Nagpur: The 24th Biennial Conference of The Brigade of the Guards concluded at the Regimental Centre located at Kamptee Cantonment. The event was presided over by Lt Gen Ashok Singh, PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, ADC, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command and The Colonel’ of The Brigade of the Guards. The conference spanned over three days from 18 to 20 Dec 14 and was attended by the Commanding Officers of 19 Guards Battalions, 01 Rashtriya Rifles Battalion and 02 Territorial Army Battalions. Brigadier Satish N Wasade, Commandant of Guards Regiment Centre and Station Commander of Kamptee Cantonment, was the Chief Host of the conference which is the main forum for discussing regimental and operational issues pertaining to the Regiment.
The event was marked by the grand Passing Out Parade of 161 recruits of the 97th Recruit Course on 19 Dec 2014. GOC-in-C, Southern Command reviewed the parade and shared his thoughts on soldiering with dignity with the strapping young men who had just donned the coveted rank of Guardsman’. The Southern Army Commander also paid his respects to the Heroes of the Regiment, at the War Memorial. He also presided over a Sainik Sammelan, where he interacted with the rank and file of the Regiment. He also released the Regimental Calendar and the bi-annual regimental magazine The Guardsman and presented an ambulance to the Training Centre.
Brigade of the Guards is the seniormost infantry regiment of the Indian Army Conceived by Field Marshal KM Cariappa, on the lines of the British Coldstream Guards, the Regiment was raised in 1950 with four of the oldest infantry battalions of the Indian Army. The Regiment subsequently grew and now comprises a total of 22 Battalions, imbibed with a rich heritage of bravery and professionalism. The motto of the Regiment is Pahla Hamesha Pahla and they have maintained it in all spheres of military matters, ranging from the battlefield to the sports arena. The Regiment has been bestowed with 10 Battle Honours and has an enviable tally of gallantry awards (02 PVCs. 02 ACs, 06 MVCs, 04 KCs, 40 VrCs, 33 SCs &151 SMs) which is a testament of its gallant sons.
Brigade of the Guards Regimental Centre, Kamptee, which was host to the important event, is the alma mater of every soldier of the Regiment, whose military career begins here, with his training as a recruit, and also ends here, when he proceeds on retirement and becomes a veteran. The Regimental Centre is the repository of the rich culture and heritage of the Regiment. The Centre is equipped with state-of-the-art training infrastructure and is staffed by the most experienced and qualified instructors of the Regiment. The Centre imparts systematic and progressive training to recruits to transform young boys into physically fit and mentally robust combat-ready soldiers.