Lt General Anil Chauhan (Retired) has been appointed to the post of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) which was lying vacant since the death of former CDS General Bipin Rawat in an air crash.
He will also function as Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Military Affairs with effect from the date of his assumption of charge and until further orders.
He held several command, staff, and instrumental appointments in a career spanning nearly 40 years. He has extensive experience in counter-insurgency operations in Jammu & Kashmir and North-East India.
He was commissioned into the 11 Gorkha Rifles of the Indian Army in 1981. An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, and Indian Military Academy, Dehradun he was General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Command in the rank of Lt General at the time of his retirement, a position he held from September 2019 till he retired from the service in May 2021. Before that, as a Major General, he commanded an Infantry Division in the critical Baramula sector in the Northern Command. He has also commanded a corps in the North East as Lt General.
The 61-year-old new CDS has been awarded Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Sena Medal, and Vishisht Seva Medal for his distinguished military services.
He had also served on a United Nations mission to Angola. Despite his retirement from the Indian Army on 31 May 2021 he continued to contribute to national security and strategic matters.