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New Falklands Forces Commander

Thursday, December 12th 2002 - 20:00 UTC
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The new Commander of British Forces in the Falkland Islands, Brigadier Jamie Gordon, MBE, has arrived in the Islands (on Wednesday, December 11th) to succeed Commodore R. J. Ibbotson, DSC.

He takes over a tri-service command in charge of navy, army and air force personnel responsible for defence of the Islands.

Brigadier Gordon, aged 45, has had a varied career in his 25 years in the army, including a posting in Kuwait with headquarters of the United States Third Army responsible for land operations in Afghanistan.

His career began as an officer in the Royal Green Jackets in 1977 and after attending Staff College, he served in the Ministry of Defence Directorate of Military Operations during the Gulf Conflict.

He was a company commander in the early 1990s, served as an instructor at the Staff College, and commanded the Second Battalion the Royal Green Jackets in Northern Ireland, Germany and Bosnia (1996-1998). He was posted to the Armed Forces UK Joint Headquarters at Northwood, near London, and later, on promotion to Colonel, was involved in targeting and information operations. More recently, he attended the Royal College of Defence Studies.

He is a family man. He and his wife, Fiona, have two sons, aged one and three.

Harold Briley, (MP) London

Categories: Falkland Islands.

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