Angus Campbell (general)

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Angus John Campbell
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Angus Campbell as Commander Australian forces Afghanistan, 2011
Allegiance  Australia
Service/branch Australian Army
Years of service 1981 – present
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held Chief of Army (2015–)
Operation Sovereign Borders (2013–15)
Deputy Chief of Army (2012–13)
Joint Task Force 633 (2011–12)
2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (2001–03)
Battles/wars East Timor
War in Afghanistan
Awards Distinguished Service Cross
Member of the Order of Australia

Lieutenant General Angus John Campbell DSC, AM is a senior officer in the Australian Army, currently serving as the Chief of Army (CA). He previously served as Commander Operation Sovereign Borders, from September 2013 until his appointment as CA in May 2015.[1]


Campbell entered the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1981, receiving commission as an infantry lieutenant in 1984. Initially assigned to the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment as a platoon commander, he later passed selection for the Special Air Service Regiment, with whom he served as troop and squadron commander. Campbell commanded the 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment in East Timor as part of the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor, for which was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2003.[2]

Campbell served as Chief of Staff to General Peter Cosgrove and later Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston during their respective tenures as Chief of the Defence Force. In 2005, he left the full-time Army and assumed a senior civilian appointment as First Assistant Secretary in the Office of National Security within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Campbell was later promoted to Deputy Secretary, and served as Deputy National Security Adviser for a period before returning to the Army in 2010.[2]

Campbell was promoted to the rank of major general and appointed as Commander Joint Task Force 633 in 2011, responsible for all Australian forces deployed in the Middle East, including Afghanistan. For his command in Afghanistan he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. He was appointed the Deputy Chief of Army in February 2012.[2]

Campbell was promoted to lieutenant general on 19 September 2013 and appointed to oversee Operation Sovereign Borders, part of the Abbott Government's immigration policy aimed at stopping maritime arrivals of asylum seekers to Australia.[2]

In March 2015, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Campbell would be appointed Chief of Army from May of that year, taking over from the retiring Lieutenant General David Morrison.[3]

Honours and awards[edit]

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

DFSM with Rosette x 3.png Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png UNAMET Medal bar.gif NATO Medal ISAF ribbon bar.svg

DSC (Australia) ribbon.png Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours[4]
Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png Member of the Order of Australia (AM) 2003 Australia Day Honours[5]
Australian Active Service Medal ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal
Afghanistan Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Afghanistan Medal
Australian Service Medal ribbon.png Australian Service Medal
DFSM with Rosette x 3.png Defence Force Service Medal with 3 Clasps (30–34 years of service)
Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Defence Medal
UNAMET Medal bar.gif United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (United Nations)
NATO Medal ISAF ribbon bar.svg NATO Medal for ISAF (NATO)

Campbell has also been awarded the Chief of Army's Bronze Commendation.[2]


  1. ^ Brissenden, Michael (17 September 2013). "Tony Abbott appoints Angus Campbell to lead Operation Sovereign Borders policy". ABC News. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Major General Angus Campbell promoted to Lieutenant General". Defence News. Department of Defence. 19 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Griffiths, Emma (2015-03-26). "Tony Abbott announces Angus Campbell to become Army chief, Gavin Davies as new Air Force Chief". Retrieved 2015-03-26. 
  4. ^ It's an Honour – Distinguished Service Cross – 11 June 2012
    Citation: For distinguished command and leadership in action as Commander Joint Task Force 633 on Operation SLIPPER from January 2011 to December 2011.
  5. ^ It's an Honour – Member of the Order of Australia – 26 January 2003
    Citation: For exceptional service to the Australian Defence Force as the Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion Group during operational service in East Timor.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Lieutenant General David Morrison
Chief of Army
New office Commander Operation Sovereign Borders
Succeeded by
Major General Andrew Bottrell
Preceded by
Major General Jeffrey Sengelman
Deputy Chief of Army
Succeeded by
Major General Gus Gilmore