Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to Get Vir Chakra, 5 IAF Pilots to be Conferred Vayu Seva Medal For Carrying Out Balakot Airstrikes; Yudh Seva Medal For Sqn Ldr Minty Agarwal

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman will be conferred Vir Chakra on Independence day for shooting down Pakistan’s F-16 fighter jet during aerial combat which took place on February 27 after Pakistan Air Force (PAF) violated the Indian airspace. In the aerial dogfight, Wg Cdr Varthaman’s Mig-21 Bison was also shot down. Though he ejected safely but his parachute drifted to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). The Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot was then captured by the Pakistani Army. He was later released on March 1. Pakistan Air Force Pilot Shahzaz Ud Din Whose F-16 Was Shot Down by Wg Cd Abhinandan Varthaman Mistaken to be Indian; Lynched by PoK Locals?

Apart from Wg Cdr Varthaman, Squadron Leader Minty Agarwal who intercepted PAF aircraft on February 27 will also be conferred Yudh Seva Medal. The five IAF pilots – Wing Commander Amit Ranjan, Squadron Leaders Rahul Basoya, Pankaj Bhujade, BKN Reddy and Shashank Singh are being awarded the Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) for carrying out airstrikes on Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist camp in Pakistan’s Balakot to avenge February 14 Pulwama attack. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman Posted at Suratgarh Airbase in Rajasthan: Reports.

The IAF conducted airstrikes in Pakistan on February 26 two weeks after the Pulwama terror attack. IAF’s Mirage-2000 fighter jets crossed the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir and targeted the JeM terror camp in Balakot with precision, guided missiles. ‘R-73 Selected’, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s Last Radio Message Before Ejecting Out of Mig-21 Bison.

Meanwhile, Prakash Jadhav of 1 Rashtriya Rifle will be awarded Kirti Chakra posthumously. Jadhav was martyred while fighting terrorists in Kulgham area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district in November last year. Apart from Jadhav, eight other army personnel including Major Vibhuti Dhoundiyal and Lance Naik Sandeep Singh will be conferred Shaurya Chakra posthumously.

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Kanika Rane, Wife of Martyred Major Kaustubh Rane of Indian Army, Set to Join Officers Training Academy in October

Kanika Rane, widow of Major Kaustubh Rane who attained martyrdom in August last year while fighting with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Gurez sector, will join Officer’s Training Academy (OTA), Chennai in October this year. Kanika Rane cleared her Services Selection Board (SSB) interview in widows’ category in her first attempt. Lt Sangeeta Mall, Widow of Gorkha Rifles Jawan Joins Indian Army.

Kanika who who lives with her three-year-old son Agastya in Colaba will undergo 49-week rigorous training at the academy. Kanika’s in-laws hailed her decision to follow their son’s footsteps by joining the OTA. After completing the training she will be commissioned into the Indian Army as a lieutenant.

Major Rane was among the soldiers who were martyred on August 7, 2018, while fighting with terrorists in Gurez sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora district. The officer belonged to Mira Road area of Thane district, adjoining Mumbai. As a tribute to the martyred army officer, the Mira-Bhayander Municipal Corporation (MBMC) in January this year laid the foundation stone for a memorial for Major Kaustubh outside Mira Road railway station.

Earlier this month, Garima Abrol, widow of Squadron Leader Samir Abrol one of the Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots who died in a plane crash on February 1, this year in Bengaluru, cleared Services Selection Board (SSB) from AFSB Varanasi in the widow category. Garima will join the Air Force Academy (AFA) in Telangana’s Dundigal in January 2020.

In April this year,  Gauri Mahadik, the widow of Major Prasad Mahadik of the Indian Army joined to Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai. 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.

Maj Gen (R) Vikram Dogra of Indian Army Breaks his Own Record at Ironman Triathlon Held in Hamburg, General Bipin Rawat Congratulates Officer

Major General (Retd) Vikram Dogra, the first army man to complete an Ironman triathlon, broke his own record at the world’s most tiring sports event by 41 minutes. Maj Gen (R) Dogra completed the triathlon held at Germany’s Hamburg on July 30 in 13 hours 40 minutes. A total number of 2,700 athletes from across 70 countries took part in the Ironman triathlon this year. All-Woman IAF Crew Flies Military Chopper Mi-17 V5 For First Time.

Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat congratulated Maj Gen (R) for his achievement. The Indian Army tweeted, “#OurVeteran #OurPride General Bipin Rawat #COAS congratulates Major General Vikram Dogra (Retired), who successfully completed an Ironman Triathlon, beating his own record at the gruelling event in #Germany.”

