Srinagar, Nov 24: Lieutenant General Mukesh Sabharwal today assumed the charge of the General Officer-in-Commanding (GOC) of the prestigious Srinagar-based XV Corps, also known as Chinar Corps.
Gen Sabharwal takes over the command from Lt Gen Amarjit Singh Sekhon, who has been moved to the Army headquarters in New Delhi as the Director General Military Operations (DGMO).
Prior to this assignment, Gen Sabharwal was posted at the Army headquarters in New Delhi as the Additional Director General Military Operations (ADGMO).
The change of guard took place at a simple ceremony in the XV Corps headquarters at Badami Bagh cantonment here.
Before that, both the officers placed floral wreaths at the Corps War Memorial and paid tributes to the brave martyrs.
Gen Sabharwal, an alumni of the National Defence Academy, was commissioned into Rajput Regiment on June 13, 1971. During his illustrious career spanning 36 years, he has had varied command and staff experiences.
On commissioning, Gen Sabharwal took active part in the 1971 Indo-Pak war in Jammu and Kashmir and also commanded his battalion in the high altitude region of Ladakh.
He was awarded the Vishist Seva Medal (VSM) for his dedicated service and leading the counter insurgency operations as a Brigade Commander in insurgency-hit north eastern state of Manipur.
Gen Sabharwal also commanded the Kupwara-based 28 Infantry Division on the Line of Control (LoC) and was actively involved in counter infiltration and anti-insurgency operations in strife-torn Jammu and Kashmir.
For his distinguished service on the LoC, he was awarded the Ati Vishist Seva Medal (AVSM). Gen Sabharwal also held several staff and instructional appointments.
He has also attended the prestigious command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth in the US and the US Army War College at Pennsylvania.
Gen Sekhon was at the helm of affairs of the Chinar Corps for more than a year. During his tenure, the trouble-torn Kashmir valley witnessed return of peace with violence receding many notches as compared to previous years, a defence spokesman said in a statement.