General Officer Commanding-in-Chief ARTRAC

 

 Lt Gen PC Thimmaya, VSM

GOC-in-C, ARTRAC

 

 Lt Gen PC Thimmaya, VSM was born on 04 Apr 1960 at Coorg (Karnataka). The Gen Offr is an alumni of Sainik School, Bhubaneswar and National Defence Academy. He was awarded the Sword of Honour at Indian Military Academy and was Commissioned to 5th Bn the Mechanised Infantry Regiment (14 KUMAON) on 13 Jun 1981.


The Gen Offr commanded a Mech Coy in HAA in J&K and his Bn in the Western Theatre both as part of defensive and offensive fmns. The Gen Offr assumed command of an Independent Mechanised Brigade in the deserts in the Southern Theatre and Commanded a Sub Area in the Western Theatre. As a Maj Gen he Commanded a STRIKE RAPID in the South Western Theatre. Subsequently on promotion he Commanded the prestigious 10 Corps and tenated the appt of Comdt Army War College Mhow.

The Gen Offr has attended various prestigious courses apart from doing the mandatory basic courses to include the DSSC, Senior Command, Long Defence Management Course and a course on BMP-2 in erstwhile USSR.

The Gen Offr has been awarded with GOC-in-C Western Command Commendation while serving with 5th Bn the MECH INF Regt and GOC-in-C Eastern Command Commendation while serving with HQ IGAR (S). He was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal during the comd of the Strike RAPID.

The Gen Offr has held varied and prestigious assignments such as Staff Officer to the Vice Chief of the Army Staff, Aide-de-Camp to the Chief of the Army Staff, Brigade Major of a Mountain Brigade which was deployed for Op RHINO in Assam and Colonel General Staff of a Mountain Division and IGAR(S) which was deployed in intense Counter Insurgency Operations in Manipur. After successful command of an Inf Div, the Gen Offr was posted as MGGS of South Western Comd, He has also had a stint as a Military Observer in UN Mission (UNAVEM, Angola). The Gen Offr has had a successful tenure with the High Commission of India in Bangladesh as the Defence Attache. In Army HQs he has been the Assistant Military Secretary in the MS Branch, Director(Operations and Planning) in the OL Directorate and also tenated the critical appt of ADG, CAB. The Gen Offr assumed the command of Army Training Command wef 01 Nov 2018 as its 21st Army Commander.

The Gen Offr is an avid sports man and plays tennis, golf apart from tps game with high degree of proficiency.