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Michael David Slater
Nickname Mick
Place of birth Brisbane, Queensland
Allegiance  Australia
Service/branch Australian Army Emblem.JPG Australian Army
Years of service 1978 –
Rank Australian-Army-MAJ GEN-Shoulder.png Major General
Commands held Forces Command
1st Division
Joint Task Force 630
3rd Brigade
2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment
Battles/wars International Force for East Timor
Operation Astute
Awards Officer of the Order of Australia
Distinguished Service Cross
Conspicuous Service Cross
Timor Leste Medal of Merit (East Timor)

Major General Michael David (Mick) Slater AODSCCSC is the current Commander Forces Command in the Australian Defence Force.

Early life

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.[1]

Service history

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.[2] 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.[3]

In January 2011, Slater was appointed to lead the Flood Recovery Taskforce overseeing recovery from the 2010–2011 Queensland floods.[4] 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.[5]


Mick Slater is married to Danielle and has three adult children from a previous marriage. He appeared on the Chaser's War On Everything because of his smart remarks to a newsreader.[6][7]

Honours and awards

Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png DSC (Australia) ribbon.png

CSC Australia ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal ribbon.png INTERFET Medal ribbon.png Australian Service Medal ribbon.png

DFSM with Rosette x 4.png Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png East Timor Medal of Merit ribbon bar.png TLSM.jpeg

Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) 2012 Australia Day Honours[5]
Member of the Order of Australia (AM) Awarded for Operations Larry Assist and Astute[8]
DSC (Australia) ribbon.png Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Awarded for Operation Warden[2]
CSC Australia ribbon.png Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) Australia Day Honours List 1998[9]
Australian Active Service Medal ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal with "EAST TIMOR" clasp[citation needed]
INTERFET Medal ribbon.png International Force East Timor Medal [citation needed]
Australian Service Medal ribbon.png Australian Service Medal with "IRAQ" & "TIMOR-LESTE" clasps[citation needed]
DFSM with Rosette x 4.png Defence Force Service Medal with 4 clasps 35–39 years service[citation needed]
Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Defence Medal [citation needed]
East Timor Medal of Merit ribbon bar.png Timor Leste Medal of Merit (Timor-Leste Medalha de Merito) (East Timor)[10]
TLSM.jpeg Timor Leste Solidarity Medal (East Timor)


  1. Defence Leaders' Biography archived from the original on 30 July 2008
  2. 2.0 2.1 It's an Honour - Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
  3. Speakers International Policing conference,
  4. "Flood recovery leader appointed". 5 January 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "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. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  6. HPE Biography[dead link]
  7. Chasers war on everything segment
  8. It's an Honour - Member of the Order of Australia
  9. It's an Honour - Conspicuous Service Cross
  10. "East Timor Recognition for Outstanding Service". 22 May 2009. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Major General Jeffrey Sengelman
Commander Forces Command
November 2011 –
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Major General Richard Wilson
Commander 1st Division
May 2009 – 2011
Succeeded by
Major General Rick Burr

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