Kohima, May 31 (NEx): Lieutenant General Anil Chauhan, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Command superannuates on May 31st, 2021 after 40 years of service in the Indian Army. Prior to taking over the Eastern Army, the General Officer was Director General of Military Operations at New Delhi.
As Director General of Military Operations, the General Officer was the main architect of ‘Op Sunrise’ under which coordinated operations were conducted by Indian and Myanmar armies against insurgent groups operating near the border between two countries. He was also involved in planning of the Balakot Surgical Strikes including post-strike management of the escalation along Indo-Pakistan Border, a press release from PRO (Def) Kohima said.
Lieutenant General Anil Chauhan, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Command took over the reins of Eastern Army on September 1st, 2019 from Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane who moved to Delhi as the Chief of Army Staff.
The insurgency situation in the North Eastern States witnessed a major decline during the General Officer’s tenure, resulting in reduced footprints of Indian Army from a number of North East states. Under his stewardship, the Eastern Army also demonstrated its prowess and will to safeguard national interests along the Indo-China Border. This period also saw significant stepping up of infrastructure development in the border areas.
The General Officer’s service to the nation has been recognised by the Government by awarding of Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Sena Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant General Manoj Pande, will take charge as the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Army Command with effect from June 01, 2021.
He was the 15th Commander-in-Chief of Andaman and Nicobar Command (CINCAN), and relinquished the command of the only tri-services operational command of the Armed Forces today, May 31st, 2021.
The General Officer has remained at the forefront of efforts to harmonise the working relationship with civil administration and the people of the Islands.