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Armed Forces: Officers

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) name and (b) rank was of each senior British military representative to CENTCOM of the United States between 2001 and 2006; how long each person served in that capacity; what subsequent positions in the British military establishment each has taken up; and if he will make a statement. (139083)

The following table shows the name and rank of the officers who have undertaken the role of senior British representative to CENTCOM of the United States between 2001 and 2006, and how long each person served in that capacity:

(a) Name

(b) Rank as Senior British Representative to CENTCOM

(c) Period of Service

(d) Length of Tenure (months)

Sir Jock Stirrup GCB AFC ADC FRAeS FCMI

Air Marshal

September 2001 to May 2002

9

Sir Cedric Delves KBE DSO

Lieutenant General

May 2002 to October 2002

6

David Wilson CB CBE

Major General

October 2002 to October 2003

12

Mike Heath CBE FRAeS

Air Vice-Marshal

October 2003 to August 2005

22

Jonathon Riley DSO

Major General

August 2005 to August 2007

24

The following table shows the subsequent positions in the British military establishment that senior British representatives to CENTCOM of the United States between 2001 and 2006 have taken up:

(a) Name

(b) Subsequent military positions

Sir Jock Stirrup GCB AFC ADC FRAes FCMI

Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Equipment Capability) (May 2002 to July 2003)

Chief of The Air Staff (July 2003 to April 2006)

Chief of Defence Staff (April 2006 to present)

Sir Cedric Delves KBE DSO

Commander Field Army (October 2002 to September 2003)

Deputy Commander in Chief NATO Headquarters Armed Forces North (September 2003 to December 2003). Medically discharged following a serious road traffic accident December 2003

David Wilson CB CBE

Commander United Kingdom Amphibious Forces (October 2003 to August 2004)

Commandant General Royal Marines (Titular Role) (February 2004 to August 2004) Retired August 2004

Mike Heath CBE FRAeS

Special Adviser to CENTCOM (August 2005 to Present)