Western Command



Karnali Kali Rakshaiwa Nepal Rakshya


The Western Command Headquarter, with the motto," Karnali Kali Rakshaiwa Nepal Rakshya", was raised on July 16, 2021 (2078 Shrawan 01 B.S) at Nimare, Surkhet. Major General Prem Shahi is the current Commanding General of the Western Command.



Prabal Gorkha Dakshinbahu, Major General Prem Shahi was born in Doti, Nepal. He completed his primary and secondary education from Budanilkantha High School in Kathmandu.The General Officer joined the Nepali Army on 3rd Chaitra 2043 B.S., and is from the 25th Officer Basic intake of the Nepali Army. He then graduated from the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) UK on December 1988. He was commissioned into the Bhairabnath Battalion as a Second Lieutenant on 24 Mangshir 2045 B.S. During his illustrious career the General Officer has completed various professional courses, both home and abroad, among which to mention a few are: Junior Command Course from India, he was awarded the coveted title of PSC, having completed Command and Staff Course from Army Command and Staff College Shivapuri, then on, he also had the honor of completing Command and Staff Course from Germany in 2003. Furthermore, he had also participated and completed Special Operations –Offices Course from United States of America in 2009/10 A.D. Among his higher military education, he completed his Higher Command and Management Course in 2072 B.S. from the Nepali Army War College, Nagarkot and then he completed his National Security Program from Canada in 2017/18 A.D. On the academic front, he holds a Master's Degree of Science in Defence Analysis, Major Subject being Irregular Warfare, from Naval Post Graduate School, Monterrey, California, United States of America.

The General Officer has held various command, staff and instructional appointments throughout his illustrious career. Some of the more prominent ones are mentioned here. He commanded the Gurubox Company as the Company Commander, Bhairabnath Battalion as the Battalion Commander, where he is also the Colonel Commandant, and the Special Forces Brigade as the Brigade Commander. He was posted as instructor in the Nepal Military Academy (NMA), as a Directing Staff (D.S) in Army Command and Staff College Shivapuri as well as D.S. for Higher Command and Management Course and has been a commandant of the Nepali Army Battle School (NABS). As a Staff Officer, he was the Chief of Staff (COS) in Eastern Division Headquarters, he was the Military Assistant (MA) to the Chief of Army Staff General Purna Chandra Thapa and most recently he was Directorate General of Military Operations (DGMO).

Furthermore, the General Officer has contributed immensely to the Global Peace Effort with deployment throughout several United Nations Peace Missions in his lengthy military career. He had served as a Platoon Commander in UNIFIL Mission in Lebanon in 2049 B.S., as a Staff Officer in UNMIS Mission Sudan 2062 B.S and as a Senior Military Advisor in UNAMI Iraq in 2068 B.S.

The General Officer with over 33 (thirty-three) years of service and with tremendous amount of experience, now heads the pivotalGeneral Officer Commanding in Chief (GOC), Western Command of the Nepali Army. He is happily married to Mrs Sangita Shahi and is blessed with a beautiful daughter and a son.

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