The man prime minister Tony Abbott appointed to “stop the boats”, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, will become the chief of the Australian army later this year.
Air Vice-Marshal Gavin Davies has been chosen to lead the country’s air force.
Campbell served as the Commander of the Joint Agency Task Force for the military-led border security mission Operation Sovereign Borders, and previously oversaw operations in the Middle East and commanded operations in Timor-Leste.
Operation Sovereign Borders began in September 2013, just 11 days after the Abbott government won the election. But it wasn’t without criticism, with the ALP accusing the government of fostering a culture of secrecy and strained Australia’s international relations with Indonesia.
Abbott maintains the policy “stopped the boats” and had a devastating impact on the people smuggling trade.
After graduating from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1984, Campbell began his military career in the infantry corps, serving as a platoon commander. Since then, Campbell climbed the ranks of Australia’s Defence Force and advised government on national security policy.
Campbell has a Bachelor of Science with honors from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Philosophy in International Relations from Cambridge University.
Outgoing army chief, Lieutenant General David Morrison will finish up on May 15.
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