NDA Institutes Award After Slain Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz

SRINAGAR: The National Defence Academy (NDA) has instituted a new award for motivating cadets which has been named after Lt Ummer Fayaz who was kidnapped and killed by militants in 2017 in the Kashmir valley.

Lt Ummer Fayaz

The winner of first Commandant’s Motivation Award – Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz, Rajputana Rifles Regiment Trophy and Silver Medal for displaying overall improvement in performance has been awarded to Cadet Vijay Bahadur of 139 NDA Course on November 7 at the end of Term ceremony at NDA Khadakwasla.

Fayaz was born at Sursunu village in south Kashmir’s  Kulgam district. He studied at Jawahar Navodaya Vidalaya, Anantnag and joined the 129th course of NDA to pursue his dream of becoming an Army officer. During his training at the NDA, he demonstrated outstanding improvement in his performance in all disciplines.

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Fayaz was commissioned on December 10, 2016, into the 2 Rajputana Rifles of the famed Rajputana Rifles Regiment and was deployed in the Akhnoor Sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

The award is sponsored by the Rajputana Rifles Regiment. (ANI)

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