off the engine to contain the spread of fire. Thereafter, he astutely assessed his position, aircraft configuration and wind conditions and decided to head for opposite runway for fastest recovery. A single engine recovery on a Jaguar aircraft is known to be critical and challenging for landing. Showing presence of mind in a dangerous situation, he took correct cockpit actions including jettisoning fuel towards single engine recovery. While positioning for a landing, the "Fire Warning" also came on for the second engine. Already on a single engine, which was now on fire too, he was faced with the prospect of landing with a grave aircraft emergency or taking a decision of abandoning the aircraft by ejection. Showing great presence of mind and fearlessness, he decided to go in for a landing, fully knowing the dangers to his life. He landed the aircraft safely and carried an emergency exit after stopping the aircraft. Post flight inspection revealed prominent signs of fire on keel surface of both engines. Sqn Ldr VD Keane, despite being a young fighter pilot with limited experience was under immense pressure to handle a grave aircraft emergency of both engines on fire. He showed exceptional courage, resolve and excellent professionalism in carrying out a safe and expeditious recovery of the aircraft in a dynamic situation. Any delay or incorrect action in the critical stage of flying could have aggravated the situation rapidly and resulted in loss of the Jaguar aircraft. Further, had the aircraft been abandoned it could have led to extensive collateral damage on the ground to civilians and property. For this act of exceptional courage in handling a grave aircraft emergency, Squadron Leader Vernon Desmond Keane is awarded Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry).
Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 01 Jan 1970 Number:ase 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Gp Capt Abhishek Sharma 26291 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 01 Jul 17 Announced 15 Aug 18
Details : On 08 Jul 17, Wing Commander (now Group Captain) Abhishek Sharma was authorised to fly an Instrument Flying sortie as captain from rearseat in a MiG-29 trainer aircraft along with Flight Lieutenant Arjun Anthony Rebello. On engaging the autopilot level mode, the aircraft viciously rolled to the right and became inverted. With great difficulty the pilots disengaged level mode and brought the aircraft to normal upright flight. Excessive control pressure in both longitudinal and lateral channel was experienced. Wg Cdr A Sharma continued to fly the aircraft with great difficulty as excessive forces were required in both roll and pitch to maintain controlled flight. Secondary controls such as trimmers were also not functioning. The emergency was extremely dangerous wherein the aircraft was barely controllable. The captain had the option to take a decision to abandon aircraft by ejecting from it. Abandoning the aircraft could have resulted in loss of an aircraft. It could have also resulted in serious collateral damage on ground to citizens and property. Despite the difficult and critical in flight situation, he decided to carry out a landing. Throughout the recovery, the aircraft displayed oscillations with excessive stick forces to the right which he had to control using both hands to apply extreme force. The approach was precarious with severe problems in alignment and maintenance of flight path. By his act of exceptional courage, he recovered the aircraft safely from a situation which could have otherwise resulted in loss of a valuable asset of the IAF. After landing both ailerons were found at max deflection and control stick was almost to fully right position, which were a testimony to the seriousness of the aircraft emergency. For this act of exceptional courage in recovering a stricken aircraft and displaying very high standards of professionalism, Wing Commander (Now Group Captain) Abhishek Sharma is awarded Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry).
Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 01 Jan 1970 Number:ase 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg Cdr Bhuvanendran Nair Prasanth 28068 ADMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 16 Aug 18 Announced 26 Jan 19
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Sgt Amit Kumar Jha Aux 39374 Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 01 Dec 17 Announced 26 Jan 19
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Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp Capt Anjan Bhadra 20731 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 19 Announced 26 Jan 19
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Gp Capt Virendra Singh Mahida 20981 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 19 Announced 26 Jan 19
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Gp Capt Udayan Kumar 25640 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 19 Announced 26 Jan 19
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Gp Capt Madhav Rangachari 24477 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 19 Announced 26 Jan 19
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Gp Capt Shanmugam Ramesh 25062 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 19 Announced 26 Jan 19
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Gp Capt Debanjan Mandal 25066 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 19 Announced 26 Jan 19
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Gp Capt Sameer Pradhan 24236 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 19 Announced 26 Jan 19
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Gp Capt Arun Mahadevan 25636 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 19 Announced 26 Jan 19
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Gp Capt Anubhav Tripathi 25637 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 19 Announced 26 Jan 19
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Gp Capt Harpreet Singh Luthra 25821 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 19 Announced 26 Jan 19
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Gp Capt Prem Anand 25842 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 19 Announced 26 Jan 19
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Wg Cdr Jinnehally Puttuswamy Raju 24031 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 19 Announced 26 Jan 19
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Wg Cdr Nitin Kumar Mal 25596 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 19 Announced 26 Jan 19
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Sqn Ldr Himadri Biswas 29930 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 19 Announced 26 Jan 19
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