Indian Army officer appointed Commander of UNMISS.

Indian Army officer appointed Commander of UNMISS.

May 29, 2019.

Indian Army is one of the best and powerful armies in the World. It is known for its bravery, courage, and humility in the World. Indian Army officer, Lieutenant General Shailesh Tinaikar, has appointed as the new Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) by the UN Secretary, General Antonio Guterres.

On Friday, the UN chief made the announcement that 57-year-old Lieutenant General Tinaikar will succeed Lieutenant General Frank Kamanzi of Rwanda who completes his assignment on May 26.

A statement by the UN Spokesperson said that the decorated Indian Army officer “has had a long and distinguished career with the Indian Armed Forces spanning over 34 years.” He has won the Sena Medal and the Vishisht Seva Medal for his service.

Mr. Tinaikar is currently serving as the Commandant of the Infantry School since July 2018 and graduated from the Indian Military Academy in 1983. Previously, he served as the Additional Director General of Military Operations at the Army Headquarters from 2017 to 2018 and commanded a division, a recruit training centre and a brigade between 2012 and 2017.

He served in the United Nations Angola Verification Mission III from 1996 to 1997, and in the United Nations Mission in Sudan from 2008 to 2009. From The University of Madras, he also holds a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) in Defence and Strategic Studies.

Being the fourth largest contributor of uniformed personnel to the UN peacekeeping missions, India currently contributes more than 6,400 military and police personnel to the UN peace operations in Abyei, Cyprus, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Lebanon, the Middle East, South Sudan, and Western Sahara.

With 2,337 Indian peacekeepers, second only to Rwanda with 2,750, India is the second highest troop-contributing country to UNMISS. In addition, India currently contributes 22 police personnel to UNMISS. The UN Mission in South Sudan, a country born in July 2011, has 19,400 personnel deployed with it as of March 2019.

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