Deputy Chief of Army appointment

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The Hon Darren Chester MP

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

Minister for Defence Personnel

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7 May 2021

MAJOR General Natasha Fox, AM, CSC will be appointed as the Deputy Chief of Army in
January 2022. After an outstanding career in a variety of key strategic roles, Major General
Fox is set to become Australia’s first female Deputy Chief of Army.

Major General Fox joined the ADF in 1988, graduating from the Royal Military College in
1991. Throughout her career she has paved the way for many of her colleagues as she
shared her wealth of experience and expertise in various domestic and international

Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester congratulated Major General Fox,
acknowledged her professionalism and thanked her for her contribution to the community.

“I sincerely thank Major General Fox for her accomplishments and contribution to the nation,
and to our current and former serving personnel,” Mr Chester said.

“I have had the pleasure of working closely with Major General Fox over the years. She has
been integral in reforming the transition system and uniting Defence and the Department of
Veterans’ Affairs to provide the best service to transitioning members to civilian life.

“As the first female deputy service chief, Major General Fox is leading the way for other
women in the ADF. I offer my congratulations and best wishes to Natasha for the role.”

Major General Fox’s early career consisted of logistics, specialising in combat supplies and
logistics planning, and in training positions, culminating with her role as the Commanding
Officer/Chief Instructor at the Australian Defence Force Academy for which she received a
Conspicuous Service Cross.

She has been appointed to various roles across the ADF in Forces Command, Joint
Logistics Command, Special Operations Command, Training Command - Army, and
Defence People Group. She has deployed to Lebanon, Syria, and Israel and was the Chief
of Staff for Joint Task Force 633 in the Middle East where she was appointed a member of
the Order of Australia (AM) for her service.

MAJGEN Fox is a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College, and the Defence
and Strategic Studies Course, and has completed numerous degrees, including Masters of
Business Administration, Master of Politics and Policy, and Masters of Management in
Defence Studies.

Currently, MAJGEN Fox is the Head of People Capability at the ADF, playing a key role in
shaping the Defence workforce structure, recruiting the best talent for our Defence Force,
managing a member’s transition to civilian life and caring for our ADF families.

“I look forward to working with MAJGEN Fox in her new role,” Mr Chester said.

“I would also take the opportunity to thank the current Deputy Chief of Army, Major General
Anthony Rawlins, DSC, AM and send my best wishes as he takes on the position of Head
Force Design of the Australian Defence Force, Headquarters in the first half of 2022.”



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