Meet Tania Sher Gill, woman officer who led Army Day parade for the first time
A woman officer became the Parade Adjutant for the first time in the history of the Army Day parade where the Army showcased its military might and some of its state-of-the-art assets.
Captain Tania Sher Gill led the all-men contingents at the Cariappa Parade Ground in Delhi Cantt during the parade. Army Chief Gen M M Naravane, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh and Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat were present on the occasion.
A fourth generation soldier, Captain Sher Gill was commissioned into the Corps of Signals two years ago. The parade adjutant plays an important role in directing and conducting the parade.
She will also be in the same role at the Republic Day parade (the Army Day parade is part of the January 26 parade).
Sher Gill’s father served in the army and later joined the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). The 5 foot 9 woman officer hails from Hoshiarpur in Punjab. She did her engineering in electronics and telecommunications from a college in Nagpur. Her hobbies include photography, travelling and music.
The army celebrates January 15 as Army Day every year as it was on this day that the first Indian general took charge of the Indian Army. General KM Cariappa (later Field Marshal) took over as the commander-in-chief of the Indian Army in 1949.
The military hardware showcased at Wednesday’s parade included infantry combat vehicle BMP-2K, K9 Vajra-T artillery guns, locally built Dhanush towed guns, T-90 main battle tanks and the short span bridging system.
The parade consisted of 18 different contingents and also featured a combat display in which soldiers simulated action in enemy territory.