General Angus John Campbell, AO, DSC is a senior officer in the Australian Army, serving as the Chief of the Defence Force since 6 July 2018. He was previously posted as Commander Operation Sovereign Borders from September 2013 until he was appointed Chief of Army in May 2015.
Lieutenant General Angus Campbell in 2017
|Years of service||1981 – present|
|Commands held||Chief of the Defence Force (2018–)|
Chief of Army (2015–18)
Operation Sovereign Borders (2013–15)
Deputy Chief of Army (2012–13)
Joint Task Force 633 (2011–12)
2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (2001–03)
War in Afghanistan
|Awards||Officer of the Order of Australia|
Distinguished Service Cross
Commander of the Legion of Merit (United States)
Meritorious Service Medal (Singapore)
Commander of the National Order of Merit (France)
Campbell attended St Gregory's College, Campbelltown before entering the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1981, receiving commission as an infantry lieutenant in 1984. Initially assigned to the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment as a platoon commander, he later passed selection for the Special Air Service Regiment, with which he served as troop and squadron commander. Campbell commanded the 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment in East Timor as part of the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET), for which was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2003.
Campbell served as Chief of Staff to General Peter Cosgrove and later Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston during their respective tenures as Chief of the Defence Force. In 2005, he left the full-time army and assumed a senior civilian appointment as First Assistant Secretary in the Office of National Security within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Campbell was later promoted to Deputy Secretary, and served as Deputy National Security Adviser for a period before returning to the army in 2010.
Campbell was promoted to the rank of major general and appointed as Commander Joint Task Force 633 in 2011, responsible for all Australian forces deployed in the Middle East, including Afghanistan. For his command in Afghanistan he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. He was appointed the Deputy Chief of Army in February 2012.
Campbell was promoted to lieutenant general on 19 September 2013 and appointed to oversee Operation Sovereign Borders, part of the Abbott Government's immigration policy aimed at stopping maritime arrivals of asylum seekers to Australia.
On 16 April 2018, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that Campbell would be promoted to general and succeed Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin as Chief of the Defence Force. The change of command occurred on 6 July. In the meantime, one of Campbell's last acts as the Chief of Army was to order the removal of "death imagery" from patches and badges.
Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin
| Chief of the Defence Force
Lieutenant General David Morrison
| Chief of Army
Lieutenant General Richard Burr
|New office|| Commander Operation Sovereign Borders
Major General Andrew Bottrell
Major General Jeffrey Sengelman
| Deputy Chief of Army
Major General Gus Gilmore
Angus Campbell may refer to:
Angus Campbell (psychologist) (1910 – 1980), American social psychologist
Angus Campbell (ice hockey) (1884 – 1976), founder of the Northern Ontario Hockey Association (NOHA)
Angus Campbell MacInnes (1885 – 1977), Anglican bishop
Frank Hoy (died 2005), who wrestled under various names including Angus Campbell
Angus Peter Campbell, Scottish novelist and poet
Angus Campbell (general), Australian general
Angus Campbell, member of UK garage group B-15 Project
Angus Campbell, Senior Partner and Deputy Head of Studio at Foster and Partners
|Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee|
|Chief of Defence Force Staff|
|Chief of the Defence Force|
|General Officers Commanding|
|Chiefs of the General Staff|
|Chiefs of Army|