On the momentous occasion of 69th Raising Day of the Western Command, the frontline operational command of the Indian Army, Lt Gen IS Ghuman, Chief of Staff, HQ Western Command laid a wreath at the Veer Smriti, Chandimandir to pay homage to the Martyrs of Western Command. Wreaths were also laid by other senior officers of the Command. Large number of Officers, JCOs and Jawans were present on the occasion. The Raising Day was celebrated with traditional gaiety and fervour at Chandimandir.
The Command was raised in 1947 as Delhi and East Punjab Command with HQ at Delhi was re-designated 'Western Command' in January 1948. The genesis of Western Command was forged on the anvil of one of the most challenging trans-border migration of human population. In 1954 the HQ of the Command moved to Shimla. After the Indo-Pak Conflict of 1971, Northern Command, with its HQ at Udhampur, was carved out of Western Command to assume operational responsibility of Jammu and Kashmir. Later, HQ Western Command moved to its present location at Chandimandir in 1985.
Ever since its raising, Western Command which has the glorious history of having participated in all the major conflict both on our Western and Northern frontiers, has carved a niche for itself - replete with saga of bravery, grit and determination. All Ranks of Western Command have acquitted themselves well in the past and continue to do so in present challenging times. A high standard of professionalism and dedication has been the hallmark of the Command. With "Ever Westwards" being its clarion call, the Western Army was instrumental in blunting the Pakistani aggression in 1947, 1965 and 1971, and subsequently carrying the battle into enemy territory. Its formations and units have participated and distinguished themselves, winning a large number of gallantry awards including eleven Param Vir Chakras.
Western Command has time and again provided succour to the civilian population. Be it during natural calamities, undertaking counter terrorist operations or participating in Nation building activities, troops of the Command have always been in the fore front in providing aid to civil authorities. The Western Army will continue to maintain the highest standards of training, administration and motivation in carrying out its duties in support of National security interests.
- Text and pix: Pradip Dasgupta