From: Defence Media
Sent: Mon 30/06/2014 4:08 PM

Chief of Defence Force change of command

The Australian Defence Force has a new Chief after General David Hurley passed command to Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin at a parade in Canberra this afternoon.

Newly-promoted Air Chief Marshal Binskin paid tribute to General Hurley’s 42 years of distinguished service.

“He has been a visionary leader who has always demonstrated the highest level of integrity and values during a time of high operational tempo and challenges for the ADF,” Air Chief Marshal Binskin said.

General Hurley thanked the men and women of the ADF for their service and Defence families for their support.

“I am always impressed by the passion and professionalism you apply to the work you do at home and abroad.

“Despite adversity or danger, when Australia calls on its Defence Force in times of need, our people respond with compassion and capability – that is why we choose to serve and I am immensely proud to have served as the Chief of the Defence Force.

“I congratulate Air Chief Marshal Binskin and his Command Team on their appointments and wish them well for the future,” General Hurley said.

Air Chief Marshal Binskin said he was humbled to be entrusted with command of the ADF.

“Thanks to General Hurley’s leadership, I accept command of an Australian Defence Force well poised for the future.

“My intent is for a Defence Force assured of success at all levels of operations, from humanitarian and disaster response through to high-end warfighting.

“We must learn from the successes and failures of our past to ensure that we transition as a capable and professional force that is trusted and respected by all Australians and the region,” Air Chief Marshal Binskin said.

Media note:

Photographs will be available via the Defence Image Gallery following the parade:

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