Independence Day awards(August 15, 2001), Indian Airforce
Independence Day awards 2001
Colonel Krishan Kumar, leader of Army Mountaineering Expedition team to Mount Everest presenting the expedition flag and axe to Defence Minister Jaswant Singh in New Delhi on Friday, August 18, 2001.
NEW DELHI, Aug 14, 2001: Captain Pankaj Dhyani of Dogra Regiment and Sipahi Akhilesh Mishra have been awarded the Kirti Chakra, which is the second highest peace-time gallantry award, for J-K counter-insurgency operations. Manoj Deshpande and Havildar Chuni Lal of JAKLI have been awarded Vir Chakras. They are among the 192 armed forces personnel who figure in the Independence Day honours list announced today.
Twelve Army officers and jawans and two civilians, including Capt Shekar Ghosh of the ASC, Lt Hemant Singh of the Guards, Commandant Paikal Narayanan Nair of Assam Rifles, were awarded the Shaurya Chakra posthumously for laying down their lives during anti-terrorist operations in J-K and the North-East.
There are 46 Shaurya Chakras, one Yudh Seva Medal, six Bar To Sena Medals, 119 Sena Medals, one Nao Sena Medal, nine Vayu Seva Medals, one Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, one Vishist Seva Medal and seven mentions in despatches.
Ten members of the recent successful Indian Army expedition to the 8,848-metre Mt Everest were also honoured. Team leader Col Krishan Kumar has been given the AVSM and Brig Rakesh Dhir the VSM.
Kirti Chakra Capt. Pankaj Dhyani Corporal Akhilesh Kumar Mishra.