Director General Indian Coast Guard, Rajendra Singh visited coast guard units at Chennai on June 1, 2019 to review the operational preparedness to meet enhanced maritime security challenges in Tamil Nadu.
Nine Coast Guard ships, two Dornier aircraft and three Chetak helicopters participated in the simulated coastal security exercise off Chennai which was witnessed by DG-ICG. He also inaugurated Watermanship and Training Swimming Pool at Meenambakkam coast guard residential area which will cater to the needs of coast guard personnel for search and rescue training and for maintaining sea fitness.
DGICG met all Officers, enrolled personnel and coast guard civilians at lunch and discussed various administration and welfare activities.
Commemoration Ceremony and Sports Day was organized at Malakal Sports Stadium on May 29 , 2019 to celebrate "International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers". The day offers the chance to pay tribute to the uniformed and civilian personnel's valuable contribution.
The event began in the morning with Wreath Laying ceremony at Sector HQ to pay homage to the martyrs. This was followed by unfurling of UNMISS and South Sudan flags at Malakal Sports Stadium by John Odhong Adyeng, acting Governor of Central Upper Nile State, who was the Chief Guest of the event. The contingent marching parade with absolute precision were also carried out. Total five peacekeeping contingents including Indian Battalion, UK Engineers, Bangladesh Marine Force Unit, Rwanda Battalion and UN Police participated in the Parade. Maj Amit Dwivedi of Indian Battalion led the contingent marching parade. Acting Governor of Central Upper Nile State took the salute of marching contingents. Mr Mike Dzakuma, Acting Head of Field Office, Brigadier General Johnson Kofi Akou-Adjei, Sector North Commander and Col Amit Gupta, Indian Battalion Commander also witnessed the mesmerizing Parade.
Earlier to the ceremony, sports event like volley ball, football and basketball were organized among the peacekeepers. Indian battalion won the basketball and volleyball championship while Rwanda Battalion lifted the football championship trophy.
The ceremony concluded with prize distribution to the winners by the Chief Guest. While addressing the crowd, the Chief Guest complimented the contingents on their immaculate marching and turnout. He also valued the efforts of UNMISS towards establishing sustainable peace and development in South Sudan.
Flt Lt Mohana Singh, became the first woman fighter pilot to become fully operational by day on Hawk advanced jet aircraft as she landed after a gruelling 4 Aircraft combat sortie at Air Force station Kalaikunda , West Bengal, which was the last syllabus sortie, of being fully operational on the Hawk Jets.
Her training involved flying both Air to Air combat and Air to Ground missions. She has undertaken many practice missions which involved firing of rockets, guns and dropping high caliber bombs and also participated in various Air Force-level flying exercises. She has a total of over 500 hrs of incident-free flying of which 380 hrs are on the Hawk Mk 132 jet.
She along with two other girls Bhawana Kanth and Avani Chaturvedi joined the fighter stream in June 2016. Flt Lt Bhawana Kanth just became fully operational by day on MiG-21 Bison a week back.
Brigadier DM Purvimath, the Deputy Director General of the National Cadet Corps responsible for the states of Karnataka & Goa superannuated. On the eve of relinquishing his command, Brigadier DM Purvimath, thanked the NCC fraternity and the state government for accomplishments which were one of a kind. Under his dynamic leadership, the Karnataka and Goa contingent created history by winning the coveted Prime Minister's Banner after fifteen years on January 28, 2019 at the Army Parade Ground New Delhi.
Brigadier Purvimath hails from Belgaum and belongs to the Corps of Engineers. During his illustrious career, he has held several important staff appointments in the Army Headquarters as also with the Air Force.
Today he handed over the reins of the Karnataka and Goa Directorate NCC to Air Commodore L K Jain of the Indian Air Force. Air Commodore L K Jain is an alumnus of the prestigious National Defence Academy. He has to his credit 4500 hours of flying experience. He commanded a missile squadron in J&K and was an instructor in the Higher Defence Management College before taking over the as Deputy Director General of Karnataka & Goa NCC Directorate on May 31, 2019.
