Armed Forces
Lieutenant General Nirbhay Sharma, (Retd), Governor of Mizoram and Mrs Jyotsna Sharma visited Head Quarters Maintenance Command at Vayusena Nagar, Nagpur on March 15, 2018. The Governor was received with full ceremonial honours by Air Marshal Hemant Sharma, Air Officer Commanding in Chief Maintenance Command, Indian Air Force.
The Governor was given an overview of the functioning of Maintenance Command during which he was briefed on aspects relating to aircraft and system maintenance, overhaul, indigenization etc.
Thereafter, the Governor addressed all Officers of Maintenance Command. He spoke at length about the military and civil relationship in the north eastern states. He also stressed on the need to continuously upgrade our skills and knowledge levels.
Mrs Jyotsna Sharma interacted with the AFWWA Sanginis and recalled her experiences. She urged the ladies to strive for Women empowerment through enhancement in educational and vocational skills.
- Gp Capt Basantkumar B Pande
Visit of Lt Gen Nirbhay Sharma (Retd), Governor Mizoram to HQ Maintenance Command
Lt Gen Nirbhay Sharma (Retd), Governor of Mizoram addressing the officers of Head Quarters Maintenance Command.
In a glittering grand official ceremony at the Raj Bhavan, Governor of Goa Smt Mridula Sinha, greeted and felicitated the Cadets of National Cadet Corps of Goa under Karnataka & Goa NCC, who participated in the Republic Day Camp Parade, and other events in Janauary 2018. While applauding the role being played by the National Cadet Corps in nation building, the Governor, recalled her days in NCC and asserted that NCC has a very major role in shaping the outlook and personality of each individual cadet. She implored the NCC cadets to play bigger roles in developmental activities that would eventually shape the destiny of the Nation. She observed that the discipline and ethos being imparted in the NCC are the rudimentary foundation of a strong country. The Governor distributed prizes of excellence to the participants and interacted with the parents of the cadets and NCC Staff.
Brig D M Purvimath, Deputy Director General Karnataka & Goa Directorate, NCC, Bengaluru, who was also present during the function, addressed the gathering and assured the Governor of the continued contributions of the NCC in all walks of life. He beseeched the cadets to be role models to the environment and the society.
- T Shanmugam
NCC Cadets Felicitated by Governor of Goa
A Communication and Electronic Warfare (EW) seminar on the theme "Flags to Quantum Communication" was held at Sagarika auditorium, Naval Base, Kochi on March 14, 2018. The seminar was held as part of various activities being conducted to commemorate the 60th anniversary of "Signal School", the premier training establishment in Naval Communications Electronic Warfare and IT/Cyber Security for personnel of the Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard and friendly foreign navies.
A diamond jubilee edition of Callsign, the professional journal of Signal School and a special day postal cover was released during the inaugural session of the seminar, in the presence of Smt Sumathi Ravichandran, IPoS, Post Master General (Central Region). The seminar witnessed presentation of papers by expert speakers from the Indian Navy as well as Scientists from Defence PSUs. Technical stalls showcasing the latest products developed by CDAC Trivandrum, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Israel and Scientech, New Delhi were also put up.
Vice Admiral Bimal Kumar Verma Commander-in-Chief Andaman Nicobar Command, who is also the senior most serving officer in the Indian Navy with "Communications" specialisation, was the Chief Guest for the function. The seminar was also attended by Vice Admiral AR Karve, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command and IG KR Suresh, TM, Commander Coast Guard (COMCG) (Andaman & Nicobar), the senior most serving Communications officer of Indian Coast Guard besides a large number of serving and veteran Communicators, including ten former Officers-in-Charge of the School.
The School was inaugurated in its present location by Vice Admiral Sir Stephen Carlill, then Chief of Naval Staff, onMarch 8, 1958. The School, in the present day, as a recognised Centre of Excellence by the Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), conducts courses recognised as Master's Degree/ PG Diploma/ Post Diploma/ Diploma programmes, in accordance with the approved policy.
- Cdr Sridhar Warrier
Diamond Jubilee Seminar conducted at Kochi
Release of Special Day Postal cover
Army Training Command (ARTRAC) Investiture Ceremony was held at the Chanakya Auditorium of the Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai on March 16, 2018. Lieutenant General MM Naravane, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Army Training Command (ARTRAC) gave away the prestigious Unit Citations to four Category 'A' Establishments for their outstanding performance during the training year 2016-17.
