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-----==--=--==-----Lt Col Sadanand Singh, Deputy Commandant, 11 Gorkha Rifles Regimental Centre reviewed the impressive passing-out parade of 147 recruits of Assam Rifles held at Regimental Centre in Lucknow Cantonment. The recruits in their smartly turned-out uniforms displayed a very high standard of drill and soldierly bearing. The drill was followed by an oath-taking ceremony.
Later, Lt Col Sadanand Singh presented awards to recruits who excelled in different fields of training. He also awarded the Commandant’s Kukri for the outstanding recruits, C Manto Konyak, A Lalnu Temsu and Moanen.
Hundred medical graduates were commissioned into the Armed Forces Medical Service at the passing-out parade held at the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) Pune in March this year. Surgeon Vice Admiral VK Singh, Director General of AFMS and Lt Gen MP Jaiprakash, Commandant, AFMC commissioned the graduates. Notable feature of the parade was that it was commanded for the first time in the history of AFMC by a lady officer, Surgeon Lt Cdr Wahida Prizm. Photo: Surg Vice Admiral VK Singh reviewing the paradeSurg Lt Cdr Wahida Prizm was selected from nine other officers on the merit of her performance to command the parade. She joined Navy in November 1997. Wahida, who hails from the remote village Thanna Mandi in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, completed her MBBS from Jammu Medical College. Her father, who was teacher in a Government school, was gunned down by militants in 2001. Her husband, a retired Major after short service in Army, is a pathologist.
After reviewing the parade the Director General AFMS outlined the career prospects for the medical officers in AFMS. He said it is possible now that a commissioned medical officer could reach a rank of full Colonel after 19 years of service. This would help in getting higher pension and other benefits after retirement, he added. He praised the devotion to duty of Lady Medical Officers in the service and said, ‘Todays impressive parade is itself an indication. Photo: Surg Lt Cdr Wahida Prizm commanding the parade-----==--=--==-----Later, the DGAFMS presented the academic awards and President’s gold and silver medals for outstanding achievements in academics to the passing-out officers. Lt Gen MP Jaiprakash said that the results of AFMC in the examinations conducted by Maharashtra University of Health Sciences were excellent. AFMC scored a pass percentage of 100% in the first year MBBS exams, 99.21% in the second year and 99.19% in the third year. A cultural programme staged by the passing-out course and others provided the finale to the entire ceremony. Photo: DG, AFMS commissioning a medical graduate
-----==--=--==-----Chief of the Army Staff, Gen JJ Singh talks to a Jawan during a visit
-----==--=--==-----Unforgetable Memmories: The Desert Corps celebrated its 19th Raising Day. As a mark of respect to the brave soldiers who laid down their lives during the Indo-Pak Wars, wreaths were laid by the Desert Corps Commander Lt Gen PR Gangadharan, other senior serving and retired officers and soldiers at the Konark War Memorial, Jodhpur.
-----==--=--==-----Lt Gen MC Bhandari, DG National Cadet Corps felicitating international shooter Mr Shamsher Jung on May 15
-----==--=--==-----Ms Sheela Bhide, Financial Advisor (Acquisition) and Additional Secretary, Ministry of Defence visited 56 Mountain Brigade located at Drass. She had a detailed discussion on the equipment related requirement of troops stationed in this sector with Brig Khushal Thakur, Commander, 56 Mountain Brigade.
She appreciated the Indian Army for braving extreme climatic conditions and guarding the national frontiers with elan.
-----==--=--==-----Altogether 217 recruits belonging to the 278, RCT-25 and TDN-29 batches of Assam Regiment were inducted as soldiers at a colourful attestation parade at Parson Parade Ground of Assam Regimental Centre, Shillong. Col Subrata Saha, Commandant, Assam Regimental Centre took the general salute and reviewed the parade.
Photo: Col Subrata Saha reviewing an attestation parade
The 3rd Battalion of Sikh Regiment celebrated its 150th Raising Day recently at Bhatinda. A large number of military and civil dignitaries including Lt Gen Devraj Singh, Colonel of the Sikh Regiment and Director General, Infantry along with fifteen British nationals participated in the celebrations.
Photo: The unit trekking team at Gurjoit passThe celebrations began with the launch of an adventure expedition at Yol Camp in Himachal Pradesh. The trekking team covered a distance of 240 km from Palampur to Kullu whereas the motor cycle and cycle team traversed 1200 km across Punjab in twelve days. An open half-marathon and children’s cross-country was organised for the first time in Bhatinda. Shwetaswa, a dispatch rider team from Corps of Military Police-presented a breathtaking motor-cycle display. A glittering ceremonial parade was conducted at the Parade Ground of the unit which was reviwed by Lt Gen Devraj Singh.
