Sunday, August 14, 2016

IAF Vayu Sena Medals (Gallantry)

President Confers Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Squadron Leader Bhavesh Kumar Dubey Administration / Air Traffic Controller 

1.Squadron Leader Bhavesh Kumar Dubey Administration/Air Traffic Controller is the Commanding Officer of an Indian Air Force Special Forces Unit since 06 May 2013.

2. On 02 Jan 2016, he was leading a Squad of IAF Special Forces for a search operation at Air Force Station, Pathankot. UAV Contact with four suspects was reported to him at about 0245 hrs inside MES Yard. Squadron Leader Bhavesh Kumar Dubey showed keen situational awareness in estimating that the terrorists were in close proximity to the residential area. He immediately deployed his forces to lay a cordon. While searching the area, his team came under intense hostile fire from the terrorists, in which one of his team members was grievously injured. Maintaining his composure, he effectively marshalled his troops, spreading them out in the area to contain the terrorists within a designated area.

3. Despite a gunshot wound on the right thigh, he led from the front and along with his buddies, continued to fight with four terrorists at extremely close range. He was able to contain them at the same spot for 25 minutes till arrival of reinforcements, thereby preventing them from entering residential area and creating a possible hostage situation. He was singularly responsible for wrenching the initiative from the terrorists, thwarting their plan and forcing them on the defensive. He evacuated his injured buddy and returned to action immediately. He continued to lead his troops till the conclusion of the operation on 07 Jan 16.

4. The steadfast leadership and raw courage displayed by the officer was inspirational. His decision to aggressively engage the terrorists at the outset and confine them to a specific area proved to be the game changer in the containing the terrorists to a very limited area.

5. For this act of exceptional courage, Squadron Leader Bhavesh Kumar Dubey is awarded of Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry).

President Confers Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Squadron Leader Abhishek Singh Tanwar Flying (Pilot)

1.Squadron Leader Abhishek Singh Tanwar (28211) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of a Sukhoi-30 MKI Squadron since 14 Jul 14 as Sqn Pilot.

2. On 06 Jan 16, Sqn Ldr AS Tanwar was authorised to fly a valley flying sortie as No. 2. During the sortie, the pilot experienced multiple failures in quick succession while in the valley with difficult terrain all around. At first he experienced oil system failure after approximately 20 mins of flying. He took correct actions and set course towards base for a priority recovery. Subsequently he experienced "Fire on Left Hand (LH) Engine". The pilot immediately switched off the left engine and operated the fire extinguisher. This was followed by all four channels of the Fly By Wire (FBW) system failing accompanied with vicious oscillation due to autonomous movement of the rudder. This coupled with Fire on LH engine presented the pilot with an emergency of the most critical nature.

3. Despite experiencing multiple emergencies of dire nature, displaying exceptional courage, Sqn Ldr AS Tanwar calmly assessed the situation and reacted in a controlled manner while remaining with the aircraft. His prompt and correct actions prevented a Category-I accident and saved the valuable aircraft. In having piloted the aircraft under such odds and executed correct emergency actions, Sqn Ldr AS Tanwar displayed courage and presence of mind of a high order.

4. For this act of exceptional courage, Squadron Leader Abhishek Singh Tanwar is awarded of Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry).

President Confers Shaurya Chakra to Corporal Gursevek Singh Indian Air Force (Security) (Posthumous)

1.924787 Corporal Gursevek Singh, Indian Air Force (Security) was deployed as Special Forces operative at an Indian Air Force (IAF) Garud Special Forces Unit since
30 Sep 2013.

2. He was inducted for special operations at Air Force Station Pathankot as part of a Garud team on the evening of 01 Jan 2016. During the special operations,
Corporal Gursevek Singh was the track commander of an assault team deployed for a search operation inside Air Force Station, Pathankot.

3. On 02 January 2016, at 0310h, during search operations, he observed a group of terrorists and moved quickly to intercept them after alerting the whole assault squad.
In the process, his team came under intense hostile fire from four terrorists, in which one of his team members was grievously injured. Corporal Gursevek Singh, along with his buddy officer, engaged the terrorists in a fierce exchange of fire. During the course of the assault, he suffered three severe gunshot wounds. Despite his injuries, he refused evacuation and along with his buddy officer, continued to engage the four terrorists at extremely close range till his last breath. His brave resistance under fire, without regard to his personal safety, resulted in the terrorists being contained at the same spot for more than 25 minutes till the arrival of reinforcements. The terrorists were prevented from entering the technical area of the Air Force Station, thereby ensuring the safety of all aircraft and other strategic assets.

4. In the face of heavy odds, Cpl Gursevek Singh's professionalism, exemplary courage and display of esprit de corps stood out as he made the supreme sacrifice for the nation in the face of the enemy.

5. For this act of exceptional gallantry, Corporal Gursevek Singh is awarded of Shaurya Chakra (Posthumous).


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