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New Chief of Defence, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell

New Chief of Defence, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell

Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin is a good man but useless as a C of D! The wicked erosion of the ADF continued apace under his watch. Morrison, sex changes, the Muslim spruiker Shindy, etc. Can general Campbell get the ADF back on track and restore pride and purpose or has the PC brigade got it by the throat?

An army officer honoured for his battlefield leadership, who also successfully navigated the halls of power and stopped the asylum-seeker boats, has been handed command of the nation’s defence force. Lieutenant General Angus Campbell — a recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, an Officer of the Order of Australia and the current Chief of Army — will take over the role of Chief of ­Defence in July from Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin.

Source: News Corp

Battlefield and boats successes set up Campbell for top job

The appointment of Lieutenant General Campbell, 55, a ­former special forces commander who has held an array of roles ­including heading the government’s controversial Operation Sovereign Borders taskforce to stop ­asylum-seeker boats, was praised by colleagues, who said he had unique qualifications. Former chief of army Peter Leahy described Lieutenant General Campbell as the complete package while Australian Defence Association director Neil James said his unusual background would stand him in good stead.
However some former officers, who asked not to be named, expressed disappointment that the current Chief of Joint Operations, Vice-Admiral David Johnston, did not get the job, arguing his experience in joint operations command made him the better candidate.
Vice-Admiral Johnston has been announced as the new Vice- Chief of Defence, replacing Vice- Admiral Ray Griggs.

Announcing the appointments yesterday, Malcolm Turnbull said: “The leadership renewal of Australia’s Defence Force that we are announcing today will ensure that we have a seamless transition in the uniformed leadership of our forces engaged in complex and dangerous missions in the Middle East and elsewhere around the world.”
The Prime Minister said the change came as co-ordination with Australia’s allies and partners, along with leadership and the cutting edge of technology, was more important than ever.
“We are undertaking the largest modernisation of the capabilities of the Australian Defence Force in our peacetime history,” he said. “It is a massive national enterprise that we are undertaking and that is why we need to have the ­finest minds, the finest leaders at the helm of the Australian ­Defence Force.’’
Lieutenant General Campbell, who is married with two adult children, graduated from Duntroon in the 1980s and later served as a troop commander with the Special Air Service Regiment before rising to lead the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment in East Timor in 2001. He left the military in 2005 to work for government and rose to become deputy national security adviser for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
In 2010 he returned to the military and was promoted in 2011 to lead Joint Task Force 633 overseeing Australian forces deployed in the Middle East.
His most controversial appointment came in 2013 when he was placed in charge of a joint task force called Operation Sovereign Borders — an Abbott government project to halt the arrival of ­asylum-seekers by sea.
The role resulted in him coming under fire from then opposition defence spokesman Stephen Conroy, who in a Senate hearing in 2014 accused him of covering up for the government over the strategic information blackout on Sovereign Borders operations.
Mr Conroy later withdrew after Lieutenant General Campbell said he was extremely offended.
In 2015 he was appointed by the Abbott government to Chief of Army, taking over from Lieutenant General David Morrison.
His tenure as Chief of Army has been without major controversy apart from a decision in 2016 to order an investigation into whether Australian special forces had breached the laws of armed conflict while serving in Afghanistan.
Yesterday, Lieutenant General Campbell said he “deeply appreciated the confidence and trust being displayed and given to me by the Prime Minister and the Defence Minister”.
“It’s a great privilege and honour to serve,” he said. “It is also an extraordinary responsibility to lead and to care for the men and women of the Australian Defence Force and I too acknowledge the continuing service of Air Chief Marshal Binskin in that role and I will do everything I possibly can to build on his legacy and do my very best for the Australian Defence Force and for this great country.’’
Asked for his views on China, he said: “We have a very constructive relationship with China and that’s all I intend to say.”
Other challengers for the CDF position were thought to have been Vice-Admiral Griggs and Vice-Admiral Johnston, both considered well qualified for the role.
Vice-Admiral Griggs had been embroiled in controversy over his decision to leave his wife and start a relationship with a lesser-ranked officer then married to a sailor at the time.
The scenario became the subject of a secret review and an investigation in 2014 by the Inspector-General of the Defence Force. Both the review and the inspector-general’s probe cleared him of any impropriety. Asked whether publicity about the incident had played any role in the decision, Mr Turnbull said the best person had been appointed. “There is only one person who can be chief of defence and we have a lot of talent in our Australian Defence Force … my decision has been that Angus Campbell is the best person for this job,’’ he said.
The appointment received Labor approval, with a spokesman saying Lieutenant General Campbell had “demonstrated he’s a creative and innovative leader of the highest quality who will do a great job of steering our defence force”.
Serving and former officers were mostly supportive of the appointment.
However, a senior former navy officer who asked not be named said the job should have gone to Vice-Admiral Johnston because of his experience as Australia’s chief of joint operations. “He also has a good relationship with Admiral Harry Harris (the new US ambassador to Australia), which is obviously important in these times,’’ said the ­officer.

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  • luk1955 17/04/2018, 7:43 am

    The fact that labor support this choice is an indication that he will not do what MM is hoping he will do. There will be no change in the current policy of queerification of the armed forces. Nor the illegal deployment of our armed forces overseas fighting in undeclared wars. Just another major unitary party soldier for the nwo. The Peter principal applies here too.

  • Aktosplatz 17/04/2018, 7:48 am

    I’m sure Lieut. General Campbell is a good man and this is a good appointment. But he can only be as effective as the politicians in power, allow.

    And that’s the problem, so I hope he’s getting paid big bucks.

