Lieutenant General Rick Burr, AO, DSC, MVO
Lieutenant General Burr assumed command of the Australian Army on 2 July 2018.
He joined the Army in 1982, graduating from the Royal Military College at Duntroon in 1985 to the Royal Australian Infantry Corps. He has seen service in 8th/9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, and the Special Air Service Regiment, which he commanded in 2003–04.
Lieutenant General Burr's senior leadership roles have been diverse: he was previously the Deputy Chief of Army and, prior to that, uniquely, served as the Deputy Commanding General to the US Army—Pacific, becoming the first foreign officer to hold the position. In 2011–12, he served as Commander of 1st Division and the Deployable Joint Force Headquarters.
His operational commands include Commander of Special Operations Forces to the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in 2008, a theatre-level multinational command position, and, earlier, Commander of Australian Special Operations Task Groups in both Afghanistan (2002) and Iraq (2003).
In addition to his command roles, Lieutenant General Burr gained broad experience across Army, Defence and the Australian Government in a range of staff, training and representational appointments.
Committed to the development of our future leaders, he has served as an instructor at the Royal Military College at Duntroon, and Chief Instructor of the Australian Defence Force Warfare Centre, responsible for the education and training of ADF officers in planning joint operations.
In key staff roles he was the senior operations and plans officer in Headquarters Special Operations Command in 2001–02, and Military Assistant to the Chief of the Army in 2005. As a colonel he served as Director of Force Structure and then Director General Preparedness and Plans in Army Headquarters. In 2007, he was seconded as a senior adviser to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and was Director General Military Strategic Commitments in 2009–10. In a key representational appointment, he was the Equerry to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for the Royal Visit to Australia in 2000.
Lieutenant General Burr is a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College and graduate of the USMC School of Advanced Warfighting. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales, a Master of Military Studies from the Marine Corps University, and has completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. His personal awards include being appointed Officer of the Order of Australia, Distinguished Service Cross, Member of the Royal Victorian Order and a number of foreign awards for distinguished service. He is also Patron to the Defence Australian Rules Football.