Major General Gary Deakin assumed the position as Deputy Chief of Staff Plans in May 2018. Previously he has served as Commander of the 51st Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Scotland; Deputy Director Strategy, Plans, and Policy in US Central Command; Director of the Comprehensive Crisis Management Centre (CCOMC) in Allied Command Operations (SHAPE) in Mons, Belgium; Special Adviser to the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee; Assistant Chief of Staff G5 Plans with HQ Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) and Deputy Future Plans in the ISAF Joint Command.
He commanded the 1st Battalion the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, a Mechanised Infantry Battalion from Dec 06 – Jan 09, which included commanding an All Arms Mechanised Battle Group on combat operations in Iraq. Prior to Battalion command he was on the Directing staff of the Advanced Command and Staff Course.
Born in Arbroath Scotland and originally commissioned into the King’s Regiment (an antecedent Regiment of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment) he has served in Europe, the Falkland Islands, and the Middle East. Of note was service in Northern Ireland, where he was Mentioned in Dispatches during a tour as the Close Observation (Recce) Platoon Commander; Germany as a staff officer in 4th Armoured Brigade and Headquarters ARRC; Bosnia on 2 occasions, the latter as Chief of Staff Multi National Task Force (North West) where he was awarded a Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service and in Iraq as an Armoured Infantry Company Commander where he was awarded a Chief of Joint Operations Commendation then later as a Battle Group Commander for which he became OBE and then as a Director SHAPE’s CCOMC he was made CBE.
He completed the United Kingdom’s Joint Services Command and Staff College Higher Command and Staff Course in 2010 and the Advanced Command and Staff Course in 2002, achieving 2 Masters Degrees, one from Cranfield University in Defence Technology and the other from King’s College London in Defence Studies.
Married to Carolyn, who is a retired Canadian Army officer and classical musician, they have a son, Harry aged 18, who is on a ‘gap’ year. When not committed to work, his first priority is to his family followed by offshore sailing, particularly racing, for which he holds British Army Colours. He also enjoys running mountain marathons, and reading anything relevant to his profession.