General Manoj Mukund Naravane to relinquish charge as Chief of the Army Staff today; Lieutenant General Manoj Pande to take over as next Army Chief

General Manoj Mukund Naravane today received a guard of honour at the South Block lawns in New Delhi prior to relinquishing as Chief of the Army Staff. The current Vice Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Manoj Pande is taking over as the next Army Chief. The 29th Army Chief will be the first officer from the Corps of Engineers to become the Chief of Army Staff succeeding General Naravane who completes his 28-month tenure today.

An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Lieutenant General 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.

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.

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