Lt. Gen. Manoj Pande is new Army chief

Lt. Gen. Manoj Pande is new Army chief
    The Vice Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Manoj Pande, has been appointed the 29th Chief of the Army Staff, a Defence Ministry statement said on Monday. He is the first officer from the Corps of Engineers and also the first from combat support arms — the combat arms being infantry, artillery and armoured — to head the 1.3-million Indian Army.

    He will take over on April 30 when the incumbent, General Manoj Naravane, is set to retire. He took over as Vice Chief on February 1 and prior to that was the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Command. From June 1 to January 31 he served as the 15th Commanding-in-Chief of the Andaman & Nicobar Command (CINCAN).He was posted as Chief Engineer at the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea.

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