Armed Forces

Mrs Antony Felicitates Veer Naris

As a part of concluding function of the AWWA Week, Mrs Elizabeth Antony, wife of Defence Minister Mr AK Antony felicitated Veer Naris in Trivandrum. In a function held at Cariappa Auditorium in Pangode Military Station, Mrs Antony felicitated 30 war widows by giving away financial assistance. Mrs. Mareena Mathson, President AWWA (local) was also present on the occasion.
During the function, a presentation was made on the benefits of ECHS (Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme) by Col (Retd) KM John, OIC Polyclinic, Trivandrum. Various activities including 'Well Women Health Camp', variety of competitions, lectures were conducted. The focus of the activities of AWWA for the year has been on projects like rain water harvesting, education on banking and vocational activities.

- Prakash Magdum
from Thiruvananthapuram



Mrs Elizabeth Antony felicitating Veer Naris

'Shravan' at Army Hospital

Mrs Kirti Kapoor, President, AWWA inaugurated Shravan, a new centre for Auditory Verbal Therapy at Army Hospital (R&R), Delhi Cantonment.
The new centre has been designed and developed by the hospital for the exclusive purpose of habilitating the children who have undergone cochlear implant surgery.
Mrs Kirti Kapoor, President, AWWA interacted with the children and their parents and visited the facility for Auditory Verbal Therapy Shravan. Lt Gen OP Mathew, Commandant, Army Hospital (R&R) reiterated the contributions made by AWWA for the patients in the hospital. The short entertainment programme by the cochlear implantees that followed highlighted the hearing and language skills acquired by these children. The dignitaries also interacted with the children and their parents.

input : Lt Col SK Mishra



Mrs Kirti Kapoor, inaugurating Shravan, Auditory Verbal Therapy Centre

SASO Visits Tiwari Talab

Air Marshal GS Kochar Senior Air Staff Officer (SASO) of the Central Air Command (CAC), IAF carried an inspection visit of Air Force Station Tiwari Talab. The Air Marshal was received by Gp Capt Ajay Kumar, Station Commander, Air Force Station, Tiwari Talab.
In his maiden visit, the visiting officer inspected the Station and was briefed about the role of the station in providing communication facilities to HQ CAC and all its stations, other command HQs and Air Headquarter on ADGES network as well as on IMMOLS network. He inspected AFNET system. It is based on the state of the art technology and is here to bring about revolution in communication system in IAF. He also visited Information Technology cell and inspected the station LAN and saw various Officer Automation Systems established to improve Management Information System (MIS) at this Station.
The Air Marshal was briefed about the communication requirement at various Air Bases in Central Air Command. He had a look at various communication equipment used by the station to provide communication to air force units.
Air Marshal advised the airwarriors to keep abreast with knowledge updation and continue to work hard to achieve the organisational objective.

-Wg Cdr Amit Mahajan
from Allahabad



Air Marshal GS Kochar inspecting Air Force Station, Tiwari Talab

Sapper's Ex-Servicemen Meet

An ex-servicemen meet was organised under the aegis of 475 Engineer Brigade at Nasirabad to interact with retired veteran Sappers from various districts of Rajasthan and arrive at meaningful solutions to their problems. The function was presided over by Brig SJ Gracias, Commander, 475 Engineer Brigade. The function included an interactive session, wherein the ex-Servicemen were assured of all possible help to mitigate their prevailing problems. The District Welfare Officer of Zilla Sainik Board and District ECHS officers thereafter apprised the ex-Servicemen of various facilities provided and measures undertaken by their respective departments to alleviate problems being faced by the retired fraternity. This was followed by, a medical and dental camp where a team of doctors and dentists from Military Hospital Nasirabad gave medical aid to the veterans. The meet concluded with a sumptuous special barakhana for the veterans.

input : Lt Col RS Moni



Brig SJ Gracias interacting with Sappers

AWWA Week at Asha School

The Annual Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) week was celebrated by the Bison Division with a glittering function at Asha School, the school for spastic children being run by the Army at Bowenpally in Secunderabad.
The function was inaugurated by Mrs Neeru Singh, President, Bison AWWA and an enthralling show was put up by the physically and mentally challenged children which was a real treat to watch. Mrs Neeru Singh while interacting with media brought out the commendable commitment and achievements of AWWA towards the welfare of Army wives and families and future milestones envisaged to be achieved by the AWWA. On the occasion Mrs Neeru Singh distributed sweets and gifts to the children.

