DG MS Visits AMC
Gen Harcharan Singh, Director General Medical Services (Army)
and Colonel Commandant of the Army Medical College visited the
AMC establishments in Lucknow Cantonment.
the AMC officers, Lt Gen Harcharan Singh commended AMC
personnel for their performance during operation Vijay.
He asked all ranks of the AMC to keep pace with technological
advancement and automation.
on arrival at the AMC Centre, Lt Gen Harcharan Singh was
presented a guard of honour. The smart contingent was
commanded by Maj Amit Saksena. Thereafter, Lt Gen Singh
visited AMC war memorial and laid a wreath in homage to those
who gave the supreme sacrifice and brought glory to the
AMC Centre and School, the DGMS (A) had a briefing from Lt Gen
RK Sinha, the Commandant. He also visited the training area
and saw military as well as technical training activities.
Earlier, he was introduced to commanding officers and CHQ
Staff officers by the Commandant.
AOCs Take Over
new Air Officers Commanding took over the command of the two
prestigious Air Force Units, 12 Wing and 3 Base Repair Depot (BRD)
located in Chandigarh.
Cmde Ambrish Kumar took over as AOC, 3 BRD from Air Cmde
Arvinda Agrawal who has been posted as Deputy Senior Air Staff
Officer at Headquarters Maintenance Command, Nagpur. Air Cmde
V S Govindarajan assumed the charge of AOC, 12 Wing from Air
Cmde S K Banerjee.
the AOCs assumed their charge at the impressive ceremonial
parades held separately at their Units. After taking the
general salute, the outgoing AOCs reviewed the parade and
handed over their respective commands to the new incumbents.
This was followed by the new commanders taking the general
of them have successfully completed their National Defence
College course prior to present appointments. Commissioned in
the technical branch of the Indian Air Force in 1968, Air Cmde
Ambrish Kumar is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff
College. He served at a bomber squadron during 1971 operation
and subsequently held various appointments in field formations
and also at Command and Air Headquarters. He was awarded Vishisht
Seva Medal in 1996 for his distinguished service.
Cmde V S Govindarajan, who was commissioned in the IAF in
1969, is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College and
a Qualified Flying Instructor. He has a flying experience of
over 6000 hours in various transport and trainer aircraft. His
command and staff appointments include Commander, Para
Troopers Training School, Agra, Chief Flying Instructor at the
Basic Flying Training Establishment as well as Transport
Training Wing. He was awarded Vayusena Medal in 1995.
Day in Shillong
the rest of the country, Army establishments in Shillong
celebrated Army Day to commemorate the liberation of Jammu and
Kashmir by the Indian Army in 1948. The day also marked the
taking over of the command of the Army by late Field Marshal K
M Cariappa in 1949.
mark this august occasion a wreath-laying ceremony was
organised at the Shillong war memorial where Brig AK
Chakravarty, DDMS, 101 Area laid a wreath in honour of the
valiant soldiers of the Indian Army who made the supreme
may be mentioned that, since Independence the Army has fought
three major wars with Pakistan and one with China. In 1999,
the Indian Army earned laurels during operation Vijay in
the Kargil region of Jammu and Kashmir. The Army has also been
involved in internal security duties. During calamities, Army
has provided relief and support to the civil authorities.
Ldr T K Singha
Naval Chief calls on the Governor
Admiral Harinder Singh, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief,
Southern Naval Command, Kochi accompanied by Mrs Meena
Harinder Singh called on the Governor of Kerala, Justice
Sukhdev Singh Kang (Retd) at Raj Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram.
This was the first meeting of the Southern Naval Chief with
the Governor after the former took over the command of the
Southern Naval Command, Kochi.
Vice Admiral later held discussion with Air Marshal M S Sekhon,
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Air Command at SAC
Headquarters, Akkulam. He also visited Keltron and Techno Park
Parade at AFTC
impressive graduation parade for 55th Aeronautical Engineers
Course was held at Air Force Technical College (AFTC),
Marshal S Krishnaswamy AOC-in-C, Western Air Command reviewed
the parade commanded by Flying Officer Anil Bajaj. 72
graduating officers including 4 Sri Lankan officers passed out
after successful completion of their training.
on the occasion, Air Marshal called upon the young officers to
strive for professional excellence and economic discipline in
order to achieve cost effective maintenance.
