Lieutenant General Cherish Mathson took over as Army Commander of South Western Army on August 1,2017. The General is an alumnus of Sainik School, Trivandrum (Kerala). He was commissioned into the Infantry-The Garhwal Rifles in June 1980. He is a graduate from the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. The General Officer has considerable experience in varied operational assignments across India. He has fought in rural and urban insurgency/terrorism situations in Mizoram against Mizo National Front (MNF) and in Operation Bluestar in Amritsar. He has commanded his Battalion on the Line of Control with Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir, during Operation Parakram. He has served two tenures on the Siachen Glacier, the World's Highest Battlefield. He has commanded the Trivandrum Brigade which he transformed to an Amphibious Role (akin to US Marines). Later he commanded the Infantry Division in Hyderabad. He has also headed the Special Frontier Force (an Airborne Force which is directly under the PMO) operationally deployed on the Eastern & Northern borders of India against China. His last assignment was to command the Sudarshan Chakra Strike Corps as part of the Southern Command.
Lieutenant General Abhay Krishna, took over the reins of Eastern Command on August 1, 2017. A Graduate of the 56th course at the National Defence Academy and 66th course at Indian Military Academy, was commissioned into the Rajputana Rifles on June 7, 1980. He is an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Army War College (Higher Command Course), Mhow and the National Defence College, New Delhi.
During his 37 years of distinguished Army Career, he has gained varied experience of commanding a Rashtriya Rifles Battalion in Counter Insurgency Operations in Manipur as well in Kargil conflict and and Infantry Battalion in High Altitude Area. He spearheaded a Brigade as part of strike formation in deserts. The General Officer commanded Striking Lion Division in Sikkim and later Spear Corps in the North East, which gives him an unparalleled understanding of the dynamics of the North Eastern region.
Lieutenant General Abhay Krishna has been an ambassador of Indian Army in various United Nations missions as a Military Observer in United Nation Peace Keeping Force in Mozambique (UNUMOZ) and Rwanda (UNAMIR). He also has the distinction of donning the appointment of Chief of Staff of United Nation Force at Burundi (ONUB). The General officer has a multifaceted persona, is well read and has a nuanced approach to dealing with challenges.
Air Marshal Hemant Narayan Bhagwat took over as Air Officer-in-Charge Administration of Indian Air Force at Air Headquarters, New Delhi on August 1, 2017. Air Marshal HN Bhagwat was commissioned in the Administrative branch of the IAF in June 1981.
After serving for seven years as an Air Traffic Control Officer in three different operational bases, the Air Officer served as Parachute Jump Instructor for fifteen years. The officer has undertaken over 2400 live parachute jumps in combat as well as sport profile from twenty different types of aircraft. He has also served as Chief Instructor of Paratroopers' Training School, Agra for five years and was leader of prestigious IAF Sky Diving Team, Akashganga for several years. Besides para jumps he has also participated in several international para exercises including in USA, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Seychelles.
The Air Officer is an alumnus of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Higher Air Command Course at College of Air Warfare, Hyderabad and Senior Defence Management Course at College of Defence Management, Secunderabad. The officer has completed his M Sc in Strategic Studies from Madras University & M Phil from Osmania University.
The Air Officer was awarded Vayu Sena Medal by the President of India in 2005 for his contributions to paratrooping field. He has been awarded the Ati Vishist Seva Medal by President of India for distinguished service of a very high order.