Lieutenant-General Manoj Pande is the first engineer to be army chief: 10 points

Lt-General Manoj Pande received the Param Vishisht Seva Medal Award

New Delhi:
Lt-General Manoj Pande will take the lead as the next army chief after incumbent General MM Naravane retires on April 30. He currently serves as the deputy chief and will become the first officer of the Corps of Engineers to take control of the military.

Here are the top 10 things to know about Lieutenant General Manoj Pande:

  1. Lieutenant General Manoj Pande is the senior most officer in the army after General Naravane.

  2. Prior to the appointment of Lieutenant-General Manoj Pande as Deputy Chief of Staff on February 1, Lieutenant-General Manoj Pande was in charge of the Eastern Army Command, which oversees the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. sectors.

  3. In his distinguished career, Lt.Gen. Pande also served as the Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command (CINCAN), which is India’s only three-service command.

  4. An alumnus of the National Defense Academy, he was named to the Corps of Engineers (The Bombay Sappers) in December 1982.

  5. Lieutenant-General Manoj Pande has held several prestigious command and personnel commands in conventional as well as counter-insurgency operations in all types of terrain.

  6. He commanded an engineering regiment along the control line during Operation Parakram in Jammu and Kashmir, an engineering brigade in the western sector, an infantry brigade along the LoC and a mountain division in the high-altitude area of ​​western Ladakh and a corps in the North East.

  7. His staff exposures include Brigade Major of a Northeast Mountain Brigade, Assistant Military Secretary (AMS) in the Military Secretary’s Branch and Brigadier General Staff (Operations) at the Eastern Command headquarters.

  8. The General Officer served as Chief Engineer in the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea.

  9. He also served as the Deputy Director-General in the Military Operations Directorate at the Army Headquarters and as Chief of Staff, at the Southern Command Headquarters.

  10. For his illustrious service, he was awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal, the award of Chief of Staff and twice the GOC-in-C award.

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