Frank Hickling

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Frank Hickling
Born 13 October 1941 (1941-10-13) (age 73)
Gosford, New South Wales
Allegiance Australia Australia
Service/branch Australian Army
Years of service 1961–2000
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held Chief of Army
Land Command
Australian Defence Force Academy
Northern Command
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Operation Bel Isi
Awards Officer of the Order of Australia
Conspicuous Service Cross

Lieutenant General Francis John "Frank" Hickling AOCSC (born 13 October 1941) is a retired senior Australian Army officer, whose career culminated with his appointment as Chief of Army from 1998 to 2000.

Military career[edit]

Hickling graduated from the Officer Cadet School, Portsea, in 1961.[1][2] He undertook regimental postings with the Royal Australian Engineers,[3] and saw service in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971.[4][5]

Hickling was appointed Commander, Northern Command and received the Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) for service in that role in 1993.[6] This was followed by a posting as General Officer Commanding Training Command from 1992 to 1994.[1]

Made commandant of the Australian Defence Force Academy in 1995,[3] Hickling was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to the Army and Australian Defence Force in the field of military training in 1996.[7] He then served as Land Commander Australia from 1996 until 1998.[1] In February 1998, he led Operation Bel Isi, a peace monitoring mission to Bougainville following a break in civil unrest in the country.[8]

Hickling was promoted lieutenant general and appointed Chief of the Army in 1998.[3] As Chief of the Army he deployed Australian troops to East Timor.[9]

In retirement he chaired the Review of the Australian Defence Force Cadets (ADFC) Scheme which reported in 2008.[3]



  1. ^ a b c Singh 2010
  2. ^ Alumni website, Officer Cadet School, Portsea,
    Hickling was the first OCS Portsea graduate to reach lieutenant general and the first graduate to be appointed Chief of Army.
  3. ^ a b c d Final Report, November 2008, Review of the Australian Defence Force Cadets (ADFC) Scheme, pg.ii
  4. ^ Sasha Uzunov (2009) Unsung Aussie General Saved Lives In Timor, East Timor Law & Justice Bulletin, 29 October 2009.
  5. ^ HICKLING, Francis John, Nominal Roll of Vietnam Veterans, Department of Veterans Affairs.
  6. ^ a b Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC), 26 January 1993, It's an Honour
  7. ^ a b Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), 26 January 1996, It's an Honour
  8. ^ Bob Breen, Chapter 10. Challenges during the first 12 months, Struggling for Self Reliance, Four case studies of Australia’s Regional Force Projection in the late 1980s and the 1990s,
  9. ^ Commandos under attack, 5 December 2009, Team Uzunov,
  10. ^ National Medal, 13 October 1977, It's an Honour


Military offices
Preceded by
Lieutenant General John Sanderson
Chief of Army
Succeeded by
Lieutenant General Peter Cosgrove