David John Hurley
26 August 1953 |
Wollongong, New South Wales
|Years of service||1972 –|
|Commands held||Chief of the Defence Force
Vice Chief of the Defence Force
Chief of Joint Operations
Chief of Capability Development Group
1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment
|Awards||Companion of the Order of Australia
Distinguished Service Cross
|Other work||Patron of Legacy Australia|
General David John Hurley AC DSC (born 26 August 1953) is a senior officer in the Australian Defence Force, currently serving in the position of Chief of the Defence Force (CDF). Hurley succeeded Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston as CDF on 4 July 2011.
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.
Hurley joined the ADF in January 1972 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).
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. In 1994 he became SO1 (Operations), Headquarters 1st Division.
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.
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.
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.
In January 2012 he completed 40 years service to the ADF, and on 20 January whilst in Paris, he was presented with the insignia for Officer of the (French) Legion of Honour by the French CDF. 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.
Honours and awards
|Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)||2010|
|Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)||2004|
|Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)||1993|
|Australian Active Service Medal||with SOMALIA clasp|
|Australian Service Medal||with SOMALIA clasp|
|Defence Force Service Medal with the Federation Star||40–44 years service|
|Australian Defence Medal|||
|Officer of the Legion of Honour (France)||20 January 2012|
|Commander of the Legion of Merit (United States)||10 May 2012|
|Knight Grand Commander of the Order of Military Service (Malaysia)||24 September 2012|
|Defence Meritorious Service Star - 1st Class (Indonesia)||19 November 2012|
|Distinguished Service Order (Singapore)||13 February 2013|
- 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.
- General David Hurley, AC, DSC, Biography, www.defence.gov.au
- Army News, February 2012, www.defence.gov.au
- It's an Honour - Distinguished Service Cross (Australian) - 26 November 1993
- Defence Keynote Address to SimTecT2006, LTGEN General David Hurley, 29 May 2006, Melbourne Convention Centre, www.siaa.asn.au
- List of Witnesses at Public Hearings, Parliament House Canberra, 16 April 1998, www.aph.gov.au
- Hackett Centenary Lectures, Kings College London, 12 November 2010, www.kcl.ac.uk
- French Embassy in Australia - Officer of the Legion of Honour - 20 January 2012
- 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.
- 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.
- Official High Resolution Photo, July 2011, www.defence.gov.au
- 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
- Defence News - Defence Meritorious Service Star - 19 November 2012
- 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
- 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
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Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston
|Chief of the Defence Force (CDF)
Lieutenant General Ken Gillespie
|Vice Chief of the Defence Force (VCDF)
2008 – 2011
Air Marshal Mark Binskin
New position (Separated from the roles of VCDF)
|Chief of Joint Operations (CJOPS)
2007 – 2008
Lieutenant General Mark Evans
|Chief, Capability Development Group (CCDG)
2003 – 2007
Vice Admiral Matt Tripovich
|Land Commander Australia (LCAUST)
2002 – 2003
Major General Ken Gillespie