The proud recipients of this year's prestigious "GOC-in-C ARTRAC Unit Citation" were Army Service Corps (ASC) Centre & College, Bengaluru. Combat Aviation Army Training School (CAATS), Nashik, Simulator Development Division (SDD), Secunderabad and Special Forces Training School (SFTS), Nahan. The recipient Establishments of the Awards this year have made exceptional contribution in enhancing training ethos and standards of the Indian Army, which lays the foundation of a strong and resilient force for the 21st Century Commandants of these proud Establishments alongwith their Subedar Majors received the Citations form the Army Commander.
- T Shanmugam
ARTRAC Investiture Ceremony at OTA
A sense of Bonhomie and nostalgia prevailed when 101 Area organized a mesmerizing musical evening in the of Garrison ground. The evening saw Shillong Chamber Choir, a world renowned choir from the city giving a musical tribute to the men and women in uniform who guard our nation, who patrol and protect our borders and battle every threat internal and external held at Rhino Training Complex, Garrison ground, Shillong Cantt,. The conduct of the event at Shillong Cantt, the first by the choir for the services was facilitated by Lieutenant General DS Ahuja, General Officer Commanding, 101 Area.
Special Guests at the event included Air Marshal Anil Khosla, AOC-in-C, Lieutenant General Shokin Chauhan, Director General Assam Rifles & Air Marshal Rajesh Kumar. The event received an overwhelming response and participation and was attended by 5000 soldiers and their families from Army, Air Force, Assam Rifles & Central Armed Police Forces.
The programme was a feast for the eyes, ears, heart and soul and began with a mesmerizing performance by Shillong Chamber Choir, who treated the audience to a beautiful and soulful journey of contemporary fusion music, depicting and celebrating the national fervour and paying tribute to the men and women in uniform. This maiden gesture by the choir is an obeisance to the service and sacrifices of our soldiers and Air men.
The event was a befitting tribute to the defence forces wherein the families also joined hands in appreciating the contributions of brave martyrs, war disabled and all those in uniform for their active role towards nation building.
- Col Kushal Kar
Musical Evening by Shillong Chamber Choir at Shillong
A ceremonial parade was held recently at Officers Training College (OTC), Army Medical Corps Centre and College, Lucknow on conclusion of Medical Officers Basic Course (MOBC)-219.
The seven weeks foundation course imparts intensive training in combat medical support training to young Armed Forces Medical and Dental officers in order to empower them for effectively performing their duties in peace & operational areas. To mark the event the 123 recently commissioned medical and dental officers of Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS), including 35 lady officers participated in an impressive ceremonial parade. The parade was marked by military precision and customary elegance.
The parade was reviewed by Brig MK Garg, officiating Commandant & Chief Instructor, Officers Training College (OTC). On this occasion, Capt Jyoti Mishra was adjudged Best Overall Officer of the course and also awarded Maj Laishram Jyotin Singh, Ashok Chakra Memorial Trophy for being the 'Best Officer in Field Events'.
While addressing the young officers, the reviewing officer Brig MK Garg exhorted them to uphold the traditions of military doctors and dental surgeons by maintaining the highest order of professional competence. He also advised the officers to continuously upgrade and build upon the knowledge imparted at Officers Training College. Stressing upon the opportunities provided by the Armed Forces, he encouraged them to work hard to further their professional aspirations. Brig MK Garg complimented all of them for their excellent turnout and the meticulous conduct of the parade.
On this occasion, a large number of senior Armed Forces Medical Services officers witnessed the parade along with proud parents and relatives of the trainee officers.
- Gargi Malik Sinha
Ceremonial Parade of MOBC-219 held at OTC of AMC Centre & College, Lucknow
The Indian Army has a long standing tradition of fostering the spirit of adventure and has been a role model for undertaking various adventure activities. In keeping with the traditions, a long distance bicycle expedition "A Soldier's Pilgrimage Across Konark Corps" was organised under the aegis of Konark Corps from March 10-29, 2018.
