Major General Mark Evans, early 2008
|Born||1953 (age 68–69)|
|Place of birth||Malaya|
|Years of service||
Lieutenant (British Army)|
Lieutenant General (Australian Army)
Chief of Joint Operations|
Joint Task Force 633
6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment
Counter insurgency operations – Northern Ireland|
International Force for East Timor
War in Afghanistan
Officer of the Order of Australia|
Distinguished Service Cross
Decoration of Merit (Netherlands)
Mark Evans was born in Malaya in 1953 and was educated in the United Kingdom.
He was a cadet in the Worcestershire Army Cadet Force, serving in Droitwich Troop, a detachment affiliated to the Queen's Own Hussars. He achieved the rare appointment of Cadet Under Officer before leaving the ACF for the Regular Army. Evans served for five years in the British Army which included officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and regimental duties in the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in Berlin and Northern Ireland. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant on 9 March 1973, and promoted to lieutenant on 8 September 1974. Evans resigned his British commission on 13 April 1976.
Evans resigned his British commission on 13 April 1976 and joined the Australian Army, where he was first posted to the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (6 RAR). In 1979–80 he held the position (as a Captain) of Officer Commanding C Company at the Australian Army Apprentice School at Balcombe, Victoria. In 1985 he served with the United Nations in the Middle East.
In 1989 he was appointed as Brigade Major of 3rd Brigade, and in 1991 promoted to lieutenant colonel at Australian Defence Force Headquarters. Between 1992 and 1993, he commanded 6 RAR, for which he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia.
In December 1994, Mark Evans was promoted to colonel, and in 1998 to brigadier commanding the 3rd Brigade. During this time he commanded the brigade on operations in East Timor, during Operation Warden, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.
In July 2002 he was promoted to major general and assumed command of the 1st Division at Gallipoli Barracks. On 13 April 2004 he assumed the new position of Deputy Chief of Joint Operations (DCJOPS) at Headquarters Joint Operations Command (HQJOC) in Sydney. In July 2005 he was appointed as Head Defence Personnel Executive in Canberra, and in June 2007, awarded Officer of the Order of Australia.
On 17 June 2007, Evans assumed command of Joint Task Force 633 (JTF663) – Australia's contribution in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) to the Global War on Terror. During that time he was responsible for Australian Defence Force (ADF) operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and the North Persian Gulf; he was succeeded in this position by Major General Mike Hindmarsh in an official ceremony on 1 March 2008.
On 20 March 2008 it was announced that he was to be promoted to the rank of lieutenant general and would assume the position of Chief of Joint Operations (CJOPS) from 4 July 2008. Evans retired from the Australian Army on 19 May 2011.
Mark Evans is married to Veronica. They have two grown up children. He has a wide variety of interests that include military history, reading, walking and watching Veronica gardening.
Honours and awards
|Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)||11 June 2007|
|Member of the Order of Australia (AM)||26 January 1994|
|Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)||4 April 2000|
|UK General Service Medal||with 1 Clasp Northern Ireland|
|Australian Active Service Medal||with 2 Clasps EAST TIMOR and IRAQ 2003|
|International Force East Timor Medal (INTERFET)|
|Australian Service Medal||with 1 Clasp Middle East|
|Defence Force Service Medal with 4 rosettes||35–39 years service|
|Australian Defence Medal|
|UNTSO Medal (Middle East)|
|NATO ISAF Medal (Afghanistan)|
|Decoration of Merit, Gold (Netherlands)||16 September 2010|
- "No. 45956". 16 April 1973. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/45956/page/ 2nd Lieutenant.
- "No. 46419". 2 December 1974. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/46419/page/ Lieutenant.
- "No. 46874". 12 April 1976. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/46874/page/ Resigned British Commission
- It's an honour entry - Member of the Order of Australia — 26 January 1994
Citation: In recognition of service to the Australian Army, particularly as Brigade Major of the 3rd Brigade and CO of the 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment.
- It's an honour entry - Distinguished Service Cross (Australian) — 4 April 2000
Citation: For distinguished command and leadership as the Commander of the 3rd Brigade during Operation WARDEN in East Timor.
- It's an honour entry - Officer of the Order of Australia — 11 June 2007
Citation: For distinguished service to the Australian Defence Force in senior command and staff appointments.
- MIN21/08 - Major General Evans appointed Chief of Joint Operations
- "Chief of Joint Operations, Lieutenant General Mark Evans is farewelled". Australian Defence Image Library. Australian Department of Defence. http://184.108.40.206/fotoweb/Grid.fwx?archiveId=5000&search=(IPTC007%20contains(20112760)). Retrieved 19 May 2011. "Gallery Number: 20112760 19/05/2011: Personnel at Head Quarters Joint Operational Command, in Bungendore, today farewelled outgoing Chief of Joint Operations, Lieutenant General Mark Evans. After serving for more than 35 years in the Australian Army, Lieutenant General Evans is retiring. Air Chief Marshal Houston thanked the outgoing Chief of Joint Operations for his work in the position ..."
Links to copyright photographs of Mark Evans:
- 19 May 2011. Personnel at Headquarters Joint Operations Command, in Bungendore, farewell the outgoing Lieutenant General Mark Evans Commander Joint Operations Command.
- MAJGEN Evans at Government House, 11 April 2008, receiving Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) from His Excellency Major General (Ret'd) Michael Jeffery, AC CVO MC, the then Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia (copyright)
- Official ADF photo 2007 (copyright)
- HDPE photo 2005 (copyright)
- Mark Evans at the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (MRCC) Overview, 2005 (copyright)
Lieutenant General David Hurley
|Chief of Joint Operations
2008 – 2011
Lieutenant General Ash Power
Brigadier Michael Crane
|Commander Joint Task Force 633
June 2007 – March 2008
Major General Mike Hindmarsh
Major General Jim Molan
|Commander 1st Division
May 2002 – 2004
Major General Mark Kelly
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