The 20 Surveillance and Target Acquisition (SATA) Regiment of the Indian Army, also called an ''Alma mater of Locators'',celebrated its 84th raising day on August 1. The celebrations included a special Sainik Sammelan, mandir and gurudwara functions, pagal gymkhana and Regimental barakhana. On the solemn occasion, all ranks reaffirmed their resolve to uphold the traditions of the Regiment.
The Regiment was raised on August 1, 1924 in Kakul (now in Pakistan) as 1st Survey Section Royal Indian Artillery and was later re-designated as 1st Survey Battery (1941), 1st Survey Regiment (1942), 20 Survey Regiment (1947), 20 Locating Regiment (1952) and, finally, as 20 SATA Regiment in 1987. The Regiment has participated in all operations since raising to include the World War II (Burma), Hyderabad Police Action in 1948, Indo-China war in 1962 (NEFA Sector), Indo-Pak wars of 1965 and 1971 (Western Front) and has also participated in operations Blue Star in Punjab in 1984, Rakshak, Vijay and Parakaram (all in J&K). Gen (Retd) OP Malhotra, former Chief of the Army Staff and Governor of Punjab is an ex-Commanding Officer of the Regiment. Lt Gen (Retd) MM Lakhera, the present Governor of Chattisgarh has also served in the unit as Adjutant.
input : Maj Ashutosh Sharma