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Manoj Mukund Naravane

Born/Date of Birth: 22 April 1960
Place of Birth: Pune, Bombay State, India
Education: Defence Services Staff College, Jnana Prabodhini, National Defence Academy
Allegiance: India
Service/branch: Indian Army
Rank: Lieutenant General of the Indian Army.svg Lieutenant General
Service number: IC-38750H
Unit: 7 Sikh Light Infantry
Commands held: Indian Army HQ.jpg Vice Chief of the Army Staff
Eastern Command
Kharga Corps
HQ IGAR (North)
106 Infantry Brigade
2 RR (SikhLI)
Awards: Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Sena Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal

Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane, PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, ADC is an Indian Army General and the 28th Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) designate. He is currently the 40th Vice Chief of Army Staff (VCOAS) of the Indian Army. He assumed the office of VCOAS on 1 September 2019 following the retirement of Lt Gen Devraj Anbu. On 16 December 2019, he was appointed as the next Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army and will assume office from 1 January 2020 after General Bipin Rawat completes his term.

Prior to his appointment as VCOAS, he was the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) Eastern Command and before that General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Army Training Command.

Early Life and education
Naravane hails from a Marathi family. His father is a former officer in the Indian Air Force who retired in the rank of Wing Commander and his mother was an announcer with the All India Radio. He completed his schooling at the Jnana Prabodhini Prashala in Pune. Naravane is an alumnus of National Defence Academy, Pune and Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. He also holds a master's degree in Defence Studies from University of Madras, Chennai and an M.Phil. in Defence and Management Studies from Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore. Naravane has attended the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and the Army War College, Mhow.

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.

In addition, he served in an instructional appointment at the Army War College, Mhow as Directing Staff in the Higher Command Wing and two tenures at the Integrated Defence Staff Headquarters of Ministry of Defence, New Delhi.

On promotion to the rank of Lieutenant General, He commanded the Ambala-based Kharga Strike Corps and served as the General Officer Commanding (GOC) Delhi Area. As GOC Delhi Area, he commanded the 2017 Republic Day Parade.

After being promoted to Army Commander grade, Naravane served as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Army Training Command from 1 December 2017 to 30 September 2018. Later, he also served as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Command from 1 October 2018 to 31 August 2019, succeeding Lt Gen Abhay Krishna.

On 1st September 2019, he was appointed Vice Chief of the Army Staff (VCOAS) when Lt Gen Devraj Anbu retired on 31 August, and became the senior-most serving general after General Bipin Rawat. On 16th December 2019 (Vijay Diwas eve) he was announced as the successor of General Rawat, who will relinquish the office of COAS on 31st December 2019.

General Naravane is the 3rd officer from the Sikh Light Infantry to become Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army, the other officers from this regiment were the 19th COAS General Ved Prakash Malik and the 25th COAS General Bikram Singh.

Personal life
Naravane is a Marathi, he hails from Pune, Maharashtra, he likes painting, yoga and gardening. He is married to Veena Naravane who is a teacher and has 25 years of experience. She is the Vice President, Army Wives Welfare Association . They have two daughters.

Honours and decorations
During his career, he has been awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal (2019), Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (2017), Sena Medal and Vishist Seva Medal (2015) for his service. and also the CoAS commendation card. He is also the Colonel of the Regiment of the Sikh Light Infantry, he took over this honour from previous colonel of the Regiment Lt Gen Devraj Anbu post his retirement.

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