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Lieutenant General Cherish Mathson, PVSM, SM, VSM is the current General Officer Commander-in-Chief (GOC-in-C), South Western Command of the Indian Army and assumed office on 1 August 2017. He assumed the post from Lt General Abhay Krishna.[1][2]


Cherish Mathson

Cherish Mathson GOC.jpg
Allegiance India
Service/branch Indian Army
Years of serviceJune 1980 – present
RankLieutenant General of the Indian Army.svg Lieutenant General
Service numberIC-38722
UnitGarhwal Rifles
Commands heldIA South Western Command.jpg South Western Army
XII Corps
Special Frontier Force
AwardsParam Vishisht Seva Medal ribbon.svg Param Vishisht Seva Medal
Sena Medal ribbon.svg Sena Medal
Vishisht Seva Medal ribbon.svg Vishisht Seva Medal

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Early life and educationEdit

Mathson is an alumnus of Sainik School, Trivandrum and Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. He has also attended Senior Command Course at Army War College, Mhow; Long Defence Management Course, Secunderabad and National Defence College, New Delhi.[2][3][3]

CareerEdit

Mathson was commissioned into Garhwal Rifles in June 1980. He has vast experience in rural and urban insurgencies and has served two tenures in Siachen Glacier,in Operation Blue Star, in Mizoram against Mizo National Front (MNF) and as a UN observer in Somalia. He has commanded a battalion on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir during Operation Parakram, Trivandrum Brigade in an amphibious Role, an infantry Division in the Southern Command, Inspector General of the Special Frontier Force and GOC-in-C of XXI Corps (Bhopal) He has also held staff positions including Deputy Assistant Quarter Master General Operations of an Independent Infantry Brigade, Colonel Administration of a Mountain Division, Brigadier Administration of XII Corps, Deputy Technical Manager (Land Systems) in Army HQ, Senior Defence Specialist (Military) in the National Security Council Secretariat and in the Defence Acquisition Wing (Ministry of Defence).[2][1][4][5][6][7] He is also the Colonel of the Regiment of Garhwal Rifles.[8]

During his career, he has been awarded a Sena Medal, Vishist Seva Medal in 2010 [9] and the Param Vishisht Seva Medal in 2018.[10]

Honours and decorationsEdit

Dates of rankEdit

Insignia Rank Component Date of rank
  Second Lieutenant Indian Army 7 June 1980[11]
  Lieutenant Indian Army 7 June 1982[12]
  Captain Indian Army 7 June 1985[13]
  Major Indian Army 7 June 1991
  Lieutenant-Colonel Indian Army 31 December 2002[14]
  Colonel Indian Army 1 February 2005[15]
  Brigadier Indian Army 2 May 2008 (seniority from 12 January 2008)[16]
  Major General Indian Army 1 January 2013 (seniority from 6 April 2011)[17]
  Lieutenant-General Indian Army 10 November 2015 (substantive)[18]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Lt Gen Cherish Mathson takes over Army's South Western Command". The New Indian Express. Archived from the original on 2017-10-07. Retrieved 2017-10-07.
  2. ^ a b c "Press Information Bureau". Archived from the original on 2017-10-07. Retrieved 2017-10-07.
  3. ^ a b "New SW Army head is Sainik School alumnus". The Hindu. Special Correspondent. 2017-08-01. ISSN 0971-751X. Archived from the original on 2017-08-28. Retrieved 2017-10-07.CS1 maint: others (link)
  4. ^ "Patron Cup competition held at Army Golf Course". thehitavada.com. Archived from the original on 2017-10-07. Retrieved 2017-10-07.
  5. ^ "cherish-mathson-takes-over-sudarshan-chakras-command". Archived from the original on 2016-10-05.
  6. ^ "Lt General Ghuman takes command of Sudarshan Chakra Corps". thehitavada.com. Archived from the original on 2017-08-21. Retrieved 2017-10-07.
  7. ^ "Conservation of coral reef in Lakshadweep | TopNews". www.topnews.in. Retrieved 2017-10-07.
  8. ^ "Lt Gen Cherish Mathson appointed Colonel of Regiment of Garhwal Rifles". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
  9. ^ "Press Information Bureau". Archived from the original on 2017-10-07. Retrieved 2017-10-07.
  10. ^ "390 Republic Day Gallantry and Other Defence Decorations Announced".
  11. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 16 May 1981. p. 674.
  12. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 25 December 1982. p. 1575.
  13. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 7 June 1986. p. 924.
  14. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 31 July 2004. p. 1053.
  15. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 25 March 2006. p. 411.
  16. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 3 July 2010. p. 1094.
  17. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 22 March 2014. p. 428.
  18. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 20 February 2016. p. 478.
Military offices
Preceded by
Abhay Krishna
General Officer Commander-in-Chief South Western Command
1 August 2017 - Current
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Pradeep Singh Mehta
General Officer Commanding XXI Corps
1 July 2016 - 30 June 2017
Succeeded by
Iqroop Singh Ghuman