ADF hierarchy revamped, CDF to remain

By: Charbel Kadib

The Albanese government has extended the term of the Chief of the Defence Force, however, a number of changes to senior leadership positions across the domains have been announced.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has extended the terms of Chief of the Defence Force, General Angus Campbell AO DSC, and the Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral David Johnston AC RAN, who will both serve an additional two years.

General Campbell has also been asked to extend the term of Chief of Joint Operations, Lieutenant General Greg Bilton AO CSC, for a further two years.

However, new leads have been appointed across the Army, Air Force, and Navy.

Army

Following his promotion to Lieutenant General, Major General Simon Stuart AO DSC, will assume the role as Chief of Army for a period of four years, replacing LTGEN Rick Burr.

The incoming Chief of Army joined the service as a recruit in 1987 and served as a signalman before commissioning as an officer in 1989.

He has most recently served as Head of Land Capability, responsible for the design, modernisation and sustainment of current and future land capability.

Air Force

Air Vice-Marshal Robert Chipman AM CSC, on promotion to Air Marshal, will be the new Chief of Air Force for a period of four years, replacing Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld.

After joining the Air Force in 1989 and, after qualifying as an aeronautical engineer, he served as a fighter pilot.

The new chief currently serves as Head of Military Strategic Commitments, charged with providing strategic military advice, planning guidance and Defence input to the national crisis management machinery.

Navy

Rear Admiral Mark Hammond AM RAN, once promoted to Vice Admiral, will serve as the new Chief of Navy for a period of four years, replacing Vice Admiral Michael Noonan.

Rear Admiral Hammond joined the Navy in 1986 to become an electronics technician and commissioned as an officer in 1988.

He currently serves as the Australian Fleet Commander, responsible for the force generation of capable maritime forces.

Since its inception in 1986, Rear Admiral Hammond will be the first graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy to become a Service Chief.

More to come soon.