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14 Infantry Division RAPID / Golden Key Division

The 14 Rapid Signal Regiment (AREN) war memorial has been constructed in the unit premises on September 21, 1995 in the everlasting memory of L/Hav Ram Meher and Signalman Surjit Singh Phul who laid down their lives on September 21, 1965 while on communication duty during the Indo-Pak war. The "Golden Key" Signal Regiment under the flag of 14 Infantry Division was called upon to blunt Pakistan's attempt to challenge the might of the Indian Army in the western sector. Enemy's intense artillery, bombardment and low flying Sabre jets did not deter dedicated Signallers like L/Hav Ram Meher and Signalman Surjit Singh Phul from providing excellent communication support. 58 Infantry Brigade under the command of 1 Armoured Division was in the thick of the battle of Chawinda on September 21. L/Hav Ram Meher and Signalman Surjit Singh Phul of 58 Infantry Brigade Signal Company were manning the B1 link right next to the Battalion Commander sharing with him the enemy firing. Both of them moved from one trench to another with their manpack radio set ANPRC 25 and ensured uninterrupted radio contact with the brigade headquarters. In this battle one enemy artillery shell scored a direct hit on these fearless Signallers killing them instantaneously. They had accomplished their mission under most trying conditions and brought eternal glory to their Corps.

In the 1971 War, for the first time, the Western front was given secondary priority. Pakistan lost an opportunity in mid-October when India's sole uncommitted reserve grouping ( 1 Armoured and 14 Infantry Divisions) had not been allowed 'provocative forward concentration' in the hope that a last-minute worldwide diplomatic effort would allow for a situation to develop in East Pakistan in which the refugee masses could go back in safety and honor.

The General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, Lt Gen JJ Singh visited a field formation of the Western Army in late 2005. He was accompanied by his wife, Mrs Anupama Singh, President, Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA), Western Command. The GOC-in-C, on his arrival, was received by Lt Gen GD Singh, GOC, Kharga Corps and Maj Gen CKS Sabu, GOC, Golden Key Division. The Army Commander inspected an impressive guard of honour presented by the smart jawans of Garhwal Rifles. The Army Commander was briefed on operational, training and station matters by the GOC, Golden Key Division. He also participated in an interactive session with officers of the Golden Key Division where improvement of operational preparedness without compromising on quality of life was discussed.

Western Command Boxing Championship was conducted in 2008 by Silver Mace Division at Mamun Cantonment. Thirteen teams from different formations of Western Command displayed high standard of boxing skills in the contest for the coveted trophy to Silver Mace Division won the Western Command boxing championship trophy by defeating the nearest competitor, Golden Key Division.

Spreading the 'clean Ganges' message, the rowing expedition of the Indian army undertaken from Haridwar to Farakka Barrage in West Bengal came to and end 09 June 2008. The Engineer Regiment of the Golden Key Division undertook this expedition along the Ganges with the message, 'pollution free Ganges' amongst the population along the course. The members of the expedition also undertook the task of cleaning the river wherever it was necessary. The group comprising of two officers and 14 personnel below officer rank covered the 1700 km stretch of the river in 54 days.

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