Ministry of Defence01-July, 2013 17:49 IST
Lieutenant General Philip Campose Takes Over as Army Commander Western Command

Lieutenant General Philip Campose took over the reins as the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the prestigious Western Command today. In a ceremony which took place at Chandimandir, the General Officer paid homage to the Martyrs at Veer Smriti. Later, a Guard of Honour was given to him as a mark of respect.

The General Officer was commissioned in the 9th Gorkha Rifles in 1974 and is an alumnus of St Xavier’s School Delhi, the National Defence Academy Khadakwasla (Pune) and Indian Military Academy at Dehradun. He later transferred to the Mechanised Infantry in 1982. A graduate of the Defence Services Staff College Wellington, the General Officer is also qualified on the Higher Command course Mhow and the National Defence College, New Delhi. His academic qualifications include Master of Philosophy degrees in Defence Management and Security Studies from Indore University in 1998 and in Security and Strategic Studies from Madras University in 2006.

The Army Commander has held instructional appointments at the National Defence Academy, the Tactical Wing of the School of Armoured Warfare and at the Defence Services Staff College Wellington as Senior Instructor.

On operational staff, the General Officer has been a Brigade Major of an Armoured Brigade, Colonel General Staff of a Division in Counter Insurgency in the North East, Deputy Director General (Strategy) in the Directorate of Perspective Planning at Army Headquarters and Chief Staff Officer (Land Vector) at Headquarters Strategic Forces Command.

The General Officer’s command assignments include command of a Mechanised Infantry Battalion, an Independent Armoured Brigade, an Infantry Division on the Line of Control in J&K and a Corps in the Western Sector in deserts. He has attended a tactical course in Russia and served in UN Peace Keeping in the former Yugoslavia and Northern Iraq where he was the head of the mission.

The General Officer has been awarded the Vishist Seva Medal and the Ati Vishist Seva Medal for distinguished service. He tenanted the appointment of the Director General Perspective Planning (DG PP) at the Army Headquarters at New Delhi.

On 01 June 2013, the General Officer was promoted to the rank of Army Commander. Recently, he has also taken over as the Colonel Commandant of the Mechanised Infantry Regiment.

Veerendra / Sunil
(Release ID :96930)