Lieutenant General Rana Pratap Kalita, general officer commanding (GOC) of 3 corps of the Indian army from Assam's Rangia received one of India's military decorations for wartime Distinguished service, the Uttam Yudh Seva Medal by President Ram Nath Kovind at Gallantry Awards in Rashtrapati Bhavan.He is notably the first Assamese Army officer and the second from the Northeastern region to be appointed a corps commander. Lt Gen Kalita was earlier honoured with Sena Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal twice for his outstanding service. He is the first Assamese Army officer and the second from the northeast to be appointed as a corps commander and the second from the northeast. RP Kalita was named GOC of the III Corps, which is based in Rangapahar, near Dimapur. Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma took to Twitter and congratulated Gen Kalita saying that he is the first Assamese Officer to be decorated with the prestigious award. Assam Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted ," Heartiest congratulations to Lt Gen Rana Pratap Kalita, AVSM, SM, VSM, The Kumaon Regiment, HQ 3 Crops, on being honoured with Uttam Yuddh Seva Medal by Adarniya Rashtrapati Ji.He is the first Assamese Officer to be decorated with this prestigious award. Proud".