Manpower Planning (MP) Directorate, (MP 5&6) is responsible for custody and maintenance of approximately 1.2 lakh service records of serving and retired officers of the Indian Army. However, due to lack of digitisation and non-availability of latest address and contact details of veterans, connecting with veteran officers/family pensioners and addressing their grievances was a major challenge.
To over come the same a website Retired Officers Digital Records Archive (RODRA, https://rodra.gov.in) was launched. The aim was to establish an interface between the custodian of officers' Records i.e AG/MP 5&6 and veteran officers/Next of Kin (NOK) and to create a digital data repository in order to address documentation/pension related grievances and update on relevant policies.
Some of the facilities extended to veterans through website are updation of records. Registration and tracking of documents/pension related grievances. Communicating with veteran officers/NOK on various issues.
After the launch of RODRA website various types of Pension Payment Order (PPOs) issued by PCDA (P) from time to time to veterans has now been discontinued thereby saving of manpower, stationery and postal charges. The PPOs are now uploaded on the website and veterans are able to download it from the website. Monitoring and management of grievances of veterans has been streamlined thereby improving satisfaction levels.
Automation of the records of serving officers is also in progress. An application has been developed and is being launched on the internal Army Portal in June 2019. This would facilitate serving officers to view their service and other records online as well as interact with AG/MP 5&6 on various Records/documentation related issues.
The Tiger Division organised a Year of Next of Kin rally at Satwari Cantonment, Jammu aimed at reaching out to Next of Kin of deceased soldiers, Ex-servicemen and serving soldiers to inform them of their financial entitlements, welfare schemes and facilitate in resolving any pension related problems.
The event was graced by Maj Gen Sharad Kapur, GOC Tiger Division, Divisional Commissioner Jammu Shri Sanjeev Verma, Sub Maj (Hony Capt) Bana Singh, PVC (Retd), Brig TK Chopra, Dy GOC Tiger Division and many Senior Army officials and Civil Dignitaries. It was attended by a huge gathering of Veer Naries, Next of Kin of bereaved families/ children and Ex-Servicemen.
The GOC highlighted that Indian Army has always been sensitive to the problems faced by Next of Kins and this initiative goes beyond providing financial help. It will also facilitate in education for children which are government financed and generating awareness of various welfare schemes launched by the Government. He emphasised that Next of Kin of retired soldiers, both living and deceased, need support and it is imperative to reach out to them and facilitate in updating documents, address grievances relating to Pension documents, Ex-Servicemen Contribution Health Scheme, CSD smart card for which separate stall were established. Special assistance in the field of education, employment and civil administration queries were also provided.
Shri Sanjeev Verma, Divisional Commissioner Jammu, highlighted the hardships faced by soldiers and appreciated the efforts of Tiger Division in organising this event. He assured of full support from the civil administration in resolving the issues of NOKs in a time bound manner.
Many other speakers from Army and civil administration addressed the gathering in order to generate awareness on the concerned issues. The NOKs also approached the officials about their grievances and appropriate guidance was accorded. A large number of Ex-Servicemen and Next of Kin of bereaved families/ children attended the rally and appreciated the endeavour undertaken by the Tiger Division.
Two days Workshop for Specially Abled Children of border area villages of Naoshera Sub district was organised by Naoshera Brigade in collaboration with the Delhi based NGO SHRISHTI Foundation. Workshop was based on the concept of training the trainer's and focused on changing the attitude of the society towards the challenged, with an aim to integrate such specially abled children into the society and prepare them for work life and social life.
The workshop was inaugurated by commander, Naoshera Brigade. Dr Rajiv Nandi, Chairman and founder of Shrishti Foundation along with team of specialist doctors from reputed institutions at Delhi, addressed the large gathering and shared their experience. Total of 44 special children with 47 parents/ guardians and 35 teachers were present. Mr Raftekhar, Tehsil Social Welfare Officer and Mr Shamsher Singh, Zonal Education Officer, Naoshera, along with a number of other civil dignitaries also attended the workshop.
Team of specialist doctors screened the children, diagnosed the problem and counselled the parents and teachers. Necessary certification is also being processed so that benifits of various Govt schemes can be initiated for such special child. Dr Nandi said that attitude of the society has to change to effectively integrate these specially abled children as part of our social life. The effort of Indian Army was appreciated by all those present and was indeed a positive effort towards building an inclusive society.
