MFO Force Commander Designate – Major General Simon Andrew Stuart, DSC, AM
On that date, the current Force Commander, MG Denis Thompson of Canada will relinquish command after three years of distinguished leadership in a challenging period.
MG Stuart is an Australian Army infantry officer with nearly thirty years’ experience across a range of leadership, training and program management appointments in Australia and overseas.
Some of the highlights of his career include: command of an Infantry combat team in Timor Leste in 1999 and in 2001; service as Deputy Director of the Joint Amphibious Capability Implementation Team in Navy Headquarters and as the Program Manager for the Department of Defence’s Enhanced Land Force Programme; command of the 8th/9th Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment from 2008 – 2010; service as Deputy Chief of Staff in Army HQ; and command of the International Stabilisation Force (ISF) in Timor Leste in 2010 and of a combined Australian and US brigade level formation in Southern Afghanistan in 2012-13.
MG Stuart is a graduate of the Royal Military College – Duntroon (1990), the United Kingdom’s Joint Services Command and Staff College (2003) and the US Army War College (2015). He received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of New England, a Master’s Degree in Project Management (New South Wales), a Master of Arts in Defence Studies (Kings College, London) and a Master of Strategy (US Army War College).
He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for service as the Commander of the ISF in Timor Leste and awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) for his efforts in command of Combined Team - Uruzgan in 2012-13.
He is married to Katy. They have two children, Evelyn and Charlie.