The Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford Jr, has confirmed the appointment of the ADF’s Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer as the Deputy Commander UN Command Headquarters in South Korea.
This is the first time an Australian will serve as the Deputy Commander of the UN Command Headquarters, Korea, and only the second time in the Command’s 69-year history that this post has been offered to a non-American officer.
“I would like to congratulate Rear Admiral Mayer on his appointment. This opportunity enables Australia to pursue our shared values and mutual security interests, and further contribute to regional peace and stability,” CDF General Angus Campbell said.
According to Defence, the appointment of RADM Mayer is a 'great opportunity' for Australia to work with South Korea, the US and regional partners to further contribute to the peace and stability of the Korean peninsula.
RADM Mayer has held key command, strategic and operational appointments including Commander Australian Fleet, Chief of Staff Navy Strategic Command and Commander of the multi-national International Stabilisation Force in East Timor.
RADM Mayer’s most recent appointment was as Head of Force Design. In this role he was responsible for supporting the Australian Defence Organisation in delivering and maintaining the joint force.
General Campbell will promote RADM Mayer to the rank of Vice Admiral prior to him taking up the appointment.