14 Corps / XIV Corps
The 14 Corps looks after military deployment along Kargil-Leh and looks after the frontiers with China, Kashmir and also guards the Siachen glacier. The Indian Army's 14 Corps is strategically important to India as it is used to carry essential supplies to Siachen.
The High Altitude Medical Research Centre (HAMRC), 153 General Hospital of the 14 Corps, is the highest multi-specialty hospital in the world elaborating that in high altitude medicine and extreme cold conditions.
Although in dilapidated condition, the Leh Palace continues to lure tourists. Built by King Singe Namgyal in the 17th century as his royal residence overlooking the Namgyal hills, it still retains an old-worldly charm with some of its murals speaking of the royal glory of the bygone era. The architecture is basically medieval Tibetan, the main features of this style being massive buttressed walls and overhanging wooden balconies. The Leh palace has been a silent spectator of some of the most brutal wars.
Reports of pilferage of clothing and food meant for soldiers serving on the Siachen glacier in Jammu and Kashmir, came to light in July 2007 in the Leh-based headquarters of the 14 Corps. During a joint operation conducted by the army and the Kashmir Police, it was discovered that civilian shopkeepers in Chumathang and the Nubra Valley were selling specialised clothing and equipment like jackets, boots and parachutes, and also foodstuff meant for soldiers. Many personnel below the rank of officers had often complained of poor quality of their uniform, forcing them to buy these from unauthorised dealers with thier own money. By August 2007 the state police had arrested 31 people, including some shopkeepers, in connection with jackets, boots and even parachutes being sold in markets in Leh district. Defence Minister A.K. Antony in December 2007 informed parliament that after an internal probe by the army into the scam, administrative action was initiated against three officers and three junior commissioned officers.
On 01 March 2008 Lieutenant General VK Ahluwalai, assumed command of the Leh based 14 Corps. Relieving Lieutenant General PC Bhardwaj, of charge who has proceeded on promotion as the GOC-in-C Northern Command at Udhampur. Lieutenant General VK Ahluwalia was commissioned into the Regiment of Artillery on 14 November 1971. He has held a large number of important Command, instructional and staff appointments during his career spanning over 36 years. The General had a vast and varied experience of operations in J&K. He commanded his unit in Counter Insurgency/Counter Terrorist Operations in Rajouri Sector. Thereafter he was commander of a brigade on the Line of Control in Uri and General Officer Commanding a division in Kargil Sector in Ladakh. He also served as Colonel General Staff (Operations) in the Nagrota based Headquarters 16 Corps. A graduate from Defense Services Staff College, Higher Command and National Defense College, Lieutenant General VK Ahluwalia was serving as the Officiating Director General of Military Training at Army Headquarters prior to assumption of the present appointment.
Lt Gen VK Ahluwalia, AVSM, YSM, VSM, GOC 14 Corps after having successfully commanded the 14 Corps for 12 months, handed over the reins to Lt Gen SK Singh, AVSM on 04 March 2009. Lt Gen Ahluwalia, AVSM, YSM, VSM is taking over as Director General of Military Training, Integrated Headquarters of MoD (Army). During his tenure as GOC, 14 Corps, he emphasised on professional competence and high level of physical standard. Lt Gen SK Singh, AVSM had held various staff and command appointments. He has earlier commanded an Infantry Division and Brigade in J&K.
In March 2008 Lt Gen PC Bhardwaj took over as GOC-in-C Northern Command. He was commissioned into the First Battalion of the Parachute Regiment in June 1970. He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Indian Military Academy and Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. The General Officer has undergone a Special Forces Officers Course at Special Forces School, Fort Bragg, USA. He was decorated with Vir Chakra in the 1971 Indo-Pak war and Shaurya Chakra for a daring rescue operation. He commanded the elite Parachute Brigade and was the Defence Attache at Myanmar. The General has held prestigious operational and staff appointments including BGS of a corps, command of a Counter Insurgency Force in J&K and the corps command of 14 Corps at Leh.
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