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The ‘Ironman’ is an international competition which consists of three events which including 3.8 km of swimming, 180 km cycling and 42.2 km of running. It is regarded as the toughest one-day sporting event in the world. The participants need to complete its all three events within 17 hours. Only after completing the event within the required timeframe, participants can earn the title of ‘Ironman’. IMA POP Spring Term 2019: Identical Twins Commissioned Into Indian Army After Completing Training From Indian Military Academy.

According to the retired army officer said, this year swimming organised in Lake Alster was the most difficult of all three loops. Speaking to IANS, he said, “The lake was not clean. The water was full of algae and almost black in appearance. There were pieces of algae floating all around. Lot of athletes lost their way in the first loop itself.” Maj Gen (R) further added that during cycling also participants faced challenge as it was a hot day with a windspeed of around 40 kmph and they had to pedal against the wind most of the time.

In July 2018, the general-rank officer participated in the triathlon held in Austria’s Klagenfurt. Maj Gen (R) Dogra had also commanded an Armoured Brigade on the western front with Pakistan and an Infantry Division in a Strike Corps. The Sword of Honour and Gold Medalist winner of the December 1981 batch got commissioned into the Poona Horse Regiment.

(Picture Courtesy: Twitter/Indian Army)

Captain Amarinder Singh Orders Double Promotion For Kargil War Hero Satpal Singh

Hours after news surfaced that Kargil War hero and Vir Chakra awardee Satpal Singh was managing traffic as a senior constable in Sangrur district, Punjab Chief Minister on Friday took note of the matter and ordered double promotion for the gallantry award winner. He is now promoted to the rank of Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI). Satpal joined Punjab police in 2010 after his retirement from the Indian Army’s 8 Sikh Regiment. Kargil Vijay Diwas 20th Anniversary Celebrations: 13 JAK RIF Organises Motorcycle Expedition From Uttarakhand’s Mana Village to Kargil.

Satpal Singh Managing Traffic in Sangrur:

 

Capt Singh slammed the then Akali government for ignoring the Kargil War hero’s credentials at the time of his recruitment. The Punjab CM tweeted, “Have promoted Vir Chakra awardee Satpal Singh of the #KargilWar from senior constable to ASI. He deserves special treatment, which previous @Akali_Dal_govt didn’t deem fit to give him at the time of his recruitment in 2010. This is the least we can do for our brave soldiers.”

Captain Amarinder Singh’s Tweet:

Satpal was posted in Drass sector during Operation Vijay in 1999 and was part of the team that helped the Army capture Tiger Hill. Satpal killed Capt Karnal Sher Khan of the Northern Light Infantry of the Pakistani Army and three others. Capt Sher Khan was later conferred the Nishan-e-Haider, Pakistan’s highest gallantry award on the recommendation of the Indian Army. Vishal Batra, Brother of Captain Vikram Batra, Climbs 16,000-Foot-High Peak on 29th Death Anniversary of Kargil War Hero.

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Meanwhile, India on Friday celebrated the 20th aniiversary of the Kargil Vijay Diwas. Chiefs of all the the three wings of the Indian Defence Forces – General Bipin Rawat, Admiral Karambir Singh and Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa paid tribute to the martyrs of the Kargil War at War Memorial in Dras.

Speaking on the 20th anniversary of the Kargil victory, General Bipin Rawat gave a stern warning to Pakistan, saying, “You will get a bloodier nose next time”. President Ram Nath Koind also visited the Kargil War Memorial to pay homage to the war heroes.

(Picture Courtesy: Twitter & Indian Express)

IMA Imparts Training to UAE Soldiers to Enhance Defence Cooperation As Part of Indian Army’s Outreach Programme

Spearheading Indian Army’s outreach for increased engagement with the Middle East, in defence cooperation, Indian Military Academy, one of the premier Pre-Commission Training Institutes of the country, shall be imparting  training to the soldiers from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The contingent from the UAE, comprising 20 Other Ranks reached IMA, Dehradun on July 17, 2019. Kargil Vijay Diwas 20th Anniversary Celebrations: 13 JAK RIF Organises Motorcycle Expedition From Uttarakhand’s Mana Village to Kargil.

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UAE soldiers at IMA (Picture Courtesy: IMA, Dehradun)

The training which has begun on July 18, 2019 will continue till to August 31, 2019 over a period of seven weeks. This would involve various aspects pertaining to ‘Drill’ which is the bedrock of discipline in the Armed Forces. This kind of military training engagements, with friendly foreign countries, has been facilitated by the Indian Army for a large number of foreign militaries in the past, however, this is the first time that this kind of a training has been organized for the officers and soldiers of UAE at Indian Military Academy. IMA POP Spring Term 2019: Indian Army Gets 382 Officers, 77 GCs Passed Out From Indian Military Academy.

