Lt Gen SK Saini, AVSM, YSM, VSM GOC-in-C, Southern Command

Lt Gen SK Saini is an alumni of Sainik School Kapurthala and National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla. He was commissioned into 7 JAT in June 1981. He has commanded his Battalion, a Mountain Brigade, a Counter Insurgency Force in J&K and a Corps in the Western Theatre.

His staff experience includes tenanting the appointments of Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade, GSO1 (Operations) of an Infantry Division and Director Military Operations at the Army Headquarters. He has also been BGS of a Corps deployed in J&K, DDG in the Perspective Planning Directorate and COAS Secretariat. Besides, he has been a weapons instructor in the National Security Guards Training Centre, Senior Directing Staff at the National Defence College, New Delhi and Commandant of the Indian Military Academy. Prior to taking over the present appointment the officer was the Director General (Manpower & Personnel Services). The General Officer is a graduate of the Army Command and Staff Course at the Staff College, Camberley in UK and has studied at the Royal College of Military Science, Shrivenham, UK. He is also a graduate of the Higher Command Course and the National Defence College, Bangladesh, where he authored the best research paper. The Officer has also served as the Deputy Chief Military Personnel Officer in the UN Mission in Iraq and Kuwait, attended an exercise on peacekeeping conducted by the Global Peace Operations Initiative in Mongolia and a counter terrorism exercise in Australia.

He is an avid reader and holds three Masters Degrees in Defence and Strategic Studies. He has also authored / presented many articles at national / international level. He is presently the Colonel of the JAT Regiment.

The General Officer is married toMrsNeena Saini. MrsNeena Saini is a graduate from Delhi University and presently the Regional President AWWA, Southern Command.

 

LT GEN RP SINGH, AVSM, VSM, GOC-in-C, WESTERN COMMAND

Lt Gen RP Singh, AVSM, VSM was commissioned into the Mechanised Infantry on 12 Jun 1982. An alumnus of National Defence Academy and Indian Military Academy, the General officer has attended the Defence Services Staff Course, Senior Command Course, Higher Command Course and the prestigious National Defence College.

 
The General officer has held various regimental, staff and instructional appointments. He has successfully tenated prestigious staff appts including Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade in intense Counter Insurgency areas in J&K, GSO-2, Military Intelligence Directorate at IHQ of MoD (Army), Col GS (Military Doctrine) at Army War College, Mhow, BGS (Ops) of a Comd in Western Theatre, ADG Discp & Vigilance, DG LWE & DG DC&W at IHQ of MoD (Army). He was Instructor at school of Armd Warfare Ahmednagar and was also posted as United Nations Military Observer in United Nations in Africa.
 
The General officer commanded a Mechanised Infantry Battalion, an Armoured Brigade and an Infantry Division in the Western Theatre. He is a proud recipient of the Ati Vishist Seva Medal & Vishist Seva Medal for distinguished service.
 
Prior to moving to Western Command the General officer was the GOC of a Strike Corps. He has assumed the appointment of GOC-in-C, Western Command on 01 Aug 2019.
 
 

 

Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, AVSM**, YSM, SM GOC-in-C, Northern Command

Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, AVSM**, YSM, SM took over as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Northern Command.

He was Commissioned in 9th Battalion the Dogra Regiment. An alumni of Sainik School, Kapurthala and a graduate of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, he has done his M Sc from Defence Services Staff College, Wellington; M Phil in Defence and Management Studies from Army War College, Mhow; M Phil in Defence and Strategic Studies from National Defence College, New Delhi, MA from Kings College London while he was attending the prestigious Royal College of Defence Studies course in United Kingdom. The General has held varied Command, Instructional and Staff appointments.

 

 

Lt Gen PC Thimmaya, PVSM, VSM GOC-in-C, ARTRAC

Lt Gen PC Thimmaya, PVSM, VSM was born on 04 Apr 1960 at Coorg (Karnataka). The Gen Offr is an alumni of Sainik School, Bhubaneswar and National Defence Academy. He was awarded the Sword of Honour at Indian Military Academy and was Commissioned to 5th Bn the Mechanised Infantry Regiment (14 KUMAON) on 13 Jun 1981.

