Perilla Bhandari Swartz

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Perilla Bhandari Swartz
Perilla Bhandari Swartz

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The Times of India, May 30 2015

Perilla Bhandari Swartz (40) CM's ward to US army major

The third daughter of Sikkim's former CM Nar Bahadur Bhandari crossed half the world to join the US Army. Schooled in Delhi's Air Force Bal Bharti, she started off in the US Army as an enlisted soldier and now is commander for a Warrior Transition Unit. After 13 years in the military and three combat tours under her belt, she says, “I may not serve in a Gorkha regiment but a Gorkha heart beats under this combat uniform.... Benefits that came along with being a part of India outweighed everything else.“

Saw action in three combat zones, including Iraq

Atul Sethi | TNN | Apr 14, 2013When the CM's daughter captained the US marines | IndiaTimes/ The Times of India

Perilla Bhandari-Swartz could possibly be the only Indian woman—[in 2013, she was] a captain, no less-- in the US marines. She has seen action in three combat zones, including Iraq, and has a number of awards under her belt like Soldier of the Year (2004), Logistics Warrior and Military Leadership Award.

In Sikkim, though, where she hails from, most people know her as the daughter of the state's former chief minister, Narbahadur Bhandari. The one who didn't follow her father's footsteps but instead chose a different career.

Biographical highlights

Perilla Swartz MBA, DML, LSS

U. S. Army

San Antonio, Texas Area


Contracting Team Lead

Jun 2017 – Present Employment Duration2 mos

LocationJBSA Fort Sam Houston


Command and General Staff College

Jul 2016 – Jun 2017

Fort Leavenworth, Kansas


Contract Specialist

Mission & Installation Contracting Command

Oct 2015 – Jun 2016

Fort Sam Houston , TX

Company Commander

U. S. Army

Mar 2014 – Sep 2015

Fort Sam Houston, Texas

Commanded a multi-component Warrior Transition Company of mostly catastrophically injured personnel in transition. Supervised, mentored, and managed over 55 staff members supporting personnel returning to the force or separating from the Army.

Administrative Officer

U.S. Army

Jan 2013 – Jan 2014

Dover AFB, DE

Coordinated and executed all administrative operations and functions, supervised office staff transactions, and day-to-day operations. I ensured the organization adhered to established regulations and published directives in regards to document and management controls. I provided detail analyses of complex administrative and logistical work processes to minimize errors, streamline operation, eliminate redundancies, and improve accuracy of a broad range of organizational programs. I served as the interface between my Command Staff and all internal and external entities. I supervised staff sections verifying published policies are enforced and work processes provide optimum system efficiencies. I prepared policy letters, operating procedures, and directives ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements.

Volunteer Experience

DePelchin Children's Center

Foster care / Respite

Company NameDePelchin Children's Center

Dates volunteered Jan 2014 – Present

Cause: Children

Elder Friends Program


Company Name Elder Friends Program

Dates volunteered Dec 2015 – Present

Cause: Social Services

Honors & Awards

Bronze Star Medal

Meritorious Service Medal

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