Lt Gen Cherish Mathson, SM, VSM GOC-in-C, South Western Command

Lieutenant General Cherish Mathson, SM, VSM assumed the appointment of General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, South Western Command on 01 Aug 2017.

Lieutenant General Cherish Mathson, is an alumnus of Sainik School, Trivandrum. He was commissioned into THE GARHWAL RIFLES in June1980. He is a graduate from the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and has attended all important career courses which include Senior Command Course at Army War College, Mhow and Defence Management Course at Secunderabad. He has also attended prestigious National Defence College Course at New Delhi and in the Republic of South Africa.

The General Officer has considerable experience in varied operational assignments across India and in Somalia (UN Charter VII Operations). He has fought in rural and urban insurgency as well as terrorism situations. He has commanded his Battalion on the Line of Control with Pakistan, in Jammu and Kashmir, during Operation Parakram. He has served two tenures on Siachen Glacier, the World’s Highest Battlefield. He has commanded the Trivandrum Brigade, which he transformed to an Amphibious Role. Later he commanded the Bison Division in Hyderabad as part of the Strike Corps. He has also headed the Special Frontier Force (Airborne), which is operationally deployed on the Eastern & Northern borders of India against China. Later he went on to command the Sudarshan Chakra Strike Corps as part of the Southern Army. Significantly, his Command of formations from Brigade upwards indicates his expertise in Strike Corps operations in the Desert. The General Officer has staff experience at all levels including National Security Council Secretariat and in the Ministry of Defence.