Lieutenant General Anil Chauhan appointed as Chief of Defense Staff, the country’s second CDS after Rawat

New CDS Lt General Anil Chauhan (Retired): Lt General Anil Chauhan (Retired) has been appointed as the new Chief of Defense Staff (CDS). Anil Chauhan is the DGMO of the country and has been the Commander of the Eastern Command of the Army. Currently, he is working as a military adviser in the National Security Council Secretariat. He has been appointed to the post of Chief of Defense Staff nine months after the death of General Bipin Rawat. 

Lt Gen Anil Chauhan (retd) has held several commands in a career spanning over 40 years, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Defence. He has extensive experience in counter-terrorism operations in Jammu and Kashmir and North East India. After the death of General Bipin Rawat, the military post of CDS fell vacant. During General Anil Chauhan’s tenure as the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Command, militancy in the North East declined significantly. As a result, troop deployments were reduced in several northeastern states.

Who is Lt Gen (Retd) Anil Chauhan?

Lt General Anil Chauhan was born on 18 May 1961. He is an alumnus of National Defense Academy, Khadakwasla and Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. He was commissioned in 11 Gorkha Rifles of the Indian Army in 1981. Lt Gen Chauhan served in important positions in the Army from 1981 to 2021. After 40 years of distinguished service, he retired as the Chief of the Eastern Command (General Officer Commanding-in-Chief) on 31 May 2021. During Lt Gen Chauhan’s tenure as the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Command, there was a major decline in terrorism in the North East.

Lt Gen Chauhan has been awarded Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Param Vishtak Seva Medal, Ati Vishtak Seva Medal, Sena Medal, Vishtak Seva Medal for his outstanding performance. Lt Gen Chouhan was posted as Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) in New Delhi before taking charge of the Eastern Command.

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