by Ajay Sura
[Times of India]
CHANDIGARH: Lt Gen Philip Campose took over the reins of prestigious western command of the army on Monday as new army commander.
In a ceremony, which took place at the Chandimandir cantonment, Lt Gen Campose paid homage to the martyrs at Veer Smriti. Later, a Guard of Honour was given to him as a mark of respect. He has succeeded Lt Gen Sanjiv Chachra who has been shifted as army commander of Northern command.
An alumnus of St Xavier's School Delhi, Lt Gen Campose, had completed his military training from the National Defence Academy Khadakwasla (Pune) and Indian Military Academy at Dehradun. He was commissioned into the 9th Gorkha Rifles in 1974 but later he was transferred to the Mechanized Infantry in 1982.
The new army commander has also held various important assignments, which includes instructional appointments at the NDA, the Tactical Wing of the School of Armoured Warfare and at the Defence Services Staff College Wellington as Senior Instructor. 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.
On operational postings, he 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.
A decorative soldier, Lt Gen Campose has tenanted the appointment of the director general Perspective Planning (DG PP) at the Army Headquarters at New Delhi.
On June 1, he was promoted to the rank of Army Commander. Recently, he has also taken over as the Colonel Commandant of the Mechanized Infantry Regiment.