Berhampur, September 23 (LocalWire): The two-day reunion of corps Army Air Defence (AAD) was concluded on Saturday at Army AD College, Gopalpur near here.
The reunion provided a platform for interaction among the serving and retired AAD gunners to renew their ties, pay tributes to their martyred comrades and to honour their Veer Naris.
The celebration included wreath-laying at the War Memorial during a specially convened Sainik Sammelan for all ranks including veterans, felicitation of gallantry award winners and Veer Naris.
During the celebration, display of transformation of AAD equipment profiles was made, besides a spectacular display of AAD history and heritage, light and sound show at the AAD Museum.
The day was also marked by the AAD Band symphony that was organised to commemorate the occasion.
“The role of AAD in preserving strategic assets and key assets in the tactical battle area of the nation assumes great significance in view of the emerging air threat,” a press release stated, adding that the AAD will continue to play a defining role in future conflicts and has thus taken a lead in induction of technologically sophisticated weapons and equipment besides selective up-gradation of the existing equipment.
The Corps of Army Air Defence is a relatively young arm. However in a short span of 25 years since its bifurcation from the Regiment of Artillery, the Army Air Defence has already created a legacy for itself within the Indian Army, the releases said.
The AAD is scheduled to receive the prestigious President’s Colours award, the highest military honour for the armed forces oaganisation from President Ram Nath Kovind at the Gopalpur Military Station on September 28 during a ceremonial parade.