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General Deepak Kapoor PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, ADC (b. 1948) served as the 23rd[2] Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army, appointed on 30 September 2007 and Chairman, Chiefs of Staffs Committee(COSC) appointed on 31 August 2009.[3]


Deepak Kapoor

General Deepak Kapoor.jpg
23rd Chief of Army Staff (India)
In office
1 October 2007 – 31 March 2010
Personal details
Born1948
AwardsParam Vishisht Seva Medal ribbon.svg Param Vishisht Seva Medal
Ati Vishisht Seva Medal ribbon.svg Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
Vishisht Seva Medal ribbon.svg Vishisht Seva Medal
Sena Medal ribbon.svg Sena Medal
Military service
Allegiance India
Branch/service Indian Army
Years of service11 June 1967 – 31 March 2010
RankGeneral of the Indian Army.svg General
CommandsIA Northern Command.jpg Northern Army
IA Training Command.jpg ARTRAC
XXXIII Corps
22 Mountain Division
161 Infantry Brigade
Independent Artillery Brigade, 2 Corps
74 Medium Regiment
Battles/warsIndo-Pakistani War of 1971
United Nations Operation in Somalia II

He retired on 31 March 2010 and was succeeded by General V K Singh, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC.

BiographyEdit

Kapoor was commissioned into the Regiment of Artillery on 11 June 1967. He is an alumnus of Sainik School, Kunjpura,[4][5] National Defence Academy Khadakwasla (30th Course) and Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun. His career in the Indian Army spans four decades, during which he has held varied command and as well as staff appointments. A veteran of the 1971 Indo-Pak War in the eastern theatre (Bangladesh), he is an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) in Wellington and has completed the Higher Command Course at Army War College, Mhow and NDC course at the National Defence College (NDC) in New Delhi. He served as the Chief Operations Officer for UNOSOM II (United Nations Operation in Somalia II) during 1994-95 and was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) in January 1996.

General Kapoor was Vice-Chief of the Army before taking over as the Chief of Army Staff.

General Kapoor commanded the 161 Infantry Brigade in Uri, Jammu & Kashmir which was actively involved in operations along the Line of Control. For his performance he was awarded the Sena Medal in January 1998. He commanded the 22nd Mountain Division as part of a Strike Corps during Operation Parakram in 2001-02. He was thereafter deeply involved in counter insurgency operations combating the insurgency in Assam, as Chief of Staff of 4 Corps in Tezpur. On promotion to Lieutenant General, he commanded 33 Corps at Siliguri, West Bengal. For his service as a Corps Commander, he was awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in January 2006. On elevation to the appointment of Army Commander, he commanded the Army Training Command (ARTRAC) in Shimla. Thereafter he moved to spearhead the Northern Command (India), the largest operational command in the Indian Army, deployed over varied terrain and was once again actively involved in COIN operations. For his performance, he was awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal in January 2007.

General Kapoor was appointed as the Honorary Aide-De-Camp to the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, the President of India. He is also the senior Colonel Commandant of the Regiment of Artillery.

Personal lifeEdit

General Kapoor holds Master's Degrees in Political Science, Military Science and Business Administration, the latter which he completed at the Indira Gandhi National Open University in New Delhi. He also holds a diploma in Business Management. He is married to Mrs. Kirti Kapoor and they have two children - a daughter and a son, both of whom are married.

Major Decorations and BadgesEdit

AwardsEdit

Dates of rankEdit

Insignia Rank Component Date of rank
  Second Lieutenant Indian Army 11 June 1967[1]
  Lieutenant Indian Army 11 June 1969[6]
  Captain Indian Army 11 June 1973[7]
  Major Indian Army 11 June 1980[8]
  Lieutenant-Colonel Indian Army 1987
  Colonel Indian Army 1 November 1991[9]
  Brigadier Indian Army 18 January 1996[10]
  Major General Indian Army 3 June 2001[11]
  Lieutenant-General Indian Army 29 June 2004 (seniority from 1 March)[12]
  General
(COAS)
Indian Army 1 October 2007[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 6 April 1968. p. 282.
  2. ^ http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=31552
  3. ^ http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=52258
  4. ^ Gen Kapoor, Hooda come together at their alma mater The Hindu, 25 July 2008.
  5. ^ Public Information Bureau release on Kunjpara Sainik School
  6. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 20 September 1969. p. 960.
  7. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 8 December 1973. p. 1370.
  8. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 6 December 1980. p. 1382.
  9. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 5 September 1992. p. 1564.
  10. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 27 December 1997. p. 1961.
  11. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 10 May 2003. p. 632.
  12. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 29 April 2006. p. 607.
  13. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 1 December 2007. p. 1868.
Military offices
Preceded by
Sureesh Mehta
Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee
2009 - 2010
Succeeded by
Pradeep Vasant Naik
Preceded by
Joginder Jaswant Singh
Chief of Army Staff
2007 – 2010
Succeeded by
V K Singh
Preceded by
Hari Prasad
General Officer Commanding - in - Chief Northern Command
2005 – 2006
Succeeded by
H S Panag