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Defence forces receive new CDS medal this Republic Day

Armed forces personnel for the first time were awarded the Chief of Defence Staff Commendation cards for their achievements in their respective forces on Republic Day. Two days before the Republic Day, a number of personnel including both officers and jawans were given the Chief of Defence Staff Commendation Cards.

Office of the Chief of Defence Staff was created last month and Gen Bipin Rawat took over the post on December 31 soon after relinquishing his Chief of Army Staff office.

The CDS also took part in the Republic Day parade for the first time where Gen Bipin Rawat was standing along with the three service chiefs at the National War Memorial as well as at the Rajpath to receive the Prime Minister. Among the service personnel, Gen Bipin Rawat was the first one to have received the Prime Minister. Armed forces personnel for the first time were awarded the Chief of Defence Staff Commendation cards for their achievements in their respective forces on Republic Day.

The CDS is also the Secretary to the Government of India as he heads the Department of Military Affairs under the Defence Ministry.

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