Guwahati: Lt Gen Devraj Anbu, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, ADC, Vice Chief of Army Staff(VCOAS) visited Army’s Gajraj Corps on 29-30 Jun 2019. He was received by Lt Gen Manoj Pande, AVSM, VSM, General Officer Commanding, Gajraj Corps.
The VCOAS was briefed in detail on the operational preparedness along the Line of Actual Control(LAC) in Arunachal Pradesh and also on the Internal Security Situation in the insurgency affected area of Assam.
During his interaction with the troops, the VCOAS appreciated their hard work and dedication in their brave endeavours to safeguard the nation’s border while operating in hostile terrain and adverse weather conditions.
General Anbu was accompanied by Mrs Gowri Anbu, Vice President, Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) who expressed her satisfaction on the various welfare projects being run for the welfare of the families of Gajraj Corps.
Having expressed his satisfaction with the overall operational preparedness of Gajraj Corps, the Vice Chief returned to Delhi on 30 Jun 19.
Lieutenant General Devraj Anbu, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM is the current Vice Chief of Army Staff (VCOAS) of the Indian Army. He assumed office on 1 June 2018 following the retirement of Lt Gen Sarath Chand. He also served as General Officer Commander-in-Chief (GOC-in-C), Northern Command from 1 December 2016 to 31 May 2018. Before commanding Northern Command, he had commanded IV Corps in the North East.
Anbu is an alumnus of Sainik School, Amaravathinagar; National Defence Academy, Pune and Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. He also attended the higher command course at Army War College, Mhow and a National Defence College equivalent university at Jakarta, Indonesia.
It may be mentioned that he has vast experience and has served in all types of operational environments ranging including Siachen Glacier; Counter-Insurgency Operations in Kashmir and Manipur; Operation Pawan in Sri Lanka. He has commanded a unit during Operation Parakram; a 53 Infantry brigade on the Line Of Control; 17 Mountain Division in Sikkim; Indian Military Training Team in Bhutan; IV Corps (Tezpur). He has held staff appointments which include General Staff Operation at the Division level in North-East India, General Staff Operation at Corps Level in Kashmir, and Military observer with UN peacekeeping mission in Namibia (UNTAG).