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9 Infantry Division / Pine Division

The Nine Dogra was adjudged as the Best All Round Battalion for the year 2000 of the Pine Division and was presented the GOC's most coveted banner for the same. The banner was presented by the GOC, 9 Infantry Division, Maj Gen AJB Jaini to Col Ranbir Singh, Commanding Officer of 9 Dogra at a special ceremony held at Meerut. During the presentation ceremony, the GOC lauded the achievements of the battalion in all spheres and exhorted other units of the formation to emulate the Herculean feats of 9 Dogra. On this occasion, the GOC also presented GOC Commendation Cards to 27 JCOs/ORs of the battalion. Of these, 11 were awarded to the members of the mountaineering expedition who scaled the challenging twin peaks of the Chhamser Kangri and the Lungser.

In consonance with the Army's impetus on adventure activities, in mid-2008 the Pine Division organised a trekking expedition in the challenging and picturesque valley of Chail, Mathiana and Kullu regions of Himachal Pradesh. The expedition team, comprising of one officer, one junior commissioned officer and ten ORs [other ranks], was flagged off by Maj Gen SK Vijeshwar, General Officer Commanding, Pine Infantry Division. The 16-day expedition was planned over a distance of approximately 250 kms and included two days of acclimatization en route. The team commenced its trek from Dagshai Cantonment and traversed across the remote areas of Mathiana and Kullu ranges, negotiating a maximum altitude of 10,000 feet. The aim of this expedition is promoting the spirit of adventure among the young soldiers and motivating youth to take up adventure activities. The expedition would also focus on motivating the youth to join army, as the expedition is touching the various recruitment zones. Besides fostering the spirit of adventure, the expedition interacted with the local residents and spread the message of significance of environmental conservation while carrying the motto : "Save the Environment".



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