Udhampur/Jammu,January 1(Scoop News) – Lieutenant General KT Parnaik,took over command of the prestigious Northern Command at Udhampur on Saturday. Lt Gen KT Parnaik, was received at Bikram Park Helipad by Lt Gen Jasbir Singh, AVSM, VSM, COS HQ Northern Command. Immediately after his arrival, the incoming Army Commander laid a wreath at the Dhruva Saheed Samark and thereafter proceeded to meet all officers posted in Headquarters .
According to Defence PRO, Lt Col Rajesh Kalia that the General is an alumnus of the
He said that the Army Commander takes over Northern Command with his vast experience in counter insurgency and high altitude warfare. He commanded 2 RAJPUTANA RIFLES in Rajasthan Sector (
The General has held a number of prestigious staff appointments to include General Staff Officer 1, Military Operations Directorate; Colonel General Staff of a Mountain Division in Counter Insurgency Operational Area; Director’ Perspective Planning and Colonel Military Secretary 3D at Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Army),PRO said. In addition, he has had the unique distinction of holding the appointment of DCMO/Chief of Staff in the UN Mission, Angola from Aug 1997 to Jul 1999, Brigadier General Staff of a Strike Corps, Deputy Director General of Operations Logistics, and Additional Director General Military Intelligence at Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Army). The General Officer has also held various instructional appointments, at
General Parnaik’s operational experience includes Op CACTUS LILY in 1972 and various counter insurgency operations in the North Eastern Sector and Jammu & Kashmir. For his distinguished service in North Eastern Sector, he was awarded the Chief of Army Staff Commendation Card twice. He was also honoured with the award ‘Yudh Seva Medal’ in 2003 for his exemplary conduct of operations while in command of an Infantry Brigade during Op PARAKRAM. The General Officer is also honoured with the Gallantry Award of ‘Uttam Yudh Seva Medal’ for his command of 4 Corps during Op Rhino, in 2010.