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Dalbir Singh Suhag is the New Army Chief
Aug 04, 2014

General Dalbir Singh Suhag has taken over as the new incumbent as the Army Chief on July 31. 59-year old's General Dalbir Singh Suhag, who takes over as the 26th Army Chief, succeeding Genral  Bikram Singh, hails from a Jat family in Bishan village, Harayana. Prior to this new position, he was the Vice Chief of Army Staff. He joined the National Defence Academy (NDA) in 1970 and was commissioned into the 4th battalion of the 5 Gorkha Rifles in June 1974. His father Ramohal Singh Suhag was a Subedar in the Indian Army. The previous two generations of Gen. Suhag's family have served in junior ranks in the army.

He has completed various Indian and foreign courses including LDMC at College of Defence Management in 1997-98, National Defence College in 2006, Executive Course in USA in 2005 and Senior Mission Leaders Course (UN) in Kenya in 2007. Gen. Suhag has been a part of many successful operations. One of the most famous is Operation Pawan by the Indian Peace Keeping Force against Sri Lanka in 1987, where he was appointed as the Company Commander. At that point of time he was posted as an instructor at the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun and willingly opted to help his unit during this tragedy. 

Gen. Suhag also led the 53 infantry brigade from the front, which was involved in counter-insurgency operations in the Kashmir Valley from July 2003 to March 2005, and the 8 Mountain Division in Kargil from October 2007 to December 2008. Among the various other offices he held, Gen. Suhag was also appointed the Inspector General of Special Frontier Force and Commander of III Corps India.

During his 40 years long career, Gen. Suhag has won many accolades like Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM), Uttam Vishisht Seva Medal (UVSM), Ati Vishisht Seval Medal (AVSM),Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM).

 


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