3 CDO BDE Messenger, Gordon Kenneth

John Robertson

Staff member

Gordon Kenneth

  • UNIT
R.M. 40 Commando (C.O.) + 3 Commando Brigade (C.O.) + Ministry of Defence + Vice Chief of Defence Staff
  • RANK
Major + Colonel + Brigadier + Lieutenant General + General

Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath,Distinguished Service Order and bar,Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Yugoslavia 2000 (OBE) Iraq 2003 (DSO) Afghanistan 2008-09 (bar DSO) 2015 (CB) 2016 (KCB)​
born 15.4.1962 Dundee,Angus
graduate commission 15.9.1983
full commission 21.5.1986
graduated Canadian Forces Command and Staff Course No 21 1995
Major 30.6.1997
served Yugoslavia 2000 (award O.B.E.)
Colonel 30.6.2002
40 Commando (C.O.)
graduated UK Higher Command and Staff Course 2007
Brigadier 24.4.2007
appointed ADC to the Queen 1.4.2008
C.O. 3 Commando Brigade 2008-09
Major General 2009​
Chief of Staff (Ops),Permanent Joint HQ,Northwood 2011​
Director Force Reintegration HQ,ISAF October 2012​
Deputy Commander of NATO Allied Land Command,Izmir January 2013​
Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Ops),M.O.D. 2013 (Lt Gen)​
General 2016​
Vice Chief of the Defence Staff 2016​
married Sarah (3 children)​
retired 14.5.2019​
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