New Delhi: Lt General Devendra Pratap Pandey has been appointed as the next Commandant of the Army War College, Mhow in Madhya Pradesh. He will take over from Srinivasan, the present commandant of the Army War College in June.
The Army War College, Mhow is a defence service training and research institution of the Indian Army that develops and evaluates concepts and doctrines for tactics and logistics for the army. The college trains about 1,200 officers of the Indian Army, as well as paramilitary forces each year.
Lt Gen Pandey is a National Defence Academy alumnus and was commissioned from the IMA, Dehradun into the Sikh Light Infantry Regiment in 1985. He has also completed the strategic leadership course from the National Defence College, and the National Security Strategy course from the National War College, National Defence University.
He has commanded the Rashtriya Rifles Sector and the Anti Insurgency Force in the Kashmir Valley, and is well versed in counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism activities. Moreover, he is a qualified officer in Mountain Warfare courses and also commanded the battalion in the Siachen Glacier and Chushul Sector.
He has held various prestigious staff appointments, including Director in Infantry Directorate and Director, Foreign Division in MI Directorate, IHQ of MoD Army, BGS (Ops) at HQ Western Command, Chandimandir and BGS at Chetak Corps, and Additional Director General of Public information.
Lt Gen Pandey was awarded prestigious Uttam Yudh Seva Medal (UYSM) in recognition of his tenure as Chinar Corps Commander on the 73rd Republic Day of India.
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