IC-52871, Brigadier Saurabh Singh Shekhawat, KC, SC, SM, VSM is the most decorated serving officer in the Indian Army. The Colonel is also an accomplished mountaineer. He is a member of the 21st Battalion of The Parachute Regiment (Special Forces). He has been awarded Kirti Chakra, Shaurya Chakra, Sena Medal, and Vishisht Seva Medal for his various acts of gallantry displayed in anti-terrorist operations and mountaineering and distinguished service. He has also served with the Maratha Light Infantry.
5 Inspiring Facts About Brigadier Saurabh Singh Shekhawat
1. He has been awarded the Kirti Chakra, Shaurya Chakra, Sena Medal, and Vishisht Seva Medal for his various acts of gallantry displayed in anti-terrorist operations, mountaineering, and distinguished service.
2. He has also been awarded Samanya Seva Medal, Operation Vijay Star Medal, Special Service Medal, Siachen Glacier Medal, Operation Vijay Medal, Operation Parakram Medal and He in a letter to Army headquarters in 2017 referred to himself as the “highest decorated serving officer in the army with an unblemished operational profile.
3. He was commissioned in the Indian Army as a second lieutenant in 1994 from the Officers Training Academy, Chennai through UPSC Combined Defence Services Examination may 1992 and was promoted lieutenant on 11 June 1996 and captain on 11 June 1999. He was promoted lieutenant-colonel on 11 June 2007 and to colonel on 6 January 2010 (seniority from 1 January). He was promoted to the rank of Brigadier in March 2020.
4. He has ascended Mount Everest three times in 2001, 2003, and 2005.
5. He has also climbed Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, and Mount Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps and Western Europe. In October 2009 he led the joint Indo-Kazakh team to scale the Kazakhstan peak of Marble Wall peak in Kazakhstan. Shekhawat has scaled 14 high peaks, some more than once.