Anil Chauhan last served as the Eastern Command chief. (File)
Lieutenant General Anil Chauhan (retired) was today appointed as India's second Chief of Defence Staff. The post had been lying vacant since General Bipin Rawat's death in a helicopter crash on December 8 last year.
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Lt Gen Anil Chauhan (Retired) has held several command, staff and instrumental appointments and has extensive experience in counter-insurgency operations in Jammu & Kashmir and North-East India.
Born on May 18, 1961, Lt Gen Anil Chauhan was commissioned into the 11 Gorkha Rifles of the Indian Army in 1981.
In the rank of Maj General, the officer commanded an Infantry Division in the critical Baramula sector in the Northern Command. Later as Lt General, he commanded a corps in the North East and subsequently went to become the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Command from September 2019.
He retired from the Indian Army in May 2021.
For his distinguished and illustrious service in the Army, Lt General Anil Chauhan (Retired) was awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Sena Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal.