Army Vice Chief Lt Gen Philip Campose retired on Friday after 40 years and seven months of service and will be replaced by Lt Gen MMS Rai.
Lt Gen Campose took over as the Vice Chief of Army Staff on August 1 last year, after commanding Army's Western Command.
He is an alumnus of St Xavier's School, Delhi, the National Defence Academy, Pune, and the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun.
He was commissioned into the 9th Gorkha Rifles Regiment of the Infantry in 1974 and later transferred to the Mechanised Infantry in 1982.
He did the Staff College Course at Wellington, the Higher Command Course at Mhow and the National Defence College Course at New Delhi.
Lt Gen Campose's command assignments include command of an Independent Armoured Brigade, an Infantry Division on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, a Corps in the Western Deserts and the Western Command.
He did tenures in UN Peacekeeping in former Yugoslavia and in Northern Iraq, where he was the Head of Mission. He is also the Colonel of the Mechanised Infantry Regiment since Jun 1, 2013.
Lt Gen Rai, the Eastern Army Commander, will take over as the new Vice Chief.
Incidentally, Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag too was the Eastern Army Commander before taking over the top post.
Lt General Praveen Bakshi, who was serving as Chief of Staff, Northern Command, has been elevated as Army commander and moved to Eastern Command.