Armed Forces

NAD Celebrates Golden Jubilee

The Naval Armament Depot (NAD) Alwaye celebrated the Golden Jubilee of its inception at Kochi. In a well attended public function at the NAD premises Admiral Sureesh Mehta, Chief of Naval Staff was the Chief Guest. The function was also attended by senior officers from the Navy and the Indian Naval Armament Service, as well as retired officers and employees of the depot. In his address Admiral Mehta characterized the Indian Naval Armament Service and the Armament Depots as the unsung heroes of Indian Navy. Earlier, Mr MD Gadre, Chief General Manager, NAD Alwaye, welcomed the gathering.
The Naval Armament Depot is the third largest depot of the Navy spread over 500 acres with about 600 employees. The Naval Armament- depots have successfully transformed themselves from just a stores organization at the dawn of independence to a full fledged Engineering organization by visionary leadership.
Vice Admiral Sunil K Damle, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief, Southern Naval Command released a souvenir to mark the occasion. Mr AGK Nair, the Director General of Naval Armament, delivered the keynote address and the Post Master General, Kochi Mrs Shobha Koshy released the first day cover.

- Cdr Roy Francis
from Kochi



Admiral Sureesh Mehta lighting the lamp at the inauguration of the
Golden Jubilee function

Raising Day Celebration

One Hundred and Ninety Six Medium Regiment popularly known as 'Deg Teg Fateh Regiment', celebrated its 44th Raising Day with military solemnity. The events included a Gurudwara function, a special Sainik Sammelan addressed by Col Gyandra Trivedi, Commanding Officer of the regiment and traditional barakhana.
The regiment which was raised in 1965, had participated in major operations such as Operations Trident, Cactus Lily, Rhino, Rakshak and Parakram. The honour roll of the regiment bears the tally of one Vir Chakra (Posthumous), two Sena Medals (one Posthumous), one Mentioned-in-Despatches and nine GOC-in-C Commendation Cards. On the auspicious occasion of the Raising Day all ranks pledged to enhance the glory of the regiment in their pursuit of excellence.

input : Col (Dr) AK Janardhanan

Soldiers performing a Punjabi Bhangra during the Raising Day Barakhana

Electronics Man of the Year Award

Mr VVR Sastry, Chairman and Managing Director of Defence Public Sector Undertaking, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), has been conferred with the prestigious ELCINA-Dun & Bradstreet Electronics Man of the Year Award for the year 2007-08.
The award was presented to Mr VVR Sastry by Dr. V Krishnamurthy, Chairman, National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council, at ELCINA's 32nd award giving ceremony held in New Delhi. Mr Ajay Shankar, Secretary, Department of lndustrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and lndustry, was present as guest of honour.
The Electronics lndustries Association of India (ELCINA) instituted the Electronics Man of the Year Award in 1987 to recognize individual efforts towards growth of the electronics industry in India. Mr Sastry is the 20th recipient of this coveted award.
ELCINA has been presenting annual awards for outstanding work in R&D, exports, excellence in quality, business excellence and environment management since 1976. In the Year 2007, ELCINA joined hands with Dun & Bradstreet and the awards were renamed as ELCINA-Dun & Bradstreet Awards for Excellence in Electronics Hardware and Services.




15 Guards Celebrates Raising Day

Fifteen Guards celebrated its 33rd Raising Day with traditional military solemnity. The battalion was raised on September 1, 1975 at Clement Town, Dehradun as an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) battalion. Over the years, the battalion has distinguished itself in all spheres, be it operation, training or sports both on Indian and foreign soil.
The battalion has made significant contributions from OP Pawan to OP Parakram and has the honour of being the first unit chosen for heliborne operations during exercise Dig Vijay.
The 15 Guards Raising Day celebrations include Mandir Pooja and a special Sainik Sammelan which was addressed by Commanding Officer, Col M Satwalekar.
A traditional Barakhana with a fun filled entertainment programme was organized for troops and later all ranks were presented with various gifts. The glittering Officers’ Mess party was also orgranised which was graced by many serving officers from Gurj Division and neighbouring formations.

