Forces Command (Australia)

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Forces Command
Active 1 July 2009 – present
Country Australia
Type Australian Army
Part of Chief of Army
Garrison/HQ Victoria Barracks, Sydney
Commanders
Current
commander
Major General Gus Gilmore

Forces Command (FORCOMD) is the largest command within the Australian Army responsible for the combat brigades, the enabling and training formations reporting to the Chief of the Army with approximately 85% of the Army’s personnel.[1][2] The Command was formed on 1 July 2009 with the amalgamation of Land Command and Training Command,[3] and is led by a major general as the Commander Forces Command (COMD FORCOMD).

History[edit]

On 27 September 2008 the Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Ken Gillespie, announced a restructure of the army command structure named Adaptive Army.[4] The structure had remained nearly the same since the Hassett Review restructure in 1973 of Land Command and Training Command.[5]

Structure[edit]

Commander Forces Command[edit]

The following have held the position of Commander Forces Command or its preceding positions, with the ranks and honours as at the completion of their tenure:

Rank Name Post-nominals Term began Term ended Time in appointment
Land Commander Australia
Major General O'Donnell, LawrenceLawrence O'Donnell AO 1986 1987 1 year, 0 days
Major General Arnison, PeterPeter Arnison AO 1994 1996 2 years, 0 days
Major General Hickling, FrankFrank Hickling AO, CSC 1996 1998 2 years, 0 days
Major General Hartley, JohnJohn Hartley AO 1998 2000 2 years, 0 days
Major General Abigail, PeterPeter Abigail AO 2000 December 2002 2 years, 334 days
Major General Hurley, DavidDavid Hurley AO, DSC December 2002 December 2003 1 year, 0 days
Major General Gillespie, KenKen Gillespie AO, DSC, CSM January 2004 July 2005 1 year, 181 days
Major General Kelly, MarkMark Kelly AO July 2005 December 2008 3 years, 153 days
Major General Morrison, DavidDavid Morrison AM December 2008 July 2009 60 days
Commander Forces Command
Major General Morrison, DavidDavid Morrison AO July 2009 June 2011 1 year, 335 days
Major General Sengelman, JeffreyJeffrey Sengelman DSC, AM, CSC June 2011 November 2011 153 days
Major General Slater, MichaelMichael Slater AO, DSC, CSC November 2011 23 January 2015 3 years, 83 days
Major General Gilmore, GusGus Gilmore AO, DSC 23 January 2015 Present 1 year, 251 days

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Australian Army – Modernisation from Beersheba and Beyond" (PDF). Australian Army. 26 August 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Forces Command". Australian Army. 1 May 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "May the force be with you – Merge of commands enhances capabilities" (PDF). Army: The Soldiers' Newspaper (1216 ed.). Canberra: Department of Defence. 9 July 2009. p. 2. ISSN 0729-5685. Retrieved 6 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Command restructure" (PDF). Army: The Soldiers' Newspaper (1197 ed.). Canberra: Department of Defence. 4 September 2008. ISSN 0729-5685. Retrieved 6 August 2016. 
  5. ^ Gillespie, Lieutenant General K.J (26 August 2008). Adaptive Army: Public information paper (PDF). Canberra: Australian Army. OCLC 682906519. 
  6. ^ "1st Brigade". Australian Army. 3 June 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "3rd Brigade". Australian Army. 3 June 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "6th Combat Support Brigade". Australian Army. 23 February 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "7th Brigade". Australian Army. 3 June 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  10. ^ "16th Aviation Brigade". Australian Army. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  11. ^ "17th Combat Service Support Brigade". Australian Army. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  12. ^ "Royal Military College of Australia". Australian Army. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  13. ^ "2nd Division". Australian Army. 21 April 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  14. ^ "4th Brigade". Australian Army. 4 December 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  15. ^ "5th Brigade". Australian Army. 7 March 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  16. ^ "8th Brigade". Australian Army. 21 March 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  17. ^ "9th Brigade". Australian Army. 17 February 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  18. ^ "11th Brigade". Australian Army. 8 March 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  19. ^ "13th Brigade". Australian Army. 21 March 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2016.