Commander 2nd Division
Major General Stephen Porter graduated from the Royal Military College in 1983 and was appointed to the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. He later served as the adjutant, company commander and operations officer of the 8th/9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. Major General Porter has also served twice with the Army Reserve, as adjutant of the 5th /6th Battalion, Royal Victoria Regiment, and as Commanding Officer of the integrated 25th/49th Battalion, Royal Queensland Regiment.
Major General Porter has also served overseas, with the United Nations in Iran in 1990 and in the United States from 1997-1998, as the Australian exchange officer at the 1st US Corps Headquarters. He was awarded the United States Army Meritorious Service Medal for the latter appointment, during which his primary responsibility was as lead planner for operations in South Korea.
His other staff appointments have included career adviser infantry at the Soldier Career Management Agency, Director Australian Defence Force Operations International Policy Division, and Staff Officer Grade One Operations at 1st Division. He also served as the Australian Exchange Directing Staff at the United Kingdom Joint Service Command and Staff College from 2003-2004.
On return to Australia, Major General Porter was appointed Director Future Warfighting and Joint Experimentation. In November 2005 he was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff, Multi-National Force – Iraq, a role that focused significantly on operations and plans, and for which he was awarded the United States Bronze Star Medal. After returning from Iraq in August 2006, he was appointment Colonel Enhanced Land Force until transferring to the Army Reserve in 2007.
His senior Army Reserve appointments include Deputy Commander 11th Brigade and Assistant Commander Training 11th Brigade from 2008-2009, Assistant Commander (Training) 2nd Division in 2010, Commander 11th Brigade from 2012-2014, and Commander 2nd Division from 1 January 2015.
He is currently the Business Manager at Marist College Ashgrove, Queensland, and the Chief Executive Officer of the Marist Foundation. He is a graduate of the Australian Army Command and Staff College, and also holds a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Defence Studies, a Master of Business Administration, and is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
In 2014, Major General Porter was appointed a Member (AM) in the Military Division of the Order of Australia, “for exceptional service to the Australian Army as the Assistant Commander (Training) whilst serving with the 2nd Division and as the Commander of the 11th Brigade.”
He is married to Anita and they have four children, and he is involved in rugby union and cricket.