New Delhi: Lieutenant General Chandi Prasad Mohanty (PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM) has assumed charge as Vice Chief of the Army Staff on Monday. Prior to taking over as Vice Chief of the Army Staff, he was serving in Southern Command of the Indian Army. He has taken over the charge of the post from Lt. Gen. SK Saini who superannuated on January 31, 2021, after completing four decades of an illustrious career in the Army.
Mohanty is an alumnus of Rashtriya Indian Military College of Dehradun, National Defence Academy of Khadakwasla and Indian Military Academy of Dehradun. He was commissioned into the Rajput Regiment on June 12, 1982. In a career spanning four decades, he has served across a wide spectrum of conflicts and terrain profiles and tenanted a host of Command, Staff and Instructional appointments. He commanded a battalion on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu & Kashmir and later in the North East. He has the unique distinction of commanding two brigades: first on the Line of Actual Control and later on, the multinational UN Brigade in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He later commanded the Rangiya based Division in a counter-insurgency environment and the Sikkim based Trishakti Corps immediately after the Doklam incident.
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Mohanty also has a unique distinction of commanding two Administrative formations as well: the Jodhpur Sub Area as a Major General & Uttar Bharat Area as a Lieutenant General.
An alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College Wellington, Higher Defence Management Course Secunderabad and the National Defence College New Delhi, the General Officer’s staff and instructional assignments include an instructional tenure at NDA, Brigade Major of an Armoured Brigade, Military Advisor in Seychelles, Colonel Military Secretary (Selection) in the MS Branch, Brigadier General Staff (Operations) of a Corps in the Eastern Theatre and Director General, Operational Logistics and Strategic Movement.
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