Mark Kelly (general)

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Mark Andrew Kelly
Major General Kelly at Kandahar in 2009.jpg
Kelly at Kandahar in 2009
Born 31 October 1956 (1956-10-31) (age 57)
Sydney, New South Wales
Allegiance Australia Australia
Service/branch Australian Army Emblem.JPG Australian Army
Years of service 1975–2010
Rank Australian-Army-MAJ GEN-Shoulder.png Major General
Commands held Joint Task Force 633
Land Command - Australia
Deployable Joint Force HQ
1st Division
3rd Brigade
1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment
Battles/wars

Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)

East Timor

War in Afghanistan

Iraq War

Awards Officer of the Order of Australia
Distinguished Service Cross
Officer of the US Legion of Merit
Other work Repatriation Commissioner

Major General Mark Andrew Kelly AODSC (31 October 1956)[1] is a former senior officer in the Australian Army. He served as Commander Joint Task Force 633 (CJTF 633) commanding all Australian Forces in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) and Afghanistan from 12 January 2009 until 14 January 2010 and as Land Commander Australia (LCAUST) from July 2005 to December 2008. He was appointed as the Repatriation Commissioner on 1 July 2010.

Early life[edit]

Mark Andrew Kelly was born on 31 October 1956 in Sydney, New South Wales, and educated at James Ruse Agricultural High School, graduating in 1974.[1][2]

Service history[edit]

Kelly entered the Royal Military College, Duntroon in January 1975, and graduated in December 1978, receiving the Sword of Honour.[3] In the same year, Kelly received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New South Wales.

Allocated to the Royal Australian Infantry Corps, he was posted to the 5th/7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. Kelly's first operational deployment occurred when he served with the Commonwealth Monitoring Force in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) during the Independence elections in 1979–80. Kelly served as the exchange instructor at the British Army's School of Infantry at Warminster from September 1985 to November 1987. On promotion to Major, he commanded a Rifle Company in the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment from January 1988 until December 1989. He attended the Army Command and Staff College in 1990 and then served as the Brigade Major of 3rd Brigade from January 1991 until December 1992. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in January 1993 and served in staff appointments in Army Headquarters until December 1995. He also completed a Master of Arts in Defence Studies from the University of New South Wales in 1995.

From December 1995 to December 1997, Kelly was Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. He then moved on promotion to Colonel to Headquarters 1st Division and the Deployable Joint Force Headquarters (DJFHQ) as the Chief of Staff, a posting that involved deploying the headquarters to East Timor for Operation Stabilise, where he served as the Chief of Staff of INTERFET. Kelly was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honour's List of 2000 for his "exceptional service to the Australian Army" as CO 1 RAR and COFS 1st Division.[4] He attended the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies at the Australian Defence College in Canberra in 2000.

Kelly was promoted to Brigadier, and appointed to command the 3rd Brigade, Ready Deployment Force from December 2000 until December 2002. He was then posted to Headquarters United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) in Tampa, Florida, serving as the first Director of the Combined Planning Group (CPG), planning operations for Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa, and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) in Iraq. He was appointed an Officer of the United States Legion of Merit for his exceptional service in that appointment.

Promoted to Major General, Kelly assumed command of the 1st Division and the Deployable Joint Force Headquarters (DJFHQ) on 5 July 2004. He then assumed the appointment of Land Commander Australia (LCAUST) on 15 July 2005 and served in that role until December 2008. In the Australia Day Honour's List of 2008, Kelly was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia "for distinguished service to the Australian Army in the fields of training, personnel and operations, in particular as the Commander of the 1st Division and as the Land Commander Australia."[5]

In an official ceremony on 12 January 2009, Kelly succeeded Major General Mike Hindmarsh as Commander Joint Task Force 633 (JTF 633); in this position he commanded all Australian forces in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) and Afghanistan for a period of 12 months (Operations CATALYST, SLIPPER and KRUGER). He relinquished command of JTF 633 to Major General John Cantwell on 14 January 2010. Kelly was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in the 2011 Australia Day Honours List for his "distinguished leadership, exceptional professionalism and unwavering dedication in an extremely ambiguous and dangerous operational environment" as Commander Joint Task Force 633.[6][7] Kelly was transferred to the Army's Standby Reserve on 5 June 2010.

