General Manoj Pande took office as the 29th Army Chief of Staff on Saturday following the retirement of General MM Naravane.
General Pande, who served as vice chief, became the first Corps of Engineers officer to lead the force.
Prior to taking up his post as Deputy Chief of Army on February 1, General Pande headed the Eastern Army Command, responsible for guarding the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Sikkim and Sikkim sectors. Arunachal Pradesh.
General Pande has taken over as head of the army at a time when India is facing a myriad of security challenges, especially along the borders with China and Pakistan.
As head of the army, he will also have to coordinate with the Indian navy and air force on the government’s plan to deploy theater commands.
The dramatization plan was implemented by India’s first Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat, who died in a helicopter crash last December. The government has yet to name General Rawat’s successor.
During his illustrious career, General Pande also served as Commander-in-Chief of Andaman and Nicobar Command (CINCAN), which is India’s sole tri-service command.
Alumnus of the National Defense Academy, he was appointed to the Corps of Engineers (The Bombay Sappers) in December 1982.
General Pande has held several prestigious command and staff positions in conventional and counter-insurgency operations in all types of terrain.
He commanded an Engineer Regiment along the Line of Control during Operation Parakram in Jammu and Kashmir, an Engineer 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 body in the northeast. .
His staff exposures include Brigade Major of a Mountain Brigade in the Northeast, Assistant Military Secretary (AMS) in the Military Secretary Branch, and Brigade General Staff (Operations) in the Eastern Command Headquarters.
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