New Delhi, 30/4: Lieutenant General Manoj Pande took charge as the 29th Chief of the Army Staff on Saturday. Pande took the reins from incumbent Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane whose tenure ended today.
Before being appointed as the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Manoj Pande was serving as the Vice Chief of the Army Staff. Lt Gen BS Raju will be his successor. Lt Gen BS Raju will take charge as the Vice Chief of Army Staff on May 1, 2022.
Lt Gen Manoj Pande has become the first officer from the Corps of Engineers to take charge of the 1.3 million-strong force as the position has been held so far by officers from infantry, artillery and armoured regiments.