To Commemorate the birth centenary of MIAF Arjan Singh DFC, and to mark the World Bicycle Day, HQ SWAC conducted a cycling event on June 3, 2019. MIAF was a keen sportsman and strived to promote sports amongst Armed Forces personnel throughout his illustrious career spanning nearly eight decades. The event was aimed at promoting the bicycle as an means of affordable and eco friendly means of transportation which strengthens physical and mental health, and develops a culture of cycling in society. A team of more than fifty personnel of HQ SWAC cycled around Gandhinagar for over 21 km.
Air Marshal HS Arora, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, South Western Air Command, Gandhinagar flagged in the Cycling Team at Vayu Shakti Nagar. He exhorted that cycling is fun, cycling is healthy, cycling is exciting and of all means of transportation, it is most benign for the environment. The Air Marshal also stressed on the multiple benefits of cycling which including that bicycle is simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally suitable for climate. Accordingly, cycling is healthy, cost-effective and provides improved access to education for poor, health and fitness, and enhancement of awareness about the local environment amongst all air warriors and society at large.
The festivities of Eid-ul-Fitr continue in Kashmir. Eid Milan was celebrated by the Chinar Corps with traditional gaiety and the spirit of brotherhood for its civilians, defence employees and their families on June 8, 2019.
Chinar Corps joined the Awaam in celebrating the festivities with traditional gaiety and brotherhood. While extending good wishes of Eid-ul-Fitr the Chinar Corps Commander, Lt Gen KJS Dhillon said, "I personally extend my warm greetings on the joyous and auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr and hope you enjoyed the festivities with your families. We have today got together as we wanted to celebrate the festival with our larger family. I pray to the God Almighty to shower his blessings on you and your families, may they always prosper and lead a healthy life. Our reason for being here is for peace and betterment of the Awaam and we pray to the Almighty for his blessings to the Awaam, their families and children. You are our Ambassadors and it is your job to convey this message as far as possible. We all have one life to live and we should live it well with dignity and pride."
He further implored that may Almighty Allah bestow us all the strength to maintain peace in the Valley and provide an environment of growth and success for our future generations. He also conveyed greetings to all members of the Defence Establishment and their families and wished them all the success and blessings. The celebrations were attended by more than 600 people who form part of the Chinar Corps fraternity.
Valedictory Function of 96th Advance Navigation Course (ANC) and 128th Ab-Initio Navigation Course was held at Navigation Training School (NTS), Air Force Station Begumpet on June 1, 2019. Air Commodore Anurag Joshi, Deputy Commandant, College of Air Warfare was the Reviewing Officer for the Function. Air Commodore MB Aserkar, Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station Begumpet and other guests from the station also witnessed the event.
Group Captain Sanjeev Kumar, Commanding Officer of Navigation Training School rendered the welcome address commemorating the successful completion of both the courses. Chief Navigation Instructor, Wing Commander AK Yadav, presented course reports. The graduating course of 96th Advance Navigation Course comprised seven officers including two from Indian Navy and one from Indian Coast Guard. These officers would be stepping out as instructors and would be taking up instructional assignments in their respective services. 128th Ab-Initio Navigation Course comprised one Flight Lieutenant and eleven Flight Cadets of Indian Air Force and two Officers from Sri Lanka Air Force. Meritorious trainees of both the courses were awarded with trophies, medals and certificates during the function. The Flight Cadets, who have completed their training at Navigation Training School, would be commissioned as Officers of Indian Air Force during the Combined Graduation Parade to be held at Air Force Academy, Dundigal on June 15, 2019.
Navigation Training School is a premier aerial navigation training institution of the Indian Air Force. .
An impressive Valedictory Function of Permanent Commission & Short Service Commission Aeronautical Engineering Course was held at the Air Force Technical College, Jalahalli in Bangalore.
Air Marshal JK Singh, Air Officer-in-Charge Maintenance, was the Chief Guest.
