New Delhi: Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane took over as the 28th Army chief on Tuesday, who was previously the Vice Chief of Army Staff.
Naravane has succeeded General Bipin Rawat, who has now become the India’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).
Now all the three services is equipped with their chiefs including Air Force chief RKS Bhadauria and Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh, from the 56th course of the National Defence Academy (NDA).
Naravane also served as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) Eastern Command and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Army Training Command.
Naravane was commissioned into 7th battalion The Sikh Light Infantry in June 1980. He has commanded the 2nd Battalion (SikhLi) of Rashtriya Rifles in Jammu and Kashmir as well as the 106 Infantry brigade. He has also commanded the Assam Rifles as Inspector General (North) in Kohima, Nagaland. He has served in Counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir and Northeast India, as well as the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka during Operation Pawan.
His staff assignments include tenures as a Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade, Assistant Adjutant & Quartermaster General (AA&QMG) of Headquarters Establishment No 22. The General has also served as the Military attaché to Myanmar at Yangon.