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Army Guard

The Infantry contingent of the Army Guard belongs to 8th Battalion JAMMU & KASHMIR LIGHT INFANTRY (BRAVEST OF THE BRAVE). 8 JAK LI (SIACHEN) was raised as the first Battalion Border Scouts by volunteers who took arms in the aftermath of communal passion and the smouldering embers of partition to check the multitude of kabalies infringing into Poonch on 18 Dec 1947. Born in battle and purified in blood, the battalion was rechristened as 8th Jammu & Kashmir Militia.

In 1971 war, the Battalion was outwitted, outnumbered but never outclassed in valour and fought the defensive battle successfully despite enemy’s passion for Chhamb. The battalion was awarded Battle Honour - Laleali and Picquet 707. The Regiment was rechristened as the Jammu & Kashmir Light Infantry on 27 Apr 1976.

During the Siachen tenure in June 1987, the Battalion created history by capturing ‘Quaid Post’ at an high – altitude of 21, 153 feet, the highest battle field in the world. The post was renamed as Bana Top in honour of Naib Subedar Bana Singh, Param Vir Chakra. The battalion was awarded Chief of Army Staff Unit Citation in 2001 for its sterling performance in the Poonch Sector. The Battalion established the United Nation Mission in Sudan 2006 and was conferred with United Nation Unit Citation in the year 2007 for handling the bloodiest of clashes ever in the history of Sudan.

The Battalion yet again proved its mettle during its Kupwara tenure when Nb Subedar Chuni Lal, Vir Chakra, Sena Medal was bestowed with the highest peace time gallantry award, the Ashok Chakra (Posthumous) who laid down his life following the highest tradition of Indian Army while fighting terrorist. With this, the Battalion joined the elite group of ‘Bravest of the Brave’ Battalion. Apart from this, the Battalion was once again conferred with Chief of Army Staff Unit Citation in 2009 for its splendid performance on line of Control in Kupwara (J&K). The Battalion is presently one of the most decorated battalion of Indian Army with Naib Subedar Chuni Lal, Ashok Chakra, Vir Chakra, Sena Medal as one of the most decorated soldier. During its short span since raising, personnel of unit have been awarded with One Param Vir Chakra, One Ashok Chakra, One Mahavir Chakra, One Kirti Chakra, One Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, One Ati Vishit Seva Medal, 13 Vir Chakra, 05 Shaurya Chakra, 27 Sena Medal, One Yudh Seva Medal, 14 Mention – in- dispatch, 54 Chief of Army Staff Commendation Card, One Vice Chief of Army Staff Commendation Card, 103 General Officer Commanding in Chief Commendation Card & 35 United Nations Force Commander Commendation Card.

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