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Lt Gen M V Suchindra Kumar assumes command of Jammu-based 16 Corps

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Leh-based Fire and Fury Corps also gets new head

Jammu/Srinagar, Oct 13: Lieutenant General M V Suchindra Kumar took over as the General Officer Commanding (GoC) of the Army’s 16 Corps, known as White Knight Corps, here on Tuesday, a defence spokesperson said.

He succeeds Lt Gen Harsha Gupta.

Lt Gen Kumar said it was an honour to command such an elite formation with a rich history of Jammu and Kashmir.

He exhorted all ranks to continue working with utmost zeal and enthusiasm. He asked them to always remain combat-ready to thwart the nefarious designs of adversaries and inimical forces while being in complete synergy with civil administration and paramilitary forces, the spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, Lt Gen P G K Menon on Tuesday also took over command of Leh-based Fire and Fury Corps, a defence spokesperson said.

The officer commanded a Rashtriya Rifles unit in the Kashmir Valley, an Infantry Brigade along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir and an Infantry Division in the Eastern Sector, he said.

“The General Officer has had a distinguished career in the Indian Army, and has held a number of important command and staff appointments,” the spokesperson said.

Before assuming command of the Fire and Fury Corps, Lt Gen Menon was tenating the appointment of Director General, Recruiting at New Delhi.

Lt Gen Menon exhorted all ranks to continue to discharge their duties with the same commitment and zeal and always be prepared to deal with any threat to national security, the spokesperson said.

He urged them to continue to keep ‘Nation First’ in all their endeavours.

Lt Gen Menon succeeded Lt Gen Harinder Singh, who in his farewell message conveyed his gratitude and deep appreciation to all ranks of the Fire and Fury Corps for their professionalism and steadfast dedication in the service of the nation even in the most hostile terrain, weather and altitude challenges faced by any army in the world.

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