India has appointed Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi as its new army chief.


India has appointed Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi as its new army chief.

General Dwivedi will assume command on June 30 following the retirement of current army chief Manoj Pande.

Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi has been named the new chief of staff of the Indian army as General Manoj Pande’s term draws to an end.

Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi
Dwivedi will assume leadership as of June 30, according a statement released by the Defense Ministry, as published by The Business Standard.

According to a post on X by A Bharat Bhushan Babu, the spokesperson for the Defence Ministry, “(The) government has appointed Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi, PVSM, AVSM, presently serving as Vice Chief of the Army Staff, as the next Chief of the Army Staff with effect from the afternoon of June 30, 2024.”

During his more than 39 years in the military, Dwivedi has led multiple units in Rajasthan and Kashmir and served as inspector general and sector commander. From February 2024 to June 2024, he held the position of 46th vice chief of staff for the Army Staff.

Dwivedi has also led the 9th Corps in Himachal Pradesh and functioned as deputy chief at Army Headquarters.

In addition to his military achievements, Dwivedi holds master’s degrees in military science and strategic studies as well as an MPhil in defense and management studies.

Lt Gen Dwivedi is the recipient of multiple awards, including as three GOC-in-C Commendation Cards, the Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM), and the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM).

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