Kolkata: An officer, who is nearing 60 and yet does not hesitate to acquire new skills, has taken over as the new general officer commanding-in-chief (GOC-in-C) of the Eastern Army Command headquartered in Kolkata.
Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane has succeeded Lt Gen Abhay Krishna with effect from today. An officer with 37 years into the service, he has already been decorated with several military honours such as Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Sena Medal, and Vishisht Seva Medal.
Lt Gen Naravane is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and the Indian Military Academy. He was commissioned into the 7th Battalion Sikh Light Infantry in 1980.
In the last four decades, he has tenanted numerous roles in the Indian Army be it in peace area or in a highly active counterinsurgency environment in the north-east, and Jammu & Kashmir. He was part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka.
Lt Gen Naravane has commanded a Rashtriya Rifles Battalion in J&K and an Infantry Brigade on the eastern front.
He was also the inspector general of the Assam Rifles (north) in Nagaland, commanded a prestigious strike corps of the Army, and was the GOC-in-C of the Army Training Command immediately before taking up this current assignment.
He has served as an instructor at the Army War College, Mhow, and been the Indian Defence Attaché to Myanmar.
Lt Gen Naravane holds a master’s degree in defence studies from Chennai University, an MPhil in defence and management studies from DAVV, Indore, and is now pursuing a PhD from the Punjabi University in Patiala.