Post-Army[edit]

On 1 July 2010, Kelly assumed the appointment of Repatriation Commissioner, the Services' Member of the Repatriation Commission and the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission. These commissions supervise the Department of Veterans' Affairs in delivering compensation, health care and support to veterans, serving and former serving personnel of the ADF, widows, children and dependants.[8][9]

Kelly was appointed as the Colonel Commandant of the Royal Australian Regiment on 1 July 2011.[citation needed]

Academic qualifications[edit]

Personal[edit]

Kelly is married to Gabrielle and they have a son, Christopher. He enjoys reading, listening to music and many sports, especially rugby and golf.

Honours and awards[edit]

Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png DSC (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal ribbon.png INTERFET Medal ribbon.png

Afghanistan Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Iraq Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Rhodesia Medal Ribbon.svg DFSM with Rosette x 4.png

Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Zimbabwean Independence Medal ribbon.png NATO Medal ISAF ribbon bar.svg Us legion of merit officer rib.jpg

Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) 26 January 2008[5]
Member of the Order of Australia (AM) 26 January 2000[4]
DSC (Australia) ribbon.png Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) 26 January 2011[7]
Australian Active Service Medal ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal with 3 clasps EAST TIMOR, ICAT and IRAQ 2003
INTERFET Medal ribbon.png International Force East Timor Medal 2001 - Operation Stabilise (INTERFET)
Afghanistan Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Afghanistan Medal 2009 - Operation Slipper
Iraq Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Iraq Medal 2007 - Operation Catalyst
Rhodesia Medal Ribbon.svg Rhodesia Medal 1981 - Commonwealth Monitoring Force
DFSM with Rosette x 4.png Defence Force Service Medal with 4 Clasps 35 – 39 years service to ADF
Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Defence Medal 2006
Zimbabwean Independence Medal ribbon.png Zimbabwean Independence Medal 1980 - Commonwealth Monitoring Force
NATO Medal ISAF ribbon bar.svg NATO Medal - Non Article 5 for ISAF 2009 - Afghanistan
Us legion of merit officer rib.jpg Officer of the US Legion of Merit 2004

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Eddie Woo (9 April 2012). "Major General Mark Andrew Kelly, AM". Year pages > 1974, James Ruse Union. James Ruse Agricultural High School. 
  2. ^ Mark Kelly, Official ADF Biography, www.defence.gov.au[dead link]
  3. ^ Change of Command, Army - The Soldiers' Newspaper, 30 June 2005, Edition #1123, www.defence.gov.au
  4. ^ a b Member of the Order of Australia (AM), 26 January 2000, It's an Honour.
    Citation: For exceptional service to the Australian Army in demanding command and staff appointments, particularly as Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, and as the Chief of Staff at Deployable Joint Force Headquarters.
  5. ^ a b Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), 26 January 2008, It's an Honour.
    Citation: For distinguished service to the Australian Army in the fields of training, personnel and operations, in particular as the Commander of the 1st Division and as the Land Commander Australia.
  6. ^ 2011 Australia Day Honours List - Distinguished Service Cross (DSC). www.gg.gov.au[dead link]
  7. ^ a b Distinguished Service Cross (DSC), 26 January 2011, It's an Honour.
    Citation: For distinguished command and leadership in action in the Middle East Area of Operations as the Commander Joint Task Force 633 for Operations CATALYST, SLIPPER and KRUGER from January 2009 to January 2010.
  8. ^ "Appointment of New Repatriation Commissioner" (PDF). Ministerial Media Release. Department of Veterans’ Affairs. 26 February 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  9. ^ "New Commissioner Starts Work" (PDF). Ministerial Media Release. Department of Veterans’ Affairs. 1 July 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 

External links[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Major General Mike Hindmarsh
Commander Joint Task Force 633
Commander of Australian Forces in Middle East Area of Operations and Afghanistan

2009 – 2010
Succeeded by
Major General John Cantwell
Preceded by
Major General Ken Gillespie
Land Commander Australia
2005 – 2008
Succeeded by
Major General David Morrison
Preceded by
Major General Mark Evans
Commander 1st Division
2004 – 2005
Succeeded by
Major General Ash Power
Preceded by
Brigadier Mark Evans
Commander 3rd Brigade
2000 – 2002
Succeeded by
Brigadier David Morrison