The Hon. John Moore, MP

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02 May 2000
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  Senior Military Appointments

Senior Military Appointments

The Minister for Defence, John Moore, today announced the following appointments to senior positions in the Australian Defence Force (ADF):

Admiral Chris Barrie, AO, to an additional term as Chief of the Defence Force, until 3rd July 2002.

Major General Des Mueller AO, to be the Vice-Chief of the Defence Force, with effect from 5th June 2000 until 4th July 2003. Major General Mueller will be promoted to Lieutenant General with effect from 5th June 2000.

Air Marshal Errol McCormack, AO, to be re-appointed Chief of Air Force, until 29th August 2001.

Major General Peter Cosgrove, AC MC, to be Chief of Army from 16th July 2000, until 15th July 2003. Major General Cosgrove will be promoted to Lieutenant General, with effect from 16th July 2000.

"I would like to express the gratitude of the Government and the Defence Force to the retiring Vice-Chief of the ADF, Air Marshal Doug Riding, and the retiring Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Frank Hickling, AO CSC," Mr Moore said.

"Air Marshal Riding has provided significant leadership as Vice-Chief of the Defence Force during a period of intense operational and policy activity, and has led the capability development area in Defence with distinction. His role in the formation of the international coalition for the deployment in East Timor will be remembered as particularly praiseworthy.

"Lieutenant General Hickling's forty years of service to the Army and Defence has been characterised by outstanding dedication and loyalty. His period as Chief of Army has coincided with the most significant operational period in decades for the Australian Army. General Hickling's leadership was an important part of the outstanding contribution made by Army to the INTERFET deployment to East Timor.

"On behalf of the Government, I wish both Air Marshal Riding and Lieutenant General Hickling well in their retirement from the regular ADF," said Mr Moore.

Major General Mueller and Major General Cosgrove have been appointed to their new positions for three years. Mr Moore said that it is the Government's intention that senior service appointments move, as appropriate over time, to three-year terms.

Air Marshal McCormack's appointment has been extended for the maximum period provided under Defence legislation.
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The current Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral David Shackleton, was appointed on 3rd July 1999 and this term continues to 2nd July 2001.

"Major General Mueller's experience in introducing new commercial business practices to the Support Command and opening up links with the private sector will be particularly relevant to his new appointment in meeting the Government's priority to reform the capability development and acquisition process," said Mr Moore.

"General Cosgrove is well know to all Australians for his outstanding command of the Australian-led INTERFET mission in East Timor. He displayed great professionalism and commitment to his troops, attributes which will ensure continued strong leadership of Australia's Army.

"I believe the new leadership team for Australia's military provides a unique balance of experience, service command, and contemporary military organisational thinking," Mr Moore said.

"I am confident they will play a significant role in achieving further improvements in the operation of the ADF and the Defence Department."

Short biographies of the leadership team are attached.

More information is available from the Defence Public Affairs Organisation on 02 6265 2929 and 6265 1807. Photographs, broadcast standard videotape and full biographies of the leadership team also are available from DPAO.



NEW ADF LEADERSHIP TEAM


CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE FORCE, ADMIRAL CHRIS BARRIE AO RAN

Admiral Barrie was born in Sydney in May 1945 and he joined the RAN in 1961. His early service included the confrontation between Indonesia and Malaysia and a tour of duty of Vietnam. He has served in several sea-going roles, as well as Commanding Officer of HMA Ships BUCCANEER and STUART. His shore postings have included Deputy Maritime Commander, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff and Vice Chief of the Defence Force. He was also Defence Advisor, New Delhi, India. As well as qualifications from various military institutions including the United States National Defence University, Admiral Barrie has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a special focus on international relations and politics and a Masters of Business Administration. Admiral Barrie was first appointed to the position of CDF on 4th July 1998.

MAJOR GENERAL DES MUELLER, AO FAIM MAICD

Major General Mueller was born in Adelaide on 25th July 1943. He entered the Royal Military College Duntroon in 1961, graduating into the Royal Australian Artillery in 1964. He served with the 28th Commonwealth Infantry Brigade in Malaysia, followed by various appointments as Instructor-in-Gunnery, Adjutant, Battery Commander and Commanding Officer of the School of Artillery. After attending the Australian Staff College and Joint Services Staff College, Major General Mueller's senior appointments included Director General Force Development (Land), General Officer Commanding Logistic Command and the first Commander Support Australia.

