Lieutenant General PC Thimmaya, a recipient of Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) will take over as the 21st General Officer Commander-in-Chief of Shimla-based Army Training Command (ARTRAC) facility on November 1.
Lt. Gen. Thimmaya was earlier posted as the Commandant of Army War College in MHOW, Madhya Pradesh.
He passed out from the Indian Military Academy (IMA) with the coveted Sword of Honour in 1981, following which he was commissioned into the 5th Bn, the Mechanised Infantry Regiment (14 KUMAON).
He has officiated as Military Observer in United Nations Angola Verification Mission and has also been deployed as a defence attache in Bangladesh.
An alumnus of Sainik School, Bhubaneshwar and the National Defence Academy in Pune, he has tenanted critical command and Staff Appointments along the borders in peace and field in his illustrious career.
The General Officer has commanded battalions during operation ‘Parakram’ and Independent Mechanised Brigade in the deserts. He has commanded a Strike Formation as a Major General, and subsequently, commanded a Corps in the Western Theatre as a Lieutenant General.
Lt. Gen. Thimmaya is expected to play a pivotal role in enhancing the technical threshold of the Indian Army in developing the leadership, both at the operational and strategic levels with a view to prepare for future wars across the entire spectrum of conflict.