Prime Minister and Minister for Defence - Defence Force Service Chief appointments

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The Hon Kevin Andrews MP

Minister for Defence

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26 March 2015

The Governor-General has approved the appointments of the next Chief of the Army and Chief of the Air Force.

Lieutenant General Angus Campbell DSC, AM will be appointed Chief of the Army on 16 May 2015 and Air Vice-Marshal Gavin Davies AO, CSC – on promotion to Air Marshal – will be appointed Chief of the Air Force on 4 July 2015.

Lieutenant General Campbell and Air Marshal Davies will each bring a wealth of experience to their respective roles.

Lieutenant General Campbell has served as the Commander of the Joint Agency Task Force for the highly successful Operation Sovereign Borders, overseen operations in the Middle East as Commander Joint Task Force 633 and commanded on operations in Timor-Leste.

He also served as Deputy National Security Adviser in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Air Marshal Davies has a wide range of operational, command and staff experience, including deploying to the Middle East, command of 82 Wing (the then strike and reconnaissance wing of the RAAF), and a posting as Air Attaché in Washington. Most recently, he has served as the Deputy Chief of the Air Force.

The Government thanks the current Chief of the Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison AO, and Chief of the Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown AO, for their significant work and service in these important roles over the last four years.

Lieutenant General David Morrison will complete his tenure on 15 May 2015 after having served with distinction and demonstrating outstanding leadership as the Chief of the Army, notably as an advocate for cultural change and gender equality in the Australian Defence Force.

Air Marshal Geoff Brown will complete his tenure on 3 July 2015 having also demonstrated exceptional leadership throughout his military career, particularly in his role as the Chief of the Air Force during a period of significant capability growth within the Air Force and heightened operational commitments, including currently against the ISIL, or Daesh, death cult in Iraq.

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