Lieutenant General Manoj Pande appointed as new Chief of Army Staff

Lieutenant General Manoj Pande was Monday appointed the new Chief of Army Staff. He will succeed General M M Naravane on May 1.

The Vice Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Pande will be the first officer from the Corps of Engineers to become the COAS.

In a Twitter post, the Indian Army said: “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.”

He has been Vice Chief of Army Staff since February 1 this year.

An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, he was commissioned in the Corps of Engineers (Bombay Sappers) in December 1982.

According to the Army, he was part of Operation Parakram, the 2001-02 India-Pakistan standoff in the wake of the Parliament attack. The standoff saw massing of thousands of troops on either side of the border and along the Line of Control in J&K.