- NV Nagarajan
from Secunderabad



Mrs Neeru Singh with the physically and mentally challenged children

Army Saves Accident Victims

In the highest traditions of the Indian Army and to fulfil the commitment of selfless service towards the citizens of the country, personnel of 13 Field Sub-Group, voluntarily carried out swift operation in an emergency situation involving a train accident near its unit location, in Ghorpuri Pune, thereby saving precious human lives and providing necessary humanitarian assistance towards rescue and relief operations.
For this selfless and noble act, Lt Gen Noble Thamburaj, GOC-in-C Southern Command, Pune complemented Col HS Grewal CO and Sub Maj in his office and gave on the spot Commendation Card to the Sub Maj. On directions from the GOC-in-C Southern Command, Maj Gen BPS Grewal, Chief Signal Officer Southern Command visited the unit to convey the appreciation of the GOC-in-C to all ranks of 13 Field Sub-Group.


AWT Launches New Vehicles

Army Welfare Transport (AWT) Society was established in August 1996 with a view to provide quality and assured transport to Army Headquarters Transport Company, ASC on hire to meet the short fall in service transport for the routine requirements of Army Headquarters and Ministry of Defence.
In order to improve the availability of quality transport for the environment, 24 Indigo Cars have been procured to replace the old vintage Indica and Maruti Esteem Cars. Eight CNG state of the art deluxe buses have been procured to enhance the quality of travel for the PBOR from their residence areas to Army Headquarters. This will not only boost the morale of PBOR posted to Army Headquarters, but also enhance the image of the Indian Army Soldier in the National Capital Region.
The newly acquired Indigo cars and Deluxe buses were launched by Lt Gen Sudhir Sharma, Quarter Master General of the Indian Army.

-Lt Col AK Mathur



A view of launching of deluxe buses and indigo cars

Ecological Territorial Army Battalion

Maj Gen KVS Lalotra, Additional Director General Territorial Army visited 106 Infantry Battalion (Territorial) Army para in Bangalore.
During his visit to Bangalore the ADG met Mr Sudhakar Rao, the Chief Secretary of Government of Karnataka along with Col SK Thapa, Commanding Officer of 106 Infantry Battalion (TA) PARA and discussed the possibility of raising of a new ecological Territorial Army Unit in Karnataka State which would comprise of the Ex-Servicemen belonging to Karnataka State and Civilian volunteers.

Maj Gen KVS Lalotra at the 106 Infantry Battalion (TA) para in Bangalore

Breast Cancer Detection Camp

Breast cancer detection camp and mammography, under the aegis of AWWA, Eastern Command was inaugrated by Mrs Bharti Singh, President AWWA, EC at Command Hospital, Eastern Command for the benefit of ladies of Kolkata station.
All ladies above the age of 35 are being clinically examined for breast lump. Mammography is being done in all women above 50 years and between 35-40 years with breast lump or family history of breast/ovarian cancer. Any one with suspicion of malignancy is being referred to oncosurgeon for management.

input : Lt Col SK Mishra




'Nanhi Pari' for Girls Care

The 43rd Army Wives Welfare Association Day was celebrated in the entire 9 Corps zone including Jammu, Ratnuchak, Pathankot, Mamo Cantonment, Basoli and Yol.
In HQ Yol Cantonment, Mrs Rupa Sharma, President AWWA, Risi Star Corps inaugurated a noble project "Nanhi Pari-Care For the Girl Child" for the entire Corps Zone besides various women-oriented welfare projects to mark the occasion.

