1 Apr :Lt Gen Bikram Singh, has taken over the charge of the General Officer Commanding –In-Chief of the Eastern Command in Kolkata today. An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, he was commissioned into the Sikh Light Infantry Regiment in 1972. He is a Post Graduate from the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. Lt Gen Bikram Singh has done Higher Command Course at Mhow and US Army War College, Pennsylvania USA.
With over 38 years of active service, he has held a number of important Command and Staff appointments. He commanded an Infantry Battalion in the North East and along the Line of Control in J&K. He was the Corps Commander of the prestigious 15 Corps in his last command tenure. He has served in three UN Peace Keeping Missions. In his last UN assignment, he was the Deputy Force Commander and GOC of a Multinational Division in Africa, comprising officers and troops of 48 Nationalities. He has been awarded the Uttam Yudha Seva Medal(UYSM), Ati Vishisth Seva Medal(AVSM), Sena Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) for his meritorious service so far.
He has also held some important staff appointments at Army Headquarters, which include, two tenures each in the Directorate General of Military Operations and the Directorate General of Perspective Planning. Before taking over as GOC-in-C, Eastern Command, he was the Director of General of Staff Duties at IHQ of Min of Defence (Army).
Besides holding two Master Degree from India, he is also Masters in Strategic Defence Studies from the USA.
He is married to Mrs Bubbles Singh who is deeply involved in the welfare and empowerment of Army wives. As President Family Welfare Organisation, 15 Corps, she has been actively involved in the initiation and implementation of number of projects for families of soldiers.