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Lt. Gen. Deependra Singh Hooda retired as the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Northern Command after forty years of service in the Indian Army. From 2012 to 2016, he was stationed in Jammu and Kashmir, first as a Corps commander and then as the Northern Army Commander when he handled numerous strategic challenges along the borders with China and Pakistan. He was the Army Commander during the Chumarand Demchokface-off situations along the India-China LAC in September 2014 and during the launch of surgical strikes against Pakistan in September 2016. As a Major General, he was responsible for counterinsurgency operations in Manipur and South Assam. His earlier assignments included serving as Chief Logistics Officer for the newly-raised United Nations Mission to Ethiopia and Eritrea. He is currently accredited as a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Land Warfare Studies, New Delhi and also serves on the Advisory Boards of Cyber Peace Foundation (an NGO dealing with cyber protection and training) and Cyber Security Research Centre at Punjab Engineering College. His career spanned over four decades. He was awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and the Vishisht Seva Medal (Bar) He is a regular contributor to newspapers, on-line media portals and professional journals.