Mohanty is new chief of Army Training Command


New Delhi : Lt. Gen. J.K. Mohanty has assumed charge as general officer commanding-in-chief of the Shimla-based Army Training Command (ARTRAC), it was announced Monday.

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He has taken over from Lt. Gen. M.L. Naidu, who has assumed charge as the Indian Army vice chief.

The ARTRAC is responsible for coordinating various facets of professional and technical training in the Indian Army’s 27 training establishments.

Mohanty, an infantry officer, is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadkwasla, and was commissioned in the Dogra Regiment in 1969. He is currently the Colonel of the Dogra Regiment and Dogra Scouts.

Prior to taking over his new assignment, Mohanty was commandant of the Indian Army’s premier officers’ training establishment for combat training – the Army War College at Mhow.

Mohanty has held several coveted command, staff and instructional appointments. These include command of a unit in a counter-insurgency environment in Jammu and Kashmir.

During his tenure as commanding officer, the unit was awarded the three highest peacetime gallantry awards in a single operation – the Ashok Chakra, the Kirti Chakra and the Shaurya Chakra, while Mohanty himself was decorated with the Sena Medal.

Mohanty has successfully commanded a mountain and an infantry brigade. After tenure as military attaché to the Indian Army vice chief, Mohanty commanded an infantry division at the Line of Control (LoC). He also served as additional military secretary at Army Headquarters, and has commanded a corps.

For his outstanding services, he was awarded the Vishist Seva Medal (VSM) and the Uttam Yudh Seva Medal (UYSM).