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Major General Michael Peter Crane, DSC w/Bar, AM, LM


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BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Major General Michael Peter Crane, DSC w/Bar, AM, LM

Major General Michael Peter Crane is a senior officer of the Australian Army and Senior Fellow of New Westminster College. He was educated at St Virgil’s College and the Royal Military College, Duntroon. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Honours Class IIA) in 1981 from the University of New South Wales, and a Graduate Diploma in Defence Studies from Deakin University in 1990. Later, in 1994, he earned a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the Australian National University.

Major General Crane’s professional military education includes:

  • Army Command and Staff College
  • Joint Services Staff College
  • Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies
  • United Kingdom Higher Command and Staff Course

Major General Crane has a distinguished record of ethical leadership and military service. His military career began when he was commissioned into the Royal Australian Artillery in 1980. His early appointments were in the 4th Field Regiment and 8/12th Medium Regiment.  He also served as a tactics instructor at Duntroon, and following advanced gunnery training in Canada, as a gunnery instructor at the School of Artillery.

As a major, Michael served as a battery commander in the 4th Field Regiment, then as Staff Officer to the Army’s Chief of Personnel.  As a lieutenant colonel, he worked as Deputy Director Military Strategy in Australian Defence Force Headquarters before returning to 4th Field Regiment as Commanding Officer.  In the latter appointment he saw operational service in East Timor.

Major General Crane was promoted to colonel in 2000 to command the Army Recruit Training Centre.  In 2003, he was promoted to brigadier and appointed Director General Pacific in the Department of Defence’s International Policy Division.  From July 2005, he served as Chief of Staff in Headquarters Joint Operations Command.  In November 2006, he assumed command of Joint Task Force 633, with responsibility for all Australian forces in the Middle East Area of Operations.  On his return to Australia in May 2007, he took up the position of Director General Policy Support in Defence’s Policy Development Division.

In February 2008, he was promoted to major general and appointed Head Military Strategic Commitments.  From January 2009, he served as the Deputy Director of Operations at United States Central Command, based in Tampa, Florida.  He returned to Australia in January 2011 to undertake special projects for the Chief of Defence Force, including heading the Secretariat for Reviews into Defence Culture and leading a Force Structure Review in preparation for the Government’s 2013 Defence White Paper.  He returned to Joint Task Force 633 in September 2012 and completed his second tour as Commander in September 2013.  He retired from full time service in the Australian Army in May 2014.

Major General Crane’s honours, decorations and awards include:

  • 2014: Senior Fellow, New Westminster College
  • 2014: Distinguished Service Cross with Bar
  • 2011: Officer, U.S. Legion of Merit
  • 2008: Distinguished Service Cross
  • 2002: Member, Order of Australia

As a Senior Fellow of New Westminster College, Major General Michael Peter Crane is dedicated to supporting the highest standards of research, innovation and academic excellence and is committed to the advancement of New Westminster College and its Global Network of Fellows.