David Hurley

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David John Hurley
David Hurley (cropped).jpg
General David Hurley in January 2014
Born (1953-08-26) 26 August 1953 (age 60)
Wollongong, New South Wales
Allegiance  Australia
Service/branch Australian Army
Years of service 1972–2014
Rank General
Commands held Chief of the Defence Force
Vice Chief of the Defence Force
Chief of Joint Operations
Chief of Capability Development Group
Land Commander Australia
1st Brigade
1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment
Battles/wars Operation Solace
Awards Companion of the Order of Australia
Distinguished Service Cross
Other work Patron of Legacy Australia

General David John Hurley ACDSC (born 26 August 1953) was a senior officer in the Australian Army, serving as Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) from July 2011 to June 2014. Hurley succeeded Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston as CDF on 4 July 2011.[1]

Hurley retired from the Defence Force in June 2014, and is set to succeed Marie Bashir as Governor of New South Wales on 2 October the same year.

Personal[edit]

David Hurley was born in Wollongong, New South Wales, on 26 August 1953. He holds the academic qualifications of Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Diploma in Defence Studies. He is married to Linda and has three children.[2]

Military career[edit]

Hurley joined the Australian Army in January 1972,[3] and graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in December 1975 into the Royal Australian Infantry Corps. His initial posting was to the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR). Promoted to captain, he was appointed Adjutant of the Sydney University Regiment before becoming Regimental Adjutant of the Royal Australian Regiment. He went on exchange to the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards (British Army) before serving with 5th/7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (5/7 RAR).[2]

Promoted to lieutenant colonel, he was posted as the Senior Career Adviser (Armour, Artillery, Engineers and Infantry) in the Office of the Military Secretary in 1990, appointed SO1 (Operations) Headquarters 2nd Division in early 1991 and in November 1991 assumed command of 1 RAR which he led during Operation SOLACE (Somalia) in 1993. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for this service.[4] In 1994 he became SO1 (Operations), Headquarters 1st Division.[5]

Following promotion to colonel, he was appointed Chief of Staff, Headquarters 1st Division in June 1994, attended the U.S. Army War College in 1996 and 1997, became Military Secretary to Chief of Army, and was posted to Australian Defence Headquarters as Director of Preparedness and Mobilisation in December 1997.[6]

As a brigadier, he assumed command of the 1st Brigade in Darwin in January 1999. During this period he oversaw the Brigade's transition to a higher degree of operational readiness and its support to Australian led operations in East Timor. He went on to be Director General Land Development within Capability Systems in January 2001.[5]

He was promoted to major general in 2001 and served as Head Capability Systems Division from July 2001, and as Land Commander Australia (LCAUST) from December 2002.[5]

Promoted to lieutenant general, he assumed the new appointment of Chief of Capability Development Group (CCDG) in December 2003, went on to take the newly separated appointment of Chief of Joint Operations (CJOPS) in September 2007, and became Vice Chief of the Defence Force (VCDF) in July 2008.[7]

Hurley was promoted to general and succeeded Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston as Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) on 4 July 2011.[1]

In January 2012 Hurley completed 40 years service to the Australian Defence Force,[3] and on 20 January whilst in Paris, he was presented with the insignia for Officer of the Legion of Honour by the French CDF.[8] In February he was presented with his fifth bar to the Defence Force Service Medal, and with the DFSM ribbon with the Federation Star, in recognition of his 40 years of service.[3] Hurley retired from the Australian Army on 30 June 2014, and was succeeded as CDF by Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin.[9]

Governor of New South Wales[edit]

On 5 June 2014, New South Wales Premier Mike Baird announced that General Hurley would replace Marie Bashir as Governor of New South Wales on 2 October 2014 after Bashir's term as Governor expires.[10]

Honours and awards[edit]

Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png

DSC (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal ribbon.png Australian Service Medal ribbon.png DFSM with Fed Star.png

Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Legion Honneur Officier ribbon.svg US Legion of Merit Commander ribbon.png Order of Military Service (BAT).gif

Bintang Yudha Dharma Nararya.jpg Darjah Utama Bakti Cemerlang (Tentera) ribbon.png Order of the Crown of Thailand - Medal (Thailand) ribbon.png Decoration of Merit.jpg

Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) 2010[11]
Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) 2004[12]
DSC (Australia) ribbon.png Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) 1993[4]
Australian Active Service Medal ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal with SOMALIA clasp[13]
Australian Service Medal ribbon.png Australian Service Medal with SOMALIA clasp[13]
DFSM with Fed Star.png Defence Force Service Medal with the Federation Star 40–44 years service[3]
Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Defence Medal [13]
Legion Honneur Officier ribbon.svg Officer of the Legion of Honour (France) 20 January 2012[8][14]
US Legion of Merit Commander ribbon.png Commander of the Legion of Merit (United States) 10 May 2012[citation needed][14]
Order of Military Service (BAT).gif Knight Grand Commander of the Order of Military Service (Malaysia) 24 September 2012[citation needed][14]
Bintang Yudha Dharma Nararya.jpg Defence Meritorious Service Star – 1st Class[15] (Indonesia) 19 November 2012[16][17][14]
Darjah Utama Bakti Cemerlang (Tentera) ribbon.png Distinguished Service Order (Singapore) 13 February 2013[18][14]
Order of the Crown of Thailand - Medal (Thailand) ribbon.png Gold Medal of the Order of the Crown of Thailand (Thailand) June 2014[14]
Decoration of Merit.jpg Gold Decoration of Merit (Netherlands) June 2014[14]
Badges

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Massola, James (1 June 2011). "David Hurley is made new defence force chief as part of sweeping renewal of top brass". The Australian (News Limited). Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  2. ^ a b General David Hurley, AC, DSC, Biography, www.defence.gov.au
  3. ^ a b c d Army News, February 2012, www.defence.gov.au
  4. ^ a b It's an Honour – Distinguished Service Cross (Australian) – 26 November 1993
  5. ^ a b c Defence Keynote Address to SimTecT2006, LTGEN General David Hurley, 29 May 2006, Melbourne Convention Centre, www.siaa.asn.au
  6. ^ List of Witnesses at Public Hearings, Parliament House Canberra, 16 April 1998, www.aph.gov.au
  7. ^ Hackett Centenary Lectures, Kings College London, 12 November 2010, www.kcl.ac.uk
  8. ^ a b French Embassy in Australia – Officer of the Legion of Honour – 20 January 2012
  9. ^ "Chief of Defence Force change of command". Defence Media Release. Department of Defence. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "General Hurley named as NSW Governor". Sky News. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  11. ^ It's an Honour – Companion of the Order of Australia – 26 January 2010
    Citation: For eminent service to the Australian Defence Force as Chief of Capability Development Group, Chief of Joint Operations and Vice Chief of the Defence Force.
  12. ^ It's an Honour – Officer of the Order of Australia – 26 January 2004
    Citation: For distinguished service, leadership and management to the Australian Defence Force in senior command and staff appointments.
  13. ^ a b c Official High Resolution Photo, July 2011, www.defence.gov.au
  14. ^ a b c d e f g @DavidHurley_CDF last night promoted VADM Tim Barrett who will next week succeed me as @CN_Australia - congrats Tim. Raymond Griggs on Twitter. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  15. ^ Bintang Yudha Dharma Utama is also translated as "The Grand Meritorious Military Order – 1st Class" – Chief of Defence Force receives Indonesia's highest military award, AsiaOne, 2 May 2012
  16. ^ Defence News – Defence Meritorious Service Star – 19 November 2012
  17. ^ The ribbon displayed is for Bintang Yudha Dharma Nararya (Defence Meritorious Service Star – 3rd Class). The ribbon for the Bintang Yudha Dharma Utama (Defence Meritorious Service Star – 1st Class) is the same, but with the addition of two central narrow red stripes. Bintang Yudha Dharma, Sekretariat Negara Republik Indonesia Official Website, www.setneg.go.id
  18. ^ Top military award conferred on Australian Chief of the Defence Force – Top military award conferred on Australian Chief of the Defence Force, Australian High Commission, Singapore, 13 February 2013

External links[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston
Chief of the Defence Force
2011–2014
Succeeded by
Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin
Preceded by
Lieutenant General Ken Gillespie
Vice Chief of the Defence Force
2008–2011
Succeeded by
Air Marshal Mark Binskin
Preceded by
New position (Separated from the roles of VCDF)
Chief of Joint Operations
2007–2008
Succeeded by
Lieutenant General Mark Evans
Preceded by
New creation
Chief, Capability Development Group
2003–2007
Succeeded by
Vice Admiral Matt Tripovich
Preceded by
Major General Peter Abigail
Land Commander Australia
2002–2003
Succeeded by
Major General Ken Gillespie