Srinagar: Major General Abhijit S Pendharkar took over as General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the elite Vajr Division of the India Army, here on Sunday.
A defence spokesman Col Emron Musavi said Major General Abhijit S Pendharkar took over as GOC of the elite Vajr Division from Major General Krishnan, who moved to the prestigious appointment of Commandant, Counter Insurgency Jungle Warfare School, Vairengte.
Maj Gen Abhijit S Pendharkar was commissioned on June 9, 1990, from IMA, Dehradun into the 6th Battalion of the Assam Regiment.
An alumnus of National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, the General Officer has attended all-important career courses including Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Higher Command Course and National Defence College.
He has an MSc in Strategic Studies and a Master of Philosophy to his credit. The General Officer has vast operational experience having served in intense counter-insurgency and counter-terrorist operations in North East & Jammu and Kashmir.
For his distinguished service, he has been awarded the GOC-in-C Central Command Commendation Card in 2002, COAS Commendation Card in 2007 and Yudh Seva Medal in 2018 while commanding a challenging brigade on the Line of Control.
The General officer brings with him a rich experience of various command, staff and instructional appointments including the prestigious command of an Infantry Brigade on the Line of Control, Chief of Staff of an Infantry Brigade Group in MONUSCO, Congo and an extremely important appointment in Directorate of Military Operations at IHQ of MoD (Army) prior to assuming the command of the prestigious VAJR Division.
The GOC 28 Mountain Division is responsible for guarding of Line of Control in Kupwara district and Gurez in Bandipora district.