- Naresh V Vig
from Jalandhar




Ensuring Safe Flying

The flight safety section of Air Force Station, Bamrauli organised an interactive event with students and participants of Air Force School Bamrauli, Kendriya Vidyalaya Bamrauli, Air Force School Manauri and Kendriya Vidyalaya Manauri.
The objective of the programme was to ensure active involvement of school children and the civil population to facilitate a safe environment. The programme included a film show on aviation followed by a poster drawing competition and light refreshment. Children ranging from tiny-tots to teen-agers filled colours of their dreams with their tiny hands. They put on canvas the mighty jets, the soaring rockets and the chirping birds.
The airbase has a record of zero accident despite the heightened bird activity. The bird hazard is managed efficiently through various means and procedures like vegetation clearance, bird scaring ribbons and scare crows. The areas are kept clean of garbage and no slaughter house is allowed within 10 km of air field boundary.

- Wg Cdr Amit Mahajan
from Allahabad




CSD Gets ISO Certificate

Canteen Stores Department, Government Of India, Ministry of Defence, Kirby Place, Delhi Cantonment has been awarded ISO 9001:2000 certification by M/s Integrated Quality Certification Pvt. Ltd., Banglore. Accordingly, ISO Certification presentation ceremony was hled at CSD Depot, Delhi. Maj Gen SP Rai, Board of Administration & Gegeral Manager, CSD was the Chief Guest on this occasion.
Maj Gen SP Rai during his inaugural speech congratulated Mr VS Rao, Area Manager, CSD Depot, Delhi and his team for having achieved the distinction of implementing quality management on various systems and procedures for efficient functioning of the organisation. He also stressed that CSD is on threshold of massive computerization and assured the audience that department would meet the aspirations of the defence customers.

input: V S RAO



Maj Gen SP Rai, Chairman, Board of administration & GM, canteen stores
department addressing the of ISO certification ceremony

Religious Teachers Commissioned

The Commissioning ceremony of 56th batch of Recruit Religious Teachers (RRT-56) was held at Institute of National Integration (INI). Thirty six candidates were commissioned as Junior Commissioned Officers in the Indian Army at the ceremony. Recruit Ashutosh Kumar of Artillery Centre was awarded the GOC-in-C Army Training Command Gold Medal for having stood first in the course and Recruit Mukesh Kumar of the Guards Regimental Centre was awarded Commandant’s Silver Medal for the best Discourse.
The passing out batch was addressed by the Commandant, Brig MG Bodwadkar. He congratulated the students and emphasized that they must understand and educate the troops regarding commonalities of religions and foster religious and regional harmony thereby spreading the message of National Integration. He also asked them to work towards reducing stress among the troops and help them cope with it effectively.

- Prashant Pathrabe
from Pune



Recruit Ashutosh Kumar of Artillery Centre being awarded the Army
Training Command Gold Medal

Road Safety Awareness Week

The Air Force Station Tiwari Talab, concerned with the rising graphs of road mishaps involving air warriors in and around Allahabad, celebrated “Road Safety Week” to create awareness on traffic rules. The programme was inaugurated by Gp Capt Ajay Kumar, Station Commander, Air Force Station Tiwari Talab.
In his inaugural speech Gp Capt Kumar said that road safety was the pressing need of our time. Stressing on the importance of road safety measures, he brought out the sensational detail that at least one precious life is lost everyday in Allahabad district.
The air warriors were told to teach their children about safe walking on roads while going to school and market and follow pedestrians' footpath. As the Central Air Command is committed to safety of air force personnel, the directives concerning road safety should be followed by all air warriors. There is clear instruction in IAF to avoid talking on mobile phones while driving, to wear helmets and all riders of four wheelers to tie seat belts for their safety.

- Wg Cdr Amit Mahajan
from Allahabad



Creating awareness on traffic rules

CNC at Lucknow

Continuing Nursing Education-2008 (CNE-2008) on “Multidimensional Approach to Orthopedic Nursing” was inaugurated at the Base Hospital auditorium in Lucknow cantonment by Lt Gen S R Mehta, Commandant, Army Medical Corps Centre & School (AMC C&S), Lucknow.
Addressing the august gathering Lt Gen SR Mehta stated that it was essential to keep pace with the latest technological advances especially in the field of information technology so as to deliver the latest and best available service to the clientele. He reiterated on the importance of keeping clientele satisfaction uppermost in mind and adopting a humane approach to patient care.
On this occasion a precis was released by Maj Gen AS Bath, Maj Gen (Medical), HQ Central Command. Earlier on arrival Lt Gen SR Mehta was received by Brig NK Sundaray, Commandant Base Hospital, Lucknow.
The event was attended by several senior officer of AMC C&S, HQ Central Command Medical Branch, Command Hospital, Central Command and their civilian counterparts from eminent institutions such as Chatrapati Sahuji Maharaj Medical University.

