Michael Slater (general)

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Michael David Slater
Born (1958-07-08) 8 July 1958 (age 58)
Brisbane, Queensland
Allegiance Australia
Service/branch Australian Army
Years of service 1978–2015
Rank Major General
Commands held Forces Command (2011–15)
Floods Recovery (2011)
1st Division (2009–11)
Joint Task Force 630 (2006)
3rd Brigade (2004–06)
2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1999–00)
Battles/wars International Force for East Timor
Operation Astute
Awards Officer of the Order of Australia
Distinguished Service Cross
Conspicuous Service Cross
Medal of Merit (East Timor)

Major General Michael David "Mick" Slater AO, DSC, CSC (born 8 July 1958) is a retired senior officer of the Australian Army, who served as Commander Forces Command from November 2011 until his retirement in January 2015.[1]

Early life[edit]

Slater was born in Brisbane, Queensland, on 8 July 1958 to Harold Leslie Slater and Shirly Florence (née Butler).[2] Educated at St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace, Slater studied surveying at the Queensland University of Technology before joining the Australian Army in 1978, where he graduated from the Officer Cadet School, Portsea.[3]

Army career[edit]

Slater has commanded at all levels from platoon to brigade level. He served as a platoon commander in both the 8th/9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment and 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, and later as intelligence officer, company commander and operations officer in 2nd/4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. He was subsequently posted to the School of Infantry. In 1999–2000 he commanded 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (2 RAR).[4]

His operational commands have included 2 RAR, and the 3rd Brigade on operations in East Timor, during International Force for East Timor (INTERFET). Slater was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his distinguished command and leadership while commander of 2 RAR on Operation Warden, in East Timor.[5] Also he served as an operations staff officer in the United States 3rd Army Headquarters in Kuwait on Operation Pollard.

He has undertaken formal education in mobilisation planning in the United States of America, and is a graduate of the Army Command and Staff College Fort Queenscliff, the Joint Services Command and Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College. Slater holds master's degrees in Strategic Studies and Business Administration.[6]

In January 2011, Slater was appointed to lead the Flood Recovery Taskforce overseeing recovery from the 2010–2011 Queensland floods.[7] This taskforce subsequently transitioned into the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, where Slater remained until 31 August 2011, formally handing over to former Director of the Defence Intelligence Organisation, Major General Richard Wilson. For his efforts in heading the taskforce, along with his stints as Head of the Defence Personnel Executive and Commander 1st Division, Slater was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2012 Australia Day Honours List.[8]

From 2011 to 2015 Slater served as Commander Forces Command.[4]


Slater wed Danielle Lisa Morris on 5 February 2000. He has two sons and a daughter from a previous marriage.[2] He appeared on the Chaser's War On Everything because of his smart remarks to a newsreader.[9][10]

Honours and awards[edit]

Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png DSC (Australia) ribbon.png

CSC Australia ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal ribbon.png INTERFET Medal ribbon.png Australian Service Medal ribbon.png

DFSM with Rosette x 4.png Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png East Timor Medal of Merit ribbon bar.png TLSM.jpeg

Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) 2012 Australia Day Honours, For distinguished service as Head of the Defence Personnel Executive, Commander 1st Division and Head of the Queensland Flood Recovery Task Force.[8]
Member of the Order of Australia (AM) 2007 Queen's Birthday Honours, For exceptional service as the Commander Joint Task Force 630 on Operation LARRY ASSIST and as the Commander Joint Task Force 631 on Operation Astute.[11]
DSC (Australia) ribbon.png Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) 25 March 2000, For distinguished command and leadership of the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, during the deployment and operational phases of Operation Warden[5]
CSC Australia ribbon.png Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) 1998 Australia Day Honours[12]
Australian Active Service Medal ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal with "EAST TIMOR" clasp[citation needed]
INTERFET Medal ribbon.png International Force East Timor Medal [citation needed]
Australian Service Medal ribbon.png Australian Service Medal with "IRAQ" & "TIMOR-LESTE" clasps[citation needed]
DFSM with Rosette x 4.png Defence Force Service Medal with 4 clasps 35–39 years service[citation needed]
Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Defence Medal [citation needed]
East Timor Medal of Merit ribbon bar.png Medal of Merit (East Timor)[13]
TLSM.jpeg Timor Leste Solidarity Medal (East Timor)


  1. ^ "Commander Forces Command". Leaders. Australian Army. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Singh 2010
  3. ^ Defence Leaders' Biography at the Wayback Machine (archived 30 July 2008)‹The template Wayback is being considered for merging.›  archived from the original on 30 July 2008
  4. ^ a b Field, Chris (2015). "Message from the Head of Corps: Brig Chris Field, CSC". Australian Infantry Magazine. Singleton: School of Infantry (October 2015 – April 2016): 6. ISSN 1447-5545. 
  5. ^ a b It's an Honour – Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
  6. ^ Speakers International Policing conference, www.conference.afp.gov.au
  7. ^ "Flood recovery leader appointed". Sydney Morning Herald. 5 January 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Officer in the Military Division of the Order of Australia (AO)" (PDF). Australia Day 2012 Honours Lists. Website of the Governor-General of Australia. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  9. ^ HPE Biography Archived 17 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine.‹The template Wayback is being considered for merging.› 
  10. ^ Chasers war on everything segment on YouTube
  11. ^ It's an Honour – Member of the Order of Australia
  12. ^ It's an Honour – Conspicuous Service Cross
  13. ^ "East Timor Recognition for Outstanding Service". Defence.gov.au. 22 May 2009. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 


Military offices
Preceded by
Major General Jeffrey Sengelman
Commander Forces Command
Succeeded by
Major General Gus Gilmore
Preceded by
Major General Richard Wilson
Commander 1st Division
Succeeded by
Major General Rick Burr