Gen Vijay Kumar Singh assumed the appointment of Chief of the Army Staff of Indian Army. He succeeded Gen Deepak Kapoor who proceeded on superannuation on March 31. The change over of the baton was solemnised in a ceremony in the Army Chief's office.
Gen Vijay Kumar Singh, is a third generation officer of Rajput Regiment. An alumnus of Birla Public School, Pilani and National Defence Academy, he was commissioned in 2 Rajput (Kali Chindi) and subsequently commanded the same battalion with distinction.
The General has participated in the Bangladesh war of 1971 and operation Pawan in Sri Lanka where he was awarded Yudh Seva Medal. He has vast operational experience in counter-insurgency operations, Line of Control and High Altitude Area environment.
Gen VK Singh has had an illustrious career with outstanding performance in all courses of instruction. A graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington with a competitive vacancy, he has also excelled on a number of professional courses abroad. He is also a graduate of US Army Rangers Course of US Army War College.
The General has a wide ranging experience of various high profile command, staff and instructional appointments. He commanded his battalion in an active Line of Control environment and brigade in an operationally sensitive area. While in command of a counter-insurgency force in J&K, he was awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal for his distinguished service as General Officer Commanding. The General Officer commanded the prestigious strike corps in Western Sector before taking over the reigns of Eastern Army. He has been an instructor at Infantry School twice and Chief Instructor at JLW (Commando Wing). He has also served as an Instructor at HQ IMTRAT. The General Officer has been awarded with Param Vishisht Seva Medal by the President of India in recognition of his exceptional and distinguished services on the eve of Republic Day last year.
pix : Dipak Das & VK Singh
Lt Gen Bikram Singh has taken over the charge of the General Officer Commanding -in-Chief of the Eastern Command in Kolkata. An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, he was commissioned into the Sikh Light Infantry Regiment in 1972. He is a post-graduate from the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. Lt Gen Bikram Singh has done Higher Command Course at Mhow and US Army War College, Pennsylvania, USA.
With over 38 years of active service, he has held a number of important command and staff appointments. He commanded an Infantry Battalion in the North-East and along the Line of Control in J&K. He was the Corps Commander of the prestigious 15 Corps in his last command tenure. He has served in three UN Peace Keeping Missions. In his last UN assignment, he was the Deputy Force Commander and GOC of a Multinational Division in Africa, comprising officers and troops of 48 nationalities. He has been awarded Uttam Yudha Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Sena Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal for his meritorious service.