Berhampur: President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday handed over the prestigious President’s Colours Award to the Corps of Army Air Defence at Gopalpur in Odisha’s Ganjam district.
The President, who is on a two-day visit to Odisha, attended the event at Army Air Defence College (AADC) at Gopalpur on Saturday.
Odisha Governor Prof. Ganeshi Lal and Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat were also present on the occasion.
The President’s Colours Award is the highest military honour for an armed forces organisation. This award is given in recognition of exceptional service rendered by it to the nation, both during the war and in peace.
The Air Defence has been in existence since 1940 as a part of Corps of Artillery however, as an independent arm, it got recognition in 1994.
The Corps of Army Air Defence has been awarded with two Ashoka Chakras, two Kirti Chakras, 20 Vir Chakras, nine Shauryas Chakras, 113 Sena Medals and 55 Mention-in-Despatches in addition to four Honour Titles awarded during 1971 Indo-Pak war.
This also provides motivation to the
younger generations for maintaining the high standards set by their predecessors
so that the service to the nation remains their prime goal.