Lt Gen Bipin Rawat took over as the VCOAS of the Indian Army on September 1, 2016. He was commissioned in the Fifth Battalion of the Eleven Gorkha Rifles in December 1978, from IMA, Dehradun, where he was awarded the 'Sword of Honour'. The General Officer has vast experience in high altitude warfare and counter insurgency operations. He commanded an Infantry battalion, along the Line of Actual Control in the Eastern Sector; a Rashtriya Rifles Sector and an Infantry Division in the Kashmir Valley. He has held important staff appointments at Directorate General of Military Operations and Military Secretary's Branch at Army HQ. The officer commanded a Multinational Brigade, in a Chapter VII mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
An alumni of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, the Higher Command and National Defence College Courses, the General Officer, during the span of over 35 years service in uniform, has been awarded for gallantry and distinguished service with the UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM, COAS Commendation on two occasions and the Army Commander's Commendation. Prior to taking over as the VCOAS, Lt Gen Bipin Rawat tenanted the appointment of the GOC-in-C, Southern Command.
Lt Gen PM Hariz took over as General Officer Commanding in Chief Southern Command on September 1, 2016. The current assignment of the General Officer is a testimony of his continued dedication to service, which began on his commissioning in June 1978. Prior to the current appointment, he was General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Army Training Command at Shimla.
Lt Gen PM Hariz hails from Kozhikode in Kerala, and did his schooling from Sainik School, Amravatinagar (Tamil Nadu). The thorough bred soldier is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Pune. On completion of basic military training from Indian Military Academy at Dehradun in 1978, he was commissioned into 12 Mechanised Infantry Battalion and later commanded 19 Mechanised Infantry Battalion (Recce and Support) (Tracked). He has attended the prestigious Staff Course at Camberly (UK), Higher Command Course at Mhow and National Defence College at Delhi. He has the unique distinction of holding various UN appointments, which include a combined tenure as Military Observer, Chief Personnel Officer and Regional Commander in Angola. He has commanded a Battalion, Brigade, Division and Corps in the Western Sector. He is a recipient of Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Sena Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal.
Lt Gen BS Sahrawat has taken over as the General Officer Commanding of the prestigious Vajra Corps on September 2, 2016. Lt Gen BS Sahrawat is a third generation army officer. He was commissioned in December 1980 in 13th Bn (REZANG LA), the KUMAON Regiment and commanded the same Battalion in Ladakh and during OPERATION PRAKRAM in deserts. The General Officer has commanded a Mountain Brigade and an Infantry Division.
An alumnus of National Defence Academy and Indian Military Academy, the General Officer has a distinguished career during which he has tenanted numerous sensitive and distinctively coveted appointments in various parts of the country and abroad which included an assignment as Military Observer in Iraq and Kuwait. The General Officer was awarded the "Sena Medal" for his sterling effort in saving civilian lives and property during floods of Kosi River in Bihar in the year 2008. Lt Gen BS Sahrawat was the Director General in the Land, Works and Environment Directorate in the Army Headquarters prior to assuming command of Vajra Corps.
Inspector General Rakesh Pal has assumed the responsibility of the Coast Guard Regional Commander (North West) in a grand ceremony organised at the premises of Udhyog Bhawan, Gandhinagar on August 29, 2016. IG Rakesh Pal is an alumnus of Indian Naval Academy Goa and the flag bearer of the Gunnery and Weapons system specialisation. Having spent almost seven years in strategic posts at Okha, Vadinar & Porbandar, his familiarity with the state of Gujarat is seasoned.
During his unstinted association with the fine service for almost three decades, he has a distinction of commanding both the shore and a float units spread across the peninsular India. At field level almost all classes of ships acknowledge his signatures on the command insignia viz Off shore Patrol Vessel ICGS Vijit, Advanced OPVICGS Samarth, Fast Patrol Vessel Sucheta Kripalani, Inshore Patrol Vessel Ahalyabai and Interceptor Boat C-03.
Under his able leadership, the Indian Coast Guard vessels explored the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf viz UAE, Bahrain, Qatar & Oman. The officer has been awarded 'Tatrakshak Medal' for meritorious service in year 2013 and commended by the Director General Indian Coast Guard.
- Col Rohan Anand, Mahesh Iyengar, Lt Col Manish Mehta and Wg Cdr Abhishek Matiman