Another star is being added to the Hall of Fame of Uttarakhand. Lt. General Bipin Rawat will be advanced in the military rank of the Chief of Indian Army Staff. Lt. General Bipin Rawat was serving as the Vice chief of Army Staff and will assume his new rank of the post from 31st December 2016.
He has superseded two senior officers because of his extraordinary career history. His experience of ten years during his deployment at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir is being cited as a key reason for the Government’s choice.
He also commanded the insurgent operation of Dimapur-based 3 corps in Myanmar. He was the colonel commanding the battalion for China during 1986 mid war crisis.
He is going to succeed General Dalbir Singh Suhag who has served as the Army Chief with the at most valor. Lt. General Bipin Rawat has still a fortnight to accustom to his new post before General Dalbir Singh Suhag relieves the office. The Spokes Person of Ministry of Defence tweeted the news on 17th December making the Government’s decision public.
Lt. General Bipin Rawat regionally belongs to the Pauri Garhwal province. He was a cadet in the 1978 batch of Indian Military Academy. He was the best cadet of his time and he was awarded the sword of honor when he passed out the Indian Military Academy. He did his Ph. D from Chaudhary Charan Singh University, M. Phil is defense and management studies and M. Phil in Strategic and Defence studies from Madras University.
Thereby he proceeded to expand skill in high altitude warfare and counter-insurgency maneuver. He was the Infantry Battalion Commander, along with the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Sector. He later served in the Rashtriya Rifles Sector. He was also deputed in the Infantry Division of Kashmir Valley.
Lt. General Bipin Rawat was recruited in the 5th Battalion of 11th Gorkha Rifles in January 1979. He hails from Uttarakhand which has given him an edge over other Army officials when it comes to high altitude warfare and counter-insurgency operations. He recently survived a dangerous helicopter crash in 2015 and now is being raised to the rank of Indian Army Chief. He was the Southern Army Commander before his deployment as the Indian Army Chief.
He is carrying forward the family’s tradition of serving the nation as army men. His father Ex Lt. General L.S. Rawat was ranked as the Deputy Chief when his tenure came to an end. His father also served as the Indian Army Academy Commandant. His mother hails from the regal family of the renowned lawyer Thakur Krishna Singh. Following his father’s footsteps, the legacy has continued as Lt. General Bipin Rawat also served as the Major General of General Staff at HQ Eastern Command.
His entire duration of service of 35 years has seen him been awarded glorious jewels of Army. His career has been of the most commendable and inspirational for any Uttarakhand citizen.