- Dr K A Sagar
from Lucknow



Lt Gen SR Mehta inaugurating the Continuing Nursing Education-2008

Run for Fun

Run for Fun was organised at Katoch Stadium, Jalandhar cantonment by Vajra Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA).
Mrs Manju Tonk President Vajra AWWA flagged off the run for fun. 500 families of all ranks participated in the run for fun of two kilometers. Ladies participated in the run with great enthusiasm. The atmosphere generated was of fun, frolic and joy. The fervent participation indicated a closely-knit group which is bonded together for the cause. Mrs Tonk later gave away the prizes to the participants of the Run for Fun.

- Naresh V Vig
from Jalandhar



President AWWA visits Asha School

Mrs Toshy Singh, President, Red Eagle Army Wives Welfare Association made her maiden visit to Red Eagle ASHA School. Col (Mrs) Archna Saxena briefed Mrs Toshy about the ASHA School since inception and progress till date. Her talk included the source of funding the academic curriculum, diet and sports activities. She was also apprised of the inclusive education being followed wherein these special children are made to attend normal schools and interact so that over a period of time few of these children can be shifted to normal schools pursuing education.
The President interacted with the staff and children of the ASHA School. During the visit, she was taken around all the departments of the school including the State of Art Physiotherapy wing and modern speech therapy unit. The event included a cultural programe by the special children. The President distributed sweets amongst the children. She also handed over a cash award of Rs.600/- to Master Gaurav Sarkar winner of the AWWA gift wrapping competition held earlier this year.
Mrs Toshy Singh expressed happiness over the various activities of the school and reiterated the importance of identifying innovative means to maintain and further improve upon the enviable position achieved by the school.

- Wg Cdr Amit Mahajan
from Allahabad



Special children of ASHA school participating in the cultural programme

Inter-Unit Athletics Championship

Thirty three Medium Regiment lifted prestigious Agnibaaz Division Athletics Championship Trophy where as 125 SATA Regiment and 196 Medium Regiment won second and third positions respectively. The championship trophy and prizes were given away to the winners by Brig OP Yadav Commander, 97 Artillery Brigade.
Agnibaaz Division inter-unit athletics championship was conducted under the aegis of 97 Artillery Brigade with the aim of promoting sportsmanship and to select the team for command athletics championship. Eleven teams representing various units under the division were actively participated in the mega event.
Lance Naik NP Wangsa of 33 Medium Regiment and Lance Naik P Naven of 125 SATA Regiment were declared as joint best athletes scoring same points.

input : Col (Dr) AK Janardhanan



Brig OP Yadav, presenting inter-unit athletics championship trophy to 33 Medium Regiment

Felicitation for CAC Teams

A felicitation ceremony was organised to honour the members of Central Air Command Badminton and Hockey team which emerged as winner and runners in the recently concluded Air Force Badminton and Hockey Championship 2008-09. Air Marshal PP Rajkumar, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, HQ Central Air Command felicitated the team members for their outstanding performance. In his address, he emphasised the need of scientific training methods and the will to win. He also emphasised the need for effective utilization of all training facilities and sports infrastructure.
Besides the team championship there were individuals who won in boxing and wrestling. In boxing leading aircraftsman S Jakhar was declared the best Air Force boxer in the light welter weight category, Corporal Ravi Kumar won the Silver in light heavy weight category. Both boxers are from Air Force Station, Gorakhpur. In wrestling, leading aircraftsman AM Singh of Air Force Station, Agra won the Gold in 55Kg free style wrestling championship. In Hockey, Cental Air Command won the second position after a gap of 5 years.

- Amit Mahajan


LAC S Jakhar of Air Force Station
Gorakhpur receiving Best Air Force Boxer
trophy from Air Marshal PP Rajkumar