Srinagar, Dec 05 : Major General Abhijit S Pendharkar, YSM took over the reins as General Officer Commanding of the elite Vajr Division from Major General VMB Krishnan, who moved to the prestigious appointment of Commandant, Counter Insurgency Jungle Warfare School, Vairengte, said a defence handout here.
In a statement, issued to Kashmir Despatch, defence spokesperson in the handout said that Major General Abhijit S Pendharkar, was commissioned on 09 June 1990 from IMA, Dehradun into 6th Battalion, the Assam Regiment.
“An alumnus of National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, the General Officer has attended all important career courses including Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Higher Command Course and National Defence College. He has an MSc in Strategic Studies and have also a Master of Philosophy to his credit. He has vast operational experience having served in intense Counter Insurgency or Counter Terrorist operations in North East & Jammu and Kashmir,” the handout reads.
It reads that for his distinguished service, he has been awarded GOC-in-C Central Command Commendation Card in 2002, COAS Commendation Card in 2007 and Yudh Seva Medal in 2018 while commanding a challenging brigade on the Line of Control.
“He brings with him a rich experience of various Command, Staff and Instructional appointments including the prestigious command of an Infantry Brigade on the Line of Control, Chief of Staff of an Infantry Brigade Group in MONUSCO, Congo and an extremely important appointment in Directorate of Military Operations at IHQ of MoD (Army) prior to assuming the command of the prestigious Vajr Division,” it reads.