Vikram Dogra

Major General Vikram Dev Dogra, AVSM

Major General (Dr) Vikram Dev Dogra, AVSM was commissioned into the Poona Horse in 1981. He is the recipient of the Sword of Honour and Gold Medallist for passing out first in the order of merit. He was also awarded 4 other medals for being best in Drill, best in physical fitness, best in rifle shooting and first amongst those commissioned into Armoured Corps.  
He commanded The Poona Horse, 180 Armoured Brigade on the Western front and an infantry division part of a strike corps. He served in various staff and instructional assignments and gained combat experience in Jammu and Kashmir as well as part of United nations peace keeping forces in Angola, Africa.

The General is a committed sportsman and an adventure enthusiast. He cycled from Leh to Chandigarh over 5 of the highest mountain passes ranging from 13400 to 17600 ft as well as in the North East of India from Sela pass at 14000 ft to Bumla la at 15400 ft on the Chinese border.

He is a motivational and TEDx speaker. In recognition of his contribution to humanity he was awarded an honorary doctorate in Humanity by the Theophany University Haiti in March 2021. 

In 2018 he did Ironman Austria at the age of 58 in 14 hours and 21 minutes to become the first Serving Indian Army officer and the only general in the world to do so. In July 2019 he once again took on the ironman competition at Germany and bettered his own time by 41 mins completing the gruelling race in 13 hours and 40 mins. In Oct 2019 he did Ironman 70.3 at Goa and came first in his category and was selected for Ironman world championship to be held in Newzealand in 2020 which was cancelled due to the Pandemic.

He was awarded Ati Vashisht Seva Medal (AVSM) on 19 March 2019 by the President of India to recognize "distinguished service of an exceptional order".
He is the goodwill ambassador of Kho Kho Fedratiion of India and the world.

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