Hyderabad: Air Vice-Marshal B. Chandra Sekhar was conferred with the Vishisht Seva Medal by the President of India on the occasion of the 71st Republic Day on Sunday.

Air Vice-Marshal Sekhar, a resident of Hyderabad’s BHEL Colony, is currently posted as Senior Officer of Administration at the Eastern Air Command, Shillong. He studied at Hyderabad’s Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited Higher Secondary school. He joined the National Defence Academy and was commissioned as a helicopter pilot in the Indian Air Force on 21 December,1984. The Air Vice-Marshal is also an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College and College of Defence Management. He has held key posts and was stationed all over the country, including Secunderbad, Hindan, Thoise, Calcutta and Trivandrum. He was promoted to the post of Air Vice-Marshal in 2017. He was the Chief Operational Officer of a forward base during Operation Parakram and was the Flight Commander of the first Mi 171V unit.

In his 35-year long career, the Air Vice-Marshal has over 5,400 hours of flying to his credit and has flown various helicopters in the IAF inventory. He is also a qualified flying instructor and has done instructional appointments at the Air Force academy, Helicopter Training School, College of Air Warfare and College of Defence Management.

Vishisht Seva Medal is awarded to recognize “distinguished service of a high order”. Officer of all ranks in Navy, Airforce and Army are eligible to receive this award.

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter as a "Factcheck Freelancer". A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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