|Mark Donald Binskin|
Air Marshal Mark Binskin in March 2010
20 March 1960 |
Sydney, New South Wales
|Service/branch|| Royal Australian Navy
Royal Australian Air Force
|Years of service||1978 – present|
|Rank||Air Chief Marshal|
|Commands held||Chief of Defence Force
Vice Chief of Defence Force
Chief of Air Force
RAAF Air Command
Air Combat Group
No. 77 Squadron
|Awards||Companion of the Order of Australia
Commendation for Distinguished Service
Gugseon Medal of the Order of National Security Merit (South Korea)
Meritorious Service Medal (Singapore)
Chevalier of the Legion of Honour (France)
Air Chief Marshal Mark Donald Binskin AC (born 20 March 1960) is a senior officer in the Royal Australian Air Force, currently serving as Chief of the Defence Force. He previously served as Vice Chief of the Defence Force from 2011 until 2014, and Chief of Air Force from 2008 until 2011.
Binskin joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in May 1978, and on completion of flying training was posted to fly A-4G Skyhawk aircraft at Naval Air Station HMAS Albatross. In January 1982, he was selected as the first RAN pilot to undergo an exchange with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), flying Mirage III aircraft. On completion of this exchange, and with the disbanding of the Navy's fixed wing capability, he transferred to the RAAF in 1984.
Binskin's flying qualifications include Fighter Combat Instructor and Tactical Reconnaissance Pilot. Additionally, he has served as the RAAF F/A-18 Hornet Demonstration Pilot, and in this position represented the RAAF throughout Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand, and has over 3,500 hours in single-seat fighter aircraft. He was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for his performance in these two positions.
During Australia's 2003 contribution to the war in Iraq, Binskin served as Chief of Staff at Headquarters Australian Theatre. Following this, he served as the first dedicated non-United States Air Force Director of the US Central Air Force Combined Air and Space Operations Centre, where he was responsible for the conduct of all Coalition air operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (ADF operations Catalyst and Slipper). For his leadership capabilities in this appointment, he was awarded a Commendation for Distinguished Service.
Binskin was appointed to the position of Air Commander Australia on 26 July 2007. He assumed the position of Chief of the Air Force (CAF) on 4 July 2008; upon assuming this appointment, he was promoted to air marshal on 4 July 2008.
Binskin was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2010 Queens Birthday Honours for distinguished service to the Australian Defence Force in senior command and staff appointments. He has additionally been honoured with Singapore's Meritorious Service Medal, and the Gugseon Medal of the Order of National Security Merit from South Korea.
On 1 June 2011, it was announced that Binskin would be appointed Vice Chief of the Defence Force (VCDF) from 4 July for a term of three years in the Defence leadership change over. For his "eminent service to the Australian Defence Force" as CAF and VCDF, Binskin was advanced to a Companion of the Order of Australia in the 2014 Australia Day Honours.
On 4 April 2014, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that Binskin will take over as Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) when General David Hurley's term expires on 4 July 2014 and the current Chief of the Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs will replace him as VCDF. The change of command occurred slightly earlier than advised, with Binskin promoted to air chief marshal and appointed CDF during a ceremony on 30 June.
Binskin is married to Gitte. They have two sons. His interests include camping, motor sports and motorcycle riding.
Honours and awards
|Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)||26 January 2014|
|Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)||14 June 2010|
|Member of the Order of Australia (AM)||12 June 1989|
|Commendation for Distinguished Service||26 January 2005|
|Australian Active Service Medal||with 2 Clasps "IRAQ 2003" and "ICAT"|
|Defence Force Service Medal with 4 clasps||35–39 years service|
|Australian Defence Medal|
|Gugseon Medal of the Order of National Security Merit (South Korea)||2010|
|Meritorious Service Medal (Singapore)||8 June 2010.|
|Chevalier of the Legion of Honour (France)||January 2015|
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Citation: In recognition of service to the RAAF as an F/A-18 display pilot and the No77 Squadron Fighter Combat Instructor.
- It's an Honour entry – Commendation for Distinguished Service – 26 January 2005
Citation: For distinguished performance of duties in warlike operations as the Director of the Coalition Combined Air Operations Center in the Middle East Area of Operations during Operation CATALYST.
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- "Companion (AC) in the Military Division of the Order of Australia" (PDF). Australia Day 2014 Honours Lists. Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
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