Andy Salmon

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Andy Salmon
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Andy Salmon in Al Qurnah District, Iraq in 2008
Born (1959-07-02) 2 July 1959 (age 57)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Marines
Years of service 1977–2013
Rank Major General
Commands held Commandant General Royal Marines
Multi-National Division (South-East) (Iraq)
Commando Training Centre Royal Marines
42 Commando
Battles/wars The Troubles
Falklands War
Gulf War
Sierra Leone Civil War
Iraq War
Awards Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service
Bronze Star (United States)

Major General Andrew "Andy" Salmon, CMG, OBE (born 2 July 1959) is a retired Royal Marines officer who served as Commandant General Royal Marines from 2009 to 2010.[1]

Early life[edit]

Salmon was educated at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford before attending Godalming College to do his A-levels.[1] He graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts in Modern History in 1980, and later earned a Master of Arts in Defence Studies from King's College London in 1993.

Military career[edit]

Salmon joined the Royal Marines in 1977. In his early service years, he was involved in various operations including tours in Belfast (1978), the Falklands (1982), Crossmaglen (1983), South Armagh (1990), Northern Iraq (1991) and Angola (1992). During this time he served with 40 Commando, 42 Commando and 45 Commando.[1]

Salmon was Policy Advisor to the Chiefs of Staff during the Kosovo War between 1998 and 1999. He then served as Commanding Officer of 42 Commando, attached to the Amphibious Ready Group (since renamed the "Amphibious Task Group"), during two interventions in Sierra Leone in 2000. In 2001 he became Director, Balkans in the Ministry of Defence and handled issues arising from the Insurgency in the Republic of Macedonia in 2001 and relations with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia before being posted to Iraq as Director Plans, Coalition Military Assistance and Training Team, Baghdad in 2003.[2] He became Commandant of the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines in 2007 before being appointed Commander UK Amphibious Forces in 2008. He was deployed as General Officer Commanding Multi-National Division (South East), Iraq in August 2008.[3]

On 26 June 2009 Salmon assumed the appointment of Commandant General Royal Marines, the professional head of the Royal Marines, during a ceremony held at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines in Lympstone, Devon. He became Director of Force Readiness and Generation in NATO in 2010 and built their new Comprehensive Crisis and Operations Management Centre.[4]

On 9 April 2013, he retired from the military.[5]

Awards and decorations[edit]

In April 2001, the then Lieutenant Colonel and acting Colonel Salmon, received the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service "in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during operations in Sierra Leone from 6 May to 30 September 2000".[6] In December 2003, the then Colonel Salmon was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).[7] In December 2006, the then Brigadier Salmon, was awarded the Bronze Star Medal by the United States "in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during coalition operations in Iraq".[8] In September 2009, Major General Salmon was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) "in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Iraq during the period 1 October 2008 to 31 March 2009".[9]

Personal life[edit]

Salmon is President and Founder of the C Group,[10] a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, sits on the Advisory Board of the Security Gap Programme at the London School of Economics and is a Visiting Senior Fellow there.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Commandant General RM". royalnavy.mod.uk. Archived from the original on 2 August 2009. Retrieved 25 July 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "COMMANDER UK AMPHIBIOUS FORCES". thecgroup.org. 15 January 2009. Retrieved 30 July 2009. 
  3. ^ Army Commands Archived 5 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines". soldiersailorairmanroyalmarinescommando.co.uk. 6 July 2009. Retrieved 30 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "(Supplement) no. 60503". The London Gazette. 14 May 2013. p. 9507. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "(Supplement) no. 56168". The London Gazette. 6 April 2001. p. 4246. Retrieved 30 July 2009. 
  7. ^ "(Supplement) no. 57155". The London Gazette. 31 December 2003. pp. 4–5. Retrieved 30 July 2009. 
  8. ^ "(Supplement) no. 58183". The London Gazette. 15 December 2006. p. 17361. Retrieved 30 July 2009. 
  9. ^ "(Supplement) no. 59182". The London Gazette. 11 September 2009. p. 15642. Retrieved 13 September 2009. 
  10. ^ The C Group: Board and Staff
Military offices
Preceded by
Barney White-Spunner
General Officer Commanding
Multi-National Division (South East), Iraq

2008–2009
Succeeded by
Post disbanded
Preceded by
Garry Robison
Commandant General Royal Marines
2009–2010
Succeeded by
Buster Howes