On the occasion of the Army Day 2019, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Bipin Rawat extended his wishes to all ranks of the Indian Army. Addressing the nation of the eve of the Army Day, Gen Rawat said that the last year was full of challenges, but the army gave befitting reply to perpetrators. The COAS also appreciated the contribution of Indian Soldiers in the United Peacekeeping Force. During his address Gen Rawat stated that the secularism forms the basis of the army’s discipline and compassion. He further added the army along with the Indian Navy and the Air Force is capable of repulsing any foreign aggression. He also appreciated the humanitarian values of the Indian army soldiers. Col Ranveer Singh Jamwal to Become First Army Man to Climb Highest Mountain of All Seven Continents.
The army will be celebrating its 71st Army Day on January 15. Lieutenant Bhavana Kasturi will be leading 144 Jawan contingent in the parade on the Army Day. This will be the first time a lady officer is leading a contingent in Army Day parade. Meanwhile, Captain Shikha Surbhi will also be leading Army’s Daredevil Motorcycle Display team. The team will comprise of 33 men riding nine bikes to form a pyramid formation. In addition to these two lady officers Captain Bhavana Syaal of Signals core will be participating in the Army Day parade along with Transportable Satellite Terminal.
The Army Day in India is celebrated every year on January 15 in recognition of Field Marshal Kodandera M. Cariappa’s (then a Lieutenant General) taking over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army. He took charge from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India, on 15 January 1949. In 1942, K M Cariappa becomes the first Indian Army Officer who was passed on to command a unit. The Indian Army also conducted an online video making, painting, photography and slogan writing competition on the occasion of Army Day on January 15.