Kolkata, Apr 1(ANI): Lieutenant General Bikram Singh on Thursday assumed office of the General Officer Commanding–In-Chief (GOC-in-C) of the Eastern Command in Kolkata.
An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Lieutenant General Singh was commissioned into the Sikh Light Infantry Regiment in 1972.
He is a Post Graduate from the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, and has done the Higher Command Course at Mhow and the US Army War College, Pennsylvania.
With over 38 years of active service, he has held a number of important command and staff appointments.
He commanded an infantry battalion in the northeast and along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.
He was the Corps Commander of the prestigious 15 Corps in his last command tenure.
Lieutenant General Singh has also served in three United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions.
In his last UN assignment, he was the Deputy Force Commander and GOC of a multinational division in Africa, comprising officers and troops of 48 nationalities.
He has been awarded the Uttam Yudha Seva Medal (UYSM), Ati Vishisth Seva Medal (AVSM), Sena Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) for his meritorious service so far.
He has also held some important staff appointments at Army Headquarters, which include, two tenures each in the Directorate General of Military Operations and the Directorate General of Perspective Planning. Before taking over as GOC-in-C, Eastern Command, he was the Director of General of Staff Duties at IHQ of Defence Ministry (Army). (ANI)