Hope MacGregor medalists inspire young people to take up adventure pursuits: Army chief

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Army Chief General MM Naravane on Tuesday awarded the prestigious MacGregor Memorial Medals to four members of the armed forces and expressed hope that the winners will inspire not only others in uniform but also young people in general to engage in adventure activities.

In a ceremony held at the ISU premises here, he also said the military encourages such activities because they instill leadership traits like resilience, never-saying attitude, camaraderie and team spirit, qualities that ”we look for in our officers and other men”.

The MacGregor Memorial Medal was instituted in July 1888 to commemorate Major General Sir Charles Metcalfe MacGregor, founder of the USI, a defense think tank established in 1870, said its current director, Major General (at retirement) BK Sharma.

Since its creation, 122 medals have been awarded. At Tuesday’s event, two members of the army and one from the air force and one from the navy received medals, he said.

”It is a happy coincidence that in a time of interdependence, personnel from all three services were today awarded this medal…I hope this inspires them to undertake more such activities, while by inspiring other people in uniform and young people in general to take up adventure activities,” General Naravane said.

He said the spirit of adventure and exploration has always been part of the military way of life. The outstanding feats of men and women of great courage and character are part of the rich heritage of the three services, he added.

The USI said the medal, first awarded in 1890, is awarded for operational recognition and, after independence, for extreme adventure sports as well.

The four medal recipients, who were awarded on Tuesday, are — Sanjay Kumar, Chief EA(P), Indian Navy; Hav (Opr) (now Naib Subedar) Sanjeev Kumar of Army Adventure Nodal Center (Hang Gliding), School of Artillery, Devlali; MWO Anshu Kumar Tiwari of the Indian Air Force Adventure Directorate; and Major Ajay Kumar Singh of a para special forces battalion, according to an official statement.

The army chief praised the achievements of the winners, chosen for their activities undertaken over the past three years, and said that now that the backlog of awards is clear, more and more people are expected to win the medal every year.

The Trans-Himalayan ARMEX mission through rugged mountain passes over 18,000 feet in the Himalayan range has significantly increased our operational capability, he said later in a statement.

Likewise, the two winners of the extreme adventure sports events have raised the bar; one in ultra-running and the other in motorized hang-gliding. They displayed exceptional physical endurance, indomitable spirit and extraordinary mental resilience with their record-breaking feats, the army chief said.

Later, General Naravane also visited an exhibition of artists and entrepreneurs organized by the Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) at a leading mall here, and interacted with the participants, to mark the International Day of the woman.

The AWWA organized an all-India exhibition for its artists and entrepreneurs in different cities from March 5 to 8. The army chief appreciated the paintings and other works of art displayed in the lobby of the mall.

He also visited a book stand, set up by the organizers on site, where a book written by a young girl from Brig LS Lidder was also displayed. Brig Lidder along with CDS Gen Bipin Rawat and others were killed in a helicopter crash.

General Naravan leafed through the book – “In Search of a Title” and remembered that its foreword had been written by General Rawat. The book came out a few days before the fateful crash. PTI KND ZMN

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