- Wing Commander Deepika Misra has become the first woman Air Force officer to receive a gallantry medal.
- She received the Vayu Seva Medal for gallantry from Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari at an investiture ceremony held in New Delhi on 20 April 2023.
- The medal was conferred on her by the President at Independence Day last year.
- Wing Commander Deepika Misra was detailed to undertake Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operations in response to flash floods in northern Madhya Pradesh in August 2021.
- She braved deteriorating weather, strong winds, and the near sunset time to reach the affected area the same evening.
- Her efforts helped in saving 47 lives.
- A total of 58 personnel received gallantry awards from the IAF chief on Thursday.
Q.: Who is Wing Commander Deepika Misra?
a) The first woman pilot in the Indian Air Force
b) The first woman Air Force officer to receive a gallantry medal
c) The Indian Air Force chief
d) The first woman fighter plane piolet
Answer: b) The first woman Air Force officer to receive a gallantry medal