Chief of the Defence Force (Queensland)

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Chief of the Defence Forces
Chief of Queenlandian Defence Forces - Badge (4 star).svg
Badge of the Chief of Defence Forces
Chief of Queenlandian Defence Forces - Flag (4 star).svg
Command flag of the CDS
Incumbent
Air Chief Marshal Sir Alex Patrick

since 22 February 2021
His Majesty's Queenslandian Armed Forces
TypeRole
AbbreviationCDF
PrecursorMinistry of Defence
Formation3 January 2015
First holderGeorge I of 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 22 March 2022, is Air Chief Marshal Sir Alexander Robert Patrick.

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
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Air Chief Marshal
Queenslandian Army Queenslandian-Army-OF-09-collected.svg
General
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Admiral

List of Chiefs of the Queenslandian Defence Forces

No. Picture Chief of the Defence Force Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch
Chiefs of Staff for Armed Forces (2015 - 2017)
1
Albert Philip
General
Albert Philip
(born 2003)
3 January 201513 January 20161 year, 10 days Queenslandian Ground Forces
The format has been adjusted by the position of Chiefs of Staff for Armed Forces to report directly to the King from 13 January 2016 - 10 December 2017
Chief of the Defence Staff (2017 - 2022)
2
Sir Michael Anthony George
General
Sir Michael Anthony George
(born 2001)
10 December 201710 October 2018304 days Queenslandian Ground Forces
3
Sir James Nick Edward
Air Chief Marshal
Sir James Nick Edward
(born 1990)
10 October 201825 December 201876 days Royal Queensland Air Force
4
Sir Nutthawee Pitikawong
Major General
Sir Nutthawee Pitikawong
(born 2002)
25 December 20183 January 20201 year, 9 days Queenslandian Ground Forces
5
Sir Michael Nicholas Fulham
General
Sir Michael Nicholas Fulham
(born 2001)
3 January 202015 February 202043 days Queenslandian Ground Forces
6
Sir David Rudolph George
Admiral
Sir David Rudolph George
(born 1998)
15 February 202029 April 202074 days Royal Queensland Navy
7
Sir Leonard Rudyard Cardiff
Admiral
Sir Leonard Rudyard Cardiff
(born 2000)
29 April 202015 August 2020108 days Royal Queensland Navy
8
George Vicente David-Haggren
Air Chief Marshal
George Vicente David-Haggren
(born 2000)
29 April 202015 August 2020108 days Royal Queensland Air Force
(5)
Sir Michael Nicholas Fulham
Field Marshal
Sir Michael Nicholas Fulham
(born 2001)
15 August 202022 February 2021191 days Queenslandian Ground Forces
9
Sir Carl Nick Olaf
Admiral
Sir Carl Nick Olaf
(born 2000)
22 February 202122 March 20221 year, 28 days Royal Queensland Navy
10
Sir Alexander Robert Patrick
Air Chief Marshal
Sir Alexander Robert Patrick
(born 1999)
22 March 20227 August 2022138 days Royal Queensland Air Force
Chief of the Defence Force (2022 − present)
10
Sir Alexander Robert Patrick
Air Chief Marshal
Sir Alexander Robert Patrick
(born 1999)
8 August 2022Incumbent174 days Royal Queensland Air Force