Adrian Bradshaw

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Sir Adrian Bradshaw
Siradrianbradshaw.jpg
General Sir Adrian Bradshaw in 2012
Born 1958 (age 55–56)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1980 - Present
Rank General
Commands held 7th Armoured Brigade
Special Forces
1st (UK) Armoured Division
Battles/wars Bosnian War
War in Iraq
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire

General Sir Adrian John Bradshaw KCB OBE (born 1958) is a British Army officer and the current Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe. He served as Director Special Forces from 2006 to 2009 and Commander Land Forces in 2013.

Early life[edit]

He was educated at Bloxham School, the University of Reading (BSc, 1979) and King's College London (MSc Defence Studies, 1991; MA International Relations, 2005).[1]

Military career[edit]

Bradshaw was commissioned into the 14th/20th King's Hussars in 1980.[2] In 1994 he became Commanding Officer of the King's Royal Hussars commanding the KRH Battlegroup in Bosnia.[1] On promotion to Brigadier he became Senior Advisor to the Combined Forces Air Component Command preparing for the invasion of Iraq.[3] He was Deputy Commander of Task Force West during the invasion of Iraq in March 2003 and took charge of 7th Armoured Brigade during initial stabilisation operations in April 2003.[1] By 2006 he was Director Special Forces.[4]

In March 2009 Bradshaw was appointed General Officer Commanding 1st (UK) Armoured Division[1] which undertook a major training exercise in the Czech Republic in May 2009.[5] He became Deputy Commander International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan and United Kingdom National Contingent Commander in Afghanistan in the rank of Lieutenant General in November 2011.[6] He is Vice-Chairman of the Combined Services Polo Association.[7]

Bradshaw assumed the role of Commander Land Forces in succession to General Sir Nick Parker in January 2013.[8] He was succeeded by Lieutenant General Nick Carter as Commander Land Forces in November 2013.[9]

Bradshaw was appointed Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe on 28 March 2014.[10]

Honours and decorations[edit]

Order of the Bath UK ribbon.png Order of the British Empire (Military) Ribbon.png General Service Medal 1962 BAR.svg

UNPROFOR Medal bar.gif NATO Medal Yugoslavia ribbon bar.svg NATO Medal w Służbie Pokoju i Wolności BAR.svg Iraq Medal BAR.svg

OSM for Afghanistan BAR.svg Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Us legion of merit officer rib.png

Order of the Bath UK ribbon.png Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) 2013 Birthday Honours.[11]
Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) 2009 New Year Honours[12]
Order of the British Empire (Military) Ribbon.png Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) 1998[13]
General Service Medal 1962 BAR.svg General Service Medal
UNPROFOR Medal bar.gif United Nations Protection Force Medal
NATO Medal Yugoslavia ribbon bar.svg NATO medal for the former Yugoslavia
NATO Medal w Służbie Pokoju i Wolności BAR.svg NATO medal for Kosovo
Iraq Medal BAR.svg Iraq Medal with clasp 19 Mar to 28 Apr 2003
OSM for Afghanistan BAR.svg Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan with clasp Afghanistan
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal 2002
QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012
Us legion of merit officer rib.png Officer of the Legion of Merit (United States) 2003[14]

References[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Jonathan Shaw
Director Special Forces
2006–2009
Succeeded by
Jacko Page
Preceded by
Graham Binns
General Officer Commanding the 1st (UK) Armoured Division
2009–2011
Succeeded by
James Bashall
Preceded by
James Bucknall
Deputy Commander, ISAF
2011–2012
Succeeded by
Nick Carter
Preceded by
Sir Nick Parker
Commander Land Forces
2013-2013
Succeeded by
Nick Carter
Preceded by
Sir Richard Shirreff
Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe
2014 –
Succeeded by
Incumbent