Tony Milton

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Tony Milton
Born (1949-08-19) 19 August 1949 (age 68)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Marines
Years of service 1967–2004
Rank Major General
Commands held Commandant General Royal Marines
3 Commando Brigade
40 Commando
Battles/wars Operation Banner
Iraq War
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire

Major General Anthony Arthur Milton, CB, OBE (born 19 August 1949) is a retired Royal Marines officer who served as Commandant General Royal Marines from 2002 to 2004.

Major general, is a "two-star" rank in the British Army and Royal Marines. The rank was also briefly used by the Royal Air Force for a year and a half, from its creation to August 1919. In the British Army, a major general is the customary rank for the appointment of division commander. In the Royal Marines, the rank of major general is held by the Commandant General.

Royal Marines marine corps and amphibious infantry of the United Kingdom

The Corps of Royal Marines (RM) is the amphibious light infantry and one of the five fighting arms of the Royal Navy. The Royal Marines were formed in 1755 as the Royal Navy's infantry troops. However, the marines can trace their origins back to the formation of the English Army's "Duke of York and Albany's maritime regiment of Foot" at the grounds of the Honourable Artillery Company on 28 October 1664.

Commandant General Royal Marines head of the Royal Marines

The Commandant General Royal Marines is the professional head of the Royal Marines. The title has existed since 1943. The Commandant General Royal Marines is responsible for advising the First Sea Lord, with professional responsibility for all Royal Marine units; however his direct reporting line is to the Fleet Commander. He is assisted by a Deputy Commandant General, whose rank is brigadier. This position is not to be confused with Captain General Royal Marines, the ceremonial head. The Commandant General Royal Marines is the counterpart to the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, although the latter is a full general. He is based at Navy Command, as part of the headquarters staff.

Military career

Educated at King Edward VI Grammar School in Chelmsford, Milton joined the Royal Marines in 1967 [1] and subsequently became an equerry to the Duke of Edinburgh. [2] He became Commanding Officer of 40 Commando in 1992 (in which role he was deployed to Northern Ireland and was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire [3] ), Commander of 3 Commando Brigade in 1995 and Director General for Joint Doctrine and Concepts (a post established following the Strategic Defence Review) in 1999. [4] He went on to be Commandant-General Royal Marines in May 2002 and took over as British Maritime Commander for Operation Telic – the invasion of Iraq – in April 2003 [5] before retiring in February 2004. [6]

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References

  1. "No. 44425". The London Gazette (Supplement). 6 October 1967. p. 10898.
  2. "No. 50018". The London Gazette . 25 January 1985. p. 1089.
  3. "No. 54028". The London Gazette . 5 May 1995. p. 6609.
  4. Select Committee on Defence Hansard, 7 November 2001
  5. Command Changes in Gulf Region Wired Government, 15 April 2003
  6. Royal Navy Senior Appointments Archived 2012-03-15 at the Wayback Machine .
Military offices
Preceded by
Robert Fry
Commandant General Royal Marines
2002–2004
Succeeded by
David Wilson