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Lt Gen Hooda takes over as Northern Command Chief

Jammu: Lt Gen DS Hooda today took over as the Northern Army Commander where he would be in-charge of counter terrorist operations in Jammu and Kashmir as well as of the boundaries with Pakistan and China.

Hooda took over the new charge in the Udhampur-based Northern Command. Prior to this, he was heading the 16 Corps in Nagrota near Jammu under the same command formation.

Northern Army Commander Lt Gen DS Hooda. AFP

Northern Army Commander Lt Gen DS Hooda. AFP

The General was commissioned into the 4th Gorkha Rifles in 1976 and has extensive staff and command exposure, a defence spokesperson said today.

Hooda Commanded an Infantry Brigade in Kashmir and a Division in North East, he said.

His staff appointments include tenures at the Military Operations and Operational Logistics Directorates at the Army HQ and Chief Logistics Officer at a United Nations mission. He is an alumnus of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff college, Higher command and NDC, he said.

PTI