Col Geeta Rana of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME) made history by becoming the first woman army officer to be given the charge of an independent field workshop in the Eastern Ladakh sector close to the India-China border.
Fire and Fury Corps of the Indian Army tweeted on Wednesday. "Colonel Geeta Rana of Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers scripted history by becoming the first woman officer to take over command of an Independent Field Workshop in a forward and remote location in #EasternLadakh. "
The Indian Army has recently cleared 108 vacancies for women officers to take command of independent units in the Corps of Engineers, Ordinance, EME, and other branches following which Col Geeta Rana took charge of the EME unit. This will open the path for Indian Army’s women officers to command many different units of the army.
Congratulating Col Geeta Rana on the achievement, Col Ajay Soni (retd), Vice President, Defense and Aerospace, Adani Defense, said, "Colonel Geeta Rana's appointment is a testament to her exceptional skills and prowess as a soldier. Her dedication to duty and unwavering commitment to serving the nation has earned her this historic achievement. We are proud to have soldiers like Colonel Rana in our armed forces, who uphold the highest standards of professionalism and courage. Her appointment sends a strong message of equality and inspires the next generation of women to take up challenging roles in the military. I congratulate Colonel Rana on this remarkable accomplishment and wish her continued success in all her future endeavours."
"Here's to the Indian soldier, today and every day!" Col Soni added.
In another key decision, recently, taken by the Indian Air Force, Group Captain Shaliza Dhami was handed the command of a Frontline Combat Unit in the Western Sector where the India-Pakistan border is located. Another first when woman officer in the Indian Air Force took charge of a combat unit.