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Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach Appointed New Chief of the Defence Staff

25 January 2016

Her Majesty the Queen has approved the appointment of Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach GBE KCB ADC DL to take over from General Sir Nicholas Houghton GCB CBE ADC as the next Chief of the Defence Staff this summer.

Prime Minister David Cameron said:

“I want to thank General Sir Nick Houghton for his many years of dedicated service to this country - especially the years he has led our Armed Forces in an ever more unstable world. I am confident that Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach is the right man to continue General Sir Nick Houghton’s great legacy.”

“For over a decade Sir Stuart has delivered exemplary leadership of the Armed Forces, with an extraordinary record of achievement. His experience as Commander Joint Forces and Chief of Joint Operations will be invaluable as we continue to ensure our brave armed forces remain among the most capable and agile in the world.”