THE 69TH Raising Day of the Western Command was observed at Chandimandir on Thursday.
Lt Gen I S Ghuman, Chief of Staff, HQ Western Command, laid a wreath at the Command War Memorial, Veer Smriti, to pay homage to the martyrs of the command. Wreaths were also laid by other senior officers of the command headquarters. A large number of officers, JCOs and jawans were also present on the occasion.
The Command was raised in 1947 as Delhi and East Punjab Command with HQ at Delhi was re-designated ‘Western Command’ in January 1948. In 1954, the HQ of the Command moved to Shimla. After the Indo-Pak conflict of 1971, Northern Command, with its HQ at Udhampur, was carved out of Western Command to assume operational responsibility of Jammu and Kashmir.
Later, Western Command HQ moved to its present location at Chandimandir in 1985. The South Western Command too was carved out of Western Command in 2005 to take care of operational areas from south Punjab to Gujarat.
The Western Command was instrumental in blunting the Pakistani aggression in 1947, 1965 and 1971, and subsequently carrying the battle into enemy territory.
Its formations and units have participated and distinguished themselves, winning a large number of gallantry awards, including 11 Param Vir Chakras.