The federal government has announced the appointment of the first female Deputy Chief of Army.
Major General Natasha Fox, AM, CSC, is set to assume the role of Deputy Chief of Army in January 2022, becoming the first woman to hold the rank.
MAJGEN Fox first joined the ADF in 1988, graduating from the Royal Military College in 1991, and has since served in a number of domestic and international deployments.
The MAJGEN currently serves as the Head of People Capability at the ADF, responsible for shaping the Defence workforce structure, recruitment, managing personnel’s transition to civilian life, and providing support for the families of veterans.
Earlier in her career, MAJGEN Fox worked in logistics, specialising in combat supplies and logistics planning, and in training positions.
This culminated in her appointment as Commanding Officer/Chief Instructor at the Australian Defence Force Academy for which she was recognised with a Conspicuous Service Cross.
The new appointee has also served in Forces Command, Joint Logistics Command, Special Operations Command, Training Command - Army, and Defence People Group.
Her deployments include stints in Lebanon, Syria and Israel, and a stint as Chief of Staff for Joint Task Force 633 in the Middle East where she was appointed a member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her service. MAJGEN Fox is a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College, and the Defence and Strategic Studies Course, and has completed a Master's of Business Administration, Master's of Politics and Policy, and Master's of Management in Defence Studies.
Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester congratulated the MAJGEN on her historic appointment.
“I sincerely thank Major General Fox for her accomplishments and contribution to the nation, and to our current and former serving personnel,” Minister Chester said.
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“I have had the pleasure of working closely with Major General Fox over the years. She has been integral in reforming the transition system and uniting Defence and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to provide the best service to transitioning members to civilian life.
“As the first female deputy service chief, Major General Fox is leading the way for other women in the ADF. I offer my congratulations and best wishes to Natasha for the role.”
MAJGEN Fox is set to replace current Deputy Chief of Army, Major General Anthony Rawlins, DSC, AM, who will take the reins as Head Force Design of the Australian Defence Force, Headquarters in the first half of 2022.
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