Lt Gen Khanduri assumes appointment of GOC-in-C Western Command

Lt Gen Khanduri assumes appointment of GOC-in-C Western Command
He commanded an Infantry Division on the Western Front and a Corps in the Eastern Theatre along the Northern Borders,” Lt Col Anand said.Special arrangement

Jammu: Lt Gen Nav K Khanduri, AVSM, VSM assumed the appointment of GOC-in-C, Western Command on Monday. He has the distinction of being the first Air Defence Officer to be appointed as an Army Commander.

PRO Defence Jammu Lt Col Devender Anand in an official statement, said, “On assuming the appointment of Army Commander, Gen Khanduri laid a wreath at Veer Smriti paying homage to the brave hearts, who have made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty.

A Guard of Honour was also presented to him at the Western Command headquarters.” An alumnus of Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun and the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, the General Officer passed out with 73rd Regular Course from the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun and was commissioned into 27 Air Defence Regiment (Amritsar Airfield) on December 17, 1983. He is an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College, College of Defence Management and the National Defence College.

“In a career spanning over 38 years, Gen Khanduri has served across a wide spectrum of operational areas and has tenanted a host of important Command, Staff and Instructional appointments. The General has the unique distinction of commanding an Air Defence Brigade in Operation “Rakshak” and later a Mountain Brigade in Operation “Falcon.” He commanded an Infantry Division on the Western Front and a Corps in the Eastern Theatre along the Northern Borders,” Lt Col Anand said.

He had an instructional assignment at College of Defence Management, Secunderabad and has had varied staff appointments in Field/High Altitude and Integrated Headquarters of MoD (army). He was the Director General Operational Logistics and Strategic Movement at Army HQ prior to being appointed as the Army Commander, Lt Col said. The General officer has served on various foreign assignments to include Indian Military Training Team in Bhutan, United Nations Military Observer (UNMO) at United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) and Deputy Chief Integrated Service Support (DCISS) at United Nations Mission in Ivory Coast.

“The General is a Master of Philosophy in Defence Studies from Madras University and also holds a Masters degree in Management Studies from Osmania University. Gen Khanduri has been conferred with the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal for distinguished Service,” Lt Col Anand said.

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