Chief of the Defence Force (Queensland)

The Chief of the Defence Forces (CDF) is the second-most senior member of the Queenslandian Armed Forces (after the commander-in-chief) having primary responsibility for command, control, and administration of the forces, as well as military strategy, plans, and requirements. The position is usually held by an Four-star general member of one of the three main branches of the Queenslandian Armed Forces. The current CDS, since 9 July 2020, is Field Marshal Sir Michael Nicholas Fulham, 1st Baron Fulham of Aylsham.

Chief of the Defence Forces
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Badge of the Chief of Defence Forces
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Command flag of the CDS
Incumbent
Air Chief Marshal Sir Alex Patrick

since 22 February 2021
His Majesty's Queenslandian Armed Forces
TypeRole
AbbreviationCDS
PrecursorMinistry of Defence
Formation3 January 2015
First holderGeorge I of Queensland

The role of the CDF is to, under the advice of the Commander-in-Chief may conscript citizens. On his own authority, he may give orders on force-wide levels, for example, where to battle during a conflict.

Rank insignia

The rank insignia of the CDF is of an Admiral or its equivalents in the army, General, and the air force, Air Chief Marshal, depending on the branch of the Commander.

NATO Code OF-9
  Royal Queensland Air Force  
Air Chief Marshal
  Queenslandian Army  
General
  Royal Queensland Navy  
Admiral

Chiefs of the Defence Staff

Year Sovereign Year Commander
Chief of Defence Forces of the Queenslandian Armed Forces
3 January 2015 – 3 January 2016 Elizabeth II 3 January 2015 – 3 January 2016   A. Philip
3 January 2015 – 7 October 2017 George I 3 January 2015 – 7 October 2017   George I
7 October 2017 – 10 December 2017 Victoria II 7 October 2017 – 10 December 2017   Victoria II
10 December 2017 – 29 April 2020 George III 10 December 2017 – 10 October 2018   ACM. Sir Michael A. George
10 October 2018 – 25 December 2018   Gen. Sir James N. Edward
25 December 2018 – 3 January 2020   Maj. Gen. Nutthawee Pitikawong
3 January 2020 – 15 February 2020   Gen. Sir Michael N. Fulham
15 February 2020 – 29 April 2020   Admiral Sir David K. George
29 April 2020 – 16 July 2020 Charlotte IV 29 April 2020 – 16 July 2020   Admiral Sir Leonard C. Cardiff
16 July 2020 – 20 October 2020 Albert V 16 July 2020 – 15 August 2020
15 August 2020 – 20 October 2020   ACM. George V. David-Haggren
20 October 2020 – 2 November 2020 Frederick VI 20 October 2020 – 16 October 2020
16 October 2020 – 2 November 2020   FM Sir Michael Nicholas Fulham
3 November 2020 – 10 December 2020 Catherine VII 2 November 2020 – 10 December 2020
10 December 2020  – 10 February 2021 Juliana VIII 10 December 2020  – 10 February 2021
10 February 2021  – 12 February 2022 Edward IX 10 February 2021  – 22 February 2021
22 February 2021  – 19 February 2022   Admiral Sir Carl Nick Olaf
19 February 2022  – present Benedikte X 19 February 2022  – 22 March 2022
22 March 2022  – present   Air Chief Marshal Sir Alexander Robert Patrick