Air Marshal awarded trophies and medallions to officers who
excelled in the course. The "Hidayatullah Sword of Honour"
for the best all round officer was awarded to Flying Officer
Anil Bajaj of electronics branch. He also bagged the Chief of
Air Staff medal for being first in electronics stream. Flying
Officer Manish Agarwal was awarded the "President's
Plaque" for being first in overall merit and the Chief of
Air Staff medal for being first in mechanical stream.
impressive fly past was held in different formations by Mi
8, AN-32, Dornier and Chetak aircraft.
on arrival Air Marshal Krishnaswamy was received by Air Cmde
RC Kakar, Commandant of the college who later presented the
B N Gurumurthy
Day Celebrations in Chennai
solemn wreath-laying ceremony at the war memorial marked the
Army Day celebrations in Chennai. It was on this day in the
year 1949 that Field Marshal K M Cariappa took over the
command of Indian Army from General Sir FRR Bucher.
Gen V Jayashankar, General Officer Commanding ATNKK & G
Area, Maj Gen Sudhir Mohan, Commandant Officers Training
Academy and Brig S C Anand, Station Commander were among the
senior Army officers who paid floral tributes to the martyrs.
Bugler sounded the 'Last Post' and a two-minute silence was
observed as a mark of respect towards those who laid down
their lives in various wars and operations for protecting the
honour and integrity of the country.
work on the first ever Kargil Smrithi Mandapam sponsored
by the Kargil School Houses in the Kerala state has commenced.
The twelve Kargil School Houses of the BPM Model School,
Perettil near Varkala pilots this project in memory of Kargil
war heroes. The school houses have been named after the twelve
Kargil martyrs from Kerala.
K Mahadevan, Deputy Director General, NCC (Kerala and
Lakshadweep) laid the foundation stone at a solemn function at
the school premises.
function was presided over by Mr R Prakasam, ex-MLA and was
addressed by Commander Paul Abraham, Principal, Sainik School
Kazhakoottam and Lt Col P Dinesh Kumar.
C K Nanu, Minister for Transport and Forest, Kerala, laid the
foundation stone for the multistoreyed school building named 'Kargil
Shaheed Smrithi Bhavan'. Mr Ali Hassan, MLA presided over the
function. The family members of the Kargil martyrs from Kerala
were honoured at the function.
237th anniversary of the Army Medical Corps was celebrated by
154 General Hospital at Zakhama. All Officers, JCOs and Jawans
took part in special sainik sammelan, badakhana and
pagal gymkhana. On this occasion, a volleyball
match between hospital team and Kigwema village team was also
Army Medical Corps works day and night and both during war and
at peace. Its units are located in various operational, field
and peace areas and provide effective medical cover to troops,
their families, ex-servicemen and their families and civilians
of border areas.
154 General Hospital has performed excellently in providing
medical cover to troops deployed in this area and also to
civilians of Kohima district of Nagaland and Senapati district
Col H S Oberoi
Remount and Veterinary Corps (RVC), an elite and specialised
force meant for breeding, training and treatment of military
horses, cattles and dogs completed 221 years of service. To
mark the occasion, a social get-together was organised for the
serving and retired Corps officers at the Shivalik Officers
Institute in Chandimandir Cantonment. The General Officer
Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, Lt Gen Surjit Singh,
Chief of Staff, Lt Gen Hrs Mann and other senior officers also
attended the function.
Gen Surjit Singh in his message called for rededication by the
Corps personnel to service of the Army and the nation. The
Director, RVC in the Command, Col A K Sinha also extended his
felicitations to all ranks.
proud history and heritage of RVC dates back to 1779 with rich
tradition and remarkable achievements. The Army dogs and their
trainers have proved to be a force multiplier by their
outstanding performance in counter-insurgency operations.
