The appointments of Australia’s next Chief of Air Force and Chief of Army have been announced by Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Deputy Chief of Air Force Air Vice-Marshal Gavin Davies is set to be promoted to the rank of Air Marshal and appointed as the new Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) chief on July 4.
Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, who has served as the commander of the Operation Sovereign Borders border-security operation, will be appointed as the head of the Australian Army on May 16.
Prime Minister Abbott thanked current Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Geoff Brown and Chief of Army Lieutenant General David Morrison for their significant work and service since they assumed their respective roles in mid-2011.
“Lieutenant General David Morrison will complete his tenure on 15 May 2015 after having served with distinction and demonstrating outstanding leadership as the Chief of Army, notably as an advocate for cultural change and gender equality in the Australian Defence Force,” the Prime Minister stated.
“Air Marshal Geoff Brown will complete his tenure on 3 July 2015 having also demonstrated exceptional leadership throughout his military career, particularly in his role as the Chief of Air Force during a period of significant capability growth within the Air Force and heightened operational commitments, including currently against the [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant] in Iraq.”