UN Secretary-General recruits Indian Army Officer as ‘Commander of Mission’ in South Sudan

In good news, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres roped in a decorated Indian Army officer as the ‘new Force Commander of the United Nations mission’ in South Sudan.

Lieutenant General Shailesh Tinaikar (57) has taken over the reigns from Lieutenant General Frank Kamanzi of Rwanda who has done with his assignment on May 26, states a UN press release.

The honourable Indian Army officer “has had a long and distinguished career with the Indian Armed Forces spanning over 34 years,” a statement by the UN Spokesperson said.

Digging a tad deep about Tinaikar’s career, he graduated from the Indian Military Academy in the year 1983 and is now plying his trade as the Commandant of the Infantry School since July 2018.

He had earlier extended his services as Additional Director General of Military Operations at the Army Headquarters from 2017 to 2018. From 2012 to 2017, he led a division, a recruit training centre and a brigade.

Shailesh Tinaikar was awarded the Sena Medal and the Vishisht Seva Medal for eminent service.