Major General Greg Melick, AO, RFD, FANZCN, SC, has been appointed as the new national president of the Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL).
Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester congratulated MAJGEN Melick for the appointment, and said he looked forward to continuing the important relationship with the RSL to provide support for veterans and their families.
"The RSL has played a vital role in supporting the veteran community since it was established more than 100 years ago by offering care, financial assistance, advocacy and commemorative services," Minister Chester said.
"I look forward to working with Greg to continue this great work, and under his leadership, see a stronger and united RSL for our veteran community.
"The government is committed to putting veterans and their families first, and working with the RSL and other ex-service organisations is an important part of this commitment."
MAJGEN Melick is a former Australian Army commando, and is a senior counsel at the Tasmanian Bar as well as currently working as a part-time deputy president of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the chief commissioner of the Tasmanian Integrity Commission.
"I am honoured to be elected to lead the RSL at this critical time in the organisation's history," MAJGEN Melick said.
"The RSL has stood the test of time and I intend to bring the skills I have learned from both the Army and the private sector into play to make sure we keep going forward.
"I am a team player but I also know what is needed to lead an organisation and I am delighted that John King has been elected as deputy president.
"My first task is to listen to our membership and prioritise what they believe are the tasks we must undertake in the short term."
MAJGEN Melick enjoyed a "stellar" career in the ADF, rising through to the ranks to become a Major General.
He was also the ADF's senior Reserve role responsible for Reserves and Cadets before retiring last December after 52 years' service. He is Colonel Commandant, 1st Commando Regiment and is a member on the Council of the Australian War Memorial.