Lieutenant General (Lt Gen) Mark Carleton-Smith CBE, will be promoted to General and will succeed Sir Nicholas Carter in June 2018 as the professional head of the British Army. 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.
Beginning his military career in 1986 with the Irish Guards, Lt Gen Carleton-Smith saw active service in the Kosovo War, and in 2002 was appointed commanding officer of 22 Special Air Service Regiment. In 2007 he moved over to the regular Army, as the commanding officer of 16 Air Assault Brigade. In 2012, he became Director Special Forces, and was appointed as Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Military Strategy & Operations) in 2016.
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".
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