The interaction between counter parts will go a long way in enhancing the bonhomie that the two countries already enjoy. During 2017 Republic Day parade, UAE had participated for the first time as a leading contingent.

(Picture Courtesy: IMA, Dehradun)

Vishal Batra, Brother of Captain Vikram Batra, Climbs 16,000-Foot-High Peak on 29th Death Anniversary of Kargil War Hero

Vishal Batra, twin brother of Shaheed Captain Vikram Batra on Sunday paid tribute to the hero of the Kargil War on his 20th Death anniversary at 16,000-foot-high Batra Top. Commander of 14 Corps of the Indian Army Lt Gen Yogesh Joshi and soldiers of Jammu and Kashmir Rifles and 18 Grenadiers accompanies Vishal to the top of the peak. Lt Gen Joshi was commanding officer of the 13 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles (JAK Rif) at the time of the war.

Vishal posted pictures of his visit on his twitter handle. In of his tweet, he shared a famous quote of Captain Batra. Vishal tweeted, “Either I would hoist the tricolor or I would come back wrapped… 20 years later (which is 7th July 2019 today), the Indian TRICOLOR furls yet again showing the Dominance of our Indian Army and it’s Brave Hearts.. Jai Hind.” Kargil War 1999: A Story of Indian Army’s Valour and Pakistan’s Betrayal.

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To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the victory in the Kargil War, Indian army also sent trekking expeditions to the Tiger Hill and the Batra Top. Northan Command of the Army tweeted, “Commemorating victory in recapturing of #PT4875, Trekking Expedition undertaken by 13 JAKRIF was received by #GOCFireAndFuryCorps at #PT4875. Unit had earned Battle Honour Mushkoh & Dras, Theatre Honour Kargil, 2 PVC, 3 VrC & other gallantry awards.”

 

Exactly 20 years ago, Captain Batra sacrificed his life while defending the motherland on Point 4875, which was named as Batra Top. The young officer had joined the 13 JAK Rif of the Indian Army. During the Kargil war, he displayed extraordinary bravery in the face of adversity. He was awarded the Param Vir Chakra (posthumously).

(Picture Courtesy: Twitter/Vishal Batra)

Lt Col Anand Subramaniam, Shaurya Chakra Winner Passes Away; Last Rites Performed at His Native Village in Kanyakumari

Lt Col Anand Subramaniam, a Shaurya chakra award winner passed away on June 29 at an age of 34 in Assam. Lt Col Subramaniam hailed from Thakkala Villukuri village of Tamil Nadu’s Kanyakumari district village. He belonged to 4 Sikh Light Infantry of the  Indian Army and was about to command the unit in some time. Col Govardhan Gopal Gudur – A Passionate Officer, True Gentleman And Inspiration For Young Officers.

Lt Col Subramaniam was suffering from high fever and the infection spread to internal organs. Due to this infection, he became seriously ill. Though the officer was heli evacuated to Jorhat military hospital and put on ventilator but he succumbed to death. When Lt Col Subramaniam became ill, he was serving in Arunachal Pradesh.

Visuals of the last rites of Lt Col Anand Subramaniam:

Lt Col Subramaniam was awarded Shaurya Chakra for his valiant action in Assam against terrorist attacks in 2010. The mortal remains arrived at Thiruvananthapuram by air. His last rights were performed on June 30 at his village. He is survived by his wife Priyanka Nair and son Karthik Pillai.

(Photo Credits: Facebook Page/Indian Military Academy, Dehradun)

IMA POP Spring Term 2019: Lt Sumit Kumar Clears SSB Interview in 19th Attempt to Join Indian Army

“Some are destined to succeed, and some are determined to succeed.”

Lt Sumit Kumar with his determination achieved his dream of becoming an officer in the Indian Army. Lt Kumar who hails from Ghaziabad cracked Services Selection Board (SSB) in the 19th attempt. He gave his first attempt on January 8, 2012, but had to wait for five years to achieve success. Lt Kumar cleared his SSB interview on July 15 2017. He gave interviews for all the entries to join the defence forces. IMA POP Spring Term 2019: Lt Reza Khalid Rejects IIT, Prefers to Serve Nation by Joining Indian Army.

Talking to media he said, “His family members, friends and teachers supported all these years when was giving his SSB interviews. He pursued graduation in Economics from Sri Ram College, Delhi. Lt Kumar was commissioned into the Punjab Regiment of the Indian Army. IMA POP Spring Term 2019: Identical Twins Commissioned Into Indian Army After Completing Training From Indian Military Academy.

