Mel Hupfeld next chief of Air Force


Chief of Joint Operations, Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld, AO, DSC.

The government has announced two high-level military appointments.

Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld will be Australia’s next chief of Air Force, the government announced on Thursday.

Hupfeld is currently serving as chief joint operations and has extensive leadership and operational experience through senior positions, including air commander Australia and head force design.

His experience in these roles “makes him ideally suited to continue the development of the Air Force as a modern and effective force capable of undertaking regional and global operations”, said the government in a statement.

The appointment was made by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the government for a period of four years from 4 July.

The current chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Leo Davies, will complete his tenure in July, capping off 40 years of service.

Major General Greg Bilton will be promoted to lieutenant general and appointed as the chief joint operations, starting on 28 June.

Bilton is currently serving as the commander forces command within Army and is a highly experienced officer, with extensive leadership and operations experience through senior positions, including deputy chief joint operations and commander 7th Brigade. He has also served as deputy commanding general United States Army Pacific.

The deputy chief of Air Force role, currently occupied by Gavin Turnbull, is also due to rotate in July, but a replacement was not named in today’s announcement.

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