After careful consideration, the New Zealand government has announced three new command appointments in the New Zealand Defence Force.
FILE PHOTO (30 June 2018): New Zealand’s new Chief of Defence Force Air Marshal Kevin Short receives a Pōwhiri and Guard of Honour. NZDF photo.
Today’s announcement of the new leadership team for Royal New Zealand Navy, New Zealand Army and Royal New Zealand Air Force has been welcomed by Chief of Defence Force Air Marshal Kevin Short.
The appointments announced today by Minister of Defence Ron Mark, are:
- Commodore David Proctor will become the new Chief of Navy, upon promotion to Rear Admiral
- Brigadier John Boswell will become the new Chief of Army, upon promotion to Major General
- Air Commodore Andrew Clark will become the new Chief of Air Force, upon promotion to Air Vice-Marshal
Change of Command ceremonies will occur on 7 September for the new Chief of Air Force, 10 September for the new Chief of Army, and the end of November for the new Chief of Navy.
Brigadier Boswell replaces Major General Peter Kelly as Chief of Army, Commodore Proctor replaces Rear Admiral John Martin as Chief of Navy and Air Commodore Clark replaces Air Vice-Marshal Tony Davies as Chief of Air Force.
“This is a major change to the leadership of the New Zealand Defence Force,” Air Marshal Short said.
“It follows the change of command of Chief of Defence Force earlier this year, and the announcement of a new Vice Chief of Defence Force, Air Vice-Marshal Davies, recently.
“I want to congratulate all the successful candidates, and those who were interviewed for these very important positions.
“It reinforced to me the depth of talent in the ranks of the Defence Force.”