Lt Gen Sandhu takes over as GoC 15 Corps
Lt General J S Sandhu has taken over as General officer Commanding (GoC) of Srinagar-based Army's 15 Corps headquarters, relieving GoC Lt General Satish Dua.
Defence spokesman in Srinagar Colonel Rajesh Kalia said that the GoC Dua handed over the charge to Lt General Sandhu on Sunday. Sandhu became the 46th Corps commander.
"Commissioned into the regiment of 5th Gorkha Rifles, Lt Gen Sandhu has had an illustrious military career spanning 36 years during which he has held varied prestigious command, staff and instructional appointments," Colonel Kalia said.
"The GoC has an incisive understanding of J&K having served five earlier stints in the state including command of an Infantry Battalion on the Line of Control, a Mountain Brigade and the elite Kupwara Division."
GoC Sandhu is a Graduate of the Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Higher Command Course and National Defence College. "Gen Sandhu has also served in the Army Headquarters, Infantry School, Army War College and the DSSC. The GoC has also represented the country in the Indian Embassy at Kathmandu, Nepal," the Defence Spokesman said.
On assuming the charge, GoC Sandhu conveyed his greetings to the people of Kashmir and the entire 15 Corps fraternity.
The Defence Spokesman said that earlier in the day, GoC Satish Dua was given a warm farewell in Badami Bagh Cantonment "which began with both the officers laying wreaths at the War Memorial to pay their homage to martyrs."
"GoC Dua's tenure, which began on 27 Aug 15, has been characterized by a balanced approach of robust operations along the LC and in hinterland on one hand, and constructive engagement with the populace, especially the youth on the other," he said.
The spokesman said that Army has played a very significant role during the ongoing phase of unrest assisting the civil administration in restoring 'peace and calm'.
"GoC Dua's tenure though, will be defined by the successful surgical strikes in September launched by the Army in response to the Uri terror attack. The opening of Chinar 9 Jawan Clubs all across the Valley to provide the youth a platform for growth and recreation has been a major contribution to Kashmir during his tenure," the Defence Spokesman said.
"GoC Dua who now proceeds to New Delhi on promotion to assume the charge of Chief of Integrated Staff to the Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC), expressed his hope that situation in Kashmir would soon return to normal and conveyed his best wishes to the people of Kashmir and soldiers of 15 Corps."