CHIEF OF THE AIR FORCE, AIR MARSHAL ERROL McCORMACK, AO

Air Marshal McCormack was born in Bundaberg in 1941. He joined the RAAF in 1962 as an aircrew cadet and was commissioned in 1963. As a junior officer he served in Singapore and Malaysia during Confrontation, Thailand as part of SEATO forces, Vietnam during the Vietnam War and the United States on exchange with the US Air Force. As a senior officer his appointments have included Air Attache, Washington, and Deputy Chief of the Air Force, as well commanding No 1 Squadron, F111, No 82 Wing, F111 and the FPDA Integrated Air Defence System. Air Marshal McCormack has attended both the RAAF and Joint Services Staff Colleges. Air Marshal McCormack was first appointed to the position of Chief of the Air Force in May 1998.

MAJOR GENERAL PETER COSGROVE, AC MC

Major General Cosgrove was born in Sydney in 1947. He graduated from the Royal Military College Duntroon in 1968 to the Royal Australian Infantry Corps and was posted to the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment. He served in Australia and Malaysia, before being posted to 9th Battalion in Vietnam where he commanded a rifle platoon and was subsequently awarded the Military Cross. His appointments include Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion, Military Assistant to the Chief of the General Staff, Commandant of the Infantry Centre, Commanding Officer of the 6th Brigade, Commandant of the Australian Defence Warfare Centre and Commandant of the Royal Military College. Major General Cosgrove has attended the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College, the Joint Services Staff College, the Indian National Defence College, as well as instructing at the British Army Staff College.


Full Biographical datails

CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE FORCE, ADMIRAL CHRIS BARRIE AO RAN

MAJOR GENERAL DES MUELLER, AO FAIM MAICD

CHIEF OF THE AIR FORCE, AIR MARSHAL ERROL McCORMACK, AO


MAJOR GENERAL PETER COSGROVE, AC MC

 

ADMIRAL C.A. BARRIE AO RAN


Admiral Chris Barrie AO RAN, was appointed Chief of the Defence Force on 4 July 1998.

He was born in Sydney in May 1945. He received his secondary education at North Sydney Boys High School before entering the Royal Australian Naval College in January 1961.

During his early Naval training Admiral Barrie completed service in HMA Ships ANZAC, VAMPIRE and MELBOURNE which included involvement in the confrontation between Indonesia and Malaysia, and postings to the Britannia Royal Naval College at Dartmouth and HMS EXCELLENT.

Between 1967-1984 he served at sea as part of the commissioning crew of HMAS BRISBANE, which included a tour of duty in Vietnam. He also served as Commanding Officer HMAS BUCCANEER, Operations and Navigating Officer HMS EASTBOURNE, HMAS PERTH and HMAS DUCHESS, Executive Officer in HMAS VAMPIRE and later as Commanding Officer HMAS STUART.

Ashore Admiral Barrie has qualified as a navigation sub-specialist. He has also received qualifications from the Australian Army Staff College Queenscliff; the Joint Services Staff College; the RAN Staff College, and the International Fellows Program component of the National Defence University, Washington DC.

During his career he has also served as a member of the Directing Staff at RAN Staff College and Director, RAN Tactical School, Force Development Planning Staff. In 1990-91 he held an appointment as Defence Adviser, New Delhi, India and following this post, served as Director RAN Surface Warfare School and Commanding Officer HMAS WATSON; Deputy Maritime Commander and Chief of Staff at Maritime Headquarters in Sydney; Deputy Chief of Naval Staff; and Vice Chief of the Defence Force.

Through part-time study Admiral Barrie obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with a special focus on International Relations and Politics in 1983 and was awarded a Master of Business Administration degree in 1996, by Deakin University. Admiral Barrie is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

Admiral Barrie's military service was recognised when he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1994, and promoted to an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in June 1998.

He has active interests in strategy, war games, and personal computing as well as enjoying music (opera in particular), his piano, and playing golf and tennis at a social level. Admiral Barrie and his wife Maxine live in Canberra. Admiral Barrie has two sons: Duncan aged 22 at work in the computer industry, and Nicholas aged 25 who is also serving as a seaman officer in the Navy.



MAJOR GENERAL D.M. MUELLER, AO,FAIM,MAICD


Major General Desmond Maurice Mueller, AO was born on 25 July 1943 in Adelaide, South Australia. He completed Leaving Honours at Brighton High School in South Australia in 1960 and entered the Royal Military College Duntroo`n in 1961, graduating into the Royal Australian Artillery in 1964.

From 1965 to 1967 he served with A Field Battery in 28th Commonwealth Infantry Brigade in Malaysia. After an appointment as an Instructor-in-Gunnery at the School of Artillery, North Head he attended a Gunnery Staff Course at the United Kingdom School of Artillery from 1969 to 1970.

