Indian Army applauds work of Army Service Corps

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The Army Service Corps, the oldest and the largest administrative service in the Southern Command of the Indian Army celebrated its 258th Corps day on Saturday marking December 8 every year for their rising day. The Army officials stated that the Army Service Corps is one of the oldest and groups that started as an administrative component of the Armies during the days of the East India Company in 1760. The force gradually extended the scope of its activities and now even operates on land, water and air.

The soldiers of this unit have been awarded various awards nationally for their bravery and also winning various sports titles. The Corps have been awarded 568 honors pre Independence and one Ashok Chakra, one Maha Vir Chakra, 14 Vir Chakras, four Kirti Chakras, 21 Shaurya Chakras and 125 Sena Medals post-Independence. The Corps has so far received four Arjuna Awardees, three Hockey Olympians, the daredevil ‘Tornado ’motorcycle team and various other distinguished players in the fields of Archery, Boxing, Aquatics and Equestrian Sports.

According to the Army officials, the Corps has been the logistic backbone of Indian Army during various operations both pre and post-Independence. Known as the Commissariat Department before Independence, the Corps participated in various operations and expeditions in the North West Frontier, Mesopotamia and Gallipoli. The battle of Sidi Barrani, battle of Keren, the Arakan campaign, seize of Imphal and victory in Burma during the Second World War had an overwhelming presence of the Army Service Corps soldiers and resources. Since Independence, the Army Service Corps has taken part in operations in Kashmir, Nagaland, against the Chinese in Ladakh and NEFA in 1962 and Pakistan in 1965 and 1971. It also took part in Indian Peace Keeping Force Operations in Sri Lanka. During Operation VIJAY the Corps excelled at providing invaluable logistic support in the difficult and treacherous terrain of Kargil Sector.

The Southern Command is spread from Rajasthan to Tamil Nadu making it the largest command of Indian Army in terms of area. The ‘Southern Star Supply and Transport Warriors’ of the Corps has been ensuring smooth and effective supply and transportsupport to all units and formations of Southern Command. The supply and transport warriors played an important role during Kerala Flood Relief by supplying approx. 55 Tons relief material organised by undertaking liaison with NGOs and other civil organisation at the most crucial time.

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