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Bipin Rawat New Army Chief | Air Marshal BS Dhanoa IAF Head

All about : Lt Gen Bipin Rawat

  • The government appointed two new service chiefs on Saturday, tapping in Lt Gen Bipin Rawat as the next Army chief and Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa as the new Air Force chief.
  • Lt Gen Rawat, the vice chief of the Indian Army, will succeed General Dalbir Singh Suhag, while Air Marshal Dhanoa will take over from Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha who relinquishes the office on December 31.
  • Lt Gen Rawat, whose appointment brought to an end the guessing game borne out of the government’s delay in announcing the new Army chief, 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’.

Bipin Rawat New Army Chief | Air Marshal BS Dhanoa IAF Head

  • He 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.
  • Lt Gen Rawat has held important staff appointments at Directorate General of Military Operations (DGMO) and Military Secretary’s Branch at Army HQ.
  • He has also been Major General General Staff at HQ Eastern Command.
  • The officer commanded a Multinational Brigade in a Chapter VII mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC).
  • An alumni of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, the Higher Command and National Defence College Courses, Lt Gen Rawat, during the span of over 35 years’ service in uniform, has been awarded for gallantry and distinguished service.
  • It has been a convention that the new Army chief is announced 60 days before the incumbent retires.
  • This allows the chief-in-waiting the time to familiarise himself with the office of the Army chief and daily chorus attached to it.
  • However, with just 13 days to go before Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag retires, Lt Gen Rawat is left with much less time to get acquainted functional procedures within Army Chief’s office at the South Block.
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Bipin Rawat New Army Chief | Air Marshal BS Dhanoa IAF HeadBipin Rawat New Army Chief | Air Marshal BS Dhanoa IAF Head

All about : Air Marshal BS Dhanoa :

  • Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa is a Kargil war veteran and first-rate fighter pilot.
  • Commissioned in the IAF in June 1978 as a fighter pilot, Dhanoa is an alumnus of Rashtriya Indian Military College, the National Defence Academy and the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington.
  • Dhanoa, 59, is expected to have tenure of about three years as the Chief of Air Staff.
  • Born in Punjab’s SAS Nagar, Mohali district, Air Marshal Dhanoa comes from a family of war veterans.
  • His grandfather Capt Sant Singh was with the British Indian Army and fought in the World War II against the Japanese.
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Bipin Rawat New Army Chief | Air Marshal BS Dhanoa IAF Head

  • His father, Sarayan Singh, served as the Chief Secretary to the Government of Punjab during the 1980s and later served as advisor to the state governor.
  • Prior to moving in as Vice-Chief, he was Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, South Western Command.
  • During the Operation Vijay in 1999 (Kargil Operations), he famously commanded a fighter squadron and himself flew numerous night strike missions in the mountainous terrain.
  • He has distinguishably served various important operation appointments including Chief Instructor (Air) at the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Intelligence) at Air Headquarters and Senior Air Staff Officer of two operational Commands.
  • He was awarded Yudh Seva Medal (YSM), Vayusena Medal (VM) in 1999, and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) in 2015.
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(Source : news18)



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