-Lt Col SD Goswami
from Jammu



A view of the celebrations

Ex-Servicemen Rally at Manasbal

An ex-Servicemen rally was organised at Manasbal Garrison by HQ 3 Sector Rashtriya Rifles to interact with the veteran soldiers of Ganderbal district in J & K. The aim of the rally was to make the old war heroes feel wanted and cared for. About 150 ex-Servicemen from Ganderbal, Hajan and Kangan attended the rally and interacted with Brig CA Pithawalla and a host of civil and Army officers. The oldest war hero was 110 years.
Brig CA Pithawalla Commander, 3 Sector RR assured the retired soldiers of all possible assistance and help. The retired soldiers were asked to make full use of all the available facilities and feel free to ask for assistance whenever needed. An Ex-servicemen Cell has also been started in the sector. Besides, other welfare schemes for the veterans were also initiated.
A number of letters pertaining to re-employment schemes for ex-Servicemen from various agencies including civil administration and the paramilitary forces were read out and copies were handed over for the benefit of the veterans.

input : Lt Col R Sharma



Brig C A Pithawala with the veterans

Awareness Camp at Lucknow

A 'Cancer Detection Camp' for officers, Junior Commissioned Officers, Other Ranks and the families of 3 Rajput in association with Cancer Aid Society, Lucknow was held in Lucknow Cantonment recently. The aim of the camp was to conduct preliminary examination for prostrate, oral, breast and cervical cancers in order to identify potential cases.
An overwhelming number of 437 personnel and 185 families underwent the check-up at the detection camp. Five doctors from the Cancer Aid Society formed part of the team which was assisted by the ladies and officers from 3 Rajput. Potential cases were identified and the pap-smears were sent to King George Medical University, Lucknow for confirmation. Advanced investigations, however, ruled out any sign of cancer in most cases.
The camp activities commenced with a talk on symptoms of various types of cancers and awareness of the portents of the disease. Issues such as adopting healthy lifestyle practices including dietary practices and the importance of environmental factors as potential carcinogens were also discussed at great length.

- Dr KA Sagar
from Lucknow



A view of the camp

Pine Trekking Expedition

In consonance with the Army's impetus on adventure activities, the Pine Division organised a trekking expedition in the challenging and picturesque valley of Chail, Mathiana and Kullu regions of Himachal Pradesh. The expedition team, comprising of one officer, one junior commissioned officer and ten ORs, was flagged off by Maj Gen SK Vijeshwar, General Officer Commanding, Pine Infantry Division.
The 16-day expedition was planned over a distance of approximately 250 kms and included two days of acclimatization en route. The team commenced its trek from Dagshai Cantonment and traversed across the remote areas of Mathiana and Kullu ranges, negotiating a maximum altitude of 10,000 feet.
Besides fostering the spirit of adventure, the expedition interacted with the local residents and spread the message of significance of environmental conservation while carrying the motto : “Save the Environment”.

input : Maj Bimlesh Kumar



The expedition being flagged off

Aquatics Championship

Inter Wing Aquatics Championship 2008-09 was held at Air Force Station, Bamrauli. The championship was inaugurated by Gp Capt Anil Tiwari, Station Commander, Bamrauli.
A total of six teams with 50 participants from all over Air Force Stations under this Command took part in this championship. The championship was conducted in four categories. The aim of this championship was to select Central Air Command Aquatics team to participate in the forthcoming Air Force Aquatics Championship 2008-09 to be held at Hyderabad.
The main attraction of the championship was 4x25 mtr medley relay which combined all the four stokes. It was won by Bamrauli Air Force Station. The over-all championship went to this Air Force Station while Air Force Station, Agra emerged as the runner-up of the championship. Gp Capt Anil Tiwari gave away medals and certificates to the participants.

-Wg Cdr Amit Mahajan
from Allahabad



Aquatics Championship in progress