Lieutenant General Manoj Pande, took over the charge of Chief of Staff at Headquarters Southern Command, Pune from Lieutenant General RJ Noronha, ADC, who superannuated on August 31, 2017.
Lieutenant General Manoj Pande, an alumni of National Defence Academy was commissioned into Bombay Sappers in 1982 and later commanded an Engineer Regiment in Jammu and Kashmir. The General Officer is a graduate of the Staff College, Camberley (United Kingdom) and has attended the Higher Command and National Defence College courses. In his 35 years of distinguished military service, he has tenanted many challenging command and staff appointments. He commanded an Engineer Brigade as part of Strike Corps, an Infantry Brigade along Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir and a Mountain Division in the high altitude. His staff tenures include exposure at Brigade, Division and Command Headquarters level. The General Officer as a Lieutenant Colonel was a part of UN mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea. He has also tenanted the coveted appointment of Additional Director General in Military Operations Directorate at Army Headquarters. For his illustrious service, he has been conferred with the award of Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal, the Chief of Army Staff Commendation and twice with General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Commendation.