New Delhi: Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff (HQ IDS) is celebrating its 19th Raising Day today. Chief of the IDS to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC) Lt Gen P S Rajeshwar laid wreath at the National War Memorial to pay homage to the Martyrs of the Armed Forces to mark the occasion. Senior officers of HQ IDS from the three Services were also present during the ceremony.
Conveying his felicitations on the occasion, the CISC exhorted all ranks of the ‘Purple Fraternity’, to continue striving hard towards jointmanship and wished them all success in every endeavour in the years ahead.
The HQ IDS was raised on October 1, 2001 as a ‘Tri Service Entity’ with an overarching aim of ‘Victory Trough Jointness’. Since then, IDS has led the conduct of Disaster Relief Operations, Tri-Service Exercises, including those with friendly foreign countries, training leaders at Tri-Service Institutions, consolidating defence intelligence and progressing procurement for the defence forces. In a landmark effort, the IDS spearheaded construction of the National War Memorial, inaugurated by Prime Minister on February 25, 2019. The HQ IDS is currently progressing the operationalisation of Defence Cyber Agency, Defence Space Agency and Armed Forces Special Operations Division as Joint organisation.
On this occasion, HQ IDS conducted a number of events for troops and their family members.