Lt General PM Hariz takes over as chief of Southern Command

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Lt General P M Hariz, a decorated officer who also participated in UN assignments, today took charge as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) of the city-headquartered Southern Command.

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Hariz succeeded Lt General Bipin Rawat, who has proceeded to Delhi to assume duties of VCOAS (Vice Chief of Army Staff).

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On assuming charge of the largest geographical formation of the Indian Army, the General laid a wreath at the National War Memorial and paid homage to the martyrs. He was thereafter was given a guard of honour.

Prior to the current appointment, Hariz, who was commissioned in June 1978, was General Officer Commanding-in- Chief of Army Training Command at Shimla.

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An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Pune and Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, Hariz was commissioned into 12 Mechanised Infantry Battalion.

He later commanded 19 Mechanised Infantry Battalion, a defence release said.

The officer has a vast experience of serving on prestigious staff and command appointments.

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He has the unique distinction of holding various UN appointments, which include a tenure as Military Observer, Chief Personnel Officer and Regional Commander in Angola, it said.

He is a recipient of Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Sena Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal.

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