New Delhi, July 18: Lt Gen Nirbhay Sharma, who had
commanded a counter-insurgency force during the 1999 Kargil
conflict, today took over as general officer commanding of
Army's Srinagar-based 15 corps also known as 'Chinar' corps.
He succeeds Lt Gen V G Patankar, who has been posted to
the Army Headquarters here, an Army spokesman said.
Commissioned in the Army in 1966, Sharma led an airborne
operation in the 1971 Indo-Pak war and has held a series of
important command assignments in Jammu and Kashmir. He is no
stranger to the Kashmir Valley having commanded a brigade
He had till recently headed the perspective planning
directorate in the army headquarters where he had earlier
served as deputy director general of military operations. He
has also been a member of Sino-Indian, Indo-Myanmar and
Indo-US joint working steering groups.