12 March 2016 Current Affairs: The Army has appointed Lt Gen NPS Hira as Deputy Chief of Army Staff with effect from March 14."Lt Gen NPS Hira who is presently posted as Chief of Staff of Northern Command at Udhampur, has been posted to Army Headquarters at Delhi to take over as Deputy Chief of Army Staff with effect from March 14," Defence spokesman.The General has had a distinguished career spanning various Command, Staff and instructional appointments. He commanded the Battalion in Assam (Op RHINO) during the high violence period. The unit bagged 32 gallantry awards and COAS citation under his command," said Col Goswami.Gen Hira later commanded 12 Infantry Brigade in the strategic Uri sector deployed on the Line of Control. The Brigade earned an Ashok Chakra, Kirti Chakra, Shaurya Chakra and many more gallantry awards during his command."The General commanded the 10 Infantry Division in the Jammu and Kashmir on Line of Control with distinction for which he was awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal," Col Goswami added.The General commanded 11 Corps “Defenders of Punjab” at Jalandhar. Thereafter he was posted as Chief of Staff of the most important Northern Army battling insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir, Siachin Glacier and Line of Actual Control with China in Leh-Ladakh region. He is moving to Army headquarters with an extensive on ground experience of all types of operations. The General is also the Colonel of the Regiment of the Sikh Light Infantry.