On March 10, 2018 Commander, Konark Air Defence Brigade flagged off the cycling expedition from Jodhpur Military Station. A team of ten cyclists led by Capt E Shyam, embarked on the 2441 km long cycling expedition starting from Jodhpur through eight major battle fields of Rajasthan, i.e. Jodhpur, Nagaur, Ranthambore, Chittorgarh, Haldighati, Gadra City, Jaisalmer, Longewala and Tanot. The team cycled for twenty days through a variety of terrain varying from roads, jeep tracks to cross country trails, challenging their own mental and physical capabilities. The expedition passed through Jodhpur, Nagaur, Naseerabad, Tonk, Kota, Ranthambore, Chittorgarh, Haldighati, Sirohi, Sindhari, Jassai, Gadra City, Myajlar, Jaisalmer, Longewala, Tanot, Pokhran and Osian.
The battlefields in Rajputana bear testimony of grit, valour and sacrifice, which are spread across the length and breadth of Rajasthan. They are epitomes of inspiration for future generation, These battlefield are akin to sacred Pilgrimage sites for a soldier. Keeping this into view, the Cycling Expedition covering eight major battlefield across Rajasthan was the concept behind the theme of 'A Soldier's Pilgrimage Across Konark Corps'. Also, the cycling team's mission was to foster the spirit of adventure, physical endurance, mental robustness and camaraderie amongst the team members and also to reach out to the local population including school children and ex-servicemen to spread the message of peace, nature conservation, solidarity and national integration. En-route the team met a large numbers of veterans and the local population.
- Manoj Tuli
'A Soldier's Pilgrimage across Konark Corps’
Air Vice Marshal Vikram Singh, Air Officer Commanding, Advance HQ Eastern Air Command and Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha (Retd) gave away trophies to the winners of the coveted Eastern Air Command Cup and the Air Force Cup respectively, at the Royal Calcutta Turf Club (RCTC) grounds in Kolkata on March 10, 2018.
The IAF Cup was instituted by the IAF in 1996.
This year's EAC cup was won by CS Jodha riding astride Beatles Bible. The IAF cup was won by P Vikram riding astride Nelsons Blood.
The event was marked by an impressive performance by the Air Force band followed by a show of daredevilry by the IAF's Skydiving team, "Akash Ganga". The skydivers performed some breathtaking manoeuvres in the air before landing at the greens in front of the spectators, leaving the onlookers spellbound.
- Wg Cdr SS Birdi
IAF and EAC Cup Races held at RCTC
Air Marshal Hemant Sharma, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C), Maintenance Command visited Air Force Liaison Establishment (AFLE) Lucknow from March 20-21, 2018. He was accompanied by Mrs Kusum Sharma, President, Air Force Wives Welfare Association (Regional). The dignitaries were received by Gp Capt RK Sharma, Commanding Officer, Air Force Liaison Establishment, Lucknow and Mrs Aruna Sharma President AFWWA (Local).
During his visit the Air Marshal Hemant Sharma was briefed about the role of AFLE which involves receipt, storage, maintenance and other aircraft related spares management. It also acts as an interface between IAF and HAL besides providing advice on defect investigations, certain development projects and modification to current range of aircraft products dealt by HAL-ADL.
Air Marshal Hemant Sharma visited various theaters of production sites in the unit and deliberated on the operational preparedness as well as future perspective plans with the Officers and staff of AFLE (LD).
During his interaction with the personnel, the Air Marshal reiterated the importance of upholding military ethos and discipline. He expressed his satisfaction on the synergized functioning of the unit and whole hearted support rendered by HAL.
- Gargi Malik Sinha
Air Marshal Hemant Sharma, AOC-in-C, Maintenance Command visits Air Force Liaison Establishment Lucknow
BrahMos, the formidable supersonic cruise missile with indigenous seeker was successfully flight tested on March 22, 2018 at the Pokhran test range in Rajasthan. The supersonic cruise missile and the seeker have been developed jointly by DRDO and BrahMos Aerospace.
The precision strike weapon with indigenous seeker flew in its designated trajectory and hit the pre-set target. The flight test was conducted by the scientists of DRDO and BrahMos along with the Indian Army. A high level team led by Chairman DRDO & Secretary DDR&D Dr S Christopher was present during the flight trial, which included DG (Missiles & Strategic Systems) & SA to RM Dr G Satheesh Reddy and Director General BrahMos Dr Sudhir Mishra.
