New Head of the British Army

Posted on May 9, 2018

Lieutenant-General Mark Carleton-Smith has been named the new Chief of the General Staff, taking over from General Sir Nick Carter who is becoming Head of the Armed Forces.

The 54-year-old has been serving as Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (military strategy and operations) since April 2016 and is ex-Special Forces.

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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