26 Aug 2015 Bhutan expands its UN Peacekeeper contribution

Bhutan expands its UN Peacekeeper contribution by sending seven more security personnel to the UN Peacekeeping missions. The seven officers met with the Prime Minister on 26 Aug 2015.

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31 Jul 2015 Bhutan assigns more UN peacekeepers

Bhutan has expanded its contribution to UN peacekeeping with another six security personnel. This brings the total number of Bhutanese serving abroad in UN peacekeeping
missions to 23 personnel. Of the six being deployed, five of them are Royal Bhutan Police officers: Lt Col Tshering Penjor, majors Ugyen Penjore, Wangdi Tshering and Deychen Choden, and non-commissioned officer, Sgt Major Tashi Norbu.
Major Deychen Choden will be the second female police officer Bhutan is assigning to the UN. The police officers will serve in the African Union/UN hybrid operation in Dafur UNAMID. This mission,established in 2007, is mandated with protecting civilians. Its other responsibilities include providing security for humanitarian assistance, monitoring and verifying implementation
of agreements, assisting an inclusive political process, contributing to the promotion of human rights and the rule of law, and monitoring and reporting on the situation along the borders with Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR).
Major Sangay Tshering of the RBA will be assigned as a military observer to the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO) in the Middle East. He will be joining Lt Col Ngawang Jigme who was deployed to UNTSO in September, last year. The UNTSO was established
in 1948. Military observers of the UNTSO monitor ceasefires, supervise armistice agreements, prevent isolated incidents from escalating and assist other UN peacekeeping operations in the region to fulfill their respective mandates. The officers called on the Prime Minister, yesterday, who wrote on social media that he thanked and wished them well.
The next assignment of UN peacekeepers is expected to take place at the end of next month as Bhutan will begin rotating its personnel. Bhutan began contributing to UN peacekeeping in September, last year.

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16 Apr 2015 Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay with seven RBA personnel who are leaving the country to serve as UN peacekeepers

Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay met with seven security personnel who are leaving the country shortly to serve as UN peacekeepers in four UN peacekeeping missions. This will bring the total number of Bhutanese serving abroad as UN peacekeepers to 18

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02 Dec 2014 Inauguration of New Buildings

Her Royal Highness princess Kesang Choden Wangchuck inaugurated the new Royal Bhutan Army headquarters, officers’ mess and transit camp on 01 December 2014 in Thimphu.

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17 Sep 2014 Bhutan’s armed forces participate in UN peacekeeping

Bhutan’s arm forces are now participating in United Nations peacekeeping missions, the first of its kind for Bhutan. Two officers from the Royal Bhutan Army and one officer from the Royal Body Guard left the country to serve as peacekeepers in the Middle East and Africa. The assignments will mark the first and historic participation of Bhutanese Armed Force officers as UN peacekeepers.
Prior to their departure, His Majesty the King granted an audience to the three officers.
His Majesty the King said that they must represent the country well by discharging their duties professionally and with the highest standards of excellence.
The Prime Minister, Tshering Tobgay, also met with the officers and said it is a proud moment for the country, and reflects its long-standing support and commitment for the UN and its obligation as member of the international community to respond to crisis and humanitarian disasters.
Lyonchhen said as the first Bhutanese UN peacekeepers, there are high expectations from their participation.
UN peacekeeping operation which began in 1948 has become a cornerstone of the international response to conflict resolution.

Source:BBS


05 Jun 2014 His Majesty grants audience to 7 armed force personnel

Coinciding with the Birth anniversary of Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen today, His Majesty the King granted special audience to seven armed force personnel. They, six police personnel including a woman and one army personnel, were recognised for their bravery and patriotism.
They were recognised for refusing bribes from smugglers while serving at border gates.
His Majesty the King and the Gyaltsuen also presented gifts for their service to the Nation.
The seven armed force personnel said it is a great honour to be recognised by His Majesty the King and said they would continue to serve the Nation with utmost dedication and loyalty.

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08 Nov 2013 His Majesty the King granted Dhar to Brigadier Thinley Tobgyel

His Majesty the King granted Dhar to Brigadier Thinley Tobgyel, who was promoted to the rank of Brigadier.
Brigadier Thinley Tobgyel, who was among the first ICSC students to study in Sherubtse, completed his military training from the National Defence Academy in Pune and the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun.
Brigadier Thinley Tobgyel is currently the commandant of the Military training Centre in Tencholing, Wangdue Phodrang.
He received the Drakpoi Khorlo Medal in 2003 and the Light Treasure of the Armed Forces Medal in 2013.

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20 Apr 2013 26 senior armed force personnel promoted by His Majesty

His Majesty the King promoted 26 senior armed force personnel to the rank of Colonel yesterday. Sixteen officers are from the Royal Bhutan Army, seven from Royal Body Guards and three from the Royal Bhutan Police. The new colonels received congratulatory scarf from His Majesty the King in a traditional ceremony at the throne Room.

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21 Feb 2013 His Majesty awards Service and Gallantry medals

His Majesty the King awarded Service and Gallantry medals to 239 individuals. They were awarded medals at the Dechencholing Palace in Thimphu. Ten senior most officers of the armed forces were awarded the gold medal- the Drakpoi Rinchen Tshuktor. Others received the silver medal- Drakpoi Norbu Yoedsel. The awards also included three posthumous medals. Medals were awarded to nine desups and two civilians as well. The medals were awarded in recognition of their meritorious and distinguished service to the tsa wa sum and for exemplary acts of patriotism and sacrifice in service of the nation.

Source:BBS


13 Feb 2013 Officers promoted to rank of Lieutenant Colonel

On the approval of His Majesty the King, Major General Batoo Tshering, the Chief Operations Officer of the Royal Bhutan Army has promoted 24 Officers in the Royal Bhutan Army, and 5 Officers in the Royal Body Guard to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Source:BBS




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