Lt Gen Deepak Kapoor, PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, ADC, presently Vice Chief of Army Staff will be the next Chief of Army Staff. The present Chief of Army Staff Gen JJ Singh, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC retires from government service on September 30, 2007.
Born in 1948, Lt Gen Deepak Kapoor was commissioned into the Regiment of Artillery on June 11, 1967. During his long and distinguished service spanning over 40 years, he has worked in a variety of command, staff and instructional appointments. An alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, he has done the higher command and National Defence College courses. He is Masters in Business Administration, Political Science and Military Science. He had taken active part in the 1971 operations in Bangladesh. He served as Chief Operations Officer of the UN Peacekeeping Mission deployed in Somalia during 1994-95.
During his service as a Brigade Commander, deployed on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, Gen Kapoor was awarded the Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty) in January 1998. He commanded one of the most prestigious Divisions of the Indian Army – the RAM Division as part of a Strike Corps, during OP PARAKRAM. He has been the Chief of Staff of 4 Corps in the North East, fighting insurgency in Assam and thereafter commanded 33 Corps, deployed on the India-China border. For his excellent command of the Corps, the General Officer was awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in January 2006. On promotion as Army Commander, he commanded the Army Training Command at Shimla. Thereafter, he commanded the largest and the most sensitive command of the Indian Army, i.e. the Northern Command from 05 September 2005 to 31 December 2006. The General Officer was awarded Param Vishist Seva Medal in January 2007.
Gen Kapoor is married to Smt Kirti Kapoor and has a son and a daughter; both are married.