President Presents Colours Award to Corps of Army Air Defence

Indian Army

Gopalpur (Odisha): President Ram Nath Kovind on September 28 handed over the prestigious President’s Colours Award which is the highest military honour for an armed forces organisation to the Corps of Army Air Defence at Gopalpur in Odisha.

This award is given in recognition of exceptional service rendered to the nation, both during peace and war.

The President was presented the Rashtriya salute at the commencement of an impressive parade led by the contingent.

In his address, he recalled the glorious legacy of the Indian Armed Forces in protecting the unity, integrity and sovereignty of the nation in general and the Corps of Army Air Defence in particular.

The function was attended by senior officers and civil dignitaries. Prominent amongst those present on the occasion included Odisha Governor Professor Ganeshi Lal.

During World War II, the Air Defence troops participated in various operations like Burma campaign, Siege of Imphal and Kohima, recapture of Rangoon, operations in Arakans, Myitkiyina, Hongkong, Singapore, Malaya, Bahrain, Iraq and Persia and won multiple gallantry awards namely four Military Crosses, one Medal of the British Empire, seven Indian Distinguished Service Medals and two Orders of the British Empire.

The Air Defence has been in existence since 1940 as a part of Corps of Artillery however, as an independent arm and got recognition in 1994. The Corps of Army Air Defence has been awarded two Ashok 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.