Ministry of Defence30-September, 2005 14:30 IST
Lt Gen Bhupender Singh Thakur Vice Chief of Army Staff retires
Lt Gen Bhupender Singh Thakur, Vice Chief of Army Staff retired today after more than 40 years of distinguished service in the Indian Army. He was commissioned into the Central India Horse on 27 Jun 1965, after graduation from NDA, Khadakvasla and IMA Dehradun.

In his illustrious military career, the General Officer held a number of prestigious instructional, command and staff appointments in India and abroad. These included command of 87 Armoured Regiment, an Armoured Brigade and Armoured Division and Strike Corps during ‘ÓP PARAKRAM’. The General Officer held instructional appointments in Armoured Corps Centre and School, Nigerian Defence Academy (Kaduna, Nigeria) and School of Artillery, Deolali. He served as Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade, BGS of a Desert Corps and the Chief of Staff in Headquarters ARTRAC. He had two tenures in the Directorate General Military Operations, Army Headquarters, as Director in 1986 – 87 and ADGMO in 1998 – 2000,! which included the period of Operation Vijay. He also served as the Deputy MA to the Chief of Army Staff in 1988-90.

Lt Gen BS Thakur is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College, Toronto, Higher Command Course, College of Combat, Mhow and the National Defence College, New Delhi. He was the first Army officer to be posted to head the tri services Andaman & Nicobar Command. During his tenure the General Officer in his capacity as Deputy Chairman, National Integrated Relief Command oversaw and coordinated the entire relief operations after the recent Tsunami disaster. He was awarded AVSM in 2000 and PVSM in 2004 for distinguished service. The General Officer took over as Vice Chief of Army Staff on 15 Jan 2005. In his short but eventful tenure as Vice Chief, he was largely responsible for fine-tuning strategic and operational concept! s of the Army as also providing impetus to Army’s modernization plans

Lt Gen BS Thakur belongs to the Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh, where he is settling after retirement. He is a widower. He has one daughter married to an Army Officer and a son who is a cardiologist and practicing medicine in USA.

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(Release ID :12392)