Pune, 8 December 2022
Gen Manoj Pande, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC, Chief of the Army Staff, Admiral R Hari Kumar, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff and Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari, PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC, Chief of the Air Staff paid homage at the iconic Hut of Remembrance of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla in the solemn memory of Late Gen Bipin Rawat, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, ADC on his death anniversary. The ceremony was conducted at the same time the Indian Armed Forces lost the first CDS.
Gen Bipin Rawat was an alumnus of Charlie Squadron of the 53rd NDA course. The General Officer served the nation as the 27th Chief of the Army Staff and subsequently the first Chief of the Defence Staff, prior his unfortunate demise in a helicopter crash on 08 Dec 2021.
Gen Bipin Rawat was an outstanding soldier and a true patriot who greatly contributed to modernising our armed forces and security apparatus. As India’s first Chief of Defence Staff, the General Officer worked on diverse aspects relating to our armed forces, most notably defence reforms. His insight and perspectives on strategic matters were exceptional. The nation will never forget his yeoman service toward festering an enduring culture of jointmanship and integration in the armed forces.