Monday, February 21, 2011

Hero of Kabul attack is Army’s 1st woman Sena Medal winner

Bhartesh Singh Thakur
Posted: Sun Feb 20 2011, 00:59 hrs
The Army has selected its first woman officer to be awarded with a gallantry award.
Major Mitali Madhumita, 34, of Army Education Corps, would be awarded with Sena Medal during an investiture ceremony at Hisar Military Station on February 25 by Lieutenant General S K Singh, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of South-Western Command.
“Major Mitali displayed exemplary courage, grit, determination and valour beyond the call of duty during the attack on Indian Embassy in Kabul on February 26, 2010,” said Major Chetna Sharma, media officer of the South-Western Command, adding that she was “instrumental in saving lives of those grievously wounded in the attack”.
“She was on a UN mission in Kabul. After the attack, she helped officers to come out. She saved a lot of lives. That is why she is selected for the Sena Medal. She will be the first lady officer of the Army to have been awarded a gallantry medal,” said Major Sharma.
Interestingly, Major Mitali will be awarded the medal on the eve of the anniversary of the attack.
Hailing from Orissa, Major Mitali is the eldest of three sisters. A post-graduate in English literature, she joined the Army as a Short Service Commissioned officer in September 2000. “She has done instructional appointments in the past. She has also served in Jammu and Kashmir,” said Major Sharma.
She is currently posted as instructor in Army Education Corps School at Panchmari.
Hero of Kabul attack is Army’s 1st woman Sena Medal winner
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