Commander Forces Command
Appointed as the seventh Commander Forces Command in June 2019, Major General Field's recent service includes Vice Director of Operations, United States Central Command; Commander 3rd Brigade; Chief of Staff, Forces Command; Head of Corps, Royal Australian Infantry & Regimental Colonel, The Royal Australian Regiment; and Deputy Commanding General, 82nd Airborne Division, Afghanistan.
In 2017, while serving as Commander 3rd Brigade, Major General Field was appointed Queensland State Recovery Coordinator following severe tropical Cyclone Debbie. In this role, he established Joint Task Force 661 and served 60-days designing, developing, gaining approval and implementing Operation Queensland Recovery, supporting one-third of Queensland, 1.2 million people and $3 billion in lost economic activity.
As a Colonel, he served as Chief of Operations & Plans, Queensland Reconstruction Authority and Director Future Land Warfare & Strategy, Army Headquarters. A 2010 Fellow of the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies, he was awarded the Geddes Gavel for consistency and the Richard Leaver Award for eruditeness.
Earlier service with 2nd/4th Battalion, 2nd Battalion and 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, provided him command experience from platoon to battle group. As Commanding Officer 1st Battalion he led Joint Task Force 635, Solomon Islands, and he served as Operations Officer 2nd Battalion in East Timor. He served as J3 Operations, 1st Division & Deployable Joint Force Headquarters and in J5 Plans, Third US Army, Kuwait and Iraq. In addition, he served as an Army Reserve adjutant, Royal Military College—Duntroon instructor, and as a United Nations military observer.
Major General Field is a distinguished graduate of the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Command and Staff College and a graduate of the ADF Commander Joint Task Force Course, Australian Institute of Company Directors, US Army Land Component Commander Course, USMC School of Advanced Warfighting, Royal Military College—Duntroon, and the Australian Defence Force Academy.
He holds qualifications from Deakin University, University of Southern Queensland, Marine Corps University, and University of NSW. He is Patron and past-President of the Australian Services Rugby Referees Association. In 2016–17, he was a Director of Ronald McDonald House in North Queensland.
Chris, his wife, Sarah, a policy and communications professional, and their son, Angus, live in Sydney.