According to information received from various sources, Lieutenant General Manoj Pandey will be appointed as the next Chief of Army Staff this week. Presently serving as the Deputy Chief of the Army Staff, Pandey will succeed General MM Naravane, who is due to retire as the Chief of the Army Staff later this month. However, according to official sources, no decision has been taken on who will be the new Chief of Defense Staff. read the article to know Manoj Pandey Army General Bio, Family, Medals, Achievements.

Manoj Pandey Army General Bio

Lt Gen Manoj Pandey joined the Corps of Engineers in December 1982 after being commissioned from the Army (The Bombay Sappers). On February 1, 2022, Lt Gen Manoj Pandey took over as the Chief of the Army Staff in place of Lt Gen Mohanty, who retired on 31 January. Lt Gen Pandey is a graduate of the National Defense Academy.

A major commanding officer during Operation Parakram, he oversaw an engineer regiment in the highly sensitive Palliyanwala sector, which comprises the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. He successfully completed his studies at Staff College, Camberley (United Kingdom). In addition, he took courses at the Higher Command (HC) and the National Defense College (NDC).

manoj pandey army general family

His father, Dr CG Pandey, was the former head of the Department of Psychology at Nagpur University, and passed away recently. Prema Pandey was his mother’s maiden name. His ancestors are residents of Nagpur city. After finishing his secondary education, he was accepted into the National Defense Academy (NDA).

He received his bachelor’s degree from Staff College, Camberley (United Kingdom), and also attended Higher Command (HC) and National Defense College (NDC) courses in the United States. He married Archana Salpekar, his childhood sweetheart. He graduated with a gold medal from the Government Dental College and Hospital, Nagpur.

Manoj Pandey Army General Careers

In December 1982, he was commissioned as an engineer in the United States Army Corps of Engineers (The Bombay Sappers). In the United Kingdom, he completed a training course. In Assam, in the northeastern state of India, he commanded a mountain brigade. While serving as chief engineer in the United Nations missions in Ethiopia and Eritrea, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel.

The General Officer was in charge of 117 Engineer Regiment Regiment during Operation Parakram in the sensitive Pallanwala sector of Jammu and Kashmir near the Line of Control.

He was then commissioned as a brigadier and commanded an engineer brigade as part of the Western Theater of Operations. After finishing school at NDC, he was sent to Headquarters Eastern Command as Brigadier General Staff Operations Officer.

After his promotion as Major General, he assumed control of the 8th Mountain Division in western Ladakh and engaged in high altitude operations. As an additional general, he served in the Directorate of Military Operations at Army Headquarters for several years until his retirement. He became Chief of Staff of Southern Command in the United States Army after being promoted to the rank of lieutenant-general.

Manoj Pandey Army General Officer

Promoted to Major General, Pandey was appointed Commandant of the 8th Mountain Division, which was engaged in high altitude operations in western Ladakh when he was promoted. At the Army Headquarters (ADG), he was appointed as the Additional Director General of the Directorate of Military Operations. He became the Chief of Staff of the Southern Command when he was promoted to lieutenant general.

Pandey took over command of IV Corps at Tezpur from Lt Gen Gurpal Singh Sangh on December 30, 2018. The Corps personnel are currently engaged in counter-insurgency operations along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and the North East. After about a year and a half as chief of IV Corps, he was transferred to Army Headquarters. He was named Director General responsible for discipline, formality and welfare.

Manoj Pandey as Army Chief

According to sources, both active and retired four-star and three-star commanders are vying for the chief of naval operations. While it is believed that the CDS will be taken from the Army, which is the largest of the three armed forces, the name of a former Indian Air Force commander is also doing the rounds in the country’s power corridors.

Though no official decision was made on Monday afternoon, government sources said Lt Gen Pandey would be named as the next Army Commander this week, about ten days before Gen Naravane stepped down from his post. According to sources, Lt Gen Pandey will be the next person to replace General Naravane as the Commander of the Indian Army.

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