Express News Service | Kazhakootam alumnus to command prestigious corps
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With Lieutenant General Cherish Mathson assuming command of Army's prestigious Sudarshan Chakra Corps, the Sainik School Kazhakootam also has something to cheer about.
Mathson belongs to the 1976 batch of the school. According to school officials, he (Roll No: 734) was part of the Nehru House of the school as a senior. He won prizes in debate and extempore speech and was a member of the school basketball team, a school official said on Sunday. Mathson succeeds Lieutenant General P S Mehta as commander of the Sudarshan Chakra Corps.
Lt Gen Mathson, who belongs to Malieyakkal House, Eraviperoor, Thiruvalla, is also a former commander of the Military Station, Pangode, Thiruvananthapuram.
Commissioned into the Garhwal Rifles in 1980, Mathson is also an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington; Army War College, Mhow; Long Defence Management Course at Secunderabad and the National Defence College at New Delhi and in South Africa. An officer with considerable operational experience, Mathson was instrumental in developing the brigade at Pangode, Thiruvananthapuram into an amphibious brigade on the lines of the US Marines, a defence spokesperson said.
"He has fought in rural and urban insurgency or terrorism situations in Mizoram against the Mizo National Front (MNF) and in Operation Blue Star. He commanded his battalion on the Line of Control with Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir, during Operation Parakram," the spokesperson said. Mathson also served two tenures on Siachen Glacier, and, later, commanded the Infantry Division in Hyderabad. Other assignments include commanding the Special Frontier Force (which is under the PMO).
The Sudarshan Chakra Corps is a nickname for the 21 Corps of the Indian Army and is based in Bhopal. He is married to Mareena Mathson. The couple has a son, Gideon Thomas Mathson who is pursuing a PhD in Disaster Management.