Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Senior Army Appointments

Lt General Suresh Sharma takes over as Engineer-In-Chief

Lieutenant General Suresh Sharma took over as Engineer-in-Chief of the Indian Army today (01 Feb). In his capacity as Engineer-Chief, in addition to steering the Corps of Engineers, he will serve as the Principal Advisor to Chiefs of Army, Navy, Air Force and the Ministry of Defence on all matters pertaining to engineering works services, being head of Military Engineering Services (MES).

The General Officer commanded an Engineer Regiment during Operation Parakram and has held key operational logistics appointments in an Infantry Brigade along the Line of Control and an Infantry Division & Strike Corps in the South Western Theatre. He was assigned to the United Nations as an Advisor and served as Chief Operations Officer of the Mission in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Within the Corps, the General Officer has commanded the Bengal Engineer Group and Centre, a premiere training institution, and tenanted the appointments of Chief Engineer (Indian Navy & Coast Guards) Mumbai Zone, Chief Engineer South Western Command and Director General Combat Engineers at the Army HQs.

Prior to taking over as the Engineer-in-Chief, he served as the 24th Director General of the Border Roads Organisation (DGBR), where he provided direction and renewed impetus to number of strategic border area projects. Today, the BRO is a vibrant, effective and responsive government agency that stands tall in the pursuit of its vision. On 26 January 2016, the General Officer was awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) by the President of India.

Lt General JS Cheema takes over as DCOAS (IS&T) of Indian Army 

Lieutenant General Jagbir Singh Cheema takes over as Deputy Chief of the Army Staff (Information Systems and Training) on 01 February 2017. The General Officer is an alumnus of National Defence Academy and Indian Military Academy. He has a distinguished career spanning more than 38 years during which he has tenanted critical command, staff and instructional appointments at various levels. The General Officer has vast operational experience across the entire spectrum of conflict in both conventional and sub-conventional scenarios along the Western and Northern Fronts.

The General Officer has attended all the prestigious professional courses including the Defence Services Staff College, Long Defence Management Course and the National Defence College Course. The General  is a recipient of Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal and three Army Commander’s Commendation Cards.

Lieutenant General J S Cheema was the Director General of Infantry in Integrated Headquarters of  MoD (Army) prior to elevation to the present appointment of DCOAS (IS&T).

LT Gen S K Shrivastava Takes Over As DGBR

Lieutenant General Sanjeev Kumar Shrivastava has taken over as the 25th Director General Border Roads (DGBR) here today.

Lt Gen SK Shrivastava was commissioned into the Corps of Engineers from Indian Military Academy, Dehradun in 1980 and has attended all prestigious courses of the Indian Army including Staff Course at Defence Service Staff College, Wellington, Higher Command Course at Army War College, Mhow and the National Defence College, New Delhi. The General Officer has held various staff, instructional and command appointments. Some of his important assignments include Command of an Engineer Regiment during ‘OP PARAKRAM’, Command of an Engineer Brigade, Staff Officer in the MS Branch, Colonel Q (Operations) of a Corps and Colonel Administration in College of Military Engineering, Pune.

He has been the Directing Staff and Advisor at the Defence Services Command and Staff College, Lusaka, Zambia. The General Officer has also tenanted the appointment of Chief Engineer (Northern Command) and later the Additional Director General Works (Army) in the Engineer-in-Chief's Branch, Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Army). Before taking over as Director General Border Roads, he was holding the appointment of Director General Combat Engineers at Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Army).

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