p>Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, today announced the retirement of the Director of the Office of Australian War Graves, Major General Paul Stevens, AO (Retd).
THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
10 December 2010
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, today announced the retirement of the Director of the Office of Australian War Graves, Major General Paul Stevens, AO (Retd).
Major General Stevens served on the Repatriation Commission from 1997-2003 before being appointed as the Director of the Office of Australian War Graves in 2006.
“I give my sincere thanks to Major General Stevens for his outstanding contribution to the work of the Office of Australian War Graves for nearly five years, and to the wider portfolio for more than 13 years,” Mr Snowdon said.
Major General Stevens has overseen the last three years’ Anzac Day services at the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux in France. He has also played a part in the dedication of Australian Government memorials in France, Brunei and Malaysia, and the foundation work for the Australian Remembrance Trail on the Western Front.
“Major General Stevens has served the Department of Veterans’ Affairs with distinction and will be sorely missed by both the staff and the ex-service community. I wish him all the best in his retirement,” Mr Snowdon said.
Brigadier Chris Appleton CSC (Retd) will replace Major General Stevens from 13 December 2010 for a period of three years.
“Brigadier Appleton is a highly experienced former Army infantry officer who has held senior roles as a leader, trainer and educator. He has seen operational experience in Iraq, as a personal advisor to the Iraqi Chief of Defence Force, and on Bougainville in Papua New Guinea, as Commander of the Peace Monitoring Group,” he said.
For his contribution to leadership development in the Army as Commandant of the Royal Military College Duntroon, he was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 2007. Brigadier Appleton has served as a senior executive in the Department of Infrastructure and Transport since 2008.
“Brigadier Appleton’s strong military and public service background will ensure he is well-equipped to take-over the role and I am sure he will build on the exceptional work of Major General Stevens,” Mr Snowdon said.
The Office of Australian War Graves maintains war cemeteries and individual war graves in Australia and Papua New Guinea, and supervises the commemoration of Australian war dead in Korea and Malaysia. It also constructs and maintains national memorials overseas and commemorates eligible veterans whose deaths are related to war service.
Images of MAJGEN Stevens and BRIG Appleton are available on the DVA Media Centre.
Media inquiries: Minister Snowdon: Alice Plate 0400 045 999
Dept of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203