National Defence Bureau,
Udhampur (J&K), 25 October 2019
Lieutenant General YK Joshi assumed the appointment of Chief of Staff, Northern Command at Udhampur today. He relieves Lieutenant General SK Sharma. In a solemn ceremony Lieutenant General SK Sharma and the incoming Chief of Staff paid tributes to the martyrs at the Dhruva Shahid Samarak, Udhampur.
Lieutenant General YK Joshi was commissioned into 13 JAK RIF (Bravest of The Brave) on 12 June 1982 and later commanded the same unit. The General Officer is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy Khadakwasla and a postgraduate from Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. He has attended the prestigious National Defence College Course at New Delhi.
The General Officer has had command experience spanning the entire mosaic, covering all theatres. He commanded 13 JAK RIF in Operation VIJAY and PARAKRAM. In Operation VIJAY under his command, the unit was awarded 37 gallantry awards including two PARAMVEER CHAKRA, eight VEER CHAKRA & fourteen SENA MEDALS. The unit has also been awarded with the COAS Unit Citation & the “Bravest of Brave” award. The General officer himself was awarded the “VEER CHAKRA” during his command of 13 JAK RIF in the operations. The General Officer has commanded an Infantry Brigade in Tangtse, Infantry Division in Karu and Corps in Leh. He has also served as Director General, Infantry.
The General Officer has had tenures as Instructor at Infantry School, Mhow and varied staff exposures, including Staff appointment at Military Operations Directorate and as Defence Attache at Beijing (China). He has also served as Military Observer at United Nations, Angola.
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