|Born||13 October 1941 (age 75)
Gosford, New South Wales
|Years of service||1961–2000|
|Commands held||Chief of Army (1998–00)
Land Command (1996–98)
Australian Defence Force Academy (1995–96)
Training Command (1992–94)
Northern Command (c.1990–92)
Operation Bel Isi
|Awards||Officer of the Order of Australia
Conspicuous Service Cross
Lieutenant General Francis John "Frank" Hickling AO, CSC (born 13 October 1941) is a retired senior Australian Army officer, whose career culminated with his appointment as Chief of Army from 1998 to 2000.
Hickling was appointed Commander, Northern Command and received the Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) for service in that role in 1993. This was followed by a posting as General Officer Commanding Training Command from 1992 to 1994.
Made commandant of the Australian Defence Force Academy in 1995, Hickling was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to the Army and Australian Defence Force in the field of military training in 1996. He then served as Land Commander Australia from 1996 until 1998. In February 1998, he led Operation Bel Isi, a peace monitoring mission to Bougainville following a break in civil unrest in the country.
In retirement he chaired the Review of the Australian Defence Force Cadets (ADFC) Scheme which reported in 2008.
- Singh, Shivani (2010). Who's Who in Australia 2010. Melbourne, Australia: Crown Content. ISBN 1-74095-172-7.
- Alumni website, Officer Cadet School, Portsea, www.ocsportsea.com
Hickling was the first OCS Portsea graduate to reach lieutenant general and the first graduate to be appointed Chief of Army.
- Final Report, November 2008, Review of the Australian Defence Force Cadets (ADFC) Scheme, pg.ii
- Sasha Uzunov (2009) Unsung Aussie General Saved Lives In Timor, East Timor Law & Justice Bulletin, 29 October 2009.
- HICKLING, Francis John, Nominal Roll of Vietnam Veterans, Department of Veterans Affairs.
- Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC), 26 January 1993, It's an Honour
- Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), 26 January 1996, It's an Honour
- Bob Breen, Chapter 10. Challenges during the first 12 months, Struggling for Self Reliance, Four case studies of Australia’s Regional Force Projection in the late 1980s and the 1990s, anu.edu.au
- Commandos under attack, 5 December 2009, Team Uzunov, teamuzunovmedia.blogspot.com
Lieutenant General John Sanderson
|Chief of Army
Lieutenant General Peter Cosgrove
Major General Peter Arnison
|Land Commander Australia
Major General John Hartley