Mark Evans (general)
Major General Mark Evans, early 2008
24 April 1953 |
|Service/branch||British Army (1973–76)
Australian Army (1976–11)
|Years of service||1973–2011|
|Commands held||Chief of Joint Operations (2008–11)
Joint Task Force 633 (2007–08)
1st Division (2002–04)
3rd Brigade (1998–01)
6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1992–93)
International Force for East Timor
War in Afghanistan
|Awards||Officer of the Order of Australia
Distinguished Service Cross
Decoration of Merit (Netherlands)
He was a cadet in the Worcestershire Army Cadet Force, serving in Droitwich Troop, a detachment affiliated to the Queen's Own Hussars. He achieved the rare appointment of Cadet Under Officer before leaving the ACF for the Regular Army. Evans served for five years in the British Army, which included officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and regimental duties with the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in Berlin. During this time Evans served on counter insurgency operations in Northern Ireland. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant on 9 March 1973, and promoted to lieutenant on 8 September 1974. Evans resigned his British commission on 13 April 1976.
Evans resigned his British commission on 13 April 1976 and joined the Australian Army, where he was first posted to the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (6 RAR). In 1979–80 he held the position (as a captain) of Officer Commanding C Company at the Australian Army Apprentice School at Balcombe, Victoria. In 1985 he served with the United Nations in the Middle East.
In 1989 he was appointed as Brigade Major of 3rd Brigade, and in 1991 promoted to lieutenant colonel at Australian Defence Force Headquarters. Between 1992 and 1993, he commanded 6 RAR, for which he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia.
In December 1994, Evans was promoted to colonel, and in 1998 to brigadier commanding the 3rd Brigade. During this time he commanded the brigade on operations in East Timor, during Operation Warden, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.
In July 2002 he was promoted to major general and assumed command of the 1st Division at Gallipoli Barracks. On 13 April 2004 he assumed the new position of Deputy Chief of Joint Operations at Headquarters Joint Operations Command in Sydney. In July 2005 he was appointed as Head Defence Personnel Executive in Canberra, and in June 2007, awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia.
On 17 June 2007, Evans assumed command of Joint Task Force 633 – Australia's contribution in the Middle East Area of Operations to the Global War on Terror. During that time he was responsible for Australian Defence Force operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and the North Persian Gulf; he was succeeded in this position by Major General Mike Hindmarsh in an official ceremony on 1 March 2008.
On 20 March 2008 it was announced that he was to be promoted to the rank of lieutenant general and would assume the position of Chief of Joint Operations from 4 July 2008. Evans retired from the Australian Army on 19 May 2011.
Evans married Veronica Ann Higley on 9 September 1974. The couple have an adult son and daughter. Evans has a wide variety of interests that include military history, reading, walking and watching Veronica gardening.
Honours and awards
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|Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)||11 June 2007|
|Member of the Order of Australia (AM)||26 January 1994|
|Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)||4 April 2000|
|UK General Service Medal||with 1 Clasp Northern Ireland|
|Australian Active Service Medal||with 2 Clasps EAST TIMOR and IRAQ 2003|
|International Force East Timor Medal (INTERFET)|
|Australian Service Medal||with 1 Clasp Middle East|
|Defence Force Service Medal with 4 rosettes||35–39 years service|
|Australian Defence Medal|
|UNTSO Medal (United Nations)|
|NATO ISAF Medal (NATO)|
|Gold Decoration of Merit (Netherlands)||16 September 2010|
- "Lt-Gen. (Rtd) Mark Evans". Who's Who in Australia Online. ConnectWeb. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
- "Major General Mark Evans, AO, DSC". Operation Catalyst. Department of Defence. Archived from the original on 10 August 2008. Retrieved 20 March 2008.
- The London Gazette: . 16 April 1973. Retrieved 10 April 2008..
- The London Gazette: . 2 December 1974. Retrieved 10 April 2008.
- The London Gazette: . 12 April 1976. Retrieved 10 April 2008.
- It's an honour entry – Member of the Order of Australia — 26 January 1994
Citation: In recognition of service to the Australian Army, particularly as Brigade Major of the 3rd Brigade and CO of the 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment.
- It's an honour entry – Distinguished Service Cross (Australian) — 4 April 2000
Citation: For distinguished command and leadership as the Commander of the 3rd Brigade during Operation WARDEN in East Timor.
- It's an honour entry – Officer of the Order of Australia — 11 June 2007
Citation: For distinguished service to the Australian Defence Force in senior command and staff appointments.
- MIN21/08 – Major General Evans appointed Chief of Joint Operations
- "Chief of Joint Operations, Lieutenant General Mark Evans is farewelled". Australian Defence Image Library. Department of Defence. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
Lieutenant General David Hurley
|Chief of Joint Operations
Lieutenant General Ash Power
Brigadier Michael Crane
|Commander Joint Task Force 633
Major General Mike Hindmarsh
Major General Jim Molan
|Commander 1st Division
Major General Mark Kelly