Lt. Gen Manoj Pande to become New Army Chief

Lieutenant General Manoj Pande, the Vice Chief of Army Staff, will be the next Chief of Army Staff (COAS). Lt Gen Pande, who will take over for Gen M M Naravane on April 30, will be the Army’s first officer from the Corps of Engineers.

Lt Gen Manoj C Pande, the current Vice Chief of the Army Staff, was commissioned on December 24, 1982, in the Indian Army’s Corps of Engineers (The Bombay Sappers).

The Lt General served in Command, Staff, and Instructional positions during the course of his 39-year career. Lt Gen Manoj C Pande’s command assignments include command of an ‘Engineer Brigade’ in the Western Theatre as part of Strike Corps, as well as an Infantry Brigade and Line-of-Control (LOC) in Jammu and Kashmir.

Notably, his other significant Command postings include command of a Mountain Division in the high-altitude area of Western Ladakh and command of a Corps stationed along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and in the Eastern Command Counter Insurgency Operations area.

Before being appointed as Vice Chief of the Army Staff, he held critical roles such as Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) of the Eastern Command in Kolkata.

Lt Gen Manoj C Pande graduated from the National Defence Academy and has completed training at Staff College, Camberley (UK), Army War College, Mhow, and the National Defence College, New Delhi.

With the nomination of Lieutenant General Manoj Pande as Indian Army Chief, all three service chiefs of India’s armed forces will be graduates of the National Defense Academy’s 61st class (NDA)