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Defence force changes command | The West Australian

Australia’s defence force will formally change command from Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin to General Angus Campbell on Friday.

The change of command parade in Canberra will feature Australia’s Federation Guard, a didgeridoo performance, an F/A-18 Hornet fly-past and a 17-gun salute.

Air Chief Marshal Binskin has been Chief of the Defence Force since July 2014 and has overseen a period of high tempo for the ADF.

Australia’s defence forces are involved in operations across the globe, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel and Lebanon, Egypt, South Sudan, the Pacific, Philippines and the South China Sea.

Lieutenant General Angus Campbell began his appointment as the Chief of Army in May 2015 and will be promoted to general before the parade.

General Campbell joined the army in 1981 and graduated from Duntroon in 1984.

In 2001, he was appointed the commanding officer of the 2nd Battalion RAR, which was deployed to East Timor.

General Campbell joined the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in 2005, where he headed the Office of National Security and took on the role of deputy national security adviser.

Returning to the ADF in 2010, he was appointed to the rank of major general and led the Military Strategic Commitments staff in Defence headquarters until January 2011, when he assumed command of Australian forces deployed in the Middle East area of operations.

Having served as deputy army chief from February 2012 to September 2013, he was promoted to lieutenant general to oversee Operation Sovereign Borders, the coalition government’s strategy to stop people-smugglers.

General Campbell handed over the Chief of Army role to Lieutenant General Rick Burr on Monday.

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