Inspiring Facts About New Northern Command Chief

DefenceXP Author / 01 February 2020

Hello Defence Lovers, Lieutenant General YK Joshi took over as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Northern Command at Udhampur on 1 February 2020. He last served as the Chief of staff of the Northern Command, assuming the office from Lt Gen SK Sharma. Previously, he was the commander of Leh based Fire & Fury Corps. With this article we are going to tell you some intersting facts about Lieutenant General YK Joshi which will definitely inspire you.

  • Lt General Joshi was commissioned into the 13 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles on June 12, 1982, and later commanded the same unit.  He has also served as the Director General of Infantry and ADG of Military Operations Branch in the Army HQ prior to his appointment as DG Infantry and subsequently GOC of XIV corp. He is the colonel of the regiment of Jammu and Kashmir Rifles & the Ladakh Scouts. 

  • The officer caught the attention of the nation during the Kargil war with his outstanding leadership under the nickname 'Joe' and led his unit to unprecedented success.

  • He was a Lt colonel during Kargil War. He led 13th Battalion of the JAK Rif in Dras. His battalion launched four successful attacks, including the one to Pt 4875 which is now called Batra Top after Capt. Vikram Batra who laid down his life and was awarded the Param Vir Chakra. 

  • At one point during the war, Joshi, commanding his unit, the 13 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles (13 JAK Rif), took over a gun emplacement from a nervous young soldier and began firing himself.

  • The Battalion was also conferred with the title of the 'Bravest Of the Brave' His battalion was awarded a total of seven Gallantry medals during Kargil War including two Param Vir Chakras, eight Vir Chakras (including him) and fourteen Sena Medals. He was the commanding officer of Param Vir Chakra awardees Captain Vikram Batra and Rifleman Sanjay Kumar

  • Lt. Gen. Joshi was not only a hero in the 1999 Kargil war but is also a veteran when it comes to dealing with China. The uniqueness that Gen Joshi brings to his office is not only his knowledge of the Chinese language but also the fact that he has served thrice before in the eastern Ladakh sector and has commanded a Brigade and a Division before taking over as commander of Fire & Fury Corps.

  • He also served as a Defence Attache to China (2005-2008) and negotiated the technicalities of the first India-China joint exercise “Hand-in-Hand” in Kunming in 2007 and led Army talks with China.

  • He handled two sensitive positions on the China desk at the Directorate-General of Military Operations subsequently, cutting through patrolling disputes in Chumar and Demchok and Daulat Beg Oldi in Eastern Ladakh, and then giving inputs to resolve last year’s 72-day Doklam stand-off.

  • In the Bollywood movie LOC Kargil that was subsequently made, his character, essayed by Sanjay Dutt, was known as “Joe”.

Jai Hind

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