Major General Jai Shanker Menon

Force Commander and Head of Mission UNDOF

Major General Jai Shanker Menon was appointed by the United Nations Secretary General as the Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) on 02 Feb 2016. 

He brings with him an extensive command experience and knowledge of Peacekeeping attained through national and international service. Prior to this appointment, Major General Jai Shanker Memnon, VSM was commissioned into Brigade of The Guards, an elite regiment of the Infantry in 1980. The officer stood first in his passing out course and was awarded the prestigious President’s Gold Medal and “Sword of Honour”. During his 35 years of distinguished service in the Army, the officer has had varied experience in command, staff and instructional tenures within India and abroad.

The General is a graduate of the prestigious Defence Service Staff College and College of Defence Management, India. He has an exceptional record in professional and carrier courses of the Indian Army, standing first in almost all of them. 

The officer has rich experience as a leader in command profiles, which includes command of an Infantry Company, Battalion, Brigade, Division and his Regimental Centre. The officer has similar experience in staff having served as a General Staff Officer Grade I in an Armoured Division, Colonel General Staff of a Mountain Division and is presently serving as the Additional Director General Equipment Management in the Army Headquarters responsible for the equipping, maintenance and sustenance of the Indian Army. He has served as an instructor in the Commando School and in the Prestigious College of Def
With regards to service in the United Nation and abroad, the officer has served as a Military Observer in ONUMOZ, Mozambique in 1983 and a Deputy Chief of Integrated Support Service in UNIFIL from 2007 to 2009. This tenure as DCISS was a seconded appointment which was double hatted. The officer has also attended an anti-terrorist course in Italy in 1985.
For his distinguished service, the general officer has been awarded the Vishist Seva Medal.

The General is happily married to Mrs Helen Menon and has two daughters Sasha Maria and Mihika Ann who are studying and pursuing medicine and density, respectively. 

The officer is an outstanding sportsman, participates in half marathon race and enjoys outdoor life and adventure.