Lt Gen Philip Campose, currently posted with the Army headquarters in New Delhi, will take over as the Army Commander of Western Command on July 1 as the present one will shift to the Northern Command.
An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Pune, and Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, Campose was commissioned into the 9th Gorkha Rifles Regiment of the Infantry in 1974 and later transferred to the Mechanised Infantry in 1982.
He has done Staff College Course at Wellington, Higher Command Course at Mhow and National Defence College Course at New Delhi. His academic qualifications include Master of philosophy degree in defence management and security studies from Indore University in 1998 and in security and strategic studies from Madras University in 2006.
He has held instructional appointments at the NDA, Tactical Wing of the School of Armoured Warfare and at the Staff College, where he was the senior instructor.
He has also conducted important staff assignments such as Brigade Major of an Armoured Brigade, Colonel General Staff of a Counter Insurgency Division in North East India, deputy director general (strategy) in the Perspective Planning Directorate at Army Headquarters and chief staff officer (land vector) at Headquarters, Strategic Forces Command.
Campose's command assignments include command of a mechanised infantry battalion in 1995-97, an independent armoured brigade in 2004-05, an infantry division on the Line of Control in J&K in 2008-09 and a Corps in the Western Deserts in 2011-12.
He has attended a tactical course in Russia in 1986 and did tenures in UN peacekeeping in the former Yugoslavia in 1992-93 and Northern Iraq in 2000-01, where he was the head of the mission.
He has been awarded the Eastern Army Commander's Commendation, Chief of Army Staff's Commendation (twice), the Vishisht Seva Medal and the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal for his distinguished services.
Since August 2012, he was posted as the director general perspective planning (DG PP) at the Army Headquarters in New Delhi. In addition, the general officer has recently taken over duties of the Colonel Commandant of the Mechanised Infantry Regiment.
Present Army Commander of Western Command Lieutenant General Sanjiv Chachra, called upon chief minister, Punjab, Parkash Singh Badal at his residence on Monday.
The visit was a courtesy call before he relinquishes charge of the Western Command and takes over the reins of the Northern Command at Udhampur (J&K) on July 1.