General Sir Gordon Messenger KCB DSO* OBE

Distinguished Fellow


General Sir Gordon Messenger served as a Royal Marine from 1983 to 2019, in a career that spanned operational command, capability development, public communications and the strategic leadership of Defence. His operational tours include Kosovo, Iraq, Lebanon and Afghanistan, culminating in command of 3 Commando Brigade in Helmand from 2008 to 2009 and recognised by the award of two Distinguished Service Orders.

lied Land Command in Izmir, Turkey, followed by an appointment in UK MOD as Deputy Chief of Defence Staff with responsibility for all military operations and activity, at home and overseas. He was appointed Vice Chief of Defence Staff in May 2016, acting as the Chief of Defence Staff’s principal deputy for operational matters and leading on the management and oversight of military capability, including nuclear and cyber issues.

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