This was followed by a further appointment as an Instructor-in-Gunnery and then as Adjutant of 1st Field Regiment and Battery Commander of A Field Battery, 12th Field Regiment. Subsequently he was Senior Instructor of Locating Wing and then Field Wing at the School of Artillery.

After attending the Australian Staff College in 1976 he was posted to Canberra where he filled two appointments in the Directorate of Artillery, Army Office and one in Establishments Division, Central Office.

In 1982 he attended the Joint Services Staff College. From 1983 to 1984 he was Commanding Officer/Chief Instructor of the School of Artillery at North Head. Following promotion to Colonel he served as Colonel Development in Headquarters Training Command from 1985 to 1986.

He was appointed Director of Combat Development, Army Office in February 1987 and in June 1989 was promoted to Brigadier and became Director General of Army Development. With the raising of Development Division, Headquarters Australian Defence Force in February 1990, he was appointed Director General Force Development (Land).

In January 1993 he was posted to Headquarters Logistic Command Melbourne as the Chief of Staff. In the same month he was also appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his contribution to force development in the Australian Defence Force. On 1 March 1994 he was promoted to Major General and appointed General Officer Commanding Logistic Command.

On 1 July 1997 logistic support arrangements for Navy, Army and Air Force were merged to form Support Command Australia and Major General Mueller was appointed the first Commander Support Australia.

In June 1998 Major General Mueller was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his contribution to force development and logistics in the Australian Defence Force.

A summary of Major General Mueller's senior executive and management experience is enclosed. He has a particular interest in change management, leadership development, especially communication and the language of leadership; culture building and organisational development. He is a frequent public speaker both within and outside Defence.




CHIEF OF THE AIR FORCE - AIR MARSHAL ERROL MCCORMACK AO

Air Marshall McCormack was born 30 August 1941 at Bundaberg, Queensland.

Air Marshal Errol McCormack joined the RAAF in 1962 as an aircrew cadet and was commissioned in 1963.

As a junior officer he served in Malaysia and Singapore during Confrontation, Thailand as part of SEATO forces, Vietnam during the Vietnam War and the United States on exchange duty with the US Air Force.

As a senior officer he completed staff appointments in operations and operational requirements and as Air Attache, Washington and Deputy Chief of Air Force. He has commanded at unit (No 1 Squadron, F111), wing (No 82 Wing, F111) and operational (FPDA Integrated Air Defence System) levels.

Air Marshal McCormack attended both RAAF and Joint Services Staff Colleges and served on the directing staff of both institutions.

He was appointed Chief of Air Force in May 1998.


MAJOR GENERAL P.J. COSGROVE, AC, MC

Major General Peter Cosgrove was born in Sydney in 1947 and was educated at Waverley College before entering the Royal Military College in 1965. On graduation in 1968 he was allotted to the Royal Australian Infantry Corps and posted to the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment.

After several months service with the battalion in Australia and Malaysia, he was posted to the 9th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, in Vietnam where he commanded a rifle platoon. He was subsequently awarded the Military Cross for service in Vietnam.

On returning to Australia in 1970, he was posted to the Methods of Instruction team until 1972, when he spent a year as Aide-de-Camp to His Excellency, The Governor-General. From 1973 to 1975 he served as a company Second-in-Command, Adjutant and Company commander in the 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, before in 1976 being posted as an Officer Instructor of Tactics at the Infantry Centre.

In 1978 he attended the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College in the USA. On returning to Australia, he performed a variety of staff appointments at Headquarters Field Force Command in Sydney. In 1983 he became the Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment and was subsequently appointed a Member of the Military Division of the Order of Australia for his service with the Battalion. In 1984, he became the Australian Army Exchange Instructor at the British Army Staff College, Camberly, in the United Kingdom.

In 1987, he was appointed as Military Assistant to the Chief of the General Staff before attending the Joint Services Staff College in 1988. Further staff appointments followed at Headquarters Australian Defence Force and as Director of Combat Development at Army Office. In January 1990, he was the Commandant of the Infantry Centre and Director of Infantry.

In 1992, he assumed command of the 6th Brigade based in Brisbane. He subsequently attended the Indian National Defence College in 1994. From 1995 until December 1996, he was the Commandant of the Australian Defence Warfare Centre at Williamtown, New South Wales. In 1997 he was appointed Commandant of the Royal Military College of Australia.

Major General Cosgrove took up his appointment as Commander 1st Division and the Deployable Joint Force Headquarters on 7 March, 1998. He then led the successful operation under United Nations auspices to bring peace and stability to East Timor as Commander INTERFET from September 1999 to February 2000, before taking up his present appointment as Land Commander Australia.

 

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