Turnbull appoints new Defence chiefs

April 16, 2018

Angus Campbell who spearheaded Operation Sovereign Borders, will become Chief of the Defence Force.


* Chief of the Defence Force: Angus Campbell

An army chief recognised for his tough stance against domestic violence and tight-lipped approach to border protection will soon oversee Australia's armed forces.

Lieutenant General Angus Campbell joined the Australian Army in 1981, graduating from Duntroon in 1984, and initially served as a platoon commander in a parachute battalion.

He served as a troop and squadron commander before being appointed a commanding officer in 2001, with his battalion group deployed to East Timor as part of a United Nations response.

In early 2010 he rose to the rank of Major General and assumed command of Australian forces deployed in the Middle East the following year.

He later served as Deputy Chief of Army and was promoted to command the task force responsible for Operation Sovereign Borders.

Lieutenant General Campbell was appointed Chief of the Australian Army in May 2015.

He has also served in a range of staff appointments, as well as roles at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, including a stint as Deputy National Security Adviser.

Lieutenant General Campbell is married with two adult children.

* Vice Chief of the Defence Force: David Lance Johnston

He joined the Royal Australian Naval College in 1978, graduating in 1982, and later specialised as a principal warfare officer.

Vice Admiral Johnston served as the commanding officer on several vessels and oversaw a deployment to Fiji in 2006.

In 2007 he took responsibility for planning maritime operations and training the Navy's ships, submarines and diving teams.

The following year he was elevated to oversee the execution of all Australian Defence Force operations both overseas and within Australia.

He was deployed to the Middle East in 2010 to help oversee Australian Defence Force troops conducting maritime, land and air operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Vice Admiral Johnston assumed deputy command of the combined Australian/US task force for Talisman Sabre exercises in 2011 and was later appointed Deputy Chief of Joint Operations Command.

He was appointed Commander of Border Protection in December 2011, overseeing ADF and Customs and Border Protection officers.

Vice Admiral Johnston was appointed Chief of Joint Operations in May 2014.

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