The First Inter Services Paragliding Accuracy Championship took off with a colorful opening ceremony inaugurated by Maj Gen AK Samantara, GOC, Dah Division, at Bir-Billing, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh. The Championship, a first of its kind, was conducted by Dah Division from October 15-17, 2018, under the aegis of Army Adventure Wing, wherein paragliding pilots from the three Services, Assam Rifles and the BSF participated enthusiastically.
Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, General Officer Commanding-In-Chief Northern Command, was the Chief Guest on the closing ceremony and among other dignitaries, GOC Dah Division, Maj Gen Kulpreet Singh, IG BSF Jammu, Mr Ram Avtar, Brig Sukhmeet Singh and Mr Vikas Shukla, SDM Baijnath, were also present. The event witnessed an inspiring wing control and accuracy skills put on display by the paragliding pilots from the Army, Air Force, Navy, BSF and Assam Rifles. The Army Commander also interacted with huge gathering of locals including School Children and later with Media persons.
The competition culminated with scintillating display by the Paraglider Pilots followed by an Awards presentation ceremony. The Army Commander congratulated the winners for their excellent show of paragliding skills and the Dah Division for the stupendous conduct of such an event. He appreciated the enthusiasm and healthy competitive spirit of all participants and expressed confidence that the services paragliding pilots would perform equally well in similar national and international events and bring laurels for their respective services. Mrs Kalpana Singh Dhatt, Regional President AWWA, Northern Command gave away consolation prizes to the trainee students pilots.