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m m RELEASE FRIDAY. DECEMBER 3, 1982 NO. 196/82


Major General J.D. Kelly is to be appointed

General Officer Commanding Field Force Command, the

Minister for Defence, Mr Ian Sinclair, announced today. '

Mr Sinclair said: "Major General Kelly, who

is currently Commandant of the Royal Military College,

Duntroon will replace Major General R.A. Gray, who will

resign from the Army in the New Year to take up his

appointment as Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police.

"Major General Kelly takes up the appointment

on February 16, 1983.

"Brigadier H.J. Coates, who is currently the

Army's Deputy Chief of Operations, will be promoted major

general on February 1, and replaces Major General Kelly as

commandant of the Royal Military College, Duntroon on

February 7, 1983," Mr Sinclair said.



Major General John David Kelly was born in Sydney in October 1929 and graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1951.

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He served with 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment and as a liaison officer with the 28th Infantry Brigade in Korea. On return to Australia in 1953, he was reallotted to the Royal Australian Artillery and served in

a number of regimental appointments with 1 Field Regiment, 2 Field Regiment and 15 Field Regiment. In 1961/62 he attended the Australian Staff College.

In 1963 he was attached to the Australian Army Staff in the United Kingdom for two year's artillery training. He returned to the School of Artillery and subsequently to the Headquarters, Royal Australian Artillery, 1st Division.

In May 1967 he was appointed Commanding Officer of 12th Field Regiment and took the unit to South Vietnam in 1968 where he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order.

In 1969 he was attached to the Australian Army Staff in Washington and attended the US Armed Forces Staff College at Norfolk Virginia. He was later appointed Assistant Australian Army Representative and Assistant Army Attache

in Washington.

He returned to Australia in 1972 as Commanding Officer and Chief Instructor at the School of Artillery, North Head, Sydney. In August 1973 he was promoted to colonel and served as Director of Artillery until his appointment in 1975 as the Chief of Staff for Exercise Kangaroo II. In December 1976 he was appointed Commander Field Force Artillery.

He attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in the United Kingdom during 1978. He was promoted to the rank of major general and appointed Commander 1st Division in June 1979.

He is currently Commandant of the Royal Military College, Duntroon.

Major General Kelly is married with three daughters and two sons. His wife's name is Jan. His recreational interests include horse-racing, cricket, rugby, golf and surfing.


Brigadier Henry John Coates was born at Adelaide, South Australia, in December 1932 and was educated at Ipswich Grammar School, Queensland.

He graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1955 and was commissioned in the Royal Australian Armoured Corps.

Following regimental duty with the 1st Armoured Regiment at Puckapunyal, he served as Adjutant 10 Light Horse in 1958-60, followed by a further tour of duty with 1st Armoured Regiment.



He was a Company Commander and Instructor in Military History at RMC Duntroon from 1963 to 1965 and then served for two years on exchange with the British Army in Germany as a Tank Squadron Leader in the Royal Scots Greys.

He attended the Australian Staff College, Queenscliff in 1968 and served in South Vietnam in 1970-71 as Officer Commanding B Squadron 3rd Cavalry Regiment and as GSO II (Operations) of the 1st Australian Task Force. For his service in Vietnam, he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).

He commanded the Corps of Staff Cadets at RMC Duntroon in 1971-74 and then attended the Australian Joint Services Staff College.

He served on exchange with the US Army at Fort Hood Texas in 1975-76 and on return to Australia was promoted colonel and appointed Colonel (Operations) HQ Field Force Command. He was promoted to brigadier in 1979 and has since

served as Director General Operations and Plans at Department of Defence (Army Office) and as Deputy Chief of Operations, which is his current appointment. He attended the Royal College of Defence Studies, UK in 1981.

Brigadier Coates holds a BA Degree in History and Economics from the University of WA, a BA (Hons) Degree in Oriental and Russian History from ANU, and an MA (Military History) from ANU.

He is married with one daughter and two sons. His wife1s name is Diana and his recreational interests are tennis, jogging and Military History.

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