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Major General Angus Campbell promoted to Lieutenant General

Major General Angus Campbell has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General by the Chief of the Defence Force, General David Hurley.

The Chief of the Defence Force, General David Hurley has promoted Major General Angus Campbell, DSC AM to the rank of Lieutenant General at a small ceremony in Canberra.

"Lieutenant General Campbell is an accomplished officer who is highly regarded amongst his peers and widely respected by those who have served under his command,” General Hurley said.

"I am very pleased to welcome him into the Australian Defence Force's most senior ranks."

The promotion coincides with the appointment of Lieutenant General Campbell as Commander of the Joint Agency Task Force for Operation SOVEREIGN BORDERS.

"Lieutenant General Campbell brings a unique and highly valuable history of senior appointments, both military and civilian, to this new position.

"He is an excellent all-rounder with extensive operational experience and a strong background working in the headquarters and tri-service environment as well as the inter-agency arena," General Hurley said.

Lieutenant General Campbell graduated from the Royal Military College Duntroon in 1984 as an Infantry Officer and served as a platoon commander in the 3rd Battalion (Parachute), the Royal Australian Regiment before he joined the Special Air Service Regiment where he served as Troop and Squadron Commander.

In 2001 Lieutenant General Campbell commanded the 2nd Battalion Group on deployment to the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2003 for his exceptional service in East Timor.

Following a range of staff appointments, including Chief of Staff to the Chief of the Defence Force (General Peter Cosgrove and Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston), Lieutenant General Campbell joined the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in 2005 as First Assistant Secretary in the Office of National Security and was subsequently promoted to Deputy Secretary and later, Deputy National Security Adviser.

He returned to the Australian Defence Force in 2010 as a Major General and led the Military Strategic Commitments Division until 2011 when he assumed command of all Australian forces deployed in the Middle East Area of Operations, including Afghanistan.

On his return from the Middle East, Lieutenant General Campbell was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for distinguished command and leadership in action as Commander Joint Task Force 633 on Operation SLIPPER.

Lieutenant General Campbell was appointed Deputy Chief of Army in February 2012.

Following the appointment of Lieutenant General Angus Campbell as commander of Operation SOVEREIGN BORDERS, the Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison, congratulated Lieutenant General Campbell and announced two immediate changes to the senior ranks of the Australian Army.

Major General Peter (Gus) Gilmore, AO DSC has been appointed as the Deputy Chief of Army and Brigadier Dan McDaniel, DSC DSM as the Special Operations Commander - Australia. Brigadier McDaniel will hold this position, at his current rank, until the appointment of a two-star officer in mid-2014.

From 19 September, Major General Peter (Gus) Gilmore, AO DSC will take up the position of Deputy Chief of Army.

“Major General Gilmore is a distinguished soldier with significant operational experience in the Middle East Area of Operations,” Lieutenant General Morrison said.

“His substantial contributions give me great confidence that he will seamlessly adapt to the demands of the role of Deputy Chief of Army.”

Major General Gilmore will be replaced as the Special Operations Commander - Australia by Brigadier Dan McDaniel, DSC DSM.

“Brigadier McDaniel has commanded within the Special Air Service Regiment at every level and has served multiple times in the Middle Eastern theatre on operations, in both command and planning positions. He is an exemplary officer in whom I have great confidence.

“These changes reflect the Army's readiness to assume new challenges in the service of our nation. I am delighted that a fine officer has been promoted and I am proud that his departure from Army can be covered so admirably by other extremely capable officers in whom I have unconditional trust.”