LG Baggavalli Somashekar Raju to take over as Vice Chief of Army Staff

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Lieutenant General Baggavalli Somashekar Raju will take over as the Vice Chief of the Army Staff on 1 may. 

  • An alumnus of Sainik School Bijapur and National Defence Academy, Raju was commissioned into the Jat Regiment on 15 December 1984.

  • He commanded his battalion during OP Parakram in the Western Theatre and in Jammu and Kashmir.

  • Raju also has the distinction of commanding the Uri Brigade on the Line of Control, a counter insurgency force and the Chinar Corps in the Kashmir Valley.

  • Raju has also served as the Commandant of the Indian Military Training Team in Bhutan.

  • During his illustrious career spanning 38 years, BS Raju has been involved in several important regimental, staff and instructional appointments at Army Headquarters.

  • Before taking over as the co-chief of the Army, Lt Gen Raju was the Director General Military Operations during the standoff with China on the LAC.

  • He is also a qualified helicopter pilot. He has flown in the UNOSOM-2 operation in Somalia.

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