Lieutenant General K J Singh, AVSM (BAR), General Officer Commanding-in Chief, Western Command started conveying his thanks for joining the Gallantry & Distinguished Service Awards to 26 Army Offices at "Investiture Ceremony" organized by Vajra Corps of Western Command said, "In the coming days, the country will be safe in the hands of our jawans."
Making a special reference of Shaheed Bhagat Singh- an epitome of sacrifices for our soldiers who put everything on stake to serve their mother nation - Lt Genenral said, "We can forget anything but not the bravery of our soldiers and the aim of organizing such ceremony is to motivate the coming generation the sacrifices of our jawans".
He said, "Western Command is always ready to face any challenge, be it conventional or terrorism and whosoever dares, will have to face the music."
Lieutenant General K J Singh, AVSM (BAR), General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command during an impressive Investiture Ceremony held at Ferozepur Cantonment area where the Lieutenant General presented Gallantry and distinguished service awards for the act of valour and distinguished service to 26 Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers and Jawans.
The colourful and striking Investiture Ceremony was organized by the Golden Arrow division under the aegis of Vajra Corps.
The awards presented included One Yudh Seva Medal, 14 Sena Medals (gallantry), three Sena Medals (Distinguished) and 8 Vishisht Seva Medals. The Yudh Seva Medal was awarded to Brig. Mahendra Bhatnagar, Sena Medals (Gallantry) were awarded to Col. Avin Uthaiya, Major Pargag Gomber, Major Manjit Singh, Major Rajat Sangwan, Major Subhrapratim Bose, Major Ajay Sambyal, Major Panaj Kumar, Captain Abhay Sharma, Havaldar Baljit Singh (Retd), NK Rahul Ranjan, GDSM Jatinder Saini, SEP Ajay Kumar Singh, Gunner (DS) Mohammad Ejrael Shaikh, GDSM Sunil Kumar, Sena Medals (Distinguished) were awarded to Major General Sanjay Christopher Meston, Col. Rakesh Manocha, Col. Vikram Singh, Vishisht Seva Medals were awarded to Major General Amarjit Singh (Retd.), Brig. Gautam Ganguly, Brig. KS Shaji, Col. Satish Kumar Sharma, Col. Mohammad Imtiaz Khan, Col. Vivek Kumar Gupta, Col. Manish Kumar, Col. Rajan Kapoor.
On this occasion, 14 Units of Western Command were also conferred Unit Citation for their outstanding contribution to the Army and local populace in the preceding year including 63 Cavalry, 168 FD Regiment, 114 Armed Engr Regiment, 15 Engr Regiment, 56 Engr Regiment, 1 Guards, 25 Punjab, 4 Sikh, 14 Sikh, 13 Garh Rif., 4 JAK LI, 157 INF BN (TA), 14 Rapid ORD Unit, 217 Transit Camp.
The soldiers, their families and retired army personnel attended the glittering function. Serving Officers of Police, Civil Administration and Para-Military Forces were also invited to witness the ceremony. Prominent amongst those present were Lieutenant General NPS Hira, AVSM, SM, General Officer Commanding, Vajra Corps, Major General SC Meston, SM, VSM, General Officer Commanding, Golden Arrow Division and a number of other senior serving officers of Western Command.
While interacting with the media persons, the Lieutenant General said that our hostile neighbor Pakistan is trying to ruin our Punjabi youth with the help of drugs supply in the state with its long term strategy after Afghanistan.
He however, earnestly desired the media person especially the Punjabi and Hindi newspapers which are more readable by the common man, to spread awareness against the menace of drugs. While Army is already various camps in the border towns to create awareness among the people to shun the menace of drugs, he added.
The awardees were seen in high morale on having interaction with them Jatinder Saini, Gauge-man of 21 PR and Mohammad Ejrael Sheikh Gunner of 111 Rocket Regiment and spoke high about the facilities available in the Army for its jawans.