Commander Forces Command
Major General Bilton has held command appointments as Battery Commander of 104th Field Battery, Commanding Officer of 4th Field Regiment, Commander of 7th Brigade, Deputy Commanding General of United States Army—Pacific and Deputy Chief of Joint Operations. He served in staff appointments in the Directorate of Officer Career Management, Directorate of Force Structure—Army and as Director General for Development and Plans—Army. He has also been an instructor at the Australian Command and
Major General Bilton deployed on Operation MAZURKA in 1993 on the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) Headquarters. In 2008, he deployed on Operation SLIPPER as Deputy Chief of Staff for Security Sector Reform on Headquarters Regional Command—South,
Major General Bilton is a graduate of the Long Gunnery Course at the British Army’s School of Artillery, United States Army Command and General Staff College, and the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies at Weston Creek. He also holds a Bachelor of Military Studies degree, Master’s of Military Art and Science degree, and a Master’s of Strategic Studies degree. He was also awarded the Major General Hans Schlup (
Major General Bilton has been awarded a Force Commanders Commendation for his work on Operation MAZURKA in the Sinai, Conspicuous Service Cross for his force structure work at Army Headquarters, Canadian Meritorious Service Medal for his work in Afghanistan, United States Legion of Merit and the Japanese Defense Cooperation Medal for his work at United States Army—Pacific command in Hawaii. He was appointed a member of the Order of
Major General Bilton is married to Rachael, who is a registered nurse. His eldest son, Alex, is a Staff Cadet at the Royal Military College at Duntroon and his youngest son, Nic, is a second year Officer Cadet at the Australian Defence Force Academy.