10 Dec 2013

New Defence chief named

9:43 am on 10 December 2013

The new Chief of the Defence Force will be Major General Tim Keating.

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says Major General Keating, who is currently the Defence vice-chief, will be promoted to Lieutenant General and take over from Lieutenant General Rhys Jones at the beginning February next year.

He will serve a term of three years.

Dr Coleman says Major General Keating is a strong, credible leader with 32 years of military experience.

He was commander of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Bamyan in 2005 and holds a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College in Pennsylvania.