Jammu, Oct 31 (UNI) Lt Gen R K Karwal today took over the charge of Army's Nagrota-based XVI 'White Knight' Corps from Lt Gen T K Sapru, who proceeded for his new appointment as GOC-in-C Western Command at Chandimandir.
Lt Gen Sapru handed over command of General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the prestigious XVI Corps to Lt Gen Karwal, Defence spokesman Lt Gen S D Goswami said.
The outgoing GOC was given a warm farewell by the staff and families of the 'White Knight' Corps, he added.
Lt Gen Karwal, belongs to the Rajput Regiment and was previously posted as additional Director General of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) in New Delhi.
He has commanded a division in Southern Command and has also served as military attache in the Indian Embassy in Pakistan.
The XVI Corps is one of the most prestigious corps in the Northern Command. It has six divisions and takes care of operations in Jammu region that is south of Pir Panjal.
Besides looking after anti-militancy operations in sensitive districts like Doda, Udhampur, Reasi, Kishtwar, Ramban, Rajouri and Poonch, it guards about 300 km of the 720-km Line of Control (LOC) which divides Kashmir from Pakistan.
There are two more corps, 14 and 15 Corps, in the Northern Command. The 14 Corps is in Ladakh region and has two divisions while the 15 Corps is in Kashmir Valley and has five divisions.