Photo: Mrs Chand Kaur, the mother of late Sep Baldev Singh receiving a cheque from Maj Gen RS Sujlana-----==--=--==-----The parade was preceded by the unveiling of a 12-ft high portable brass War Memorial by the Colonel of the Regiment and Maj Gen RS Sujlana, General Officer Commanding of an Infantry Division and ex-Commanding officers of the unit. A postage stamp was released to mark the occasion by the Department of Post and Telegraph. Maj Gen RS Sujlana also released a book on the history of the unit and disbursed financial assistance of Rs 7,50,000 to needy ex-servicemen and war widows of the unit. The event included a sainik sammelan attended by all serving and veteran soldiers of the unit
Photo: Wreath-laying ceremony at the war memorial
-----==--=--==-----Jawans presenting an entertainment programme at Armoured Corps Centre and School, Ahmednagar during the Armoured Corps Day celebrations. Maj Gen PS Yadav, Commandant, Armoured Corps Centre and School was also present on the occasion.
-----==--=--==-----The Ceremony of thirteen students of 46th Batch of Diploma Nursing and Midwifery Course of School of Nursing, Cenral Command Hospital was held at Lucknow.
The chief guest was Lt Gen Ashok Vasudeva, Chief of Staff, HQ Central Command.
Gen Vasudeva felicitated the meritorious students on the occasion. Army Commander Silver Medal was bagged by Lt Anuradha for standing first in final examination. Commandant, Central Command Hospital, Memento was presented to Lt Anu Sharma being the best side student nurse and SP Arora Studio Trophy was awarded to Lt Lalita being the best all round student nurse. These young Lieutenants also secured first, second and third position in the final examination.
Maj Gen Subroto Kundu, Commandant, Command Hospital, welcomed the guests while the School report was presented by Lt Col TK Bhutia, Principal Tutor, School of Nursing. Maj V Agnihotri was the parade commander.
Photo: Lt Gen Ashok Vasudeva presenting the Over All Trophy to Lt Lalita Alriya
-----==--=--==-----In battles, martial music ignites a passion in soldiers when even the most eloquent orations fail. The Maharashtra, Gujarat & Goa Area (MG&G Area) Military Band and Pipes & Drums Competition 2005-06, conducted by Army AD Centre, Nasik Road set the same mood.
Eleven teams participated in this competition at Gyani Stadium and Topchi Auditorium of Artillery Centre. On the first day, the Military Band marching display competition was held wherein the military bands displayed their acumen playing various nominated tunes while marching. Pipes and Drums competition was held in the same format as that of the Military Bands. Both events were graded by a pannel of judges. A sitting concert performance was also included as a part of competition.
Guards Regimental Centre, Kamptee walked away with both Best Military Band and the Best Pipes and Drums Band trophies. The runners-up, amongst the Pipes and Drums, were the Bengal Engineer Group and Centre Band. The event culminated with an impressive Mass Band display and Beating Retreat followed by a prize distribution by Maj Gen BW Kelson, Deputy Comamandant, School of Artillery, Deolali. The top three bands would represent the MG&G Area in the South Command Military Band Pipes & Drums Competition.
Bombay Sappers celebrated Reunion 2006 and centenary of the Bombay Sappers Officers’ mess. The Commemoration Parade was held at the Memorial Parade Gound of the Bombay Sappers. Lt Gen S Pattabhiraman, Vice Chief of Army Staff and Colonel Commandant of Bombay Sappers reviewed the parade.
Chief of the Army Staff, Gen JJ Singh and Mrs Anupama Singh, President, AWWA graced the Centenary Dinner at Bombay Sappers Officers’ Mess. The ‘First Day Cover’ on Bombay Sappers Officers’ Mess and a book, Tradition of Valour, was released by the COAS to mark the occasion.
Photo: Army Chief releasing the bookPhoto: Lt Gen S Pattabhiraman reviewing the Commemoration ParadePhoto: Demonstration of Malkamb, an ancient Indian yogic gymnastics form, practiced by troops for bodybuildingPhoto: A Para Drop display-----==--=--==-----Photo: Para Troopers of the Bombay Sappers being led by Lt Col Jayachandran CJ, OC 411(I) Para Field Company
-----==--=--==-----Air Marshal KS Chaturvedi, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Maintenance Command, Air Force visited the Sainik School, Kunjpura to motivate the cadets of the school
The Principal of the school welcomed the guest and apprised Air Marshal Chaturvedi of extraordinary achievements of the school.
In his address to the staff and the students, Air Marshal Chaturvedi appreciated the onerous task being carried out by the school. He exhorted the cadets to inclulcate qualities of leadership, dedication to duty and high moral character. He also said that mediocrity has no place in today’s fast changing competitive world.
Photo: Air Marshal KS Chaturvedi inspecting a Guard of Honour presented by the school cadets