Air Force Day Awards1998, Indian Airforce
Air Force Day Awards 1998

An impressive parade was organised at the Chandigarh Air Force station on the occasion of the 66th anniversary of the Indian Air Force.

NEW DELHI, Oct 8, 1998(taken from "The Tribune") The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal S K Sareen, today stressed "the necessity to progress from an 'air force' to an 'air and space force' by deploying space based systems."

Addressing IAF personnel at Delhi airport on the occasion of the 66th anniversary of the Indian Air Force (IAF), he said the utilisation of space-based systems was assuming increasing importance in a variety of military operations.

Meanwhile, weeks of hard work and preparations done by IAF pilots came to a nought today when poor visibility due to a thick smog cover over Delhi forced the cancellation of the fly-past, which is the main attraction.

For the first time awards were given away to the best squadrons. The Best Fighter Squadron Trophy went to the Number 22 squadron of the South Western Air Command. The Best Transport Squadron Trophy went to the Number 49 squadron of Eastern Air Command. The Number 114 Helicopter Unit of Western Air Command was awarded the Best Helicopter Unit Trophy and the Number 77 SU of the South Western Air Command was awarded the Best Air Defence Radar Unit Trophy.

The Air Chief also gave away Vayu Sena and Vishisht Seva Medals to officers and personnel.

Vayu Sena
Air Cmde Charanjit Singh Gill
Gp Capt Nirdosh Vatsyayan Tyagi
Gp Capt Rakesh Kacker
Gp Capt Krishan Kumar Nohwar
Gp Capt Sapan Karmaker
Gp Capt Ashok Balkrishna Rahane
Gp Capt Paramjit Singh Gill
Wg Cdr Daljit Singh
Wg Cdr Anil Kumar Jain
Wg Cdr Manmohan Bahadur
Wg Cdr Govindan Ajith Kumar Nair
Wg Cdr Nuthalapati Koteswara Rao
Sq Ldr Sunil Kaura
Sq Ldr Vivek Chaturvedi
Flt Lt Somesh Kumar Saini

Vishisht Seva
Air Cmde Avdesh Kumar Singh
Air Cmde Shah Baig Singh Paul
Air Cmde Saravjit Singh Hothi
Air Cmde Rohinton Darashaw Bharucha
Air Cmde Vaithianathan Shanmugham
Air Cmde Sudhir Kumar Srivastava
GP Capt Vinod Kumar Verma VM
GP Capt Shakti Bhushan Prasher
GP Capt Mohan Prasad Sinha
GP Capt Umesh Chandra Singhal
GP Capt Sirnivasa Rao Sistla
GP Capt Dhiraj Kukreja
GP Capt Pranab Kumar Dutt
GP Capt Salem Sundra Ram Gunashekar
GP Capt Amarjit Singh Chaggar
Wg Cdr Baldev Singh
Wg Cdr Gyanendra Pal Singh
Wg Cdr Devendra Kumar Bhatt
Wg Cdr Navraj Krisan Arora
Wg Cdr Prakash Kumar Srivastava
Wg Cdr Suneel Kumar Newlay
Wg Cdr Karavadi Narendra Kumar
Sqn Ldr Raj Kumar Jain
Sqn Ldr Thoppil Behanan Mathew
Sqn Ldr Bethanapudi Nirmal Roy
Sqn Ldr Rajesh Kumar Dhingra
Flt Lt Samay Singh Yadav
Flt Lt Krishnamurthy Srinivasa