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Gunner?s Day celebrated

The 179TH Gunner's Day was celebrated with great zeal and fervour on September 28, 2005 at Bhopal Sub Area Officers' Mess. Maj Gen KPD Samanta, VSM, Commandant, Selection Centre (Central) was the chief host.

india Updated: Oct 02, 2006 16:26 IST

The 179TH Gunner's Day was celebrated with great zeal and fervour on September 28, 2005 at Bhopal Sub Area Officers' Mess. Maj Gen KPD Samanta, VSM, Commandant, Selection Centre (Central) was the chief host.

The 5 (Bombay) Battery, now a constituent of 57 Field Regt, was raised as part of the Golandaz Batallion of Bombay Fort Artillery on September 28, 1827. Since it is the oldest Battery in the history of Indian Artillery this day is celebrated as 'Gunner's Day'. Gunner's have served with distinction and honour in the true spirit of their credo 'Sarvatra-Izzat-O-Iqbal'.

The regiment has always risen to occasions and dominated the battlefield. Operation 'Vijay' (Kargil War) once again proved the might of this regiment.

Celebrations were attended by all serving and retired Gunner Officers of Bhopal, distinguished guests from all arms and services of Army, Navy, Airforce and other Defence establishments and their wives.

It was a matter of pride for the Gunner fraternity to have many distinguished and decorated veterans including Brigadier KP Pande, Maha Vir Chakra (MVC) (Retd), Brigadier KK Khanna and Colonel JP Nigam, AVSM amidst them. A get together of Gunner Junior Commissioned Officers and jawans was also held at Banyan Tree Sainik Institute.

New SO-in-C takes charge
COMMANDANT OF MCTE, Mhow, Lt Gen Sivasankara Pillai Sree Kumar, AVSM, and Colonel Commandant took over reigns of the Corps of Signals as the 21st Signal Officer-in-Chief on October 1, 2006.

Lt Gen Sree Kumar is a 1968 batch officer and an alumnus of National Defence Academy and Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. He is an MBA in Operations Research in addition to being M Phil, M Sc and B Tech. It was in a rare case in Signals when he commanded the same Infantry Division Signal Regiment to which he was commissioned.

He has vast experience in 1971 Bangladesh operations, Operation Pawan in Sri Lanka, Counter Insurgency operations in Eastern theatre and Operation Rakshak in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir and also as the Director in Military Operations Directorate at Army Headquarters. Within the Corps of Signals he held several appointments before taking over reigns of the prestigious MCTE, Mhow. He has also been an instructor at MCTE and in Armoured Corp Centre and School.

He was Chief Signal Officer in United Nations Mission in Somalia. For his professional excellence and services of exceptional order he was awarded Chief of Army Staff Commendation Card in January 1995 and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in January 2005. Lt Gen Kumar assumes the appointment at a critical time when a major revolution in the field of Information Technology is on the anvil. Under his able leadership the Corps of Signals is poised to transit smoothly into the Network
Centric Era.

Did you know?
THE UNITED Service Institution of India was founded in 1870 by a soldier scholar, Colonel (later Major General) Sir Charles MacGregor in the old Town Hall at Shimla. In 1908 its own building was built near Cumbermere Post Office in the Shimla Hills. After partition four issues of the its journal were released as that of the United Service Institution of India and Pakistan, with flags of both countries on the cover.

Post Independence years were financially a testing time for the Institution which moved to Delhi in 1953, where it was located, till mid 1996, in Kashmir House on Rajaji Marg.

Notwithstanding the difficulties, the Institution pulled through by the sheer dedication and selflessness of then Secretary, Colonel Pyara Lal, who managed it from 1957 to 1987. The Institution which began with a membership of 215 members had 12,200 by June 2006.

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