Army Chief General Bipin Rawat will take over as the country’s first Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) on Wednesday, January 1, 2020. General Bipin Rawat has been appointed as the new Chief of Defence Staff by the government on Monday. As the CDS, he will be in straight contact with the Prime Minister on security concerns and the chiefs of the Army, Navy and the Air Force would report to him. Today General Rawat is retiring as the Army Chief, as he will be finishing his three-year tenure. For the last time as army chief, he took the parade salute.
On Tuesday, he thanked all the army personnel and their families for continuing support to him in his tenure. General Rawat interacted with media persons after receiving the Guard of Honor. He also paid respect to the fallen soldiers at the National War Memorial on a chilly winter day.
General Rawat said, “I express my gratitude to all soldiers who have stood steadfast under challenging circumstances, performing their duties, keeping the traditions of our armed forces. My special compliment to our soldiers on northern, western and eastern borders who are braving tough winter and icy winds, steadfastly in guarding our country.”
The Indian Army has taken some of the most powerful steps toward Pakistan under the direction of General Rawat.
He is recognized for bringing the major transmutation in the Army structure and transforming it into a mean and mean fighting machine of the future.
US Ambassador Ken Juster congratulated General Rawat on being first India’s Chief of Defence Staff.
LIEUTENANT GENERAL MANOJ MUKUND NARVANE WILL TAKE OVER AS THE 28TH ARMY CHIEF.
General Bipin Rawat also congratulated General Naravane by saying “I convey my best to each and every rank and file of Indian Army. I also congratulate Gen Naravane on being the next Army Chief. He is a very competent and capable officer. Gen Naravane through his competence and professionalism will take the Army to greater heights.”