General Bipin Rawat
The current Indian Army chief as of March 2017 is General Bipin Rawat, who took office on 31 December 2016 following the retirement of General Dalbir Singh. He is the 27th army chief of free India and decorated with UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM and VSM.
He hails from Pauri Garhwal district in Uttarakhand and was born in a family which is serving army since generations, His father was Lieutenant General Lachu Singh Rawat. He attended Cambrian Hall boarding school, Dehradun; St Edward’s School, Shimla and Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, where he was awarded the 'Sword of Honour'. He is also a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and the Higher Command Course at Fort Leavenworth, USA.
Rawat was commissioned into the 5th Battalion of 11 Gorkha Rifles on 16 December 1978. He has vast experience in high altitude warfare and ten years of counter insurgency operations.He assumed the post of General Office Commanding in Chief, Southern Command on 1 January 2016 and assumed the post of Vice Chief of Army Staff on 1 September 2016. On 17 December 2016, the Government of India designated him as the 27th Chief of Indian Army Staff, superseding two more senior Lt. Generals, Praveen Bakshi and P M Hariz.