MM Naravane General Biography: According to the sudden demise of CDS General Bipin Rawat In an Indian Air Force helicopter crash that created a void in India’s highest military position, General MM Naravani took charge as Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) until the appointment of the next Chief of Defense Staff (CDS). He also chairs the Chief of Army Staff (COAS).
Being the most senior officer among the three current Presidents of India, General MM Naravani will head COSC. The Chief of the Integrated Defense Staff to the Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC), who has been reporting to the CDS, will report to General Naravane until the next CDS is appointed.
The other two chiefs – RAF Chief Marshal VR Chaudhary and Naval Commander Admiral R Hari Kumar – are relatively new in their positions. They captured the commanding positions of their forces on September 30, 2021 and November 30, 2021, respectively.
Let’s take a look at the life of General Manoj Mukund Naravani, the 27th Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and 58th Committee of Chiefs of Staff (COSC).
General MM Naravani: Birth, Early Life and Education
General Manoj Mukund Naravani PVSM AVSM SM VSM ADC is currently the 27th Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and Chairman of the 58th Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC). He succeeded General Bipin Rawat on 31 December 2019 as COAS and was appointed as the 58th Chief of COSC after General Bipin Rawat was killed in an IAF helicopter crash in Konur Tamil Nadu on 8 December 2021.
General MM Naravani was born on the 22nd of April 1960 in Pune, Bombay State, India. His father, Mukund Naravani, was a retired Indian Air Force officer in the rank of Wing Commander, and his mother, Sudha, was a broadcaster on All India Radio.
General Naravani was educated at Jnana Prabodhini Prashala in Pune. He attended National Defense Academy, Pune, Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, Defense Services Staff College, Wellington, and Army War College, Mau.
General MM Naravani holds a Master’s degree in Defense Studies from Madras University, Chennai and a Master’s degree in Philosophy. Certificate in Defense and Management Studies from Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Defense and Strategic Studies from Punjabi University, Patiala.
General MM Naravani: Military career
Naravani was assigned to the 7th Sikh Light Infantry Battalion in June 1980. In his distinguished military career spanning over 40 years, he served in various positions ranging from Inspector General (North) to Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and is now the frontrunner for the position of CDS.
MM Naravani commanded the 2nd (Sikhly) Battalion of the Rashtriya Rifles in Jammu and Kashmir, the 106th Infantry Brigade, and the Assam Rifles as Inspector General (North) at Kohima, Nagaland. He also served in counterinsurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir, northeastern India and the Indian peacekeeping force in Sri Lanka during Operation Pawan.
His cadre assignments include tenures in the Major Brigade of Infantry Brigade, AA and QMG of the 22nd Headquarters Corporation, Military Attaché of Myanmar in Yangon, teaching assignment to the Army War College, Mau, and two terms at the Ministry of Defense Integrated Defense Staff Headquarters, New Delhi.
Promoted to Lieutenant-General, he commanded the Kharga Strike Corps in Ambala and served as Officer General (GOC) Delhi District. As District Commander, he led the 2017 Republic Day Parade.
After being promoted to the rank of army commander, he held the position of Commander-in-Chief of the Army Training General Command and General Officer of the Eastern Command.
He was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army (VCOAS) on September 1, 2019 and was promoted to the rank of COAS when General Bipin Rawat was appointed CDS on December 31, 2019. He served as the 58th Chairman of the Committee of Chiefs of Staff (COSC) on December 16, 2021 until the next CDS appointment .
|Rank||Date of hiring|
|Lieutenant||7 June 1982|
|captain||7 June 1985|
|Main||June 7, 1991|
|lieutenant colonel||December 31, 2002|
|colonel||February 1, 2005|
|brigadier||July 19, 2010|
|major General||January 1, 2013|
|Lieutenant general||November 10, 2015|
|General (COAS)||December 31, 2019|
|General (COSC)||December 16, 2019|
General MM Naravani: Honors and Medals
In a distinguished military career spanning more than four decades, General MM Naravani COAS has been awarded numerous medals and honours. These are listed below.
1- Param Fisht Siva medallion
2 – Aite Fishnet Seva’s medal
3- Sina Medal
4- Fisht Siva medal
5- Samania Siva Medal
6- Special Service Medal
7- Parakarem Medal
8- Senya Siva Medal
9- Medal of Videsh Siva
10- The fiftieth anniversary of the Medal of Independence
11- Service Medal for 30 years
12 – Service Medal for 20 Years
13-9 Long Service Medal
General MM Naravani: Personal Life
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) is married to Veena Naravane and they have two daughters. Veena Naravani is a teacher with 25 years of experience and chairs the Army Wives Welfare Association.
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