MANGALDAI: The command of Indian Army’s Frontier Gajraj Corps changed hands from Lt Gen Gurpal Singh Sangha to Lt Gen Manoj Pande. Gen Manoj Pande brings with him immense operational experience and has served in important command and staff appointments, both in Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast. He comes to Gajraj Corps from Pune, where he was holding the appointment of Chief of Staff in Headquarters Southern Command. The General Officer has served in the UN mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea as the Chief Engineer. For his illustrative service, he has been awarded ‘Ati Vishisht Sewa’ Medal and the ‘Vishisht Seva’ Medal.
In addition to his professional pursuits, the general officer is also a keen sportsperson and an avid reader. Gen Sangha had an eventful tenure of over a year at Tezpur during which the formation carried out its assigned duties in an exemplary manner both in the Kameng Sector as well as in the counter insurgency operations in Lower and Central Assam. In the Unified Command HQ Mechanism, he chaired the Operational Group, which was responsible for executing the Counter Insurgency and Counter-Terrorism operations in Assam.