Issue: 4 / 2019

Lt General M.M. Naravane
Vice Chief of the Army Staff

Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane assumed office of the VCOAS on August 31, 2019. Earlier, he was GOC-in-C Eastern Command. He is an alumnus of National Defence Academy and Indian Military Academy. He also has a Master’s degree in Defence Studies and a M.Phil. in Defence and Management Studies. He was commissioned into 7 Sikh Light Infantry on June 7, 1980. He has vast experience and has served in Counter-Insurgency Operations in Kashmir and Northeast India. He has commanded a Rashtriya Rifles battalion in Jammu and Kashmir; an Infantry brigade; Assam Rifles in Northeast India as Inspector General (North); a Strike Corps; General Officer Commanding (GOC), Delhi Area; and GOC-in-C, Army Training Command (December 1, 2017, to September 30, 2018). In addition, he was an instructor at the Army War College, Mhow and served as the Indian Defence Attache to Myanmar.

Lt General R.P. Singh
General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command

Lieutenant General R.P. Singh was commissioned into 1 Mechanised Infantry (1 Madras) on June 12, 1982. He took over his present command on August 1, 2019. An alumnus of NDA and IMA, the General Officer has attended the Defence Services Staff Course, Senior Command Course, Higher Command Course and the National Defence College.

The General Officer has held various regimental, staff and instructional appointments including Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade in Counter Insurgency areas in Jammu and Kashmir, Col GS (Military Doctrine) at Army War College, BGS (Ops) of South Western Command and Additional Director General Discipline and Vigilance. The General officer has commanded a Mechanised Infantry Battalion, an Armoured Brigade, an Infantry Division and a Strike Corps.

Lt General Anil Chauhan
General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Command

Lieutenant General Anil Chauhan is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and Indian Military Academy. The General Officer was commissioned into the 11 Gorkha Rifles in 1981. He has held several command, staff and instructional appointments during his career and has experience in counter-insurgency operations in J&K and the Northeast. He has commanded a Corps before he took over as Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) on January 2018. He has taken over Eastern Command on August 31, 2019, from Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane who has taken over as Vice Chief of the Army Staff.

Lt General A.S. Kler
General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, South Western Command

Lieutenant General A.S. Kler has taken over the South-Western Command on August 31, 2019. The General Officer is an alumnus of NDA and IMA and was commissioned into an armoured regiment. He has over 36 years of distinguished service during which he has had extensive command and staff experience. He has also served in CI operations. He had earlier commanded a strike Corps and his last appointment before taking over South Western Command was Director General of Military Training. He has also served as Chief of Staff of Army Training Command (ARTRAC). The General Officer made a sort of record when he carried out a para jump from 10,000 ft at Nashik during May this year. Apart from training in para jump he has also carried out four successful ski dives.