Lieutenant General Subrata Saha, Deputy Chief of Army Staff (P & S) and Colonel of the Assam Regiment and Arunachal Scouts, who is superannuating after a glorious service of 39 years on 31 Mar 2017, handed over the reins of the Assam Regiment to Lieutenant General Balwant Singh Negi, General Officer Commanding In Chief, Central Command in a solemn function conducted with full military honours at the Regimental Centre in Happy Valley, Shillong on 29 Mar 2017.
Colonel of the Regiment is a honorary post generally tenanted by the Senior most serving officer of the Regiment. The Colonel, “Father figure” of the Regiment looks after the overall interest and welfare of the officer’s and troops and is a guiding light for its overall professional improvement. Under the Colonelcy of Lieutenant General Subrata Saha with effect from 17 June 2014, the regiment has prospered in all spheres. The Assam Regiment Republic Day Contingent won both the Republic Day Parade and Army Day Parade 2016, a feat unparalled in the history of the Indian Army.
The Regiment also celebrated its Platinum Jubilee under the stewardship of the Colonel of the Regiment in November 2016 in which four new battalions of the Regiment were presented colours by the Chief of the Army Staff. The Regiment is expected to scale even higher heights of excellence under the stewardship of Army Commander, Central Command, Lieutenant General Balwant Singh Negi.