Lt Gen Manoj Kumar Katiyar is new GOC-in-C of Western Command

In a solemn ceremony, Lt. Gen. Katiyar paid tributes to bravehearts at Veer Smriti.

Lieutenant General Manoj Kumar Katiyar took over the charge  of the Indian Army’s Western Command today.   .Lieutenant general Nav K Khanduri on Friday relinquished the command of Western Army, superannuating after nearly 40 years of service.He was the chief of the Western Command from November 2021. General Khanduri was given a farewell salute yesterday.

Before assuming the new office  in the Western Command, Lieutenant General M K  Katiyar served as Director General of Military Operations.

Lt. Gen. Manoj Kumar Katiyar saluted the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the country by offering floral tributes at Veer Smriti at Command Headquarters in Chandimandir near Chandigarh. The headquarters of the Indian Army’s Western Command is located in Panchkula district on the Haryana-Himachal-Chandigarh border. It is a district of Haryana.  Lt Gen Katiyar was the Indian Army’s Director General, Military Operations from 11 May 2022.

The Western Command of the Indian Army was reorganized in 1947 with the motto SARVADA VIJAYI BHAV  which means may you always be victorious. The black stripe between the red shield and the golden circle on it is the insignia of the western command of the Indian Army.

Lieutenant General Manoj Kumar Katiyar (mk katiyar) was commissioned in the 23 Rajputana Rifles of the Indian Army. Prior to his appointment as DGMO, Lt Gen Katiyar also commanded the 1 Corps of the Army from 5 April 2021 to 30 April 2022. I Corps has its  headquarters  in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. The 1 Corps of the Indian Army is also called the Strike Corps . It was formed during the 1965 war. During its formation, this corps was engaged in the war in the Sialkot sector. 1 Corps took part in the 1965 Indo-Pakistan war and fought the Battle of Basantar in the 1971 war as well.