SHANTI SHURAKSHYA SARBADA
The ‘Valley Command Office’, with the motto “Shanti Surakshya Sarbada”, was established on May 19 2003 (2060 Jestha 5). Later it was renamed as “Valley Division HQ” on December 13, 2003 (2060 Poush 15). At the beginning, the division HQ was based at Singha Durbar, Kathmandu and later it was relocated to the Narayanhiti Palace. Maj Gen Kiran Shumsher Thapa (Retd.) was the first General Officer Commanding of this division and Major General Yog Raj Sharma is the present GOC.
The successive GOC of this division were Maj Gen Dilip Karki (Retd.), Maj Gen Dipak Bikram Rana (Retd.), Maj Gen Kul Bahadur Khadka (Retd.), Maj Gen Anil Jung Thapa (Retd.), Maj Gen Daman Bahadur Ghale (Retd.), Maj Gen Keshav Raj Mahat (Retd.), Maj Gen Mahesh Bikram Karki (Retd.), Maj Gen Purna Chandra Thapa, Maj Gen Himalaya Thapa (Retd.) and Maj Gen Anuj Basnyat, Maj Gen Sarad Kumar Giri, Maj Gen Purna Bahadur Silwal (Retd.), Maj Gen Shashi Chandra Bahadur Singh and Maj Gen Niranjan Kumar Shrestha.
Biography of Major General Yog Raj Sharma
Major General Yog Raj Sharma nswc, psc, MA, son of Er. Dhruba Raj Sharma and Mrs. Radha Devi Bhattarai was born on July 8th 1967 in KTM Nepal. He joined the Nepali Army in 1987. He was commissioned from the then Royal Nepalese Military Academy, Nepal into Shree Kali Prasad Battalion (Engineers) on February 26th, 1989.
General Officer is an alumnus of Army Command and Staff College, Shivapuri and National Security and War Course, Pakistan. He holds Masters Degrees In “National Security and War Course” from Pakistan and Masters of Arts in Political Science from Tribhuvan University, Nepal.
During his illustrious career the General Officer has completed various professional courses both home and abroad, among which to mention a few are: Young Officers Engineering Course and Bomb Disposal Course from Military College of Engineering, Pakistan, International Intelligence Director Course from Defense School of Intelligence, Bedfordshire, UK, Advance Security Cooperation from APCSS, Hawaii, USA and Law Enforcement Training from Beijing, China. He has also visited countries: Netherlands, South Korea, Bangladesh and Haiti for various military related seminars.
In his 35 years service career, he has held various staff and command appointments. His important staff appointments include Brigade Major and Operation Officer of No.2 Brigade, Operation Officer of Eastern Division HQ and Mid Division HQ, Director of Military Supply and Transport, Deputy Director of Directorate of Military Intelligence and Director of Department of Peace Keeping Operations. Some of his instructional appointments include: Directing Staff in Nepali Army War College, Nagarkot and as an Instructor in Royal Nepalese Military Academy, Kharipati, Nepal. He was also among a member of the first group of Maoist Combatants Monitoring Committee in Dudhouli Camp, Sindhuli during the peace process.
He has successfully commanded Shree Rudra Dhoj Company (Infantry) as a Company Commander, Shree Rana Bhim Battalion (Infantry) as a Battalion Commander. He was Brigade Commander of No. 14 Brigade (Engineers), General Officer Commanding in Chief (GOC-in-Chief), Valley Command HQs, and currently is appointed as General Officer Commanding (GOC), Valley Division HQs.
Major General Sharma also served as a Military Adviser to the Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations, NY, USA from July 2014 to July 2017. His UN Peacekeeping experiences include: Platoon Commander in former Yugoslavia (1994), Military Observer in Democratic Republic of Congo (2003) and Commanding Officer of Nep Batt – VII, MONUSCO, Congo (2007).
He has been decorated with prestigious medal “SUPRABAL JANASEWA SHREE” and General Officer is also the Colonel Commandant of Shree Rana Bhim Battalion (Infantry).
Major General Yog Raj Sharma is happily married to Mrs. Sabina Sharma and is blessed with a son, Ishan and a daughter, Ayusha.