The Government has announced that they will recommend to the Governor-General the appointment of Lieutenant General Angus Campbell to be Chief of the Defence Force to replace Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin AC after his term expires in July.
The Government is also recommending that Vice Admiral David Johnston be appointed Vice Chief of the Defence Force.
At a press conference held in Canberra, the Prime Minister said, “I want to congratulate Lt. General Campbell, the Chief of Army and of course he’s well known in that role and his many other roles including as the Commander of Operation Sovereign Borders. He brings leadership and experience to this vital role. I want to also extend my congratulations to Vice Admiral David Johnston who is currently Chief of Joint Operations and responsible for planning and executing our military campaigns and exercises. I’m looking forward to working with both Admiral Johnston and General Campbell very, very closely. Australian people can have enormous trust and confidence in both of these new leaders of our defence force.”
The Prime Minister in talking about the outgoing Defence Chief said, “Now, in my time as Prime Minister, it has been a great privilege to work with Air Chief Marshal Binskin who will retire from the ADF at the end of his tenure in July. During his period in command of the ADF, we’ve seen our Defence Forces commence operations in Iraq, Syria, in the battle to degrade and defeat ISIL or Daesh, transition from combat to advise and assist in Afghanistan and play a ‘game-changing role’ in support of the armed forces of the Philippines in liberating Marawi from an ISIL insurgency. That remark about the game-changing nature of the ADF’s involvement, that was what the Chief of the Philippines armed forces said to me. So this is a huge esteem and recognition for the ADF’s role in defeating that insurgency, so close to home, how important that role of the ADF was.”
Below are photos of Chief of the Army, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell taken at the National Press Club in 2017. Non-watermarked photos can be purchased at the Keating Media Photos website.
You can read the full transcript from the Press Conference at the PM’s website.