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Central Command came into being on 1st May 1963. Prior to this, Lucknow was the Headquarters of the Eastern Command. After the Chinese aggression in 1962, Eastern Command moved to Kolkata and Central Command was raised at Lucknow. Lt Gen K Bahadur Singh has the distinction of being the first Army Commander.
 
The area of Central Command covers the seven states of Uttranchal, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Orissa and is home to 18 Regimental Centres as well as a large number of logistic and training establishments. Since its inception, Central Command has grown in size and stature. Its valour in operations, internal security duties and in aid to civil authorities is the stuff legends are made of. It, therefore, offers glimpses of a saga of our Army that started more than three hundred years ago. The distinctive flavor of Central Command lies in the fact that it stretches from the Greater Himalayas to the seas, offering a variety of military heritage, tourist and pilgrimage destinations.
 
The process of selecting a formation sign for Central Command began with its inception. Several designs were considered and finally on 31 Jul 1963, the Surya was recommended by the first Army Commander who said "The Sun has special merit for Central Command, as the Sun itself, depicted in a round form, stands for strength and light". The ethos of Surya represents the most potent source of energy, sustaining all life on Earth. Conjecture also links this emblem with that of Lord Rama and his epic war with Ravana.
      
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