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
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.
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
DSCA , TSPP
Mission & Installation Contracting Command
Oct 2015 – Jun 2016
Fort Sam Houston , TX
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.
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.
DePelchin Children's Center
Foster care / Respite
Company NameDePelchin Children's Center
Dates volunteered Jan 2014 – Present
Elder Friends Program
Company Name Elder Friends Program
Dates volunteered Dec 2015 – Present
Cause: Social Services
Honors & Awards
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal