John McColl

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General Sir John McColl
KCB, CBE, DSO
Millennium Town Park opening 2011 06.jpg
McColl at the opening of the Millennium Town Park in Saint Helier, 2011
Lieutenant Governor of Jersey
Incumbent
Assumed office
26 September 2011
Premier Ian Gorst
Preceded by Lieutenant General Sir Andrew Ridgway
Personal details
Born (1952-04-17) 17 April 1952 (age 62)
Military service
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1973–present
Rank General
Commands 1 Mechanised Brigade
3rd Mechanised Division
Regional Forces
Battles/wars The Troubles
Sierra Leone Civil War
Kosovo War
Bosnian War
Iraq War
War in Afghanistan
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches
Officer of the Legion of Merit (United States)

General Sir John Chalmers McColl[1] KCBCBEDSO (born 17 April 1952) is the current Lieutenant Governor of Jersey, sworn in on 26 September 2011. McColl previously served as Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe from 2007 to 2011.

Army career[edit]

John McColl as DSACEUR
Sir John as Lieutenant Governor of Jersey in 2012 with HRH the Duchess of Cornwall.

Educated at Culford School,[2] McColl was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Royal Anglian Regiment in 1973[1] and promoted to lieutenant on 8 September 1974.[3] He was promoted to captain on 8 March 1979 and to major on 30 September 1984.[4][5] In 1989 he became a squadron commander in the 3rd Royal Tank Regiment, was promoted to lieutenant-colonel on 30 June 1990 and to acting colonel shortly after.[6] He was promoted to colonel on 30 June 1995 and to brigadier on 31 December 1996 (seniority 30 June).[7][8] He held a variety of commands and military posts before commanding 1 Mechanised Brigade in 1997. In 1999 he became Assistant Chief of Staff at Land Command and in 2000 he was given command of 3rd (UK) Mechanised Division. In 2001 he was appointed the first leader of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.[9]

In 2003 he became Commandant of the Joint Services Command and Staff College.

In March 2004 he was deployed as Senior British Military Representative and Deputy Commanding General, Multinational Force, Iraq and at the end of that year he became Commander of Regional Forces at Land Command.[10]

In October 2007 he became Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (DSACEUR) in the rank of General,[11] replacing General Sir John Reith.

He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 2008 New Year Honours.

He was the preferred choice of Afghanistan for the role of U.N. super envoy after they rejected Paddy Ashdown.[12] However on 7 March 2008 Norwegian diplomat Kai Eide was appointed as the UN representative for Afghanistan.[13] He retired as DSACEUR in March 2011.[14]

Lieutenant Governor of Jersey[edit]

On 26 October 2010 it was announced that he would be appointed to the role of Lieutenant Governor of Jersey.[15] He took office on 26 September 2011.[16]

On 5 June 2012, Sir John, and his wife Lady McColl, represented Jersey at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Dedication Service at St Paul's Cathedral.[17]

Honours and awards[edit]

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

UNPROFOR Medal bar.gif NATO Medal ISAF ribbon 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 Accumulated Campaign Service Medal 2011 BAR.svg Us legion of merit officer rib.png

Order of the Bath UK ribbon.png Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)
Order of the British Empire (Military) Ribbon.png Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Dso-ribbon.png Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
General Service Medal 1962 BAR MID.png General Service Medal with palm for Mentioned in Despatches
UNPROFOR Medal bar.gif United Nations Medal for United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR)
NATO Medal ISAF ribbon bar.svg NATO Medal for ISAF with 'ISAF' clasp
Iraq Medal BAR.svg Iraq Medal
OSM for Afghanistan BAR.svg Operational Service Medal for 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)
Accumulated Campaign Service Medal 2011 BAR.svg Accumulated Campaign Service Medal
Us legion of merit officer rib.png Officer of the Legion of Merit (United States)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 45956. p. 4934. 16 April 1973. Retrieved 3 February 2011.
  2. ^ General McColl visits Culford Culford School, 21 September 2007
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 46419. p. 12158. 2 December 1974. Retrieved 3 February 2011.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 47797. p. 3697. 20 March 1979. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 49897. p. 13949. 16 October 1984. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 52200. p. 11361. 3 July 1990. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 54091. p. 9195. 4 July 1995. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  8. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 54648. p. 465. 14 January 1997. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  9. ^ "John McColl Profile on". BBC News. 2001-12-19. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  10. ^ Oxford Leverhulme biography
  11. ^ Senior Officer appointments[dead link]
  12. ^ "Ashdown pulls out of Afghan role". BBC News. 27 January 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  13. ^ Leithead, Alastair (28 March 2008). "UN's new Afghan envoy begins work". BBC News. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  14. ^ New Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe Appointed Natsource, 29 September 2010
  15. ^ Sir John McColl named as is Jersey Lieutenant Governor BBC News, 26 October 2010.
  16. ^ "Jersey Lieutenant Governor Gen Sir John McColl sworn in". BBC News. 26 September 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  17. ^ "Lieutenant Governor represents Jersey at St Paul's". Bbc.co.uk. 2012-06-05. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 

External links[edit]

Military offices
New title Commander of the International Security Assistance Force
2001–2002
Succeeded by
Hilmi Akin Zorlu
Preceded by
Richard Dannatt
General Officer Commanding the 3rd Mechanised Division
2000–2003
Succeeded by
Graeme Lamb
Preceded by
John Lippiett
Commandant of the Joint Services Command and Staff College
2003–2004
Succeeded by
Nick Parker
Preceded by
Andrew Figgures
Senior British Military Representative
and Deputy Commanding General, Multinational Force, Iraq

March 2004 – October 2004
Succeeded by
John Kiszely
Preceded by
John Kiszely
Commander Regional Forces
2004–2007
Succeeded by
Nick Parker
Preceded by
John Reith
Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe
2007–2011
Succeeded by
Richard Shirreff
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Andrew Ridgway
Lieutenant Governor of Jersey
2011–present
Incumbent