Brigade of the Guards is the seniormost infantry regiment in the Indian Army with a history of over 250 years. The four oldest battalions formed the nucleus of Brigade of the Guards. The gallant Guardsmen have actively participated in all operations fought by the Indian Army including counter-insurgency operations. They have received commendations even from foreign dignitaries for their role in United Nation Peace-Keeping Missions.
The regiment has on its roll three Victoria Crosses, five Military Crosses and two Order of British Empire prior to Independence. After Independence, the regiment has been awarded two Param Vir Chakras, two Ashok Chakras, six Mahavir Chakras, fortyone Vir Chakras, twentysix Shaurya Chakras, four Kirti Chakras and one hundred and four Sena Medals. The regiment holds ten Battle Honours and eleven Theatre Honours for operations fought post-Independence.
Gen (later Field Marshal) KM Cariappa approached Dr Rajendra Prasad to be the Colonel-in-Chief of the seniormost regiment. Dr Rajendra Prasad graciously accepted to be the first Colonel-in-Chief and since then the Presidents of the Republic have been the Colonels-in-Chief of the Brigade of Guards. Field Marshal KM Cariappa became the first ex-officio Colonel of the Brigade and subsequent Commander-in-Chief continued to hold this title till Gen JN Choudhary relinquished it on January 1, 1964 stating that he could not do justice to the appointment as it required day-to-day attention to regimental affairs. Brig NC Rawlley, the then seniormost Guards Officer, became the Colonel to monitor the routine functioning of the brigade. The Chiefs of the Army Staff are the Honorary Colonels of the Brigade of Guards. Gen VK Singh, Chief of the Army Staff recently took over as the Honorary Colonel of the Brigade of the Guards at an impressive ceremony held at Guards Regimental Centre, Kamptee.
The COAS arrived at the meticulously laid-out Jadunath Parade Ground and was received by Lt Gen Tejinder Singh and Brig Devendra Kapur. He laid wreath at the “Amar Yodha” War Memorial. He was joined by 12 Senior General Officers of the Brigade of the Guards. COAS was accorded a guard of honour by the contingent from the Guards Regimental Centre. He then visited the War Widows Boys Hostel and interacted with the children. He also witnessed the training being imparted to recruits for counter-insurgency operations.
Later, Lt Gen Tejinder Singh presented Army Chief the banner and regimental accroutements at an impressive investiture ceremony at Garuda Auditorium to signify his taking-over as Honorary Colonel of the brigade. This was preceded by a scintillating band concert presented by the Garuda Philharmonic Orchestra.
The COAS also addressed all officers of the station and emphasised on maintaining the high traditions of the Indian Army.