General Bipin Rawat Ji – Pride of India
General Bipin Rawat Ji , the precious heritage of the brave warrior Devbhoomi, who made Devbhoomi Uttarakhand proud, received the full command of the fourth major army of the world to be appointed first Chief of Defense Staff.
Bipin Rawat Ji was born in Pauri, Uttarakhand, India. His family had been serving in the Indian Army for multiple generations, and his father was Lieutenant General Laxman Singh Rawat Ji. Rawat Ji attended Cambrian Hall School, Dehradun, St Edward’s School Shimla, National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla and the 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 the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. From his tenure at the DSSC, he has a MPhil in Defence Studies as well as diplomas in Management and Computer Studies from Madras University. In 2011, he was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy by Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut for his research on military-media strategic studies
While commanding MONUSCO (a Multinational Brigade in a Chapter VII mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo), Rawat Ji had a truly outstanding tour. Within two weeks of deployment in the DRC, the Brigade faced a major offensive in the east which threatened not only the regional capital of North Kivu, Goma, but stability across the country as a whole. The situation demanded a rapid response and North Kivu Brigade was reinforced, where it was responsible for over 7,000 men and women, representing nearly half of the total MONUSCO force. Whilst simultaneously engaged in offensive kinetic operations against the CNDP and other armed groups, Rawat Ji (then Brigadier) carried out tactical support to the Congolese Army (FARDC), sensitization programmes with the local population and detailed coordination to ensure that all were informed about the situation and worked together in prosecuting operations whilst trying to protect the vulnerable population.
This hectic period of operational tempo lasted a full four months and during this time Rawat Ji, his headquarters and his international Brigade, were tested to the full, across the operational spectrum.
His personal leadership, courage and experience were pivotal to the success that the Brigade achieved. Goma never fell, the East stabilized and the main armed group was motivated to the negotiating table and has since been integrated into the FARDC. He was also tasked to present the Revised Charter of Peace Enforcement to the Special Representatives of the Secretary General and Force Commanders of all the UN missions in a special conference at Wilton Park, London on 16 May 2009.
Param Vishisht Seva Medal
Uttam Yudh Seva Medal
Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
Yudh Seva Medal
Vishisht Seva Medal
Years of service: 16 December 1978
Unit: 5/11 Gorkha Rifles
Chief of the Army Staff
Vice Chief of the Army Staff
19 Infantry Division
MONUSCO North Kivu Brigade
Rashtriya Rifles, Sector 5
5/11 Gorkha Rifles