General Singh Inducted into Army College Hall of Fame

Gen. Bikram SinghGen. Bikram Singh addressing the audience at the U.S. Army War College

CARLISLE, Pa, United States General Bikram Singh, India’s 25th Chief of Army Staff, was recently inducted into the United States Army War College International Fellows Hall of Fame.

Singh, a graduate of the USAWC, class of 2004, became the 44th member inducted into the International Fellows Hall of Fame. The War College, located here, is the U.S. Army’s senior-most military education institution. It educates and develops high level military personnel and civilians for strategic leadership responsibilities.

In his introductory remarks in front of a packed auditorium, Singh highlighted that one of the things he learned while studying at USAWC was that no challenge is a challenge and no problem is a problem and that he could push through any situation with the attributes and skills he had acquired at the college.

In response to a question from a female U.S. Army officer, a current student at the War College, regarding female involvement in the Indian Army, Singh said that the Army was committed to enhancing gender balance and gender equality in the Indian armed forces.

A highly decorated army chief, Singh has an illustrious military service record spanning over four decades. Singh was accompanied by his wife Bubble Surjeet Kaur on his U.S. visit. His stops included an official visit to Fort Bragg and meetings with high level officials in Washington, D.C.

Gen. Bikram Singh

PTI adds from Washington, D.C.: Gen. Bikram Singh and top U.S. military leadership have discussed ways to enhance bilateral defense ties through joint training exercises and military exchanges to advance India’s military interests. Singh visited important U.S. defense establishments and met a number of high-ranking defense and civilian officials here during his four-day trip that ended Dec. 5.

Singh and U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen Ray Odierno discussed the ongoing army-to-army cooperation and opportunities to further strengthen bilateral cooperation through joint training exercises and military exchanges.

Singh also utilized the opportunity to discuss the U.S.-India defense relationship with other senior U.S. military leadership and advance India’s military interests, according to an official statement.

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2 Responses

  1. Nirmal Singh says:

    Congratulations to Gen Bikram Singh for induction into Army College Hall of Fame. It certainly is an honor and we love to join in felicitating him. It is significant though that none of the Indian expatriates vicinity Harrisburg, where I also reside, has ever mentioned to me about meeting or running into him or an Indian Army officer at the College in a party, at the shopping malls, restaurants or at Gurdwara/Mandir. It is not part of discipline – that I know. What is the reason?

  2. Gary Zaetz says:

    Recent awards by the United States Army to Gen. Bikram Singh, Chief of India’s Army, are very disturbing to the families of American military aviators who died in northeast India during World War II and whose remains are still unrecovered, due to the Indian Government’s failure to respond in a timely manner to the families’ repeated requests for permission to retrieve their loved ones’ remains. On December 5, 2013 Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno awarded the Legion of Merit, one of America’s highest decorations, to Gen. Bikram Singh, Chief of the Indian Army. Gen. Singh was also inducted into the US Army War College International Fellows Hall of Fame. I understand from press reports that these awards were made primarily to recognize the Indian Army’s assistance to the United States in training Afghan security forces. While I certainly think we should all be very grateful to the Indian Army for this assistance (which of course benefits India as well as the United States), I think that it is problematic at best to bestow these awards while the Indian Government continues to refuse to (1) permit American DoD teams into the northeast Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh to recover the remains of the dozens of American aircrews who perished there during World War II, and (2) send remains recovery teams of its own into Arunachal Pradesh for this purpose in the absence of American DoD teams. These awards imply a level of existing cooperation which, frankly, is not being extended by the Indian Government. It’s distressing to these families that the US Government made these awards in full knowledge of the Indian Government’s continued unwillingness to heed this humanitarian request….Gary Zaetz, nephew of USAAF 1st Lt. Irwin Zaetz (B-24 navigator) of Burlington, Vermont, missing in action in Arunachal Pradesh, India, since January 25, 1944.