General Peter Cosgrove AC, MC
General Cosgrove was the Chief of the Australian Defence Force from 2002 to 2005. He was awarded Australian of the Year in 2001.
General Peter Cosgrove is instantly recognised as the face of the Australian Armed Forces. His personal characteristics of strength, courage and commitment to duty are displayed in his professional life as a career army officer.
In 1999, as Commander of the Deployable Joint Force Headquarters, General Cosgrove assumed command of the International Forces in East Timor (INTERFET) and led his troops until the force was withdrawn in February 2000. On his return to Australia, he was appointed Chief of Army.
In July 2002, General Cosgrove assumed the profile position of Chief of the Defence Force, a position he held until July 2005.
Numerous awards and honours attest to the standing of General Peter Cosgrove in the military establishment and across the wider community. For his service with INTERFET, he was advanced to Companion of Military Division the Order of Australia (AC), having previously been a Member of the Order for his service as Commanding Officer, 1RAR.
He was awarded the Military Cross for his service with 9RAR in South Vietnam, and has received several foreign awards including the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, a Commander of the United States Legion of Merit, the Tong Il medal from the Republic of Korea, and the Grand Chain of Infante Dom Henrique from Portugal.
These decorations all bear witness to the level of respect and esteem in which General Peter Cosgrove is held nationally and internationally. He is a role model of excellence.
- Former Chief of the Australian Defence Force
- General Cosgrove is a highly recognisable Australian and was awarded 2001 Australian of the Year
General Peter Cosgrove is one of the most decorated and recognizable soldiers in the Australian Army. After an illustrious career in the military, he has made a name for himself as a public speaker. To-the-point, passionate, and incredibly loyal to his country and its people, his leadership qualities make for incredibly engaging speeches and public appearances: he can lead a room of Australian civilians just as seamlessly as he can thousands of soldiers.
After graduating from Waverley College and the Royal Military College in Duntroon, General Cosgrove served in the Vietnam War, with his exemplary service earning him a Military cross in 1971. During the 1980s he commanded the 1st Battalion and then moved on to serve as an exchange instructor at the British Army Staff College in Camberley from 1984 to 1986. He served tours in Malaysia and East Timor as well, during which time he commanded the International Forces in East Timor (INTERFET), with the title Commander of the Deployable Joint Force Headquarters.
During his career, General Cosgrove also served as the Commandant of the Australian Defence Warfare Centre at RAAF Williamstown and at the Royal Military College Duntroon. For his exemplary service, he was awarded the title of Australian of the Year in 2001. He finished his career after a three year appointment as Chief of the Defence Force in 2005.
Despite a public push for General Cosgrove to enter the world of politics, he has chosen a path of public service, helping his fellow countrymen recover from the devastation of Cyclone Larry and by penning his memoirs, entitled simply My Story, which became a blazing success. He shares all of this and more with crowds of various sizes at public speaking events across the country.
- Australian Defense Force
- Devastation recovery
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