Angus Campbell (general)

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Angus Campbell
Lt General Angus Campbell in 2017.jpg
Lieutenant General Angus Campbell in 2017
Allegiance Australia
Service/branch Australian Army
Years of service 1981 – present
Rank General
Commands held Chief of the Defence Force (2018–)
Chief of Army (2015–18)
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 Officer of the Order of Australia
Distinguished Service Cross
Commander of the Legion of Merit (United States)
Meritorious Service Medal (Singapore)
Commander of the National Order of Merit (France)

General Angus John Campbell, AO, DSC is a senior officer in the Australian Army, serving as the Chief of the Defence Force since 6 July 2018. He was previously posted as Commander Operation Sovereign Borders from September 2013 until he was appointed Chief of Army in May 2015.[1]

Military career[edit]

Campbell attended St Gregory's College, Campbelltown[2] before entering 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 which 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 (UNTAET), for which was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2003.[3][4]

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.[3]

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.[5] He was appointed the Deputy Chief of Army in February 2012.[3]

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.[3]

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.[6]

On 16 April 2018, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that Campbell would be promoted general and succeed Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin as Chief of the Defence Force.[7] The change of command occurred on 6 July. In the meantime, one of Campbell's last acts as the Chief of Army was to order the removal of "death imagery" from patches and badges.[8]

Honours and awards[edit]

  • 26 January 2003 – Member of the Order of Australia (AM) – "For exceptional service to the Australian Defence Force as the Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion Group during operational service in East Timor"[4]
  • 11 June 2012 – Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) – "For distinguished command and leadership in action as Commander Joint Task Force 633 on Operation SLIPPER from January 2011 to December 2011"[5]
  • 12 June 2017 – Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) – "For distinguished service as Head Military Strategic Commitments, Deputy Chief of Army, and Chief of Army"[9]
  • 13 June 2017 – Commander of the Legion of Merit (United States) – "For exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services from February 2012 to June 2017"[10]
  • 14 September 2017 – Pingat Jasa Gemilang (Tentera) [Meritorious Service Medal (Military)] (Singapore) – "For significant contributions towards strengthening defence ties between the Australian Army and The Singapore Army"[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brissenden, Michael (17 September 2013). "Tony Abbott appoints Angus Campbell to lead Operation Sovereign Borders policy". ABC News. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  2. ^ Chenoweth, Ben (23 May 2016). "College hits 90 years". Campbelltown-Macarthur Advertiser.
  3. ^ a b c d "Major General Angus Campbell promoted to Lieutenant General". Defence News. Department of Defence, Australian Government. 19 September 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Member of the Order of Australia (AM)". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 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.
  5. ^ a b "Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 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.
  6. ^ Griffiths, Emma (26 March 2015). "Tony Abbott announces Angus Campbell to become Army chief, Gavin Davies as new Air Force Chief". ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  7. ^ Greene, Andrew (16 April 2018). "Angus Campbell will be Australia's next Chief of Defence". ABC News. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  8. ^ Callinan, Rory (20 April 2018). "Soldiers banned from displaying 'symbols of death' by new Defence chief Angus Campbell". The Australian. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  9. ^ Fraser, Mark (12 June 2017). "Appointments to the Order of Australia – Military Division" (PDF). The Queen's Birthday 2017 Honours List. Office of the Governor-General of Australia. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  10. ^ Award certificate, 13 June 2017, U.S. Embassy Facebook page
  11. ^ Award ceremony, 14 September 2017, Singapore Ministry of Defence Facebook page
  12. ^ Australian Chief of Army Receives Prestigious Military Award, 14 September 2017, MINDEF – Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Singapore
Military offices
Preceded by
Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin
Chief of the Defence Force
2018–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Lieutenant General David Morrison
Chief of Army
2015–2018
Succeeded by
Lieutenant General Richard Burr
New office Commander Operation Sovereign Borders
2013–2015
Succeeded by
Major General Andrew Bottrell
Preceded by
Major General Jeffrey Sengelman
Deputy Chief of Army
2012–2013
Succeeded by
Major General Gus Gilmore