National Defence Bureau,
Udhampur (J&K), 31 January 2020
Lieutenant General YK Joshi, UYSM, AVSM, VrC, SM assumes the appointment of GOC-in-C, Northern Command at Udhampur on 01 Feb 20.
Lieutenant General YK Joshi, was commissioned into 13 JAK RIF (Bravest of The Brave) on 12 Jun 1982 and later commanded the same unit. The General Officer is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla and a postgradutate from the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. He 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. The General officer caught the attention of the nation during the Kargil war with his outstanding leadership under the nickname ‘Joe’ and led his unit to unprecedented success. In Operation VIJAY under his command the unit was awarded with a total of 37 gallantry awards including two PARAM VIR CHAKRAS, eight VIR CHAKRAS & fourteen SENA MEDALS. The unit was also awarded with the Chief of Army Staff Unit Citation & the “Bravest of Brave” award. The General officer himself was awarded the “VIR 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 and was instrumental in catalyzing the modernization drive of the Infantry. He was The Chief of Staff, Northern Command before taking over the reigns of Northern Command as Army Commander.
The General Officer has had tenures as Instructor at Infantry School, Mhow and varied staff exposure, including Staff appointment at Military Operations Directorate and as Defence Attache to Beijing (China). He has also served as Military Observer in United Nations, Angola.
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