Programme Director Dr Dashrath Ram and Project Director Mrs V Prameela who had led the effort for development of the indigenous seeker were also part of the team. Senior IAF officials also witnessed the successful launch of the tactical weapon.
- SR Rajashekar
Successful Test Firing of BrahMos with Indigenous Seeker
BrahMos, the formidable supersonic cruise missile with indigenous seeker was successfully flight tested on March 22, 2018 at the Pokhran test range in Rajasthan. The supersonic cruise missile and the seeker have been developed jointly by DRDO and BrahMos Aerospace.
The precision strike weapon with indigenous seeker flew in its designated trajectory and hit the pre-set target. The flight test was conducted by the scientists of DRDO and BrahMos along with the Indian Army. A high level team led by Chairman DRDO & Secretary DDR&D Dr S Christopher was present during the flight trial, which included DG (Missiles & Strategic Systems) & SA to RM Dr G Satheesh Reddy and Director General BrahMos Dr Sudhir Mishra.
Programme Director Dr Dashrath Ram and Project Director Mrs V Prameela who had led the effort for development of the indigenous seeker were also part of the team. Senior IAF officials also witnessed the successful launch of the tactical weapon.
- SR Rajashekar
Successful Test Firing of BrahMos with Indigenous Seeker
Government has decided to continue educational concessions to the children of Armed Forces Officers/Personnel Below Officer Ranks (PBORs)/Missing/Disabled/ Killed in Action without the cap of Rs. 10,000 per month.
Ministry of Defence had persuaded the Finance Ministry twice in this regard, which is agreed upon by the latter.
The above educational concession will be admissible only for undertaking studies in a government/government aided schools/educational institutes, Military/Sainik Schools and other schools or colleges recognised by the Central or State Governments including the autonomous organisations financed entirely by the Central/State Governments.
- SR Rajashekar
Cap on educational concession to children of missing/disabled/killed soldiers removed
Lt Gen Sarath Chand, Vice Chief of Army Staff flagged in the team of 'EME Ultra Run' led by Lt Col Vishal Ahlawat and Maj Sandeep Kumar, who accomplished extremely grueling and challenging task of running 1055 kms. He conveyed his felicitation to the team for creating national record and displaying tremendous team spirit, determination and perseverance.
'EME Ultra Run' had commenced on February 1, 2018. This run is one of the events being organized to celebrate Platinum Jubilee by the Corps of EME this year. 'EME Ultra Run' comprised of running half marathon everyday for 50 days. Aim of the run was to spread the message of 'Healthy, Clean, Green and Pollution Free Happy India' amongst the masses through conduct of yoga session after termination of each half marathon at various schools/ colleges/ institutions of NCR.
Padma Shri Murlikant Rajaram Petkar, retired veteran from the Corps of EME, who has been conferred with prestigious Padma Shri award on March 20, 2018 for his extensive contribution and excellence in numerous sports disciplines in the Paraplegic Olympics & International & National Games, was also present on the occasion. He sustained grave injuries during India-Pakistan war of 1965 including multiple gunshot wounds and a loss of memory and as a horrific reminder of the incident, still has a bullet lodged in his spine.
Lt Gen KK Aggarwal, DG EME congratulated the Ultra Run team for displaying extra ordinary endurance and physical as well as mental stamina for establishing a new national record of 50 consecutive half marathons in the India Book of Records. DG EME praised the team for motivating thousands of school children and college students to imbibe the spirit of adventure and physical fitness. He thanked Ministry of AYUSH, Ministry of Urban Affairs, India Book of Record and all the educational institutions of NCR who helped the team in spreading the awareness of healthy living & cleanliness amongst the masses in NCR.
- Col Aman Anand
50 Half Marathons conducted by Corps of EME of Indian Army
INS Shivaji is a premier Indian Naval Technical Training Establishment which imparts specialised training on Marine Engineering to officers and sailors of Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard and friendly foreign navies.
