|Michael David Slater|
|Place of birth||Brisbane, Queensland|
|Years of service||1978 –|
Joint Task Force 630
2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment
International Force for East Timor|
Officer of the Order of Australia|
Distinguished Service Cross
Conspicuous Service Cross
Timor Leste Medal of Merit (East Timor)
Mick Slater was born in Brisbane, Queensland, and educated at St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace. He later worked and studied his way through the Queensland University of Technology, joining the Australian Army in 1978, attending the Officer Cadet School, Portsea.
Slater has commanded at all levels from platoon to brigade level.
His operational commands have included the 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, and the 3rd Brigade on operations in East Timor, during International Force for East Timor (INTERFET). Slater was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his distinguished command and leadership while commander of 2RAR on Operation Warden, in East Timor. Also he served as an operations staff officer in the United States 3rd Army Headquarters in Kuwait on Operation Pollard.
He has undertaken formal education in mobilisation planning in the United States of America, and is a graduate of the Army Command and Staff College Fort Queenscliff, the Joint Services Command and Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College. Slater holds Masters’ Degrees in Strategic Studies and Business Administration.
In January 2011, Slater was appointed to lead the Flood Recovery Taskforce overseeing recovery from the 2010–2011 Queensland floods. This taskforce subsequently transitioned into the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, where Slater remained until 31 August 2011, formally handing over to former Director of the Defence Intelligence Organisation, Major General Richard Wilson. For his efforts in heading the taskforce, along with his stints as Head of the Defence Personnel Executive and Commander 1st Division, Slater was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2012 Australia Day Honours List.
Honours and awards
|Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)||2012 Australia Day Honours|
|Member of the Order of Australia (AM)||Awarded for Operations Larry Assist and Astute|
|Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)||Awarded for Operation Warden|
|Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC)||Australia Day Honours List 1998|
|Australian Active Service Medal||with "EAST TIMOR" clasp|
|International Force East Timor Medal|||
|Australian Service Medal||with "IRAQ" & "TIMOR-LESTE" clasps|
|Defence Force Service Medal with 4 clasps||35–39 years service|
|Australian Defence Medal|||
|Timor Leste Medal of Merit (Timor-Leste Medalha de Merito)||(East Timor)|
|Timor Leste Solidarity Medal||(East Timor)|
- Defence Leaders' Biography archived from the original on 30 July 2008
- It's an Honour - Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
- Speakers International Policing conference, www.conference.afp.gov.au
- "Flood recovery leader appointed". 5 January 2011. http://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/flood-recovery-leader-appointed-20110105-19fad.html. Retrieved 9 January 2011.
- "Officer in the Military Division of the Order of Australia (AO)" (PDF). Australia Day 2012 Honours Lists. Website of the Governor-General of Australia. Archived from the original on 27 February 2012. http://web.archive.org/web/20120227132953/http://www.gg.gov.au/res/file/2012/honours/ad2012/Media%20Notes%20AO(Mil)%20(final).pdf. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
- HPE Biography[dead link]
- Chasers war on everything segment
- It's an Honour - Member of the Order of Australia
- It's an Honour - Conspicuous Service Cross
- "East Timor Recognition for Outstanding Service". Defence.gov.au. 22 May 2009. http://www.defence.gov.au/opEx/global/opastute/images/gallery/2009/0522a/index.htm. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
Major General Jeffrey Sengelman
|Commander Forces Command
November 2011 –
Major General Richard Wilson
|Commander 1st Division
May 2009 – 2011
Major General Rick Burr
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