Pune, 9 July, 2021
Lieutenant General JS Nain, Army Commander, Southern Army Command visited Territorial Army Group Headquarters, Southern Command on 09 Jul 2021 to review their operational readiness and tasks undertaken by the Group Headquarters and its affiliated units. During the visit, Brigadier MS Sidhu, Commander, Territorial Army Group Headquarters briefed the Army Commander on various operational and administrative aspects of their Group Headquarters. Territorial Army (TA) has been at the forefront of various nation building activities including providing security back up in sensitive areas of Jammu & Kashmir and North-East. In addition, Ecological TA Battalions carrying out Plantation Drives in the states of Rajasthan and Maharashtra. TA also has Railway and Oil Sector units which are required to operate railway trains in forward areas and supplement oil supplies during war. The General Officer appreciated and complimented all ranks of the Territorial Army for the commendable work being done by them.
The Army Commander subsequently visited Agnibaaz Division in Pune and carried out a comprehensive review of their operational preparedness. During the visit, Army Commander was briefed by Major General Anoop Jakhar, General Officer Commanding of Agnibaaz Division on various operational, training and administrative initiatives being undertaken by the Division to meet the emerging challenges.
The Army Commander stated that the Agnibaaz Division is the power hub in the Southern Theatre and it has successfully embarked on the path of modernisation. The General Officer also laid emphasis on maintaining a high state of combat readiness as well as synergy and cooperation with other resources for giving a cohesive and befitting response during any future contingency. The Army Commander lauded the formation for its high degree of professionalism and commitment towards training for all eventualities including measures undertaken to overcome the challenges presented by COVID-19. He exhorted all ranks to continue to maintain a high state of battle readiness in an environment of tri-service synergy to safeguard the territorial integrity of the nation.