WEEK-LONG functions marked the farewell of General Officer Commanding, Sudarshan Chakra Corps, Lt Gen HS Panag, AVSM who is designated to take over the illustrious Northern Command of the Indian Army as the General-Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C). He had taken over reigns of the prestigious Sudarshan Chakra Corps in January 2005 and will assume the appointment of the Army Commander on January 1, 2007.
The farewell included a Barakhana with the troops, a formal dinning out ceremony and farewells by various formations of Sudarshan Chakra Corps.
Lt Gen Panag was also given a formal farewell by the Headquarters Southern Command. Being an active golfer, he was also golfed out of the Sudarshan Chakra golf course, which has witnessed enormous improvement under his command.
AMC Day today
THE ARMY Medical Corps (AMC) turns 63 years old on Monday. The Armed Forces Medical Services have a rich heritage, glorious past and have been providing yeoman service to the entire spectrum of its clientele.
Army Medical Corps came into existence as a homogeneous corps of officers and men on the pattern of the Royal Army Medical Corps on April 3, 1943 by the amalgamation of the Indian Medical Service, the Indian Medical Department and the Indian Hospital Corps.
The Corps was formed as a wartime necessity for attracting suitably qualified men for service in a rapidly expanding army. The rapid technical changes in the past two decades and the commitments of the Corps to provide a cradle-to-grave service have necessitated diversification in the fields hitherto unexplored in many military medical services e.g. coronary artery surgery, renal transplantation, malignant diseases treatment etc.
The corps is now making a commitment in the geriatric field too. Army Medical Corps along with its affiliated sister services in the Navy and Air Force are the major facility with the Government to affect its welfare activity for serving and retired defence personnel.
New Year celebrated
SULTANIA INFANTRY Lines had an atmosphere of revellery all around to welcome the New Year 2007. Defence Services’ Officers Institute (DSOI) was decorated in full grandeur to mark the occasion with the party peaking at midnight.
The live band and the DJ’s heart throbbing music augmented the carousing especially for those on the dance floor. Drinks, food and snacks were splendid. Lights out was followed by greetings among one and all.
Did you know?
WHEN THE Second World War broke out, not a single unit of the Indian Army was mechanised to respectable standards. Motorisation was selective, and scales of weaponry extremely sparse.
But the number of men that India gave to the Allied cause has never been equaled since. In 1939, the Army had 189,000 in its ranks -rising to 2,644,323 at peak strength in 1945.
It was the Indian Army units, who in the words of ‘Bill’ Slim were the ‘best in the world’ that merited recognition as superb fighting machines.
Identical sentiments were echoed by Bernard Montgomery (Monty) in the West; Rommel, the ‘Desert Fox’, had the ‘healthiest regard’ for the Indians.
The Indian Army by the end of the War was, thus, rated as among the best in the world - whose officers and men displayed the highest levels of motivation and gallantry on the field of battle.
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