New Delhi. 05 January, 2016. Inspector General VS Pathania,TM, today took over as the 5th Regional Commander of Coast Guard Region(NW), the most strategic Region, Headquartered in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

An alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and the National Defence College, New Delhi, the Officer has held various important operational, command and administrative appointments. Some of them are the Chief Of Staff at the North West Region, Chief Staff Operations of the Western Region, Command of ICG ship Sarang & Vigraha, Air Station at Chennai and Principal Director of the Human Resource Directorate at New Delhi.

He joined the service on 17 Jan 1986 as a helicopter pilot and has 2200 hours of incident free flying to his credit. He is also the recipient of the Tatrakshak Medal for Gallantry.