By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Sep 16: Colonel Ningombam Hemachandra has been "approved" for elevation to the rank of Brigadier in the Indian Army putting him in line to be the seventh from Manipur to join the ranks of Lt Gen K Himalaya Singh (Retd), Lt Gen L Nishikanta Singh (Retd), Brig L Ibotombi Singh (Retd), Brig S Premjit Singh, Brig N Romeo Singh and Brig K Jiten Singh.
Presently posted at the Eastern Command, Fort Williams, Kolkata, Colonel Ningombam Hemachandra was born in Khongman Zone 5, Imphal East, Manipur.
He is the youngest amongst six children of Late N Ibochou Singh and Late N Noyonshakhee Devi.
He did his early schooling from National Children School, Khongman and later studied in Sainik School, Imphal.
After completing Electrical Engineering from NIT Hamirpur, he joined the Indian Military Academy and passed out with Technical Silver Medal for being first in the merit list amongst technical/engineering cadets.
Ningombam Hemachandra was commissioned as an officer to 268 Engineer Bridge Regiments (PMS) on June 13, 1998.
He has served in Kashmir, Nagaland and Assam in counter insurgency operations and was awarded the Chief of Army Staff Commendation Card for gallantry during his Kashmir tenure. The officer has served one year in Congo as part of the United Nations Mission.
He was a Commander Works Engineer (CWE) at Mamun (Pathankot) and completed prestigious Defence Service Staff College from Wellington and attended the Higher Command Course.
Ningombam Hemachandra is married to Sonika Dogra from Himachal Pradesh who did engineering with him and the couple has two children. The Sainik School Imphal Alumni Association (SSIAA) has congratulated Colonel Ningombam Hemachandra Singh and wished him luck, success and more laurels in all his future endeavors.