Lieutenant General Gen Philip Campose, hailing from Thumpamon near Pandalam, has taken over as the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Army’s Western Command at Chandimandir in Haryana on Monday.

Commissioned into the 9th Gorkha Rifles in 1974, Lt Gen Campose — an alumnus of St Xavier’s School in Delhi and the National Defence Academy at Khadakwasla — got transferred to the Mechanised Infantry in 1982.

Lt Gen Campose has held instructional appointments at NDA, at the Tactical Wing of the School of Armoured Warfare and at the Defence Services Staff College at Wellington, near Ootty.

He has also been a Brigade Major of an armoured brigade, Colonel General Staff of a division in the North East, Deputy Director General (Strategy) in the Directorate of Perspective Planning at Army Headquarters and Chief Staff Officer (Land Vector) at the headquarters of the Strategic Forces Command.

He also commanded an infantry division on the Line of Control in Jammu ad Kashmir and a Corps in the western sector in deserts.

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