The Air Marshal, in his address, greeted all the Air Warriors and Civilian staff of Air Force Technical College, retired fraternity, graduating officers & their families. He emphasized that Engineers of Indian Air Force play a vital role in ensuring availability of aircraft and other weapon systems in both peace time and in the face of hostilities. He called upon the young officers to constantly upgrade their knowledge and skills due to the everchanging technological environment, lead from the front, build strong teams, exhibit highest degree of professionalism and maintain impeccable integrity with unwavering commitment in the service of the nation.
He awarded trophies and medallions to the officers who excelled in the course. The prestigious President's Plaque for First in Order of Merit was awarded to Flying Officer Vishnu R and the Vice President's Sword for the Best in professional subjects was awarded to Flying Officer Bhavika.
The Chief of Air Staff Medals for being first in the Order of Merit in Electronics and Mechanical Streams were awarded to Flying Officer Sagar Deshmukh and Flying Officer Vishnu R respectively.
On his arrival at the AFTC, the Air Marshal was received by Air Commodore Biji Philip, Commandant AFTC.
2 Army Dog Unit organised 'Army Dog Technical Demonstration' for children in Jalandhar Cantt on May 31, 2019 as a part of Annual Summer Camp 2019 being conducted by Vajra Corps. 120 children of Army families watched the show. Four specialized trained dogs displayed their skills under the guidance of their dog trainers.
2 Army Dog Unit, second to none is the only Dog Unit in Western Command area of responsibility. It is the oldest and highly decorated Dog Unit of Indian Army. The Unit dogs along with their handlers have been awarded with 2 Sena Medal Gallantry (Posthumous), Chief of Army Staff Commendation, Vice Chief of Army Staff Commendation, Army Commander Commendation and General Officer Commanding Corps appreciation.
The various categories of Army Dogs Force Multipliers deployed by 2 Army Dog Unit are Tracker dog, Guard dog, Mine detection dog, Explosive detection dog and Avalanche Rescue dog.
Remount and Veterinary Corps is pioneer in Dog Training in India. It breeds, rears, trains and deploys these 'Silent Warriors'. The breeds of dogs which are being trained and deployed by RVC include Labrador, German Shepherd (GSD), Belgian Shepherd (Malinois), Cocker Spaniel and indigenous dog breeds like Mudhol Hound.
These trained dogs are deployed in various operational roles, for guarding vital defence installations, for National events like Independence day and Republic day and also for providing security to VVIPs in Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.
Children were overjoyed and thrilled to watch the Army Dog Show and applauded the performance of Army Dogs.
The White Knight Corps commemorated its 48th Raising Day on June 1,2019. Lt Gen Paramjit Singh, GOC White Knight Corps, complimented all ranks for their outstanding contribution in maintaining vigil on the Line of Control and ensuring peace & tranquility in the hinterland. He exhorted all troops to persist with the same zeal and enthusiasm towards their profession to achieve new milestones. He paid floral tributes to the martyrs at "Ashwamedh Shaurya Sthal" with full military honours.
White Knight Corps was raised on June 1, 1972. The Corps is operationally committed in pursuit of guarding and maintaining the sanctity of the Line of Control and combating militancy. It is also actively involved in various developmental programmes for the Awam in the region.
The GOC exhorted all ranks of the White Knight Corps to continue doing the assigned tasks in a professional manner and to keep the flag of the formation always flying high.
NCC Directorate (Andhra Pradesh & Telangana) conducted a camp under Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat programme at Nalla Malla Reddy Engineering College Campus, Ghatkesar, Hyderabad from May 21, 2019 to June 1, 2019, wherein 100 NCC cadets from North Eastern states and 500 cadets from AP & Telangana participated. Training and cultural exchange programmes were carried out during the camp as a means to further human bonding and a common approach to Nation Building.
Activities such as drill, essay and cultural competition were conducted to imbibe competitive spirit among the NCC cadets. Motivational and Informative talks were also carried out by eminent personalities to include skill development, defence forces as career & SSB procedures. In addition a capsule was conducted by Ex-Youth Exchange Cadets. Sports competitions were conducted during the camp. The cadets also witnessed a magnificent Military Band display and display of weapons by an Infantry Battalion.
Air Commodore NN Reddy, Deputy Director General, AP&T NCC Directorate was the chief guest at the closing ceremony and witnessed the cultural programs staged by the participating cadets. The chief guest distributed the prizes and felicitated the NCC Cadets.