Army Deputy Lieutenant General Manoj Pande was on Monday appointed as the new Chief of the Indian Army. Manoj Pande is the first engineer to hold the top military post. Lt. General Manoj Pande, a PVSM, AVSM, VSM, alumnus of the National Defence Academy, was commissioned in December 1982 in the Corps of Engineers (The Bombay Sappers).
He has commanded the 117 Engineer Regiment during Operation Parakaram in the sensitive Pallanwala sector of Jammu and Kashmir along the LoC. Pande is a graduate of Staff College, Kimberley (United Kingdom) and has attended Higher Command (HC) and National Defence College (NDC) courses.
In his unique 39-year military career, he has held important and challenging command and staff assignments in a variety of operating environments. It includes the command of an engineer brigade at the Western Theater as part of the Strike Corps; an infantry brigade along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir, a hill division in the high altitude region of western Ladakh and a corps command along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and in the counter-insurgency operations area of the Eastern Command.
His staff exposures include Brigade Major of a Mountain Brigade in the Northeast, Assistant Military Secretary (AMS) in the Military Secretary's Branch, Colonel Q of a Mountain Division and Brigadier General Staff (Operations) at Headquarters Eastern Command.
Lt. General Manoj Pande has served as Chief Engineer in the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea. He has also hired Additional Director General of the Directorate of Military Operations at the Army Headquarters, Chief of Staff Headquarters Southern Command and Director General of Discipline Ceremonial and Welfare at the Army Headquarters.
He was the Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command (CINCAN) from June 2020 to May 2021 and the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Command from June 2021 to January 2022. On February 1, 2022, he took over as Vice Chief of Army Staff.
For his outstanding service, he has been awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM), Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM), Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM), Chief of Army Staff Commendation and twice GOC-in-C commendation. He is also the Colonel Commandant of the Bombay Sappers.