INDIA. Mumbai: The investiture ceremony of the Indian Army’s Southern Command was conducted at Madras Engineers Group & Centre, Bengaluru (Karnataka), with a spectacular parade on Thursday and Friday.
Lieutenant General Ajai Kumar Singh, General Officer Commanding in Chief, Southern Command, presented gallantry and distinguished awards to 40 Army personnel and 24 units of Southern Command for their outstanding contribution in various fields, an official statement read.
The grand investiture ceremony witnessed an impressive march past by six contingents from Madras Engineers Group & Center, Madras Regimental Centre, Bombay Engineers Group & Centre, Mahar Regimental Centre, Para Regimental Centre, and Artillery Centers (Nashik and Hyderabad), culminating in many major attractions such as the weapon and equipment display, motor cycle display, combat free fall, and a flypast by army helicopters from the Army Aviation unit.
The Army Commander, during his address, congratulated all the awardees and recipients of unit appreciation for their meritorious service and exhorted all to continue their pursuit of excellence. He also encouraged all ranks to emulate the valour, courage, and dedication displayed by the award winners to make the nation and the Indian Army proud.
Lieutenant General Ajai Kumar Singh also highlighted the critical role of Southern Command, the oldest and largest command of the Indian Army, covering nearly 40% of the Indian landmass and spreading over nine states and three union territories.
The Southern Command has withstood the test of time and successfully participated in numerous operations with distinction, he added.
After the presentation ceremony, he interacted with all the award winners and their families and conveyed his gratitude for their phenomenal dedication and commitment to the service of the nation, as well as for their outstanding achievements in the line of duty.
The Army Commander also interacted with the veterans present during the ceremony and expressed his appreciation for their rich legacy, tradition, and contribution. He reaffirmed the commitment of Southern Command toward the welfare and well-being of the veterans.
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