Lt. Gen Shri Krishan Singh is the a veteran Gorkha soldier will take over as the next Vice-Chief of Army Staff in India in November from Lt Gen A S Lamba who is retiring from service. In Indian Army he is senior-most officer from the Gorkha Rifles. He was commissioned in 1972 into 8 Gorkha Rifles a regiment to which the late Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw belonged. He has participated in a number of operations, including the Indian Peace-keeping Force (IPKF), deployment in Operation Pawan in Sri Lanka, Operation Rakshak in Punjab, Operation Rakshak in Jammu and Kashmir. Besides he has commanded a brigade in Siachen Glacier in Operation Meghdoot and an alumnus of National Defence Academy (NDA). He is presently heading the Jaipur-based South Western Command of Indian Army who till recently commanded the Tezpur-based 4 Corps. He was the commander of an infantry division on the Line of Control with Pakistan and of a Corps in high altitude areas of Jammu and Kashmir. In his career of over 35 years, Lt Gen S K Singh has commanded a Brigade in Siachen Glacier, 14 Corps in Leh and was the South Western Army Commander in Jaipur before moving to the Army headquarters.
Lt Gen S K Singh is an alumnus of RIMC Dehradun, NDA Khadakvasla and IMA Dehradun. He was commissioned into 8 Gorkha Rifles on 24 Dec 1972. A graduate of Defence Services Staff College at Wellington and National Defence College at New Delhi, he has been Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade, Assistant Military Secretary of Army Training Command, India Defence Attache in Embassy of India at Ankara, Principal Director Administration in Strategic Forces Command, Deputy Military Scretary in Army Headquarters and Major General General Staff (MGGS) in Headquarters Southern Command. He has been an instructor in Infantry School Mhow, IMTRAT Bhutan and DSSC Wellington. He is also the Colonel of 8 Gorkha Rifles (Field Marshal Manekshaw’s Regiment). Lt Gen Lamba, who retired today, was responsible for the close integration of military operations, intelligence, operational logistics and perspective planning as the Vice Chief. He had been intimately involved in the ongoing process of “Transformation” of the Indian Army and steered the same with focus on reorganisation of headquarters, force restructuring and accretions.