Brig SK Rao was commissioned in 20th Bn of the Sikh Regt on 27 Aug 1983. In his illustrious career spanning more than three decades, he has held all important command and staff appointments. He has been instructor Cl ‘C’ and ‘B’ in prestigious Officers Training Academy, Chennai. Has been Group Commander and Instructor Cl ‘A’ in Infantry School, Mhow. On staff side he has been Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade deployed on Line of Control and actively involved in Counter Terrorist/ Insurgency operation in J & K. Has been Colonel ‘Q’ of HQ Sub Area and Colonel GS of HQ Western Command.
A graduate of prestigious Defence Service Staff College and Army War College. Has seen active operations and participated in OP BAJRANG, OP RHINO, OP MEGHDOOT and OP VIJAY (Kargil War) besides serving in all corners of country. Commanded his Bn in OP PARAKRAM/ Counter Terrorist/ Insurgency Operation in J & K and in OP MEGHDOOT. He has the distinction of commanding Siachen Brigade (102 Inf Bde), the highest battle fd in the world.
He has been commended four times by Commander-in-Chief of command and awarded “YUDH SEVA MEDAL” by President of India for displaying conspicuous bravery and sterling leadership in active operations.
Before joining as Brig Adm of NDA, he held the appointment of Deputy Director General, Weapon & Equipment Directorate at Army HQ, responsible for procurement of Equipment needed for modernization of Indian Army.