Lieutenant General Philip Campose, Western Command Army Commander, will take over as vice-chief of the Army Staff on August 1, as Lt Gen Dalbir Singh, the incumbent, takes over as Army chief.
The General Officer was commissioned in 9 Gorkha Rifles in 1974 and is an alumnus of St Xavier's School Delhi, the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla (Pune), and Indian Military Academy in Dehradun. He was later sidestepped to the newly constituted regiment of Mechanised Infantry in 1982.
A graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, the General Officer also attended the Higher Command Course, Mhow, and the National Defence College, New Delhi.
He has commanded an Independent Armoured Brigade, an Infantry Division on the Line of Control in J&K and a Corps in the Western Sector. He has headed a UN Peace Keeping Mission in the former Yugoslavia and Northern Iraq.
The General Officer has been awarded the Vishist Seva Medal and the Ati Vishist Seva Medal for distinguished service.