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Major General Ian Gordon, AO (Ret’d)

Major General Ian Gordon graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1973 and was allocated to the Royal Australian Corps of Signals. He attended the Royal Military College of Science at Shrivenham, United Kingdom and the Australian Army’s Command and Staff College course at Queenscliff in 1985.

In 1990 Ian was posted to command the 1st Signals Regiment in Brisbane and in 1991 the first Australian Contingent with the UN Mission for a Referendum in Western Sahara. For his service at the 1st Signals Regiment and with the United Nations he was made a Member of the Order of Australia.

Ian was Director of the Royal Australian Corps of Signals from 1993 until 1995, and in 1996 he attended the Australian College of Defence and Strategic Studies. In 1998 he was appointed as Commandant of the Army Command and Staff College.

In September 2001, Ian was promoted to his Major General and posted to East Timor as the Deputy Force Commander in the United Nations Transitional Authority in East Timor. On return to Australia he took up the appointment as Commander, Training Command - Army and then Deputy Chief of the Army in May 2004. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2006 for his distinguished service to the Australian Defence Force in senior command and staff appointments.

In December 2006, Ian was seconded to the United Nations to serve for two years as the Head of Mission of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation in Jerusalem.

Ian retired from the Regular Army in May 2009. He is now a full-time carer for his wife Ula who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2006 and they have three children.

Ian had his book Strike and Strike Again, a history of 455 Squadron RAAF, published by Banner Books. In 1999 Ian established his own publishing business, Barrallier Books Pty Ltd and Echo Books which continues to publish, print and sell books for Australian and New Zealand authors.

Ian is a Director of Multiple Sclerosis (ACT/NSW/Vic) and Multiple Sclerosis Australia, and Chair of the Multiple Sclerosis Advisory Board in the ACT. He has been deputy chair of the Peacekeeping Memorial Committee and maintains a close interest in Peacekeeping and the work of the United Nations.