Guwahati: Lieutenant General Rana Pratap Kalita took over as the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the prestigious Eastern Command yesterday. He assumed office after paying homage to the martyrs at Vijay Smarak, followed by a guard of honour at Garrison Battalion Parade Ground. Lt Gen. RP Kalita is the first from Assam to assume the coveted office.
Prior to this, Lt Gen Kalita was Director General, Manpower Planning & Personnel Services of the Ministry of Defence (Army), New Delhi.
The General was commissioned into 9 KUMAON in 1984 and has extensive operational experience in Sri Lanka, Jammu & Kashmir, and the Northeast.
He commanded a Rashtriya Rifles Battalion in Kashmir, a Mountain Brigade and an Infantry Division actively committed to Counter Insurgency Operations in Jammu and Kashmir and a strategically important Corps in the North East.