Lt Gen RP Kalita is the first Assamese Army officer to be appointed as a corps commander and the second one from northeast

Lieutenant General Rana Pratap Kalita, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Nagaland’s Dimapur based III Corps, has been honoured with the Uttam Yudh Seva Medal on the occasion of 72nd Republic day.

RP Kalita has been awarded the Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, one of India’s military decorations for Wartime Distinguished Service, for his outstanding service for the country.

On receiving the medal, Kalita said, “I feel privileged and proud to receive the Uttam Yudh Seva Medal and would like to thank my parents and all the teachers for shaping me. I would like to thank the officers and men of Spear corps who have worked tirelessly in the tiring and difficult circumstances for the best interest of the nation. Jai Hind!”

He also wished everyone a very happy Republic Day and hoped everyone worked together towards building the country, and keeping it safe.

Lt Gen Kalita hails from Rangia, Assam and was earlier honoured with Sena Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal twice for his outstanding service. He is the first Assamese Army officer and the second from northeast to be appointed as a corps commander and the second from the northeast.

RP Kalita was appointed as the GOC of the III Corps based at Rangapahar near Dimapur. Earlier, he had commanded Rashtriya Rifles Battalion in Jammu and Kashmir and had served as a UN observer. He had also commanded the 19th infantry division at Baramulla LoC and was awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 2018.

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