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Col. Balwan Singh (MVC)

18 Grenadiers
are known to have the maximum strength of soldiers who have bravery awards on their names. One of those soldiers is LT. Balwan Singh. The former Indian Army Officer, Lt. Balwan Singh Panghal, born on October 17, 1973, in Haryana, obtained the Maha Vir Chakra for his bravery in leading the successful attack of conquering and securing the Tiger Hill during the Kargil War of 1999. Not much is known about this superhero, but his bravery speaks for him. He is a source of inspiration for everyone. Just like his name, Balwan which means strong, his deeds were also as strong. He was a very enthusiastic soldier.

Balwan Singh was a second-age soldier and was roused to join the Indian Army by his dad Shobha Chand, an embellished veteran of the second Jat Battalion. After finishing high school at Sainik School, Karnal, Singh joined Rohtak University College and then he graduated from Chennai Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai. He received a short-service commission (SSC) with the service number SS-37691 from the 18 Grenadiers in March 1999.

He had only four months of administration when the Kargil war broke out. Singh was entrusted to lead his Ghatak detachment trying to acquire the Tiger Hill during the eponymous fight. Singh promised, “Tiger Hill pe Tiranga fahrake avenge, chahe Kuch bhi ho Jaye” before guiding his troops into action (“We will host the Tricolour atop Tiger Hill, come what may.”). Singh was accorded the Maha Vir Chakra by President K. R. Narayan on Independence Day 1999 for his inspirational leadership and courage in successfully capturing the peak.

On 03 July 1999, Lieutenant Balwan Singh with his Ghatak detachment was entrusted to ambush the ‘Tiger Hill Top’ from the North Eastern course as a component of a multi-pronged assault. The course to the goal arranged at a stature of 16,500 feet was snowbound and mixed with precipices and sheer falls. The official, with only three months of the administration, set about his errand with resolute assurance. The group drove and urged by him, moved for more than twelve hours along an extremely troublesome and tricky course, and under exceptional cannon shelling to arrive at the assigned spike. This move took the adversary by complete amazement as his group utilized bluff ambush mountaineering gear to arrive at the top with covertness.

On observing the Ghataks, the adversary froze and in a frantic firefight endeavored to shock the Ghataks. In the following firefight, Lieutenant Balwan Singh was truly harmed. Notwithstanding, his determination to complete the foe stayed unshaken. He denied being vacated and unaware of his physical issue, moved quickly to enclose the adversary, and connected with them in a close battle, and without any assistance slaughtered four aggressors. The rest of the foe faculty selected to escape as opposed to confronting the fierceness of the wild official.

His helpful authority, obvious fearlessness, and fortitude were instrumental in the catch of Tiger Hill, which was operationally one of the most significant targets in the Drass division. Rumors say that he was afraid of his father after this war, as he had posed for a picture with a cigar in his hand and his father had seen it. Only after clarifying the incident, he went back home for the holidays and then got married.

After the contention, Singh was allowed a customary commission with the administration number IC-56218. In 2001, he took an interest in the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL). He was elevated to commander on 6 November 2003 and to major on 6 November 2005. He was an educator in the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, and has likewise filled in as Group Testing Officer at the Services Selection Board, Allahabad.

Elevated to lieutenant-colonel on 6 November 2012, and to colonel on 6 November 2014 (status from 5 March 2014), Singh in the end turned into the CO of 18 Grenadiers, instructing his contingent at Gwalior and on the Siachen Glacier. Starting in 2018, he is the Colonel General Staff at PH and HP Independent Sub Area Ambala.

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