Ex-army chief JJ Singh gets highest French civilian honour
Former Indian Army Chief General (retd) JJ Singh was conferred with the prestigious Officer of the Legion of Honour, the highest French civilian distinction.
He was conferred the honour by French Ambassador to India, Francois Richier in New Delhi.
Mr. Singh was chosen for the honour in recognition of his stellar role in modernising the Indian Army. It also recognised his pivotal role for initiating robust exchanges between the Indian and French armies leading to “unprecedented” levels of inter-operability and cooperation.
About JJ Singh
- He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy (NDA) and was commissioned into the 9th Maratha Light Infantry on 2 August 1964.
- In January, 2003, he was appointed as the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Army Training Command (ARTRAC). Later in January 2004, he took over as Army Commander – Western Command.
- In January 2005, he was appointed as the Chief of Army Staff. In 2007, he had served as the Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee (CSC) of the three forces.
- After his retirement in September 2007 from Indian Army, Mr. Singh had served as the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh from 2008 to 2013.
- During his stint in the Indian Army he had played important role for the enhancement of military cooperation between the Indian and French armies.
- During his tenure, he had mooted the idea of holding joint army exercises at the level already existing between the two countries’ air forces (Garuda) and navies (Varuna).
- In 2009, he was invited as the Guest of Honour for the French National Day military parade in Paris in which an Indian Army contingent took part for the first time.