Army chief Bipin Rawat visits border posts in Jammu and Kashmir
General Rawat superseded two senior-most Lt Generals, Praveen Bakshi and PM Hariz. General Rawat was commissioned in the Fifth Battalion of the Eleven Gorkha Rifles in December 1978 from Indian Military Academy or IMA, Dehradun
Army chief General Bipin Rawat will be in Jammu and Kashmir today in his first official visit after taking over as India's 27th Chief Of Army Staff. According to top army sources, he will be visiting army formation in Jammu.
Last week General Rawat took over as Army Chief of the 1.3 million strong Indian Army succeeding General Dalbir Singh Suhag, who retired after 42 years of service.
General Rawat superseded two senior-most Lt Generals, Praveen Bakshi and PM Hariz. General Rawat was commissioned in the Fifth Battalion of the Eleven Gorkha Rifles in December 1978 from Indian Military Academy or IMA, Dehradun. He was awarded the 'Sword of Honour' at the academy. General Rawat 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 Jammu and Kashmir, a Corps in the Eastern theatre and the Southern Command.
General Rawat has held important staff appointments at Directorate General of Military Operations and Military Secretary's Branch at Army Headquarters.
Earlier , Rawat has said India will give a calibrated "hard" response to terror activities that will compel Pakistan to completely rethink its strategy on supporting insurgency and terrorism here, says new Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat.
Gen Rawat, who as the Vice Chief was actively involved in the surgical strikes on terror camps across the LoC, also feels while it has to be ensured that "pain" is felt by the terrorists and their supporters, the response need not be in the same manner always.