Posted by Jain V P on August 03, 2017

Lt Gen Cherish Mathson, the Nehru House Captain (1975-76) who spoke extempore on "How to tie a tie' both single & double knot without showing any hand movement or actions takes over as the Army Commander of the South Western Army that looks after the defence of the borders of Southern Punjab (Abohar-Fazilka) and Northern Rajasthan ( Ranjitsinh Pura in the Jaisalmer-Bikaner sector area).

Lieutenant General Cherish Mathson, son of the late Oommen Maliekal and the late Susy Oommen, who hails from Thiruvalla is an alumnus of Sainik School, Kazhakootam (Kerala). Gen. Mathson was commissioned into the Garhwal Rifles in June 1980. He is a graduate from the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and has attended various important career courses which include Senior Command Course at Army War College, Mhow, Long Defence Management Course at Secunderabad and the prestigious National Defence Course at New Delhi and in the Republic of South Africa. He has won gallantry medals Sena Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal.

The General has considerable experience in varied operational assignments across India. He has fought in rural and urban insurgency/ terrorism situations in Mizoram against Mizo National Front (MNF) and in Operation Bluestar in Amritsar. He has commanded a battalion on the Line of Control with Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir during Operation Parakram and served two tenures on Siachen Glacier, the world's highest battlefield.  He has also commanded the Trivandrum Brigade which he transformed to an amphibious role (akin to US marines). As Major General, he commanded an infantry division based in Hyderabad and the Special Frontier Force (an Airborne Force which is directly under the PMO - operationally deployed on the Eastern and Northern borders of India). The General Officer has staff experience at all levels including National Security Council Secretariat and in the Defence Acquisition Wing of the Ministry of Defence.

Lt. Gen Mathson is married to Mrs Mareena Mathson, of Thattupurackal Family, Karuvatta, Haripad. She is a Post Graduate in Commerce who has been deeply involved in activities aimed at welfare of families of soldiers as part of Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA). The couple has a son, Mr Gideon Thomas Mathson who is pursuing studies for PhD in Disaster Management.