On June 08 the Passing Out Parade (POP) of of 144 Regular Course, 127 Technical Graduate Course and 27 UES Course was held at Indian Military Academy’s (IMA) Drill Square. a total of 459 GCs including 77 cadets from friendly foreign countries joined passed out from the IMA. General Officer Commanding in Chief South Western Command Lieutenant General Cherish Mathson, PVSM, VSMSM, SM reviewed the parade. Maximum number of 72 officers were commissioned from Uttar Pradesh.

(Picture Courtesy: Sumit Sharma)

IMA POP Spring Term 2019: Lt Reza Khalid Rejects IIT, Prefers to Serve Nation by Joining Indian Army

The Passing Out Parade (POP) of of 144 Regular Course, 127 Technical Graduate Course and 27 UES Course was held at Indian Military Academy’s (IMA) Drill Square on June 8, 2019. A total of 382 Gentlemen Cadets (GCs) took oath to serve the nation till their last breathe. Among the newly commissioned officers, Lt Reza Khalid preferred to serve in the Indian Army over joining the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). IMA POP Spring Term 2019: Indian Army Gets 382 Officers, 77 GCs Passed Out From Indian Military Academy.

Lt Khalid who hails from Ranchi, cleared the entrance examinations of IIT and also of BITS Palani in the first attempt. But the the officer chose to join the armed forces. Lt Khalid joined the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla in 2015. After three years of training at the institute, he was for one year at the IMA. The officer’s father Mohammed Khalid is retired government employee from the state food department.

Lt Reza Khali’s Media Interaction:

Talking to media, Lt Khalid said that he joined the Indian Army as wnted to serve the nation. He further added that he wanted respect, dignity and power in life, which he will get by joining the armed forces. The officer was commissioned into the Punjab Regiment. IMA POP Spring Term 2019: Identical Twins Commissioned Into Indian Army After Completing Training From Indian Military Academy.

On Saturday a total of 459 GCs including 77 cadets from friendly foreign countries joined passed out from the IMA. General Officer Commanding in Chief South Western Command Lieutenant General Cherish Mathson PVSM, VSMSM, SM reviewed the parade. Maximum number of 72 officers were commissioned from Uttar Pradesh, followed by Bihar with 46 officers. Meanwhile, 33 officers were commissioned from Punjab. Among the GCs of the friendly foreign countries, 45 cadets from Afghanistan completed their training.

(Picture Courtesy: Sumit Sharma)

IMA POP Spring Term 2019: Identical Twins Commissioned Into Indian Army After Completing Training From Indian Military Academy

Indian Military Academy (IMA) is the institute where boys are groomed into men. On June 8, the Passing Out Parade (POP) was held at IMA’s Drill Square. In a rare occasion, identical twins, Abhinav Pathak ans Parinav Pathak  have been commissioned into the Indian Army. Both the brothers hail from Amritsar, but their family currently resided in Jalandhar. They joined the IMA through 127 Technical Entry Scheme (TES) after clearing the Services Selection Board (SSB) interview. IMA POP Spring Term 2019: Indian Army Gets 382 Officers, 77 GCs Passed Out From Indian Military Academy.

Abhinav, who is two minutes elder to Parinav will be part of Army Air Defence (AAD), while his brother has been commissioned into Army Aviation Core. Initially, Parinav will serve in the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry. Both the brothers pursued 12th from the Senior Study  – II, Amritsar. Abhinav did his computer science engineering from DAV Institute of Engineering in Jalandhar, while Parinav studied mechanical engineering from Guru Nanak Dev Engneering Collage in Ludhiana. Talking to the media, they said that during their schooling they were motivated by their teachers. They also revealed that during their schooling and during training at the IMA, often Abhinav was misidentified as Parinav and vice versa. IMA POP Spring Term 2019: Multi Activity Display And ‘Son-Et-Lumiere’ Show Held at India Military Academy.

On Saturday, a total of 459 Gentlemen Cadets (GCs) of 144 Regular Course, 127 Technical Graduate Course and 27 UES Course, including 77 Foreign GC’s from friendly foreign June 8, 2019. General Officer Commanding in Chief South Western Command Lieutenant General Cherish Mathson PVSM, VSMSM, SM reviewed the parade. GC’s marched with full enthusiasm and vigour during the Passing Out Parade (POP) held at the iconic Chetwode Hall Building. IMA Ball Night – Spring Term 2019: Precursor to June 8 Passing Out Parade Held at Indian Military Academy.

Maximum number of 72 officers were commissioned from Uttar Pradesh, followed by Bihar with 46 officers. Meanwhile, 33 officers were commissioned from Punjab. Among the GCs of the friendly foreign countries, 45 cadets from Afghanistan completed their training. The coveted award of the Sword of Honour and Bronze Medal was presented to Senior Under Officer (SUO) Akshat Raj.

(Picture Courtesy: Sumit Sharma)