India’s former Army chief honored for strengthening US-India ties


General Manoj Mukund Naravane has been honored by the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) for his role in strengthening ties between India and United States.

The USISPF presented global leadership and public service awards to those persons who have been instrumental in strengthening ties between the US and India. Along with Naravane, former US Defence Secretary General Jim Mattis has also been awarded the public service award.

Mukesh Aghi, President and CEO of USISPF said, “We are honoured to celebrate these individuals for their significant contributions to the U.S.-India partnership, which will continue to have long-term effects in improving the relations between the two countries, both in business and defense.”

During his time as Defence Secretary, General Mattis worked to get India as a strategic partner with the US.

The USISPF said that during his time as Chief of Staff of the Indian Army, Gen Naravane helped to modernize the Indian army, along with improving defense partnerships and growing interoperability between the US and India.

General Naravane said, “Working together, the US and India can ensure that Indo-Pacific is free, open and prosperous in this century.”

Gen Naravane retired on April 30 this year and has shifted to his newly-allotted accommodation in Delhi Cantonment since then.

In a distinguished military career spanning over four decades, Naravane had the distinction of holding key command and staff appointments in peace and field, both in the North-East and Jammu and Kashmir. He was also part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka.

The former Indian Army Chief commanded a Rashtriya Rifles Battalion, raised an Infantry Brigade, was Inspector General Assam Rifles (North), and commanded a Strike Corps in the Western Theatre. His staff assignments included tenures as a Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade, Defence Attache at Yangon, Myanmar, an instructional appointment in the Army War College as Directing Staff in the Higher Command Wing, besides two tenures at the Integrated Headquarters of MoD (Army), New Delhi.