Remount Training School and Depots of RVC raised for training
of horses and mules for the Army, have also launched a project
under which increased number of pups will be reared and
trained at each RVC Depot. The Corps today is also engaged in
carrying out inspection of food of animal origin for its
quality control and has also ensured better health and milk
productivity of military farm animals by latest scientific
D S Rawat
Day of APTC
54th raising day of the Army Physical Training Corps was
celebrated at the Army School of Physical Training (ASPT). The
badakhana for the staff, their families and students
and the pagal gymkhana marked the occasion. The
gathering of all serving and retired APTC personnel in an
around Pune took the form of a mini-reunion and brought back
moments of yesteryears alive. The guests included Lt Gen N C
Vij, GOC-in-C South Command, Lt Gen M R Sharma, COS and a
large number of military and civil dignitaries.
the special sainik sammelan, Brig Bir Nath Rawal,
Commandant, exhorted all ranks to keep abreast with the latest
changes in the area of physical training.
is a mother institution of the Army Physical Training Corps
and is acknowledged as the premier physical training
institution of the Army. A total of 13 types of courses in
physical training, sports coaching, yoga and martial arts are
conducted by the school for Army, para-military forces and
students from friendly foreign countries. The sportsmen of the
Corps have represented the country in Olympics and Asian
G A Siddique
Organises Medical Camp
medical camp was organised by Air Force Wives Welfare
Association (AFWWA) of HQrs Central Air Command at village
Sheikh Sarvan under the aegis of Mrs Santosh Verma, President
AFWWA (Regional) Bamroully. The camp was inaugurated by Mrs
Verma who visited each tent housing different faculties for
the medical check-up. The arrangements in the camp was very
satisfactory as a team of two medical officers and several
medical assistants provided comprehensive medical care to the
residents of Sheikh Sarvan village were in for a pleasant
surprise to see the Air Officer Commanding-in Chief of HQrs
Central Air Command, Air Marshal Vinod Kumar Verma who visited
the medical camp. The Air Marshal was impressed by the turn
out and their enthusiasm for a healthy society. He also
distributed blankets amongst the old citizens.
total of 202 villagers were examined by the medical team. The
lady officer carried out extensive medical examination of the
ladies. The pregnancy cases were rendered detailed advice and
they were also briefed on nutritional deficiency, health
education, pre-natal and post-delivery problems and
precautions to avoid complications. The villagers were also
briefed on the effects of personal hygiene and a clean
surrounding. Training charts on malaria, diarrhoea, AIDS etc
were extensively used to educate the village folk. The entire
village expressed its gratitude towards the gesture shown by
the Air Force.
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Ldr R K Singh
ex-servicemen residing in and around the districts of
Allahabad, Pratapgarh, Kaushambi and Fatehpur flocked at
Territorial Army Ground at New Cantonment in Allahabad Sub
Area, in a get-together. It was organised by the Allahabad Sub
Area under the patronage of Brig P N Mehra, Commander,
Allahabad Sub Area. The sole purpose of organising such a
get-together was to acknowledge and appreciate the role of
ex-servicemen and honour them for their dedicated service.
on the occasion, Brig Mehra highlighted various welfare
activities being undertaken by Allahabad Sub Area for the
benefit of the ex-servicemen. He also informed that the
ex-servicemen could avail the benefit of Sainik Aramgrrih under
Allahabad Sub Area for their stay during their visit to
Allahabad at very nominal charges. This accommodation can also
be availed for a stay with family. Maj Gen (Retd) MN Rawat who
spoke on behalf of the ex-servicemen emphasised that all
ex-servicemen should come forward to form an Ex-Servicemen
League which would project problems faced by ex-servicemen.
this occasion, HQrs Allahabad Sub Area had made the services
of medical specialist surgical specialist, ENT specialist and
eye specialist available at the venue itself. In addition,
various other services like placement cell, pension cell and
canteen facilities were also made available at the venue which
was utilised by the ex-servicemen.
Ldr R K Singh
total of 451 trainees of pre-commission courses of the senior
and junior wings of girls division NCC were granted commission
as Associate NCC Officers (ANOs) in the NCC in the ranks of
Second Lieutenant and Third Officer respectively. The passing
out parade was held at the NCC Women Officers' Training
School, Gwalior. Donned in smart khaki uniform, the lady
trainees presented a very impressive ceremonial parade
marching to the tune of the enchanting music of Army Bands. 46
serving ANOs on two refresher-cum-promotion courses also
participated in the parade.
