RAKSHYA NAI DHARMA
The Western Division Headquarters, with the motto, "Rakshya Nai Dharma Ho” was established on February 13, 2003 (Falgun 1, 2059) as Central Division at Pokhara, Kaski. The Central Division was renamed to its present name as the Western Division on September 17, 2004. Lt Gen Chitra Bahadur Gurung was the first General Officer Commanding (GOC) of this division and Maj Gen Devendra Bahadur Medhasi is the present GOC.
The successive GOC of this division were Maj Gen Prakash Bahadur Basnet (Retd.), Maj Gen Amar Panta (Retd.), Brig Gen Dilip Samsher JB Rana (Retd.), Maj Gaurav Samsher JB Rana (Retd.), Maj Gen Sivram Pradhan (Retd.), Maj Gen Nar Badadur Kandel (Retd.), Maj Gen Victor JB Rana (Retd.), Maj Gen Yagya Bikram Rana (Retd.), Maj Gen Padam Bilash Karki (Retd.) Maj Gen Ramesh Kumar Pun (Retd.) and Maj Gen Jagadish Chandra Pokharel.
Biography of Biography of Major General Devendra Bahadur Medhasi
Maj Gen Devendra Bahadur Medhasi was born on 19 November, 1961 in Parbat District, West Nepal. He was graduated from Nepalese Military Academy, Kharipati in April, 1984 and was commissioned as second lieutenant in Singh Nath Battalion where he served as a platoon commander, intelligence officer, adjutant, deputy commanding officer and commanding officer.
Maj Gen Medhasi has done various career courses and several other military courses. He has also participated in numerous workshops & seminars at home and abroad. He is an alumnus of Army command and Staff College, Shivapuri - Nepal, Defense Services Staff College, Wellington India and Royal College of Defence Studies- UK. He holds Masters degrre in Political Science from Tribhuban University, Kathmandu - Nepal and Master Degree in Strategic Defense Studies from Madras University, Madras India.
His command appointments include Company Commander - Shree Mehar Company (Independent Company), Battalion Commander - Singh Nath Battalion (now Commando Bn), Commandant at the Birendra Peace Operations Training Centre and Brigade Commander 25 and 1 Brigade (Infantry Brigade), Commandant at Army Command and Staff College, Shivapuri. Presently, he is appointed as General Officer Commanding of Western Division Headquarter.
His instructional appointments include instructor at Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School, Amlekhjung and Senior Directing Staff in Higher Command and Management Course in Nagarkot.
His notable staff appointments include GSO2, MS Branch, Operation Officer in an Infantry Brigade and Deputy Director at Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), Army HQ. Before his promotion in the rank of Major General he was the Director of Military Operations in the Nepali Army, Headquarter.
He carries tremendous experiences in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations. His UN assignments include Platoon Commander-United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL), Operation Duty officer in UNIFIL Personal Staff Officer to Deputy Force Commander (DFC) in UNIFIL and Military Observer Mission in Congo (MONUC). He also served as a Military Advisor to the Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 2005-2008 in New York, United States of Ameriac.
His selfless and unrelenting service to the country and organization has honored him with various medals like Janasewa Shree III, GODABA-IV Accession to thorn, Military service, Foreign Service-3, Disaster relief, Royal Guard.
He is the Colonel Commandant of Rana Singh Dal Battalion. Maj Gen Medhasi is happily married to Radha Medhasi and the couple is blessed with a son Sadeep and grandson Tapas.