JAMMU, Jan 31: Lieutenant General Suresh Sharma has taken over as Engineer-in-Chief of the Indian Army.
Commissioned into the Corps of Engineers from the Indian Military Academy, he has attended prestigious courses at tri-services institutions like the Defence Service Staff College, College of Defence Management and National Defence College.
The General Officer commanded an Engineer Regiment during Operation Parakaram and has held key operational logistics appointments in an Infantry Brigade along the Line of Control and an Infantry Division and Strike Corps in the South Western Theatre. He was assigned to the United Nations as an Advisor and served as Chief Operations Officer of the Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Within the Corps, the General Officer has commanded the Bengal Engineer Group and Centre – a premiere training institution and tenanted the appointments of Chief Engineer (Indian Navy & Coast Guards) Mumbai Zone, Chief Engineer South Western Command and Director General Combat Engineers at the Army HQs.
Prior to taking over as the Engineer-in-Chief, he served as the 24th Director General of the Border Roads Organisation (DGBR), where he provided strategic direction with a renewed impetus to 18 projects across 13 Indian states and two foreign countries. During his tenure as the DGBR, multiple initiatives were taken to keep up with the overall strategic vision of the country.
On 26 January 2016, the General Officer was awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) by the President of India.
In his capacity as Engineer-in-Chief, in addition to steering the Corps of Engineers, he will serve as the principal advisor to Chiefs of Army, Navy, Air Force and the Ministry of Defence on all matters pertaining to engineer works services being head of Military Engineering Services (MES).