Lt General Manoj Pande Appointed As India’s Army Chief

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  • Manoj Pande will succeed General Manoj Mukund Naravane.
  • He will be the 29th Army chief and the first engineer to hold the top military post.
  • Pande was serving as the Vice Chief of the Army Staff since February 1st 2022.

New Delhi: Lieutenant General Manoj Pande has been appointed as the next chief of the Indian Army. The 29th Army chief will be the first officer from the Corps of Engineers to become the Chief of Army Staff succeeding General Manoj Mukund Naravane who is scheduled to complete his 28-month tenure on April 30. “Government has decided to appoint Lt Gen Manoj Pande as the next chief of army staff,” the defence ministry announced on Monday.

An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Pande was commissioned into the Corps of Engineers in December 1982. Lt General Manoj Pande commanded an engineer regiment during Operation Parakram in the Pallanwala sector along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. Operation Parakram, the large-scale mobilisation of troops and weapons to the western border, followed the December 2001 terror attack on Parliament that brought India and Pakistan to the brink of war.

In his 39-year military career, Lt General Pande has commanded an engineer brigade in the western theatre, an infantry brigade along LoC, a mountain division in the Ladakh sector and a corps in the northeast. He was the commander-in-chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command before he took charge of the Eastern Command.

Manoj Chandrashekhar Pande was a serving General Officer in the Indian Army. He was serving as the Vice Chief of the Army Staff since February 1st 2022. He has been conferred with the award of Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal, Chief of Army Staff Commendation and twice with GOC-in-C Commendation for his illustrious service to the nation.

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