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Government of India
Ministry of Defence
04-August-2014 17:38 IST
LT Gen Philip Campose takes over as Vice Chief of Army Staff (VCOAS)

Lieutenant General Philip Campose, the erstwhile Western Army Commander, took over as the Vice Chief of Army Staff on 01 August, in place of General Dalbir Singh, who has taken over the reins of the Indian Army.

Lieutenant General Philip Campose is an alumnus of St Xavier’s School, Delhi, the National Defence Academy Khadakwasla and the Indian Military Academy at Dehradun. He was commissioned into the Infantry in 1974 and later sidestepped into the newly constituted Mechanised Infantry Regiment in 1982. Trained at the Vystral Academy, Russia and the Defence Services Staff College Wellington, the General Officer has also attended the Higher Command Course, Mhow and the National Defence College, New Delhi.

The General Officer has commanded an Independent Armoured Brigade, an Infantry Division on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir and a Corps in the Western Sector. He has participated in a UN Peacekeeping Mission in the former Yugoslavia and headed a UN security force in Northern Iraq.

The General Officer has been awarded the Vishist Seva Medal and the Ati Vishist Seva Medal twice for distinguished service. He tenanted the appointment of the Director General Perspective Planning (DGPP) at the Army Headquarters at New Delhi, before taking over as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command last year.

He is the also the Colonel Commandant of the Mechanised Infantry Regiment.

Today, on 04 August 2014, Lieutenant General Philip Campose laid a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti, followed by an Guard of Honour at the South Block, to welcome him into his new assignment.

Col Rohan Anand, SM

PRO (Army)