Major General Himalay Singh of Manipur has been promoted to the rank of Lt General, becoming the first person from the North East to hold the post.
Col SD Goswami, defence spokesperson, Ministry of Defence today said that Konsam Himalay Singh hails from Charangpat, Thoubal district of Manipur and is an alumni of Sainik School, Goalpara (Assam) and the National Defence Academy.
He was commissioned into the Second Battalion of The Rajput Regiment(KALI CHINDI) in June 1978 and later commanded 27 RAJPUT. Col SD Goswami, who earlier served in Manipur, said the General Officer is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, College of Defence Management and the prestigious National Defence College.
Maj Gen Himalay Singh has held varied Commands, Staff and Instructional appointments during his career so far. He has vast operational experience in Counter Insurgency (CI) Operations in Jammu and Kashmir (J& K ) where he served five tenures in the last 35 years and four tenures in North East which included Counter Insurgency Operations in LOC(Line of Control), LAC (Line of Actual Control) and HAA (High Altitude Area) environments. He commanded 27 RAJPUT in Siachen Glacier from 1998 to 2000.
Honoured with 'Yudh Seva Medal' in 2000 for command of a unit during 'OP VIJAY' against Pakistan's unsuccessful move to occupy Indian territory, he later commanded an Infantry Brigade in Delhi. He was General Officer Commanding(GOC) of 25 Infantry Division in J&K and was awarded with 'Ati Vishisht Sewa Medal' in 2013.
He has also been awarded the Chief of Army Staff Commendation Card thrice and also the GOC-in-C Eastern Command Commendation Card.
Maj Gen Himalay has held a number of prestigious staff appointments which included Assistant Military Secretary 1D, Colonel Administrator of a Mountain Division in Gangtok, Director PS-2, Deputy MS Eastern Command and Deputy MS (B) in the Military Secretary's Branch at IHQ of MoD (Army). He has also been Battalion Commander and Senior Intructor at the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla. UNI NS PL NNNN
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