BHAKTI NAI SHAKTI HO
The Far Western Division Headquarters, with the motto, "Bhakti Nai Sakti Ho” was established on July 5, 2004 (Ashad 21, 2061) in scenic and beautiful land of Dipayal. The flag of this division was raised on May 1, 2005 (Baisakh 18, 2062). Maj Gen Rajendra Thapa (Retd.) was the first General Officer Commanding (GOC) of this division and Major General Bijaya Thapa is the present GOC.
The successive GOC of this division were Maj Gen Kul Bahadur Khadka (Retd.), Maj Gen Anil Jung Thapa (Retd.), Maj Gen Nepal Bhushan Chand (Retd.), Maj Gen Damber Singh Gurung (Retd.), Maj Gen Kumar Budhathoki (Retd.), Maj Gen Ramesh Bista (Retd.), Maj Gen Surendra Bahadur Karki (Retd.), Maj Gen Hemanta Raj Kunwar, Maj Gen Binod Kumar Shrestha (Retd.), Maj Gen Dipak Prasad Bharati, Maj Gen Jhankar Bahadur Kadayat, Maj Gen Bal Krishna Karki and Major General Nirmal Kumar Thapa.
Biography of Major General Bijaya Thapa
Major General Bijaya Thapa, NDC, an alumnus of the Nepali Military Academy, was commissioned into the Nepali Army in 1989 A.D. Major General Thapa’s selfless service, sincere devotion, and commitment to excellence are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect distinct credit upon himself and the Nepali Army.
Over 35 years of his illustrious career, his roles have been diverse and dignified. He has distinguished himself by an exceptional meritorious service both during peace and conflict, at home and abroad. The Brig. General has wide-ranging experience of various high profile command, staff, and instructional appointments. He has commanded an independent Infantry Company Durga Bhanjan, Infantry Battalion Barda Bahadur, Infantry Brigade No 21 Brigade, and currently commanding Far Western Division.
The Major General Officer’s prestigious overseas service include participation in various United Nations Peace Keeping missions, UNPROFOR (Former Yugoslavia) in 1996, UNAMSIL (Sierra Leone) in 2002, UNOCI (Ivory Coast) in 2005, Battalion Commander of Batukdal Battalion in 2008 in MINUSTAH (Haiti) mission and served as a staff officer in the year 2015 in Liberia in UNMIL mission.
He is a graduate of Army Command and Staff College, Nepal and National Defense University, China, Major General, In recognition of his dignified service; he has been awarded the prestigious “PRAKHYAT TRISHAKTI PATTA CHAUTHA" (प्रख्यात त्रिशक्ती पट्ट चौथा) and other decorations and medals.
Major General Thapa is married to Mrs. Nirmala Thapa, and the couple is blessed with a son, Bibhushan. He is a keen sportsman, he likes to travel in his leisure time.