Lets get inspired!General Dalbir Singh Suhag: COAS of Indian Army

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2975General Dalbir Singh Suhag, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC (born 28 December 1954) was the 26th Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) of the Indian Army, who assumed office on 31 July 2014, following the retirement of General Bikram Singh. He served as the Vice Chief of the Army Staff (VCOAS) before taking charge as Chief of the Army Staff. He was relinquished from the appointment of COAS on 31st December 2016. Singh is a third generation soldier who was born on 28 December 1954 to Smt Ishari Devi and Ch Ramphal Singh, a subedar-major in the 18th Cavalry Regiment of the Indian Army. His family is based in Bishan village of Jhajjar district, Haryana, India. Singh completed his primary education in his native village and then moved to Sainik School, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan for his secondary education in 1965 before joining the National Defence Academy in 1970. He holds Master’s degrees in Management Studies and Strategic Studies and has also completed the Executive Course offered by the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Hawaii as well as the Senior Mission Leaders Course of the United Nations Peace Keeping Centre in Nairobi. Singh was commissioned into the 4th battalion of the 5 Gorkha Rifles on 16 June 1974. He was an instructor at the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun and served as a Company commander during Operation Pawan in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. He has commanded 33 Rashtriya Rifles in Nagaland. He then commanded the 53 Infantry Brigade, which was involved in counter-insurgency operations in the Kashmir Valley from July 2003 to March 2005, and the 8th Mountain Division in Kargil from October 2007 to December 2008. He was also appointed as the Inspector General of the Special Frontier Force. Singh has completed various Indian and foreign courses including LDMC at College of Defence Management in 1997–98, National Defence College in 2006, Executive Course in USA in 2005 and Senior Mission Leaders Course (UN) in Kenya in 2007. Singh took command of the III Corps, headquartered in Dimapur, in northeast Indian state of Nagaland. In 2012, he was put under a ‘Discipline and Vigilance’ ban by the then outgoing Army Chief General V K Singh. Singh’s unit had allegedly botched up a military intelligence operation in Jorhat, Assam, which happened during his tenure as the III Corps commander. The ‘Discipline and Vigilance’ ban was, however, subsequently revoked by the next army chief General Bikram Singh with the concurrence of then Minister of Defence A K Antony. He was promoted to General Officer Commanding of a Command (GOC-in-C) of Eastern Army based in Kolkata on 16 June 2012 and served it that capacity until 31 December 2013. Singh replaced Lt Gen S K Singh as the Vice Chief of Army staff (VCOAS) on 31 December 2013. He held this post until 30 July 2014. On 14 May 2014, Government of India announces its decision to appoint Singh as next Chief of the Army staff. His name was recommended by the Defence Ministry of India to the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) which was headed by then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
He assumed charge as Chief of the Army staff on 31 July 2014 and will serve in that capacity until 31 December 2016. He is the third officer from the Gorkha Rifles to become the Chief of the Army, after the late Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw and General Gopal Gurunath Bewoor. On 7 July 2014, the Supreme Court of India declined to stay or stall Singh’s appointment as next Army Chief, in response to a petition filed by Lt Gen Ravi Dastane challenging his appointment as Eastern Army Commander. The Bench observed that there is no reason and urgency to stay the appointment and that the petition pertained to Singh’s appointment as army commander and hence issues relating to appointment of army chief did not have to be dealt with at this stage. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi representing NDA led central government, also justified the appointment, saying there is nothing in the allegations levelled and Singh fulfills all the criteria for the post including being senior-most in the seniority list. He also said that the ban imposed on Singh in 2012 was lifted and he was discharged from all charges. Earlier on 10 June 2014, the central government had told the Supreme Court that the alleged lapses which were made as grounds to impose disciplinary ban on Army Vice Chief Dalbir Singh by then Army Chief V K Singh, were “premeditated”, “vague” and “illegal”.

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