Maj. Gen. Richard M. Burr
Australian Army
Deputy Commanding General (Operations)

     Major General Rick Burr is the inaugural Deputy Commanding General for Operations, U.S. Army Pacific. As an Australian Army officer he brings unique perspectives and experiences to this appointment.

     Major General Burr’s previous assignment was Commander of the 1st (Australian) Division and Deployable Joint Force Headquarters, and he also has extensive multinational command and operational experience with Special Forces. In 2008 he was the inaugural Commander of ISAF SOF, comprising all Special Forces assigned to the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. He has commanded the Special Air Service Regiment, and the Australian Special Forces Task Groups in Afghanistan (2002) and Iraq (2003).

     Major General Burr has held a number of key staff appointments, including Military Assistant to the Chief of Army, Director General of Preparedness and Plans for the Army, a senior adviser in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and Director General of Military Strategic Commitments in Defence Headquarters.

     Major General Burr’s training appointments have been as an instructor at the Royal Military College, Duntroon and as the Chief Instructor of the Australian Defence Force Warfare Centre. Major General Burr is also privileged to have served in a key representational appointment as the Equerry to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

     Major General Burr attended the Royal Military College, Duntroon from 1982 to 1985, and is a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College and a graduate of the USMC School of Advanced Warfighting. He has a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Military Studies. His personal awards include the Distinguished Service Cross, Member of the Order of Australia, Member of the Royal Victorian Order and the U.S. Legion of Merit and Bronze Star Medal. He is also Patron of the ADF’s Australian Rules Football Association.

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