The Next Army Vice Chief: Lt Gen Manoj Pande

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The Government approved the proposal to appoint Lieutenant General Manoj Pande as the next Vice Chief of Army Staff.

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While the reservation of the next Chief of Defence Staff is awaited, the Government approved the proposal on January 18 to appoint Eastern Army Commander Lieutenant General Manoj Pande as the next Vice Chief of Army Staff.
General Pande, the Eastern Army Commander, would succeed Lt Gen CP Mohanty, who will retire on January 31.
In December 1982, General Pande was appointed into the Corps of Engineers (The Bombay Sappers). 
He started attending the Higher Command Course at Army War College, Mhow, and the National Defence College (NDC) in Delhi. 
He graduated from Staff College, Camberley (United Kingdom). Pande has participated in Operation Vijay and Operation Parakram during his 37 years of outstanding contribution.
He instructed an Engineer Regiment along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, an Engineer Brigade as part of the Strike Corps, an Infantry Brigade along the Line of Control, a Hill Division in the high-altitude area of western Ladakh, and a Corps deployed along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) as well as Counter-Insurgency Operations in the northeast.
Lieutenant General Pande has held key staff positions, including Chief Engineer at the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea. 
He was the Director-General of Army Headquarters, where he was in charge of discipline, ceremonial, and welfare issues.
The position of CDS became vacant following the death of Gen Bipin Rawat in a helicopter crash on December 8.

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