Lieutenant General Anil Chauhan, the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Command, has relinquished the command of Eastern Army.
Chauhan superannuated on May 31, 2021 after 40 years of service in the Indian Army.
Prior to taking over the Eastern Army, the General officer was the Director General of Military Operations in New Delhi.
“As the Director General of Military Operations, the General officer was the main architect of ‘Op Sunrise’ under which coordinated operations were conducted by Indian and Myanmar armies against insurgent groups operating near the border between two countries,” said a defence statement.
He was also involved in planning of the Balakot Surgical Strikes including post strike management of the escalation along Indo-Pakistan Border, the statement issued by defence PRO, Lt Col P. Khongsai.
Lieutenant General Anil Chauhan took over the reins of Eastern Army as GOC on September 1, 2019 from Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane, who moved to Delhi as the Chief of Army Staff.
The insurgency situation in the Northeastern states witnessed a major decline during the General officer’s tenure, resulting in reduced foot print of Indian Army from a number of Northeast.
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 significant stepping up of infrastructure development in the border areas.
The General officer’s service to the nation has been recognised by the government by honouring him with Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Sena Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal.
Post-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.