The central government has appointed Lt-Gen Manoj Pande as the next chief of the Indian Army, who will take office on May 1, 2022. He will be the first officer in the Corps of Engineers to become the Army Chief of Staff.
Pande will succeed General Manoj Mukund Naravane, who is expected to complete his 28-month tenure on April 30.
“The government has decided to appoint Lt. Gen. Manoj Pande as the next army chief of staff,” the defense ministry said on Monday.
Lt. Gen. Manoj Pande is a graduate of the National Defense Academy. In December 1982 he was inducted into the Corps of Engineers.
He commanded an engineer regiment during Operation Parakram in the Pallanwala sector along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.
Operation Parakram was the large-scale mobilization of troops and weapons on the western frontier. It followed the December 2001 terrorist attack on Parliament that brought India and Pakistan to the brink of war.
In his 39-year military career, Lt. Gen. Pande has commanded an engineer brigade in the western theater of war, an infantry brigade along the LoC, a mountain division in the Ladakh sector and a corps in the north-east.
Lt. Gen. Manoj Pande was also Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Command before assuming the Eastern Command.
(With contributions by Manjeet Negi)
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