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Major General Rick Burr DSC AM MVO

Deputy Chief of Army

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Senior officer in the Australian Army


Major General Burr is the Deputy Chief of the Australian Army, a position he has held since January 2015.

Graduating from the Royal Military College—Duntroon in 1985, his diverse career encompasses unique service as Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army, Pacific, command of the 1st Division/Deployable Joint Force Headquarters and command of the Special Air Service Regiment. His operational commands have included the International Security Assistance Force Special Operations Forces (ISAF SOF) in Afghanistan, and Australian Special Forces Task Groups in Afghanistan and Iraq.

His broad experience also includes senior adviser in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Director-General of Military Strategic Commitments, Director-General of Preparedness and Plans (Army), Chief Instructor of the Australian Defence Force Warfare Centre, instructor at the Royal Military College—Duntroon, and Equerry to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Major General Burr is a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College and graduate of the USMC School of Advanced Warfighting. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Military Studies. His personal awards include the Distinguished Service Cross, Member of the Order of Australia, Member of the Royal Victorian Order and a number of foreign awards for distinguished service. He is Patron of Defence Australian Rules Football and a Director of the Australian American Education Leadership Foundation.