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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Southern Command ready to meet the challenges of 21st century | Lt Gen A K Singh retires tomorrow


(Press release | Unedited)


Lt Gen AK Singh, GOC-in-C, Southern Command hangs his uniform after an eventful 40 years in the Army on 31 Jan 2013. He had taken over as Army Commander, Southern Command on 01 Mar 2011 and now passes the baton to Lt Gen Ashok Singh, who incidentally has also succeeded him earlier as Corps Commander of ‘Strike One’. His tenure has seen Southern Command achieve optimum level of operational preparedness, as well as effective logistic and administrative functioning. Known for his philosophy “Humility in persona, pride and arrogance in one’s Uniform”, the General has left a lasting impact wherever he served and beyond.
As the Southern Army Commander, Lt Gen A K Singh is well known for conceptualizing and spearheading Exercise Sudarshan Shakti, an exercise that was much appreciated for its innovative execution to test bedding the major findings of the transformation Study undertaken by the Army. Lt Gen AK Singh has also been credited for bringing in greater accountability and coherence in dealing with complex land and Cantonment Board issues faced by the Southern Army.
Getting nostalgic during his farewell address at the Command Headquarters, Lt Gen A K Singh said that he was happy to see the Southern Army in such a high state of morale, prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. He further added that it was a great privilege to have served the Indian Army with honour and pride -“my identity has merged with the olive Greens”, said the General.
Lt Gen AK Singh was commissioned into the 7th Light Cavalry in 1973. After command of his regiment, he distinguished himself as the Commander of an Armoured Brigade during Op Parakram, the first formation to convert to T-90. He later went on to command the Jhansi based White Tiger Division and the elite strike arm of the Indian Army the ‘Strike One’. As Director General Perspective Planning, Lt Gen AK Singh is credited with piloting the complex study dealing with the Transformation of Indian Army.
A through bred cavalry professional, he has been a graduate of Tank Academy, Moscow, the Defence Services Staff College, Camberley (UK) and the National Defence College, New Delhi. Post retirement, Lt Gen AK Singh is relocating to Delhi, where he intends to pursue doctoral research in military leadership and continue to contribute towards important National Security issues.

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