Manoj Chandrashekhar Pande has been chosen to succeed MM Narvane as the subsequent Indian Army Chief. Narvane is scheduled to finish h is time period on 30 April.
Pande is the present vice-chief of the Army. He would be the twenty ninth Army chief and the primary engineer to grow to be the chief of military employees (COAS) and can take cost on 1 May.
He is the senior-most officer when General Naravane retires.
Lieutenant General Manoj Pande, a historical past
An alumnus of the National Defence Academy (NDA) Khadakwasla and the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun, Lt Gen Pande was commissioned within the Bombay Sappers in December 1982.
In his 39 yr distinguished profession, he has held a number of prestigious command and employees assignments in standard in addition to counter-insurgency operations in all sorts of terrain.
Lt General Manoj Pande commanded an engineer regiment throughout Operation Parakram within the Pallanwala sector alongside the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. Operation Parakram, the large-scale mobilisation of troops and weapons to the western border, adopted the December 2001 terror assault on Parliament that introduced India and Pakistan to the brink of warfare.
He has served as chief engineer within the UN mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea.
Manoj Pande was a serving General Officer within the Indian Army. He was serving because the Vice Chief of the Army Staff since 1 February 2022.
Pande turned the senior-most after a couple of prime officers retired over the previous three months. The incumbent Lt Gen Raj Shukla who was commanding Army’s coaching command (ARTRAC) retired on 31 March.
Previously, he served because the General Officer-Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Command, having taken over on 1 June 2021. He beforehand commanded the Andaman and Nicobar Command because the Commander-in-Chief (CINCAN) from June 2020 to May 2021.
Accolades and awards
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.