Lt Gen Suchindra Kumar takes over as GOC-in-C of Northern Command



Jammu: Lieutenant General M V Suchindra Kumar Monday took over as the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C), Northern Command of the Indian army at Udhampur.

After assuming command, Lt Gen Suchindra paid tributes to the brave-hearts at Dhruva War Memorial and exhorted all ranks to continue working with zeal while focussing operational preparedness.

He succeeded Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi, who assumed the appointment of the Vice Chief of the Army Staff (VCOAS) earlier in the day. Lt Gen Dwivedi took over as VCOAS from Lt Gen Suchindra Kumar.

“Lt Gen MV Suchindra Kumar assumed the command of #DhruvaCommand and paid homage to the #Bravehearts at #DhruvaWarMemorial. On assuming command, the #ArmyCommander exhorted all Ranks to remain focused on operational preparedness and continue working with utmost zeal and enthusiasm,” posted Additional Directorate General of Public Information (ADG-PI) of Indian Army on ‘X’.

Lt Gen Kumar had taken over as the Vice Chief of the Army Staff on March 1, 2023 and served there till February 18, 2024.

Prior to taking over as the Vice Chief of the Army Staff, Lieutenant General Suchindra Kumar was tenanting the appointment of Deputy Chief of Army Staff (Strategy) at Army HQ. He has experience in intelligence, operations, force structuring, operational logistics, modernisation initiatives and tech infusion.

An alumnus of Sainik School Bijapur and National Defence Academy, the General Officer was commissioned into 1 Assam Regiment in June 1985. He has commanded 59 Rashtriya Rifles Battalion (Assam), an Infantry Brigade and an Infantry Division on the Line of Control and the highly active White Knight Corps (16 Corps) in Northern Command.

The General Officer has held various staff and instructional appointments to include an instructional tenure at Infantry School, Mhow, Senior Operations Officer in the United Nations Sector in Cambodia, Colonel (Policy) in Military Secretary Branch, Indian Army Training Team at Lesotho, Brigadier General Staff (Operations) of a Corps in the Eastern Theatre, Additional Director General Military Intelligence and Director General Military Intelligence at Army HQ.

The Officer has attended the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Higher Command Course, Mhow and the National Defence College, New Delhi.

He has also attended courses on ‘Cooperative Security in South Asia’ in Sri Lanka and ‘United Nations Senior Mission Leaders Course’ in Egypt. His military papers have been published in a number of professional journals.


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