NEW DELHI: When General V K Singh took over as the 26th Chief of the Indian Army, the third generation officer became the first trained commando to hold the reins of the second largest standing Army in the world. The officer from the Rajput regiment has an impeccable service record. He topped the Infantry Commando course, took part in the 1971 India-Pakistan war. He served as the General-Officer-in-Command of the Eastern Army Command. His close associates term him a “physical fitness freak” and an officer with an illustrious record. He stood first in the Young Officers Course of Infantry and was again awarded the Commando dagger for standing first in the Commando course. He has had vast experience in counter-insurgency operations.