The Kibithu military base in Arunachal Pradesh was named in honour of the late General Bipin Rawat, the nation's first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).
Kibithu: The Kibithu military base in Arunachal Pradesh was named in honour of the late General Bipin Rawat, the nation’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).
General Rawat died in a helicopter crash in December last year, along with his wife Madhulika Rawat and 12 other military personnel
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, state governor Brig BD Mishra (Retd), prominent military and civilian dignitaries, and daughters of the late CDS all attended the ceremony to rename the military post.
On the occasion, Kibithu Military Camp was renamed General Bipin Rawat Military Garrison, wherein the Governor opened a grand gate constructed in the region’s traditional architectural style.
From 1999-2000, General Rawat commanded his Battalion 5/11 Gorkha Rifles as a Colonel at Kibithu, and his contribution was remarkable in strengthening the security structure of Kibithu, a small hamlet on the banks of the Lohit Valley.
“A majestic life-size mural of the General was also unveiled, followed by an address by the Governor,” Army officials said.