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Vice Chief Lt Gen Manoj Pande All Set to Become Army Chief

In the meantime, Gen Naravane is front runner for the post of Chief of Defense Staff after the passing of General Bipin Rawat in a helicopter crash December last year. (IANS)

Lt Gen Pande will take over the reign as he is the senior most in the force after General Naravane

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  • Last Updated:April 03, 2022, 21:26 IST
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Army Vice Lieutenant General Manoj Pandey is all set to become Chief of the Army Staff with incumbent Army Chief General MM Naravane, seen as the frontrunner for the Chief of Defense Staff’s post, is due to retire by the end of this month.

Lt Gen Pande will take over the reign as he is the senior most in the force after General Naravane.

In the meantime, Gen Naravane is front runner for the post of Chief of Defense Staff after the passing of General Bipin Rawat in a helicopter crash December last year.

General Rawat, his wife Madhulika and 12 armed personnel were killed in a chopper crash on December 8, 2021.

Lt Gen Pande became the senior most after a few top officers retired in the last three months. The incumbent Lt Gen Raj Shukla who was commanding Army’s training command (ARTRAC) retired on March 31.

A few other senior most leaders had retired by January end. Lieutenant General CP Mohanty and Lt Gen YK Joshi retired on January 31.

This March end, there were also rejing in the force. Lt Gen SS Mahal assumed command of ARTRAC at Shimla after Lt Gen Raj Shukla hung his boots.

Lt Gen C. Bansi Ponnappa took charge of the Adjutant General of the Army. Lt Gen JP Mathews took over as the General Officer Commanding Uttar Bharat area.

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