Lt Gen SR Ghosh, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C), Western Command, the last of the 1971 Indo-Pak war veterans, bid farewell to arms on Thursday after serving the nation for over four decades.
"As the last veteran of the 1971 Indo-Pak war, I hang up my uniform and pay my solemn gratefulness to our brave soldiers who laid down their lives for our tomorrow," Lt Gen Ghosh wrote in the visitor's book after a solemn wreath-laying ceremony at war memorial in Chandimandir near here. A guard of honour was also presented to him.
Lt Gen Ghosh, an alumnus of St Josephs, Nainital, and National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, was commissioned on November 14, 1971 and immediately participated in the Indo-Pakistan war in J&K.
Besides commanding one of the oldest battalions of The Brigade of The Guards, he has commanded an infantry brigade on the Line of Control, an infantry division, the Mathura-based Strike Corps and the prestigious Western Army from where he bid adieu today.
He has served in various important staff appointments and has had the distinction to serve as the defence and military Attaché at Washington, USA. The General is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and the prestigious Higher Command Course at Mhow. He holds two post graduate degrees of M.Sc and M.Phil in Defence and Strategic Studies. He was appointed as the Colonel of The Brigade of The Guards in August 2010.
During his distinguished service, the General has been awarded the Sena Medal, the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and the Param Vishisht Seva Medal. During the last two and a half years, he was instrumental in giving an impetus to operational preparedness of the Western Army.
The army commander, a thorough professional and military strategist, has been focusing on the importance of Western Command and has planned and overseen several major exercises involving large scale manoeuvres of soldiers, tanks, artillery and other weapon platforms.