Northern Command Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh on Wednesday lauded the participants of First Inter Services Paragliding Accuracy Competition 2018 held at Bir Billing, Palampur in Himachal Pradesh.
The General Officer Commanding-In-Chief Northern Command presented awards to the winners and runners up.
The competition being a first of its kind was conducted by the Dah Division under the aegis of Army Adventure Wing from October 15 to 17 and provided an excellent opportunity to the participating paragliding pilots to showcase their skills. Overall conduct and arrangements were coordinated by Cassino Gunners on behalf of Dah Division.
First position was secured by Naik Ashish Kumar, Second by Havildar Kupuswami and third Position by Naik Sunil Kumar. The chief guest congratulated the winners for their excellent show of paragliding skills and the Dah Division for the stupendous conduct of such event.
He appreciated the enthusiasm and healthy competitive spirit of all participants and expressed confidence that the services paragliding pilots would perform equally well in similar national and international events and bring laurels for their respective services.
Kalpana Singh Dhatt, Regional President AWWA, Northern Command gave away consolation prizes to the trainee students pilots.
The event also witnessed an equipment display as part of “Know Your Army” and guidance for recruitment into the armed forces alongside the competition that displayed the dynamic lifestyle of uniformed personnel and also motivated the youth to join the esteemed armed forces.
A large number of civilians were extremely delightful by the generous interaction with Army Commander.
Other dignitaries, Maj Gen AK Samantra, GOC Dah Division; Maj Gen Kulpreet Singh, IG BSF Jammu, Mr Ram Avtar, Brig Sukhmeet Singh and SDM Baijnath , Mr Vikas Shukla were also present on the occasion.
The event witnessed awe inspiring wing control and accuracy skills put on display by the paragliding pilots from the Army, Air Force, Navy, BSF and Assam Rifles at Bir-Billing (Himachal Pradesh) – the world’s second best paragliding site.