Commissioned into the 4th Battalion of the
4th Gorkha Rifles on 15 Dec 1976, Lt Gen Hooda, in his initial service served
in Nagaland, during the height of the Naga insurgency and as an instructor at the Military College of Telecommunication
He attended the prestigious Command and Staff
College at Canada, and was selected as the first Chief Logistics Officer for
the newly raised United Nations Mission to Ethiopia and Eritrea. He played a
key role in setting up the mission throughout Eritrea in terms of camps,
engineering and communications support, and food and health services.
During the massive earthquake of Jammu and
Kashmir in 2005, he led the military’s rescue and relief efforts in the Uri
sector. As a major general in Manipur, he responsible for counterinsurgency
operations in Manipur and South Assam. Here he interacted with the highest
levels of political leadership to frame a security strategy for the Northeast.
He also led a number of delegations to Myanmar to discuss aspects of defence
cooperation between the two countries.
From 2012 to 2016, he was stationed in
Jammu and Kashmir, first as a Corps commander and then as the Army Commander of
Northern Command. In this assignment, he handled numerous strategic challenges
along the borders both with Pakistan and China, including the surgical strikes
against Pakistan in September 2016. He also led the Army’s counter terrorism
operations in Kashmir. He retired in November 2016 after 40 years of service in
In recognition for exemplary military
service, have been awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal twice, the Ati Vishisht Seva
Medal, the Uttam Yudh Seva Medal and the Param Vishisht Seva Medal.
Lt Gen Hooda is a M Phil in Strategic
Studies from Madras University. He is on
the Advisory Board of Cyber Peace Foundation, a NGO dealing cyber protection
and training, and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Land Warfare Studies, a
He has been a regular contributor to
newspapers, on-line media portals and professional journals on national and
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