Born on November 12, 1956, Lieutenant General Deependra Singh Hooda is a retired infantry officer of the Indian Army. He is a highly decorated officer having vast experience in counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations. Having spent a long time in Jammu and Kashmir, he has an expertise in the problems relating to the Valley. Now that he has retired from the service, he is seen in interviews sharing his insights on issues relating to the security of the nation.
Here are a few facts about his life.
1. Lt. General Deependra Singh Hooda is an alumnus of National Defence Academy (NDA), Pune.
After completing his training, he got commissioned into the Indian Army on 15 December 1976.
2. He joined the 4th Battalion of the 4th Gorkha Rifles, the regiment known to be the most feared among all.
Later on, in his career, he got the chance to command the same battalion in which he was commissioned.
3. He saw action during Kargil War in 1999.
He was part of the ‘Operation Vijay’ which was launched to clear the Kargil area from the Pakistani troops. He also received a medal for showing bravery in the presence of the enemy.
4. Lt. Gen Hooda has served on both the Northern and Eastern borders of India.
He has commanded an Infantry Brigade in the high altitude area and a Mountain Division in the North East region.
5. He has served as the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 16 Corps.
In 2012, he took over as the GOC of the elite White Knight Corps (16 Corps), one of the most prestigious corps in the Northern Command headquartered in Nagrota near Jammu.
6. Lt. Gen Hooda was the chief of Northern Command during the surgical strike in September 2016.
During the surgical strikes, he was the Chief of the Northern Command of the Indian Army, and therefore the whole operation was planned and executed under his supervision. He gave the most emphasis on the safe return of our soldiers.
7. He was appointed as the Deputy Director General Military Operations in the Army Headquarters.
8. He has won numerous accolades throughout his career, which includes Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Ati Vishist Seva Medal and the Vishisht Seva Medal (bar).
9. Lt. Gen Hooda has served in the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea.
He has been awarded the UNMEE medal for serving as a Chief Logistics Officer in Ethiopia and Eritrea.
10. After serving for almost 40 years in the army, he retired on 30 November 2016.
Thank you for your esteemed service to the nation, Lt. General D S Hooda.