Regiment known, as the "Seven Sisters Regiment" of Indian Army,
completed 63 years of services to the nation. To mark the occasion,
several programmes were held at the Assam Regimental Centre, Shillong. The
two-day celebrations commenced with an attestation parade for 266th batch
of recruits reviewed by GOC, 101, Area, Maj Gen RR Goswami. A special sainik
sammelan and a wreath-laying ceremony were also held on the occasion.
The history of Assam Regiment began with the raising of
its first battalion in Shillong by Lt Col Ross Howman on June 15, 1941.
Soon after its raising, the regiment was sent to Burma to fight against
the Japanese during World War-II. In a span of three years (1942-45), the
regiment earned six battle honours and the "Theatre of Burma".
the regiment has grown into a family of 13 battalions, two Rashtriya
Rifles units and an infantry battalion of Territorial Army. Comprising
exclusively troops from all the seven North-Eastern states, the regiment
has established itself as a highly respected infantry regiment of Indian
Army. In its six decades of martial history, the regiment has served with
distinction in different wars and in various operational areas of the
country. It has also been a part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF)
in Sri Lanka and UN Peace Keeping Force in Cambodia. The regiment has won
seven battle honours, three theatre honours, six exclusive unit citations
and several gallantry awards. During its post- Independence service, the
regiment won two Mahavir Chakra, three Kirti Chakra, five Vir
Chakra, one Ashok Chakra, 14 Shaurya Chakra and 51 Sena
- Sqn Ldr Binoy Chongtham