The current Chief of the Indian Army, General MM Naravane, is retiring on 30 April. After this, the command of the Indian Army will go to the current Vice Chief of the Indian Army, Lieutenant General Manoj Pandey. It has been announced that General Manoj Pandey will be the 29th Chief of the Indian Army.
First Engineer Chief
With this, General Manoj Pandey will be the first engineer who will be given the charge of Chief of Army. Let us tell you that General Pandey is from the Army Corps of Engineers. Before this, other Chiefs of the Army are made of fighting arms like Infantry, Artillery, Armored.
Commissioned in the Corps of Engineers in December 1982, Lt Gen Pandey was elected Vice Chief of the Indian Army on 1 February this year. Prior to this he was the General Office Commanding (GOC) of Eastern Command. General Pandey has been the commander of the Andaman and Nicobar Command, which is the only tri-service command.
Has handled many missions
General MM Naravane #COAS & All Ranks of #IndianArmy congratulate Lieutenant General Manoj Pande #VCOAS on being appointed as the 29th Chief of the Army Staff #COAS of the #IndianArmy. Lt Gen Manoj Pande will assume the appointment of #COAS on 01 May 2022.#InStrideWithTheFuture pic.twitter.com/fiUpc29U2A
— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) April 18, 2022
Apart from this, General Pandey has commanded the Engineer Regiment on the LOC during Operation Parakram in Jammu and Kashmir. This situation was created when there was a terrorist attack on Parliament in December 2001. After this, under Operation Parakram, a large-scale deployment of weapons and troops was done on the western border.
It was at this time that there was a situation of war between India and Pakistan. Meanwhile, Lieutenant General Manoj Pandey was given the command of the Engineer Regiment in Operation Parakram, which started near the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.
Along with this, he has commanded an engineer brigade in the western sector, an infantry brigade along the Loc and a hill division in the high altitude areas of western Ladakh and a corps in the northeast.
Has been Honored
Lt Gen Manoj Pandey, who belongs to Nagpur, joined the National Defense Academy after schooling and after that he joined the Indian Military Academy. General Pandey married Gold Medalist Archana Salpekar of Dental College on 3 May 1987. For distinguished service, General Pandey has been awarded Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal, Commendation from Chief of Army Staff etc.
Not only on the border, but also in anti-terrorist operations, General Pandey has shown his mettle. He was commissioned in the Bombay Sappers in December 1982. General Pandey, who has contributed to many UN missions, has also been the Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command from June 2020 to May 2021.