By Surekha Vijh
WASHINGTON: India army chief General Bikram Singh received an outstanding honor during his visit here as he was inducted into the US Army War College (USAWC) International Fellows Hall of Fame, in the international military community for “having made a significant and enduring military/humanitarian contribution to international peace and stability” while holding the highest military rank in India.
The Indian Army Chief, who has served in three UN Peace Keeping Missions, visited important defense establishments of the US military and met a number of high-ranking defense and civilian officials at Washington, DC.
General Singh received a full honors ceremony from General Ray Odierno, United States Army Chief of Staff, while the two Chiefs reviewed the ongoing army-to-army cooperation and opportunities to further strengthen bilateral cooperation, including through joint training exercises and military exchanges during their meeting.
General Singh, who has held various high profile Command and Staff appointments, discussed the US-India defense relationship with other senior US military leadership and advance India’s military interests.
The visit assumed special significance in the light of enhanced defense cooperation between India and the US over the last few years and rapidly increasing engagements under the framework for two countries’ defense relations
In a keynote speech to the USAWC graduating class of 2013-2014, General Singh while congratulating the class for advanced leadership and command positions said that he was also a proud alumnus of the USAWC having graduated with the class of 2004 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
General Bikram Singh is the 27th chief of the Indian Army, succeeding General V. K. Singh on 31 May 2012.
Singh, who was commissioned into the Sikh Light Infantry in March 1972, is the second Sikh to head the Indian army, the first having been General J. J. Singh.