New Chief of Joint Operations announced
17 May 2011
The Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, today announced the appointment of Major General Brian (Ash) Power to the position of Chief of Joint Operations effective from 20 May.
Major General Power will be promoted to Lieutenant General tomorrow prior to taking up the role.
“I am delighted to announce the appointment of Ash Power to this very important and demanding position,” Air Chief Marshal Houston said.
“Major General Power has held several key operational and senior staff appointments including: Commander of the 1st Brigade; Commander of the 1st Division; Director, Coalition Planning Group at Central Command in theUSA; and Head of Military Strategic Commitments.
“His active service deployments have included Colonel Operations, Headquarters International Force East Timor (INTERFET); Chief of Staff Headquarters Peace Monitoring Group in Bougainville; and most recently in Afghanistan as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategic Partnering (Ministry of Defence), Kabul.
“I know all our military operations will benefit from the experience Ash brings to this position. I congratulate him on his appointment and wish him well in his new role.”
Air Chief Marshal Houston also thanked the outgoing Chief of Joint Operations, Lieutenant General Mark Evans, for his work in the position over the past three years.
“Mark has done a remarkable job and deftly led ADF operations throughout his tenure,” Air Chief Marshal Houston said.
“He oversaw the implementation of our new command and control arrangements with the opening of the integrated Headquarters Joint Operations Command organisation at Bungendore.
“As a result, we now have a much more effective and efficient operational level command and control capability for all ADF operations and major exercises around the world.
“Mark is also a former Commander of Australian forces in the Middle East; Head Personnel Executive; Deputy Chief of Joint Operations; and Commander of the 1st Division. I wish him all the very best for the future and I pass on my gratitude for a job well done.”
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