Lt Gen Velu Nair, DGMS (Army) and Col Comdt has been appointed as the Honorary Surgeon to the President of India (PHS) with effect from July 1, 2016. The General Officer, an alumnus of Armed Forces Medical College, with 38 years of illustrious service in the AFMS has the unique distinction of having served as the Dean of both Armed Forces Medical College, Pune and Army College of Medical Sciences, Delhi Cantt. He was the Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Medical) prior to his taking over the present appointment.
He is an avid researcher with interests in tropical medicine, hematological malignancies and stem cell transplantation and also pioneered research on Stem Cells and Thrombosis in high altitude. He is a member of several important bodies involved in research on stem cells, haemotological disorders and military medicine such as ICMR, DBT and DRDO. He is also the past President of National Haemotological Society of India.
The General Officer has received several prestigious awards such as Maj Gen Amir Chand Award and Oration for the best medical research from National Academy of Medical Sciences, Rabindranath Tagore Oration (API), Dr LK Bhutani Oration (AIIMS) and Manorama Sapre Oration (National Haemotology Society). He is a member/fellow of many national and international medical societies and federations including FACP (USA) and FRCP (London). For his distinguished military service, he has been awarded COAS Commendation Cards four times followed by VSM and AVSM.
Lt Gen Satish Dua who took over as Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC) on October 31, 2016 paid homage to the martyrs at Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate in New Delhi. He was also accorded a Tri-Services Guard of Honour at the lawns of South Block. Lt Gen Dua was commissioned in December 1979 into 8 JAK LI (Siachen), (called the "Bravest of Brave") a Unit of the Indian Army which is presently the Ceremonial Battalion in Rashtrapati Bhavan.
A Counter Terrorism specialist, the General Officer commanded his Battalion and Brigade in active Local Conflict/Counter Terrorism (LC/CT) environment in Jammu and Kashmir. He raised a new counter terrorism formation of Assam Rifles (IGAR East) in the North East. He was also the Indian Defence Attache to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Before assuming the office of CISC, Gen Dua was commanding the Chinar Corps in Kashmir for over one year, during which the Surgical Strikes were launched and the biggest agitational protests were effectively controlled by the Indian Army.
Vice Admiral GS Pabby has assumed charge as the Chief of Materiel of the Indian Navy on October 31, 2016. The Admiral is a graduate with Honours in Mechanical Engineering and MTech in Systems and Controls from IIT Mumbai. During his illustrious career spanning over three and a half decades, the Admiral has served onboard a wide range of front line ships including Russian Petya class of ships, Russian Kashin class Destroyers and indigenously designed and built Delhi Class Destroyers.
On promotion to the rank of Rear Admiral in December 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Staff Officer (Technical) at Headquarters, Western Naval Command and later moved to Naval Dockyard Visakhapatnam. The Admiral was later appointed as Director General Naval Projects at Mumbai, where he oversaw the construction of the new dry dock, which would be the largest Naval dry dock. In recognition of his distinguished services, the Admiral has been awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal and the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal.
The Flag Officer has been the Controller Warship Production and Acquisition prior to taking over his current appointment.
Vice Admiral SR Sarma assumed charge as Director General Naval Project (DGNP), Visakhapatnam on November 1, 2016. The DGNP organisation undertakes construction of large marine infrastructure works and other technical works of various shore establishments including handling major state of art projects such as jetties, marine infrastructure up-gradations, ship-lifts, bridges and also enhancing the existing support facilities.
Vice Admiral SR Sarma was commissioned into the Indian Navy as an Electrical Officer in August 1983 and holds a Master degree in Computer Science and Engineering. The Flag Officer is an alumnus of the Naval War College, Mumbai. He has held various important appointments in the Indian Navy including Operational, Staff, Dockyard and Research and Development. His afloat appointments include tenures onboard frontline warships Mysore, Krishna, Rana and Vindhyagiri.
The Admiral is a recipient of the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal for his distinguished service. Prior to this appointment, the Flag Officer served as the Assistant Chief of Materiel (Information Technology & Systems) at Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Navy) at New Delhi, Admiral Superintendent, Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam and Chief Staff Officer (Technical), Eastern Naval Command.