Brig KG Pitre, who lives in Pune, proved that ‘a soldier never retires’ when he went paragliding at the age of 93 in January 2016. Brig Pitre, who was commissioned into the Army in August 1944 did the 15-day basic para jumping course in Rawalpindi, then a part of undivided India. He had to give up para jumping in 1952 when a smoke grenade burst in his right hand during training. After retirement, Brig Pitre did a Master’s in History from Fergusson College and then a PhD in military history. He was the Commanding Officer of the legendary 5 Para Regiment which he raised in Kota. At the 54th anniversary of 5 Para in January 2016, he went paragliding at Agra and described it as fun! Brig Pitre was awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) for contributions during the 1971 Indo-Pak war.