Dibrugarh, 30 May: Lieutenant General Anil Chauhan, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Command superannuates on 31 May 2021 after 40 years of service in the Indian Army. Before taking over the Eastern Army, the General officer was the Director General of Military Operations at New Delhi.
As the Director-General of Military Operations, the General Officer was the main architect of ‘Operation Sunrise’ that coordinated operations conducted by Indian and Myanmar armies against insurgent groups operating near the border between the two countries. He was also involved in planning the Balakot Surgical Strikes including the post-strike management of the escalation along the Indo-Pakistan border.
Lieutenant General Anil Chauhan, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Command took over the reins of Eastern Army on 01 Sep 2019 from Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane who moved to Delhi as the Chief of Army Staff. The insurgency situation in the North Eastern States witnessed a major decline during the General Officer’s tenure, resulting in a reduced footprint of the Indian Army from many Northeast states. Under his stewardship, the Eastern Army also demonstrated its prowess and will to safeguard national interests along the Indo-China Border. This period also saw a significant stepping up of infrastructure development in the border areas.
The General Officer’s service to the nation has been recognized by the Government awarding him Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Sena Medal, and Vishisht Seva Medal. Post his retirement, Lieutenant General Anil Chauhan, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Command intends to settle down in Dehradun and dedicate time to writing on security-related matters.