The Gen Offr commanded a Mech Coy in HAA in J&K and his Bn in the Western Theatre both as part of defensive and offensive fmns. The Gen Offr assumed command of an Independent Mechanised Brigade in the deserts in the Southern Theatre and Commanded a Sub Area in the Western Theatre. As a Maj Gen he Commanded a STRIKE RAPID in the South Western Theatre. Subsequently on promotion he Commanded the prestigious 10 Corps and tenated the appt of Comdt Army War College Mhow.

The Gen Offr has attended various prestigious courses apart from doing the mandatory basic courses to include the DSSC, Senior Command, Long Defence Management Course and a course on BMP-2 in erstwhile USSR.

The Gen Offr has been awarded with GOC-in-C Western Command Commendation while serving with 5th Bn the MECH INF Regt and GOC-in-C Eastern Command Commendation while serving with HQ IGAR (S). He was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal during the comd of the Strike RAPID.

The Gen Offr has held varied and prestigious assignments such as Staff Officer to the Vice Chief of the Army Staff, Aide-de-Camp to the Chief of the Army Staff, Brigade Major of a Mountain Brigade which was deployed for Op RHINO in Assam and Colonel General Staff of a Mountain Division and IGAR(S) which was deployed in intense Counter Insurgency Operations in Manipur. After successful command of an Inf Div, the Gen Offr was posted as MGGS of South Western Comd, He has also had a stint as a Military Observer in UN Mission (UNAVEM, Angola). The Gen Offr has had a successful tenure with the High Commission of India in Bangladesh as the Defence Attache. In Army HQs he has been the Assistant Military Secretary in the MS Branch, Director(Operations and Planning) in the OL Directorate and also tenated the critical appt of ADG, CAB. The Gen Offr assumed the command of Army Training Command wef 01 Nov 2018 as its 21st Army Commander.

The Gen Offr is an avid sports man and plays tennis, golf apart from tps game with high degree of proficiency.

 

 

Lt Gen 

Iqroop Singh Ghuman, PVSM, AVSM,

GOC-in-C, Central Comd

 

Lieutenant General Iqroop Singh Ghuman, Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Central Command was commissioned into Brigade of the Guards in Jun 1981.

 

An alumnus of National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla and Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, he has done his M Sc from Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, M Phil in Defence and Management Studies from Army War College, Mhow, M Phil in Defence and Strategic Studies from National Defence College, New Delhi. He has also attended Counter Terrorism Course at North East South Asia Centre for strategic studies in USA.

 

The General has held varied Command, Instructional and Staff appointments. His command assignments include Commanding Officer of an Anti-Tank Guided Missile Battalion, Commander of a Mountain Brigade in High Altitude Area under OP RAKSHAK, General Officer Commanding of an Infantry Division (RAPID) and General Officer Commanding of a Strike Corps in desert sector. The General Officer has been an Instructor at Infantry School Mhow and has also been posted as Military Observer in United Nations Angola Verification Mission.   

 

Prior to taking over present appointment he was tenanting the prestigious appointment of Deputy Chief of Army Staff (Information System & Training) at Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence.

 

The General Officer is married to Mrs Ginny Ghuman who is an avid reader and an educationist with a post graduate degree in English.

 

 

 

Lt Gen ALOK KLER, VSM

GOC-IN-C

SOUTH WESTERN COMD

 

Lieutenant General Alok Kler, VSM took over the command of Sapta Shakti Command as 10 th General Officer Commanding-in-Chief.

 

 An alumnus of National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla and Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, he was commissioned into ARMOURED CORPS in June 1982. He is a graduate from the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and has attended various important career courses, at Army War College, Mhow. He is alumnus of National Defence College of Bangladesh.

 

The General Officer has considerable experience in varied operational assignments across India. He has served in Counter Insurgency / terrorism environ in J&K and North Eastern Sector. He commanded Armoured Regiment and Armoured Brigade in Western Sector. The General Officer has commanded the Armoured Division  and later he commanded the  Corps in Western Theatre. The General Officer has had staff experience at all levels. General officer has keen interest in cycling, fitness and sports. He is also an avid Environmentalist and keen Wild Life Enthusiast.