Indian Army Chief. General Upendra Dwivedi took command of the Indian Army amidst India’s conflict with China-Pakistan

General Upendra Dwivedi took command of the Indian Army on Sunday. General Manoj Pandey handed over the command of the Indian Army to General Upendra Dwivedi after his retirement today, who took over his new post today. The central government appointed him as the Chief of Army Staff in June. Earlier, he was the Deputy Army Chief in February. The 30th Chief of the Indian Army belongs to the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles and has extensive experience of working on the borders with China and Pakistan. Let us tell you that General Dwivedi has taken command of the 13 lakh-strong army at a time when India is facing many security challenges, including challenges on the Line of Actual Control with China.

Lt Gen Dwivedi was born on July 1, 1964 and was commissioned into the Infantry (Jammu & Kashmir Rifles) of the Indian Army on December 15, 1984. During his long and distinguished service of nearly 40 years, he has served in a variety of Command, Staff, Instructional and Overseas appointments.

Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi’s command appointments include command of a Regiment (18 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles), Brigade (26 Sector Assam Rifles), DIG, Assam Rifles (East) and 9 Corps. Before being appointed as the Vice Chief of Army Staff, he has also held important appointments including Director General Infantry and General Officer Commanding in Chief (HQ Northern Command) from 2022-2024.

Lt Gen Dwivedi was awarded ‘Distinguished Fellow’ at the prestigious NDC equivalent course at USAWC, Carlisle, US and has been awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM), Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) and three GOC-in-Cs. He is also an alumnus of Sainik School Rewa, National Defence College and US Army War College and has completed courses from DSSC Wellington and Army War College, Mhow. The officer holds an M Phil in Defence and Management Studies and two Master’s degrees in Strategic Studies and Military Science.

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