Commander Forces Command (Australia)

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Commander Forces Command of the Australian Defence Force
(Australian Army)
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Gus Gilmore

since January 2015
Style Major General
Inaugural holder David Morrison

Commander Forces Command (COMD FORCOMD) is a senior Australian Army appointment created in July 2009. The incumbent holds the two-star rank of Major General.

The position was created by the merging of the previous Land Commander Australia (LCAUST) and Commander Training Command (COMD TC-A) positions.


The following list chronologically records those who have held the post of Commander Forces Command or its preceding positions. Rank and honours are as at the completion of the individual's tour(s).

Rank Name Post-
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 59 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, 188 days

Forces Command[edit]

Forces Command is the primary command for the land forces of the Australian Army.[1]


2 Division 1 Brigade 3 Brigade
6 Brigade 7 Brigade 16 Aviation Brigade
17 Combat Service Support Brigade


Training Command[edit]

Headquarters Training Command was the headquarters of the Australian Army's Training Command (TC-A), which was one of the Army's three commands. The other two where Land Command and Special Operations Command. In 2002 it relocated from Georges Heights, Sydney to Victoria Barracks, Sydney.[2][3][4]

In 2010 Training Command merged with Land Command to form Forces Command.


  1. ^ Adaptive Army - Adaptive Army Public Paper
  2. ^ "Visitor Guide - Headland Park" (PDF). Sydney Harbour Federation Trust. Retrieved 26 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "Headquarters Training Command Victoria Barracks". Retrieved 26 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "Victoria Barracks (Sydney)". Australian War Memorial. Retrieved 26 June 2010.