New Chief of the General Staff appointed
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has today confirmed that Her Majesty the Queen has approved the appointment of the new Chief of the General Staff.
Lieutenant General Mark Carleton-Smith CBE is to be promoted to General and will succeed General Sir Nicholas Patrick Carter KCB CBE DSO ADC Gen in June 2018. General Carter is taking up the post of Chief of the Defence Staff, succeeding Air Chief Marshall Sir Stuart Peach who is leaving to become Chairman of the Military Committee at NATO.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
I’m delighted to offer my congratulations to Lieutenant General Carleton-Smith on his appointment of Chief of the General Staff.
Lt Gen Carleton-Smith has played a leading role in many of our recent operations at home and abroad, including our campaign to defeat Daesh in Iraq and Syria, our support to British Overseas Territories affected by Hurricane Irma and the military’s support to areas badly affected by the snow earlier this year.
I have no doubt that Lt Gen Carleton-Smith will be an outstanding leader of the Army at this crucial period, as we look to strengthen and further modernise the Army to deal with intensifying threats.
Lieutenant General Mark Carleton-Smith CBE Biography
Lieutenant General Mark Carleton-Smith was educated at Durham University (BA (Hons) History/Politics, 1985). He was commissioned into 1st Battalion Irish Guards from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1986 and served in London, Germany, Canada, South Armagh, The Gulf and The Balkans.
Appointed Chief of Staff 19 Mechanized Brigade (1999-01), he served two tours in Kosovo as Chief of Staff HQ Multi-National Brigade Centre. On promotion to Lieutenant Colonel he was appointed Military Assistant to the Commander-in-Chief Land Forces (2001-02) and later assumed regimental command (2002-05), serving principally in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Promoted to Colonel in 2005 he became Deputy Director Policy Planning in the MOD prior to assuming command of 16 Air Assault Brigade (2006-08) during which time he served in Afghanistan as Commander Helmand Task Force and Commander British Forces Afghanistan. He subsequently served in the MOD as the Head of Army Resources and Plans (2009-11) prior to promotion to Major General in 2012.
He was Director Strategy at Army Headquarters in Andover (2015-16) and assumed the appointment of Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Military Strategy and Operations) in April 2016.
British and coalition forces take part in a multinational exercise. This lays the foundations for a stronger future with our allies.
The Joint Warfighting Assessment has taken place in Grafenwohr, Germany, with the UK’s 1 Armoured Infantry Brigade exercising within the US 1st Infantry Division as part of a multinational exercise, which also sees the British Army work alongside German, French, and Canadian forces. Danish troops were also taking part and they provided a Battle Group working within the British brigade. The UK collaborates extensively with the US in concept development and experimentation. The designation of 1 Armoured Infantry Brigade as the experimentation brigade serves to reinforce this relationship and commitment.
This is a hugely efficient exercise because it brings five countries together BRIG ZAC STENNING OBE
All of the countries taking part were NATO allies and this demonstrates that the UK stands by its collective defence agreement with NATO and its ambition to work more closely with our international partners to provide flexibility and capability when and where it needs it most. It also provides opportunity for all members of the Army to meet every challenge by training in all environments with all partner nations with the same strong bond and shared values.
Maintaining security is no longer purely a national matter and events over recent years have shown that threats take no account of national boundaries but are interconnected and interrelated. Exercises such as Joint Warfighting Assessment 18 sees staff from many nations working together to practise command and control of an operation within a fictional scenario. As a forward-looking and technologically advanced Army, it helps us to be ready for the challenges of the future, both at home and overseas.
Brigadier Zac Stenning OBE, Commander of 1 Armoured Infantry Brigade, said: “This is a hugely efficient exercise because it brings five countries together and really starts to determine what are the human, procedural and technical issues that we can overcome. Having so much collective wisdom, thought and technical capacity means that we’re achieving wins far quicker.”
He continued: “What this means is not being insular, not just relying on our own technology but looking globally, understanding who we can fight alongside and whose technology we wish to be compatible with to continue to deter and if necessary defeat those threats to UK security.”
Elaborating further on brigades plans, he added: “We were given the task around a year ago to redefine the way the British Army fights in the future. That has enabled all of us in the Brigade to think differently and to try and understand how we are going to harness AJAX (a new armoured fighting vehicle), MIV (the Mechanised Infantry Vehicle) and the new communications systems MORPHEUS to deliver us a more decisive future Strike Brigade effect.”
The 1st US Infantry Division is a combined arms division of the United States Army. It has seen continuous service since its formation in 1917 and is nicknamed “The Fighting First.” The division is currently based at Fort Riley, Kansas. 1 UK Armoured Infantry Brigade has a distinguished history of service, and is based in Tidworth, Wiltshire.