Parvinder Singh, Commander 72 Infantry Brigade and Station
Commander, Gwalior reviewed the parade. The trainees also
presented a colourful cultural pageant. The NCC Women Officers
Training School at Gwalior is the only institute of its kind
in the country where lecturers and teachers from colleges and
schools from all over India are imparted NCC training for
obtaining commission in the NCC as Associate NCC Officers. On
return to their respective educational institutes, they look
after the training and administration of the NCC girl cadets
Director General's Plaque of Honour, the prize for standing
first in order of merit at the pre-commission courses was
bagged by Mrs Hemlata of Uttar Pradesh and Mrs P A Gnansilia
of Tamil Nadu in the senior and junior wings respectively. On
the refresher-cum-promotion courses, the Director General's
gold medal were awarded to 2 Lt A Megdalene of Tamil Nadu and
Third Officer Poonam of Jammu and Kashmir in the two wings
respectively. The prize for the 'Best Firer' selected from all
the courses was won by Miss M Ellilatha of Tamil Nadu who also
won the coveted "Poise and Grace Medal " for
commanding the parade.
Engineers Turns Thirty six
in the Northern sector, one of the Bengal Engineering
Regiments celebrated its 36th raising day. On this solemn
occasion, Lt Gen Ravi Chadha, Chief of Staff, Central Command
and Colonel Commandant of the Bengal Sappers visited the unit
and took part in the celebrations. He also addressed a special
sainik sammelan and lauded the regiment's competence
and proud heritage.
regiment headquarters was originally raised in 1939 as a
Mountain Division Engineers. Since then, this Headquarters has
been redesignated from time to time depending on the formation
with which it served. The unit was re-organised and designated
on December 14, 1965 with four field companies as its
sub-units. This regiment took part in operations Riddle in
1965 and Cactus Lily in 1971.
December 1996, the regiment assumed its new role as Command
Engineers under Headquarters Northern Command. The sub-units
of the regiments have been executing operational tasks in
counter-insurgency. In addition, the unit also under took work
of the Army Development Group in the development of village
Ahagom in Pulwama district as part of operation Sadbhavana.
It was instrumental in the creation of a beautiful park,
named Shradhanjali at Udhampur in the memory of Kargil
regiment has been honoured with the Chief of Army Staff
Special Appreciation in 1999, one Shaurya Chakra, one Param
Vishisht Seva Medal, one Ati Vishisht Seva Medal,
two Vishisht Seva Medals, four Sena Medals, 27
Chief of Army Staff Commendation Cards, one CAS Commendation
Card, one CNS Commendation Card and 56 General Officer
Commanding-in-Chief Commendation Cards.
Col SPK Singh
President Visits Mohali
President, Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA), Western
Command, Mrs Deep Surjit Singh visited the paraplegic
rehabilitation centre, Mohali. She went around physiotherapy
room, wards, recreation and information rooms, family quarters
and vocational training workshop.
Deep Surjit Singh appreciated the project on vocational
training and the achievements of the inmates at the national
and international paraplegic games. She also presented gifts
to the inmates.
Director of the Centre, Col MMS Randhawa (Retd) briefed on the
vocational training centre that was recently started with the
financial support from the Ministry of Social Justice and
present 28 inmates and their families are undergoing training
courses on tailoring and knitting at the centre under the
guidance of qualified instructors. Good quality sweaters for
school uniforms are produced and sold to Army Public Schools.
Drive by Cadets
is a famous historic town. It is visited daily by over 5000
devotees from all over the country. Recently 73 UP Battalion
NCC held its annual training camp near this town. Due to lack
of proper sanitary arrangements, the drainge system had
chocked badly. There were garbage dumps all over the place.
cadets took it upon themselves as a challenge to clean this
town. Over a period of 22 hours, spread in 4 sessions, 570
cadets, officers, JCOs and civilian staff opened the chocked
drains. The garbage dumps were removed and was recycled to
fill the low-lying areas near the ruins of the old town.
Col J S Dullat