Lt Gen TS Gill retired as the Chief of Staff, Western Command, on Monday after serving in the army for 38 years. He will take oath as the chairman of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) on Tuesday. Lt Gen Gill saw action in 198889 during Operation Pawan in Sri Lanka, where he was decorated for gallantry with the Sena Medal while in command of a rifle company in 5 Para. His other command assignments include command of 5 Para in Operation Orchid in Nagaland, Commander 2 Sector Rashtriya Rifles in south Kashmir and the Golden Arrow Division.
He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington (Tamil Nadu); the Higher Command Course at Mhow (Madhya Pradesh); and the National Defence College, New Delhi. He was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal when in command of 5 Para in 1996. Lt Gen Venugopal Menon, replacing Lt Gen Gill, is a sapper officer. A wreath-laying ceremony was held at Veer Smriti, Chandimandir Cantonment, to pay homage to martyrs of the Western Command. Lt Gen TS Gill, along with Chief of Staff-designate Lt Gen Menon, laid wreaths on the occasion.