    • Zoltan 17/04/2018, 9:36 am

      War hero etc but already severely hamstrung

  • DT 17/04/2018, 8:29 am

    “Announcing the appointments yesterday, Malcolm Turnbull said: “The leadership renewal of Australia’s Defence Force that we are announcing today will ensure that we have a seamless transition in the uniformed leadership of our forces engaged in complex and dangerous missions in the Middle East and elsewhere around the world.”
    The Prime Minister said the change came as co-ordination with Australia’s allies and partners, along with leadership and the cutting edge of technology, was more important than ever.”

    What an admission, some common sense at last.

  • dweezy2176 17/04/2018, 8:31 am

    Whatever his qualifications this is a “figure head” appointment .. fully understood that “rockin’ the boat” is not acceptable …….!

  • Greg 17/04/2018, 9:24 am

    I noticed yesterday that a refugee group in Melbourne (RISE) has condemned the appointment. I mean, how dare the government appoint a man who defended the nation’s borders? This refugee group DEMANDS the Australian government take in any number of asylum seekers (plus families) and spend billions of dollars on every conceivable benefit. Little wonder we are tiring of the refugee industry.

  • Albert 17/04/2018, 9:30 am

    Let’s not begin running his flag up the pole just yet. Wait a while and see which side of the game he cheers on.

    • Lorraine 17/04/2018, 9:43 am

      exactly Albert when both sides of the Government Labor and Liberal approve, one thinks he is part of the swamp, He was good on the borders but that was under Tony Abbott a real PM. Turnbull and Shorten both backstabbers and the handle of “man “does not sit well with either

    • Joe Blogs 17/04/2018, 11:13 am

      Agree, Albert: looks to be a good man, but let’s see how much he’s been affected by PC.

      Not necessarily impressed by the AO, DSC or foreign gongs. Only trigger time (due to age and timing) was East Timor. Performed superbly, innovatively and effectively in strategic / operational leadership though.

    • Neville 18/04/2018, 10:10 am

      Agree, Albert. It looks like (from his record) that he’s got the capability to reverse the gradual ineffectiveisation and low-level poofterisation of the defence forces. But he may simply be prevented form doing so by the increasingly-pervasive leftist claptrap of the ‘Turdball Coalition Team’ and it’s fully-owned subsidiary, the Liberal Party. Oh, and also the Liebor-Greens-Socialist-AWU Party, when they fall into govt thanks to the antics of the former.

  • Maryanne 17/04/2018, 11:51 am

    I like Trey Gowdy’s answer to a CNN reporter’s question about banning transgender people from serving in the armed forces:

    “Nobody has a “right” to serve in the Military. Nobody. What makes people think the Military is an equal opportunity employer. Very far from it.

    “The Military uses prejudice regularly and consistently to deny citizens from joining for being too old or too young, too fat or too skinny, too tall or too short. Citizens are denied for having flat feet, or for missing or additional fingers. Poor eyesight will disqualify you, as well as bad teeth. Malnourished? Drug addiction? Bad back? Criminal history? Low IQ? Anxiety? Phobias? Hearing damage? Six arms? Hear voices in your head? Self-identify as a Unicorn? Need a special access ramp for your wheelchair? Can’t run the required course in the required time? Can’t do the required number of push-ups? Not really a “morning person” and refuse to get out of bed before noon? All can be reasons for denial.

    “The Military has one job.War! Anything else is a distraction and a liability. Did someone just scream “That isn’t Fair” War is VERY unfair, there are no exceptions made for being special or challenged or socially wonderful. YOU change yourself to meet Military standards. Not the other way around. I say again: You don’t change the Military…you must change yourself. The Military doesn’t need to accommodate anyone with special issues. The Military needs to Win Wars.

    “If any of your personal issues are a liability that detract from readiness or lethality… Thank you for applying and good luck in future endeavors.”

    • Joe Blogs 17/04/2018, 12:12 pm

      Egg-zackly.

    • Tom 17/04/2018, 12:43 pm

      It would seem that the modern day ADF thinks it can overturn all the points raised by Trey Gowdey and be ‘inclusive’ of all. The new CDF would not have got the job if he hadn’t shown himself amenable to toeing the PC line. Let’s hope and pray he was faking it then and gets the ADF back to being what it should be – a totally non-PC killing machine rather than an equal opportunity employer.

      I had to contact a couple of military units over the last week. EVERY person I spoke to was female.

      • Bwana Neusi 17/04/2018, 1:27 pm

        Ex SAS Commander – says something about the man. Compare him to poofter chook Morrison – is that a contest? Does he wear high heels?

    • Neville 18/04/2018, 10:13 am

      I hafta say that I quite enjoy it when I see/hear Trey Gowdy laying out the FACTS for ill-educated leftist PC imbeciles.

  • Clarion Call 17/04/2018, 12:09 pm

    If I was a phrenologist I might be worried by the unusual deepset eyes of Gen. Campbell. I can’t recall much of the phrenology rules of cranium proportion and features but I do remember that the eyes posed a significant element to a person’s character. It would be interesting to get a read on this man’s facial features via the principles of this pseudo-science.

  • Ex ADF 17/04/2018, 5:32 pm

    Binskin was a dud. He permitted Morrison and now Briggs to push their Muslim, Homo and gender equality views, all the time bullying underlings. I would hope that this bloke can reverse the damage, but then again a nice sinecure as GG or State Governor or plum overseas possie is hard to resist.

  • Philip 17/04/2018, 9:28 pm

    Just look at that picture. Desperate f*ckin’ Dan or what?

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