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[The Prime Minister has announced that Major General Mike Smith is to be the deputy commander of the UN peace keeping operation in East Timor]

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defence public affairs organisation Media Release

DPAO 375/99 Thursday 30 December, 1999

The Prime Minister has announced that Major General Mike Smith is to be the deputy commander of the UN peace keeping operation in East Timor, (statement attached).

Major General Smith is currently Director General East Timor in the Defence Department's International Policy Division. A biography is attached. , O buu ir

Major General Smith will not be providing interviews on his appointment.

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Major General Mike Smith graduated with the Sword of Honour from the Royal Military College, Duntroon, in December 1971.

Major General Smith is an Infantry officer. His command and regimental experience includes: Platoon Commander in the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Pacific Islands Regiment, Papua New Guinea; Company Commander in the 3rd Battalion ("Old Faithful"), The Royal Australian Regiment; Brigade Major of the 3rd Brigade, Ready Deployment Force;

Commanding Officer of the 2nd/4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment; and Commander o f the 3rd Brigade, Ready Deployment Force. For his service as a Battalion Commander, Major General Smith was appointed a Member o f the Order o f Australia (AM).

In addition to command, Major General Smith has held a wide range o f staff and training appointments, including in force development and as the Military Assistant to the C hief o f the Army. He was on the writing team for Australia's Strategic Review 1993, and he has frequently worked with the other Services, civilians and many other nationalities.

The wide range o f appointments throughout his career has provided Major General Sm ifi with extensive command, management, logistics and multinational experience. Major General Smith has also worked closely with the United Nations. He has served as a United Nations Military Observer in Kashmir, and as the Australian Defence Attache to the Kingdom o f Cambodia where he worked closely with Cambodian authorities and UN agencies. He has participated in a large number o f exercises and symposiums with other countries, particularly with the United States and with numerous countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Over his career he has published a large number o f articles, particularly on matters of leadership, national security and defence assistance to regional countries.

Major General Smith is a graduate o f the Royal Military College, Duntroon, and the Australian Army Command and Staff College, Fort Queenscliff He has a Bachelor o f Arts in History from the University o f New South Wales, and a Master o f Arts in International Relations from the Australian National University. He is a graduate and Fellow o f the Australian College o f Defence and Strategic Studies, a Life Member o f the United Services Institute, a Life Governor o f the Royal Australian Regiment Foundation and a Fellow o f the Corporate Directors’ Association. In addition to English, Major General Smith speaks Melanesian and basic Khmer.

Major General Smith and his wife, Margaret Bain-Smith, have three teenage sons. In his spare time M ajor General Smith enjoys jogging, golf and reading.