Command change in Australia’s highest military office

The Australian Defence Force has a new Chief after Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin handed over command to General Angus Campbell at a ceremony in Canberra today.

The newly promoted General Campbell thanked Air Chief Marshal Binskin for his 40 years’ service in the Australian Defence Force.

“The work that Air Chief Marshal Binskin and his leadership team have undertaken since 2014 has set a strong foundation for the ADF’s people and capabilities,” General Campbell said.

Air Chief Marshal Binskin said he was honoured to have served as the Chief of the Defence Force.

“Not one day has gone by without a new challenge, or more importantly, a new achievement by the ADF – and that is what has made the last four years very special,” he said.



Since Air Chief Marshal Binskin assumed command in July 2014, the ADF has deployed more than 27,000 people to more than 30 operations around the world.

“I am extremely proud of what the men and women of the ADF have achieved during that period.

“Whether it is patrolling above or on the waters in South East and North Asia, or Pacific and Indian Oceans; working with other nations to help protect themselves and develop their own capabilities and capacity; protecting our own borders; supporting regional friends after a natural disaster; or helping everyday Australians; the ADF has done an outstanding job.

“I congratulate General Campbell and his team on their appointments and wish them well for the future.”

General Campbell said he was honoured to accept leadership of the Australian Defence Force.

“It is a privilege. It carries a significant burden of responsibility,” General Campbell said.

“This is a great organisation filled with people who every day do extraordinary things in the defence of our nation and its interests.

“The Chief of the Defence Force may be one amongst the ADF, but it is a team.

“I very much look forward to the challenges, and to the comradery and teamwork that will get us through those challenges over the next four years, and indeed, as a defence force, for many years ahead defending this great nation of ours.”



There was no change of command in the Royal Australian Air Force in 2018










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