Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu congratulated Lt Col Doming for creating the history. He tweeted, “A proud moment for all of us…, Major #PonungDoming creates history. She is first woman Army officer from #Arunachal to be elevated to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the #IndianArmy. Hearty congratulations and best wishes! @adgpi.”
Last month, Wing Commander Shaliza Dhami became the first woman Flight Commander of the Indian Air Force (IAF). Wg Cdr Dhami took over the Chetak helicopter unit at the Hindon airbase in Uttar Pradesh. Born in Ludhiana, she took her first solo flight in 2003 in Hyderabad, on the HPT-32 Deepak. In 2017, Dhami became the first woman flying instructor of the IAF. Wing Commander Dhami is also the first woman officer to get a permanent commission of the flying branch.
A 12-member team of the Indian Army on March 30 discovered wreckage of a World War II US Air Force aircraft in Arunachal Pradesh’s Roing district. The patrol party successfully carried out the arduous task after receiving an information from local trekkers of Lower Dibang district. The patrol located the aircraft debris covered by thick undergrowth and deeply buried under five feet of snow. World War II Aircraft ‘Dakota DC-3’ Reaches India to Re-Join Indian Air Force.
Army troops moved cross country for 30 kilometers in thick jungles and snow covered areas for eight days to trace out the wreckage. The region had seldom been ventured by anyone in the past and is even obscured from air due to thick foliage. Indian Army Tests ‘Air Cavalry’ Using Attack Helicopters.
The World War-II was fought from 1939 to 1945 between two opposing groups –Allies and Axis. The Allied powers comprised – the United Stated States, the United Kingdom and the then Soviet Union. Meanwhile, Germany, Italy and Japan formed the Axis group. The World War-II ended with the surrender of Japan.
Gauri Mahadik, the widow of Major Prasad Mahadik of the Indian Army is all set to Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai in April this year. The 32-year-old Gauri prepared hard and cleared her Services Selection Board (interview) in the second attempt. She topped the merit list of the SSB in the widow category in her second attempt. Gauri will be commissioned into the Army as Lieutenant in March next year after completing the 11-month training at the OTA. Col Govardhan Gopal Gudur – A Passionate Officer, True Gentleman And Inspiration For Young Officers.
Major Mahadik lost his life in a fire on December 30, 2017, in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh, colose to China border. The army officer hailed from Virar in Mumbai. He joined the OTA in Chennai (SSC-93 Batch) and was commissioned on 17 March 2012, into 7 Bihar Regiment. Both got married on February 15, 2015. He is survived by his wife Gauri, father Ganesh and mother Sharda.
Similarly, Last year in September, Neeru Sambyal, an army man’s widow was also commissioned as Lieutenant in the Army after completing 11 months training from the OTA. Lt. Neeru is a widow of Rifleman Ravinder Sambyal of 2 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles unit. Sambyal died of an injury in 2015. She has a four-year-old daughter, Sanidhaya. After getting commissioned Lt. Neeru joined her regiment in Assam.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) deployed Advanced Landing Grounds (ALGs) in several areas in North East sector as part of the ongoing Gagan Shakti 2018 exercise. ALGs are unprepared airstrips which are usually placed at a short notice in far flung areas having challenging terrain with limited rail and road connectivity.
As India has many border areas which have limited connectivity, so the need for ALGs is critical. ALGs can transform the area into forward strike bases for the IAF if and when required. The IAF conducted Inter Valley Troop Transfers (IVTT), Special Heliborne Operations, Air Landed Operations and Special Operations by operationalising and utilising several ALGs.
IVTT Operations were carried out in Uttar Bharat Hills and at the Tezu-Walong in the north-east sector. Sukhoi 30-MKI fighter jets are also operating from almost every ALGs in the north-east sector.
Unpredictable weather, tough terrain, narrow corridor of approach and short runway lengths makes operation exteremely tough for pilots. The IAF appreciated the precision and efficiency of its personnel. According to the Ibdin Air Force, such type of precision and professionalism is important in determining the success of tactical operations.
As a part of Gagan Shakti 2018, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman along with Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa inspected Air to Ground armament fired by Sukhoi 30-MKI and Mi-17 at DM Range, Assam. The exercise reflected IAF’s all-weather bombing capabilities and pin point precision. The Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and the Air Chief Marshal also reviewed the taking off of Su-30 aircraft from Pasighat ALG amidst the challenging terrain of Arunachal Pradesh. Sitharaman also addressed media in Chabua, Assam.
Gagan Shakti is the biggest military exercise in decades undertaken by the IAF to showcase its dominance over the entire extended area of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and the biggest ever war combat game exercise on the Pakistan and China border.