The Direct Entry Engineering Mechanic (DEME - 60.940) Course comprising 323 sailors – 272 from the Indian Navy, 41 from the Indian Coast Guard and 10 International trainees –passed out from the Centre of Marine Engineering Technology(CMET)on March 9, 2018 on successful completion of 25 weeks of their ab-initio training. Commodore K Srinivas, Station Commander Lonavla and Commanding Officer, INS Shivaji reviewed the Passing Out Parade. He complimented all present on parade and exhorted passing out chose to uphold three most important tenets of the Service i.e Duty, Honour and Courage. The Commanding Officer also praised the instructors and staff for their dedication and commitment in nurturing future marine engineering sailors.
Aditya Singh, DEME stood first in the overall order of merit, securing 83.90% and was awarded the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (South)Rolling Trophy. Yogesh, DEME was adjudged, Best Sportsman of the course and awarded Commodore's Rolling Trophy and a Book Prize. In addition, Ali Rashid, SGT and Min Han, PO from Maldives and Myanmar Navy was adjudged First in Order of Merit amongst the International Trainees of the Passing out DEME Course.
- Mahesh Iyengar
INS Shivaji - Passing Out of DEME Course
Skill Development Course in tourism hospitality conducted by Army at Bishnupur for the local youth, which commenced on January 29, 2018 culminated on March 20, 2018 after a duration of 6 weeks. The initiative was taken by Logtak Brigade under the aegis of Red Shield Division and the course was aimed at empowering the local youth by imparting industry relevant skill training that will help them in securing a better livelihood. Towards this end, a total of 24 youth, both boys and girls were selected after a rigorous selection procedure by the instructors of Jogeshwar Centre for Regional Excellence (JCRE) Skill Solutions, Imphal, who conducted the course in collaboration with the Army.
The course saw an enthusiastic participation by all students who wanted to ensure a bright future for themselves. Creating such job opportunities to tap the immense and talented human potential would go a long away in addressing the aspirations of unemployed youth of the region in general. JCRE Skills Solution who is also responsible for providing placement of the trainees, has already provided jobs to eight trainees both in and outside the state as per the preferences of the trainees and process for placement for the balance of the trainees is in progress. Considering the demands for tourism hospitality and associated skills in the market, JCRE Skill Solutions has assumed that all trainees would be placed within a short period of time. Army also will be assisting them in this effort.
During the ceremony to mark the successful completion of the Course, Army Officials interacted with the trainees and motivated the youth to utilize this opportunity as a stepping stone to their bright future ahead. Course certificates were distributed to the trainees.
- Lt Col Ajay Kumar Sharma
Skill Development Course concludes at Bishnupur
Air Traffic Control Officers Training Establishment (ATCOTE) of Air Force Academy, Dundigal, Hyderabad, conducted Graduation ceremony in the form of Valedictory Dining-in-Night at Air Force Academy Officers' Mess, to mark the successful completion of 129th Air Traffic Surveillance Services (ATSS) course. Air Vice Marshal NS Vaidya, Senior Officer-in-charge, Administration, HQ Training Command, graced the occasion as the Reviewing Officer. The young graduated Officers shall soon be shouldering crucial responsibilities of Radar Controllers at various airfields across India.
25 officers comprising 19 from Indian Air Force, 5 from Indian Navy and one from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited graduated as Radar Controllers during this valedictory function. ATCOTE, at AFA, is a premier training establishment of the Indian Air Force that undertakes 'Air Traffic Services' training for the Officers from the Indian Air Force, Indian Army (IA), Indian Navy (IN), Indian Coast Guard (ICG), and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) as well as officers from Friendly Foreign Countries. The three months long ATSS course is a mid level course for graduation from 'Procedural' to 'Radar' control.
Flight Lieutenant Pankaj Sharma was adjudged First in Order of Merit as well as the best in Practicals. Flight Lieutenant Himani Tyagi was adjudged the best in theory while Flight Lieutenant Nitin Singh Rawat was awarded the most promising trainee trophy.
Air Vice Marshal NS Vaidya, emphasised in his address the criticality of Radar Controllers' role in mission accomplishment of the Indian Air Force. He exhorted the graduating trainees to take the challenges head-on that lie ahead, and advised them to discharge the duty with absolute integrity, selfless service to the nation and excellence in everything that we do and actively contribute to the organisational goals of their respective service.
- G Surendra Babu
25 Officers Graduated as Radar Controllers at AFA